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Ama Dablam - Asia`s Most Famous Rock, Snow & Ice Climb

  • ama dablam camp 1 Night in Camp 1. Photo John Shelton-Smith
  • ama dablam summit Jessica and Sherpa 10 minutes away from the summit of AmaDablam. Photo Felix
  • Ama dablam camp 2 At Camp 2. Photo Max
  • Ama dablam yellow tower Lots of exposure as we move from from Camp I to Camp II. Lakba Sherpa leads the traverse at 17,500. Photo Tom
  • ama dablam camp 2 Action in Camp 2. Photo Richard Pattison
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Ama Dablam Climb: Technical but Accomplishable. Get a carefully curated climbing Itinerary for the expedition of Ama Dablam, Asia`s Most Famous Rock, Snow Ice Climb.

Ama Dablam Climb Available Dates: Earliest Date: 10 October - 07 November. Later Date: 01 November - 29 November. Custom Dates available on request.


Book your Climbing expedition of Ama Dablam with renowned and experienced leaders of SummitClimb Dan Mazur and Martin Szwed good teachers, technically accomplished.

Ama Dablam Cost for Climb : Full Service Climb Cost: $6,150, £4,850, €5,350; Basic Service Climb Cost: $2,650, £2,050, €2,350. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019)




News:
Our first Ama Dablam group summited with 10 members and 5 Sherpas on top. Congratulations to the team!! They had excellent weather. Our Second group just summited with 2 members and 1Sherpas on top. 

Overview:

Ama Dablam, 6,812 metres (22,349 feet), is perhaps the most visually striking mountain in the world. The Ama Dablam expedition offers members the opportunity to climb snow, ice, and rock surrounded by stunning Himalayan views.

Easy, fun solid rock & mixed climbing, Safe fixed ropes the expedition is Perfect for beginner, novice & expert climbers.
The upper camps on Ama Dablam are world-renowned for their exposure. The Mountain offers coveted expedition for novices and expert climbers alike

Quick Facts about SummitClimb Ama Dablam Climbing Expedition

  • Located just 7 miles / 12 km from Everest, with stunning views from the summit.
  • Good granite scrambling. Only one pitch is 12 m / 40 ft of UIAA French 4, British Severe, USA 5.6, Aus 14.
  • We review skills, train for rock and ice climbing & conduct fixed rope training on cliffs around basecamp.
  • Average team size is 6. During 9 prior climbs we were successful in putting 45 members and 30 Sherpas on the summit.
  • Short walk to grassy base camp at 4,500 m / 14,500 ft on snow-free paths through Khumbu valley. Green terraced villages, rushing rivers, lush forests, stay in `teahouses', camp beneath towering peaks.Full Service Expedition: British, American, or European leader, Sherpas, hotels, internal flights, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp & high camp, group climbing equipment, individual tents, radios, international calls, news updates.
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Mount Ama Dablam Expedition Climb Cost | SummitClimb

Ama Dablam : Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, European, or American leader
  • Expert climbing Sherpa
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation
  • Yak transport of all equipment to and from basecamp
  • Skillful base camp cooks
  • Three meals each day
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • All permit fees and liaison officers
  • Use of group gear and supplies
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport transfer

What is not included?

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Nepalese visa

Add on High Attitude Support : Click here for prices

  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps

Ama Dablam : Our Basic Climb Includes :

  • British, European, or American leader
  • All permit fees and liaison officer
  • A walkie-talkie radio
  • Emergency equipment and supplies
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents)
  • Airport transfers
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Other services and may be purchased and hired at minimal expense

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Climbing toward to camp 2

Mount Ama Dablam Climb Expedition Itinerary | SummitClimb

1) Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal, 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel.

2) Explore Kathmandu, finalize arrangements.

3) Fly to Lukla, 2,900 metres (9,514 feet). Walk to Phakding, 2,550 metres (8,366 feet). Sleep in tea house or camp

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar, 3,440 metres (11,286 feet). Sleep in tea house or camp

5) Rest & Acclimatization in Namche. Sleep in tea house or camp.

6) Walk to Pangboche 3,860 metres (12,644 feet). Sleep in tea house or camp.

7) Walk to Base Camp 4,650 metres (15,256 feet).

8) Rest, acclimatization, and training in basecamp.

9) Walk to advanced basecamp, 5,350 metres (17,552 feet), Sleep in basecamp.

10) Walk to advanced basecamp. Sleep there.

11) Hike to camp 1, 5,700 metres (18,701 feet). Return to basecamp.

12) Rest and acclimatization in basecamp.

13) Walk to advanced basecamp. Sleep there.

14) Scramble to Camp 1. Sleep there.

15) Climb to camp 2, 5,900metres (19,357 feet). Return to basecamp.

16) Relax in basecamp.

17) Walk to advanced basecamp, scramble to Camp 1. Sleep at camp 1.

18) Climb to Camp 2. Seep in camp 2.

19) Climb route above camp 2 to 6,230 metres (20,440 feet). For those who are feeling well, attempt the summit. Return and sleep in basecamp.

20) Relax in advanced basecamp. Sleep there.

21) Climb to camp 2. Sleep there.

22) Summit attempt

23) Summit attempt

24) Return to ABC, pack up basecamp, walk down toPangboche, Sleep in tea house or camp.

25) Walk down to Namche. Sleep in tea house or camp.

26) Walk down from Namche to Lukla.

27) Return flight to Kathmandu. Stay in hotel.

28) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city. Stay in hotel.

29) Fly home.


AmaDablam Camp 2 seen from Camp 3. Photo Martin S.

Mount Ama Dablam Expedition Climb Leadership & Staff | SummitClimb

Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma and Baruntse.

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Mount Ama Dablam Expedition Climb Your Experience & Training | SummitClimb

Extensive experience is not required for climbing Ama Dablam. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Mount Ama Dablam Climb Personal & Team Equipment | SummitClimb

Climbing equipments required for Ama Dablam Climb:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles

Ama Dablam Climb Upper Body gears:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat

    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Gears for Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Required gears for Head: Ama Dablam Climb

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body Gears:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants

    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Gears for Proper Feet protection:

  • Boots

    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent

  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping gears for comfortable sleep:

  • Down sleeping bag

    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)

  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.

    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)

  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene amenities:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Recommended Medical supplies:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food for the expedition:

  • Snack food/daily energy food

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)

  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt

    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 Means
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals

Practical kits:


  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)

Group Equipment for Ama Dablam Expedition:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.

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Just about to reach Dablam. Photo Fabian. Camp 2.

Mount Ama Dablam Expedition Climbing Video Clips | SummitClimb

Fabulous Ama Dablam video made by Felix Berg and Ms.Magdalena Wilczek. High Ambitions on AmaDablamClimb.com video made by Richard
 
  

 

AMA DABLAM CLIMBING APPLICATION FORMS

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the Ama Dablam trip begins:

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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Ama Dablam Mushroom Ridge. Photo Fabian

Mount Ama Dablam Climbing Expedition Questions Section | SummitClimb

What our clients say?

  • Here is what summiter Kurt has to say:

    "I personally felt the trip was very well organized and executed. I was very impressed that you cared enough about the anchors and ropes to fix them properly. Most other expeditions seemed to not care and were willing to use whatever was currently in place."

  • Here is what Stein from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:

    "Regarding the expedition I have only praise for you!! The new web site is very good and feedback from family and friends says that they were able to follow the expedition very closely!! BZ! I have no hesitations in recommending this trip to anyone. All in all I am very satisfied with the trip!!"

  • Here is what Wanda, Ama Dablam summitter who has been on climbs with other companies has to say:

    "What I liked best about this expedition was the focus of independence that was placed on each person. I have been on other "guided" climbs and I never felt like I was gaining much in the ability to become a self-sufficient climber. On this trip, I felt good about the knowledge and confidence that was gained, knowing that I had to take care of myself as well as look out for those on my team. I especially liked they way everyone climbed at the rate that best suited their own fitness level. I never once had the feeling that I was waiting for someone to catch-up or that I was holding up the team.

    There are a couple of things that I feel individuals can do to make this trip an enjoyable experience.

    1. Train! I have always found that the more fit I am, the more I enjoy any expedition. Also, research the route and come prepared with the knowledge of what to expect.

    2. Come with a relaxed, open mind. The team dynamics on my Ama Dablam trip were great because there were no stringent agendas (personal, or otherwise) I have found that it is the less uptight people that generally have the best experience and now that I think of it, the reason the Ama Dablam trip was free of this aspect was probably because of the personalities of the leaders. They are serious about why they are there, yet it is approached with a "no worries" attitude. I LOVED THAT! And it obviously worked, because every member of our team summitted.

    Because we had many Sherpa on our team and we interacted a lot during the climb, I felt this was a cultural experience as well. Many spoke a little English so we were able to converse, ask questions about their lifestyle and customs. They were an integral part of our expedition, hard working and very experienced. I was glad to have had this interaction as it gave that much more feeling to an “international” endeavor.

    My concern about any problems in Nepal I heard about before the trip were non-existent in the areas we traveled. We did not witness any such disturbance. Traveling as a single female, I am probably a little more cautious than most but I have to say that never once did I feel concerned about my safety.

    Looking back, if there was one thing that I would suggest to make this trip better it would be more yak cheese pizza at basecamp! Yum, this stuff was delicious.

    Overall, this company gets top marks for their operation and that is why I will definitely climb with them again in the future."

  • Here is what Bjorn from Norway had to say about our October 2007 expedition:

    Thank you for a fantastic trip! I'm safely back home, already back at work!

    Regarding your expedition, all I have is praise! Things very generally well organized, however provided enough slack to allow a lot of personal preferences. Everyone in the staff were good people, the climbing sherpa's were strong and the kitchen staff made great food and took good care of us.

    Impressive staff, and I would like to mention the climbing sidar, Kagi, as a person who made lasting good impressions.

    I also felt that the schedule of the trip regarding the trek in, acclimatization and duration was good, and well thought out.

    Thank you for a great adventure, a spectacular summit, nice people and staff and fantastic weather."

  • Here is what Joanne from Birmingham, England had to say about our October 2007 expedition:

    "First and foremost I have to thank you for warming my toes in camp 3 and suggesting swapping my layers around - I'm sure I couldn't have gone a step further if you hadn't helped with the defrosting exercise!!

    I really enjoyed the trip and the whole group were great fun to be with. Considering how large the group was, and a number of concerns about this were raised amongst the group, the ascent groups were pretty well organised.

    The meals were pretty darned good considering logistics, supplies and camp locations. The lighting was excellent in the mess tent. The cooks were great and so polite and hard-working in all camps.

    I was really impressed with the sherpas - Lakpa and Tenzing were great!

    Great to have a shower tent and a ladies pee tent (these were about the only places where there were no peeing men in view!!)

    Looking for the next mountain to climb!"

  • Here is what summitter Eric Elliot had to say about our October 2007 expedition:

    "Strictly speaking, this was an "unguided" expedition. However, there was always some "guidance" prior to and during this fantastic expedition. Before my trip, SummitClimb answered many questions that I had by email, clearly and in a timely fashion. What's more, during the expedition, the leader and his excellent Staff, assistant leaders, and extremely competent Sherpas were always available to explain technique and offer assistance to ensure the best possible chance of success.

    This does not imply that minor improvements can never be thought of for a very comprehensive, well-coordinated and well-established expedition with optimal flexibility, but everything detailed on the excellent website was accomplished and so nothing more could be expected. Thank you so much! - for your thoughtfulness right from the start, and for sharing your extensive experience with the entire group throughout."

  • Dear SummitClimb, Nicole and I had a really great experience on Ama Dablam. I wanted to let you know that we especially enjoyed the leader, as both a leader and a person. He obviously has quite extensive experience. We enjoyed our time with him and felt that he was on of the better leaders that we have had during our climbing expeditions. Cheers! -Scott and Nicole

  • Here is what Steve says: Our trip was great! Both the trekking portion of it and our guided portion. Everything went pretty smoothly on the climbs. Can you please find a way to get these pictures to Sherpa Tenzing? He was a wonderful Sherpa and great to climb with. Thanks again and we’ll be in touch! - Steve