Ama Dablam

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Altitude 6856m, Grade 5D

The stunning pyramid of Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the world’s most exquisite and sought after peaks.

The stunning pyramid of Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the world’s most exquisite and sought after peaks, alongside the infamous Matterhorn and Khan Tengri. The ambitious and experienced mountaineer will find the South West Ridge an acceptable challenge. We take the standard route up Ama Dablam which offers steep snow, ice and rock climbing in exhilarating and exposed situations. Fixed lines will be used in our ascent, to aid speed and efficient movement on this impressive mountain.

Ama Dablam Base Camp

Camp 1

This is quite a long walk and may take five to six hours on the first journey.  This is likely to reduce considerably with improved acclimatisation.  Unusually there is no glacier approach and you can walk in trainers along pleasant grassy ridges that curve around behind the SW ridge.  As you gain height superb views open up to the whole of the Western Himalaya, most notably Cho Oyu (8201m), Numbur (6859m) and Taweche (6367m).  Just before reaching camp 1 we cross a granite boulder field and scramble easily up some huge boiler plate granite slabs.

Camp 1 – Camp 2

Camp 1 is situated at the foot of the SW ridge and so you embark on the climb as soon as you leave camp and clip into the fixed ropes.  Initially there is some quite easy traversing of rocky terraces and snowy ledges.  Then there are some superb compact granite slabs to cross and these lead into equally enjoyable slabby buttresses to ascend.  Just before Camp 2 is reached The Yellow Tower must be climbed/jumared and this provides the technical crux of the whole route.  The climbing is extremely enjoyable but it is hard work at this altitude.  Three to five hours.

Camp 2 – Camp 2.9

As soon as you leave Camp 2 you start gaining height.  It’s hard work but the climbing is good and the ascent of The Grey Tower provides the next obstacle.  Easy snow and ice then leads to the ‘Mushroom Ridge’, the corniced snow crest that links the mixed SW ridge below with the summit snow fields above.  Your ‘composure with exposure’ will be tested here!  However the ground is not technically difficult, Scottish II, and you will soon reach the narrow snow shelves that provide the site of Camp 2.9.

Climb Ama Dablam to Camp 2.9 – Summit

The site of Camp 2.9 is quite cold, high and exposed and you are unlikely to have a great night’s sleep!  As we are now essentially on the West Face the sun does not arrive until around 9.30am.  We will probably set off from the high camp at around 7.30am and be aiming to reach the summit after about 3-4 hours of ascending the fixed ropes up the grade I summit snow fields.  There is one short steep section over an icy bulge that provides a welcome contrast in climbing style!  The summit of Ama Dablam is a truly outstanding viewpoint.

We have had excellent summit success on all previous expeditions and those wishing to join should be technically proficient and confident to Alpine AD, Scottish grade III and be able to second VS/5.7 on rock.

Trip dossier

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 – 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK or repeat customers.
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition / trek early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation, and if required the helicopter cost to and from Lukla
    (including a share of the leaders cost)
Day 1 – 2 International flight to Kathmandu
Day 3 Final preparations
Day 4 Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding
Day 5 Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 6 Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
Day 7 Trek to Pangboche
Day 8 Acclimatisation trek to Pheriche
Day 9 Trek to Base Camp
Day 10 – 25 Ascent of Ama Dablam
Day 26 Descend to Thyangboche
Day 27 Descend to Monjo
Day 28 Descend to Lukla
Day 29 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 30 Return international flight

Previous trip reports from Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam Expedition 2018 Ama Dablam & Island Peak 13th Oct 18 - 2nd November Summit Success for Devis & Phurba!
Ama Dablam summit Guaranteed 7000m Peaks this Autumn - Looking for a bigger challenge this Autumn? We have several guaranteed 7000m Peak expeditions in Nepal: Annapurna IV, Baruntse and Ama Dablam
IMG_0022 Ama Dablam & Island Peak 14th Oct 17 - 2nd November The team are at Camp 1.
View from Lobuche Alice Chivers Autumn 6000m peak expeditions last few spaces - Grab your spot on a 6000m expedition this autumn - and book over the bank holiday to win a free down jacket!
Ama Dablam summit Last few places on our Autumn 7000m peaks - We have just a few places left on our 7000m peak expeditions departing in October this year.
Baruntse and Mera Peak success Guaranteed Summer and Autumn Expeditions - Looking for a last minute expedition to some spectacular summits and departing soon? We still have availability on all of these trips! We also have several guaranteed 6000m and 7000m peaks for summer and autumn.
ama-dablam-trek27 Trip Report – Ama Dablam 2016 - October this year saw an expedition to the striking jewel of the Khumbu, Ama Dablam (6786m), with Island Peak as an acclimatisation peak. Read Expedition Leader Jason Bailey's trip report here.
Island Peak summit Ama Dablam Expedition 2016 - 5th November Summit Success! Jason and Charlie have reached the Summit of Ama Dablam, the weather was clear and crisp, the views were stunning and they hat the summit to themselves. They are now back at camp 2. Tomorrow they head to BC.
ama-dablam-di-28th6 Ama Dablam expedition 2014 - 25th November: Summit success! Andy and Phurba reached the summit of Ama Dablam today in light winds with no clouds to obscure the spectacular view. Well done to you both! They are now in Camp 2 and will move down the mountain tomorrow. Di and Will are in Camp 1 tonight and will be moving up the mountain tomorrow to Camp 2 ready to make their summit bid in the next few days, weather permitting - Good luck!
Island Peak Ama Dablam Expedition 2013 - 9th November: Paddy called in this morning to report that the rope fixing teams have made little progress since his last report and have only managed to reach Mushroom Ridge before backing off again due to unconsolidated snow. Tanya has been up to Camp 2 and is now heading back down to Base camp and will walk out with Paddy tomorrow.

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2 reviews for Ama Dablam

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carrie G

    Thanks for the news updates, they were great and my mum and dad loved them!
    Stu, our leader was great. Had to know where we would be in three days time, how would we be feeling, how cold would it be, what are you wearing, what was the tea and where were the yaks at any given moment! And he usually did know.
    He looked after me when I was tired and sick and didn’t break me. It was a great trip Stu, gelled the team well and kept everyone going.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    This was a great trip but obviously tinged with disappointment as weather and conditions stopped us getting up. I chose adventure peaks as you seemed excellent on the phone and in the Summer I visited Ambleside and lakes to do a climbing course which helped convince me you are very professional.

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Island Peak Summit £325 When booking, you can choose to climb Island Peak before Ama Dablam, to aid acclimatisation. This would not add any extra days to your trip as it can be incorporated into the expedition itinerary.
Everest from the Air £270 An early morning spectacular flight over Everest. The flight is from Kathmandu and lasts around one hour, taking you close to Everest and its surrounding peaks. Window seats are guaranteed. Includes an extra night's accommodation in Kathmandu.
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort £495 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £105.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Tigerland Safari Resort. Single supplement of £240.00 applies.
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort £395 (+4 days) You can round off your trip with a 3-night / 4-day wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park. This includes an unforgettable jeep safari, river canoe trip, a full day walking safari, elephant ride and a trip to the elephant stables. The price is inclusive of Park Permits and lodge accommodation with all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on your day of departure. One night's accommodation in Kathmandu after your safari is included. Travel by vehicle from Kathmandu and return flight to Kathmandu. Flights from Kathmandu to Chitwan can be arranged for a supplement of £105.00. Price based on twin rooms staying at the Parkland Jungle Safari Resort. Single supplement of £195.00 applies.

Deposits

The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person


Land Only Availability Days Price Book
13th Oct 2019 - 9th Nov 2019
28
3rd Nov 2019 - 30th Nov 2019
28
11th Oct 2020 - 7th Nov 2020
28
1st Nov 2020 - 28th Nov 2020
28
With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
12th Oct 2019 - 10th Nov 2019
30
2nd Nov 2019 - 1st Dec 2019
30
10th Oct 2020 - 8th Nov 2020
30
31st Oct 2020 - 29th Nov 2020
30