“Explore, experience, and enjoy the expedition of the most beautiful and the Pyramid shaped mountain on earth the Mt. Ama Dablam with team Snowy Horizon on both spring and autumn seasons of the year.”
Mt. Ama Dablam is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Whether you agree with such superlatives or not it is certainly a remarkable peak that has a particular attraction to any keen mountaineer. Snowy Horizon has plenty of experience in organizing this expedition a key to success with full of safety on the mountain. The characteristic pyramid shape leads someone to call Ama Dablam the ‘Matterhorn’ of the Himalayas and, at least as seen from Namche, there is a certain similarity. The hanging glacier on the southwest face of Ama Dablam resembles a ‘Dablam’- the sacred ornament box worn by Sherpa women –giving rise to the name “Ama Dablam” or “Mother’s necklace”.
Mt. Ama Dablam is located in the Khumbu region to the south of Everest and Lhotse. As you would expect, that allows for some stunning views during the climb as well as on the summit. The mountain stands above the famous Tyangboche Monastery, which is traditionally visited by climbers in the region. It should be stressed that, despite all the pleasant parts, this is in general a demanding climb and participation in an Ama Dablam Expedition demands solid skills in rock climbing, ice climbing, sufficient experience of high altitude and general technical competency. There are steep ice sections to be overcome at high altitude and there are sections of serious exposure, which can be particularly challenging.
If you have previous climbing experience and wish to participate fully as a team member of an expertly led expedition to one of the world's most impressive mountains then this Ama Dablam Expedition is well suited for you. The most popular route for climbing Ama Dablam is the Southwest Ridge. The climb is typically done with three camps along the ridge. Camp 3 is usually established just below and to the right of the hanging glacier- the Dablam, so that any ice that calves off the glacier typically move away from the camp. Nevertheless, a certain risk of Serac falls cannot be avoided. As with other mountains in the region, the best climbing months for Ama Dablam Expeditions are April-May before the monsoon season and October-November, after the monsoon.
For the Ama Dablam Expedition, all climbers need to have good skills in rock and ice climbing and be technically competent. We will fix ropes and make use of the existing infrastructure (if any), however, the climbers should possess the necessary skills of climbing through steep rock and hard compact ice without them. We follow the standard Southwest ridge route (normal route) to the top, as it is considered the safer route with lower objective dangers of avalanches. We begin the approach as usual in the region from Lukla (2860m) and then slowly trek through the Sherpa villages along the trail. We take our time to properly acclimate before we reach base camp and begin the climbing period. We at Snowy Horizon pride ourselves in executing this expedition with a focus on quality as well as safety. As always, the package can be flexibly adjusted to your requirements (in case you want some additional acclimatization time beforehand, etc.) you can feel free to contact us any time for suggestions and advice. We’d be happy to take you on this adventure of Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition with our great team.
The approach to the Base camp for Ama Dablam Expedition is short, sweet and beautiful beginning with the amazing flight to Lukla after a few hours' drive from Kathmandu to Manthali airport of Ramechhap and following the Everest Base camp trail through Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche and peeling off it just past Pangboche. The Base camp is located at 4600m.
18 Oct: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (1350m).
19 Oct: Day 02: Rest, last-minute shopping, preparation and briefing in Kathmandu.
20 Oct: Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m); trek to Phakding (2600m/4hrs); lodge.
21 Oct: Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m-7 Hrs.), lodge.
22 Oct: Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche, hike to Hotel Everest View (HEV), visit Hilary Museum.
23 Oct: Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m-5 Hrs.), visit Tyangboche Monastery; lodge.
24 Oct: Day 07: Trek to Pangboche(3985m-4 Hrs.); enjoy Sherpa culture; lodge.
25 Oct: Day 08: Trek to Ama Dablam base camp (4600m-3 Hrs.), camping.
26 Oct –07 Nov: Day 09-21: Climbing period to summit Ama Dablam (6,814m).
08 Nov: Day 22: Trek back to Tyangboche (3860m-6 Hrs.); lodge.
09 Nov: Day 23: Trek to Monjo (2790m-7 Hrs.); lodge.
10 Nov: Day 24: Trek to Lukla (2840m-5 Hrs.); lodge.
11 Nov: Day 25: Fly to Manthali, drive to Kathmandu (4 Hrs.), transfer to Hotel, farewell dinner.
12 Nov: Day 26: Leisure or contingency day in Kathmandu.
13 Nov: Day 27: Transfer to the airport for final departure
12 Apr: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (B&B) (1350m)
13 Apr: Day 02: Rest, last-minute shopping, preparation and briefing in Kathmandu.
14 Apr: Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2840m); trek to Phakding (2600m/4hrs); lodge.
15 Apr: Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/7hrs), lodge.
16 Apr: Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche; hike to Everest View Lodge; visit Hilary Museum.
17 Apr: Day 06: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/5hrs), lodge.
18 Apr: Day 07: Trek to Pangboche (4000m/5hrs); enjoy Sherpa culture; lodge.
19 Apr: Day 08: Trek to Ama Dablam Base camp (4400m/4hrs), camping.
20 Apr -01 May: Day 09-20: Climbing period to summit Ama Dablam (6,812m).
02 May: Day 21: Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/6hrs); lodge.
03 May: Day 22: Trek to Monjo (2800m/7hrs); lodge.
04 May: Day 23: Trek to Lukla (2840m/5hrs); lodge.
05 May: Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, farewell dinner.
06 May: Day 25: Transfer to the airport for final departure.