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Ama Dablam Expedition

Zambuling Trekking  provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.

In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps. Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.


It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year. 
It is very important that the climbers who choose Zambuling Trekking  for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

Zambuling Trekking  offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.

Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and well being on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.

High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.

Full Board Service Cost Includes:

·        Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.

·        Assistance at the International airport by Zambuling Trekking  while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.

·        4 Nights hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.

·        Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.

·        Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.

·        All trekking and mountaineering equipments like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.

·        Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc) 

·        Services of cook and kitchen boy at Advance Base Camp

·        3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in  available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking

·        3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.

·        All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.

·        Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Mt. Ama Dablam.

·        Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based

·        Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)

·        TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

·        Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Ama Dablam(6812M).

·        Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;

·        One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and at list 02 Times Summiteers Climbing/expedition Sherpa Guide per client.

·        All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.

·        Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.

·        Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.

·        First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

·        Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.

·        Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.

·        Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.

·        Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.

·        Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge

·        Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.

·        Solar panel for light and battery charger.

·        All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 for members and staff.

·        Ice fall charges by SPCC

·        Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).

·        Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff

·        Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.

·        Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.

·        Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at Advance Base camp.

·        Trekking and Climbing map of the Mount Ama Dablam. 

·        EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided in camp one, three and south col for cooking food, boiling water.

·        Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.

·        Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)

·        Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.

·        Complete pre-departure information

·        Flight ticket reconfirmation

·        visa extension procedure services (if necessary)

·        Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.

Full board service Cost Exclude:

·        Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)

·        Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.

·        Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.

·        Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.

·        Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.

·        Any additional staff other than specified.

·        Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.

·        Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

·        Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.

·        Filming permit (if special camera).

·        Personal climbing gears;

·        Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses

·        Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears

·        Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.

·        Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide, after summit.

·        Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.

·        Airfare of international flights.

·        Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)

·        Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

·        Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Zambuling Trekking  has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Zambuling Trekking  has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why; we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

·        The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.

·        We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.

·        The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.

·        The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.

·        Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.

·        Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Zambuling Trekking  or individual (private arrangement) expedition.

·        Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require

·        Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.

·        Quality of food that client requires. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.

·        Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

·        Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Zambuling Trekking  for any information about in your selected package.

Ama Dablam is a beautiful mountain, located almost to the south of Everest and Lhotse in the Khumbu region. Actually Ama Dablam means "The mother mountain" so it's also regarded as mother mountain and female. It stands among many 22,000 to 24,000 foot peaks that surround the high valleys of this region, yet stands out by way of its classic beauty: It is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp, exposed ridges. And from the summit of Amadablam Mountain all round mountains of Khumbu region and both way valley's can be viewed, which is a very interesting and exciting moment. 

On the summit there is space for about one tent so there will be no problems to stay on the summit for around 1 hour to enjoy the views and sunshine from the summit of Ama Dablam. Actually 15 to 25 days climbing period would be very good time for this mountain because we will have to wait the weather conditions also sometimes for the climbing and enjoy the view from the summit.

Ama Dablam Southwest Route Camps:

Base Camp (4600m/15092ft):

Ama Dablam base camp is one of the biggest grass base camps located in Nepal. It is rare to see such hospitable terrain at height of 4600m. Climbers will play volleyball and soccer at base camp to keep warm and enjoy the beautiful site. Base camp will be set up here for almost 45 days in both spring and autumn seasons. In the camp you will have great views Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, and Kongde. Ama Dablam’s base camp is generally sunny due to its location, the sun is out early and stays late into the day. There are approximately 7-10 climbing teams each spring and autumn season. To provides these high facilities for climbers at the appropriate times we arrange climbing permits with your time frame in mind. Our guides and staff are always ready to establish different departure dates as requested by climbers.

Camp One (5700m/18,800ft) 5hrs:

The climb from Ama Dabalm base camp to camp one is easy a trekking trail with only a short section of casual rock scrambling that is 100m in length. It nearby camp one at a slope of 60º. Along the way you will scramble over large boulders and climb an easy fourth class slab, with no fixed rope in place. You will quickly come to learn that on Ama Dablams Southwest ridge there are not many places to put a tent. So there is some logistics and sharing that is required among climbers. Roughly there is only space for 6-7, two man tents and 6-7 single tents.

Camp Two (5950m/19,521ft) 3hrs:

The climb from camp 1 to camp 2 is the most technical section on the route. You begin the day by scrambling and climbing along an easy fourth class horizontal rock ridge around several pinnacles and gendarmes, gaining only 300 meters/1000 vertical feet. The exposure is huge, with massive drop-offs on both sides of the ridge. The climbing is very enjoyable with good quality granite. At the end of the horizontal ridge you will climb the Yellow Tower for 6 meters which is considered French 4th class, British Severe, North American YDS 5.5. Above the Yellow Tower you will arrive at Camp 2 on small ledges. This will feel like a real big mountain high camp, high exposure on all sides. Be careful when you go to the toilet.

Camp Three (6200/20,341ft)-2hrs:

The climb from camp 2 to camp 3 shifts over to mixed, ice and snow terrain. This section also has fixed ropes along the entire distance. You will have great views of Ama Dablam base camp, Kusum Kanguru and Kantega. It is now time to traverse the infamous Mushroom Ridge at 6150 meters/20,300 feet. Looking up at camp 3 (6300 meters/20,800 feet), with the Dablam above. Some strong climbers push for the summit from camp two. However Zambuling Trekking  will always fix camp three before the summit. With that being said it is important to advise that this section of the mountain is at high risk for avalanches. So reducing the time spent at this camp or bypassing it completely is imperative. For clients not feeling strong enough to push from camp 2 we usually spend 6 hours here before starting for summit push. The route from the yellow tower to camp three is almost 55º of slop most of the way.

 Summit (6812M/22349ft) 10 hrs:

To summit from camp three and return back down to camp two takes most climbers about 10 hours. Summit day on Ama Dablam is a special one. Two easy pitches of dramatic but very solid snow-ice (40º+) are climbed to the side of the Dablam. Once you are next to the Dablam you reach a fluted snow/ice field (30-50º) that leads you to one of the world’s finest summits. Here you will be rewarded will the best seat in the house to view the Khumbu, the epicenter of high altitude climbing. Stunning panoramic views of the Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Shishapangma and Makalu come into view.

Facts of the Trip

·        Highest access: 6,812m (22,334ft)

·        First Ascent:13 March 1961 by Mike Gill & Wally Romanes(NZ), Barry Bishop(USA) & Mike Ward(UK)

·        Duration: 30 days (typically) Days

·        Group Size: 01-10 persons per Group.

·        Co-ordinates:27°51'42'' N, 86°51'40'' E

·        Location: Nepal/Everest Region

·        Country: Nepal

·        Airport: Kathmandu

·        Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)

·        Grade: mixed Alpine AD

·        Accommodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, L,D in during trekking and climbing

·        Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, L,D in during trekking and climbing

·        Transportation: Car, Jeep, Flight

·        Best season: spring: April-May and autumn: September-October

·        Major Activity: trekking/climbing

·        Include Activity: Scenic flight to Lukla

·        Culture: Sherpa and Tamang

·        Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

·        Climbing route: Southwest and northeast

·        Himalayan sights: Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Kongde

Cost Includes:

All arrival and departure transfer services in Kathmandu.

Flight & transfers Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu.

4 Nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan.

Flight & transfers Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu.

Mt. Ama Dablam expedition permit (Royalty; US$ 400 for member).

Government official Liaison Officer for Everest Expedition.

Khumbu village & Sagarmatha National Park entry permit & TIM’s card.

All camping equipment in Advance Base Camp and other camps.

Food, accommodation and guide during trekking in teahouse/lodge.

Food during expedition period cooked by our experienced cook. EBC

1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide for climbing support.

Gamow bag at EBC for emergency rescue purpose.

Baggage allowance carrying by Yaks/porters up and down to EBC: 50 kg.

Required high altitude food for climbing member and Sherpa for all high camp.

Insurance, wages, meal and allowances for climbing Sherpa and BC staffs.

Solar panels for light and battery charging in base camp.

Icefall and rope fixing charges, tents at high camps EBC,C1, C2 and C3.

First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

Walkie-talkies & satellite phone for communication (uses charge $ 5 per unit for Sat-phone).

Office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.

Cost Excludes:

Any additional staff (s) specially required by the climbing member.

Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu except farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls and Internet uses.

Clothing, packing items, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears.

Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides,

Political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.

Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.

Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.

Summit bonus to the personal climbing Sherpa (Beginning from minimum US$ 500 per summit per Sherpa).

Tips to base camp staffs(Per climbing member beginning from minimum US$ 100.00 in total for all)

Any other item not mentioned in “The Service Package Excludes” Section.



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