Ama Dablam Nepal Expedition

  • 09/28/2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • 10/27/2019
  • 8:00 PM
  • Nepal
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Join MAA members to return to Nepal to climb Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Absolutely captivating and austere at 22,349' this is one of the most coveted mountains in the Himalaya. This expedition features climbing and camping on the precipitous NW ridge, challenging steep alpine ice and rock climbing, and a magnificent ascent to breath-taking views of Everest and other 8,000 meter peaks. Also included in this expedition is an acclimatization climb on 20,295 Kyajo Ri, trekking in the Khumbu and enjoying the culture and hospitality of the Nepalese. Participants must be experienced climbers with high altitude experience and independently proficient in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Loaner gear will be available. We have room for 5 participants. 

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 


What's happening: Ama Dablam 22,349', SW ridge, steep snow and alpine ice up to 65 degrees and rock climbing up to 5.8, teams of 2 or 3. Two camps above basecamp, and single push strategy, with multiple days built in for weather / contingencies. Climb 20,295 Kyajo Ri for acclimatization just prior, this is a challenging alpine rock and ice ascent as well, view Kyajo Ri expedition posting. Twenty eight days of international travel, high altitude trekking, incredible culture and food, and incredible alpine climbing and mountaineering with your team. Fixed lines and set camps on Ama Dablam, no fixed lines or set camps on Kyajo RiNo oxygen required, but will be available in emergencies. Climbing Sherpa and porter support. To prep, attend team conference calls and training opportunities summer 2019. Share the itinerary with the Kyajo Ri team. 

Event Leader: Darren Shutt,, 916-872-3399

March 20th Nepal Expeditions Conference Call recording here.

Minimum / maximum participants: 4/5. We must have a minimum of 4 participants for the expedition to be feasible at this price.

Nepal partner: Top Himalayan Guides will be assisting with logistics, permits, certified personnel and general expedition support.

Participant Expedition Fees: (March estimate) $11,288 per person. This covers costs for MAA as well as our excellent Nepalese partner Top Himalayan Guides. Expedition fees cover all the following:
  • All transportation to and from airports
  • 3 night accommodations in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast
  • Flights to and from Lukla
  • All tea house accommodations and meals during all trekking portions of the climb
  • IFMGA/NNMGA Certified Mountain Guides and well trained and experienced climbing Sherpas, with insurance
  • Sherpas and cook staff 
  • All basecamp accommodations and meals
  • All group equipment such as tents, cooking stoves, fixed lines, climbing equipment, radio communications, oxygen for medical purpose and sleeping mats
  • Group first aid kits
  • Nepal government and local fees, permits and insurance
  • MAA group technical climbing equipment - ropes, protection, etc.
  • Summit bonus and sherpa and cook staff tips
  • Expedition Leader participant fees and flight costs
  • In-country contingency for unexpected group expenses - cash while in Nepal
  • MAA operations fee
  • Personal loaner MAA technical gear and equipment

Expedition fee does not include:

  • Air travel to and from Kathmandu, estimated to be $1,000 - $1,200

  • Lunch, dinner and any extra nights in hotel in Kathmandu

  • Medical, travel, or rescue insurance

  • Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and other items of a personal nature

  • Any costs associated with leaving the expedition early

  • Any costs associated with arriving back in Kathmandu early, for example, having climbed the mountain ahead of schedule

  • Personal spending money and sightseeing tours

Payment and Refund Information: A minimum of 4 participants is required to make the expedition feasible. Fee must be paid to confirm registration, and can be paid in portions, if requested. Full refund outside of 90 days, 50% refund 60-90 days, no refund closer than 60 days from departure. If we do not meet our minimum by 90 days ahead, we will cancel the expedition and provide a full refund, or discuss options for adjustments.

Special note on travel: The exact itinerary is dependent upon a number of factors such as weather, mountain conditions, and team dynamics which may affect the actual day we are back in Kathmandu by several days. We recommend to not schedule return flights until we return to Kathmandu. If you do schedule a return flight, it likely may get changed - moved up or back. 

What to bring: Comprehensive list will be supplied to the confirmed team. In general you will need warm double boots, mittens and all cold weather technical mountaineering personal climbing equipment, a warm sleeping bag, trekking clothes and gear, and travel clothes. We will have Sherpa support to carry gear to basecamp, and tents and mats are supplied. There are no fixed lines on Kyajo Ri - all climbing is alpine style. All shelter and meals will be supplied by Top Himalayan Guides.

Travel and gear coordination: Group spreadsheet on G-Drive will be shared with confirmed participants.

Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

SIMPLIFIED ITINERARY Sept. 28th - Oct. 28th:

Prior: Weekday evening video conference calls, and online coordination. First  call was March 20th, view recording here. Additional calls will be scheduled.

Prior: Training climbs in CA in June, Aug, or Sept, TBD.

  • Saturday, Sept. 28th - Leave the US. Cross international date line. Arrive in Kathmandu on Monday, Sept. 30th.
  • Day 1, Sept. 30th: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,343m) and transfer to hotel. Orientation with THG and logistics.
  • Day 2: Early flight to Lukla (2,866m) and trek to Phakding (2,640m).
  • Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m).
  • Day 4: Acclimatization and short day trip to Everest viewpoint (3,856m), visit Sherpa village to Khunde, Khumjung and back to Kyangjuma for the night.
  • Day 5: Trek to Mende (3,736m).
  • Day 6: Trek to Kyajo Ri base camp (4,550m).
  • Day 7: Rest and acclimatization at Kyajo Ri Base camp.
  • Day 8: Trek to Kyajo Ri Camp 1 (5,200m).
  • Day 9: Climb to Camp 2 (5,700m)
  • Day 10: Climb Kyajo Ri peak (6,186m) and back to Camp 1.
  • Day 11: Trek to base camp.
  • Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazar. Split from the Kyajo Ri team
  • Day 13: Rest day at Namche Bazar
  • Day 14: Trek to Pangbuche
  • Day 15: Ama Dablam base camp
  • Days 16 - 23: Ascent of Ama Dablam (6,856m). Ama Dablam has 3 camps. Camp 1(5,700m) Camp 2 (5,900m) Camp 3 (6,300m)
  • Day 24: Trek back to Namche Bazar
  • Day 25: Trek back to Lukla
  • Day 26: Early flight Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 27: Kathmandu city sightseeing, bit of shopping and farewell dinner  
  • Day 28, October 27th: Flights home


  • In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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