Ama Dablam “5 peaks” Alpine mountaineering course in the Himalayas (33 days)

Join Jyamchang, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for a unforgettable adventure in eastern Nepal. Complete this Alpine Mountaineering Course and climb five peaks including Ama Dablam!




Trip Duration

33 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

1 person

Trip Level


Offer Period

Oct, Nov

Type of Trip



  • Complete the Himalayan Alpine Mountaineering Course with an expert.

  • Spend more than 30 days in the amazing Himalaya range.

  • Reach the top of Ama Dablam, one of the most popular mountains in the area.


Ama Dablam (6,812 m) is a mountain of the Himalaya range, in Nepal. This mountaineering course is your chance to prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure and reach its summit!

First climbed in 1961, Ama Dablam is popular for its soaring ridges and steep faces. Its name, meaning “Mother’s necklace”, describes its particular shape. Its hanging glacier resembles the sacred ornament box used by Sherpa Women, known as Dablam.

This 33-day adventure starts with some stunning trekking days. Then we will complete the Himalayan Alpine Mountaineering Course (HAMC). On the course, we will work on glacier climbing, anchorage, rescue systems, rope and knots, among other special abilities. Additionally, we will also learn and practice in amazing spots such as the Gokyo valley and the high mountain passes of Cho La and Khongma La.

Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to climb five peaks, including Lobuche and Chukung. After finishing the Mountaineering Course, you will have all the technical, physical and mental preparation you need to reach the summit of Ama Dablam!

During the trekking days, we will stay in “tea houses”(lodges) with great service. We will enjoy fresh cooked meals there. Then, once on the training and climbing days, we will spend the nights in tents at base camps or high camps where we will eat alpine style food.

For more information, you can check the itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that for this expedition you will need a good fitness level. You must also have some basic hiking, climbing and mountaineering experience.

So, if you are up for a once-in-a-lifetime mountaineering experience, please contact me. Let’s train and reach the top of Ama Dablam together!

I can also guide you to other summits, such as Mount Lhakpa and Cho Oyu!

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Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 INCLUDED: Airport Pic up and drop in Nepal - 3 nights at Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu (e.g. international Guest house), welcome dinner at Nepali Traditional restaurant, Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, and back to Kathmandu - National Park entry fees - Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural municipality permit - Lobuche Peaks climbing permit - Island Peak Permit - Ama dablam Climbing and expeditions permit - Porters - High camp tents and camping gear - All meals during the trekking and climbing lodge accommodation - All Local staff insurance - All camping equipment, cook and kitchen for Ama Dablam - Climbing rope - Emergency sat phone - Garbage Clearance fee - Garbage deposit - Fix Roping fee to Ama Dablam ////////////// EXCLUDED: International & home country domestic airfares or transfers - Visa Fee (you could easily get it at the airport for 45$ for 30 days) - Personal expenses such as gifts, phone calls, laundry, tips for porters, drinks (including alcohol) and bottle of water - Meal in Kathmandu and Meals and accommodation other than those specified - Personal clothing and equipment for the trek and climbing - Tips are a traditional part of the local payment as well as a motivation to make you happy on the expedition ($8 per day per porter /per staff) - Summit Bonus for Sherpa 1:1 = U$D 300 - Insurance: Make sure you have a good insurance covering search and rescue, medical expenses and transportation to home country. You should also consider a Cancellation Policy in case of illness at time of departure.


  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu




  • Day 2Preparation for the trek
  • Day 3Flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2656m)
  • Day 4From Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
  • Day 5Namche Bazar – Acclimatisation day
  • Day 6From Namche Bazar to Mongla or Phortse Thanga (4040m)
  • Day 7Trek to Dole (4400m) and rope work training
  • Day 8Machermo (4452m) Trek
  • Day 9Acclimatisation day in Machermo
  • Day 10Trek to Gokyo lake (4750m)






  • Day 11Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5364m)and back to Dangnak
  • Day 12Trek to Zongla (4830m) and  Cho La pass (5330m)












  • Day 13Hike up to High Camp of Lobuche
  • Day 14Lobuche peak summit
  • Day 15From Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m). Then hike to Kala Pathar and Everest Base Camp
  • Day 16Back to Lobuche
  • Day 17Crossing Khongma La pass and overnight at Chhukung



  • Day 18Rest Day
  • Day 19Hike to Island peak Base Camp and preparation for the summit climb



  • Day 20Summit day for Island peak and back to Base Camp or Chhukung
  • Day 21Back to Pangboche




  • Day 22Morning Lama Visit for blessings before trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp






  • Day 23Rest Day at Base Camp
  • Day 24Preparation for Ama Dablam ascent




  • Day 25Camp 1
  • Day 26Camp 2
  • Day 27Camp 3
  • Day 28Ama Dablam summit and back to Camp 2
  • Day 29Back to BC
  • Day 30Return to Namche



  • Day 31Back To Lukla




  • Day 32Return to Kathmandu



  • Day 33Day 33: International departure





Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Kathmandu Airport.


Hotel, Tea houses and tents.


About the Guide


I come from the East part of Nepal, between Makalu (8,470m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m). I am IFMGA/UIAGM fully certified since 2009. I have 20+ experience of climbing in the Himalaya. I’ve climbed Mt Everest (7 times), Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet (2 times), Mt Ama Dablam (8 times), Baruntse (2 times), Island peak (15 times), Lobuche (10 times), Pokhalde (10 times), Mera peak (10 times), Mehera peak (5 times), Chulu far east (3 times), Mt Shishapangma until camp 3, Manaslu until 7200m, and Chulu West, Lhakpa ri and other another few more times.
I also have extensive experience of climbing in Europe: France, Italy, UK and Norway (where I work for three months during the summer as a glacier guide).
I'm also a technical mountain rescue coordinator for the 8000's.
It will be my pleasure to guide you through your journey whether for trekking, peak climbing or any mountaineering expedition. Get in touch and let's discuss about the purpose of your trip.




What People are Saying about Jyamchang Bhote


After a year and a half of planning, a new attempt was made on Ama Dablam. This time a third person joined the climbing party. Acclimatisation on Lobuche gave us a foretaste of what the numerous pitches on Ama Dablam\'s steep terminal slopes would feel like. Good weather conditions and a swift Alpine style climb to C1, C2 and finally the summit concluded this project. Thank you so much Jyamchang for guiding us up there! The timing of the climb (before Autumn\'s commercial expeditions), choice of porters and additional logistics were once again very professional.
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Excellent guide, à la fois attentionné et motivant. Il a su s\'adapter à notre rythme tout en nous stimulant suffisamment pour qu\'on atteigne nos objectifs quotidiens. Il nous faisait un briefing journalier avec le programme du lendemain et ses difficultés éventuelles et une vérification de notre adaptation à l\'altitude (pouls, saturation en oxygène). Dès le premier jour, il a tout pris en charge tant du point de vue de l\'organisation des transports que des hôtels sans faux pas.
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Siham et Noémie
As some famous mountaineer once said about his Sherpa climbing partner, Jyamchang belongs to a new generation of Nepali guides who really love to climb. For them, mountaineering isn’t just about business. And that’s the reason why we got along very well whilst attempting the ascent of Ama Dablam in April 2017. We were lucky enough to be able to meet beforehand in Chamonix for a thorough check-up of the equipment and a briefing on the various logistics. I found him to be that kind of straight-to-the-point, smiling and organized person I was hoping to have as a guide and partner for an ambitious climb above 6000 meters, which I had only performed once before (on Island Peak). We met at the airport in Kathmandu and joined a good friend of mine and his trekking guide, who accompanied us during the acclimatization trip across the 3 passes and on to EBC. This gave us plenty of time to get our bodies accustomed to altitude. Jyamchang and I performed a daily health check-up to monitor the effects of altitude, a routine which I found to be very professional. We had agreed during our first Skype discussions that we were going to climb alpine style. That is minimum logistics, no fixed ropes etc. The idea of climbing a difficult mountain such as Ama Dablam without these facilitating artefacts strongly appealed to me, and I appreciated that Jyamchang pushed for this approach of the climb. This was not just pulling the client to the top of the mountain and then collecting the summit bonus. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions the day before summit day, we were unable to reach the summit. However, I found that Jyamchang’s attitude during the difficult descent with rapidly degrading weather conditions, and another party that we had to help descend, was again showing a professional and competent approach to the mountain environment. All in all, we had a great time in the beautiful surroundings of the Khumbu valley and may be climbing together again in a future expedition. I can strongly recommend Jyamchang for trekking and climbing elsewhere in the world (Jyamchang also guides in Norway). Martin, 32 - Belgium
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