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Mt. Ama Dablam climbing expedition with Island Peak

Climb Ama Dablam (6856m), one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, via the south west ridge. Experienced local IFMGA-certified guide Tshering and his team of professional local guides take you on this incredible 30-day expedition, climbing also Island Peak.

Private and Group


30 Days

Oct, Nov




  • Climb the exposed summit of one of the most impressive mountains in the world
  • Reach the top of Ama Dablam via the mixed route of the south west ridge
  • Climb Island Peak (6189m) and get a good acclimatization


Lying at the heart of Mount Everest Khumbu region, Mount Ama Dablam (6856m) is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Himalaya Mountains. It is situated right above Tengboche Monastery, on the wall-worn path to Mount Everest Base Camp. This 30-day expediton takes you to the summit of this beautiful peak, climbing also Island Peak (6189m) on our way.

We will follow the South West Ridge of Ama Dablam, a long alpine Difficile, but it is a beautiful route, on mainly good rock, with mixed climbing passages and snowy finale.It is the most popular way to the summit. This expedition takes place in late autumn. At this time of the year, the weather is cold but stable and typically there are fewer climbers on the mountain. 

As for the physical and technical requirements, keep in mind that Ama Dablam is a serious climb. You must have an extensive knowledge of the use of ropes and technical equipment. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

We will meet in Kathmandu and next day we will fly early to Lukla, where our trek begins. Before climbing Ama Dablam we will be well acclimatized from the Gokyo Ri (5,320m) ascent, via Chola Pass (5,420m), Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kalapathar (5,550m) viewpoint and Island Peak summit (6,189m).  This strategy allows you to be well acclimatized, without being tired of being at the same place for long time.

This is a guided expedition, led by by a professional and experienced mountain guide, so you will have a high level of support, including a Sherpa team and also a well-stocked base camp. Participants are competent mountaineers, with enough experience as to climb Ama Dablam, one of the most sought after peaks in the world. 

If you want to climb this impressive mountain in Nepal, just make your booking! Get ready for an incredible expedition to Mount Ama Dablam summit in the Nepalese Himalayas.  

Check out my profile page for more great mountaineering expeditions in Nepal.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Luggage transfer

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price included. Hotel/airport pick up drops. 

3nights hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast on a twin- 
sharing basis whilst, and en route to the Mt.Ama Dablam climbing expedition and on the return. 

Full board accommodation in lodges ("Tea Houses") on trek.

All Necessary 
Transport from Kathmandu to Mt. Ama Dablam climbing expedition.

All necessary permits and fees..

All necessary local staff fees with insurance. 

All costs for IFMGA/NNMGA Certified Mountain Guides and well trained 
experienced climbing Sherpas with insurance. 

All group equipment, such as tents, cooking stoves, ropes, climbing 
equipment, Radio communications, Oxygen for medical 
purpose and mats.

Top Himalaya Guides group First aid kits // The price does not include:

Personal climbing equipment. 

Visa fees original entry visa into Nepal. This can be obtained at the 
airport upon arrival. 

Air travel to and from Kathmandu. 

Drinks. Laundry, Postage, Telephone calls, emails and other items of a 
personal nature. 

Any costs associated with you leaving the expedition early. 

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

Personal medical and travel insurance and cancelation insurance 
(most have emergency helicopter evacuation). 

Lunch, Dinner and extra nights hotel at Kathmandu. 

Personal spending money, tips and sightseeing tours. 

Summit bonus US $ 500 minimum for climbing Sherpa. 

Tips for all local support crews.

All of the guides on the Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team have local mountaineering certifications and have summited Everest several times. The coordination is carefully supervised every step of the way by some of the top IFMGA guides in the region.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,343m) and transfer to hotel.

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 over night

Day 5: Trek to Dole (4,200m)

Day 6: Trek to Machermo (4,410m)

Day 7: Rest and acclimatization at Machermo

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4,750m)

Day 9: Trek to Gokyo Ri view point (5,320m) and trek to Thanknag.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4,930m) via chola pass (5,420m).

Day 11: Rest day at Lobuche

Day 12: Trek to Kalapathar (5,550m) viewpoint and back to Gorakshap

Day 13: Trek to Everest base camp and trek back to Lobuche

Day 14: Trek to Chhukung

Day 15: Preparation for Island peak (Imja Tse) climbing and rest day at Chhukung

Day 16: Trek to Island peak (Imja Tse) base camp (5,600m)

Day 17: Climb Island peak (Imja Tse) summit (6,189m) and back to base camp or Chhukung

Day 18: Trek to Ama Dablam base camp

Day 19 to 25: Ama Dablam ascent (6,856m)

Mt. Ama Dablam has 3 camps. 
Camp 1(5,700m)
Camp 2 (5,900m)
Camp 3 (6,300m)

Day 26: Trek back to Namche Bazar

Day 27: Trek back to Lukla

Day 28: Early flight Lukla to KTM

Day 29: KTM city sightseeing, bit of shopping and farewell dinner

Day 30: Flight to Home THG Office staff will take you to TIA airport



More info

Level: Ama Dablam is a serious climb requiring extensive use of ropes and equipment. If your climbing experience is limited, we prefer you to join us beforehand for our Himalayan Three Peaks trip. This would allow you to pre-acclimatise and ensure a thorough brush-up on skills for the ascent.

Meeting point

Kathmandu, Nepal

About the guide

Hi! I'm Tshering, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

I have been climbing since 1996, starting on the 8000m mountains in the Himalaya. I'm one of the few IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guides (Instructor) from south Asia, gaining my qualification from the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) & Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA).

I have successfully guided on Mt Everest on multiple occasions, and other 8000m peaks such as Mt Cho-oyu (8,201m) (3 times), Sisha Pangma (8,013m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,515m) and many more.

I have have also a strong international climbing experience and extensive knowledge of the logistics, planning and group dynamic that are also very crucial to successfully lead adventures in the Himalaya and around the world. I guided in New Zealand, Norway, France, Scotland, Thailand, Bhutan, Pakistan, India and Tibet. I'm also a rescue expert and a technical trainer for the mountain guides training.

I very much like guiding my clients in remote places, where no tourist goes. I like also discovering new routes and peaks. Please have a look to the different trekking and mountaineering expeditions I propose and contact me if you want to discuss about them. I can of course also guide you in more 'classic' routes, just get in touch with me and let's talk about your wishes!

My team of guides consists of:

Climbing guides:

Chhiring Sonam Lama
Pasang Lama
Dukchung Lama
Pekma Lama
DAWA Chhedar Bhote
Wang Chhedar Bhote
DAWA Phinjo Bhote
Phurpu Thilen Bhote

Cook kitchen crew:
Jusbir Tamang
Sonam Bhote
Tenzing Bhote
Guru Bhote

All climbing guides have summited Everest several times.


Norwegian | Nepali | English



What people are saying about Tshering Pande Bhote Guiding Team

Gilles Peigné


July, 2023

Tshering prepared and organized the tour very professionally. All about logistic, difficult transport condition due to bad weather, skilled guide and assistant, and overall security was under his control. A good communication and a team spirit made the sucess of the Mera Peak ascent.

Lorna van Staden



It was an absolutely AMAZING experience and Sonam is very professional, friendly and helpful. I will recommend him and Tshering 100%

Steve Corroyer


December, 2022

It was a trip of a life time ! But unfortunately there was a few issues that I will list here : - Before booking, I specifically asked if our guide will really be Tshering Bhote, and you told me "yes". I book the trip, arrive in Kathmandu, and realize that our guide will NOT be Tshering... Not cool... - The "to buy" list we got from you (Explore Share) included ropes of certain diameter and certain length, and when you arrived in Kathmandu, the guide told us right away that it was not suitable ! We had to buy new ones. - Before leaving, I asked if I can rent some of the heavy gear (crampons, ice axe, also helmet) and I was told yes. Once in Kathmandu, they tell you that you cannot rent crampons, you need to buy them. This is not nice because then you don't get much choice in models and in prices... And I didn't allow for this extra weight in my bags too, which then creates problems at the airport on the way back home. But the worst was the helmet : the company lent me a helmet that was broken in many parts. I asked the guide several times to have another one, he didn't want to. I didn't pay for it, but the helmet was not comfortable and made me have sore head, and it was a serious safety issue. - The itinerary makes us climb LOBUCHE EAST first, then ISLAND PEAK, and finally AMA DABLAM last. Which makes sens because AMA DABLAM is the highest and more complicated mountain to climb, so it gives us time to acclimate, to get used to the mountain gear, and to gain confidence hiking in high altitude before trying the big one. But right from day 1, our guide's plans was not to do AMA DABLAM last (but he didn't tell us). Indeed, he forced us to go to AMA DABLAM before ISLAND PEAK, even though we didn't want to. And sad to say that on summit day, the weather was better on ISLAND PEAK than on AMA DABLAM. I later on learned that they always do it this way. So why not telling us right from the beginning and change the itinerary that we receive before booking ? The fact that they receive a summit bonus on AMA DABLAM and not on ISLAND PEAK could explain this... But then the hike is not done according to the hiker's needs and will, which is a shame. - After doing AMA DABLAM, we were then supposed to go to ISLAND PEAK. But to our surprise, our guide stayed in AMA DABLAM to guide another group ! (another summit bonus...). Instead, he asked one of the sherpas to guide us to ISLAND PEAK, along with 2 porters. The sherpa/guide is a really nice guy, trying hard to help, but could barely speak any English and had no mountain certifications at all. The trip advertises, in big block letters and in the trip's title, a guide with big fancy mountain certifications, and we ended up with someone not speaking English and with no certifications, to take us to the second highest mountain of the trip ! Not cool... The guide that I paid for is on AMA DABLAM, also getting paid by another group. How does this work ? - On LOBUCHE EAST, the guide also skipped the crevas rescuing training day. He explained that other people in the group didn't feel so well, that's why he preferred skipping it and doing it later on AMA DABLAM or ISLAND PEAK. The problem is that we never did this training day, even though we finished the trip with a few spare days left. Overall, it was still a great trip. The THG staff is great, nice, positive and helpful people. The cooking was just amazing ! The porters are always smiling, and everyone gets on well, making it a nice atmosphere. It's just lacking some communication between Explore Share and THG I think, and a guide maybe a bit more frank with his clients. Hope this helps ;-)

Frédéric DANIEL


December, 2022

It was an excellent trip with a good team to take care of us. I just didn't liked 2 things : - Hidden cost that were revealed at the last minute (differents bonus not talked before) - The guide that pushed us too fast even when i was feeling sick and knowing we got plenty of time... Else Tseering and his teams were always there to help and adapt to our need.

David Gahan


November, 2022

A truely amazing experience that I would recommend for anyone serious about climbing AMA Dablam. You need a very high level of fitness & mental strength to climb ama Dablam, it is not a beginner peak. Research the climb, gear required & treking around the Khumbu area before you desire to do this course so you are under no illusions prior to leaving for Nepal. If you have done the research, have all the right gear and have trained appropriately I guarantee you will love this. I recommend purchasing Uphill Athletes 24wk mountaineering training program to get you into mountain shape.

Anders Winbladh


January, 2022

Very good acclimatisation program and safe 1:1 climbing as I always was well looked after. Communication regarding weather and conditions were meticulous so we could adapt as we went along, increasing safety.

Mattias Gunnarsson


December, 2021

I had an amazing experience with Tshering’s experienced and highly qualified team including guide Sonam Shalaka and Sherpa Thomas Vechayba. I really enjoyed the concept of acclimating for Ama Dablam by doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes and climbing a number of peaks along the way, including Lobuche, rather than the typical repetitive climbs from base camp. It is always my preference to climb with local guides who intimately know the mountain and local customs and this was a perfect example of the benefits of that rather than going with a large group of westerners. Explore-Share always does a great job of facilitating those connections. This was an outstanding experience all around and I would gladly recommend Tshering and his team for any mountaineering experience in the Himalayas.

Charlotte Gevaert


November, 2021

I would definitely recommend booking with Tshering’s company, Top Himalaya Guides! He is very welcoming and due to his extensive experience with the mountains, he can help you with all the arrangements and any questions or other service requests you have. Due to his recommendation, we were able to change my itinerary to something that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on! He also provided excellent staff, my guide Namja was very experienced and qualified, which made me feel super safe in the mountains at all times. I can only look back on an incredible trip! Already looking forward to the next!

Matt Hook


January, 2020

I can't say enough about Top Himalaya Guides (THG)! Extremely knowledgeable and experienced guides with a genuine passion for the mountains. Our lead guide Sonam did a great job of managing expectations and ensuring that we stayed healthy and happy throughout the expedition. We were fortunate to summit all of our objectives including Ama Dablam, which was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend THG for any Himalayan experience and will definitely be using them again when I return to Nepal!!

John Jansen


December, 2019

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Caspian Nasser


January, 2019

Tshering was so great and informative. Very nice personal day out. He made sure everything was great and that we enjoyed ourselves! :)



October, 2018

Thanks for the email. After the initial confusion, climbing was great and Sonam was an amazing guide! Both Eveline and myself had a wonderful time and wish we could have kept climbing! Thanks for making our trips to Nepal even more unforgettable!!

Fabien Bousquet


November, 2017

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April, 2015

My self and two friends planned a trip to Everest region in December 2014. We were recommended Tshering of Tormod Granheim, a Norwegian who has been at Mt. Everest with Tshering. With ski ... Our trip was far far less demanding than that. But no less reason to be very pleased with Tshering. We walked from Lukla, to Namche Bazar, further to Everest View Hotel and then finally we reached our goal; Varak Peak. 4,618 meters above sea level. Tshering is in addition to being a pleasant companion also well known and experienced guy. Especially fun is it to be with him in this region where he knows "all" the local people. We had good days in the mountains, and were also lucky with the weather. To see Mt. Everest both in sunset and sun rice is amazing!



April, 2015

I am planning an expedition to Ama Dablam in 2016, I choose Tshering, because I met him in Norway and had a conversation with him. He then suggested that we could train together in Norway before I go to Nepal. We have done some climbing on glacier, some rock climbing and alpine ascents in Norway and I will never regret that I choose him and his company. He seems very professional and he is a very good instructor. Looking forward going to Nepal.


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