Ama Dablam Climb with International Mountain Guides
Thanks for your interest in our Ama Dablam Expedition. This is one of the most famous and beautiful peaks in the world, rising above the Dudh Kosi River valley on the way to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. We've now conducted nineteen successful guided Ama Dablam expeditions through 2022, and we're looking forward to getting back again in Autumn 2023 and Spring 2024!
Our Ama Dablam expeditions will utilize the new model we pioneered in 2022, with the team acclimatizing on Mera Peak, and then flying by helicopter direct to Ama Dablam BC. Mera Peak is a fun climb, higher than 21,000 ft, the perfect preparation for Ama Dablam, plus you get to visit the Hinku Valley and see a different part of Nepal!
The Classic program is suitable for experienced climbers and will be led by our IMG guides from USA and Nepal. The Hybrid Program is an excellent choice for climbers who would prefer additional support.
For climbers doing pre-acclimatization or coming to Ama Dablam from Manaslu, Putha Hiunchuli, or other mountains, we are happy to discuss other options. Let us know how we can put together a package for you that will meet your requirements.
How hard is Ama Dablam?
How hard is Ama Dablam? You need to have solid rock-climbing and cramponing skills and be able to climb and rappel with a pack on. You'll be jumaring on fixed ropes. There are several short, steep sections of near vertical ice and rock on the spectacular ridge between Camp 1 and Camp 3 that require strength and technique. Up high on Ama Dablam climbers need to be ready for very cold temperatures and wind, so proper equipment is critical. Most importantly, you need good common sense and the ability to learn and adapt. On Ama Dablam climbers typically do not rope up to each other, but instead ascend and descend using fixed ropes. This allows climbers to move together but at the same time be semi-independent on the mountain between camps. We provide walkie-talkies to our climber/Sherpa teams so they can stay in contact with each other and the IMG staff who are available for consultation.
Expedition Organization and Leadership
International Mountain Guides (IMG)
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson. IMG has conducted over 60 Himalayan expeditions with a group of guides and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 800 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.
IMG leaders are professionals and are great teachers as well as strong climbers. All have done numerous high-altitude expeditions, including the Himalaya. Our clients enjoy the immense benefit of a core group that has climbed together extensively, producing a team that knows how to work well together.
Our goal is to safely help as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere international climbing company, and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join a world-class team on Ama Dablam, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our expedition!
Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team
A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.
Joining a high-altitude trek or expedition is a serious decision. You should be completely confident in the organization and leadership before you make that decision. Many of you have climbed with us before, and because your experience with us was good, you're considering another climb with us. For those of you who haven't climbed with us before, we strongly encourage you to interview us thoroughly and also talk to our past customers. When you're ready to make the decision, we'll be happy to provide you with a complete list of references. In the meantime, please browse a few comments from past climbers.