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Ama Dablam Expedition

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Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam Expedition

Ama Dablam (22,349' | 6,812m) is arguably the most aesthetic mountain in the Himalaya. The SW ridge provides exhilarating rock, snow, and ice climbing to its summit via the Dablam glacier. An alpine style climb of nearby Kyajo Ri ensures optimal acclimatization and preparation for Ama Dablam.


  • Acclimatize while trekking the Gokyo circuit through the gorgeous mountain valleys of Nepal, taking in Himalayan Giants like Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mt. Everest from the 17,000' Renjo La Pass.
  • Prepare for an attempt on Ama Dablam with spectacular technical climbing on Kyajo Ri, ascending steep rock and ice to reach the airy summit at over 20,000'.
  • Benefit from comprehensive logistics with porter support to base camps and a 2 to 1 climber to guide ratio that ensures personal attention and support on this demanding climb.
  • Experience the vibrant mountain culture of Khumbu region, exploring the local teahouses along our trekking route.
  • Take part in an RMI adventure and see why we continue to set the standard in guiding excellence.

Our Ama Dablam expedition provides avid climbers with experience on steep mixed terrain the opportunity to summit two Himalayan peaks in a more purist alpine style. A single push summit strategy is facilitated by a previous acclimatization trek over Renjo La pass, foregoing the need for multiple acclimatization rotations and the help of extensive sherpa support. Rock steps of up to 5.8 in difficulty, and steep snow and ice pitches make this a memorable Himalayan climbing experience.

A fall trek through the Khumbu Valley provides a tranquil alternative to the hustle and bustle of the busy spring season in the Everest region. The cool, crisp air and changing colors of the forested hillsides delight the senses during a time of year when trekkers can typically enjoy long stretches of clear days. We take a less travelled route, hiking up and over Renjo La Pass to drop down into the serene alpine village of Gokyo. After relaxing for an evening along the shores of Dudh Pokhari Lake, where yaks and wetland birds wander about, we venture further up valley exploring the series of glacial lakes that lead us to the base of Cho Oyu's South Face. On our return from Cho Oyu Base Camp, we descend through the Gokyo Valley, giving us the chance to experience a different collection of Sherpa-run lodges.

Kyajo Ri stands at 20,295', above the Gokyo Valley. The climbing consists of a variety of alpine ice and rock that leads to an airy summit. Climbing this peak in an alpine style assures optimal preparation for Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam means “mother’s necklace”, for her NW and SW ridges symbolize the arms of a mother protecting her child.

After climbing Kyajo Ri, we merge into the classic Everest path towards the base of Ama Dablam, going through Tengboche where the largest Buddhist monastery of the Khumbu Valley is located. Well acclimatized and technically ready for our summit bid on Ama Dablam, our single push strategy on this majestic peak provides an opportunity to move quickly through the challenging terrain and to enjoy a lighter and faster way of tackling this sought-after summit.


RMI was established in 1969 and is one of America's oldest and most-trusted guide services. We are the largest guide service on Mt. Rainier and Denali and leaders in guiding climbs and treks around the globe. Our years of leading mountain adventures give us the experience and knowledge to create the best possible trips and we work hard to live up to our reputation as an industry leader. Our comprehensive trip preparation takes care of the details for you, from hotels to airport transfers, so that you can focus on preparing for the climb instead of the distraction that comes with coordinating logistics.

Our Ama Dablam expedition is led by RMI’s top guides, who bring with them years of climbing experience on mountains all over the world, from the Andes, to the Alaska Range, to the Himalayas. As you reach higher elevations and test the limits of your experience, the value of an accomplished, highly trained RMI Guide held to our standards cannot be understated.

We climb Ama Dablam and Kyajo Ri with a 2:1 climber to guide ratio to provide the important individual attention needed during the climbs. Additionally, we have Sherpa support on Ama Dablam to assure that you can focus on the demands of the climb and enjoy a faster and more efficient ascent.

We use RMI's own climbing equipment brought from the U.S., ensuring that our expedition standards of safety, quality, and reliability are met. We've chosen our hotels and meals to keep our team comfortable, happy, and healthy throughout the climb. Our exceptional focus on detail, our unparalleled level of climber attention, and our genuine excitement for these adventures are what make our programs truly memorable.


Safety has always been RMI's top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. RMI's experienced team of guides focus on leading a fun and successful climb without compromising safety. We apply the same strict standards of safety we bring to the Alaska and the Himalayas to our climbs of Ama Dablam. Careful planning, precise ascent profiles, daily weather forecasts, and diligent attention are taken as we venture to high altitudes. Comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and satellite communication equipment are carried with the team throughout the trip.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.



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Day 1


Depart US. During your flight you will cross the International Date Line making travel time approximately three days.

Day 2


Day 3

KATHMANDU  •  4,383' | 1,336m

We arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel for some rest and recovery before our evening reception and welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu. (D)

Day 4

KATHMANDU   •   4,383' | 1,336m

Situated in a bowl-shaped valley in central Nepal, Kathmandu is the largest city in the country and the cosmopolitan heart of the Himalayan Region. Today is our first chance to explore Kathmandu's rich and diverse culture with a city tour including the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and Swayambunath - the Monkey Temple. The rest of the day is spent enjoying the city and local cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 5

PHAKDING  •  8,700' | 2,652m

In the morning we fly to Lukla, the village where our approach and acclimatization trek begins. The airport in Lukla is the Tenzing Norgay Airport, and landing on the STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) runway is an experience in itself. From here on out, there are no more vehicles or roads, just a network of villages connected by footpaths. After coordinating logistics with our local staff members, we start trekking along the river towards the village of Phakding. We spend the night at a small teahouse on the bank of the milky-blue Dudh Kosi river. (B, L, D)

Day 6

NAMCHE BAZAAR  •  11,300' | 3,444m

Hike to historic Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalayas and the Sherpa community's central meeting place. Namche is where lowland porters bearing supplies meet the highland Sherpa and Tibetan people who have journeyed over high passes from many miles away to trade food and supplies for their home or village. Namche's busy shops, delicious bakeries, and jovial feel are a welcome sight after making the long climb up from the valley floor below. (B, L, D)

Day 7

NAMCHE BAZAAR  •  11,300' | 3,444m

We build upon our acclimatization by going for a short hike to the village of Khumjung to visit the historic Hillary School and cache any extra gear for our descent route from Gokyo. Our hike takes us along the more remote paths between villages, offering glimpses of the peaks higher up the valley, before returning us to Namche for the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 8

THAME  •  12,530' | 3,819m

We leave Namche and follow an ancient Tibetan trade route up the Bhote Kosi valley to Thame, passing through several small farming communities along the way. Perched above the high plain where the village lies are the Thame Monastery and Sunder Peak, both within close range for optional afternoon sightseeing. (B, L, D)

Day 9

LUNGDHEN  •  14,330' | 4,368m

We make the gradual ascent to Lungdhen via a remote, open valley that climbs above treeline, yielding glimpses of high, snowy peaks off in the distance. (B, L, D)

Day 10

REST DAY LUNGDHEN  •  14,330' | 4,368m

We stay another night in Lungdhen to continue our acclimatization, fuel up with warm food and drink, and rest our legs before the big push up and over Renjo Pass to Gokyo. This quiet community of alpine lodges is the typical launching point for trekkers making an early morning departure for Renjo La. (B, L, D)

Day 11

GOKYO  •  15,715' | 4,790m

This will likely be the most strenuous day of the acclimatization trek, given the challenge of moving through high altitude terrain that may be rocky, snowy, or icy, depending on the conditions. The rewarding views from the top of Renjo La (17,585') easily justify those achy muscles and tired lungs. We pause amid the fluttering prayer flags to capture photos of the Rolwaling Himal, Tibetan border, and Himalayan giants such as Cho Oyu and Everest. Finally we make our way down to the village of Gokyo for a restful afternoon on the shores of Dudh Pokhari, considered a sacred lake to Hindus and Buddhists alike. (B, L, D)

Day 12

HIKE TO CHO OYU BASE CAMP (17,060')  •  15,715' | 4,790m

An enjoyable day hike awaits us as we set out from Gokyo to explore the remote region lying just south of the Nepali-Tibetan border. We pass by turquoise lakes, primitive shelters once used by yak herders, and perhaps some rusty remains left behind by mountaineering expeditions of yesteryear. The trail makes a gradual ascent up the glacial moraine, then along a grassy, dried-up riverbed, before hugging the steep cliffs that beckon us towards Gyazumba Tsho, the mystic lake at the base of Cho Oyu's South Face. The views of Everest, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu make the outing well worth the extra effort. Return to Gokyo for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 13

DHOLE  •  13,255' | 4,040m

Making a casual departure from Gokyo, we descend the Gokyo Valley through Machermo to Dhole to find thicker air and a good night's sleep. The sentinels of Cholatse to the east and Kyajo Ri to the west will tower over us on our descent to lower elevations. (B, L, D)

Day 14

KHUMJUNG  •  12,400' | 3,780m

The comfortable trail down to Phortse Thanga traverses a hillside blanketed by aromatic herbs used by the locals as both incense and tea, before zig-zagging its way up to the ridgetop village perched atop Mong La. During our lunch break here, we'll enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam as it towers ominously above us. The afternoon hike to Khumjung takes us though a small rhododendron forest just before reaching the comforts of the lodge where we previously cached our extra gear. (B, L, D)

Day 15

KHUMJUNG  •  12,400' | 3,780m

We take a rest day in Khumjung, visiting the Sr. Edmund Hillary Hospital and School, and prepping our gear for the climb of Kyajo Ri. (B, L, D)

Day 16

KYAJO RI BASE CAMP  •  14,600' | 4,450m

We start the day early heading towards base camp by hiking straight uphill towards the Khumuche Himal, the chain of rocky peaks at whose end Kyajo Ri rises. A steep trail, cut into the side of the slopes, gains elevation slowly towards treeline. After some 4-6 hours of climbing, we reach the plateau where we pitch camp at the headwaters of the Teshebu Kola. (B, L, D)

Day 17

KYAJO RI CAMP 1  •  17,125' | 5,220m

With a long day ahead, we dismantle camp and pack everything with us. For the next few days of our summit push, we'll put our alpine style skills to the test, packing light and being efficient on our objective. Two steep headwalls guard the access to the Kyajo Glacier where Camp 1 sits. One hour of demanding scrambling, through the only gullies that allow us to pass through, will take us to a lake at the base of the mountain, near the toe of the glacier. We wave goodbye to our porters as we settle in for the evening. (B, D)

Day 18

KYAJO RI CAMP 2  •  18,700' | 5,700m

The adventure continues as we find our way up onto the Kyajo Glacier which will lead us to the base of the last headwall to climb on our way to the West Ridge of Kyajo Ri. At its end we reach the col where camp sits, right at the base of our climbing route. (B, D)

Day 19

KYAJO RI SUMMIT DAY (20,295')  •  17,125' | 5,220m

Summit day on Kyajo Ri is a delight; the route starts right from the tents and presents steep rock, ice, and snow that put your climbing skills to the test. The views of five of the eight-thousand meter peaks including Everest just a stone's throw away, the Tibetan Plateau to the north, and the Rolwaling Mountains to the west are images that will leave a lasting impression. Following the obligatory pictures and high fives on top, we initiate our 10-12 full rope length rappels to the base. We pack up camp and continue to descend to Camp 1. (B, D)

Day 20

KHUMJUNG  •  12,400' | 3,780m

We'll wake up tired but with a feeling of accomplishment. We pack camp and descend to Base Camp, continuing on to Khumjung and returning to the comforts of a tea house. (B, L, D)

Day 21

KHUMJUNG  •  12,400' | 3,780m

A well-deserved rest day is on the books for today. Showers, repacking for Ama Dablam, and perhaps lots of sleep will be the day's activities. (B, L, D)

Day 22

DEBOCHE  •  12,325' | 3,757m

We leave Khumjung and follow the valley to Tengboche, the largest Sherpa monastery in the Khumbu area. From the monastery's front steps we have excellent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. We descend from the ridge where the monastery is located into the quiet forest of fir and rhododendron that surround our teahouse at Deboche. (B, L, D)

Day 23

AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP  •  14,993' | 4,570m

Moving above treeline, we hike to Base Camp via the small village of Pangboche, a large Sherpa village at the foot of Ama Dablam. Our path follows the Imja River which flows directly east of Pangboche. A couple extra hours bring us to Ama Dablam Base Camp. We spend the night in a teahouse located in Base Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 24

AMA DABLAM CAMP 1  •  18,000' | 5,486m

The hike from Base Camp follows a pleasant route up the Cholungche River with incredible views of Kantega and Tamserku Peaks. We strategically camp a bit below the standard Camp 1, securing a cleaner source of water and avoiding heavy crowds. (B, D)

Day 25

AMA DABLAM CAMP 2  •  19,900' | 6,066m

We start the technical part of Ama Dablam's climb, using fixed ropes to secure the airy rocky ridge that provides technical moves over exposed terrain. Camp 2 sits perched on the Yellow Tower, a rocky outcrop with space for just a few tents that provides one of the most surreal campsites anywhere in the world. (B, D)

Day 26

AMA DABLAM SUMMIT DAY (22,349')  •  19,900' | 6,066m

We start early in the night. Tricky mixed terrain leads to steep snow slopes that bring us to the plateau below the dramatic hanging Dablam glacier. Bypassing this well before sunrise, we continue for the final push to the top, surmounting the steep icy incline around the Dablam as the views of Everest and Lhotse on the other side greet us. The panorama from the summit is nothing short of astonishing. We stay just a few feet shy of the very top as it a sacred place for Buddhists. We descend back to C2 for the night. (B, D)

Day 27

AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP  •  14,993' | 4,570m

We have plenty of technical terrain still ahead as we retrace our steps to Base Camp. We rappel down to the end of the SW Ridge and continue our hike to Base Camp for the night. (B, D)

Day 28

NAMCHE BAZAAR  •  11,300' | 3,444m

After a good night of sleep at Base Camp, we transition back into trekking mode and start our walk back down to civilization. We spend the night in a teahouse. (B, L, D)

Day 29

LUKLA  •  9,383' | 2,860m

Our last day on the trail. We hike down from Namche to Lukla, crossing the eleven swaying suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi and re-entering the fertile valleys of the lower Khumbu. We spend out last night in a Khumbu teahouse. (B, L, D)

Day 30

KATHMANDU  •  4,383' | 1,336m

The scenic morning flight back to Kathmandu gives us one last chance to say farewell to the mountains. The afternoon in Kathmandu is open for exploring or just relaxing. (B)

Day 31, 32, 33


We build in three contingency days to give us some flexibility in our climbing schedule, increasing our chances of reaching the summit.

Day 34


We depart Kathmandu. (B)

Day 35


We arrive home.


Key: B, L, D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

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Travel Consultant

RMI has partnered with Erin Rountree to provide comprehensive travel support. We have been working with Erin for many years. As an independent agent of the Travel Society, she has booked countless miles for adventure travelers across the globe and is extremely knowledgeable about the travel needs of our programs. Please call (208) 788-2870 or send email to etravel@cox.net.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required for this trip. Your travel insurance policy should include trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, and evacuation.

Navigating through the different options for travel insurance can be confusing. To help make the process straightforward, we have partnered with Ripcord Insurance because their policies are specifically designed for adventure travel and offer coverage for remote areas, and for activities like mountaineering, climbing, skiing, and trekking, without any altitude restrictions.

The most comprehensive coverage available is Cancel For Any Reason. This policy must be purchased within 14 days of making the first payment towards your program. While this coverage is more expensive, it allows you to cancel for any reason no less than 48 hours before your departure date and still receive a refund of up to 75% of your costs.

When purchasing Travel Insurance, here are a few items to consider:

  • Read the fine print. Travel Insurance will refund you when canceling for a covered reason for any non-refundable cancellation fees. However, there are exclusions, so make sure you understand the "covered reasons."
  • Purchase coverage for Cancel For Any Reason within 14 days of making the first deposit payment towards your program.
  • Confirm that your activity is a covered “activity.” Not all travel insurance policies will offer coverage for activities such as mountaineering, climbing, skiing, or trekking adventures. Policies can also exclude coverage for activities due to the gear used (crampons, ice axe), for activities that go above certain elevations, or for activities in a particular region of the world. If there are exclusions, you may need to add an "Adventure" or "Sports" package to cover your activity.
  • Verify that your state of residence is allowed with the policy that you are purchasing. Not all insurance companies offer policies in all 50 states.


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Benefits are tailored for adventurers and include:

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  • Trip cancellation/interruption, primary medical expense coverage, sporting goods, baggage loss, emergency dental, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) and more.
  • Completely integrated one-stop program with a single contact for emergency services to travel assistance and insurance claims.
  • 24/7 access to paramedics, nurses and military veterans.
  • Security extraction in case of unexpected dangerous and chaotic events.
  • Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) options and pre-existing condition waiver within 14 days of your initial trip deposit.

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Security & Medical Evacuation

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Travel Advisories / Warnings

Please confirm any current travel advisories/warnings as well as passport and visa requirements with the U.S. Department of State.

Getting There

During your flight to Kathmandu (KTM) you will cross the International Date Line. Travel time is approximately three days. If you want to see the mountains as you fly into Kathmandu, make sure you sit on the right-hand side of the plane.

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required for entering Nepal. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected date of return. U.S. passport holders can stay up to 90 days without special visas.

We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a back up. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.


Nepal: All foreigners (except Indian Nationals) require visas, which can be obtained in advance or upon arrival with one passport photo and payment in cash (U.S. Dollars).

Airport Arrival

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (KTM), follow signs to the Arrivals Building. Proceed to the visa counter for Visitors without a Visa. The debarkation and visa application forms you need are available both on your incoming flight as well as in the arrivals building. You will need one passport photo for your visa application.

Once you receive your bags from Baggage Claim, you will proceed to Customs. Be sure to keep all your bags together.

Outside the arrivals hall there will be a large group of taxi drivers and agents from many hotels and travel companies. Look for a sign with the name Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. A private vehicle will take us to our hotel.

In-Country Transportation

The provided transportation in Nepal as stated in the itinerary is via authorized taxi or private vehicle.

Immunizations & Travel Medicine

For the most current information on inoculation requirements and recommendations, please refer to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

Traveler's Health

Travelers may suffer from upset stomachs when in foreign countries. There are some basic rules, however, that can help keep you healthy.

  • Hygiene - It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before meals and after using the restroom. If water is not available for washing, we recommend using a hand sanitizer.
  • Water - The number one rule is: don't drink the water, and that includes shower water and ice! Brush your teeth with purified water rather than tap water. You should check bottled water for a good seal and use a napkin to wipe dry excess moisture in drinking glasses. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if it has been diluted with water. Carefully clean the tops of bottled beverages before opening.
  • Food - If it is cooked, boiled or can be peeled, you can usually eat it. Salads and fruits should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Be wary of ice cream and shellfish. Always avoid any undercooked meat.

Medical Emergencies

Excellent care for minor illnesses and injuries is readily available. In the event of more serious illnesses or injuries, we recommend transport to any of the Level 1 care centers in Kathmandu.

Nepal Country Facts

Nepal is one of the world's richest countries in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitudinal variation. The country is roughly 497 miles long and 124 miles wide, with an area of 56,827 square miles. The collision between the Indian subcontinent and the Eurasian continent produced the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Nepal lies completely within this collision zone, occupying the central sector of the Himalayan arc, nearly one third of the 1,500 mile-long Himalayan Mountains.

The first civilizations in Nepal, which flourished around the 6th century B.C., were confined to the fertile Kathmandu Valley where the present-day capital is located. It was in this region that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, was born c. 563 B.C.

Nepali rulers' early patronage of Buddhism largely gave way to Hinduism, reflecting the increased influence of India, around the 12th century. Nepal is now primarily a Hindu country, with more than 80% of the population adhering to that faith.

Until the Kingdom of Nepal became the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in May 2008, it had been ruled in relative isolation by monarchs or a ruling family for most of its modern history. Nepal is now home to nearly 29,000,000 people. The population is primarily rural. Kathmandu, the largest city, has less than 1 million inhabitants.


Nepal’s lowlands have two seasons: the dry season and the monsoon. The higher mountains have a cold winter as well. The dry season runs from October to May and the wet (monsoon) season from June to September. Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) bring nearly perfect weather and are definitely the best times for trekking and climbing.

Cultural Etiquette

Although it is not expected that we dress formally, we should dress modestly. Casual and comfortable clothing is suggested along with comfortable shoes. Except at swimming areas, it is generally considered offensive for a man to take off his shirt in public and, equally, women should be conservatively covered.

"Namaste" is perhaps the most important phrase you should learn when visiting Nepal. It is a greeting that means "salutations to you" or "I bless the divine in you." It is said while at the same time pressing your two hands together in front of you as if in Christian prayer.

When eating, you should only use your right hand. This practice extends to passing food containers and plates with your right hand only.

Nepal has a huge population of beggars. Some are professionals. Others are genuine. The number of street children in Kathmandu can be heartbreaking. Giving money or sealed food to them, however, is also not recommended. To keep from being hassled, a polite but firm "No” is generally sufficient.

A person’s head is considered the most revered/spiritual part of the body and therefore it is important that you do not make any kind of physical contact with it. This means that it is unacceptable for you to pat a child on the head.

Nepal is very photogenic and the photos you take will be priceless. Ask for permission before photographing individuals, particularly indigenous people. Many of the locals are used to posing for photographs. If in doubt, either ask or refrain. Don't photograph any government or military property or persons; this includes the airport.


Electricity in Kathmandu normally comes as 220 Volts/50 cycles. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adaptors with you while traveling. Voltage converters and plug adaptors are easily accessible at shopping malls in the cities of Nepal and the U.S. Most teahouses and lodges will charge your electronics for a small fee.


The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). In Nepal you are almost always required to pay for goods or services with the Nepalese Rupee. It is recommended that you change only as much money as you think you may spend as local currencies cannot be removed from the country or reconverted easily. Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.

We suggest bringing $1,000 - $1,200 total for personal spending money including restaurant meals, drinks, pocket money, and the Support Staff Tip Pool.

American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in tourist shops, hotels, restaurants and agencies in Kathmandu. You will find a large number of ATMs in Kathmandu and using ATMs is the common method of obtaining cash. Plan on bringing cash for any purchases you will make while on the trek. While a few teahouses and bakeries in the Khumbu do accept credit cards, they charge a very high commission.

Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.


Everyone approaches tipping a little differently. Whether or not a person tips, and how much, is completely dependent upon the individual; here are some suggested tipping guidelines for your trip.

Local waiters, drivers, and other service personnel expect to be tipped. Ten to fifteen percent is standard. Some restaurants and hotels add a 10% service fee to bills in which case, no further tip is required.

Support Staff Tip Pool: We recommend that each climber contribute $300 to the Tip Pool. This is collected at the beginning of the trip and will cover group tips for all our support and mountain staff throughout the program.

Our guides work hard to ensure your well-being and success on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Amounts are at your discretion and should be based on your level of enjoyment. Tips for excellent service normally average 10 – 15% of the cost of the program. If you would rather not bring the guide gratuity with you on the trip, you can send a check or call the RMI office to pay with a credit card upon your return.

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This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition with previous climbing experience. Successful completion of an RMI Expedition Skills Seminar on Mt. Rainier, in Alaska, Peru, Ecuador, North Cascades, or an equivalent multi-day mountaineering seminar is required.

Your climbing resume should include:

  • Previous glacier travel experience
  • Experience at altitudes above 14,000'
  • Participation in Colorado Ice - Introduction and Colorado Ice - Intermediate or equivalent
  • A minimum of two snow and ice climbs of approximately 2,000' in length at 35-50 degrees in angle using two tools
  • Crampon skills on 30-50 degree slopes
  • Team rope travel skills
  • Knots & slings - prussik, butterfly, Münter, etc.
  • Snow and ice anchors (construction & equalization)
  • Belaying and running belay experience
  • Crevasse rescue (from both the victim and rescuer perspectives, and considering heavy packs)
  • Fixed line travel with mechanical ascenders
  • Ice axe self and team arrest, with and without a backpack

Qualifying Programs

Recommended climbing experiences prior to the Ama Dablam Expedition include:

  • Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life
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    Climb A Mountain

    Create A Fitness And Training Program

    Go To Fitness Resources

Fitness for Mountaineering

Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, climbing mountains qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor.

  • Start immediately. Start a rigorous fitness and training program now with the goal of arriving in top physical condition and confident in your skills.
  • Be intentional. Focus on gaining the necessary strength, stamina and skills to meet the physical and technical demands of the climb.
  • Be sport-specific. The best fitness and training program mimics the physical and technical demands of your climbing objective. The closer you get to your program date, the more your training should resemble the climbing.

For the Ama Dablam Expedition, you are preparing for:

  • Steep climbing and glacier travel with a 50-65 lb load
  • Strenuous physical activity for multiple hours a day for multiple consecutive days
  • A 12-14+ hour summit day
  • Mountaineering techniques requiring core strength and flexibility

Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness and training. Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life and ready for a very challenging adventure!

Please refer to our Resources for Mountaineering Fitness and Training for detailed fitness and training information.


The key to climbing high is proper acclimatization. Our program follows a calculated ascent profile which allows time for your body to adjust to the altitude.

Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize as you ascend. Climbers in excellent physical condition simply have more energy to commit to the acclimatization process throughout the days and nights of the ascent, allowing their bodies to adjust to the altitude more easily.

Finally, physical performance and acclimatization are also related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days and weeks prior to summit day. Arriving healthy and well-rested, maintaining proper hydration and caloric intake, and protecting against unnecessary heat loss (staying warm) are all key factors in an individual’s success on an expedition such as this.

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What You’ll Need

A list of required personal equipment accompanies every RMI program, and the thought process behind each item is much greater than simply “preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.” The list for your program takes into account factors such as: seasonality, route conditions, weather, elevation and more. As such, this list is framed within the broadest of contexts and is dynamic by its very nature. Therefore, certain variables (additions and/or subtractions) are inherent within such an all-encompassing list. We make every effort to recommend only top of the line clothing and technical gear and it is never our intention for you to buy or rent unnecessary gear.

The Guide Pick is an example of the listed item, giving you an idea of the material and specifications of the item. This exact item does not need to be purchased or used; however, any item you choose must have similar characteristics and performance abilities to the Guide Pick.

RMI Guides concur on the potential necessity of every item, thus every item on the list is required at gear check. However, guides may also have suggestions derived from their experience, some of which will vary from a given list. The guides’ recommendation whether to bring along or leave behind certain item(s) comes during the gear check, when the team first meets. Occasionally this recommendation comes at the expense of having previously purchased an item. If a guide presents the option of leaving behind certain item(s) on the list of required equipment, it is for a reason. Their recommendation may be related to the weather, route conditions, freezing level, perceived strength of the party, or desired pack weight.

Ultimately, there will never be a consensus for a “perfect” equipment list for an ascent. It does not exist because of the multitude of variables faced by climbers throughout the climb. Please follow this equipment list closely so that you will arrive for the gear check with all the required items. Keep in mind the list is not black and white, fine tuning will occur once you meet with your guide. Have a great climb!

  • Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2020 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items, rentals, meal packages, and Feathered Friends.

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Equipment List


      A full-length closed cell foam pad, used in combination with the inflatable sleeping pad.


      We recommend a comfortable, adjustable alpine climbing harness. Removable, drop seat, or adjustable leg loops are convenient for managing your clothing layers over the course of the climb and facilitate going to the bathroom.


      12-point adjustable steel crampons with anti-balling plates designed for general mountaineering use.


      For traveling on fixed lines. Most people prefer an ascender designed for their weak hand, leaving their strong hand free to hold their ice axe. For example, a right-handed person would use a left-handed ascender.


      Glacier glasses are protective sunglasses that provide close to 100% frame coverage (wrap-around frames and side shields ensure no light can enter from the top, bottom, and sides of the glasses) and transmit less than 10% of visual light.


      Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. On windy days, climbers, especially contact lens wearers, may find photochromatic lenses the most versatile in a variety of light conditions.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend six upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Three of these should be insulating layers, one light, one medium and one heavy that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.


      A pair of lightweight, insulated pants are ideal for extra warmth and comfort at camps, both on the glacier and on the trail.


      A lightweight, synthetic pair of pants is a good option for the approach trek when hiking at lower altitudes and in warm conditions. These pants have no insulation, are typically made of thin nylon, and commonly feature zippers to convert between pants and shorts.


      Expedition-style double boots provide the best balance of weight, comfort, and insulation. Your boots need to be roomy enough to allow for good circulation. Anticipate a sock combination when sizing them (single sock, liner and sock, or two heavy socks on each foot). The idea is to adequately fill the volume of the boot, and to insulate. Wear the boots as often as possible before the climb, to determine proper fit, comfort and performance.


      See the Food tab for suggestions and quantities.


      Insulated outdoor-style mug. We recommed a model with a removable lid, which helps retain heat and prevent spills.


      A spoon or spork made of durable plastic or anodized metal. A long-handled spoon can be nice, especially if eating from a freeze-dried meal pouch.

    • 2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      One-liter water bottles with wide mouths made of co-polyester (BPA-free plastic).


      Heavy-duty trash compacter bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. You can also use a a waterproof pack liner.


      Include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, and wet wipes. Bring a quantity appropriate to the duration of your trip.


      We recommend small tubes of SPF 30 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.


      Spare prescription glasses if you wear contact lenses/eyeglasses.


      Practice using this before coming on the climb!


      One clearly-marked wide-mouth or collapsible bottle for overnight use.


      Many smartphones have excellent cameras. Action cameras, small point-and-shoots, and compact dSLRs are lightweight and work well at altitude.


      A small solar panel to charge personal electronics.


      Watch with an altimeter, barometer, and compass. Many smart watches will also have this functionalty.


      Communicate with family and friends back home, track your progress, and much more. Generally requires a subscription plan. Make sure this is a modern model that makes it difficult to inititate an accidental SOS call.


      For charging personal electronics while traveling internationally.


      Our guides carry comprehensive medical kits, so keep yours small and light. We recommend a selection of adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, Moleskin and blister care, medical tape and/or duct tape, cough drops, basic painkillers, an antacid, an anti-diarrheal, and personal medications.

    • We recommend you speak with your physician about which medications make sense to have for remote international travel and/or high altitude climbing. At minimum, we require the following:


      Broad spectrum antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, and Azithromycin (250mg tablets).


      125mg tablets for prevention or treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness.


      4mg tablets for treatment of altitude illness.


      We recommend bringing a selection of comfortable clothing to wear while traveling as well as pre- and post-trip.


      Valid for six months beyond your return date.


      The first two pages of your passport.


Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: group and personal tents, stoves, group cooking equipment, fuel, climbing ropes, climbing anchors, fixed ropes, shovels, route wands, radios for on-mountain communication, and comprehensive first aid and repair kits.

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Deposit Payments: A non-refundable deposit payment of $3,500 per person secures your reservation.

  • Deposit payments of $3,500 or less may be made via MasterCard, Visa, e-check, or check from a U.S. bank.

Balance Payments: The balance payment is due 120 days before the start of your program.

  • Balance payments may only be made via e-check, check from a U.S. bank or wire transfer.*
    • *Wire transfers must cover all fees charged by your bank. The amount of the incoming wire to our bank must equal the balance payment amount.
  • A payment reminder is emailed approximately three weeks before your payment due date. If your balance payment is not received 120 days before the start of your program, your reservation will be canceled, and all program fees forfeited.
  • Payment in full is required when registering for a program within 120 days of the departure date.


The $3,500 per person deposit is non-refundable.

  • All cancellations require written notification. Once the RMI Office receives your written notification of cancellation, the following apply:
    • If you cancel 120 or more days before the start of your program, the $3,500 per person deposit will not be refunded.
    • If you cancel less than 120 days before the start of your program, no refunds will be issued.

Due to the time-sensitive nature of these programs, and the amount of preparation time required for this program, it is unlikely that a vacant space will be filled close to the departure date. For this reason, we will strictly adhere to our policy and cannot make exceptions for any reason.

Cancellation Insurance

We require that everyone purchase travel insurance. Please see our Travel Tab for details.

Land Cost


  • Transportation to and from the airport in Kathmandu
  • Two nights at hotel in Kathmandu at the beginning of the program, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • One night at hotel in Kathmandu after returning from the program, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • Welcome dinner
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • All lodging while trekking
  • All group climbing supplies such as tents, stoves, etc.
  • All meals while climbing excepting mountain lunches, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees and permit fees
  • Camp staff


  • International round-trip airfare and travel expenses to/from Kathmandu
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Any additional hotel nights in Kathmandu not included above
  • Recommended insurance policies (medical, evacuation, trip cancellation, etc.)
  • Personal gear
  • Excess baggage fees
  • International airport departure taxes and Nepal entry visas
  • Customary guide gratuities
  • Support Staff Tip Pool (we suggest $200 per person)
  • Satellite telephone, air charges and internet use
  • Personal expenses, room charges and beverages

* Accommodations are based on double occupancy.  A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. reserves the right to modify the land cost of a trip at any time before departure.

Risk Management

Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. Managing risk is RMI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in mountaineering such as avalanches, ice fall, rockfall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them.

You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity.

PARTICIPANT Responsibilities

Mountaineering is both an individual challenge and a team endeavor. Each Participant is required to share in the responsibility of the safety and success of the team. For this reason, we ask that each Participant:

  • Possess the climbing prerequisites required for this program.
  • Possess the necessary physical and mental fitness required for this program.
  • Be responsible for knowing all pre-departure information.
  • Provide a signed Physician’s Certificate stating that the Participant is medically qualified to join this program.
  • Update the RMI Office if there are any changes to your health or medical information before departure.
  • Be properly attired and equipped as outlined in the Equipment List.
  • Act in a considerate manner toward all team members and show respect for local customs, values, and traditions in the areas we travel.
  • Help minimize our impact on the environment and follow appropriate Leave No Trace practices.
  • Describe yourself, honestly and accurately, in terms of fitness, health, skills, abilities, and your equipment to your guide staff.
  • Communicate with your guide staff on the mountain if there are any changes in your medications or health.
  • Adhere to the advice of your guide staff.
  • Continue to self-assess throughout the program, measuring your fitness, health, skills, and abilities against the demands required of the program.

RMI reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a program or to send the Participant to a lower altitude at any time if the RMI Guide Staff determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for, or capable of participating in the program, or for any other reason that may compromise the safety, health or well-being of the Participant or the entire group. If this decision is made, the Participant will not receive any refunds or credits and will be financially responsible for any additional costs associated with an early departure, including but not limited to, evacuation, transportation, hotel reservationss, meals, etc.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines & Restrictions

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all participants, RMI adheres to the following age-appropriate guidelines:

  • Ages 15 & under: No participants age 15 & under
  • Ages 16 & 17: Accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of the program
  • Ages 18 & above: No restrictions 

An individual’s birthday must precede the departure date of the program. For example, a 15-year-old who turns 16 on July 1 may participate on a program beginning July 2.

Under-aged participants on Private Climb or Group Climb programs are assessed on an individual basis.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor climber throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

A parent or legal guardian must sign for any Participant that is under 18 years of age. On behalf of any minor participant, the parent or legal guardian understands and accepts all the terms of the Program Policies.

Summit Attempt

RMI cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities, or the abilities of other climbers may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire group may have to turnaround without reaching the summit.

Failure to reach the summit due to a person’s own lack of fitness or to any of the events associated with mountaineering (such as weather, route conditions, avalanche hazard, team dynamics, etc.), are not Rainier Mountaineering, Inc.’s responsibility and will not result in a refund, credit, or reschedule.

General Policies

RMI’s program schedule and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, group strength, terrain, or other environmental factors, and many other factors. RMI has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including but not limited to increases in program fees, changes to program schedule or itinerary, and changes to guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program. Once the program has started, the Lead Guide will decide on any changes to the itinerary, including ending the program early if the continuation of the program may compromise the safety, health, or well-being of the group.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather, route conditions, or for any other reason. In such a case, we will make every effort to reschedule the Participant on a different program date. If rescheduling is not possible, we will issue the Participant a refund for all program fees paid to RMI, less any non-refundable payments made on behalf of the Participant to secure any of the included land costs provided for this program, including but not limited to, hotel accommodations, transportation, transfers, tours, group equipment and food, permits, and local outfitter services, prior to the cancellation of the program. Additionally, RMI cannot be responsible for any non-refundable expenses the Participant incurred in preparation for the program (i.e., airline tickets, hotel reservations, rental cars, equipment purchases or rentals, etc.).

Once a program begins, there are no refunds or credits for weather-related cancellations or for a program that may end early due to weather, route conditions, or any other circumstances that may compromise the health, safety, or well-being of the group. Furthermore, if the Participant decides for any reason not to begin a program or to discontinue a program at any time, no refunds or credits will be issued. The Participant will be responsible for all additional costs associated with an early departure, including but not limited to evacuation, transportation, hotel reservations, meals, etc.

Land Costs are provided as a package, and refunds or credits will not be issued for any unused meals, accommodations, group transportation, or other unused costs. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those Participants occupying single accommodations either by choice or circumstance. If you are willing to share a room, we will make every effort to pair you with another same-gender team member. We will match willing same-gender team members based on the order of registration date. If we are unable to match you with another same-gender team member, a single supplement fee will be charged. The availability of single accommodations is limited in most of the hotels where we stay, and single accommodations are not available while in the mountains.

The Participant understands and agrees that RMI assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with any travel and hospitality services provided to the Participant by other companies in connection with the program, including but not limited to, the services provided by airlines, hotels, rental cars, and transportation companies and that RMI is not responsible for any act, error, omission, or any injury, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, or danger by a supplier of travel or hospitality services to the Participant in connection with the RMI program. The Participant will be responsible for all costs associated with any travel delays, missed connections, or missing baggage that requires additional arrangements (separate transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, etc.) to be made on your behalf for you or your baggage to rejoin the program.

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