• Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Trip Overview

A trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp is a relatively less visited destination in the Everest Region. Ama Dablam peak, which means ‘Mother’s necklace’ is popular for its shape. It looks like a mountain having a long arm of a mother protecting its child.

This trip will take you to an altitude of 4600m at the base of Ama Dablam with stunning views of some of the world’s highest peaks passing the valley of local Sherpas learning their lifestyle and culture. A chance to visit the world’s famous monastery at Tengboche will be a boon to any traveler who are looking for a spiritual trip.

Highlights

  • Great views of Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • Visit local Sherpas and experience their authentic culture & food
  • Day trip to picturesque Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Visit numerous  monasteries including biggest and oldest monastery of the region, Tengboche Monastery

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permit preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the first acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

After breakfast in Namche, you will follow the trail to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here, you will start getting amazing views of the Khumbu peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through several small villages and tea shops, you will descend to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga where you can have lunch. It's good to have adequate rest and collect your energy for a steep climb to Tengboche. No matter how much you get tired of the trail, the beautiful sights of Rhododendron, beautiful birds and superb Himalayas views will make you forget your tiredness in a matter of seconds.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche (3930m)

Wake up early morning to explore the Tengboche Monastery and the places around. The monastery at Tengboche looks even more spectacular in the morning with mountains at its back.

Continue your trail down to Deboche and cross the Imja river. Afterward, climb up passing the Mani stones to reach Pangboche by the lunch time.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m)

Today is the main highlight day of the whole trip. After breakfast, you will cross the Imja Khola river and start walking the trail to Ama Dablam. As you trek further, Ama Dablam appears closer and becomes vividly stunning. Once you reach the base camp, you will see its stunning peaks along with its hanging glacier. You will have lunch at the base camp and after visiting sometime around, you will return back to Pangboche for the overnight.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Pangboche to Namche (3440m)

Today, you continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. You will get to enjoy the peaks of Kongde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku once again on the trail. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, you will get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2800m)

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 12: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy a short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

Day 13: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours a your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

Commencing this trip

The trip is commenced from  Lukla which is accessible by a short half an hour flight from Kathmandu, normally operated in small aircraft, capable of carrying normally 15-17 passengers at a time. However, if you have time and are looking for a challenge, you can start trek from lower Solukhumbu area, Phaplu, which gives a chance to experience the local culture of lower Solukhumbu habitats. Phaplu can either be accessed via flight or drive (depending on road condition). The trek follows the same route of the Everest Base Camp until you deviate towards the route to the Ama Dablam Base Camp from Pangboche.

Best time to do this trip

Everest region can be visited year-round but the most recommended time to visit for the trek will be between March-May for spring and Mid-September  – Mid-December for autumn. Other months can have a high possibility of the flight getting delayed by uncertain days or canceled due to bad weather condition in Lukla which is frequently faced during off-season time.

If you want to experience pleasant weather with a good chance to catch a glimpse of Everest and other Himalayan giants, springtime is the best time to go.  As this trek is the dream trip of most of the travelers from around the world, expect to face a bit crowd during the peak season time.

What is included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 8 nights accommodation in standard tea house during the trek on a full board twin sharing basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Experienced English speaking trek guide and porter/s for the trek (1 porter assigned for 2 travelers).
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and return airfares.
  • Guide's KTM - LUA - KTM airfares.
  • International and domestic Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • All permit fees required for the trek.
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for the trek staffs.
  • Kit bags/duffle bags for the trek (size 55L).
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies.
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Single room supplement charges.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc. and cigarettes.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museum (if any).
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snacks expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees etc.
  • Your travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any activities or services not mentioned in "Service included section"

 

Important points to be noted:

  • The trip price will vary depending on the size of the group.
  • Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 125.00 net added above given price for the traveler willing to use a single room for 4 nights stay in Kathmandu Hotel.
  • Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail. In the case of availability, traveler need to pay supplement charges (if any) directly to the lodge owner
  • Domestic airfares are subject to change without prior notice.

*Open trek refers to the trek opened for all interested travelers from around the world to join.

13 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2-15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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