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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

10 Days

Trip Highlights

  • One of the shortest treks in the Everest area
  • Visit ancient gompas and monasteries
  • Learn about ancient cultures and practices
  • Head towards the base of Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek takes you to the base camp (4,420m/14,502ft) of a highly technical iconic mountain peak named ‘Amadablam’’ that goes over 6000m. If you are looking to experience the Himalayas for a time that suits your executive timelines, then this Ama Dablam base camp trek is a perfect fit for you. ‘Ama Dablam’ stands for or means ‘mother & the necklace’ – because the perpetual glacier which hangs like a ‘Dablam’ is similar in shape to a piece of conventional jewellery worn by Sherpa women. Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek serves as a short Everest base camp trek which doesn’t exceed the elevation of 4,500m/14,760ft and yet give you the feel of mighty Everest and nearby mountains.

Our trail to Ama Dablam base camp swerves into the bustling Khumbu capital town of Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery, which is the largest in the region and from both these areas we get fantastic views of the King Peak of Mt. Everest. Nevertheless, whilst bunking out in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, getting awesome views of Everest and visiting the eminent monastery at Tengboche, we also wade out into far-flung areas that are so wonderful to discover on lesser-known trails that are so quiet and desirable in comparison to the more crowded trekking circuits in the Everest region. A further element to our journey is a stroll into the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung where we get to see the late Sir Edmund Hillary’s projects of generosity through the Himalayan Trust for the development of Sherpa communities in the Khumbu. And we also have the opportunity to interact with the local folks which give us thought-provoking insights into their lifestyles & culture.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding (2,600m).
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m) from Phakding 5-6 hours
Day 4: Hike up to Everest view hotel, and trek to Kyanjuma (3,500m)
Day 5: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m) from Kyanjuma 6-7 hours
Day 6: Base Camp (4,420m) and trek back to Pangboche, 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek back to Namche bazar (3,440) from Pangboche 5-6 hours
Day 8: Trek to Lukla (2,800m), from Namche bazar 6-7 hours
Day 9: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m), from Lukla
Day 10: Drop at the airport for the final departure

Important Notice: (Domestic Flight From KTM-Lukla-KTM)
Due to avoid air traffic congestion at Kathmandu Airport and for smooth flights operation, the Lukla flights shall be operated from Ramechhap (Manthali) Airport effective from Spring (April 1, to May 31, 2024) and Autumn (October 1 to November 30, 2024)

In this matter, you need 1 buffer day to manage all transfer to and from Manthali Airport (or we adjust the program on Day 2 that you will do the guided sightseeing tour at Kathmandu) in the afternoon, transfer to Manthali. We would like to suggest you for driving to Manthali which is 4 hours driving away from Kathmandu and spend a night there at a hotel. On return, you can fly to Manthali Airport and same day drive back to Kathmandu.

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Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group and the client's desire (budget)
  • The itinerary included above is a guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and suggestions.
  • Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • The price shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding; if the client intends to add some services, we shall charge for those additional services, if intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation services for a clear understanding of the client. But, required for Trekking cost depends on porter request or exclusion too.
  • The above offer price is full board standard format of itineraries which are all inclusive. But, the cost depends also on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Please feel free to contact with us for any information about your selected package.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

After an early morning we take the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla on STOL aircraft. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mid-1960s. It is a most beautiful flight, with outstanding views of the eastern Himalaya (sit on the left side of the plane for the best views). When we arrive, after meeting the staff, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail.

From Phakding, we crisscross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Ahead of Monjo is the entry to the Sagarmatha National Park planned to look after and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then do a sharp hike to Namche. If it’s a lovely weather day, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main commercial hub in the Khumbu and has an active Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have come through the glaciated Nangpa La. This is an ideal mountain town to bunk out for the night and good for acclimatization.

Today we take a morning walk to the Everest View Hotel where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. When this is done, we then head down to the well-known village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. After this, we make a beeline downhill as we descend to Kyanjuma, a pretty village where we overnight, before heading to Pangboche the next day.

After morning enjoying a hot breakfast, we start out for Pangboche enjoying fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and an upfront view of Thamserku. Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking brilliant views of the awesome Himalayas. Along the routes, we come across some wild fauna that include pheasants, musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar. The stunning views of Ama Dablam are the primary attraction of today's walk.

Today we make our way up to a crest high in a sheltered valley. We may see climbing expeditions on our arrival in the base camp as Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most striking mountains. It means “Mother’s necklace”; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier seems to be the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. There are much of ups and downs in this area, with another crossing of the Imja Khola on a steel suspension bridge. We will back to Pangboche along the same trail in the afternoon.

After breakfast, we say our byes to Pangboche and descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walking to Namche Bazaar.

Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. Who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains.

We get up early in the morning, enjoy our breakfast and get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel. Rest of your day is free.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived at domestic or international airports with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transferred to the hotel.
  • According to the above trekking package, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will arrange two nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions also provides an assistant guide on a group basis to assist members in trekking. (necessary)
  • Transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the itinerary. (necessary)
  • Alpine Trav Treks will arrange regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay. AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trekking. (clean, Nutritious, and fresh food)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the flight onboard and the trekking period carried by porters or yak.
  • As Ama Dablam Base Camp is at the Mount Everest National Park territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Mount Everest National Park.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Everest National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • The above offer price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is capital city of Nepal, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner for yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops.

Head:
— Sun hat or scarf
— Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
— Sunglasses
— Head Torch
— Suncream (40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body:
— Cotton t-shirts and thermals
— Fleece jacket
— Waterproof jacket
— Down jacket

Lower Body:
— Lightweight cotton pants (long)
— Waterproof pants
— Inner thermals

Feet:
— Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
— Thick, warm wool hiking socks
— Comfortable hiking boots
— Shower sandals

Hands:
— Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
— Creams
— Sanitizer

Accessories:
— Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
— Trekking bag (Rucksack)
— Duffel bag
— Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
— Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
— Water bottle or camel bag
— Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits:
— Personal Regular Medicines
— Knee Caps
— Bandages
— Ointments
— Blister Tape

Miscellaneous:
— Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
— Light-weighted Towel
— Swiss Knife
— Passport and extra passport photos
— Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Documents:
— Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
— 2 copies of passport-size photos (For sim card and travel purposes)
— Credit cards in case of emergencies
— Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
— Flight tickets
— Travel Insurance
(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Trip Map

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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
From $1,200.00
/ Per person

Trip Facts

  • 9 Nights, 10 Days
  • Moderate
  • 4,420m/14,502ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Flights & Private car/van
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • Min 1 - Max 12

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