Amadablam Base Camp Trek -16 Days

Trip Code

NOA-21633

Starts At

Kathmandu, Nepal

Ends At

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Grades

Advanced

Maximum Altitude

4500m

Country

Nepal

Activities

Everest Region Trek

Duration

16 days

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the base of Ama Dablam, one of the world’s most beautiful mountains
  • Dive into a panoramic view of Everest and surrounding peaks
  •  Experience Sherpa culture at its vibrant capital' Namche Bazaar
  •  Explore at the stunningly situated monastery of Tengboche
  • Get a bird's eye view of the Himalayas on a mountain flight to Lukla
  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu 
     

Trip Description

Amadablam Base Camp Trek will take you to the fascinating route to the world's most beautiful and colossal peak of Mt Amadablam. Undoubtedly, this trip will definitely be a memory for a lifetime to you. Ama Dablam Trekking offers superb views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of its base camp. The pristine lake at base camp with Himalayan peaks is just the simplest and elegant aspect of this trek. Though the base camp of the stunning peak of Amadablam is on the route of the Everest base camp trek, it is not so popular among trekkers and very few trekkers have visited it. 

Your journey to Ama Dablam Base Camp starts on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary airport. There are not any roads between the 2 towns and therefore the only way in is by plane. You will be enjoying some amazing views of the Himalayas if you get a window seat. The flight takes about half-hour then you’ll be landing within the mountain top village—Lukla. The entire place is buzzing excitedly as trekkers and guides are busy preparing for the trek. As you follow your trail, it will take you up the valley of the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar, where you’ll be staying to acclimatize for a day enjoying some spectacular mountain scenery. After your visit to Namche, you will have a visit to the famous monastery of Thyangboche with its amazing views of Everest and continue to the pretty village of Pangboche. In Pangboche, you'll have the chance to form a each day trip to the foot of Ama Dablam, one among the foremost loved mountains of the Everest region. As you prepare to ascent towards Ama Dablam Base Camp, you’ll bid goodbye to civilization.

The name Ama Dablam means ’mother’s necklace’ and is named so because the perennial hanging glacier on the mountain is assumed to resemble an ‘Amadablam’—the piece of jewelry traditionally worn by Sherpa women. The base camp on Ama Dablam is set at an altitude of 4,567m/14984ft and your visit there will be the most rewarding part of the trip. It is a remote and stunning location, away from the main trekkers' trail, and you will enjoy an enviable sense of isolation here. Your trek will then take you back to Namche Bazaar stopping in different beautiful villages of the Khumbu region offering enriched cultures, traditions, and spectacular mountain views. 
 

Outlined Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu and preparation for trip

Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors. 
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city. 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

We will wake up around 5 to 6 am in morning. Then, our group will be driving for about 30 minutes before the time. The true beginning of your Everest Base Camp Trek will begin on the third day of your trip when you’ll board a scenic flight to Lukla after your early morning breakfast. This brief flight offers you stunning panoramas of the Himalayan range, supplying you with a tantalizing taste of the mountains. From Lukla, you’ll be starting your hike within the direction of Phakding. The small, bucolic settlement of Phakding is situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi, a high-altitude river that runs all the way from Everest and is named for its milky, opaque water. You’ll enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation at one of Phakding’s guesthouses. You may also take a shared helicopter flight to Lukla. It will cost an extra US$ 250 per person. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    3-4 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2,800m

Day 4 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Leaving Phakding behind, today you’ll trek north on a path leading to Monjo. This village is the gateway to Sagarmatha National park, a formally protected area that takes its name from Mt. Everest (called Sagarmatha in Nepali). The park is home to a wide variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, and you're bound to enjoy trekking through sweetly scented evergreen forests consisting of blue pine, deodar, and rhododendron. After crossing a final suspension bridge at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, you’ll hike uphill for about two hours before reaching what’s known as the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight in one of the town’s many popular guesthouses.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 5 : Acclimatization Day (Namche Bazzar)

This day is booked for acclimatization. As you ascend to higher altitudes, it’s important to let your body adapt to the smaller amount of obtainable oxygen in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s a lot to see and do in the colorful commercial hub of Namche Bazaar. From where you’ll get to enjoy your first unobstructed view of Everest itself. Many neighboring peaks including Thamserku, Kongde RI, and the distinctive summit of Amadablam is also visible from town. You can get to learn Sherpa traditions by paying a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum. Then you’ll take a short hike to the Syangboche Airport just above the town. From here, you can capture stunning photographs of Namche Bazaar—not to mention the wall of Himalayan peaks surrounding the town. Finally, make sure to visit the Hotel Everest View which is regarded as the highest hotel in the world and offers great views of its namesake mountain from each window. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 6 : Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Today’s hike begins by leaving behind Namche Bazaar. Your path winds uphill through fragrant rhododendron woodlands and passes alongside quiet Himalayan villages. Many trekkers regard this route because of the most scenic section
of the entire Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek. You’re really in the mountains now: Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse are just a few of those breathtaking peaks that tower over the trail. Your destination for today lies where the two rivers
converge at the spiritual center of the Khumbu: Tengboche. This village is best known as the location of the important Tengboche Monastery. This is the largest gompa you’ll visit during your trek, and it’s a sublime sight to behold: flanked by pines and azaleas that are set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, it’s hard to
imagine a more striking setting. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse in Tengboche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

  • Walking Hours

    5-6hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,870m

Day 7 : Tengboche to Dingboche

After having tasty breakfast in Tengboche, you’ll begin your morning trek by descending through forest-clad hillsides towards the tiny hamlet of Deboche. You’ll cross a couple of suspension bridges over the Imja Khola before heading towards the subsequent notable settlement on today’s route: Pangboche. This is a good place to rest and luxuriate in a snack while taking in the tremendous views of Ama Dablam. When you decide to continue, you’ll start climbing along a trail lined with prayer flags and bordered by mani walls. Mani walls are made up of many stone tablets, each of which is inscribed with a Buddhist mantra, and should always be passed on the left. Continuing past the village of Orsho, you’ll finally reach the tiny Sherpa village called Dingboche, recognized as the “summer valley” of the region. Dingboche experiences summer rains from the monsoon, contributing to its farming livelihood. Check-in at an internet cafe or enjoy a bite to eat from one among the local bakeries before delivering at your guesthouse, where you’ll spend the night.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    4,360m

Day 8 : Acclimatization Day (Dingboche)

Now that you’ve reached altitudes greater than 4,000 meters, you’ll need more time to adjust to the rarified air. Today is therefore reserved for acclimatization—but that doesn’t mean you've got to take a seat still. Just south of Dingboche, you may go for a steep hike to the highest of Nagarjun Hill, from which you'll obtain gobsmacking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Taboche. Trekking to this rewarding vantage point offers you a stunning panoramic view of the entire Imja Khola valley. When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, you’ll have your way back to Dingboche to explore its many guesthouses, restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Dingboche is additionally noted for hosting one among the world’s highest billiards parlors. For our money, there’s nothing more relaxing and valuable than kicking back with a cup of butter tea while enjoying the solitary splendor of Imja Tse, the 6,189m mountain better known as Island Peak, which rises above the town. You’ll be spending the night at your guesthouse in Dingboche.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    4,360m

Day 9 : Dingboche to Chukkung, climb to Chhukung Ri

On the ninth day, we go to Chhukung instead of staying an extra day in Dingboche to avoid a long walk on the next day’s trek while crossing the Kongma-La pass. Today is a comparatively short, yet interesting walk uphill to finally get to Chukkung. The path moves along the Imja River valley with an amazing panoramic view of nearby mountains. Passing different villages as you move uphill in the forest, you will finally reach Chukkung. 
After a 4 - 5 hour climb from Chukkung, you will reach Chhukung Ri which offers you stunning views back down the valley and of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Nuptse. Overnight stay in Chukkung.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for the day.

  • Walking Hours

    7-8 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,546m

Day 10 : Cross to Kongma La pass, trek to Lobuche

Today, you will cross your first pass, Kongma La (5535m). This is the highest yet hardest among the three passes. After breakfast, you will prepare to reach Kongma La; the path to reach here is steep uphill with some difficulties. After a certain hour of walk, you will reach the top of the pass, from where you can enjoy the view of different mountains along with the valleys of the Khumbu region. After enjoying the views, you’ll descend to Lobuche. Overnight stay in Lobuche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for the day. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,535m

Day 11 : Lobuche to Pangboche

Today’s trial is much easier as you’ll descend down to the lower altitudes. Following the same track back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, you’ll pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. You might also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Overnight at Pangboche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for today. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6- 7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,985m

Day 12 : Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp, and back to Pangboche

Today, you’ll ascend your way up the ridge high in a sheltered valley. You may see climbing expeditions on your arrival in the base camp as Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Ama Dablam means “Mother’s necklace”—the long ridges on all sides just like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier referred to as Amadablam—a traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods which is worn by Sherpa women. You will reach for lunch in the Base camp and enjoy the serene view before heading back to Pangboche along the main trail in the afternoon. The trail will take you with a lot of ups and downs on this section, with another crossing of the Imja Khola on a steel bridge. Overnight stay in Pangboche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for today. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hrs

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,120m

Day 13 : Pangboche to Namchee

From Pangboche you’ll be retracing your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up across the forest to Debuche. You can also visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If you are trekking during the full moon of November or December, you’ll be able to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, you’ll be continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the environment is adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers that look dazzling. The trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. Look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, you’ll reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. You would definitely want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest, and Ama dablam from here. Overnight at Namche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for today.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 14 : Namchee Bazzar to Lukla

Today, you’ll be trekking all the way back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. While the distance of this route is about 15 kilometers, it will be significantly easier since you’re descending. Consider stopping for a lunch break within the little town of Phungi Thanga or Kyangjuma before continuing to descend through pleasant woodlands. After walking further for two or three hours on the trail, you’ll find yourself back in Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2,800m

Day 15 : Fly to Kathmandu

On the 15th day, your successful trek comes to an end. Wake up early to bid a farewell to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. Watching the Himalayas pass beneath your window, you’ll now be able to recognize many of the major peaks. The hustle and bustle of Kathmandu may come as something of a surprise after the solitude of the mountains. You’ll be transported to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Feel free to relax or explore the local markets and eateries. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars in Thamel where you can enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel to spend the night. 
Breakfast is included.

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 16 : Final departure

The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you have collected on the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek over the past two weeks. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer! 
Today’s breakfast is included. 
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

Cost Includes

  • Transportation by private Jeep or Bus 
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek 
  •  Permit and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)card permit.
  • One experienced and qualified English-speaking guide and Trekkers 2:1 porter.
  • Guide/Porter's: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • First Aids Kit 
  • 13% Government VAT and official charge
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances 
  • Personal care & attention
  • Local and government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and visa fees
  • Hotels and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu by flight/ Tourist bus/ Private Car
  • All the drinks such as tea, coffee, coke, beer, Drinking water, WIFI, Hot Shower, etc.
  • Your travel insurance should include the emergency rescue. 
  • Your trekking gears.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.

 

Costs & Dates

Extra Information

1. Best Time To Travel
Spring from March to May and autumn from mid-September to November are considered to be the best seasons to trek. The weather is dry and clear during these times making it ideal for trekking and enjoying majestic views of mountains. The days are mild while the nights are chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
You can also go for a monsoon or winter trek if you want to avoid the crowds when you can even enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses which remain mostly empty during these times. But you should be aware of some discomforts (rain, snow, and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.

To get the permits, you will need to provide the listed documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

2. Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may begin once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain a sudden height rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 
Acclimatization days are included in your trip to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please remember that altitude sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are a few extra prevention tips: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust to the environment 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters per day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthier 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

3. Safety and security 
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

4. Trekking essentials 
People, often you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment.  Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to take. 

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and inner wears
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets

5. Walking hours
On average, walking hours per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m, the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

6. Hiring a Guide
Do good research before hiring a guide. However, if you plan your trip via a travel agency, an experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. Moreover, the package might also include a porter for every 2 individuals. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The weather in Nepal varies by season. November to January usually have sunny days, clear skies, and usually no rain. However, at  Ama Dablam Base Camp, the temperatures will mostly be cold, specifically at night. February to May and September to October is the most favorable time to travel to Ama Dablam, with fairly dry and stable weather, although there could be the occasional shower. June to August is the monsoon in Nepal, however, once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is very little chance of rain. 

Your personal budget will totally depend on your spending habits and things that are included in your trip. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, it is suggested to bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes might cost you extra. You might also like to but some crafts/souvenirs along the trekking route for which you have to bring extra cash.  

The decision to rent a porter is up to you and typically decided by your level of fitness and/or budget. However, one porter can be shared between two people and may carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers prefer to hire a porter to possess a more comfortable trek. 

To do the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, you need a legitimate passport, a tourist Visa, two passport-size photographs for trekking permits, and travel insurance which is very essential.  

Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trail. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But incase of an emergency you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby. 

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