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Ama dablam base camp trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Ama Dabam Base Camp & Tengboche Monastery

  • Group Size:Min 1 - Max 15
  • Duration:11 Days
  • Max Altitude:4,420m/14,502ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse / Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Moderate
All inclusive cost $ 1,300.00
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Trip Overview

Highlights

  • One of Nepal’s finest short trek
  • Tengboche Monastery and lively Sherpa villages
  • Get to the base of the most beautiful and iconic mountain in Khumbu region
  • Bustling capital village of Khumbu, Namche Bazar.

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, and from there on its all bliss. 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 BC Trek serves as a short Everest 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 village 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.

After our journey in the wilderness of nature, we return to Kathmandu & spend two nights in the comforts of a star hotel, with time to both chill out and take a walking tour to experience some of ancient Kathmandu’s hectic energy and colour.

Is this trek for you?

Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/44,30ft]

    Arrival 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. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    After an early morning b/fast, 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 and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. It is a memorable flight, with outstanding views of the eastern Himalaya (sit on the left side of the plane for the best views). At Lukla we are immediately overcome by the scale of the massive peaks that surround the village but this is only an indication of what is to come. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 1,250m/4,100ft

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    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 for some good acclimatization.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 850m/2,788ft

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 04 - Hike up to Everest view hotel, khumjung and trek to Kyanjuma [3,500m/11,483ft]

    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.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 50m/164ft

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]

    After 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.
    Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 485m/1,591ft

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp [4,420m/14,502ft] and trek back to Pangboche

    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. We have lunch in the Base camp and walk back to Pangboche along the main trail in the afternoon. There are much of ups and downs in this area, with another crossing of the Imja Khola on a steel suspension bridge.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 7-8 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek back to Namche [3,450m/11,319ft]

    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 walk to Namche Bazaar.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    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. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 09 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & 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 to do your own things.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 10 - In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    This is entirely your own free day in Kathmandu to do as you please. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. You may also want to do some things that you may have planned for your last day in Kathmandu; and this may well be the time to do it.
    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 11 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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Trip End Date15 Dec, 2021
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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
  • All required permits for trek (TIMS Card and National Park fee)
  • Internal flights (KTM-LUA-KTM)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu including guide and entrance fees
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

How difficult is Ama dablam base camp trek?

Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Do I need previous experience to take part?

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. We strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip at least 3 months prior to your trip date by doing regular exercises, going on hiking, running or gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience of trekking. All our trip itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind and allows ample time for acclimatization

What are accommodation arrangements?

Hotel: 3 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 08 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

On Trek:
Your accommodation on the trek will be on a simple mountain lodges run by the local people with basic and shared facilities. Trekking in the (Everest area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window.  All the teahouses/lodges have a spacious warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. Blankets are generally provided by the teahouse but we will provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Are meals included?

All meals are included during the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (Day 03 to Day 09). We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. Despite the fact that meat is available in the teahouses, we prompt against eating it on the trek. The meat has frequently been conveyed in the warmth from lower elevations for a few days before arriving at the teahouses and can cause stomach upsets or disease. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

When is the best season?

The best seasons for Everest three high passes are Autumn (latter half of September till December) and Spring (latter half of March until mid-May). On both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain etc.)
Monsoon and Winter seasons are not recommended for Everest three high passes trek. 

Autumn/Fall:
Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing best mountain views, days are warmer and night time will get cold and frosty. The temperature during Autumn varies from lowest -10 degree Celsius at Gorekshep to warmest 25 degree Celsius at Lukla/Phakding.

Spring:
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. During the spring season, the base camp will be full of tents as Apr-May are preferred time to climb Mt. Everest.

Read more about the best time: https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-time-to-visit-nepal/

Will drinking water be provided?

Yes, we provide unlimited boiled water for the drinking purpose on all our treks and climbs. During meals time, you can ask the boys to fill the hot water for you. We recommend you to bring at least 2 hot water bottles to make sure you have enough water during the walk. 

We strongly discourage the use of single-use plastic bottles such as mineral water on all our trips. 

What is the group size?

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Guide and staff

We possess a deep passion for alpine adventure & the outdoors, and with the small professional group we have on board, we’ve notched up experience that spans almost 3 decades on some of the most isolated trails and highest peaks. We take great pride in calling ourselves a ‘high-altitude adventure specialist’ and all this is due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in.

Your trip will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter to every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide to every 4 participants. 

Typical day on mountain

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided a night before during the briefing time. The time table for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Will I need travel Insurance?

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

More information: Travel Insurance

Will I have to carry my own stuff?

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items etc.) that you may need during the walk. Rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter to every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears. 

Do I need to join the group departures or can I schedule my own trip date?

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our departures section for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people. If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

What gear will I need?

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

Clothing and Footwear

- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Trousers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Thermal
- Inner wears
- Undergarments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking shoes
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of the trek.

- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag 
- Duffel/Kit Bag

Other Information

Other information such as (Insurance, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

Reviews

Korey Riggs Mar 15, 2016

The service I received from Highland Expeditions exceeded my expectations in Everyway. The logistical part of my trek was flawless, allowing me to enjoy the spectacular landscape without having to worry about anything. Kancha, my guide was kind and caring along with the porter that accompanied us. I highly recommend Highland Expeditions!!



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