Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp – 12 Days
The trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp has been designed to take you to some of the prettiest Sherpa villages within easy walking distance of the Namche Bazaar, with the ultimate objective of standing at the foot of the region’s most beautiful mountain.
This fascinating trip to the world’s most beautiful mountain Ama Dablam Base Camp offers superb views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and unforgettable scenery of the Ama Dablam Base Camp. An opportunity to know about Sherpa life style, culture and religion in Khmbu valley, this trekking route passes through the lovely forest to the world renowned and sacred monastery of Tengboche. The trail weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks. We explore the region using colourful village inns, maximising our contact with the Sherpa people. Following trails used by many Everest expeditions we walk to the famous monastery at Tengboche, one of the finest mountain viewpoints in the world as well as Pangboche, one of the highest inhabited villages on earth. Set at the foot of Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful peaks on earth, and home to many famous Sherpa Everest summiteers, where we do a days excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m/15,013ft).
Day 1: Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO
Day 2: KATHMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3: Fly to LUKLA (2800m/9187ft); trek to PHAKDING (2610m/8563ft) 2-3 hours trek; 200m descent, 50m ascent
Early morning flight from Kathmandu International Airport to Lukla Airport and trek to Phakding. Descending above farmlands we pass through Sherpa villages of Chheplung, Ghat and Sano and Thulo Gumela and shrines and monasteries of Drangdrak Gompa and Pema Choling Gompa with breathtaking views of sacred mountain Kumbila and sister summits Kusum Kanguru peaks. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Trek to NAMCHE (3420m/11221ft) 5-6 hours/1000m ascent, 100m descent
Heading for the Namche Bazar, we cross through the hamlet of Zamphute and Tok Tok to see dazzling Thamserku glistening in the sun that stays all the way with us in most of our trek. Passing through the scenic Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach Utche Choling Gompa on a bluff abutting the Dudhkoshi river and further we make our way between the bluff to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Completing halfway to Namche Bazar, we head for the second half of the march that would likely to take more time due to steep climb at the end. Crossing through the last village of Jorsale, a steep stepped path leads us to an amazing high bridge over the Dudhkoshi River gorge and just before this bridge the Dudhkoshi is met by its tributary, the BhoteKoshi. Beginning the final steps uphill slowly we reach heights of Namche from where we can have first look at Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally after about 1.5km/0.9mile) we reach Namche Bazar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Acclimatize at NAMCHE
It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading any further. It is the biggest market for Everest regions people and trekkers, situated on the lap of Khumbu Himal range at an altitude of 3420 meters and is the major regional trading center accommodating the headquarters of the Everest National Park. This place is the home of legendary Sherpas. Being in Namche gives us an imaginary feeling as if we are climbing into the top story full of anticipation about Himalayas. We can have a fine walk around the valley to adjust with thin air. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest. We can go to a museum on same where we can see the traditional custom of Sherpa people. Besides, a fine view of the Everest and other mountains can be overviewed from this place. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Trek to KHUMJUNG (3780m/12402ft)
A good acclimatization walk from Namche Bazaar goes to Everest View Hotel, which is at an altitude of 3800m/12540ft. As the name suggests, the hotel gives good views of Everest (when it is not enveloped in cloud) and this is generally considered the best view in the surrounding area. This is the highest located hotel in the world so it adds an extra treat in the trip. After this, we go on over the hill and reach Khumjung (3970 m) a much more traditional village to the touristy Namche. Sitting at the base of the holy mountain, Khumbila it has many Mani Stones and the old and new Stupas. It also hosts a well known Gumba or monastery that houses what is said to be a yeti scalp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Trek to PANGBOCHE (3860m/12665ft)
We descend gradually to the village of Teshinga, after which the trail drops more steeply to the river, crossing it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha (3250m). Climbing steeply we enter the forest and continue with a more gradual ascent, passing a number of mani stones. At the saddle of a hill we come to Thyangboche at 3867m, from where we have a fantastic panorama of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Thyangboche has long been a sacred spot. The Lama Sange Dorje, who first brought Buddhism to the region, is said to have flown from his monastery in Tibet over the Himalaya, landing here at Pangboche. Visitors should be careful to respect the spirit of this special place. From Thyangboche we descend through rhododendron forests to a small bridge crossing the rushing icy waters of the Dudh Kosi. The trail then climbs slowly to Pangboche (3900m) with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Trek to AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576m/15,013ft)
Day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m/15,013ft) .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Trek to MONJO
Trek back through Kyanjuma to Monzo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Trek back LUKLA
We descend back down to the river and climb up to Tengboche for one of our last panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail then drops down to Phunki Tenga and then climbs through Teshinda to Kyanjuma. The walk back from here to Namche Bazaar is along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Descending through Namche Bazaar, we follow the Dudh Kosi south through rhododendron and pine forests, past Jorsale, Monzo and Benkar to Chaunrikhara. Here we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to Lukla. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Fly back KATHMANDU
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip.Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Arrival /Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
- Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- Full board meals while trekking
- Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse
- Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary
- Full day guided city tour as listed in itinerary.
- All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
- Trekking guides and other support staff
- Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
- Trekking permit, national park / conservation entry fees
- Your Travel Insurance.
- Nepal entry Visa fees.
- International Airfare and Airport Tax
- Drinks and main meals .
- Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry