Trek Highlights

  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Explore ancient traditional bazaars in Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar
  • Scenic flight to and from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Pass through beautiful rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, picturesque Sherpa village, monasteries, mani walls and colorful prayer flags.
  • Visit Tengboche , Pangboche Monastery
  • Visit monastery of Khumjung and observe “scalp of Yeti”
  • Explore Ama Dablam Base Camp which provides the eye-catching vistas of Mt. Ama Dablam and enjoy magnificent views of Mount Everest and several other peaks.
  • Experience Sherpa culture and  traditional ways of livings
  • Witness varied range of floras and faunas
  • You might encounter with Tibetan snow cock, pheasant, blood pheasant, blue sheep and mountain goats.
  • Walk through beautiful pine forests and along Dudh Koshi River
  • Visit school founded by Edmund Hillary and famous hospital

Trek Overview

The Ama Dablam base camp trek as the short trek in the Khumbu region for those have less time and want to explore Nepal’s Himalayas. 

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a fascinating trip to the world’s most beautiful Mountain of Ama Dablam base camp trek offers amazing views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of the Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Though Amadablam base camp is on the route of EBC TREK not many trekkers had known and visited it. But walking the road less traveled is much more fulfilling. 

The life of mountain dwellers is vastly different from one we live in the city and is worth experiencing. To look into the heart of the villages of these people we offer an exceptional trek featuring a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions.

Spectacular view of Namche bazar is one of the fascinating places to take rest and learn about the community. And it does not end here, with the exploration of the monastery of Thyangboche.  

This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Highlights:

    Visit UNESCO Heritage sites

  3. Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), trek to Phakding (2,610m/8561 ft) - 4 to 5 hours walking.

    Our representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for the early morning 30 minutes spectacular flight to Lukla. After landing at Lukla airport we meet our crew and head up towards Phakding. We will set off our trek by taking short descend followed by flat trails and gradual ascent following Dudhkoshi and eventually takes you to Phakding. We stay overnight at Phakding village.

    Highlights:

    • Superb view of Kusumkang, Thamserku Himal
    • Sherpa Settlement
    • Spectacular scenic flight
    • Follow Dudh koshi River
    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and Mani wall.
  4. Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,302 ft); 5 to 6 hours walking.


    Today we will leave Phakding behind and climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ and town of Sherpa Ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Cross 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River
    • Views of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) on the way to Namche
    • Enjoy the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout the trek
    • Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region.
    • Traverse suspension bridges. 
  5. Day 05: Acclimatization, rest and explore Namche

    Today we take a rest day as a part of acclimatization. There is ample of things to do in and around.We can take a short walk above the town to see the backdrop of Everest. You can also view the beautiful scenery from the national park centre and museum just above the town. You can visit Sherpa Culture Museum and get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the Bazaar.

    • Enjoy serene view of Everest
    • Visit Sherpa Cultural Museum where you get information on history mountaineering, culture and tradition, flora and fauna of the surrounding region
    • Explore vibrant Namche Bazzar
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Explore rich Namche village
  6. Day 06: Namche – Debuche (3,770m/12,368ft) approx 5 – 6hrs hike

    After having breakfast at lodge in Namche, we start our trekking with the ridge and flat level mountain trail that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangguru. After walking few hours on flat zigzags trail we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. We climb through rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche. About 15 minutes walk from Tengboche we will reach Debuche, the village of Sherpa settlement and stay overnight here.

    Highlights:

    • Explore Sherpa Settlement
    • Magnificent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangguru along the trail
    • Walk through rhododendron forest
  7. Day 07: Debuche – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) approx 2 – 3hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trek and it will be short trek to the Pangboche village. The trail drops all the way down suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche village.  We will reach there by afternoon having enough time to rest and explore nearby monasteries in Pangboche.

    Today will also help us adapting the altitude as tomorrow will be a higher destination and a longer trek. We stay overnight in lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Traverse suspension bridge on the Imja Khola
    • Explore monasteries in Pangboche
    • Explore Pangboche village

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  8. Day 08: Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m/15,748ft) approx 6 – 7hrs hike

    Today, we gear up to hike all the way to Ama Dablam Base Camp by following the regular trail enjoying the scenic views of the mountainous region. Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains with long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the Dablam, the traditional double pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.  

    We begin our trek taking descent and traverse Imja River. Further we take a steep ascend up to Cholungche Khola and finally climb up to base camp.

    We get to see its stunning peaks along with its hanging glacier, the view are simply mesmerizing.  After staying couple of time in the base camp we will return back to Pangboche for our supper and accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • Cross Imja River
    • Stunning  view of the majestic Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Kantega and other peaks
  9. Day 09: Pangboche – Khumjung village (3,970m/13,024ft) approx 6 – 7hrs hike

    From Pangboche Monastery, the sacred trail is undulating with magnificent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Cho Oyu.  We will head up with an early start as today’s trek will be longer, If the weather is clear then from Thyangboche monastery the stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are spectacular through our walk today at the head of the valley. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It is a comfortable day’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages. There is a school built by sir Edmund Hillary and a hospital nearby , we will also be able to visit the monastery where we may get the opportunity to see the ‘scalp of Yeti’. We will stay the night here.

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Cho Oyu from Pangboche monastery
    • Visit sacred Pangboche and Thyangboche monastery
    • Stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from Thyangboche monastery
    • Explore unique Sherpa village
    • Visit school founded by Edmund Hillary and famous hospital
    • Visit Khumjung monastery to observe scalp of Yeti’
    • Experience Sherpa culture and lifestyle
    • 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri
    • Visit Edmond Hillary high school
    • Visit Khumjung monastery and observe “Scalp of Yeti”
  10. Day 10: Khumjung – Thame (3,750m/12,303ft) approx 5 – 6hrs hike

    After an early breakfast we set off for our next destination ‘Thame’, the valley ahead is extremely rugged but beautiful as one wanders along the forest trail and you might come across with a pheasant or small bouquet.

    From the village of Tesho, the path is well formed, wide and mostly easy walking all the way to the village of Thame. It has a scattering of houses, stone-fenced fields and a backdrop of massive snow and icy summits. Visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region.  Once we reach Thame we will refresh ourselves and get ready for supper.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Superb view of  Sundar peak
    • Visit Thame monastery
    • If you are lucky, you will see Himalayan Thar, Lophophorus bird, Pheasant,small bouquet and blood pheasant
    • Explore typical Sherpa village, called Thame known for its famous climbers such as Ang Rita and Appa Sherpa.
    • Observe beautiful Thame village scattering of houses, stone-fenced fields and a vistas of immense snow and icy summits.
  11. Day 11: Thame – Monjo (2850m/9351ft) approx 6hrs hike

    Following the same trail back up to Phurte and then going towards Namche, after few hours of easy trekking we will reach Namche for lunch and continue the trek descending easily until we reach Monjo for accommodation.  Monjo comes in between after we cross Dudh Kosi from Jorsalle and before we cross it again at Benkar.

    Highlights:

    • Traverse Dudh Koshi
    • Pass through beautiful village
    • Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park
    • Explore Sherpa Village
    • View of KusumKhang, Thamserku mountain
  12. Day 12: Monjo – Lukla approx 5hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trek and today’s the last day of our trek. Today’s trek is pleasant; the return trek to Lukla follows an isolated different trail so as to avoid trekking the same trail through Phakding again.

    Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dud Kosher, we visit the old Guile monastery before descending down to the main trail. Taking a meal break at Thadi Koshi we  continue descending and within 2 hours we will be inbounding Lukla for overnight.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the old Gumila monastery
    • Pass through beautiful villages
    • Explore mixed settlement
    • Beautiful view of Konde mountain
  13. Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight

    We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself and overnight at hotel.

    Highlights:

    • Scenic flight to Kathmandu
  14. Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own.  Accommodate Overnight at hotel.

  15. Day 15: Fly Back Home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

Fast Facts

  1. Max altitude :   4,420m/14,502ft
  2. Trek destination: Base of the most beautiful mountain in Khumbu region (Ama Dablam Base Camp)
  3. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  4. Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  5. Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
  6. Tengboche monastery and traditional Sherpa villages
  7. One of Nepal’s finest short trek
  8. Rare animals such as Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak and Himalayan black bear can be spotted

What's Included

  •  Airport transfers, 
  • Four nights Hotel*** in Kathmandu with breakfast 
  • Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,  
  • National park fee, trek permit, 
  • Accommodation in lodges along the trek on full board, 
  • Staff wages and insurance. 
  • Trek guide and porters.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
  • Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag

US$ 1,405 per person (min 2 pax)
US$ 100 for single room supplement (available in Kathmandu hotel only)

What's not Included

  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned, 
  • Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
  • Beverages, 
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  • Visas, 
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or
  • Tips

Most Common FAQs

  1. 1 . What is the best time of the year for this trek?

    The trek is possible throughout the year. However, autumn and spring are the best seasons; choose to trek in autumn (Sep-Nov) as spring is busy with expedition stuff.

  2. 2 . How fit do I need to be for this trek?

    You will be walking for minimum of 5 – 7hrs a day, you don’t have to really fit but minimum level of fitness is required as the trek is not an easy one. You do have to be healthy and mentally prepared for trekking in this region although it doesn’t require mountaineering skills.

  3. 3 . Why should I trek with Nepal Sanctuary Treks (NST)?

    We (NST) believe in socially and environmentally responsible, sustainable tourism. Our personalized services are guided by these principles and our 27 yrs of experience in the field of trekking is invaluable in giving our clients quality service. Our itineraries are suitably designed for acclimatization and we use the best selected lodges through the trail and in Kathmandu.

  4. 4 . Can children trek in this region or are there any age restrictions?

    Yes, children can trek as there is no age restrictions. Nepal Sanctuary Trek can design suitable trekking itinerary for all age group above 8yrs. However, for children fewer than 8 can have high time trekking for longer period of time and altitude sickness can be a problem.

  5. 5 . What to take for the trek (clothes, personal kits)?

    To make it easier for you Nepal Sanctuary Treks have prepared you a kit check list, you can have a look at it below:

  6. 6 . Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?

    Insurance is a compulsion as anything can happen in the trek; for emergency rescue, personal liabilities, cancellation, loss of luggage and other reasons if necessary.

  7. 7 . How much weight do I have to carry or how much will my porter carry?

    You can bring enough luggages as you want but a porter will carry 10kg per person and the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla allows only personal weight limit of 5kg for hand luggage. You can leave some of your luggage in Kathmandu itself.

  8. 8 . What medical facilities are there on Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

    Medical facilities are available according to the tourist seasons. During the season time there are basic altitude clinics at certain places as Gokyo and Pheriche, there is health post in Namche and Lukla.
    Besides the season time there are pharmacies in Namche and Lukla, and a small hospital in Khumjung. However, you need to carry a First Aid and bring all your personal medicines you need. (First aid will be provided by Nepal Sanctuary Treks), also your guide will be trained for first aid in case of emergency.

  9. 9 . Why choose Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

    Ama Dabla base camp trek is for those trekkers who have short period of time and want to explore the Himalayas, it takes about 2 weeks to complete this trek. ‘Ama Dablam’ means ‘mother’s necklace’ as it is one of the most beautiful mountain to look at.

    For further enquiries you can contact Nepal Sanctuary Treks at:

Reviews

As we come to the end of our fabulous Nepalese holiday I wanted to let you know how very impressed we were with our guide, Tenzing Sherpa. 

Tenzing was everything we could have wanted from a guide, plus much, much more. He was kind and caring, knowledgeable and interesting, we had complete 100% faith in him and felt extremely well looked after. From our daily blood oxygen measurements, which our boys adored, to his constant picking up of litter from the mountain paths, he really was everything we could have hoped for from a guide. 

I would not hesitate in recommending Nepal Sanctuary Treks and Tenzing in the highest possible terms to friends and colleagues in England.

Many Thanks

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Aba Eccles, UK

It’s been long due in my mind. Please find below my testimonial for NST, in both English and French:

“In November 2011 I had the privilege to go on a 6 day trek from Lukla to the Ama Dablam base camp, organized by Nepal Sanctuary Treks for a group of very different levels hikers. It was a dazzling experience and I have precious memories of the whole trip. I have traveled extensively in Asia for business or leisure, and rarely have seen in a travel agent such a great combination of quality of service, attention to the clients’ needs, reactivity to the journey’s episodes, security and kindness provided by the guide. I can only recommend Tulsi and his team to any traveler who wants an unforgettable experience in Nepal.”

 “J’ai fait en novembre 2011 un trek de 6 jours de Lukla au camp de base del’Ama Dablam organisé par Nepal Sanctuary Trek, avec un groupe de marcheursde niveaux très variés. J’en garde un souvenir emerveillé.J’ai beaucoup voyagé dans différents pays d’Asie, et j’ai rarementrencontréun tel mélange dans une agence de voyages de qualité deservices, réactivitéaux aléas, sécurité assurée par le guide du trek, gentillesse, et prise encompte des besoins/attentes des clients. Je recommande vivement Tulsi et son équipe à toute personne désireused’avoir une expérience inoubliable au Népal.”

Let’s keep in touch, and thanks again for the chance to have such a pleasant experience in Nepal.

 

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Valérie Beyssade, PCC, Directrice Associée Team Global Network France

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