Trek Highlights

  • It’s a perfect trek that provides the vistas of most of the highlights of the Sagarmatha National Park and moreover we visit the camp of one of the world’s most exquisite Mount Amadablam.
  •         Explore the  Namche Bazaar encircled with massive mountains and comprises a fascinating monastery, colorful market with shops selling essential trekking gears and souvenirs, bakeries serving freshly baked bread and cakes.
  •         The meandering landscape of the park is the domain of numerous endangered species of animals as well, like the Snow-Leopard, and the Musk Deer among a myriad of many other creatures i.e Himalayan Tahr, pheasant, Tibetan snow cock, yak.
  •         Explore the fascinating Sherpa village, legendary culture and tradition in close proximity. Sherpa people are recognized globally for their mountaineering skills.
  •         Visit of the Ama Dablam Base Camp where expeditions prepare the ascent to the peak.
  •         Stay at Pangboche, where there is the oldest Pangboche Buddhist Monastery in the Solukhumbu Area.
  •         Visit Tengboche Monastery, one of the highest Buddhist Monastery in the world and one of the main Monasteries for the Sherpa community.
  •         Trekking to the less trodden trail that maintains the same an amazing views of the great Everest Himalaya Range.
  •         Great views of Mount Everest along the way from different points.
  •         Visit of Khumjung village and the school of the region supported by Edmund Hillary Foundation.
  •         The trails wind through the winging and exhilarating suspension bridges, observe the beautiful landscape views all around you and pass the pleasant and vibrant forest of rhododendron, during spring and blanketed forest of pine and birch trees.

Trek Overview

“Amadablam Base Camp is one of the best options for a shorter trek to get to know some essence and nature of the Sagarmatha National Park.

The trek takes you along the Everest region, secluded valleys of the mountain and striking vistas of the majestic Himalayas. So, if you are short in time but want to have the ultimate experience, then Ama Dablam is one worthy trek.

The most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas, Amadablam has higher importance to the Sherpas in the Khumbu region. The title of the peak ‘Ama Dablam’ has a distinct meaning.  Mount Ama Dablam (6,812 m) derived from the traditional language. “Ama “means mother and “Dablam” means necklace worn by Sherpa women on her neck.

It seems like the arm of a mother shielding her child on each side. Also, the hanging glacier is in the shape of a pendant worn by Sherpa women. Ama Dablam is also stated as “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” because of its high ridges and steep faces.

Amadablam Base Camp Trek is a charismatic slice of Everest region that encompasses varied salient offerings. Firstly, Amadablam trekking routes is less crowded compared to other routes to reach the Everest Base Camp and other destination in the Everest region. This trek is an excellent opportunity to encounter the wonderful soul of the land of the Sherpas and get familiar with the traditional Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

Additionally, the treks take you to the mystic Himalayan region of Nepal which rewards you with a great trekking adventure whereas enticing you with the marvelous view of the remarkable snow capped towering peaks.

Amadablam Base Camp trek begins with a scenic flight to one of the most extreme airports in the world, Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,827 meters). Furthermore, we trek through the Dudh Koshi valley to the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters). We spend 2 nights time for acclimatization and exploration at the world-famous Namche Bazaar.  

You will fall in love with those vibrant towns of Namche Bazaar where the entire town encircled with massive mountain and offer splendid vistas at different hours of the day. The golden mountain backdrop at the sunset was enough to revitalize after a long exhausting trek.

The trekking trail winds through the beautiful forest to the renowned and holy monastery of Thyangboche (3,867 meters) which is worth visiting. Tengboche is rewarded with the views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Kangtega, and Tawache. Afterward, you take to ascend to Pangboche where you will be visiting the Pangboche monastery which is thought to be one of the oldest in the Khumbu region. The next day early morning we hike up from Pangboche to the Ama Dablam base camp (4,500 m), away from the popular trail to enjoy the Himalayas.

From the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam we can enjoy remarkable 360-degree mountain panoramic vistas of numerous peaks and high above Mt. Lhotse-Nuptse massif. The peaks and the base camp provide you a seamless way to make yourself indulge in nature.

After resting and exploring the beauty from this vantage point, we trek towards the river, and after crossing the river with a bit climb up, we reach Pangboche. Descending further from Pangboche, we reach the traditional Sherpa village of Khumjung and explore the rich cultural heritage. Then further walking past several settlements like Thame, Monjo all the way to Lukla. Finally, we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

If you are trekking during spring (March-May), rhododendron blooms with its decent color and beauty and due to which colorful hills are covered throughout the journey. One also gets an opportunity to witness the picturesque view of the majestic Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam and other neighboring peaks.

During autumns season (September, October, November):; the sky seems to be crystal clear. One can enjoy the breathtaking transparent views of the snow-capped Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many more.

This trek is ideal for those who wish to trek with family, solo, or school groups. Due to moderate trek, anyone who is physically fit without any prior experience in trekking can embark on this trek to explore nature and Sherpa culture. Along the trail, you will get break easily at night in cozy, local tea houses with our experienced, considerate guides and porters to ensure the safest, most enjoyable, most unforgettable experience.


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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

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

    Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.

  2. Day 02: Optional Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and popularly known as “City of temples”. After having hearty breakfast, we will explore a vibrant and culturally rich Kathmandu valley. A guided cultural tour will be conducted inside the valley.

    We will start off visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “om mani paddle hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    Next, is Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras.

    Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.

    After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.

    Trip Highlights:

    Visit Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath

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

    After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35 mins. Spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. Lukla is Nepal’s busiest domestic airport and, for trekker’s intent on seeing Mt. Everest, flying here is an essential part of the adventure.

    During flight, you get to see the world’s soaring mountains including  Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,516m), Gauri Shankar (7,145m), Menlungtse (7,181m).

    After an exhilarating landing at Lukla, you will meet the trekking crew and set off the hike to Phakding. We follow the ridge on the bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding. Dudh Kosi, or Milk River, named for its chalky color that emerges from all the glaciers up above. You will follow this river the rest of the day, passing through picturesque hamlets filled with tea houses, suspension bridges, and shops, carved mani stones, prayer wheels, and packed animals.

    After passing through the small villages like Chaurikharka and Ghat we arrive at the Phadking which is located right next to the Dudh Kosi River.


    • Trek through the milky river (Dudhkoshi), originate from Everest Base camp   Scenic flight by twin-otter plane to Lukla airport at the altitude of 2,840m.
    • You can see the string of vibrant prayer flags wave in the wind as we pass along the trail. Prayer flags add a touching and spiritual element to the trails. It is said that the wind carries prayers and blows prayer flags to spread peace, strength, wisdom, and compassion
    • Along the way, you can see several gompas, Tibetan scriptures carved into stone blocks along the trail.
    • The snow-capped mountain like Kusumkang, Kongde offers a spectacular backdrop to the small town of Lukla.
    • Traverse swing suspension bridge
  4. Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,302 ft); 5 to 6 hours walking.

    Leaving Phakding behind, we will start today’s trek by climbing up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘gateway to Everest ‘and the 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 Koshi River and through zigzag ascent through a forest of pine trees. Further, the trail is dominated by rolling terrain, traditional houses, and cultivated fields. We also cross suspension bridges by following crystal blue white water river Dudh Koshi.

    About halfway 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. It is a beautiful mountain village with plenty of teahouses, restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops, 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.


    •     First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    •   Stay at Namche Bazaar, a vibrant, diverse, historical, and a vibrant stopping point on the journey.
    •  Crossing of 4 high suspension bridges which is exhilarating when it’s windy.
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
    • Scenic beauty, deep canyon and sky-high cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.


  5. Day 05: Acclimatization, rest and explore Namche

    It is important to acclimatize and rest in Namche before proceeding to a higher elevation. Namche is an ideal place for acclimatization. The places of interest around Namche are remarkable and beautiful. We can take a short walk above the town to see the backdrop of Everest or view the beautiful scenery from the national park center and museum just above the town. You can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and get back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the Bazaar.


    •        Enjoy the 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
    •        You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
  6. Day 06: Namche – Debuche (3,770m/12,368ft) approx 5 – 6hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trekking with the ridge and plain terrain that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru. After walking a few hours on flat zigzags trail we descend to the river and arrive at Phungi Thenga.

    Further, we climb through rhododendron forest to the Tengboche. About 15 minutes’ walk from Tengboche we will reach Debuche, the village of Sherpa settlement. Stay overnight in Debuche.


    •        Magnificent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru along the trail
    •        If you are trekking during spring, you will witness the vibrant rhododendron and vibrant wildflowers along the trail.


  7. Day 07: Debuche – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) approx 2 – 3hrs hike

    After having breakfast, we start our trek and it will be a 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. The atmosphere of the Pangboche village appears soothing and provides a wonderful vista over the Everest trekking region. The beautiful scenery of highest peak Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangdeka, and Amadablam look marvelous from Pangboche village.

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


    •        Traverse swinging suspension bridge over the the Imja Khola
    •        Explore monasteries in Pangboche


  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. The scenic beauty of the base camp will enthrall you, and it will turn to a fascinating memory for your lifetime.

    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. As we trek further Ama Dablam appears closer and becomes vividly stunning. Upon reaching the Ama Dablam Base camp we get to see the eye-popping vistas of world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) along with Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) along with hanging glacier.

    You can also witness several colorful tents used by the climbers in the base camp. We spend some time roaming around in the base camp and capturing the scenic beauty on our cameras. We will then trek down to Pangboche for the overnight stay.


    •        Stunning view of the majestic Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Kantega and other peaks along with hanging glaciers from Amadablam base camp.
  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 You.  We will head up with an early start as today’s trek will be longer.

    If the weather is clear then from Tengboche monastery the stunning views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse look 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.

    If you are trekking during October, Tengboche Monastery hosts the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs, dances, performances of legends.

    It is a comfortable day’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages. Khumjung village is known as the Green Valley, in reference to the standard green roofs featured by every house except the roof of the local gompa. The villages are habitat to a traditional Sherpa culture. The Green Valley offers superb views of both Amadablam and Thamserku

    Upon reaching Khumjung, we visit Khumjung Monastery which houses the scalp of what’s said to be a Yeti. 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’.


    •        Magnificent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Cho Oyu from Pangboche monastery and along the trail.
    •        Visit Tengboche monastery, one of the most striking and beautiful places in the world with its location in the height of over 12,000 feet. The buildings stand upon a hillock at the end of a big spur, which is flung out across the direct axis of Imja River
    •        Visit school founded by Edmund Hillary and the famous hospital
    •        Visit Khumjung monastery to 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. Thame is a traditional hamlet that has escaped the crowds trekking to Everest. The village is notably the hometown of Apa Sherpa who has made it to the summit of Everest 21 times. The walk itself is serene with superb vistas of the mountains as it winds in and out of the forest on the side of the canyon.


    •        Explore typical Sherpa village, called Thame known for its famous climbers such as Ang Rita and Appa Sherpa.
    •        You might encounter with a pheasant or small bouquet along the trail
    •        Observe beautiful Thame village scattering of houses, stone-fenced fields and a vistas of immense snow and icy summits.
    •        Visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region.
  11. Day 11: Thame – Monjo (2,850m/9,351ft) approx 6hrs hike

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


    • Pass through beautiful settlement
    • Observe Dudh Kosi is running in the gorge with Kusum Kanguru peak (6,367m) on the backdrop.
  12. Day 12: Monjo – Lukla via Gumila monastery (2,840m/9,317ft) approx. 5 hrs 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.

    We pass through the riverside Sherpa village of Phakding, where a 45-minute trek up a path off the main trail takes to Gumila Monastery, one of the region’s most famous gompas and home to monks of the Gelugpa sect, the youngest school of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Taking a meal break at Thadi Koshi we again continue descending and within 2 hours we will be inbounding Lukla for overnight.


    •        Visit the old Gumila monastery, home to the monks of the Gelugpa sect, the youngest school of Tibetan Buddhism.
  13. Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) approx 35mins flight

    We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek. Stay overnight in a hotel.


    •        Exhilarating flight over forests, fields, and villages with the Himalayas at the background


  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 spend your leisure time by shopping souvenir for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.

  15. Day 15: Fly Back Home

    It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.

    The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Fast Facts

  • Thrilling and scenic Himalayan flight to Tensing Hillary Airport at Lukla
  • Trek destination: Base of the most beautiful mountain in the Khumbu region (Ama Dablam Base Camp)
  • Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  • Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  • Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
  • Tengboche monastery and traditional Sherpa villages
  • One of Nepal’s finest short trek
  • Rare animals such as Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak, and Himalayan black bear can be spotted

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:


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

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.

Valérie Beyssade, PCC, Directrice Associée Team Global Network France