Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp
The fascinating way of discovering the Everest region is by doing trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp which is located at an elevation of around 4580 m. above sea level. The trek gives ample opportunity to discover the Sherpa culture as well as landscape in the area. Ama Dablam is the most photogenic mountain of the area which literally signifies mother with the daughter as the mountain reveals the two peaks together. The trek is less hard than reaching the Everest Base Camp and gives opportunity to see the peaks in another perspective as it goes more to the east from Pangboche.
Why to do Ama Dablam base camp trek?
The main reasons to do Ama Dablam base camp trek is:
To get the captivating view of Ama Dablam as this is the biggest eye catcher of the area,
Observe the most seductive and photogenic peak of the area,
Discover other perspective of the area,
To blend culture, adventure and mountain view together
Trip itinerary for Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and rest to recover from the jetlag or wander in the downtown Kathmandu on your own to discover the main tourist hub as well as you can enjoy hot organic coffee or chilled Nepalese beer or if you are of type who always wants an extra you can visit the Garden of dreams, a serene tiny garden, once the private garden now opened for public (remember there is an entrance fee to enter the garden) if you still need to buy something for your trip discover the local shops of Thamel area.
Day 02: Early morning flight to Lukla so you will get a transfer to the airport which would be around 25 minutes from your hotel and queue up specially in busy season as most of the flights to mountain destination including Lukla departs early in the morning. Your guide will accompany you since the beginning who you have already introduced as they will go to get you in the airport. If you are accompanied by different guy than who accompanied you from the airport, we inform you accordingly. Sometime the flights depart from Ramechhap instead of Lukla on that particular case we would inform to stay an extra night in Kathmandu which will incur extra one night hotel in Kathmandu just make sure how many nights of hotel is included in your programs. As you land in Lukla mean time you can enjoy the first drink of Everest area our crew will arrange your bags and make ready to move on, you start stretching your feet observing the Sherpa life Buddhist traditions since the beginning. We are flexible as you can stop either at Phakding or you can go up to Monjo.
Day 03: After having a breakfast start a day observing the Dhudhkoshi river as the trail follows upstream on this river bank. There are suspension bridges to cross and nice lush green pine forest before reaching Namche. Suspension bridge is found full of Khadas, seems like a blossoming cotton concentrated there. As you reach Namche bazar which is the biggest settlement of the area and considered as the gateway and entry point to Everest. Basically, everything is available there including coffee shops, wi-fi, gears shop and souvenirs shop. The village is quite big to discover so you can wander around in the evening time. Remember most of the itineraries has a rest day in Namche bazar, please write us in advance if you have previous exposure to higher elevation and you want to skip the rest day. The rest day is intended for your body to accommodate with high elevation so you will complete the trip successfully. The rest day can be utilized in three ways: you can go up to Syangboche, discover Everest view hotel and come back to Namche, discover the village including Sherpa museum and walk around the village. The second choice is you hike to Thame, discover Thame and hike back to Namche which is not a rest day as it takes 6-7 hours of walking for this trip or you can take complete rest doing nothing serious as you enjoy reading, communicating with your nears and dears, any other activities of your interest.
Day 04: The day begins after having nice breakfast in Hotel at Namche, the slight accent at the beginning and starts descending down up to the bank of Dudhkoshi and again ascends up to Tyangboche which houses the biggest monastery of the area. The trail is full of rhododendron and seems very fascinating when they blossom. A nice walker can make the trip even in four hours and Tyangboche is mostly crowded as many trekkers stop here and sometimes there is shortage of rooms. The sentiment of the crowed is to observe the biggest monastery of the area more than the views but if you descend down few minutes to Debuche there are better accommodation available please consult with your guide and make a decision about what to do.
Day 05: A short hike from Tyangboche or Diboche to Pangboche which is another small village and has a monastery to discover. During this hike one can observe musk deer and thar as they are very common in this area. We recommend to take a nice rest in the afternoon time as you are heading for the Ama Dablam base camp next day.
Day 06: Excursion to Ama Dablam Base camp and return to Pangboche for overnight stay. After early morning breakfast descend down to Imja river, cross the suspension bridge and ascends up to Ama Dablam base camp and observe the Ama Dablam peak from Base Camp. One can hike little further if interested. There is only one lodge near Ama Dablam base camp so you can get a hot lunch there with pre order. Our guide will find you whether the lodge in operation or not and recommend you take packed lunch from Pangboche if the lodge remain closed especially in low season.
Day 07: Hike back from Pangboche to Khumjung. A nice hike back to Khumjung and discover Khumjung as many of the famous summiteers are born here in this village, probably they will share there climbing experience with you. Khumjung houses a monastery, small health center and high school. One of the biggest hidden village of the Everest area.
Day 08: Hike down from Khumjung to Phakding via Namche bazar. One can have a coffee break at Namche and bid farewell to this village and descend down to Phakding to have an overnight stay.
Day 09: hike from Phakding to Lukla. Few hours easy hike to Lukla, bid farewell to crew, a nice hot shower to prepare for the city and reorganizing your memory and adventure in Everest region and making necessary packing of your belongings as the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu is done in the morning time. As you arrive to Kathmandu you can either hunt the souvenirs, go for massage or prepare for another destination.
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu
Cost for trip to Ama Dablam base camp
We are local operator and want to offer the reasonable price possible for the trip which starts from $1099 per person at the basis of 2 persons minimum on the trip, there will be supplement for single travelers.
The above price includes,
Two nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast, our partner hotels in Kathmandu are Kathmandu Suite Home, Wood apple, Arushi boutique which are subject to availability, all three are decent hotels with nice ambience,
A professional, authorized, licensed and experienced trekking guide for the whole trip,
Guest house accommodation during trekking in designated villages,
A round trip flight tickets to and from Lukla i.e., Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu,
One porter every two passengers who carry your gears from Lukla to Lukla,
All necessary permits to cover the designated route and itinerary,
All applicable government taxes,
Three meals per day during hiking days,
Four private transfers, 2 domestic and 2 internationals to and from airport
The price does not include,
Any international flight to and from Kathmandu,
Visa fee and travel insurance to Nepal
Tips and gratuities,
Any other things not mentioned in the include section
Besides you can combine the trip with Everest Base Camp or even with Everest Panorama trek. If you want to avoid the messy flights to Lukla we recommend you to try our Annapurna Base Camp trek or if you like to try cheaper adventure trip you can still give a try to our Mardi Himal trek.
Do you like to see the Everest area but don’t like to walk why don’t you take our helicopter trip to Everest?