Amadablam Base Camp Trek

Duration: 13 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 4580m

Highlights

  • A less crowded trail in the Everest region
  • A perfect trekking package for beginner trekkers who want to do something different
  • Amazing flight experience between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Trek through beautiful rhododendron & magnolia forests
  • Pass by waterfalls, rivers, and picturesque villages
  • Get to have a close glimpse of the lifestyle and culture of Sherpas
  • Hike to Hotel Everest View to witness a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest
  • Visit ancient Tengboche and Pangboche monasteries
  • Witness stunning mountain landscape from Ama Dablam base camp

Amadablam Base Camp Trek Overview

"If you want to properly get introduced to the Sherpa culture and witness stunning mountain landscapes, then the Ama Dablam base camp trek is a great alternative. This trek lets you enjoy the bustle of the Khumbu region and less-crowded undisturbed walking in one trip."

Ama Dablam base camp trek is not a known trekking package in the Everest region but offers an adventurous, fascinating venture through lush woodlands & picturesque villages. As the name of the package explains, you'll be walking to the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam, the most stunning mountain in the Himalayas. It is a moderate trek and a great alternative to Everest base camp trekking. So, anyone looking for something different in the Khumbu region can consider the Ama Dablam trek.

Ama Dablam's trek itinerary follows the mainstream trail for the first few days. You can enjoy the bustle of the Khumbu region during this time. From Pangboche village, you'll be trekking on a less crowded and less visited trail. The trail from Pangboche to Ama Dablam base camp (5,120 m) is steep & rugged and goes along a glacial river. The Ama Dablam base camp trek route ascends and descends through remote villages & rhododendron forests. You'll have a very wholesome trekking experience on Ama Dablam trekking.

The locals are welcoming and friendly. You'll learn a lot about the mountain lifestyle. We have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). It means you'll spend two nights in this village. Acclimatization is very crucial on high-altitude journeys like the Ama Dablam trek to ensure the safety of trekkers. We’ll spend our time in Namche Bazaar by hiking to the Hotel Everest View (3,962 m). It is one of the highest luxury hotels in the world that also holds the Guinness world record.

Check out this other beginner-friendly trekking package - Everest Panorama Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Helambu Valley Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Attractions of the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Explore historical monuments in Kathmandu

You'll get two full days in Kathmandu to visit monuments, museums, and galleries. On your second day in Kathmandu, we'll organize a guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour. An experienced local tour guide will accompany you. You'll begin the tour from Swayambhunath. Located on a hilltop, this place is famous as Monkey Temple and presents an aerial view of Kathmandu. From here, you'll drive to Pashupatinath Temple, a pilgrimage site, and continue the tour to Boudhanath Stupa.

Boudhnath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal, built on a trading route. The vibe around the stupa is immaculate and lets you unwind. From here, we drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a former royal residence. It is an open museum full of courtyards, shrines, and palaces. There are many cafes and restaurants around the monument. We'll then make our way back to Thamel.

Thrilling flights between Kathmandu and Lukla airports

Lukla (2,860 m) is our starting point of the trek. It is a small village on top of a ridge and gateway to the Khumbu region. Because of the short runway and high elevation, flying in & out of Lukla airport is quite famous. It is not something that we city people have seen or are used to. The flight offers breathtaking views and nerve-racking landing/take-off.

The abundant flora, fauna, and natural wonders of Sagarmatha National Park

The Sagarmatha National Park starts from Mojo onwards and was established to protect the area & its locals. The national park is home to many vegetation, animals, and birds. The park has forests of rhododendron, magnolia, fir, pine, etc. Ascending from sub-tropical forests, it goes to the alpine zone. The beautiful waterfalls, terraced fields, streams, rivers, glaciers, and moraines are all part of this national park. Likewise, the national park also houses fine villages and small settlement areas.

Come across Sherpa culture

One of the major highlights of this trek is the Sherpa culture. Sherpas are the native of the Himalayas and are known for their strength, resilience & kindness. The Ama Dablam trek for 13 days will give you ample opportunities to understand the values, practices, and traditions of Sherpas. You will get to see their daily lifestyle and homes.

The Ama Dablam trail exclusively involves a visit to two ancient monasteries, Tengboche (3,860 m) and Pangboche (3,985 m). Apart from that, the trail has many stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels. You'll not have to do anything extra. The venture itself is enriching in cultural aspects too.

Views during the Ama Dablam base camp trek

Talking about the views during the trek, it's fantastic. You get to enjoy some of the best views of Mt. Everest and many other Himalayan giants along the trail. The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. On the first day of the trek, you'll be seeing views of snow-capped peaks like Kongde Ri (6,187 m) and Khumbila (5,717 m).

As the trail progresses to Namche Bazaar, Mt. Everest (8,849 m) is seen for the first time, along with Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), Mt. Khumbila (5,761 m), etc. Soon, we'll get to witness views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), etc.

You'll watch numerous sunrises and sunsets. The views of waterfalls, rivers, impressive rhododendron-covered trails, and fluttering colorful prayer flags add more depth to the scenery. The Ama Dablam base camp itself lets you see breathtaking mountain landscapes.

Mt. Ama Dablam & the meaning behind the name

Ama Dablam (6,812 m) is one of those mountains in the Himalayas that has close ties with the natives. The beautiful meaning behind the name Ama Dablam, which means "Mother's Necklace". The perennial hanging glacier from the mountain resembles Dablam. It means a unique piece of traditional jewelry worn by Sherpa women.

Likewise, if seen from Tengboche village, the Ama Dablam mountain looks like a mother's hand protecting her child on each side. Interesting right, how can some tribal thing become so meaningful?

Options to continue trekking

If you have longer time and want to continue trekking after the Ama Dablam Base Camp, you can further trek to Everest Base Camp, Three high passes trail and EBC Chola Pass Trail.

Itinerary

Find the detailed itinerary of the Ama Dablam base camp trek for 13 days. The 1-day Ama Dablam base camp trek itinerary is inclusive of your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a day cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, and an extra buffer day at the end of the trek. The buffer day is an extra day to use on the trek if we need it for whatever reasons and to use if there is any delay or cancelation on the Lukla flight which happen sometimes due to the bad weather conditions.

The given 13-day itinerary for the Ama Dablam is a proposed itinerary suitable for average fitness levels. However, the itinerary is customizable as per your requirements, fitness level, and days you have for the trek. So, contact us if the proposed itinerary is not suitable for you. Furthermore, we have included accommodation in Kathmandu for pre and post-the trek and if you prefer to book those accommodations yourself and want to book only the trek part also available from Outfitter Himalaya.

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On your arrival day in Kathmandu, our airport team will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will transfer you to the hotel. You'll have time to rest before we meet you in our office later in the day. If you land in Kathmandu in the late evening, then we'll see you the following day.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

You'll spend the first half of the day exploring historical sites in Kathmandu. We'll appoint you a tour guide for the tour. During the tour, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

After lunch, we meet you in our office and introduce you to your trekking guide. He will brief the trip, and we carry on with the day by preparing for the trek. Arrange all the trekking documents and do the final packing in a duffel bag.

  • MealsB
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After having breakfast, we take an exciting flight to Lukla. The flight offers surreal views of the Himalayas. The landing is what makes this flight most thrilling. Upon landing at the Lukla airport, porters join our group.

We begin walking towards Phakding village, which is located a few hundred meters below Lukla. The trail descends through the lush forested path. We walk past a couple of villages and cross a few suspension bridges on the way.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

The Phakding to Namche Bazaar trail is bustling in the peak trekking season. We begin walking early in the morning. The trail goes through small villages while crossing many suspension bridges. Most of the route involves walking by rhododendron and magnolia forests.

We’ll reach Monjo and register our permits. The trail onwards goes along the Sagarmatha protected area. We'll gradually walk on steep slopes and keep walking through lush woodlands and small settlements to reach Namche Bazaar.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

We take a break in Namche Bazaar. On this day, we hike to Hotel Everest View and descend back to Namche Bazaar to spend the night. This will help us acclimatize and give our body a break to rest. The hike will be in the morning. We'll walk on the uphill rough path that offers stunning views of Thamserku, Kongde Ri, and Khumbila. Because we are already tired of walking to Namche Bazaar yesterday, we’ll take it easy today and enjoy all the scenery.

Once we reach Everest View Hotel, we get to see the breathtaking sight of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. We'll spend some time relishing the view and having tea/coffee. Later, we descend to Namche Bazaar and spent the remaining day visiting museums & relaxing. Two must-visit places are the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we walk through lush forests to Kyangjuma (3,550 m). The trail from here ascends and then descends to Phunki Tenga (3,250 m). We get to see views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Nuptse on the way.

Crossing a bridge, we'll walk on a steep uphill trail that leads to Tengboche village. In this village, we visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region and will see monks practicing meditation. The view of Mt. Ama Dablam is especially gorgeous from Tengboche.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

We walk down to Deboche village. From here, we walk in dense forests and may get to see wildlife like blue sheep, musk deer, monal, etc. On the way, we'll also come across a health post and nursery. Further, crossing a bridge, we'll ascend to Pangboche village. It's a short walking day and left us a lot of time to rest. In Pangboche, we'll visit one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, known as Pangboche Gompa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3930

After a delicious breakfast, we leave Pngoche village and cross a couple of bridges. For a few hours, we'll walk on a flat path. The trail then descends to Ama Dablam base camp. The route is steep and rugged. We can see the glacial river flowing as we walk to the base camp.

Ama Dablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas. We'll spend some time admiring the views from the base camp and walk back to Pangboche village for the night. This part of the trek sees only a handful of visitors, so we'll enjoy tranquil walking.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4600

We'll retrace the path back to Namche Bazaar. There is also an optional route that goes through Phortse Thanga and Mong. The walk back will be adventurous and presents excellent mountain landscapes. We'll walk through picturesque villages and lush forests, crossing suspension bridges.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Namche Bazaar to Lukla follows the same trail. As usual, we begin trekking after having breakfast. The trail steeply descends along the foothills. We begin walking through lush forests once again and walk past small settlements.

The trail crosses many suspension bridges and streams. From Monjo, the trail gradually goes through forests of rhododendron and magnolia. We walk by Phakding village and trek on an uphill route to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

The Ama Dablam base camp trek has ended. We take a morning flight back to Kathmandu, relishing aerial mountain views. Upon landing at Kathmandu airport, our team will escort you to the hotel.

The remaining day is free in Kathmandu. Take a rest and explore the city as you wish. We highly recommend you visit Narayanhiti Palace, Garden of Dreams, and galleries in Thamel and its surrounding area.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, you have one full day in Kathmandu. If you have the budget, you can combine a helicopter tour to Gosaikunda Lake in the Langtang region in the morning. If not, then have a relaxing morning and later visit tourist sites like Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

Do shopping in Thamel and local markets. In the late evening, we wrap up the trip with a farewell dinner.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

It's your last day in Kathmandu. Our airport team will escort you to the international airport terminal gate in a private vehicle. They'll also bid you our last goodbye. We hope you had a good time with us and see you soon!

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Amadablam Base Camp Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 4-night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on the trek
  • Accommodations in lodges on the trek
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for every 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you)
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu with airport tax
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag, if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrance fees while visiting Kathmandu on the second day
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Ama Dablam base camp trek is a moderate trek. The trail gets a little offbeat at the end but doable for all trekkers who can walk 6 hours a day. It is not a very difficult trek in the Everest region but has its fair share of hurdles. The terrain gets steep at some point. The constant ascending and descending demands good physical fitness and stamina. The facilities along the trail are quite good, so you'll have no issue with accommodation, meals, or charging your devices.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Preparation

To prepare for the trek to Ama Dablam, you are advised to build your stamina and walking habits. Any cardio activity like swimming, cycling, running, jogging, etc will help you build stamina. You can also do weight training and make your core strong. Likewise, you also have to prepare yourself mentally for the trek.

Even though the Everet region trail has numerous tourist facilities than other trekking routes, it still has its limitations. You will be sleeping in the basic lodge and have delicious but simple meals. Every small service cost additional money, and that is not covered in the package cost. If you are someone with high expenses, then make sure to have an additional personal expenses budget.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Booking

To book the Ama Dablam base camp trek 2022/2023, you can send us your inquiry or book the trip & do the payment directly through our site. It's an easy process and does not need much time. You can take help from our travel consultants if you have any problems. For more information, contact us.

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