Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek - 13 Days

  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty LevelModerate to Strenuous
  • Max Altitude4,600 Mt

About Trip

Ama Dablam base camp trek is a new trekking package in the Everest region. It is more sort of an offbeat trek, however doable for beginner trekkers. The Ama Dablam base camp trail has two major steep, trodden sections- one when you'll approach Namche Bazaar (3,441 m), and another steep section goes from Pangboche (3,930 m) to the Ama Dablam base camp (4,600 m).

The Ama Dablam base camp trekking leads to the lap of Mount Ama Dablam. It is a 13 days program that lets you explore the ancient monuments in Kathmandu before the adventurous treks begin in the eastern Himalayan mountains in Nepal. The trek is very adventurous and lets you explore the Sherpa lifestyle & witness jaw-dropping mountain views. 

The Ama Dablam base camp trek route is a fantastic alternative to the very famous Everest base camp trek. Unlike the EBC trek, the Ama Dablam base camp trek for 13 days does not go above 5,000 meters. The trail is also less steep. You can also combine the Ama Dablam base camp trek with the Everest base camp trek with us or add a helicopter return at the end of the trek.

Mount Ama Dablam is situated 6,812 meters above sea level. It is one of the very technically difficult mountains to climb in the Himalayas. However, trekking to the base camp of Mount Ama Dablam is not challenging at all. With our strong support, you can make it to the Ama Dablam Base Camp safely and without any hassle. 

The word Ama Dablam has a beautiful meaning behind it, which means Mother's Necklace. Ama is a Nepali word for mother, whereas Dablam means a unique piece of traditional jewellery worn by Sherpa women. The hanging glacier from the mountain resembles Dablam. Similarly, the perspective of the mountain, when seen from the Tengboche village, is described as a mother's hand protecting her child on each side.

Quite interesting right? Well, what is more, interesting is the journey itself. Apart from the adventure, if we take the cultural experience and intimate interactions with the locals into consideration, the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek in Nepal lets you forget your worries, be grateful for what you have, and teach you to be humble. You will learn about the importance of simple living while unwinding and rejuvenating.

Major attractions of Ama Dablam Base Camp trek

  • A guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Visit palaces, temples, monasteries, courtyards, museums, and galleries. Explore local markets and do window shopping in Thamel.
  • A short 35-minute nerve-racking flight between Kathmandu and the starting/ending point of the trail, Lukla. The aerial views of the Himalayas during the flight are phenomenal.
  • Trek in the Sagarmatha National Park that begins on your second day of trekking on the way from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. 
  • The trail goes through lush forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, magnolia, birch, juniper, etc. You will get to see many plants, animals, and birds.
  • Spend nights in picturesque mountain villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Pangboche. Get to know the villagers closely and experience the simple lifestyle. 
  • Visit ancient monasteries in Tengboche and Pangboche villages. Learn about the rich traditions and practices of the natives. 
  • An acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. You will go on a short hike to the Hotel Everest View.
  • Witness breathtaking views of many Himalayan mountains and peaks, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cholatse, etc.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek 2023 and 2024 Booking

Join us on this incredible trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Live your Himalayan dream and trek with a native. The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek 2023 and 2024 booking is open. To know more about the trek, please send your inquiry to [email protected] or CONTACT US AT+91 9733106312 (WhatsApp/Viber).

We also have other adventurous treks in Nepal that you can check out. These are some of our top picks for 2023 and 2024 - Langtang Valley Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Everest Gokyo Lake trek, Everest base Camp Trek and Everest Three High Passes Trek.

 

Highlights

  • A lesser-known trekking route in the Everest region, perfect for travellers looking for something different 
  • Explore the eastern Himalayas of Nepal through lush forests, picturesque villages, and glacial paths
  • Thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • A bit offbeat trail but doable for beginner trekkers with the right support
  • Overnight in fine Sherpa villages
  • Get to know the culture and traditions of the natives
  • Witness stunning mountain panorama and diverse sceneries
  • Reach the Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Visit Tengboche and Pangboche monasteries 
  • A lifetime experience that teaches about the importance of simple living and lets trekkers unwind & rejuvenate

Itinerary

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Meet the representative of Ashmita Trek at the terminal gate of Tribhuvan International Airport. They will take you to the hotel in a private four-wheeler. The remaining day is leisure. Explore Thamel and meet the team in the late evening for a welcome dinner. 

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

Spend the morning exploring historical sites in Kathmandu with a tour guide who speaks your language. You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. At the end of the tour, return to Thamel, exploring the local market called Asan.

You will have a couple of hours for lunch, and we will meet you in our office. The mountain guide will brief you on the trek. Later, we will spend the rest of the day preparing for the trek. The guide will help in arranging all the necessary documents and packing your belongings in a duffel bag.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Sightseeing Tour

After having breakfast, we will embark on an exciting flight to Lukla, which offers stunning views of the Himalayas. The landing is particularly thrilling. Once we land at the Lukla airport, porters will join our group. We have to trek to Phakding village on this day to spend the night. The village is located a few hundred meters below Lukla. It is a pretty easygoing walk. The trail will descend through a lush, forested path, passing by a couple of villages and crossing several suspension bridges along the way.

  • Lodge
  • 35 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2,840 m
  • Trekking

You will see many fellow trekkers from around the world on the way to Namche Bazaar during the peak season. Still, you'll have many tranquil moments to enjoy nature and scenery. The trail will take us through small villages and across numerous suspension bridges. We will walk alongside the Dudh Koshi river through dense magnolia and rhododendron forests.

We will reach Monjo and register our permits before continuing on the trail, which continues inside the Sagarmatha protected area. The trail slowly ascends, following a steep path, passing by small settlements to Namche Bazaar. 

  • Lodge
  • 6 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,440 m
  • Trekking

Our itinerary has an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. We’ll spend the morning hiking to the Everest View Hotel. We also have the option to continue the hike to Khumjung monastery. The hike lets us witness stunning landscapes along with views of mountains like Thamserku, Kangtega, Khumbila, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the first view of Mount Everest.

After the hike, follow the same trail back to Namche Bazaar. We'll stop by the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery while returning. We have the remaining day free in Namche Bazaar. We'll rest and explore the village.

  • Lodge
  • 5 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,962 m
  • Acclimatization day

As we leave Namche Bazaar, we will walk through lush forests to reach Kyangjuma (3,550 m). We trek for some time on an uphill trail, then descend to Phunki Tenga (3,250 m). The views of Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku along the way are spectacular. The trail gradually goes to Tengboche village. Later in the day, we'll visit the Tengboche monastery and get blessings from the monks. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. 

  • Lodge
  • 5-6 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,870 m
  • Trekking

We will be walking down to Deboche village through dense forests and may have the chance to spot wildlife such as blue sheep, musk deer, and monal. The trail goes past a health post and nursery. After crossing a bridge, we will ascend to Pangboche village. This will be a short walking day, leaving us, with plenty of time to rest. Pangboche village houses an ancient monastery known as Pangboche Gompa. We will visit the monastery and explore it late in the day.

  • Lodge
  • 3 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,930 m
  • Trekking
  • Lodge
  • 5-6 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 4,600 m
  • Trekking

We will be retracing our steps back to Namche Bazaar. We can follow the same trail we use to ascend to Pangboche or follow a different route that goes through Phortse Thanga and Mong. The latter option is much more adventurous and offers breathtaking mountain scenery. The trail goes through remote villages and lush alpine forests.

  • Lodge
  • 6 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 3,440 m
  • Trekking

The trail from Namche Bazaar to Lukla follows the same path as before. After having breakfast, we will begin our trek, starting with a steep descent along the foothills. The trail will take us through lush forests, past small settlements, and across several suspension bridges and streams. From Monjo, the trail will gradually wind through forests of rhododendron and magnolia before reaching Phakding village. From there, we will embark on an uphill route to Lukla.

  • Lodge
  • 7 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 2,840 m
  • Trekking

The Ama Dablam base camp trek has come to an end, and we will be flying back to Kathmandu in the morning, enjoying the stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Once you reach Kathmandu airport, our team will transfer you to the hotel. We do not have anything planned for this day. Rest and window shop in Thamel. You can walk to Narayanhiti Palace and walk around Durbarmarg in the evening. 

  • Hotel
  • 35 minutes
  • Breakfast only
  • 1,400 m
  • fly to Kathamandu

You have a full day in Kathmandu today. We highly recommend going on a guided sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. These excursions will let you better understand Nepali art and architecture. Taste Nepali delicacies and explore local markets. Or you can do whatever you wish. In the late evening, the company will organize a farewell dinner for the group. See you during that.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Leisure day in kathamandu

This adventurous trek comes to an end. Our representatives will drop you at the international airport as per your flight departure time. Pack your stuff and get ready to leave the hotel on time. 

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    What's Included

    • Airport transfers
    • Four nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
    • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast
    • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS permit
    • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
    • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax
    • Tea house/Lodge Accommodation during the trek on twin sharing
    • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers)
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (which will be paid by travel insurance company)
    • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag, if necessary and returned after the trek
    • Nepal Entry visa fee
    • Travel insurance (compulsory)
    • Meals (Lunch and Dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
    • Your personnel expenses/shopping
    • Entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills
    • Hot shower, internet, telephone and laundry
    • International airfare
    • Tips for the guide and staff
    • Anything not mentioned in the included section

    Dates & Availability

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    19 Apr, 202401 May, 2024AvailableUS $1250
    23 Apr, 202405 May, 2024AvailableUS $1250
    27 Apr, 202409 May, 2024AvailableUS $1250

    Useful Information

    Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Difficulty

    The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate-level trek, with a few challenging sections. The trek involves a total distance of approximately 68 kilometres (42 miles) and an ascent of approximately 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) over the course of 9 to 10 days.

    The trek begins in Lukla, where trekkers will spend the first night. From Lukla, the trail follows a well-marked path through the villages of Phakding and Namche Bazaar. The trail becomes steeper as it climbs to Tengboche, where trekkers will spend the third night. From Tengboche, the trail continues to the Pangboche village and continues to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

    The trail to the base camp is steep and rocky, with some exposed sections that may require using hands for balance. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and have a moderate level of fitness to complete the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek.

    Altitude sickness is also a risk on this trek, as the highest point reached is 4,600 meters. We take adequate time to acclimatize. Also, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, dizziness, and nausea. It is essential to listen to your body and take breaks as needed to avoid overexertion.

    Best Time to Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp

    The Ama Dablam Trek is a lower altitude trail compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek, making it possible to trek to the Ama Dablam Base Camp even in the offseasons if well prepared. However, the winter season can bring challenges due to the thick snow on the trail. 

    The best time to experience the clear blue sky and stunning views of the Himalayas on the Ama Dablam Trek is from March to April and from late September to November. These months offer higher visibility and no precipitation. The mountain views are surreal, and the Kathmandu Lukla flight is mostly on time. 

    The months of May to September are the monsoon season in Nepal, with some rainfall in Namche Bazaar and cloudy views of the Himalayas. Trekkers should be aware that the trail may be slippery during this time. December and January can still have some snowfall due to the lower altitude of the Ama Dablam Trek.

    Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Altitude

    The Ama Dablam base camp trek ascends to 4,600 meters. Kathmandu is located at 1,400 meters, and the Lukla flight takes you 2,860 meters in 35 minutes. To avoid altitude sickness, you spend the night in Phakding village at 2,610 meters. From Phakding, the trail ascends to Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters and passes by Tengboche village and Pangboche village, situated at 3,870 meters and 3,930 meters, respectively, before reaching Ama Dablam Base Camp.

    Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Food and Accommodation

    You get three meals a day during the Ama Dablam base camp trek. In Kathmandu, you will get breakfast, and other meals are not covered in the package cost. The food option on the trail is very good. You will see a variety of dishes on the menu, especially in the Namche Bazaar. From famous dal bhat to roti, curries, bread, thukpa, momo, noodles, steak, burger, pizza, etc are available. 

    Our accommodation will be a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and lodges during the Ama Dablam base camp trekking. The lodges you stay overnight will be decent. You will get twin-shared rooms. The bedding and blanket will be clean & comfortable. The washroom may be common or private, depending upon the lodge.

    Travel Insurance

    There is a potential risk of altitude sickness during the Ama Dablam base camp trek. So, we need travel insurance for a backup in case of an emergency. You can buy travel insurance in your home country as Nepal does not offer it. There is no proper health care facility in the Everest region, so the quickest way we can provide medical assistance that requires more than first-aid is by air evacuating you to a hospital in Kathmandu.

    Passport and visa

    You need to send details of your passport at the time of booking with a few other general information. It will help us to make reservations and obtain permits under your name. The passport has to be valid for at least six months. Now for the Nepali visa, the travellers have to get it by themselves. Any failure in receiving the visa and cancellation of the trip will not affect the company. We do hold the responsibility of a visa. 

    You can get a Nepali visa from the Consulate office or Nepali Embassy in your home country. Likewise, citizens of many countries can obtain an on-arrival visa in Nepal at all entry points, including Tribhuvan International Airport. Make sure to check the visa status for your country.

    How much luggage can I bring to the Ama Dablam trek?

    You are allowed to carry 10 kg weights in your duffel bag. Porter carries duffel bags. Additionally, trekkers can carry a backpack weighing 5 kg. Any extra luggage you can store in the locker room of the hotel you are staying in Kathmandu.

    Responsible Travel

    We practice minimizing the negative impact of trekking activities on the environment and local communities. It involves following a set of guidelines and principles that we have made to ensure that trekking is sustainable and does not harm the natural and cultural resources of the area.

    Here are some key principles of responsible trekking followed by us at Ashmita Trek & Tours:

    • Leave no trace: This includes not littering, respecting wildlife, and respecting the natural surroundings.
    • Respect local cultures: Dressing appropriately, behaving respectfully, and not disturbing religious or cultural sites.
    • Support local economies: We encourage trekkers to support local businesses and communities by purchasing local goods and services, such as food and accommodations, rather than relying on imported products.
    • Use environmentally friendly products: Trekkers should try to use environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable toiletries and reusable water bottles to reduce waste.

    FAQs

    The Ama Dablam base camp trek goes from 12 to 14 days. You can make the itinerary longer by adding other destinations in the Khumbu region. Or shorten the itinerary by combining a helicopter return from the base camp.

    The Ama Dablam base camp trek is a moderate beginner-friendly trek. It is a 13 days long program that follows the well-established trail in the Khumbu region and cuts off from Pangboche village to the Ama Dablam base camp. The elevation gain is minimal, and the trail has a few steep sections. Overall, the Ama Dablam base camp trek is a doable trek for anyone in good shape.

    Both the Ama Dablam base camp trek and the Everest base camp trek are adventurous ventures. The EBC trek is a couple of days longer than the Ama Dablam base camp trek. Both treks offer heavenly mountain panoramas, the cultural heritage of the Sherpas, a unique mountain lifestyle, pushes your limits, and lets you have a lifetime experience. You will not regret doing either of those.

    Yes, you want to do the Ama Dablam base camp trek and the Everest base camp trek. To get the customized itinerary, kindly get in touch with us. We will craft the itinerary as per your requirements. You can expect the trek to be 17 to 19 days long. You will more likely ascend Ama Dablam base camp first and head to Everest base camp.

    The Ama Dablam base camp is the lap of the beautiful mountain Ama Dablam, which stands 6,812 m/22,349 ft from sea level. The altitude of Ama Dablam Base Camp is 4,600 m/15,092 ft. The base camp is located in the Khumbu region (Everest region), eastern Nepal.

    Yes, a beginner can do the Ama Dablam base camp trek. It is a moderate trek and goes up to 4,600 meters, which is comparatively less in altitude gain if we compare it with other trekking packages in the Everest region.

    Yes, you can do the Ama Dablam base camp trekking alone. But we do not recommend you to trek alone because it is a new trek in the Everest region, and only a handful of trekkers trek to Ama Dablam base camp, making the final part of the trail isolated. You will enjoy the journey more with a guide and porter.

    You can carry a sleeping bag during the Ama Dablam base camp trek. The lodge gives blankets, but if you are very sensitive to cold, then carrying a sleeping bag will be better.

    Ama Dablam base camp trek cost ranges from USD 1400 to USD 1800. In the big group, the per-head price can go down to USD 999 - USD 1200. The package cost includes the B&B in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Lukla flight, accommodation & three meals a day during the trek, expenses of the guide & porter, permit fees, all taxes, and company service charge.