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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek 10 Days

Sagarmatha National Park
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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek 10 Days

Duration :   10 Days 9 Nights
The Price :   $1,195.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-80

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Ama Dablam Base Camp (ADBC: 4600 m) Trek is another 10 Days moderately challenging trip into the Everest region of Nepal. Also known as the ‘Matterhorn’ of the Himalayas, Ama Dablam peaks at 6812 m. Being known by its local name, Ama Dablam, its literal meaning is referred to as Mother’s Necklace. The 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.

 

Difficulty of Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

ADBC Trek has been proven to be suitable for adventurers of all age groups without any prior trekking experience. The trip has thus been meticulously planned so the travelers need not fear any altitude sickness. The highest elevation one reaches during the trip will be at the Ama Dablam Base Camp itself. Moreover, the highest altitude for night halt will be at 3985 m in Pangboche. Additionally, the trip follows trails that have been completed by children under age of 10 and seniors over age 80.

 

First ascent of Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (US), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimated to altitude, having wintered over at 5800 m near the base of the peak as part of the 1960–61 Silver Hut expedition. It was led by Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

 

Everest Region

The trip begins with a thrilling 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport, it is one of the most challenging airports in the world with a runway spanning mere 527 m. Visitors then begin their journey with a hike down towards Phakding and then the famous Namche Bazar. Namche, also known as the gateway to Everest, serves as a halt for acclimatization for many trekkers in the region.

 

Moreover, Namche Bazar is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. The town has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafés. Additionally, there are German bakeries, little cafes and many restaurants in the town as well. Moreover, there is also an Irish pub, said to be the highest and most remote Irish pub in the world. A popular local meal is yak steak. On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of the village.

 

Recommended seasons for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Situated at a distance of 152 km northeast to Kathmandu, Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions and trekking. As with Mount Everest, the best trekking months are March, April and May (before the monsoon) and September, October, November & December.

 

Sherpa and the majestic Himalayas

The scenery on the way is awe-inspiring, as the Khumbu region boasts 4 of the world’s 6 tallest peaks. It includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu. Trekking in the Himalayan region gives its travelers a first-hand experience into the life of world’s most famous climbers, the Sherpas. Experience life in the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world and explore the World Heritage site, the Sagarmatha National Park and its unique variety of Himalayan flora and fauna.

 

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Map

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Map

 

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

 

Additional Information on Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek:

 

Booking Your Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek:

We are now offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Everest region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 1195 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Your International Flight:

For your 10 Days ADBC Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 10. However, the Lukla flights can be canceled due to adverse weather, so having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.

 

Packing for the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your ADBC Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.

 

Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight tickets, please share the details with us. Our airport representatives will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can arrange accommodation for extra nights and add-on tours as well for additional cost and provide complimentary airport pickup.

 

Flight to Lukla and Return:

During the peak season, typically from mid-March to mid-May in spring and late September to late November in autumn, flights to Lukla and back operate from Ramechhap airport. At other times of the year, they depart from Kathmandu. We will however arrange the approximately 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport at no additional cost. Optionally you may as well book a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport with additional costs (USD 400).

 

Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 2 to Day 8. You’ll fly to Lukla on Day 2 to commence the trek and return to Lukla on Day 8. On Day 9, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. Expect to spend 7 nights and 7 days completing the ADBC trek. You’ll begin your trek from Lukla to Ama Dablam Base Camp and back with overnight stays in villages like Phakding, Namche, Khumjung, Pangboche and Lukla. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.

 

Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.

 

Accommodation in Kathmandu:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in 3 Star Hotels with twin/double sharing beds.

 

Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are teahouses. Although basic, these teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.

 

Food:

In Kathmandu, your package includes breakfast only, typically served buffet-style. Except on Day 2 of your Lukla flight, you’ll receive a packed breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.

 

Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek. It is because proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.

 

Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your flight to Lukla, the total baggage weight allowance is 15 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 10/11 kilos in your checked bag and 5/4 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 15-kilo limit. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.

 

Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.

 

Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to Everest region, not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.

 

Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 150 to 200 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside 100-150 USD for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.

 

Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs.

 

Note: Both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.

 

Highlights of Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek:

 

1. Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600 m)

2. A thrilling flight to and from Lukla Airport

3. Trek inside Sagarmatha National Park

4. Explore Namche Bazar

5. Experience Sherpa culture and traditions

6. Chance to unravel the mysteries of abominable Yeti

7. Explore Tengboche Monastery, the oldest in the region

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide. In the evening, you will be enjoying a Nepali Dinner with Cultural Program.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals Available: Dinner

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)

On the second day of your trek you will be taking a 30 min flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary airstrip at Lukla, one of the most challenging airports in the world. Here you will meet with your support staff (porter). You will then trek down to Phakding for about 3-4 hours. Phakding is a small town that lies on the banks of river Dudhkoshi.

 

You might as well have a small detour to the monasteries and explore the town of Phakding in the afternoon.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (Max Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

On the third day of your trek you will be hiking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar that takes an approximate 6 hours with a max altitude of 3438 m / 11280 ft. Here you will be exploring the Manjo village, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.

 

On your way, you will cross over the river Dudh Koshi to Thaple Danda via Hillary Bridge, one of the highest suspension bridges in Nepal. Here you will also be getting your first glance at Mount Everest. Namche Bazaar, the home of Sherpas and gateway to Everest Base Camp (EBC) will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (Max Altitude: 3790 m / 12434 ft)

On day four of your trip, you will be trekking from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung village. On your way, you will pass via Hotel Everest View. Hotel Everest View is the highest situated (3800 m) 5 Star Hotel in the world that gives you a spectacular view of a wide range of peaks including Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tabuche, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest itself. The travelers will then hike (45 - 50 minutes) towards Khumjung. A Mountain Guest House in Khumjung will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Pangboche (Max Altitude: 3985 m / 13074 ft)

On day five of your trip, you will be trekking from Khumjung to Pangboche. The trek spans over approximately 6 hours and takes you to an elevation of 3985 m / 13074 ft. On your way you will be exploring the ancient Tengboche Monastery, the ethnic village of Sherpas and chatting with the buddhist monks.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Round-Trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp (Max Altitude: 4600 m / 15092 ft)

On day six, the travelers will be taking a round trip from Pangboche to the final destination of their trip, the Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600 m / 15092 ft). The base camps are rudimentary campsites at the base of Mount Ama Dablam that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent.

 

A Mountain Guest House in Pangboche will then be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek back to Namche Bazar (Min Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

Day seven of the trip begins with a 5-6 hours trek from Pangboche to Namche. A Mountain Guest House in Namche will be your halt for the night.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek back to Lukla (Min Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)

Day eight of your trip begins with a 5-6 hours trek back to Lukla. On the way you will be passing many forest trails via Phakding. You will then be enjoying the local bazaar at Lukla in the evening and stay overnight for the halt. Here you will also be celebrating the successful completion of your trek journey with your guide and supportive staff.

 

Approximate Trek Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

 

Accommodation: Mountain Guest House

 

Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Fly back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day nine, you will be bidding a final farewell to the supportive staff of the crew in Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu. You will then check into your hotel room and get your free time in the evening.

 

Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel

 

Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 10 : Final Departure

On day ten you will be awarded with a ‘Trip Certificate’ and be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.

 

Optional: You might also book any other new trips with us.

 

Meals Available: Breakfast

F.A.Q

How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

 

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

 

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

 

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

Every traveler is allowed up to 15 kilograms / 33 pounds of luggage during all of their domestic flights over mountainous regions in Nepal. A traveler is however allowed to carry a total of 30 kilograms / 66 pounds of luggage during their domestic flights elsewhere in Nepal.

 

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G, 3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. We will make preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and National Park Permit) required for your Ama Dablam Base Camp (ADBC) Trek.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 200).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.

 

Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toast / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.

 

During your lunch you will be served with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentils with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.

 

For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti.

How difficult is Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is considered to be a moderately challenging trek. It has even been successfully completed by children less than 12 years of age and elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 6-7 hours hike with tea breaks in between.

 

Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

Are there any chances for a scheduled flight to get canceled?

Yes, there is a maximum chance for a scheduled flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) to get canceled due extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. However we may assist you to book (with additional cost) a Helicopter ride to and from KTM-Lukla or Lukla-KTM the same day as well.

 

The helicopter ride (one way) will cost you an additional of USD 500 per person (a pax of five required). The extra cost incurred may however be claimed from your travel insurance (compulsory). We will provide you with any necessary documents.

 

Note: Any extremely unfavorable weather conditions may result in cancellation of all flight schedules.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:

 

1. Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.

 

2. A Daypack (25-30 liters)

 

3. Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

4. Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

5. Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)

 

6. A Camelbak or a water bottle

 

7. A sunscreen

 

8. A sunglass

 

9. A headlamp for night use

 

10. Your toiletries

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Airport Transfers
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Domestic Flights
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Mountain Guest House
  • National Park Fee
  • Porter
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Guide
  • Trekking Map
  • Welcome Dinner

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Hot / Cold Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Activities

  • Cultural Program
  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Trekking

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