Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek – 8 Days is the best alternative trekking trail in the Everest Region. Leave your footprints at the foothill of the world’s most beautiful peak. At an altitude of 4529 m, Ama Dablam Base Camp offers a Himalayan scenic retreat. Get ready to explore the Everest region like never before. Walk in the Everest Base Camp Trail but knit the non-commercial trekking tale.
HVT always strives to provide authentic travel moments. As per our mission to achieve sustainable tourism in Nepal, we have prepared an itinerary of Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek – 8 Days. Experience the flight to the world’s most extreme airport, the Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla. In just 8 days, gather all the attractions of the Everest Trekking Trail (except the Everest base camp). However, the itinerary is flexible. You can extend the trek to Everest base camp too.
The trekking begins from Lukla. Trekkers trek through Mani Walls, hamlets, and suspension bridges to Phakding on the first day. Moreover, the first day in Khumbu is always exciting. Anticipation of days to come overpowers trekkers. The next day is the day we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. There are many suspension bridges on the trail at this section. However, the most popular one is the Hillary Twin Bridge. It is truly spectacular and equally adventurous. Witness the first sight of Mt. Everest on this day. A few meters before reaching Namche Bazaar, you can get the sight of Mt. Everest. However, it depends upon the weather conditions.
Namche Bazaar is the biggest marketplace on the trail. It is also the Sherpa heartland. There are many eateries, banks, shops, and bars. The place offers breathtaking scenery of Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Kwangde. It is also the famous place for the first acclimatization rest during Everest Trekking. However, Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek – 8 Days follows a different pattern of trekking. Trekkers trek to Phungi Thanga instead of acclimatization activity. Acclimatization means reaching a higher altitude and resting at a low altitude. The Ama Dablam Itinerary follows the same principle. The altitude of Kyangjuma/Namche Bazaar is higher than the altitude of Phungi Thanga.
Monastery, Sherpa Village & Ama Dablam Base Camp
The journey from Phungi Thanga to Ama Dablam Base Camp offers culture, nature, and Himalayan wilderness. Moreover, the section is enticing because of its diverse attractions (Tengboche Monastery, Pangboche Village & Base Camp). Explore the cultural Tengboche Monastery which hosts the famous Mani Rimdu Festival too. Understand Sherpa people in their own households at Pangboche. Rejoice in the Himalayan wilderness at the Ama Dablam Base Camp. Moreover, a less crowded trail endows serenity and tranquility.
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8 Days - Ama Dablam Base Camp trek Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding walking distance of 6 km (2/3 hours) 2610 M / 8,664 ft
Day 2: Trek from Phagding to Namche Bazaar walking distance of 7.4 km (6/7 hours) 3440 m / 11290ft
Day 3: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Trek from Namche to Tengboche walking distance of 5.9 km (6/7 hours) 3867 m / 12687 ft
Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Ama Dablam base camp 7.1 km (6/7 Hours) 4600 m / 15080 ft
Day 6: Trek back to Namche Bazaar walking distance of 12.8 km (7/8 hours) 3440 m / 11290ft
Day 7: Trek back to Lukla walking distance of 13.5 km (6/7 hours) 2810 m / 9216ft
Day 8: fly back to Kathmandu for 30 minutes.
DAY 01: FLY TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING
Early in the morning we will gear up for the flight to the world’s most extreme airport, the Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport. From this place we will commence our trekking. We will walk towards Phakding which is at the 2610 m from sea level. The trail is easy and gentle with 2 suspension bridge and many Mani walls along the way. Phakding is located on the bank of Dudhkoshi River. Overnight at teahouse, Refresh and dinner- Lukla to Phakding walking distance 6.2 kilometers, (3-4 Hours) 2,860 meter/9184ft
DAY 02: JOURNEY TO NAMCHE BAZZAR
Today is the day we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Moreover, today we will be crossing at least 5 suspension bridges along the way including famous Hillary Twin Bridge at the foothill of Namche Bazaar Hill. We will be able to see the first view of Mt. Everest from Top Danda which is few meters away from Namche Bazaar. Remember that it is dependent upon the weather conditions. Stroll around the marketplace in the evening. The best view of Thamserku and Kwangde Ri is possible to capture from Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight at our teahouse. Refresh and dinner -Phakding to Namche walking distance is 9.4 kilometers. (5-6 Hours) 3,440m/11,283ft
DAY 03: NAMCHE BAZZAR ACCLIMATIZATION DAY, HIKE TO EVEREST VIEW HOTEL; BACK TO HOTEL/LODGE IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Today is the day of acclimatization. It is necessary to do the proper acclimatization activities during Everest or any kinds of high altitude trekking. We will trek to the world’s highest situated Himalayan belt hotel the Everest View Hotel as part of our acclimatization exercise. If time permit we will also visit the mountain museum located at the top of Namche Bazaar hill. The mountain vista of Amadablam, Thamserku, Tabuche, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest make your acclimatization exercise overwhelming. In the evening, we can visit the marketplace of Namche Bazaar. There are numerous eateries, bars, shops, banks and teahouses in the area. The guide will decide whether to include the Sherpa Village of Khumjung or Khunde in your acclimatization exercise. It depends upon your physical status. Please consult and heed the instructions of the guide. Stay overnight at our same teahouse lodge. Refresh and dinner - 3 Hours3, 440m/11,283ft
DAY 04: TREK TO TENGBOCHE MONASTERY
Today’s trekking is interesting. We will be trekking uphill from the teahouse/lodge in Namche Bazaar to the top of the hill and start the trekking to Kyagjuma on the Nepalese Flat terrain. From Kyangjuma we will trek downhill to Phungi Thanga where we will take the lunch break too. From this place, after crossing the suspension bridge we will have to walk through green lush forests towards Tengboche. In the evening we will visit the monastery and learn about the local religious practices as well as the rituals. However, it is dependent, the monastery opens only during favorable times. Refresh and dinner- Tengboche from Namche walking distance 10 km (6 hours) 3,870m/12,684ft
DAY 05: TREK TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP
Early in the morning after breakfast we will trek to Amadablam Base Camp. We will have have trek through Debuche and Pangboche. The trail from Pangboche to Amadablam is rugged. Therefore, please heed the instructions of the trekking guide. You must not stroll on your own. The trail is new and scarcely trekked. Therefore, you have to take lots of meticulous planning. Overnight at the teahouse in Amadablam
DAY 06: TREK BACK TO NAMCHE BAZAR
The return trip during Everest or any high altitude trekking in Nepal is amazing. This is because of the decreasing altitude. Therefore, lots of people consider the return trip as the most joyous time of trekking. Enjoy your return trip. Your body will also support you and the scenery is outstanding as always. Overnight at our teahouse lodge, Refresh and dinner, Ama Dablam Base Camp to Namche Walking Distance 14.2 km (5-6 hours) 3440m/11285ft
DAY 07: TREK BACK TO LUKLA
We will trek back to Lukla on this day. The trail is the same. However, you will be able to witness lot more new things during the return trip. It is because; you have already completed the base camp journey. By this time you would have already been adjusted to the high altitude. Therefore, talk to the locals and understand the daily lives of the people in the trail. Once you reach Lukla, arrange the celebration. Today is the last day of the trekking. Therefore, celebrate with your guide and porter. Overnight at our teahouse lodge refresh and dinner, Namche to Lukla Walking Distance 13km (5-6 hours) 2,800 m 9,100 ft
DAY 08: FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU FROM LUKLA
We will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1300 m). We wake up early for our flight back to Kathmandu. We say goodbye to the serene and magnificent mountains and board the flight to come back to the city civilization. The rest of the afternoon in Kathmandu will be at leisure. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding a massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
- Airport pickup and drop as per client’s arrival and departure date
- Hotel- domestic airport- hotel by car/ van, depend on group sizes
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu) tickets including airport taxes
- All meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during your Ama Dablam base camp Trek
- 7 nights Hotel Accommodation during Ama dablam Base Camp Trek
- Government licensed holder, fluent English Speaking, Familiar HVT guide
- One assistant guide if Group sizes is more than 10 trekkers)
- Strong local Porters for Carry trekker’s luggage One porter every 2 trekkers
- Guide and porter wages including their meals, accommodation, and Salary
- Equipment for the Company staff
- Water purification drop or tablets for safe drinking water
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
- Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality permits fees
- Seasonal fresh fruits every day during your Ama Dablam Base Camp trek
- Oximeter to measure Pulse and oxygen level
- Company T-shirt as a Souvenirs, and duffle bag if needed
- Local government, taxes, including official Service Charge
- Trip completion Certificate
- Hotel accommodation and meals In Kathmandu
- Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery charge fee during the Everest base camp short Trek)
- Personal clothing and trekking gear
- Personal travel insurance including evacuation coverage (compulsory) up to 6000m)
- Additional costs if delays flights and outside the itinerary
- All the costs and expenses which are not mentioned in includes list
- Tips for guide and porters. In end of the treks
- Trek to the Beautiful Ama Dablam Base Camp with support from our experienced team of guides, crew, and porters who simply love what they do.
- Climb Kalapathar (5545m) for grandstand views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and surrounding peaks. The sights hereabouts are some of the best in the world if you continue.
- Experience the breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla, you’ll love it.
- Immerse yourself in colorful ancient Kathmandu with an optional s/seeing
- Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Sherpa people. Interact with them to learn of their lifestyles & traditions as they survive in harsh conditions for all of their lives.
Is this your ideal trek?
Trekking in the Everest region is all about altitude. By its very nature adventure travel involves that you be prepared for the unexpected. In far-flung and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To enjoy your trip and get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise from your Everest base camp odyssey. If you’re a greenhorn in the wilderness world then this trek would be ideal for you.
To truly enjoy this trip, you should be pretty habituated to walking 4-6 hours each day for several days on the go while some days will be relatively longer. We encourage you to walk at a pace that suits you without any rush whatsoever. This is a key aspect of enjoying such trips in the planet’s most popular region. You ought to be physically fit and an active walker to get the best of this classic mountainous journey to the south side of the mighty Everest.
General information important to this trip:
TREKKING AT HIGH ALTITUDES (over 3500m)
This trip includes strenuous trekking at altitudes of over 3500m. For us altitude is a very serious issue, a result that has kept our records clean making us one of the best adventure operators in Nepal for over 30 years of operating treks in the region. Our trekking guests must be in great health and have high fitness levels to attempt this trip, as well as be committed to train to ensure you are suitably physically prepared for the tough challenges that go above 4500m.
Altitude sickness is a risk for anyone, including on the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Base Region treks. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms before you depart and monitor your own health during your trek, without letting it worry you.
We advise all our guests to undergo a thorough medical with your personal physician before you embark on this trip.
Participating in a group trip
When you travel with a group you will find much camaraderie and all the fun and also there’s bound to be some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your group mates will probably come from all corners of the world and you will come across a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure you’re on time without keeping the rest of the group waiting. Experience has taught us often that the very best trips we operate are those where the chemistry within the group work well - this simply requires a ‘give a little take a little’ attitude effort on your part. For privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
TRAVELLERS who prefer going SOLO:
Our group trips are generally planned for shared accommodation and don't involve single supplements. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis [for couples or trekkers known to each other prior to the trip]. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the trek - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis at your hotel in Kathmandu. We also have arrangements for guests who wish to trek completely solo out of the group.
When booking with Himalaya View Treks, it is mandatory to have travel insurance. For every type of holiday activity (trekking, tour, peak climbing & customized trips) you must get insurance. Remember that HVT never sells insurance. You need to buy yourself from a reliable insurance agency. Your insurance plan must cover medical aid, emergency rescue (helicopter or porter/mule descent), and accidents. The agency will only do the insurance of the crew members.
Our Cost versus the Experience
At Himalaya View Treks, we always go the mile to ensure our trekking guests get the best experiences of the trip with maximum comfort and safety on a ratio that goes beyond the cost that we charge for the trip. We provide a ‘no frills’ price with breakdowns to make sure our client are getting the best for a cost that goes beyond all expectations
Tipping [an expectation on such risky arduous trips]
Tipping is very much part of the culture in Nepal and although entirely at your discretion, it is usually expected. Often people would like to tip in recognition of good service but are unsure how much would be appropriate in a foreign country - for this reason, we have listed guideline amounts below (these are intended as a guideline only and you may see fit to give more or less depending on the service that you have received).
For the tipping of your trek staff and your tour leader, we suggest passing an envelope for each staff member around the group so that everyone can put in what they feel comfortable with anonymously.
The following are guideline amounts received by each staff member from the group as a whole...
- Tour Leader: Rs30, 000 - 35,000 (usually tipped on the last night in Kathmandu)
- Your trekking crew (tips are usually given on the last evening of the trek in Lukla):
- Head Trekking Guide and Assistant Guides: Rs20, 000 - 25,000 for each guide
- Trek Porters/yak men: Rs10, 000 for each porter or yak man
Acute Mountain Sickness [AMS]
When we ascend above 2500 meters our bodies have to acclimatise to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. So, to allow our bodies to adjust we have designed our treks in ways that help you ascend slowly, allowing acclimatisation to occur when you go above the tree lines where the air is thinner. However, during the acclimatisation process, you may experience some of the following symptoms.
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Loss of appetite/nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the hands and face
But if you feel such symptoms don’t let it worry because it’s normal. Individuals acclimatize at different rates. Some may experience symptoms, some may not. Your best strategy is to take your time and drink plenty of water. These symptoms may not indicate the onset of A.M.S. and if you experience them it does not necessarily mean that you should not continue. All our group leaders have extensive first aid training and we urge you to communicate with the group leader at all times should you believe you have any symptoms in order that we can effectively monitor your symptoms as you go higher. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. Please note, that your group leader has ultimate responsibility and may ask you to descend if symptoms persist. As a last resort, if matters grow from bad to worse, we always have a helicopter on standby for immediate evacuation.
A Typical Day on the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
A typical day on the trail begins with a wake-up call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle before you hit the trail by 8 AM, along with your guide.
To avoid walking in the heat and enjoy clear mountain views, you make an early start. En route, there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You haul up for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.
Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in, and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.
Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers and sherpas till dinner is served (around 7 PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulties, where you will stop for lunch, etc. Afterward, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.
On average, you may have to walk 6 to 7 hours daily. The trek to Phakding is the shortest and the easiest, while the hike to Ama dablam Base Camp from Tengboche on the 4th day could be you’re toughest.
Are You Already in Nepal?
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What is the Best Season to do Amadablam Base Camp Trek?
Best time to do the trek is during months of Autumn (Aug - Oct) and Spring (Mar - May). However, you can do the trek during winter season too. During this time of the year, you may not find the lodging facilities at the base camp. You will have to do the round hike from Pangboche to Base camp.
How difficult is Amadablam Base Camp Trek?
Amadablam Base Camp Trek is easy trekking route of Everest region. However, trekkers need to heed the instructions of the guide carefully. After all, you have to reach the maximum altitude of 4529 m. The walking above 3000 m is always risky because of altitude sickness threat. The trail is easy to walk though. Until trekkers reach the Pangboche, the trail is in fantastic condition. The trail between Pangboche and Amadablam is rarely trekked. Therefore, expect rugged terrain.
Can I add Everest Base Camp Trek with Amadablam Base Camp Trek?
Yes You can add Everest Base Camp Trek with Amadablam Base Camp Trek. You can either do the Everest Base Camp Trek first before Amadablam base camp hike or vice versa.
Is there Teahouse/Lodge in Amadablam Base Camp? Do i need to carry tents?
Yes, there are teahouse/lodges in the base camp. However, there are only three lodges. In high season you need to return back to Pangboche for the overnight. You don't need to carry tents. It takes about 2 hours to reach the base camp from Pangboche.
Do I Need a Travel Insurance for Amadablam Base Camp Trek?
Yes, it is mandatory for the trekkers to have travel insurance for the trek.