Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration 15 Nights/16 Days
Trip Code NAP-AMA - 212
Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
Trip Cost USD 1735 per person
Best Time Sept – Dec/ Feb - May

Overview

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Everest region which is located in the Khumbu Valley, on the standard approach to Mt Everest Base Camp. This trek has long been considered the prettiest mountain in the world. High on her Southwest face hangs a glacier resembling a 'Dablam' - the sacred ornament box worn by ladies in the Sherpa community. It was this spectacular feature that got her the Name "Ama Dablam". She lies alongside Everest in the heart of the Khumbu valley offering a superb climb up a spectacular ridge. 

This trek begins from Kathmandu we will fly to the Himalayan town of Lukla, at 2,860 meters (9,000'). Here we start our 10-day trek into Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trek in is an excellent trip in itself, passing through the small villages of Namche, Tyangboche, Pheriche and Lobuche. This is a critical time of acclimatization so we will be taking our time and enjoying the sights, visiting monasteries and getting to know the local peoples and culture.

Highlights

  • Visit temple, Art/architecture, Pogadas and heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa’s Villages
  • Explore the lifestyle of the Himalayan people
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Stunning views of Mt. Everest
  • Cho-La pass, offers panoramic views of Ama Dablama, Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Island Peak, Makalu , Cholaste and Tawachee, hike upto Kalapattar and Glacier of Everest Base Camp

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
Trip Duration 15 Nights/16 Days
Trip code NAP-AMA - 212
Trip Start/Ends Lukla/Lukla, Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Ama Dablam Base Camp (5200m), Kalapatthar BC (5545m), Everest BC (5453m)
Trip Cost USD 1735 per person
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passenger
Accessibillity Round trip from Lukla, trek start from and returns to Lukla and the flight takes about 35 minute
The Route Ama Dablama Base Camp (5200m), 5/7-hrs average walking per day, Moderate to strenuous trail
Season Sept – Dec/ Feb - May
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu:Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

 

We transfer to the airport then you have a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla (2800m) from Kathmandu. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends. On arrival meet your trekking crews and process to start trek to Phakding. The trail from Lukla leads you to Chablung (2645m) and it descends steeply to the Thade Kosi which is also known as Kusum Kangru Khola. Beyond the Thade Kosi Bridge, the trail climbs to Ghat (2590m) and again climbs to Phadking. In Phadking you can climb to the Gompa to see your first view of the high peaks. 

 

From Phadking the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From here you can see excellent views of Mt. Thamserku peak then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840m) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). Walking some distance up hill you will be at Jorsale (2830m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m) the trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. 

 

This day you will take the day off to allow your bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes or you can spend it taking a day hike to Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who made the first ascent of Everest with Hillary in 1953 or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. It's the main centre of the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants; a bakery and a colorful market each Saturday. 

 

The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular days from Namche Bazaar the trail climbs up and down to Sanasa where the trail descends gradually to Teshinga and then it drops steeply to Phunki Thanga. Climbing two hours from Phunki Thanga you will reach Tyangboche. Tyangboche is a religious place for the Sherpa people and the entire Solukhumbu area. Here you will see the Tyangboche Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. Maybe you can get a chance to see the monks chanting and singing. The monastery was recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire. 

 

 From Tyangboche climb gently observing views of the snow-capped mountains until you reach Ama Dablam Base Camp. Ama Dablam is one of the most fascinating and splendid mountains sit there awhile and soak up the inspiring mountain atmosphere and take away an experience of lifetime.

The trail ascends from Pangboche and after crossing some bridges you will reach Thukla. From Thukla the trail steeply goes up to the Khumbu glacier and drops a bit to the valley of Lobuche (4930m).

The trail from Lobuche progresses gradually upwards providing splendid views of Mt Pumori. In the afternoon you will reach Gorakshep which is surrounded by mountains. You are now nestled high up amongst some of the tallest peaks in the world. We stop at the Gorakshep and enjoy the night at higher elevation but care with drinks and are sincere with altitude.

Early morning our journey continue steep climb to the top after 2 hour walk on our pace. After reaching the top, you will feel beaming as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the beginning of the journey. Top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt. Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel its worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world, and can be seen to the south Khumbu glacier sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and lot of picturesque scenery. Re-track to Gorakshep and after the breakfast at Gorekshep we ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continues our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the&

After breakfast trek down to Dhugla then go straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail. Staying high above the valley floor, we pass the yak pasture at Dusa to a Chorten at the head of the Imja valley. From Dingboche the walk is pleasant all the way to Tyangboche. After crossing the bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village

From Pangboche further down to Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery. Then trek goes down to the riverside at Fuki Tenga and steady climb through forest and continuous walk to Namche Bazaar. After Namche we walk down to the hill, cross some suspension bridge and reach monjo for over night.

After breakfast you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, you can walk at your own pace and enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and overnight at Hotel. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.

 

This morning you will be transferred to Lukla airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are mostly in morning due to impact of weather and wild blowing at Lukla airport. We take a Trans Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu by small aircraft and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon to be fresh up; evening we comment about the trip and celebrate farewell dinner together at Nepalese Typical Restaurant. 

 

We allow a Leisure day in Kathmandu incase the flight from Lukla is canceled due to weather. If you are in Kathmandu we will take you on a guided tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, one of the oldest cities in the valley.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  •  Fee: Sagarmath national park entrance permit and TIMS card 
  •  Activities: TSightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per the itinerary. 
  •  Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bedroom and 11 nights teahouse/lodges on twin or multi share bedroom on mountain 
  •  Food: Full board on teahouse (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 4 breakfast in Kathmandu. 
  •  Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
  •  Transportation: All airport arrival/departure transfer and surface road-head transportation.
  •  Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments 
  • Lunch and dinner while in city
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +977-1-4258476 or +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size and group joining: The minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for this trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During the trekking part we accommodate on teahouse/lodges and has chosen according their Eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. These are basic lodges with just a couple of rooms with two separate beds. The lodges have running water but don't expect a hot shower. Blankets are available but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food and Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. The trekking lodges offer some good value meals and drinks. The meals are in teahouse similar to the camping trekking; the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Daily feature of Teahouse Trekking: Normally you will be woken at around 6:30 – 7:00AM with a cup up “Good Morning” tea brought to your room. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters. Having had breakfast we usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's few hours walking before lunch around 11.00 - 12.00 PM, at any of the tea houses or other lodges along the trail. We have an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our assistant guide will go ahead and reserve the lodge en-route for overnight stop. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and we usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the lodge, everything will be ready. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, it’s always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Staffs: For most trips is accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 6 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and guide the trek will be accompanied by one porter or pack animal for every two people. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 25 kgs in tea-house and 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m and reaching at goal destination during the journey to the desired trekking. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety and Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Traveller must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Medical Supplies - The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc.

Basic first aid supplies
Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream

Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)

Foot powder

Bandaids (plasters) and tape

Moleskin or other blister pads

Elastic (Ace) bandage

Antiseptic cream

Aspirin

Throat lozenges or cough drops

Decongestant tablets

Iodine - small bottle for water purification

Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP

Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Checklist for trekking in Nepal
Essential Gears
 - A pair for running shoes, a pair of lightweight pants and long shirts for day time, one pair short pant for trekking, a pair of warm trousers, rainproof jacket with hood, gloves, woolen socks, underwear, water bottles, day pack (30–35 liter), toiletries, towel, small torch or headlamp with spare batteries, sun block, personal medical supplies if any, camera and film.

Seasonal gears - In addition to the essential gears, one need to bring other gears relevant to the months (season) and altitude of your chosen trek as follows:

Months: (Nov / Dec /Jan / Feb / March trek below 3000 Meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sep / Oct / April / May trek below 3000 meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumper, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Nov / Dec / Jan / Feb / March trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, 2 woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sep / Oct / April / May trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, a pair woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Optional Gears - Small padlock, money belt, penknife, binocular, energy bars, chocolates / sweets, personal diary, playing cards, books, small swing kid etc.

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

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