Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

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Ama Dablam captivates anyone who sets eyes on her.  The Everest region will leave you fascinated and wanting more. This trek into Ama Dablam has it all. Culture, adventure and world class mountain viewing. We have designed this trek for people who want to enjoy the best of the Everest region along with making the trekking days shorter. You will see the itinerary at the bottom along with further information but just CONTACT US and start gathering all the information you need to make this special journey trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Ama Dablam is deep in the Everest Region

We will enter the Everest region by air, leaving from Kathmandu on a forty-five minute flight into the village of Lukla, which sits at 2,853m/ 9,360ft. The Sherpa people dwell in this region, living along the trails, welcoming you to their villages as you move up the valley towards Ama Dablam. All the research shows that extra acclimatization around the 3,500m/ 11,500 feet gives you the best chance at getting your body ready to accept the lower pressure higher up.

Come with the right physical preparation

Our Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is one of the best treks to do in the Everest region and one of the best treks in Nepal.  We will help you get all the information you need to make your trip a success. We have 20 years experience preparing people for this type of physical trek. We want to make sure you are successful in safely reaching Ama Dablam Base Camp.  Make sure you have the right training and bring the necessary gear and equipment that will make your trip to Ama Dablam is safe and successful adventure.

View of Ama Dablam from Tengbouche
The village of Tengbouche

Why join this trek to Ama Dablam

Sagarmatha National parks is one of the best mountain viewing National Park in the world. Ama Dablam is one of the highlights of the Everest region, but there is so much more. We have the best acclimatization available along with views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama and Thamserku, to name a few. You will also venture through Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar and the famous Tengbouche and get off the beaten Everest Trail and we will get you face to face with Ama Dablam. Price start from $2,400.

 What people said our Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

“I was a big fan of Ian Taylor Trekking after my Kilimanjaro trip in 2010. It was unforgettable experience. A couple of kids later I was itching to get back on the trail and in 2018 I was back for more. I was flicking through pictures of the Himalaya’s and saw a picture of Ama Dablam and just had to go. I reached out to Ian and he had a group heading in March and April so I signed up to the March trip. The trek was well run, the route was unique, the monastery visits, staff and views of Ama Dablam made this trip so amazing for me. I will be back thank you all so much.” Leon Rudd Ama Dablam Base Camp 2018
 
“We are just back from our Ama Dablam Base Camp, my wife and I had the best possible experience. I have wanted to see Ama Dablam in the flesh for a long time. We will be back next year for the Everest Trek. I really like the itinerary Ian but in place of this trek. We really got all the best viewing points of Ama Dablam. I really enjoyed Shangbouche hill, Khumjumg and getting both sides of the Everest trail. I have to say the training advice was perfect, service set up and support exceeded all expectations. We were treated like family which is truly appreciated.”  Richard Johnson, Everest Base Camp 2016
 
Itinerary


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Day 1

Arrive into Kathmandu airport. You will have beautiful views over the city as you fly into Kathmandu. You will see the mighty Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. After going through customs, a representative of Ian Taylor Trekking will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We have an early evening briefing to allow you to meet our ground staff and your Trek guide for the trip.

Day 2

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla 2,853m/ 9,360 feet, the gateway to the Khumbu Region. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our trek staff, porters or yak herders and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phakding (2,600m/8,500ft). Or continue on to Monjo. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

Day 3

Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours up ‘Namche Hill’ to reach Namche Bazaar 3,440m/ 11,286 feet. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares here, and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.

Day 4

Today will be used as an acclimatization day as we need to adjust to the low oxygen levels. We will aim to climb high and sleep low. We will take a stroll up to the Sherpa Museum. The museum is just below 3,600m/ 11,800 feet. We will stay there for a while to gain the additional acclimatization needed for going higher. We will return to our lodge in Namche for lunch. The afternoon can be spent sampling the delights of the Namche bakery! or playing pool in Cafe Danfe. You can also visit Kancha Sherpa, he is the last remaining Sherpa climber from the 1953 Everest Expedition.

Day 5

After an early breakfast we gather our belongings and take a hike up to Shangbouche hill 3,900m/ 12,800 feet with stunning panoramic views of the whole Everest Region. After reaching the view point we make our way downhill to Khumjung 3,790m/ 12,434 feet. We go to our lodge, have time for lunch and then head out to explore the local area. We will visit the Kumjung Monastery famous for its Yeti Scalp. We may also be able to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School. During this critical acclimatization phase, we will spend time resting and trekking to higher altitudes to aid in the process. This will allow our bodies to become more acclimatized at this critical point of the trip.

Day 6

We leave Khumjung after breakfast and move to Phortse. We walk through agricultural land and some rhododendron trees for about half an hour then we start ascending to the Mong La (2 1/2 hours) where we enjoy a relaxing tea break and the views of Tawache Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam,  Kongde Peak, Kusum Kangaru. We then walk downhill for about an hour to Phortse Tanga where we stop for lunch. After lunch we walk uphill through forest to Phortse village 3,950m/ 12,960 feet where we stay for the night.

Day 7

Today we have a short trek of about 3 – 31/2 hours to Pangboche farther up the valley. The trail is on a gradual incline around the valley with the most beautiful views as we walk. After lunch we will go to visit the famous Pangboche monastery, this claims to have a Yeti Scalp and hand. We will let you decide. You might be able to get a blessing from the high Lama and relax in quieter upper Pangboche.  We then have a short acclimatization walk for anyone up for it. There will be stunning views of Ama Dablam.

Day 8

After breakfast we head out on what must be one of the best days of the trek. We cross the Imja Khol river and then start the steep ascent toward Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trail we are on is much less traveled as we leave those on the Everest Base Camp Trek behind us. We have time to enjoy our packed lunch and hot drinks taking in the spectacular views before heading back to Pangboche where stay for the night.

Day 9

We will leave Pangboche, and cross the new bridge above the river and then walk uphill for about an hour into Tengbouche. We will have tea break here and it will be possible to visit the monastery before making the 1 hour decent back down the dusty hill toward the valley to our lunch spot at riverside. After lunch we cross another bridge and start a steep ascent back up the other side of the valley, passing some of the small villages and top out at the Ama Dablam view lodge. This should take 2 hours 30 minutes from the lunch spot. We will continue the traverse along the side of the mountain and drop back into Namche Bazaar. You can spend the rest of the day playing pool and celebrate your success in cafe Danfe. This is a 6-7 hour trek.

Day 10

Today we will leave Namche Bazaar by 9am for the trek back to Phakding. After 1 hour down hill to the famous high bridge. We will stay high above the river before crossing some more suspension bridges. We will retrace our steps through Jorsalle, Monjo and back to Phakding. This should take 4-5 hours. You will be seeing the Khumbu valley from a different view on the return journey.

Day 11

There is no rush this morning, you can rest and enjoy the morning sun before setting off back to Lukla. It should take 3 hours to hike from Phakding back to Lukla. We arrive back to Lukla for lunch. We will stay the night in Lukla and prepare for the early morning flight back to Kathmandu. You can do your tipping ceremony and enjoy the party.

Day 12

You will be up early for breakfast before your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you are back in Kathmandu you have options, you can go sightseeing, relax at the spa or catch up on some sleep. We will enjoy our final evening meal together to celebrate our achievements, say good bye to your fellow trekkers and your trekking team.

Day 13

You can spend the day at Leisure in Kathmandu before you transfer to the international airport for your flight home. Our staff return you to the international airport for your onward journey. Also possible to go white water rafting or visit Pokhara.

 

Ready to go?

Does this information on our Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek excite you? Take the next step towards achieving your goals of reaching the base of one of the worlds most beautiful mountains? If so, get in touch today.  We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed in the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!