Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
This is our most popular trekking program because you experience the Khumbu Region at its finest in a short period of time. The ultimate aim of this trail is to reach the Base Camp of the Majestic Ama Dablam. On your way up, enjoy the excursions from each of our five lodges you will be staying at. We take pride in the fascinating culture and tradition of the Khumbu people, and you can witness and immerse yourself in it first hand. Enjoy the panoramic views, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and enjoy a truly wonderful experience.
Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges
Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Max trek altitude: 4,850m
Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
On Trek: 12 days
Trek Leader: English Speaking Mountain Guide
Stay at Himalayan Height Resort
Enjoy Dinner with a night view of Kathmandu
Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
Trek the Sherpa's Homeland
Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery
Get a close-up view of Mount Everest
Visit Ama Dablam Base Camp
Stay at all five Everest Summit Lodges
You are met at the airport by your guide and our official representative and then transferred to the Resort, an hour’s drive through the lovely countryside. Located south-west and around 400 meters above the valley, the views from here and the peaceful environment are most welcoming after a long flight. Overnight – Himalayan Height Resort.
An early morning hike up to Champa Devi hill is recommended as good preparation for your onward trek. Once at the top, the views of the mountains, stretching from Manaslu in the west all the way towards the eastern Himalaya is a treat. Back at the hotel you can either take the afternoon off or do some sightseeing of the local villages and small towns of Pharping and Dakshinkali. Overnight – Himalayan Height Resort.
On arrival at Lukla, check in at the Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla. After an early lunch, take a walk up to Bom Danda (app. 3,000m) and its surroundings, an ideal way to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead. Walking along, you get very good views of Lukla and its airfield. Return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
An early start after breakfast is planned to avoid the rush of trekkers and porters arriving from Kathmandu. Passing by lovely Sherpa settlements, along with gentle undulating trails and enjoying the marvelous scenery of the Dudh Kosi valley, we arrive at the village of Phakding (8,700'/2,652m). After a break for lunch, we continue on for approximately three more hours to Monjo. The sounds of plodding porters with portable music to their ears, the cacophonic mix of myriad languages, strange sounding birds, the sight of porters, loads aside, resting outside tea houses, weather-beaten, windblown trekkers winding their way back to Lukla, prayer flag a-flutter, the brightly painted tea houses and of course the dramatic scenery are memories to treasure of this first day on the trail. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Today, to assist acclimatization, your Sherpa guide will take you on a day's hike to Thakchok Danda, which lies a little above 9,842'/3,000m. From this vantage point, the views of Kongde Ri, Thamserku, and Numbur Himal are quite stupendous. The total excursion will take about 6 hours. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Five minutes walk from the lodge and you enter into Everest National Park area, where entry formalities have to be completed. Today will be one of the harder days of the trek but we take it slowly, enjoying the scenery as you climb gradually up to Namche Bazar. Along the way, there are two suspension bridges to cross as you zigzag the Dudh Koshi River before you are at the base of the climb to Namche. A long steep climb but with several stops to catch our breath, and a slow plod, we make our way steadily upwards. The trail to Namche Bazar is a well marked, comfortable broad trail. Walking in the cooler part of the morning it is easier to breathe and get used to the increasing altitude. After an easy paced three hours of walk you arrive at the heart of Khumbu - Namche Bazar (3,450 m). A well-deserved break is planned for lunch and to look around this interesting small town. From here the winding path that leads you towards Thame. The last portion of the walk from Teso to the lodge takes one's breathe away because of the steep ascent. Once at Mende you appreciate the location, views and most of all the fully electrified lodge facility. Two nights are on the program at Mende. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Half an hour down from the Mende Lodge, the trail connects with the old Tibetan trading trail. The path is well formed, wide and mostly easy walking all the way to the village of Thame. Thame is very original in many aspects and perhaps one of the prettiest villages in Khumbu. It has a scattering of houses, stone-fenced fields and a backdrop of massive snow and icy summits. Visit the Thame monastery, one of the oldest in the region. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's house, where he lived with his first wife, is situated near the top end of the village. Thame is, in fact, home to two of Nepal's most famous mountaineers: Ang Rita Sherpa who summitted Everest eleven times and Apa Sherpa, who outdid his fellow climbers by making it 21 times to the top of Mount Everest! Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Over familiar terrain, water powered prayer wheels and prayer flags, to the village of Khumjung and on to Syangboche, At one time Syangboche was considered as an alternate airport for Lukla. Because of the seldom trodden trails, pheasants, wild hens, and thars are quite a common sighting on the way to Tashinga. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
The descent to the Dudh Koshi River and the gradual ascent to the Tengboche plateau (3,870 m) is no more than three hours walk. On the way up to Tengboche through rhododendron forest, it is quite common to be accompanied by monks, trekkers, and traders. During the lunch break visit the most famous monastery in Khumbu. Bypass Deboche, where you find a nunnery and shortly thereafter walk along the Imja Drangka River to Pangboche. For the most part, it is a comfortable and scenic walk. Our lodge in Pangboche is located right along the trail to Everest and almost at the base of the Mt. Ama Dablam. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
After almost a week of good acclimatizing the walk up towards Dingboche should not be too much of a problem! The trail that now moves towards the Everest where the scenery changes dramatically with every step upwards. The view from Dingboche is amazing with views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
Ama Dablam is one of the most loved and admired mountain in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka river, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. The fact that one can walk right to its foothill and absorb the aura of the mountain is a real gift of Mother Nature. Those who wish to go further till the advanced base camp, your guide will more than happy to comply with your wishes. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
Along the way cross the Mengbo and the Dudh Koshi rivers to the quiet trail on the other side. The panoramic vista with old stone houses and the absence of the usual trekkers along the way is bliss until you reach Tengboche. From here follow the normal trail back to Tashinga. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
On the way down to Monjo, lunch is at Namche Bazaar, time is spent for last moment souvenir shopping, then the path is followed by descent all the way to Monjo to our already familiar lodge. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
We try to avoid the crowded trail leading to the village of Phakding by walking on the opposite side of the Dudh Koshi River. A visit to the Gumila monastery on the way before we cross the river for the last time and arrive at Ghat. After the lunch at Ghat, it is not too long before we make it back to Lukla for the last night in Everest country. Overnight – Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
Today we leave the mountains behind and fly back to Kathmandu. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances, which can occur, will be greatly appreciated. Your final day of leisure in Kathmandu does of course provide a valuable ‘cushion’ against missing your flight home, should the Lukla flight be delayed. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Hotel of your choice.
Time today to relax and reflect on your adventures, and to complete any sightseeing and last minute shopping. In the morning there is a half-day guided sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa then Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many temples and palaces. You will end your tour in Kathmandu’s busy main bazaar, Thamel. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Your Guide or our office representative will pick you up at the Hotel and transfer you to the airport.
- Airport Transfers
- 2 Nights at Himalayan Height Resort on Half Board
- 2 nights at 5 star hotel of your choice on BB. (Hotel Yak and Yeti, Hotel Shangri-La)
- 12 nights at Everest Summit Lodge on Full Board
- Drinks and Beverages ( Happy Hours) while on Trek
- Airfare: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with airport tax
- National Park Fee + Trekking Permit (TIMS)
- Guide, Assistants and Porters (Luggage: 13kgs per person)
- Staff Insurance
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- All logistic support
- Meals unless stated
- Personal Expenses
- Drinks and Beverages
- Rescue and Evacuation
- Helicopter Medivac
- Tips and Gratuities
- Medical Insurance
- Visa Fee USD.40 for 30 days
- Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities.
Our treks are led by professionally trained English speaking Guides. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the trekking regions of Nepal and will make your trek a memorable experience.
Temperatures in the Everest region are quite cool after sundown but due to the strong sunlight at high altitudes, it is usually warm during the day. If the weather is good you will certainly be trekking in a t-shirt and long shorts or light trekking trousers, and sun hat. The monsoon traditionally arrives around mid-June and clears away by the end of September leaving clear skies, warm temperatures during the day and cooler ones by night. The best time to visit the Everest region is from the beginning of October until the end of May. Temperatures steadily decrease as you proceed towards the end of November and it can be quite cold at higher altitude until the end of February.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary but as this is adventure travel, we cannot guarantee it! By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected, particularly in remote and/or mountainous regions. A variety of factors such as adverse weather conditions, difficulties with transportation and the health of group members can all contribute to the need to make changes, often at the very last minute. Changes can affect any part of the itinerary including overnight stops, duration of walking days, choice of accommodation and routing. Your trek leader will make every effort to maintain the integrity of the original itinerary and minimize the impact of any changes, but an easy-going and flexible nature is a real asset! Please note that all timings and distances given are approximate. Being in the mountains, flights can be delayed or canceled due to weather conditions, thus the first night at Lukla gives us the buffer day in case of any delays or cancellation.