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The Ama Dablam Base Camp and Everest trekking are for those who want to mix up with nature by avoiding the risks associated with high altitude and steep ascents. Acclimatization is necessary nevertheless. However, a good physical strength and physique are sufficient to carry out this trek into the heart of the Everest region.
The Ama Dablam Base Camp and Everest trek, as the name suggests takes us to the Base Camp of the beautiful Ama Dablam Peak. Through the beautiful Khumbu valley, amidst the warm and welcoming Sherpa inhabitants, this trek offers a chance to experience the heritage and culture of the indigenous populations residing in the Everest Region.
Without going into extreme altitudes, one can experience the majestic landscape of the Everest region in all its glory. This moderately difficult trekking itinerary is designed to give you the utmost satisfaction, with adequate acclimatization and perfect walking hours per day so that you can experience the beauty of nature as well as the people residing in Everest region.
To experience the views of lofty snowy mountain peaks and the unique wildlife of Everest, this trek starts off with a small airstrip in Lukla and end in the same place. The highest point and the highlight of the trek are the Ama Dablam Base Camp. There are teahouses along the way but areas requiring tent encampment are too present along the way. All in all, this is an experience not to be missed by people of all age groups. If you are short in time and yet want to explore the majestic beauty of the highest peak in the world, then you are welcome to take part in this adventure.
Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.
Today, we will drive to Ramechhap early morning. It will take us about 4 hours to reach Ramechhap from Kathmandu. After we set our foot in Ramechhap airport, it will approximately take 10-15 minutes of flight duration to reach Lukla. This short flight offers spectacular views of peaks like Mt. GauriShankar, Mt. Numbur and Mt. Melungtse. We will meet the Sherpa crew in Lukla who will welcome us and from there we will descend towards the Phakding (2610m) village. If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, we will have an opportunity to visit Lukla Monastery
along with a visit to Thanka painting School. After lunch in Lukla, we will head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). Following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end our day in the village of Phakding. Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary will be adjusted favoring both the parties in such condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.
Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight of early morning cannot be operated then it is due to consistent and heavy air traffic of International & domestic airplanes.
The destination for today’s trek is the village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). After breakfast, we follow alongside the bank of the Dhudh Koshi River and then cross it to reach Monzo. From here, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park and cross a suspension bridge. Further upwards is the Jorsale Village passing which we will pass along the confluence of BhoteKoshi and Dhudh Koshi. After a steep ascent, we will reach the Sherpa Village of Namche Bazaar. Views of Everest and Lhotse, glistening all along the way, will surely set our moods for the walk. Namche is aptly called the entry point to the Everest. Along with perfect views of mountain peaks, this village offers all facilities including the likes of cafes, internet facilities, good lodges and trekking equipment. Approximately 6 hours walk.
This day has been scheduled for acclimatization in Namche. As we will have crossed an altitude of over 3000 meters, we need to acclimatize in order to remove the possibility of altitude sickness. For this, we will explore the Namche Village.
A visit to the museum housed in the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters is rewarding. A display of Sherpa traditional life, as well as the flora and fauna found in the park, adorns the museum. We move further above the army camp to the view point. The perfect snowy peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse can be seen from here. There is also time to visit the local market of the Namche Bazaar. If you happen to be in the Bazaar on a Saturday, the weekly “haat” or “bazaar” is set there. Daily necessities are sold in abundance in these “haats”. Another option is to visit the Everest View hotel, which offers the exclusive of Everest from close up too. Approximately 3 hours of walk.
Today, we will walk through the Khumjung village in the part of the day. Down the valley, we will pass several prayers walks to reach the Namche/ Tengboche trail. After descending towards, we will reach the Trashinga village. A steep descent now brings us to the small settlement of Phunki Tenga. From here, the path ascends upwards through prayer walls and forests to the village of Tengboche.
Tengboche is arguably one of the finest viewpoints of the mountainous peaks of the Everest region. We will visit the Tengboche monastery. The monastery was damaged by a fire in 1989 but has been rebuilt. A museum is attached to the monastery which was built on 1916. There is also a cultural center and a school which house and educates 30 monks. We will keep our belongings in Tengboche before moving to the Eco Center and monastery. You can also buy tea from the Eco Centre. Approximately 6 hours walk.
Today is the day we will be reaching the highest point and the highlight of the trek, the Ama Dablam Base Camp (4572 m). We start off by the excursion to the monastery situated in Pangboche (3860m). Thegompa situated in Pangboche is the oldest in the Khumbu region. It is about 300 years old. The gompa in Tengboche and Pangboche are both the part of the Red Hat or the Nyingmapa sect. the views from the gompa are nothing short of excellence. With Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Taboche to the northwest and north, we move on to check into the lodge. After leaving the belonging behind, we move towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp.
The Ama Dablam base Camp is situated at an altitude of 4572 m. From atop the Base Camp, we will be able to take in the magnificence of the Everest region in all its glory. The views of the Nuptse, Lhotse, and the mighty Everest all shine in full glory. With the views in mind, we return back to the lodge to spend the night. Approximately 7-8 hours walk.
The day starts today by following the Imja River until we come across a bridge. After crossing the bridge, we will follow a gentle uphill track to Thyangboche. After visiting the Thyangboche monastery, we will descend down to the Dudh Koshi River. Quiet mornings will offer the views of the fauna like Himalayan Thar and Musk Deer.
After crossing the Dhudh Koshi River, we will ascend upwards to the village of Khumjung. Khumjung is also home to awesome views of mountain peaks. Especially the Ama Dablam peak can be seen close by. There is also the time and the opportunity to visit the Hillary School, made in the name of Edmund Hillary. Also present are the local gompa and the “highest bakery in the world”. Approximately 5 hours walk.
To reach Namche today, we will take a different route from Khumjung. We can make an optional excursion to the Everest View Hotel to witness the views of the mighty Everest. We can also continue to Khunde and make a short visit to see the Khunde Hospital. The hospital was built by the Himalayan Trust, which is a charity established by Sir Edmund Hillary for the Sherpa people.
From Khunde we will ascend upwards to a small pass. The pass offers close-up views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and the Kangtega. We will then descend downwards to the yak breeding farm created by the government. Now, we continue downwards to the small airstrip of Shyangboche (3720m). we leave the airport behind and descend steeply to Namche. After lunch in Namche, we will continue down the Dhudh Koshi valley and end the day upon reaching our lodge in Monzo. Approximately 5 hours of walk.
Today, we will bid farewell to the beautiful SagarNath National Park. Descending downwards along the banks of the roaring and pure Dhudh Koshi, we will ascend upwards to the Lukla Plateau. We will reach Lukla by midafternoon. We can make an optional excursion to a small monastery situated above the Dhudh KoshiRiver near the ghat. We will stay the night in a lodge in Lukla today. Approximately 5 hours of walk.
The trekking crew will help you transfer your luggage to the Lukla airport in the early morning. After breakfast you will be leaving behind the spectacles of the Everest Region and returning back to where it all started, the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The return flight is equally exciting as the incoming flight to Lukla. With reminiscence of the trek fresh and with the views of the Everest that we imprinted in our memory and soul, we bid farewell to the exotic views of the snowcapped peaks.
Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight could not be operated, it is due to manteenance of runway at Kathmandu airport. In this case we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and drive to Kathmandu for 4 hours.
For those interested in taking in the architectural beauty of Kathmandu some more, an optional sightseeing tour will be managed.
Early in the morning, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world. The pagoda houses surround the sacred linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is an aid to have been made prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy waters of Bagmati beside the temple premises.
After lunch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath can be visited. It is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia. The focal point of Buddhism in Nepal, the white mound is thirty-six meters overhead. This Stupa is situated on the ancient trade route to China where Tibetan merchants offered prayers.
In the afternoon, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is called the open museum and is a living heritage full of architectural delights. Countless temples and showpiece adorn the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Some include the Lion Gate, the 55 Windows Palace, other Temple as well as the picture Gallery. The figures of Hanuman, Narasingh Narayan, and Bhairav adorn the entire region.
With the memories of the wonderful adventure in kind, it is finally time to bid goodbye to the culturally, architecturally and topographically diverse country of Nepal. It is sure that you will come back for more whenever possible.
Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
08 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses on twin sharing basis during the trek
Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.
Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
Our normal route for flying to Lukla is always a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and for returning its Lukla to Kathmandu. But during the time of repairment, renovation and uncontrolled air traffic in airport in Kathmandu we take flight from Ramechhap airport after we take a drive of 4 hours from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. While returning from Lukla to Kathmandu if it’s not possible to directly fly to Kathmandu, we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and then take a ride from Ramechhap to Kathmandu. For this ride we will take responsibility and no extra payment should be done by our guests.
During unforeseen bad weathers there are no other option except to wait for weather to get better. If we can fly in the same day we will do accordingly. If not then the flight will have to rebooked for the next day. You can also fly in a chartered helicopter if needed but you will have to pay for this on your own which will cost $400 extra approximately (price varies according to availability & group size). We will refund the flight ticket fare if you decide to take helicopter.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequent queries we get about flight delays and fare:
If you decide to ride by helicopter omitting the chance of travelling in a flight then you will have do it in your own expense. We will manage a helicopter for you but financial roles are all up to you. The price of helicopter rides might vary according to it demands and the time you are booking for. We can give you an outline of the price but it is not an exact value. We can also book you a helicopter ride in advance if you pre inform us.
The other option for helicopter ride is that if limited helicopters are available they provide seats only for shuttle guests to Phalpu which is very near to Lukla. If you are in a hurry our very last option is a 14 hour jeep ride can bring you to Kathmandu from Phalpu which is off-road.
If there is any kind of cancellation we will rebook tickets for the next day. Accommodation fees will be your responsibility. As your tickets were booked in advance, months before you arrived in Nepal. The next day when we book tickets after cancellation of our originally booked ticket we will have low priority seats. This applies to both ways either from Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla flight.
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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