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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is designed for people who want to trek to lower altitudes and also maximize their experience in the Khumbu or Everest region of Nepal. It is a unique trail leading you to one of the third most popular base camps of Mt. Ama Dablam 4,600 m (15,092 ft). Along the way, visit the Sherpa monastery at Tengboche, have lunch at Ama Dablam base camp, and spend time acclimatizing at the world-famous Namche Bazaar.

Ama Dablam literally in the local language means ‘Mothers Necklace’. The mountain has such a lovely shape as if a mother is welcoming her children by spreading her arms. The mountain Ama Dablam rises with an altitude of 6,812 m (22,349 ft), making it one of the most viewed mountains while on the Everest trek and also one of the most magnificent mountains with its unique shape. Trekkers in this region will witness Ama Dablam mountain frequently during the trek.

The highlight of the trek is not only to be at the Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp, but to spend a night at the base camp itself will be a lifetime experience and the trial is an open site for every traveler to observe the culture along with the natural environment, vegetation, and the Himalayas.


Trip highlights

  • Get a bird's eye view of the Himalaya on a mountain flight to Lukla.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Learn of Sherpa culture at its vibrant 'capital' Namche Bazaar.
  • Visit Sir Edmund Hillary's “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital.
  • Explore at the stunningly situated monastery of Tyangboche.
  • Visit Sir Edmund Hillary's “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital.
  • Visit picturesque Ama Dablam Base Camp.
  • A close view of magnificent mountains - Lhotse (27,883 ft/8,498 m), Everest (29,035 ft./8,848m), AmaDablam (22,487 ft./6,854 m), and Makalu (27,838 ft./8,485 m).
  • Rare animals such as snow leopard, musk deer, wild yak, and Himalayan black bear.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m).

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla - 30 minutes, & trek to Phakding (2656m) - approx. 3 hours

We take a stunning early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Gateway to the Everest region, perched above the Dudh Kosi or River of Milk so named because of the pale milky appearance of the glacier melt-water. We are now in the region of the legendary Sherpas and you will notice the difference in the faces of the people you meet here and those from the Kathmandu valley.

After lunch we trek north down towards Phakding along a meandering trail which is lined with mani stone walls, made with hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders, brilliantly decorated with brightly colored paints. The Buddhists believe these to be sacred and so as a sign of respect to the local culture we pass them in a clockwise direction. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3450m) - approx. 6/7 hours

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five and half hours. We head onwards and upwards as the trail starts to rise through a forest of rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir-trees. Our target this evening is Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the Sherpa capital, but first we must ascend Namche Hill; walking at a gentle but steady pace we finally arrive at the town that is itself an important meeting and trading point for the local people. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3440m)

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can vis­it the Sher­pa Muse­um that hous­es an exhib­it on tra­di­tion­al Sher­pa lifestyle and a fab­u­lous pho­tog­ra­phy dis­play by a local Nepalese nat­u­ral­ist. One room high­lights the Sher­pa tra­di­tions and in anoth­er, Sher­pa high alti­tude climbers are presented.

It is important to note that acclimatization is extremely important and that by using these acclimatization days correctly we greatly improve our chances of reaching our goal of Kalapatar, which lies at an altitude of 5545m. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m) – approx. 5/6 hours

After having breakfast, you begin to climb through the ups and downs route, passing the Mani wall. Continuing the trek, you pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Tenga (3250 m.). The steep trail begins through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tenboche situated at 3867 m. The excellent views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde will accompany you. Overnight in tea house. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche (3930m) – approx. 2/3 hours. Explore Pangboche village

After leaving Tengboche we descend through pine forest to  Deboche and down to the Imja Khola. We cross a bridge over the gorge and then follow the path on the other side. There are stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. We pass chortens and mani walls as we gain height to reach the village of Pangboche. The walk to Pangboche takes about 2 to 3 hours. Today is a shorter walk and this is to help the acclimatisation process now that we are close to 4,000m. We ascend in height at a slow rate to avoid getting altitude sickness.

After arrival at the lodge we will have lunch. In the afternoon we walk around to explore the village. Upper Pangboche is the old part of the village with traditional Sherpa houses. This is a 15 minutes hike uphill from our lodge. We visit the oldest monastery in Khumbu set among old juniper trees.

Day 08: Day walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4576m)

Today you walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This is an opportunity to get away from the main trail and explore a quieter area in the Khumbu. We cross Imja Khola on a suspension bridge below Pangboche. We follow a trail uphill through juniper and heather. The mountain views are a 360 degrees panorama. Ama Dablam Base Camp is at a height of 4,576m in a yak pasture beneath the west face of the mountain. The summit of Ama Dablam is 2,300m above us and from here we get a sense of the immense scale of the mountain. The climbing route follows the southwest ridge. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kangtega (6,783m), Thamserku (6,618m) and Taboche (6,542m). After enjoying some time at Ama Dablam Base Camp you return by the same trail back to Pangboche.

Day 09: Trek to Kenjuma (3550m) via Phortse village (3840m)

Today we start the walk down and for interest, we take a different trail through Phortse village. From Pangboche you take a wonderful high trail above the Imja Drengkha river. This trail undulates along the valley side. We have fabulous views across to the mountains and Tengboche perched on its ridge.

After about three hours, you round a corner and the isolated village of Phortse lies below. From Phortse we take a steep trail through birch and rhododendron forests to the Dudh Koshi. After crossing the river on a bridge we have a steady climb on a switch-backed trail. We reach Mong La pass at an altitude of 3,963m. This is a lovely spot to have a rest and a cup of tea at one of the lodges here. From here we descend on a small path to reach the main trail to Namche where we shortly arrive at the small cluster of lodges at Kenjuma.

Day 10: Trek from Kenjuma to Monjo (2610m)

In the morning we make our return trip on the same trail back to Namche. After lunch in Namche we descend down to Monjo.

Day 11: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2840m)

From Monjo we continue our descent down the trail following the Dudh Koshi valley. This is along the same trail as our ascent and the villages we pass through will be familiar. At Chaurikharka we start the ascent of the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. On arriving at the lodge we can enjoy our last evening with the guides and wonderful porters.

Day 12: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu

You successfully conclude the trek and proceed for flight to Kathmandu. We will enjoy our last view of the high mountains while flying back to the Kathmandu from Lukla. The snow-capped mountains will be worth to watch. After 25 minutes of flight, our representative will be waiting for you at domestic airport to take you back to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at your leisure; feel free to relax or explore the local markets. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : (10 Trek Days + 3 Days in Kathmandu) 13 days
  • Grade : Moderate to Fairly Challenging
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & lodge (tea house)
  • Max Altitude : 4576 m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only.
  • All meals during the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp.
  • Accommodation during the trek in Tea House
  • Domestic Airfare : Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare.
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters (ratio:2 members=1 porter) during the trek (per member max 12-13kg weight).
  • Sagarmatha National park fees.
  • Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality (Local Government) entrance fee / Khumbu VDC entry fees.
  • Airport transfers in AC private vehicle.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English Speaking local Tour Guide and entry fees.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs for the trek.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, we recommend you to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening.
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares .
  • Nepal visa .
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight) .
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason.
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses.
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.


Extension Tours

Paragliding
Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour
Rafting

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border.

A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate.

If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a moderate to fairly challenging trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. It is basically a long hike up to the altitude of 4576 m. The trek is only grueling because of its duration of 10 days hike up and down the hill across diverse terrains (13 days including arrival and departure).

5. Trekking Type

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.

6. Accommodation on the trek

There are plenty of basic, clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.

We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners and a porter is sent ahead to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

7. Food on the Trek

On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

8. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid-afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

9. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek

Our 13 days Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the EBC Trek besides your included meals and accommodation.

10. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

11. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

12. Facility of communication available on trek

Communication during Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is not challenging but there are certain things to be considered. For using internet, Wifi service is available in lower altitudes. You have to pay extra charge for this service about $5 (per stay) up to Namche though you can’t be really sure about signal strength. Beyond Namche, teahouses normally don’t have WiFi facility. A better option is to use Everest Link network which works throughout the region. It has better connectivity and faster speed. You can buy the data package at approximately $10 (1GB) and $5 (512 MB) valid for 30 days. You can also use local service provider (both for internet and mobile network) but they don’t work properly in some places as you go higher. If it is crucial for you to keep in contact with your family or others, we can provide you a mobile satellite phone (rental charge on request).

13. Flight / Land Transfers

The starting and ending point of this Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is Lukla, which is connected by a 30 mins’ flight from Kathmandu. We will arrange flight and airport pick up and drop transfers as per the itinerary.

14. Luggage while trekking

During Everest trekking, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

15. Trekking Gears and Equipments

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

16. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

17. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

18. Rescue /Evacuation

Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

19. Insurance

Before joining this Everest Trekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

20. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

21. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

22. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information

1. Lukla Flight Information

During the peak seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek (March to May and September to November), all the Lukla flights will be operated from the Manthali Airport due to congestion at Tribhuvan Airport.

2. Why Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

Ama Dablam Base Camp via Kongma La Pass trek is a strenuous yet rewarding trek in the Everest region. This less crowded trek route serves beautifully for adventure enthusiasts as the trail passes through steep rocky slopes, often covered by snow and ice. You will also pass through several small traditional villages inhabited by ethnic groups, mostly Sherpas.

3. Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Equipments and Gears

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

Head, face, and neck

  • Sun hat or cap (day)
  • Fleece beanie/woolen cap (night)
  • Balaclava (optional)
  • sunglasses
  • Sunscreens
  • Moisturizers
  • Lip Balm
  • Face towel
  • Scarf
  • Neck gaiters

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (preferably quick-dry and breathable) (day)
  • Parka/windbreaker (day)
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Inner thermal (at night)
  • Fleece T-shirts (night)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket (night)

Lower Body

  • Undergarments
  • Trekking pants (preferably stretchable, quick-dry, and water-resistant) (day)
  • Rain gear
  • Inner thermal (at night)
  • Fleece/wool pants (night)
  • Hands
  • Light/outdoor gloves (day)
  • Warm winter gloves, fleece or woolen gloves (night)

Legs

  • Thin socks (day)
  • Warm woolen socks (at night)
  • Hiking boots (preferably GORE-TEX) with spare shoelaces
  • Floaters or sandals
  • Knee support (optional)

Essential Items

  • Passport
  • Extra passport-size photos (min. 2) for trekking permit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Money
  • Backpack and rain jacket
  • Duffel bag*
  • Padlocks
  • Rain cover and a day pack (30L)
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Personal medicine
  • water bottle

Toiletries

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Facial wash, soap, and shampoo
  • Tissues or wet wipes
  • Toilet rolls
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Handkerchiefs (optional)
  • Basic first-aid kit

Others (Optional)

  • Thermo flask
  • Portable water filter/purification tablets
  • Earplug
  • A Universal Adaptor
  • Camera, memory card, and charger
  • Reading books or maps
  • Binoculars
  • Watch
  • Snack
4. Temperature During Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

During the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, while journeying from Lukla to Ama Dablam Base Camp, temperatures vary according to altitude and the places you hike to. Below, we have compiled the minimum temperatures you can anticipate on this trek for each of the 12 months. These temperatures are tentative and may vary slightly, being either higher or lower. You should expect the below temperatures for the last two nights/days while staying in Lobuche.

  • February: Minimum around -30°C (-22°F), Maximum around -15°C (5°F)
  • March: Minimum around -20°C (-4°F), Maximum around -10°C (14°F)
  • April: Minimum around -7°C (19°F), Maximum around 4°C (39°F)
  • May: Minimum around -5°C (23°F), Maximum around 8°C (46°F)
  • June: Minimum around -2°C (28°F), Maximum around 10°C (50°F)
  • July: Minimum around -1°C (30°F), Maximum around 15°C (59°F)
  • August: Minimum around 0°C (32°F), Maximum around 15°C (59°F)
  • September: Minimum around -4°C (25°F), Maximum around 10°C (50°F)
  • October: Minimum around -5°C (23°F), Maximum around 7°C (45°F)
  • November: Minimum around -20°C (-4°F), Maximum around -10°C (14°F)
  • December: Minimum around -25°C (-13°F), Maximum around -15°C (5°F)
5. Kathmandu Accommodation for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be promptly transported to your designated hotel, a comfortable and well-maintained 3 star hotel. Your stay includes twin-sharing/double accommodation with breakfast. All the rooms have private bathroom, TV, and ample storage for your luggage.

If you desire a more exclusive experience, you can upgrade to single occupancy or enhance your stay to a 4- or 5-star hotel at an additional charge.

6. Attached Toilet/bathroom Facilities During Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking

During the trek, you’ll be staying in local teahouses/guesthouses, offering simple lodging and meals for travellers.

However, these places have improved facilities now, especially in some areas like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche where we offer you rooms with attached toilets/bathroom. Locals run these teahouses, serving Nepali meals like “Dal Bhat.”

While dining spaces are cozy, accommodation is basic, with twin-sharing rooms and the option to upgrade for single occupancy at an additional cost. Also, please note that comfort is modest in the mountains. However, there is a possibility of having fewer choices available during the off-season. For a closer look at the lodging and dining options along the Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike.

7. Importance of Acclimatization During Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

As soon as you arrive at the airport at Lukla, you are at an altitude of 2,860m – having left Kathmandu at 1,440m an hour earlier. By the time you reach Namche, you have reached 3,440m above sea level. At this height, some may begin to see their bodies react to the altitude. Our guides are well-trained in the signs of altitude sickness and what to do should any trekker suffer. Our trek leaders and guides will also carry an oximeter to monitor your oxygen level should there be any questions. But avoidance is better than cure, so keep well hydrated and alert the guide to any changes in your body.

To avoid problems, we have an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and another at Dingboche.

Acclimatization days don’t mean you are doing nothing. It means walking around at a higher altitude and sleeping at a lower altitude to accustom your body to the height. On our EBC trek, we have built-in interesting things to do and see on these two days.

8. How to Prevent Altitude Sickness During Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Altitude Sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), cannot be prevented, but you can minimize the chances. Here are some tips to avoid altitude sickness:

  • Ascend slowly at your own pace
  • Take acclimatization days
  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Eat light and nutritious meals
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco

Listen to your body, and if you feel symptoms like headache, nausea, or dizziness, tell your guide. They will decide the best course of action, including descending rights away to arranging a helicopter rescue in coordination with your travel insurance.

9. Baggage Allowances in Lukla Flight

Please remember that the maximum weight allowed for the Lukla flight is 15 kg (about 33 pounds), which includes both your duffel bag and daypack. If your daypack is heavier than this limit, you can pay an extra fee of USD 2 to USD 5 for each kilogram over the limit.

However, sometimes even with the extra payment, you might not be allowed to bring more weight. To avoid any issues, it’s best to stick to the 15 kg limit when packing.

10. Travel Insurance for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking

Having travel insurance that covers high-altitude adventure activities (above 5,000 m) is mandatory. This includes contingencies like flight disruptions, accidents, and emergency evacuations.

You can buy such insurance online from various providers. Some of the common choices based on client experiences for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek include:

  • USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

However, please ensure that the policy covers trekking up to 6,000 m altitude. While these are just suggestions, the policies, and coverage may vary accordingly. Contact these insurers directly to inquire about their offerings before making a purchase.

11. Phone and Gadgets Charging

In Ama Dablam Base Camp Hiking trail, they normally use renewable energy like solar power. If you need to charge your devices, certain guesthouses may charge a fee, usually around USD 1-5 per charge.

It’s advisable to bring two-pin (type C) and three-pin (type D) adapters. However, you can either bring these adapters or buy them in Kathmandu.

12. Can a Beginnger Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp ?

We believe that with the right support and guidance, a beginner can absolutely trek to the magnificent Ama Dablam Base Camp. Our team comprises seasoned guides who boast in-depth knowledge of the terrain and are well-trained in first aid, ensuring the safety and comfort of every trekker throughout the journey.

We highly recommend that beginners undergo comprehensive physical training and conditioning before setting off on this unforgettable adventure. This may involve engaging in cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and stamina.

By dedicating time to this preparatory phase, beginners can enhance their overall fitness levels, making the trek a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

We will provide you the necessary guidance, support, and encouragement, enabling them to fully embrace the splendour of the Everest region while creating lasting memories of a lifetime.

13. Group Departure Treks & Private Treks for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

We conduct Group Departure Treks as well as Private Treks. If you have your own group, we provide you discounts based on your group size.

However, you will not get discounts for groups we assemble or our Fixed Group Departure Treks. For a group of 12 or more, we add an assistant guide. You can choose to conduct a private trek exclusively for your team.

15. Trip Extension

After completing the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. There are many beautiful and adventurous places in Nepal.

You can spend your time in various ways, such as sightseeing in Kathmandu, Nagarkot View Trip, Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, White Water Rafting, and canoeing before flying back.

16. Guide to Overcoming Challenges on Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a moderately challenging but incredibly rewarding adventure. A good level of physical fitness is required because it involves walking for several hours a day, frequently uphill, and at high altitudes. We highly recommend that you keep up a regular exercise routine for weeks before the hike. If you have any health issues, consult with your doctor before starting the hike.

Here are some tips to help you overcome difficulties during the trek and make the most of it:

Physical Preparation

We recommend you start fitness training before your trek. Focus on cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance activities. Incorporate uphill and downhill walking into your training to simulate the trek's terrain.

Altitude Acclimatization

In our package, we have included two acclimatization days at higher altitudes (Namche Bazaar and Dingboche). It helps you to take your time to ascend, allowing your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels. You can use these days to explore the local surroundings at a slower pace.

Hydration and Nutrition

You may have heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day. Our guides are trained to keep you Stay well-hydrated throughout the trek. We recommend you drink as much water as you can. Consume a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and essential nutrients. Eating light but frequent meals is recommended. Keep a nutrition bar in your day bag.

Pacing and Rest

Rest is essential for acclimatization and overall well-being. Pace yourself during the trek. Avoid rushing to prevent exhaustion and altitude-related issues.

Listen to your body and our guide. Always take breaks as needed.

Proper Gear

We recommend you invest in high-quality, certified trekking gear, including comfortable and sturdy boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a day bag pack, and other essential equipment. Dress in layers so that you can easily adjust to changing temperatures and conditions.

Mental Preparation

Stay positive and focused. A positive mindset can help you overcome challenges more effectively. If you have any issues that come to mind, kindly share them with our guide.

Our guides and porters are experienced in the Everest region. They can provide valuable insights and assist with logistics, allowing you to focus on the trek itself.