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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek - 10 Days Itinerary

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration8 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 4,600 m/15,091 ft
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Flight
  • Best Season Spring (March - May), Autumn (September - December)
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Walk towards the base of one of the most iconic peaks in the Everest region, Mount Ama Dablam, with views of surrounding peaks and landscapes.
  • Get the best view of Mount Ama Dablam from its base camp on a comfortable and entertaining trekking route.
  • Take on the challenge of walking on the rugged, off-beaten trail with steep ascents and descents followed by narrow paths.
  • Explore the beauty of Sagarmatha National Park with a chance to see various exotic species of flora and fauna.
  • Get a chance to interact with the Sherpa community and get insights into the rich mountaineering and trekking culture of the Khumbu region, along with their way of life.
  • Walk on glaciers and mountains at high altitude.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, Thamserku, and many more.

Introduction: Ama Dablam Base Camp: 10 Days

Welcome to Ama Dablam Base Camp, one of the best trekking routes and expeditions in the Sagarmatha National Park, which is located in the Everest region of Nepal. Ama Dablam, in its literal meaning, means mother’s necklace due to the fact that the mountain peaks consist of long ridges on each side, which resemble the arms of the mother who is protecting her child. Similarly, the hanging glacier is considered Dablam, which looks like the traditional double-pendant worn by Sherpa women.

The majestic peak of Ama Dablam is seen from various places during the Everest Base Camp trek. This peak is a major attraction for trekkers who wish to travel on an Everest Base Camp route. However, Ama Dablam itself is a major destination not only to trek but also to go on an expedition in the Khumbu region. This means that Ama Dablam has been an ultimate destination for mountaineering throughout the history of trekking and mountain climbing.

During the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp, trekkers are greeted by exquisite mountain peaks, which mesmerize anyone who wishes to see the grandeurs of nature. As the Ama Dablam Base Camp trekking route starts from Lukla and ends with a gradual walk to the base camp, various mountain peaks in the Everest region are visible.

The prominent peaks that can be seen while trekking in this Ama Dablam Base Camp itinerary include the Ama Dablam Summit itself, followed by panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Island Peak, Pumori, Lobuche Peak, Thamserku, Kongde Peak, Taboche Peak, and many more.

Similarly, as mentioned earlier, the Ama Dablam Base Camp lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Thus, this provides a splendid chance for trekkers and visitors to witness some of the most exquisite and rare flora and fauna available in the region. The national park is home to some of the wild animals and birds, including the red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Impeyan pheasant, snow cock, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and others. So, if one is lucky, they can see such animals along the way.

With all the attractions in the area and so much to explore, the blend of hospitality of the Sherpa people, who are the local inhabitants of the Everest region, makes Ama Dablam Base Camp trekking a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The local cuisines and dishes, along with the festival, music, and dances, broadcast the rich traditional and cultural history of the Solukhumbu region. If an individual wants to take on the mighty Ama Dablam, it is recommended to travel in March to May or September to November, as those are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal.

Similarly, be prepared to walk on rugged terrain with steep slopes, uphill ascents, and narrow path descents. Even though the difficulty is only moderate for trekking towards Ama Dablam Base Camp, it does require a considerable level of fitness.

Likewise, taking travel insurance can be a suitable option to safeguard the trekking experience, but it’s not mandatory. However, something that is mandatory for trekking in the Everest region are the permits. So be sure to get all the required permits and documents to ensure hassle-free trekking. All these logistics can be maintained by renowned trekking agencies like Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd., who have been providing the most reliable trekking services to national and international clients for almost seven years.

How is a typical day at Ama Dablam Base Camp for trekking?

Individuals wonder how they spend a day in the Everest region. Or how are Ama Dablam Base Camp trekking days spent? Well, to answer that, the Ama Dablam Base Camp journey typically begins with an early morning rise on most days. The morning begins often at around 7-8 A.M while some days can even be an early rise at around 3-4 A.M depending on the trekking distance or destination.

Most of the breakfast will be at the place of rest, but sometimes the breakfast can be packed. Lunch will be along the way, while dinner will be at the accommodation option. Despite this, the guides or representatives provided by Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. will always assist you, no matter what. They will be taking care of you and will answer all your queries and doubts all along the route. They will provide you with information on the dos and don’ts of the Ama Dablam Base Camp trip. The guides will walk beside you during your trip and will be ready to answer your queries while they walk further up to provide privacy while embracing the beauty of the trekking path.

Most of the time, porters will walk ahead of us as they carry your luggage. This enables them to reach their next destination faster and prepare for a place to rest. Even though the accommodation on the Dablam Base Camp trekking map is mostly pre-booked, porters can assist in checking the amenities, dinner options,and maintenance of the rooms prior to your arrival.

Besides this, you need to walk for at least 5 hours every day on the trek, while the maximum can be up to eight hours while stopping at various destinations for rest. Similarly, as the trek commences after the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will move towards Phakding. From Phakding, you will move higher up towards Namche Bazaar, which is often known as the “Gateway to Everest”. After Namche, you will reach Pangboche, and walking further up will take you to the main highlight, which is the Ama Dablam Base Camp. After exploration of the base camp, your return journey will proceed, bringing you back to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Do you need a guide for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek? Can I trek alone towards Ama Dablam Base Camp?

Well, trekking in the Everest region can be done solo; however, it is almost mandatory to take a guide towards Ama Dablam Base Camp. As you see, the guides of the Everest region are knowledgeable about the region and its cultural practices.

They know the region from the inside out and have a friendly relationship with the locals and hotel owners. Guides can become a potential bridge between you and the locals, which will ultimately help you adjust to the community while getting information about their local culture, traditions, and mountain way of life.

So, if you take a guide on this spectacular journey, they will make the trip easier, more reliable, and more exciting with less hassle.

Similarly, guides can provide you with valuable information, including the names of the mountains, structures, and various monasteries or prominent structures during the trek. They also know which section of the trek is comparatively hard and which section requires precise walking. Guides will also adjust the destination time depending on the pace, along with information regarding the weather condition, options for accommodation, the calculation of trekking gear, and the proper acclimatization procedure.

Not only that, trekking in the Trans-Himalayan region along the glaciers and slippery snow can be dangerous, but as guides from Nature Excursion are familiar with the trekking route, they will also assure your safety by avoiding potential hazards. These reliable guides will do all in their power to successfully complete the trek with an optimized experience.

Likewise, the guides are also trained to handle solo and group travelers. The trekking experience will be equal for every individual, whether alone or in a group. Easy handling of logistics is another advantage of taking an expert guide with you. As various documents, permits, and regulations need to be considered while trekking in the Everest region, taking a guide will help you to not care about these things and focus solely on trekking and enjoying every moment of the trek. This is because the guide will manage everything for you and remind you to properly pack these documents so that there will be no obstruction during the trek.

So rather than trekking along, taking a guide is far better, and this also aids in the development of tourism in Nepal. Many individual guides rely on the money from trekking, so it will be a good gesture towards the trekking guide community of Nepal by supporting the trekking culture and hiring a guide.

Who can do the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

The Ama Dablam Base Camp trek can be done by people of adequate fitness. As the trek is moderately difficult, anyone who is willing to encounter the base camp requires a good amount of physical and mental preparation. An individual on the road to Ama Dablam Base Camp must be able to cope with high altitude trekking where the level of oxygen is low.

Similarly, the trek commences through rugged terrain with the potential for extreme weather conditions. The walk encompasses steep ascents and descents, so it is necessary to assess your physical fitness and abilities before undertaking the challenge. Additionally, it is also important to develop endurance and follow the acclimatization procedure to avoid altitude sickness.

If an individual with no prior experience of trekking heads to the base camp without proper planning and preparation, then the trek can be very problematic. However, if an individual properly plans and follows the guidelines given by the guides with adequate physical fitness and an open mind, then the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp will be relatively easier.

Similarly, those who have a history of experience trekking at high altitudes can easily complete the base camp trek. But those who have severe medical conditions, mobility limitations, or are pregnant are not recommended to trek to Ama Dablam. While some children or the elderly may be able to handle the physical demands of the trek, others may not. So, it is important to consider the age and physical fitness level of the individual before deciding to go trekking.

How do I prepare for trekking towards Ama Dablam Base Camp?

How should I prepare for the Ama Dablam Base Camp? This is a common question among trekking enthusiasts who wish to trek towards the base of this auspicious peak. An individual must have at least one month of prior preparation for the trekking. In this period, an individual is advised to increase their fitness level by doing cardio exercises like running, swimming, cycling, jogging, or another form of exercise. Similarly, small changes in daily habits like avoiding lifts, taking stairs, or walking for at least 45 minutes every day can greatly enhance the trekking experience.

Similarly, it is necessary to keep in mind that trekking requires carrying a weight of 20–25 kg. So, weightlifting can make it easier during the walk.

Despite their physical fitness, trekkers should have a strong mentality. Walking in rugged terrain with slopes can be hectic, causing irritation. Similarly, individuals tend to get triggered by changes in the trek, like food, accommodation, weather conditions, and many more. So it is necessary to keep an open mind and adjust to these changes for the 10-day Ama Dablam Base Camp trek. We suggest our fellow trekkers do research on the area, the weather conditions, the best season for travel, and the prevailing culture and tradition of the region. This gives you an insight into what to expect on the trek and allows you to prepare for any sudden changes.

Likewise, it is necessary to pack accordingly, make sure you have all your necessary gear, equipment, and belongings for the trek, and do not need to rely on others. Follow the list provided by Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. to keep all the gear and equipment updated.

What is the Ama Dablam Base Camp elevation and altitude profile?

The Ama Dablam Base Camp trek begins in Kathmandu, which is at 1400 meters. After a scenic flight from Kathmandu, you will arrive at Lukla, which is 2,860 meters (9,383 ft) above sea level. As the trekking starts, you will reach Phakding (2,610 m). The following day, the trek moved towards Namche, located at an elevation of 3,440 meters (11,286 ft).

From Namche, you will head towards Pangboche, situated at 13,074 feet (3,985 m). Walking further up, you will reach the main highlight of the trek, which is the Ama Dablam Base Camp, which lies at an altitude of 6,000 meters (19,685 ft). This is the highest elevation in all the trekking destinations. While Mount Ama Dablam resides at an altitude of 6,812 meters (22,349 ft), the base camp is relatively at a lower altitude, where you will be heading.

After exploring the trek, you will return to Pangboche, followed by Namche, and finally Lukla to take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, marking the end of the journey.

Everest region trekking all-inclusive package for 2024/25

There are several options to choose from in the Everest region for trekkers who wish to travel to the region. As Everest is a popular choice among trekkers, we at Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. have prepared a comprehensive and meticulously prepared trekking package for the Everest region.

The Everest region trekking all-inclusive package for 2024/25 includes: Everest Base Camp Trek, Short Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days, Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 10 Days, Everest View Trek 9 Days, Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days, and many more.

Similarly, the Three High Passes Trek (19 days), 13 Days Gokyo Lake Trek, Gokyo Cho La Pass Trekking, and Easy Everest Base Camp Trek are other popular choices among the trekkers during peak trekking season in Nepal.

What are the alternatives for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek packages and other adventurous treks in Nepal?

The alternative treks for the Ama Dablam base camp depend on the various trekking regions available in Nepal. Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. can recommend other travel packages that provide similar experiences to Ama Dablam Base Camp, which include the Annapurna short trek, Annapurna round trip, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek-14 (14 days), and Annapurna Circuit Budget Trek in the Annapurna region. 

Similarly, the Manaslu Circuit trek-14 days, Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek-19 days) are other alternatives in the Manaslu region. Likewise, the 10-day Langtang Valley Trek, the 15-day Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek, and the Tamang Heritage Trek (8 days) are some popular trekking destinations in the Langtang region.

All of these packages provide an inevitable experience of the mountain region of Nepal. This travel destination encompasses the Himalayan landscapes, followed by views of mountain peaks, glaciers, icefalls, rivers, waterfalls, and traditional settlements. One can savor the rich cultural and traditional practices of local communities, which bear a similar resemblance to the Ama Dablam base camp trek.

What are the benefits of the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek with Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd?

  • Complimentary airport transportation according to the schedule.
  • Obtain hiking equipment for the trip, such as a duffel bag and down jacket, which should be returned after the expedition.
  • Using a first-aid kit and an oxygen meter when hiking.
  • Local porters and guides for mountains.
  • Spick and span with well-prepared meals.
  • Trek certificate and t-shirt from Nature Excursion.
  • During the walk in the remote areas, use the satellite phone to communicate with the office staff.
  • In Kathmandu, extra luggage storage is free.
  • In an emergency, we will offer you rapid helicopter rescue and medical support (at your travel insurance company's expense).
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the hike.
Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek - 10 Days Itinerary pictures and video

Itinerary

Day1

As you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, a member of Nature Excursion will be waiting in the arrival section for you. Once we meet, they will transfer you to your hotel situated in and around Thamel. As you approach your hotel, you will check in and rest for the day.

Later in the evening, you will meet the company owners for a detailed briefing on your trek. Once the meeting is completed, you will return to your hotel or explore Kathmandu.

 

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:20 Minutes
Day2

You will wake up,  pack your bags, and wait in the hotel lobby until a member of Nature Excursion comes and picks you up. He or she will be responsible for taking you to the domestic platform of Tribhuvan International Airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. Once all the logistics are handled, you will board the plane and fly towards Lukla. The flight will take about 25 minutes, during which you will see a bird's-eye view of the Everest region. You can see mountains, hilly landscapes, and various small settlements from above the clouds.

Once you land, you will have a short tea break where you will talk with the guides or porter and listen to their plan. Once all that is done, you will officially start your trek towards Phakding. Initially, you will walk uphill on stone steps and reach Phakding.

Once you reach Phakding, the trek for the day is complete. You will settle into an accommodation and have dinner. You will then rest and spend the night in Phakding.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,860 m/9,383 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3 hours
Day3

Today you will wake up in Phakding and savor some local cuisine for breakfast. After breakfast, you will continue on the trail to reach Namche, following the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, you will walk in rugged terrain through the alpine forest with few settlements to finally reach Monjo. Monjo is the entry point for Sagarmatha National Park, so here lies a check post for checking all the permits and documents before entering the national park. Afterward, you will continue towards Namche. As you reach the destination, you will explore the vibrant settlement of Namche and settle into an accommodation. You can have dinner there and spend the night.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,286 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day4

Today is your first day of acclimatization at high altitude. You will have a whole day to yourself, and you will explore the beautiful Namche Bazaar. Begin the day with breakfast and head out to explore the area. You will hike to the Everest View Hotel for a mesmerizing view of Everest and its surrounding peaks. Your guide will carry on your acclimatization procedure. Once you reach the hotel, which is located at a higher elevation than Namche, you will spend some time there. Afterwards, you will return to Namche and explore the local area.

There are a variety of options available to spend time in Namche. You can go to the Irish Pub, Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Sherpa Cultural Museum, or, if it's Saturday, explore the vibrant Saturday market in Namche, where shopkeepers from all around Everest come together to display items for sale.

If not, you can enjoy a rest day and replenish your body to trek the following day. After a well-spent day, return to the hotel and have dinner. You will spend your night in Namche.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,880 m/12,730 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3 hours
Day5

After waking up, get refreshed and have breakfast. Prepare to leave for Pangboche once you finish your breakfast at Namche. You will continue the walk towards higher elevations. Initially, you will follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the suspension bridge above the river. Then, you will continue through the rhododendron forest with a mesmerizing view of the mountain peaks.

As the walk proceeds, you will reach Phortse Village and continue towards Pangboche. You can see Mount Ama Dablam in the distance. Continuing the walk, you will descend to the Imja Khola River, followed by an ascent to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a small Sherpa village where Pangboche monastery is located. The monastery is home to Sherpa nuns, who teach young children.

Once you reach Pangboche, you will rest in an accommodation where you will have local cuisine for dinner. You will spend the night in Pangboche.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,985 m/13,074 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day6

The sixth day is your major highlight throughout the trek. Today you will reach the Ama Dablam Base Camp from Pangboche. You will walk for six to seven hours while completing approximately six kilometers. The section is a difficult walk with steep slopes, long ascents, and a narrow path. However, the backdrop of the mountains will keep you motivated.

After you complete this strenuous section, you will be rewarded with a great view of Mount Ama Dablam. You will be standing in the base camp of Mount Ama Dablam, so the view from there is unbeatable. You can click on photographs of one of the most beautiful peaks in the Everest region. As you spend some time in the base camp, you will then return through the same route and reach Pangboche, where you will spend the night.

 

  • Max. Altitude:4,600 m/15,091 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day7

As you spend your night enjoying the journey towards Ama Dablam Base Camp,. Today you will bid farewell to Mount Ama Dablam and start your return journey. You will head towards Namche after breakfast.

The journey encompasses a walk inside a rhododendron forest with a view of the Dudh Koshi River along the way. You can also spot some wildlife, like musk deer, in this section of the walk if you are lucky. Well, with a walk that lasts nearly six hours and covers approximately 13 kilometers, you will reach Namche.

You can collect souvenirs from Namche Bazaar once you reach there. Then you will find a comfortable hotel to stay in. You can savor delicious foods for dinner and celebrate your completion of the trek. You will spend today’s night at Namche.

 

  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,286 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5-6 hours
Day8

As you wake up, get ready to have breakfast. After breakfast, you will continue your return journey. Today, you will walk from Namche to Lukla. The trekking time will be about seven hours, which will initially be a steep descent. You will cross numerous suspension bridges and villages to reach Phakding. Proceeding further from Phakding, you will take an uphill walk to reach Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, you will settle in an accommodation place and have local cuisine for dinner. You will spend your night in Lukla.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,860 m/9,383 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours
Day9

Make all of the departure arrangements after breakfast. Before you leave, make sure to inspect everything you own. After that, we'll return to Kathmandu by early morning flight. When you arrive in Kathmandu, our staff from Nature Excursion will drop you off at your accommodation. You have the remainder of the day to shop and relax. We'll get together for a goodbye meal at a prearranged hotel in the evening. This is going to be our final night in Kathmandu. Rest well that evening, and get everything ready for your travels the next day.

 

  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:30 Minutes flight
Day10

Depending on the departure schedule of your trip, our airport staff will drop you off at the international airport terminal gate. Packing should be done meticulously, and nothing should be left behind. Nature Excursion will arrange for a private car to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport. The details will be taken care of by our personnel to guarantee a stress-free and seamless departure. We sincerely hope you enjoy your walk with us, and we hope to cross paths with you again soon.

 

  • Meals:Breakfast
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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services on a private vehicle (car, jeep, or luxury bus) as per group size during arrival and departure time
  • Both-way domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with airport departure taxes
  • 8 nights’ accommodation during the trek 
  • All healthy meals during the trek (9 breakfast, 8 lunches and 8 dinners)
  • Government-licensed, well-English-speaking Nature Excursion's native guide with his meals, salary, flight cost, insurance, and other necessary equipment. We provide an assistant trek guide group of 6 or more trekkers.
  • Porter to help with the trekker's luggage. Tow trekkers can share one porter; the luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekker.
  • You can store non-essential stuff in your hotel or Nature Excursion's store
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • For safe drinking, Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. provides water purification tablets.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit as per the availability.
  • Khumbu, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fees
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fees
  • All government, local taxes and official expenses
  • A first-aid kit with Diamox (preventative measures to avoid altitude sickness) was carried by the guide. Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level in your body.
  • We provide a sleeping bag and a down jacket as per your request. Has to return after the trek.
  • Appreciation certificate after the completion of the trek.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
  • Assisting in any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (incurring charges should be covered by your travel insurance).
Excludes
  • Nepal entry visa fees depending how much time you want to spend in Nepal ($25-15 days, $40-50 for 30 days and $100-110 for 90 days.)
  • Excess luggage for the Lukla flight.
  • Your meals and hotel in Kathmandua due to early arrival, late departure or early return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary
  • Your personal clothing and gear.
  • Personal nature expenses like- energy bars, hot and cold drinks, laundry, internet, battery charge, hot shower, extra porters, etc.
  • Your travel insurance, which covers your emergency evacuation.
  • Extra expenses which are not listed in the include section
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, weather conditions, illness, changes of government policies and strikes
  • Tipping for your guide, porter, and driver.
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What is the best time to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp?

The best time to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp is in the spring and autumn in Nepal. The spring season, which lasts from March to May, is one of the most favorable times to go trekking in Nepal. During this season, the weather is stable with a moderate temperature. The day length is longer, enabling a longer time to walk, followed by clear skies and unobstructed views of the mountain peaks. During spring, the rhododendrons in alpine forests come into full bloom, which creates a vibrant environment to hike in. The average temperature in the spring season in the Everest region ranges from 18 degrees Celsius in the daytime, and the nighttime temperature can range from -15 to 20 degrees Celsius.

Similarly, another favorite season for the Ama Dablam trip is autumn, which lasts from September to November. The atmosphere is climate-friendly, with cold and mild temperatures. The skies are often clear, with panoramic views of the mountain peaks of Everest. The temperature during the day ranges from 15 to 24 degrees Celsius, while the temperature at night can vary from 5 to 8 degrees Celsius. The temperature can drop once you move to a higher altitude.

Likewise, winter and summer (the monsoon) are considered off-seasons for trekking in Nepal. These seasons come with extreme climatic variation, which causes difficulty while trekking in the rugged terrain of the Khumbu region.

Winter, which lasts from November to February, is marked by cold conditions. The area is stormed with snow, making it difficult to walk for trekkers. The winter season requires additional packing and planning. Beginner trekkers are not recommended to trek in season; however, hardcore trekkers and adrenaline enthusiasts who want to challenge the harsh climatic conditions can do this trek. The average temperature in winter ranges from 15 degrees Celsius in the daytime to -17 degrees Celsius at night.

Another season that is marked as the off-season for trekking in Nepal is summer. Summer lasts from June to August and is the hottest month in Nepal. The summer season is characterized by rainfall, which causes difficulty in trekking. The sky is only occasionally clear, with clouds and rainfall most of the time. The trails become slippery, and most of the early morning is covered with fog. The average temperature in the summer months ranges from 5 to 17 degrees Celsius.

What are the meals and food options available on the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek?

After a tiring walk, trekkers need to replenish themselves with good food. The food for a whole day will help to energize fellow trekkers to walk the following day. The Everest region, with Ama Dablam Base Camp trekking, luckily offers some decent meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The major villages with dense settlements like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche offer a variety of food options on the menu for travelers. The food options available according to breakfast, lunch, and dinner are listed below:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal, Bread, Chapati, Pancakes, Vegetable Curry, Eggs, Potatoes, Milk, Fruits, Soup
  • Lunch: Dal Bhat, Noodles, Mo:Mo, Pasta and Macaroni, Pizza, Sandwiches, Spaghetti, Burger, Tsampa, Tibetan Bread, Shakpa, and Thukpa are some of the popular options.
  • Dinner: Dal Bhat, Fried Rice, Noodles, Dumplings (Mo:Mo), Pizza, Sandwiches, Burger, Pasta, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Potatoes, Thukpa, Yak Steaks with Chips, and Sherpa Stew are popular options for dinner.

There are beverage options ranging from alcoholic to non-alcoholic drinks. However, it is not recommended to drink any alcoholic drinks as they cause dehydration and difficulty walking. Similarly, for non-alcoholic drinks, coffee should be limited as it causes dehydration. It is necessary to choose wisely what to eat. Any illness in the stomach can cause problems during the trip. It is also recommended to omit meat as much as possible while ascending the Ama Dablam Base Camp map.

Travel Visa and Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking Permits

Getting a travel visa for Nepal is an easy process. One can get an on-arrival visa for Nepal from the immigration office under the Department of Immigration. Similarly, it can be a hassle to obtain a visa for Nepal in peak season, so instead, you can get a visa from Nepalese diplomatic missions stationed abroad.

Once you obtain the tourist visa, you will need to enter Nepal within six months from the issue date. The visa can last from 15 to 90 days, which begins on the day you enter Nepal.

To get the travel visa, you will need to submit a copy of your passport and fill out an application form, including a passport-size photo. Along with the document, you will need to submit a certain amount of money in USD or any other convertible currency, which varies according to the country and length of stay.

Note: An on-arrival visa is not granted to citizens of some nations, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Iraq, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. Therefore, before leaving your country, be sure to check the status of your visa.

Along with the travel visa, you will need various other permits or documents to travel to the Everest region or Ama Dablam Base Camp. The team from Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. will assist you in getting these permits so that you will not have any hassle before your trip. The list of documents required for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is listed below:

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

  • Foreign nationals outside SAARC: NRS 3,000 per person
  • Foreign nationals inside SAARC: NRS 1,500 per person
  • For Nepalese: NRS 100 with 13% VAT
  • Children under 10 years of age do not need to pay any amount for the permit, it’s free.

Note: You can get the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu or from the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Gate in Monjo.

Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit

Foreign nationals, including SAARC nations, can get the permit for NRS 2,000 per person for the first four weeks. However, after four weeks, you will need to pay another NRSD 2,500 per person.

Note: You can get the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit after arriving at Lukla or at Monjo (Sagarmatha National Park Entry Gate). This will be your Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, and this permit cannot be issued from Kathmandu.

Last-minute booking for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek

To book the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek at the last minute, you have to send the full package cost with your basic information. You will have limited time to prepare for the trek and be available in Kathmandu one day before the trek begins.

Kindly note that we do not do any refunds for last-minute bookings. If you fail to join the trip or leave it in the middle, you will not get any compensation from the company.

For more information, get in touch with us at Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd.

Things you should know about our Ama Dablam Base Camp Trip 10-day package

Airport Pickup/Drop: As part of our 10-day Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek package, we offer airport pick-up and drop-off services. Our staff or representative will handle it and assist you with your luggage and belongings. You shall receive all airport services in accordance with your schedule.

Charging: Throughout the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trail, charging stations are available, but at an additional fee. To reduce this cost, you might bring extra batteries or a solar charger.

Internet/communication: For a modest cost, the majority of the lodges provide Wi-Fi. However, the network will not always be stable due to the terrain and altitude. Invest in a tourist SIM card if you wish to access the internet more cheaply and with better connectivity. Our group will assist you with it.

Baggage: Ten kilograms of duffel bags are allowed per person. Our porters haul around duffel bags. You can purchase a daypack and fill it with necessities for yourself. Each person's daily pack weight is limited to 5 kilograms.

Tips: In Nepal, leaving tips is very common while traveling. The price of our Ama Dablam base camp trek does not include gratuities. As a result, we kindly ask that you tip our on-field staff (porters, drivers, trek guides, and tour guides) after their services, if that is your preference.

Travel Insurance: The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a remote, high-altitude walk. We request that visitors obtain travel insurance that includes emergency air evacuation coverage. In the event of a medical emergency or any other circumstance that may call for it, we utilize air evacuation.

ATM: In Kathmandu, obtain Nepali currency for use on the trek. While hiking, you'll need extra cash to pay for amenities like Wi-Fi, charging stations, and hot showers. Namche Bazaar has an ATM along the Ama Dablam base camp trekking route.

Altitude Sickness and Safety in Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking

As Ama Dablam lies in the Everest region, which is characterized by high altitude trekking. There is a probable chance of altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness while trekking the Ama Dablam Base Camp. So, necessary precautions and safety procedures must be maintained to trek towards Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Acute mountain sickness can be a problem due to decreased oxygen levels at higher altitudes. It is not a major issue, but if not treated accordingly, altitude sickness can have major complications.

The symptoms of acute mountain sickness are

  • Nausea
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Headache

Complications of altitude sickness

Generally, AMS leads to two complications that can be life threatening, which are High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema.

  • High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): This is a rare condition and is considered a severe form of acute mountain sickness, which causes capillaries in the brain to leak and swell.
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): This is a life-threatening condition where fluids are accumulated in the lungs, causing leaking in the lungs.

Prevention of Acute Altitude Sickness

  • Ascend gradually; do not ascend from low elevation to higher elevation (more than 2700m) in one day.
  • Get proper day rest and keep acclimatization day in your Ama Dablam Base Camp itinerary to cope with higher elevation and decrease oxygen level.
  • Carry a supplement of oxygen just to be sure.
  • Before taking any medicine, check up with the doctor or medical personnel.
  • If early signs of AMS are felt, contact or communicate immediately with the guide.

Note: Those who are beginners or have a long history of AMS have a probable chance of getting altitude sickness. So, it is necessary to ascend slowly, keeping the decreased oxygen level in mind, with proper hydration. Avoid smoking and drinking, as they cause dehydration, which may lead to AMS.

 

Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes
     

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20-degree sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek - 10 Days Itinerary FAQs

  • To climb Mount Ama Dablam, it takes around 28 to 32 days. Firstly, it depends on the mountaineers; if the mountaineers are ready to tackle all the challenges, then it may take a few days—nearly 25 days. Weather, rest days, and the route chosen affect the duration of the climb. So, it is fully dependent on trekkers abilities.

     

  • Ama Dablam is the third-most popular peak in the Himalayas and is considered a challenging mountain to trek. We can say the climb is difficult, but not impossible. On the route, we can see some technical challenges that involve rock climbing, ice climbing, and the need for trekkers to do high-altitude mountaineering.

     

  • Ama Dablam is considered a glorious peak in the Himalayas and is challenging as well as having a heavy price tag. Generally, in 2024 or 2025, it seems that the total cost to trek Ama Dablam is between USD 700 and USD 10,000 per person. However, at Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. the cost of Ama Dablam Base Camp is this, and the cost of the summit of Mount Ama Dablam is USD 8,500.

     

  • Because the Ama Dablam trip is easier than Everest Base Camp (EBC) and has a higher peak (4600 meters), hikers can finish the trek more leisurely and don't have to worry about altitude sickness.

     

  • Yes, beginners can trek to Mt. Ama Dablam. Mt. Ama Dablam is not as different as other snowy mountains. Mainly, it depends on mountaineers’ ability and capacity. Hence, proper training and a perfect mindset will be enough to climb it.

  • Above 8,000 meters, carrying enough bottled oxygen in cans for Ama Dablam (6,812m) becomes impractical due to weight and logistics. While cans might be used at lower camps for the summit push, climbers are likely to rely on closed-circuit rebreathers or fixed lines with supplemental oxygen points for sustained oxygen supply.

  • Ama Dablam Base Camp is famous for its stunning views of the iconic Ama Dablam Mountain and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Located in the Everest region of Nepal, the base camp attracts trekkers and climbers due to its challenging yet rewarding trekking route and accessibility. It serves as a popular destination for mountaineering expeditions and offers a unique cultural and wilderness experience. The combination of Ama Dablam's beauty, the trekking route, and its accessibility contribute to its fame as a sought-after destination for adventure enthusiasts.

     

  • Ama Dablam, a mountain in the Everest region of Nepal, offers beautiful views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest. While Ama Dablam is not as tall as Everest, it is still possible to see Everest from certain viewpoints on Ama Dablam. The visibility may vary depending on weather conditions. Ama Dablam is popular among climbers and trekkers for its distinctive shape and stunning vistas of the Himalayan Mountain Range.

     

  • Individuals with no prior experience in trekking can complete the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek. However, as the trek is at high altitude, one should have adequate physical fitness and a strong mentality to counter any challenges during the trek.

     

  • The best season to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp is in the spring, which lasts from March to May, and in the autumn, which lasts from September to November. However, trekking towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp can be done all year if one is willing to challenge the harsh climatic conditions of the summer and winter seasons.

     

  • The mount rises high above the Dudh Koshi river valley and wins every trekker’s heart when trekking along the main trekking trail towards Everest Base Camp. The climb of Ama Dablam is also made over a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls, sharp and exposed ridges. So, it provides an excellent route for trekking. People have been trekking towards Ama Dablam Base Camp for a long time now, and the mountain itself is a popular choice among mountaineers and peak climbers.

     

  • We offer a group discount for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek: 

    • 1 pax, USD 1,215
    • 2 pax, USD 1,087
    • 3-5 pax, USD 989
    • 6–10 pax, USD 954
    • 11-16 pax, USD 876
  • Cholatse (6,440m) takes the crown for difficulty in Nepal. Its steep walls and technical climbing demand serious experience, surpassing even the high-altitude challenge of Mera Peak (6,654m). Remember, it's not for beginners!

     

    • Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
    • Day 2: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
    • Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche
    • Day 4: Rest day at Namche
    • Day 5: Trek from Namche to Pangboche
    • Day 6: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp
    • Day 7: Trek from Pangboche to Namche
    • Day 8: Trek from Namche to Lukla
    • Day 9: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Day 10: Final Departure
    • Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
    • Day 2: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
    • Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche
    • Day 4: Rest day at Namche
    • Day 5: Trek from Namche to Pangboche
    • Day 6: Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp
    • Day 7: Trek from Pangboche to Namche
    • Day 8: Trek from Namche to Lukla
    • Day 9: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Day 10: Final Departure

    You can customize the itinerary according to your personal interests. You can add a few days to the above-mentioned itinerary, or you can cut some days off if you wish to travel in a helicopter. Either way, Nature Excursion can help you adjust your trekking days according to your schedule.

     

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