Ama Dablam Trek to Base Camp

Ama Dablam Trek to Base Camp


From £1,760
Altitude 4,750m Grade: T3

This expedition approach enjoys superb views of Everest and treks to the base of the beautiful Ama Dablam.

Ama Dablam Trek to Base Camp is an expedition approach trek, where you will trek into Base Camp alongside our expedition team members.

This is a wonderful trek to the base camp of one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. The mountain is well named. Ama Dablam means Mother’s Charm box. Ama (mother) refers to the two great ridges above base camp, they are like enfolding arms of a mother. A Dablam is a pendant worn by Sherpa women that contains pictures of the Buddhist gods – this refers to the huge hanging serac high on the West Face, the shortest of the Everest treks that Adventure Peaks offers.

The Ama Dablam trek takes you through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife to Tengboche, the home of one of the highest monasteries in the world (4100m) and a classic viewpoint for Everest and Ama Dablam. It then continues up to Pangboche before swinging off to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This trek offers an excellent introduction to the delights of trekking in the Himalaya, the colourful and vibrant city of Kathmandu and interaction with the legendary Sherpa people.

Find out more about our Ama Dablam Expeditions here

This trip will operate with a minimum of 1 participant using a local leader to take you back to Kathmandu from Base Camp as soon as our Ama Dablam Expedition is confirmed

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7th Oct 2023 - 22nd Oct 2023 Guaranteed16 £1,760£2,510 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPriceDays
Everest from the Air £270
Chitwan Safari at Tigerland Resort (+4 days) £525+4 days
Chitwan Safari at Parkland Resort (+4 days) £425+4 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (flight inclusive package)
  • Accommodation - hotels,  Teahouses, 1 night camping
  • Meals -12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 evening meals
  • Park fees as appropriate
  • All road transfers in country (unless indicated in 'exclusions')
  • Qualified UK group expedition leader (if numbers allow)
  • Local guides
  • Local trekking staff to assist (cook and porters)
  • All camping equipment (excl. personal kit)
  • Adventure Peaks kitbag. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning customers
  • 24hr back-up and support from our UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from the Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Meals if not indicated above
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal spending
  • Tips for local staff
  • Visas (if required)
  • Museum and monument entry fees
  • Costs associated with an expedition/trek finishing early, or you leaving an expedition / trek early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation, and if required the helicopter cost to and from Lukla
    (including a share of the leaders cost)

Itinerary

 

Day 1 Depart UK

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu (usually early evening).  Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu and within easy walking of the monkey temple, a lovely place to relax.

Day 3 Morning trek briefing after which the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wonders of Kathmandu.  Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the temples of Bodnath,  Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar Square.  Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience. Please note, if the weather is good we may fly to Lukla on this day, and enjoy the sites on your return to Kathmandu.

Day 4 Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for a spectacular and breathtaking flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla (2800m).  After lunch we can do the short walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla.  This takes us right into the DudhKosi ('river of milk') valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding (2610m).  From here there are stunning views of KusumKanguru's North Face (6367m). Along the trail are mani stone walls, brightly decorated with coloured paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and you must, as a sign of respect, pass these in a clockwise direction.

Day 5 We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu.  You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the 'Everest Trail'.  At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there. Here the track starts to rise up the famous Namche Hill, the first big ascent and time to drop down a gear and take a slow and steady pace. 4 to 5 hours walking.

Day 6 Acclimatisation/Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.  It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher.  You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, AmaDablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this busy Sherpa capital. 6 hours walking.

Day 7 Today you will hike through the villages of Khunde&Khumjun. You will start with a steep climb up to the airstrip at Shyangboche (3790m). From there you will slowly ascend to Khunde, passing the numerous Buddhist chortens along the way. From Khunde the trail heads eastwards to the largest village in the Khumbu, Khumjung, which lies at the foot of the sacred mountain Khumbila. You will stay overnight at Khumjung, where you will enjoy the first views of Everest. 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 8The route today works its way in and out of the side valleys towards Kenjoma,  joining the trail from Khumjung just before a set of mani stones. From here the views of Everest &AmaDablam are truly stunning, but the best is yet to come. The trail then drops down to PhunkiThanga (3250m) and then climbs steeply through forest as it contours around the a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche resides (3870m). From here you will be greeted with one of the most dramatic mountain views in the world -  Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, KwandeTawachee and Thamserku, offering a panoramic view of Himalayan giants. The night is spent at Tengboche. 5 hours walking.

Day 9 Tengboche to Pangboche. In the morning you will visit the rebuilt monastery in Tengboche, which was destroyed after a fire nearly 20 years ago . Fortunately its fine collection of paintings and relics were saved. You are allowed to visit while the Buddhist ceremonies take place, but you must respect the monk's requests to sit quietly and not use flash photography. We then continue up to Pangboche, the highest year round settlement. 2 to 3 hours walking.

Day 10 Today we reach the wonderful and spectacular base camp of Ama Dablam. 6 hours walking.

Days 11 to 13 On the return trek folk have the option of staying in places not visited on the way up or returning to the more western style luxuries available in Namche Bazaar! FinallyThe Alpine mountain hut atmosphere of Paradise Lodge in Lukla is the ideal place to relax and celebrate your journeys end.

Day 14 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.  Back to the comforts of our hotel in Thamel and the enjoyable hustle and bustle. This is a good time to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers. Time to celebrate.

Day 15 Spare day in case of bad weather. This day in Kathmandu may be lost if weather delays your departure from Lukla. Evening departure

Day 16 Arrive back in the UK.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

David · 7 years ago ·

The guide was brilliant. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He was also alert to spot any signs of tiredness and altitude sickness. He looked after us really well.

David · 7 years ago ·

Just thought I would let you have a bit of feed back from our trip. On arrival at Kathmandu everything went well but when we got to the hotel we were surprised that the rep ( Mr. Mahood ?? ) had not received a copy of the amended itinerary. This meant that certain things got changed around as we had to stay in Kathmandu on the Monday rather than fly to Lukla on that day. No great problem but when we talked to Mr. Mamood about not actually staying at Ama Dablam B. C. he said that there would be no problem if we wanted to stay. He assured us that there would be plenty of tenting and other facilities there. Fortunately we did not make any decision at that time because as the trek proceeded our guide ( who was excellent !! ) told us that " yes, you could sleep at the B. C. but there would be very few facilities and temperatures were expected to drop at night to well below zero he would advise against it ". A very different tale to what we were told in Kathmandu. Again, no real problem, we just altered our programme slightly.
All in all we had a great holiday and I cannot speak too highly of the guide that we had - Sherpa Tenging I think his name was ( everybody seems to be called Sherpa something or other ). He spoke to us every night about the following days plans and gave us a very accurate description of the route and conditions underfoot. We were really well looked after by him.

Thanks to you and your staff at Adventure Peaks. All I have to do now is a) get permission from my treasurer to go on another one and b) decide which one to go on


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