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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Overview

Key Information


21 days



Best Season:

October-November, March-April

Maximum altitude

5545 m


Hotel / Lodge


Private Vehicle

Nepal, a Himalayan haven, is not just a destination; it's an odyssey into the heart of awe-inspiring landscapes and ancient cultures. For those seeking a trek that marries the thrill of adventure with the serenity of nature, the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek stands as a testament to the grandeur of the Himalayas.

The Majestic Ama Dablam: A Beacon in the Sky

Named after the majestic peak that dominates the skyline, the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek takes you on a mesmerizing expedition to the base of one of the world's most iconic mountains. Ama Dablam, meaning "Mother's Necklace," rises like a sacred ornament, its sharp ridges and soaring spires reaching toward the heavens. As you traverse the trails, the mountain becomes a constant companion, guiding your path through the Khumbu region.

Trail of Tranquility: A Himalayan Wonderland

The trek commences in the bustling capital of Kathmandu, where the fusion of ancient temples and modern energy sets the tone for the adventure ahead. A thrilling flight to Lukla, notorious for its precarious airstrip, kicks off the trek. From here, the trail weaves through charming Sherpa villages, where prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze and monasteries echo with the chants of monks.

En route, the landscape evolves from lush rhododendron forests to alpine meadows adorned with a kaleidoscope of wildflowers. The Khumbu Valley unfolds its beauty, with the Dudh Koshi River carving through the rugged terrain. As you ascend, the air becomes crisper, and the snow-capped peaks emerge on the horizon.

Cultural Encounters: Sherpa Hospitality

Beyond the breathtaking scenery, the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a cultural immersion. The Sherpa people, known for their warmth and resilience, welcome trekkers into their homes and hearts. Visit ancient monasteries like Tengboche, where the rhythmic hum of Buddhist prayers creates an ethereal atmosphere. Engage in conversations with locals, learning about their customs and traditions that have withstood the test of time.

A Sanctuary in the Sky: Ama Dablam Base Camp

The climax of the journey unfolds at the Ama Dablam Base Camp, a haven nestled at the foot of the iconic peak. Surrounded by panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, this sacred ground offers a profound sense of accomplishment. Watch the sunrise cast its golden glow on the towering Ama Dablam, illuminating the surrounding peaks in a breathtaking spectacle.

Challenges and Triumphs: A Trek to Remember

While the trek demands physical endurance, the rewards are immeasurable. Traverse suspension bridges suspended over deep gorges, climb challenging ascents and conquer high-altitude passes. Each step is a testament to personal strength and a connection with the raw beauty of the Himalayas.

The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek transcends the ordinary, offering a symphony of natural wonders and cultural riches. It's not just a trek; it's a transformative journey into the heart of the Himalayas, leaving indelible memories etched against the backdrop of Ama Dablam's majestic silhouette.

Gear Checklist for Ama Dablam Trek

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we understand the importance of having the right gear for your Ama Dablam adventure. Our carefully curated equipment checklist ensures you're prepared for every step of the journey. Whether it's your first trek or you're a seasoned adventurer, we've got you covered. Here's what you'll need:


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


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


  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential Gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best for high altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Start of Ama Dablam with Kongma La Pass Trek

Your journey begins as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You'll need at least one overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu before the trek. On your departure date, we'll transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a 35-minute flight to Lukla. Our package includes the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight.

Free Airport Pick-Up

Navigating a new country can be daunting, so we offer free airport-to-hotel pick-up upon your arrival and hotel-to-airport drop-off during departure for our valued clients. Look for our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name at the airport reception. They'll greet you with a marigold garland as a warm welcome and escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Accommodation Details During the Trek

During your 13-day Ama Dablam Base Camp trek, you'll stay in comfortable lodges/teahouses. Accommodations include stays in rooms with private attached bathrooms in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3 nights), and standard rooms in Deboche, Dingboche, Chhukung (2 nights), Lobuche, and Pangboche (2 nights). For solo trekkers, single private rooms are arranged accordingly.


Expect nutritious and delicious meals throughout the trek, with options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sample local and international dishes to fuel your adventure. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available, with special considerations for high altitudes.

Best Time to Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp

The best time to trek Ama Dablam Base Camp is during spring (March-May) and autumn (mid-Sept to mid-Nov) for clear skies and cool weather. Discovery World Trekking conducts treks throughout the year, adapting to the varying conditions.


To prevent altitude sickness, acclimatization stops are scheduled at Namche Bazaar and Chukung. Explore these vibrant Sherpa towns and take in the breathtaking views while allowing your body to adjust to the altitude.

Trip Grade: Fitness Level and Health

The Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is challenging but achievable for individuals with a moderate fitness level. Regular exercise beforehand will enhance your experience. Consult your doctor if you have pre-existing medical conditions.

Trekking Group/Single

We organize both group and private treks, accommodating various group sizes and preferences. Our team ensures every trekker receives personalized attention and support.

A Typical Day on the Trek

Each day brings new experiences, from scenic hikes to cultural encounters. Start your day with a hot beverage and nourishing breakfast before embarking on your trek. Enjoy breaks for lunch and snacks along the route, with evenings spent relaxing and reflecting on the day's adventures.

Communication During the Trek

Stay connected with loved ones using available internet services at lodges/teahouses. Our team maintains regular contact with trek groups to ensure safety and comfort.

Extra Personal Expenses

While most expenses are covered, personal spending money is recommended for additional purchases and services. Plan accordingly for accommodations, meals, and souvenirs.

Travel Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek, covering medical expenses and emergency evacuation. Ensure your policy includes high-altitude trekking up to 6000m.

Passport and Visa

Foreign travelers require a visa to enter Nepal, obtainable upon arrival for most nationalities. Check visa requirements and fees before traveling.

Money Exchange

Exchange currency at authorized banks and money exchanges in Kathmandu. Nepali Rupees (NPR) are the local currency, accepted throughout the trek regions.

Luggage Allowance

Each trekker is allotted a 9kg luggage limit, with one porter assigned for every two trekkers. Carry essential items in a small backpack, leaving excess luggage at your hotel or with us.

Trek Safety

Your safety is our priority. Our experienced guides and porters are equipped to handle any situation, with emergency protocols in place for altitude sickness and unforeseen circumstances.

Responsible Travel

We promote eco-friendly practices and sustainable tourism, working closely with local communities to minimize environmental impact.

Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks Crew

Our dedicated team of guides, Sherpas, and porters ensures a memorable and safe trekking experience. We prioritize their well-being and provide necessary support throughout the journey.


Tipping is appreciated but optional, reflecting the quality of service received. Consider tipping collectively at the end of the trek.

Booking and Payment Process

Book your Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek with confidence, knowing we're a registered and reputable trekking operator. Secure your spot with a 10% advance payment, with flexible payment options available.


Share your trekking experience and provide valuable feedback during our farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Receive a printed trek achievement certificate as a token of our appreciation.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we're committed to making your Ama Dablam trek an unforgettable journey. Join us and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Itinerary

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  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and indulge in delicious Nepali cuisine.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Take an early morning flight to Lukla, enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Begin trekking towards Phakding, passing through picturesque villages and crossing suspension bridges.
  • Elevation Gain: Lukla (2,860m) to Phakding (2,652m)
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Overnight stay in Phakding.
  • Trek along the Dudh Koshi River and enter the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Ascend through pine forests to reach Namche Bazaar, the bustling gateway to Everest.
  • Elevation Gain: Phakding (2,652m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Acclimate to the high altitude by exploring the vibrant market and visiting the Everest View Hotel.
  • Optional hike to Khumjung village for cultural immersion.
  • Relax and prepare for the upcoming trek.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Trek through rhododendron forests and enjoy stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks.
  • Elevation Gain: Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Tengboche (3,860m)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight stay in Tengboche.
  • Trek to Pangboche and visit the famous monastery with spectacular views of Ama Dablam.
  • Descend to Pangboche, one of the oldest Sherpa villages.
  • Elevation Gain: Kyangjuma (3550m) to Pangboche (3930m)
  • Walking Hours: 5 hours
  • Overnight stay in Pangboche.
  • Embark on a day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp, marveling at the close-up views of this iconic peak.
  • Return to Pangboche for a well-deserved rest.
  • Walking Hours: 6 hours
  • Overnight stay in Pangboche.
  • Descend to Phortse Tenga, a charming village with beautiful landscapes.
  • Walk through rhododendron forests and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.
  • Elevation Loss: Chulungche/Mingbo (4530m) to Phortse Tenga (3600m)
  • Walking Hours: 5 hours
  • Overnight stay in Phortse Tenga.
  • Ascend back to Namche Bazaar, retracing your steps through the picturesque trail.
  • Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Namche and relax.
  • Elevation Gain: Phortse Tenga (3600m) to Namche (3780m)
  • Walking Hours: 6 hours
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Descend through the Dudh Koshi valley, passing through Monjo and Phakding.
  • Reach Lukla, completing the trek.
  • Elevation Loss: Namche Bazaar (3780m) to Lukla (2800m)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight stay in Lukla.
  • Fly back to Kathmandu or, if you drove to Ramechap, take a scenic drive back to the capital.
  • Reflect on the incredible journey and celebrate your achievements.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Depart from Kathmandu with unforgettable memories of the Ama Dablam Trek.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Flight fare from Lukla to Kathmandu for guests and guide
  • Three meals daily during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), along with tea or coffee
  • Lodge accommodation throughout the trekking journey
  • Accommodation in a star-rated hotel in Kathmandu on a Bed & Breakfast plan
  • Experienced guide proficient in various languages upon guest's request
  • All government and local taxes
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Salaries for guides and porters
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for all field staff during trekking, with additional services available upon guest's request.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking equipment and personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance, including costs for trip cancellation, accidents, health issues, loss, theft, or damage to personal effects. We strongly recommend obtaining personal travel insurance.
  • Hot shower facilities
  • Flights in the Everest region can be disrupted due to inclement weather, and the company holds no responsibility. However, alternative arrangements can be made at an additional cost.
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Entry fees for temples, monasteries, museums, etc.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Altitude Profile

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek FAQs

The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek typically takes around 12-14 days to complete.

The best time to undertake the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable and the views are spectacular.

The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is considered moderately challenging, suitable for trekkers with some prior experience of high-altitude trekking.

The highest point reached during the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is approximately 4,576 meters (15,016 feet) at the Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Trekkers will need to obtain the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance fee permit.

Accommodations during the trek usually consist of tea houses or lodges along the route, offering basic amenities such as a bed, blanket, and meals.

While it's not mandatory, hiring a guide is highly recommended for safety, navigation, and cultural insights.

Essential gear includes trekking boots, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and a backpack.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the high elevation, so it's important to acclimatize properly and be aware of symptoms.

Meals during the trek typically consist of traditional Nepali and Tibetan dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and momos (dumplings).

Mobile phone reception may be available in some areas, but it can be unreliable. Internet access is limited and often slow, if available at all.

The cost can vary depending on factors such as group size, itinerary, and inclusions. It typically includes permits, guide and porter fees, accommodations, meals, and transportation.

While there are no strict age restrictions, participants should be in good physical health and prepared for the demands of high-altitude trekking.

The trail consists of a variety of terrain, including forested paths, rocky terrain, and steep ascents. Some sections may be challenging, especially at higher altitudes.

Trekkers may encounter various wildlife along the trail, including birds such as the Himalayan Monal and animals like Himalayan Thar and Musk Deer.






Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Additional Information

Ama Dablam is a stunning mountain located in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest. Its name translates to "Mother's Necklace" in the Sherpa language, with the mountain's long ridges resembling a mother's arms and the hanging glacier thought of as a dablam, a traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods worn by Sherpa women. Here are some unique facts about Ama Dablam:

  1. Distinctive Shape: Ama Dablam is renowned for its iconic pyramid shape and vertical walls. The steep, exposed rock and ice make it one of the most beautiful and technically challenging mountains in the world.

  2. First Ascent: The first successful ascent of Ama Dablam was made in 1961 by a team of climbers from New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The summit team included Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

  3. Technical Difficulty: Climbing Ama Dablam is considered highly challenging due to its steep pitches, exposed ridges, and the need for technical climbing skills. The route involves rock, snow, and ice climbing, and climbers often use fixed ropes to navigate the challenging sections.

  4. Altitude: Ama Dablam stands at an impressive height of 6,812 meters (22,349 feet) above sea level. Although it is not among the highest peaks in the region, its technical difficulty and striking appearance attract climbers from around the world.

  5. Cultural Significance: Ama Dablam holds cultural significance for the Sherpa people, who consider the mountain sacred. It is believed to be home to powerful spirits, and climbers often participate in traditional ceremonies before attempting the ascent to seek the mountain's blessing.

  6. Avalanche Risk: The southwest face of Ama Dablam is particularly prone to avalanches, adding an extra layer of danger for climbers. Proper assessment of snow conditions and weather is crucial during any attempt on the mountain.

  7. Ama Dablam Base Camp: The base camp for Ama Dablam is located in a beautiful setting, offering stunning views of the mountain. The base camp is a hub of activity during the climbing season, with climbers and expedition teams preparing for their ascent.

  8. Conservation Efforts: The Sagarmatha National Park, where Ama Dablam is located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conservation efforts are in place to preserve the natural environment and biodiversity of this region, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.

Ama Dablam's combination of technical challenge, cultural significance, and breathtaking beauty makes it a sought-after destination for experienced mountaineers seeking a memorable and demanding climb in the heart of the Himalayas.

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