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Amadablam Base Camp Trekking - 11 Days

Amadablam Base Camp Trekking takes you to the mystical Himalayan region of the Nepal that offers a great trekking adventure while enticing you with views of exotic snow capped mountains. Ama Dablam is yet another great peak of Nepal measuring 6812m. Amadablam has its own traditional meaning the ‘Mother’s Necklace’; the long ridges on the each sides resembles a protecting Mother (Ama) and the hanging glacier resembles Necklace (Dablam). Ama Dablam is a dominating peak during the Everest region trekking.

Amadablam Base Camp Trekking is one of the famous trekking trails among many other trekking trails in Nepal. This trek provides ample opportunity to discover the traditional villages, culture, tradition and lifestyle of people living in the Khumbu region. Hiking to the Trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp is the main purpose of this trip.

Our trip begins with a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu where we will be visiting many historical, cultural and spiritual monuments of the capital and its vicinity. Next day we will board a scenic flight to Lukla enjoying the beautiful Himalayan range. Our trekking expedition actually begins from Lukla; a gateway to the Everest region trek. We trek all the way through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world heritage site) filled with pine trees, Rhododendron flower, Juniper etc.

A day’s acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (a trade junction for local traders and expeditors in the region) would be a great idea in order to acclimatize to higher altitude. We trek further to the scenic villages of Khunde (3500m) and Khumjung where you will have the opportunity to interact with legendary Sherpa people while learning more about their tradition and culture. The following days trekking brings us to Tengboche (3930m) that holds a famous monastery of the region; Tengboche Monastery.

We pay our visit to the monastery and enjoy some rituals out there. The views of Himalayas are simply breathtaking from Tengboche. From Tengboche we ascend to Pangboche (4100M) and then hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4500m). The view of Ama Dablam from its base camp is simply superb. Breakfree Adventures makes your adventure trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp more exciting and vibrant with its ideal trek plan and well designed itinerary.

Highlights of Amadablam Base Camp Trekking

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
  • Variety of floras and faunas to witness
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
  • Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary memorials (Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung and Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde Valley)
  • Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) along with Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
  • The largest glacier in the world; Ngozumba Glacier
  • Hike to Ama Damlam Base Camp.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2840m) – Phakding (2652m) [40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours of trek]

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440m) [5 – 6 hrs of trek]

Day 05: Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3930m) [7 hours]

Day 07: Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m) and back to Pangboche

Day 08: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 09: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 10: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

Day 11: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport you will be greeted by one of our representatives who would be waiting for you at the arrival gate holding Breakfree Adventures display board. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After check in you can either take rest or hang around the city as per your convenience. We may organize a welcome dinner in one of the fine traditional Nepali restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program with a fine meal. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we will organize a guided city tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We will visit the world heritage sites like historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later we will have a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and crew members. A team of Breakfree Adventure will brief you on your trek plan and itinerary and also answer your queries regarding our adventure. Overnight we at the hotel.

Day 3
Kathmandu - Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2652m) [40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours of trek]

Today is the first day of your trek expedition. After early breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the airport to catch an early morning flight to Lukla (2800m), a gateway of our trek. The forty minutes of scenic flight over the beautiful Himalayas lands us in Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. Upon arrival at Lukla, we will meet our other crew member and start trekking through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 4
Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) [5 - 6 hrs of trek]

Today after breakfast in Phakding, we will set off for Namche Bazaar. Our walk today is going to be rather a pleasant one with few climb ups and climb downs with numerous crossings over the Dudh Koshi River. The magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) from Benkar village is really awesome. After crossing few bridges we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo which is habitat for varieties of floras and faunas found in the Himalayan region. Our trekking permits are checked by the authorities for the record purpose. A descend and steady walk from Monjo brings us to Jorsale and further walking we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up hill towards Namche Bazaar, we can see the emerging sight of Kwangde peak along with its neighboring peaks like Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Tawache along with other Himalayas. A short halt at Chautra for the scenic view and photograph would a great idea. Finally we reach our destination for the day; Namche Bazaar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Overnight we stay at a guest house in Namche.

Day 5
Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day

We have set this day for acclimatization. A few hours of walk is recommended by health experts even during the rest day so we will be discovering Namche Bazaar and its vicinity. Today we will either spend the day hiking to Thame or Visiting Khunde or exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is a junction for many trekkers and climbers in the region. It is also a trading junction for many local and Tibetan traders. A special market draws attention of tourists during every Friday evening and Saturdays. Namche bazaar is a hub of many restaurants, pubs, hotels, bakery, café along with many government offices. A few hours of walk would be really helpful for acclimatization. Our guide will lead the way to guide you through the Tourist Visitor Center near headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe the collection if things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and traditions and more about the lifestyle of people living in the Himalayas. You will also be pleased to learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. Namche Bazaar is simply a great place to hang around. Overnight we stay at the guest house.

Day 6
Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3930m) [7 hours]

Today we will have a long walk from Namche Bazaar to Pangboche. We start early in the morning and take the trail that leads us to magnificent village of Tengboche enjoying the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close-up view of Mt. Thamserku. Our journey today would rather be an exciting one for it offers magnificent view of the Himalayas and the Himalayan range throughout our expedition. On the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail via Kayangjuma eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We walk further through the beautiful pine forest crossing prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river to reach Phunki Thenga. After few minutes of halt for lunch we climb through the forests for few more hours to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Nuptse. The biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region “Tengboche Monastery or Gompa” is the central attraction of Tengboche. We pay our visit to the monastery and continue our expedition to reach Pangboche. From Tengboche the trail drops all the way down to Debuche, crosses another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and Climbs to Pangboche village. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Pangboche.

Day 7
Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp and back to Pangboche

Today we gear up to hike all the way to Ama Dablam Base Camp. We will hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp following the regular trail enjoying the scenic views of the mountainous region. As we trek further Ama Dablam appears closer and becomes vividly stunning. Upon reaching the Ama Dablam Base camp we get to see its stunning peaks along with its hanging glacier. The view it offers is simply mesmerizing. We can also see many colorful tents used by the climbers in the base camp. We spend some time hanging around in the base camp and capturing the scenic beauty on our cameras. We will later descend down to Pangboche for the overnight stay.

Day 8
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

We would be trekking down to Namche Bazaar today. We follow the trail through the hillside filled with Rhododendron, Pine and Juniper trees. The trail offers superb view blended with natural vegetation and the high Himalayas. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge further descending through the pine forest eventually reaching Sansa. We may also get chance to see the wild lives of the region such as mountain goats, snow leopards, pheasants etc. while travelling via forest. Trekking further we pass through a Chorten and reach army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching at Namche we may choose to hang around and take beautiful pictures of Mt. Lhotse, peak of Mt. Everest and Tengboche from this juncture. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 9
Namche Bazaar to Lukla

We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today walking all the way to Lukla following the lower altitude trail in the Everest region. We walk passing various Sherpa settlements enjoying the dense forest area covered by beautiful rhododendron and pine trees. We will also see many monasteries that resemble unique Buddhist culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we have a relaxing time at the hotel and make preparation to fly back to Kathmandu the next day. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Lukla.

Day 10
Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventure and its team. Overnight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11
Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree adventure to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters (two trekkers, one porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance coverage
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance Permit with entry fees
  • First Aid/Medical Kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Welcome dinner with Nepali Cultural show
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Any meals other than the breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
  • We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

The Trekking Group

For Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek we allocate one guide, an assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1assistant guide) and porters for carrying the luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We make sure that the trek expedition will still go ahead as planned if any of the group members falls sick. We operate Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek for any group size but generally a largest group consists of sixteen people. We also make customized group size as per your requirement.

A Typical day in the trail

Our day begins with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. After freshening up we have our breakfast and gear up for our expedition. Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is requires a minimum of 4-6 hours of walk everyday so we have to plan our daily itinerary accordingly. After 2-3 hours of trekking we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail (restaurants if available). We take frequent rest en route to rejuvenate our expedition. We also halt in many places to capture the scenic view of the Himalayas, beautiful rivers, landscapes, monasteries, cairns etc in our cameras. Our day’s trek ends once we reach our destination as planned in the itinerary. Once we arrive at the guest house, we take a brief rest, take shower and enjoy a light snacks with tea or coffee. We may choose to hang around the local village and community if we have a leisure time. We would be delighted to witness the culture and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. We will have ample time to chat with our crew members before going to bed. Dinner is usually followed by a next day’s itinerary briefings by our trek leader. You have all the good reasons to drink available locally made alcoholic liquors. Finally you can catch up your bed for a good night sleep.

When to go (Best Season to Travel)

Autumn (September – December) and spring (March – May) are the best season for the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The weather during the season is sunny and warm during the day that offers you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan range whereas the nights are chilling and cold and can fall to freezing in the higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan and Feb) is also ideal for Ama Dablam Base Camp trek but cold is something that bothers you during these seasons. Trekking during summer will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon of a keen botanist as the vegetations bloom in this reason. The trekking routes are always busy with trekkers during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and crowded and you can have a great journey enjoying the scenic views.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekkers who plan their trekking in the Himalayas. Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is usually a safe expedition but it is always better to stay in a safe side. Travel insurance is mandatory while going for trekking, hiking etc in Nepal. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered by your policy. You must carry proof of insurance (i.e. your insurance certificate) with you during your expedition.

Meals and Accommodation

We will arrange three or four star hotel for your accommodation (Upgradable upon request) in Kathmandu. During the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house/Lodge. Tea Houses are like hotels that serve with hot showers, western foods and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guest houses are ordinary guest house with shared washing and toilet facilities and comparatively cheap in price. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with one of the group member with same sex. If you wish to stay single in a room then you have to let us know in advance and some surcharges are applicable in such arrangement. Please be noted that there are several guest houses that do not allow a single accommodation during the peak season so sharing the room with somebody becomes a compulsion. We will arrange your dinner and early breakfast in the guest house itself but the lunches will be arranged in some restaurants en route or sometime you need to have your breakfast on the way. Your stay at a local guest house helps you to be more familiar with local culture and traditions.

Breakfree Adventures is highly concerned about the standard of food and hygiene. We make sure that sufficient food is provided to our guest. A special menu will be offered so that you could choose the kind of food you like to eat. A cup of tea or coffee would be included in your meal menu. Our guide will always be there to assist you while choosing the food from the menu. The menu comes with comparatively high price due to the availability of food items and spices and extreme locations. Most of the tea houses serve you with delicious local cuisines along with international foods. You can get food items like biscuits, chocolates, cold drinks, soft drinks and seasonal fruits and veggies. Bottled water is always available in the tea house and restaurants or shops en route. You may ask your guide to fill the bottle with boiled water from the lodges and purify them with purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required

Our twelve days Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least four to six hours a day. Walking in higher altitude is rather challenging and it requires a lot of physical caliber. A good physique, positive altitude, self confidence and strong determination are the keys to success to successfully accomplish the Everest High Passes Trek. Prior preparation like walking or jogging few hours a day before starting your trek is beneficial and it simplifies your expedition. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek. Participants with chronic illness, physical disorder, heart, blood and respiratory disease are strongly advised to inform Breakfree Adventures before booking the trek. Consultation with a medical professional is highly recommended before starting your trekking adventure.


Breakfree Adventures’s twelve days Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is planned with high degree of awareness about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekking in the higher altitude too fast might cause a medical condition serious enough to cause death. The level of oxygen fluctuates as the height increases. For example, at an altitude above 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Our body requires many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment so the itinerary should be planned accordingly. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that it provides sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible trek plan is therefore very crucial to minimize the risk of AMS. Breakfree Adventures highly advises specially the person with known heart, blood or respiratory diseases to consult their medical professional before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our leaders are well trained to administer the AMS. Breakfree Adventures’s itineraries are designed to avert the risk of AMS as much as possible.

Trekking Guides and Staff

Trekking guides and staff plays a vital role in making a trek a successful one. We allocate trained, experienced, courteous and expert guides and crew members for every trekking endeavor. The staff and guide we deploy during the trekking have the utmost ability of operating your days in the mountains. The team will be lead by the best and professional guide from the industry. Our guides and staffs are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, expertise, guiding skills and aptitude. We deploy the guides and crew member who are familiar with the local culture and community and geographical distribution. Trekking guides of Breakfree Adventures are trained with the following trainings so that to enhance their potentials on medical issues, biodiversity, environmental issues and English language proficiency.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our trekking guides speak English (Some may have the potentials to speak other foreign language like French, Spanish etc) adequate enough for the smooth communication but please consider that English is not our mother tongue. Our guides and porters know the routes and trails and are well aware of local culture and traditions.

Safety and Security

We do not compromise on safety and security of our guests. We highly prioritize safety and security measures during Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek. We have to understand that there are certain risks while travelling in higher altitude which you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and trekking trail and they would cancel or re-route a trip if they feel any destination is unsafe to travel.

Responsible Travel

Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are always passionate to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one. Our team adopts social philosophies that highly value the responsibility for their clients, local people and the environment we work in. We admire the natural environment and social, cultural and traditional aspect of this majestic country. We always opt to assist our guests in discovering the beauty and culture in the best possible way we can. Responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism in the environment while opening employment opportunities and generating income for local communities. Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving environment and we keep a close watch to ensure the environmental protection. As a responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local people and community through which we travel. While trekking to different destination, we choose environment friendly lodges that ensure high level of guest care. During the treks and other expeditions we follow a zero garbage policy (Pack in, Pack out) and leave nothing behind in the campsites and travel areas. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding the responsible travel.

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Amadablam Base Camp Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle as per itinerary, Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight
  • 4570m/14993ft
  • Minimum 1
  • 11 Days
  • Trekking & walking, city sightseeing tour, scenic flight
  • Moderate
  • Feb - May and Sept - Nov
  • 5 - 6 hours each day
  • 3 star in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouse during the trek (Upgrade on request)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Lodge/teahouse trek (Camping on request)

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