Ama Dablam Base Camp - 13 Days

Ama Dablam Base Camp - 13 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 13 Days
Max. Altitude Kala Patthar 5,555m
Meals Included All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-30
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip Code DWT13
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Challenging

About the Trip

If you seek adventure among the mountains, this trek is the one for you. This alternative trek in the Everest region allows you to witness the immense beauty of the Himalayas while passing through the famous Kongma La Pass and reaching Mount Ama Dablam Base Camp. It is the best trek option for adventurers seeking unforgettable views of the Himalayan range in the Khumbu region.

Highlights

  • The exquisiteness of one of the world’s prominent peaks, Mt. AmaDablam (6,856m/22,494ft).
  • A close view of magnificent mountains - Lhotse (27,883 ft/8,498 m), Everest (29,035 ft./8,848m), AmaDablam (22,487 ft./6,854 m), and Makalu (27,838 ft./8,485 m)
  • Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m)
  • Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpas
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site - Sagarmatha National Park
  • The famous Sherpa monastery at Tengboche
  • Rare animals such as snow leopard, musk deer, wild yak, and Himalayan black bear

Benefits of Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport to hotel transfers during arrival and vice versa during departure on a private vehicle. 
  • Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes
  • Medical kits 
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements for those who do not have their own
  • Duffle bag for porters

Overview

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

Your journey to Ama Dablam starts with a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, we head off to Phakding (2,650m). You will be walking past the dense forest - full of pine trees, rhododendron flowers, and plenty of wildlife - inside Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazaar. 

We will be acclimatizing for a day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to adjust to the thin air. Namche Bazaar, known as the gateway to Everest, is often full with trekkers from all over the world, mainly during trek seasons. So, Namche has modern cafes, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and even bakeries. 

From Namche, we head to Deboche, passing through Tengboche Monastery, also called the "monastery on the top of the hill." The next day we leave Deboche for Dingboche (4,360m). The trails take you through many small villages past many Stupas and mani walls. 

Our journey then takes us from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m). We will be spending a day at Chhukung to acclimatize to the altitude. Chhukung is a pretty village that allows you to enjoy spectacular views of rivers, glaciers, and snowy mountains. We encourage you to hike to Chukung Ri so that you can enjoy exceptional views of Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Island Peak (6,189m), Ama Dablam(6,812m), and Makalu(8,463m).

From Chhukung, we head to Lobuche crossing the most famous pass in the Everest region - Kogma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft). It is a strenuous trail but extremely rewarding with views of glaciers, lakes, and the outstanding Himalayas.

The next day's trek takes us from Lobuche to Pangboche (3,985m). The trails are easier - compared to last day's hike. You might even see yaks grazing on the meadows by your route.

The tenth day is your big day as you will reach Ama Dablam Base Camp. Gathering our bodily strength, we leave Pangboche and ascend towards Ama Dablam (4,600m/15,091ft). From the base camp, you can enjoy remarkable panoramic mountain views of some of the highest snow-caps - including Mt Lhotse (8,416m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Island Peak (6,189m), Lhotse (8,400m), Pumori (7,165m), Lobuche Peak (6,135m), Thamserku (6,618m), Kongde Peak (4,618m), Tawoche Peak (6,542m) and much more. After enjoying the Ama Dablam Base Camp to our heart's content, we return back to Pangboche. 

The return begins. From Pangboche, we head back to Namche Bazaar and spend the night there. The following day, we leave Namche and trek to Lukla. You will be spending one last night in the trek region at Lukla. The next morning, you will take a flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, where we conclude our trek to Ama Dablam.

This thrill-filled trek is for adventurous trekkers in good physical health, with enough time to acclimatize to high altitudes.

Discovery World Trekking recommends all our valuable clients to arrive in Kathmandu by 3 pm a day before your trek departure date. It will provide you time to take part in the trip briefing, where we will give you essential information about the trek and also recheck if you have all the things you need for the hike. Moreover, we recommend you to add one or two days extra for the trek. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu is unpredictable and might be canceled or delayed due to bad weather, and we do not want you to miss your international flight back home.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Flight to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km /3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Ama Dablam trek starts from a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla, you will hike for approximately 3 hours to reach Phakding, passing through smaller villages - including Chaurikharka. 

    Phakding is the starting point for all Everest region treks, and the Phakding market is full of shops selling gear and souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, and other facilities. After reaching Phakding, you are free to explore this town. Do not skip visiting Rimishung Monastery. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    After a warm cup of tea on a chilled morning, we begin our actual hike today. We continue along the northern bank of Dudh Koshi River crossing several suspension bridges embellished with prayer flags. The lively and vibrant color of the prayer flags all along the trail will make it remarkably exciting. After a few hours of walking, we reach Monjo Village, from where the Sagarmatha National Park starts. 

    We register our permit at Sagarmatha National Park and follow the trail through a dense jungle. From this jungle, we get the first views of Mount Everest. We will continue hiking until we reach Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    We acclimatize at Namche Bazaar to cope with the thinning air. Namche Bazaar offers a wide range of facilities. From hotels and restaurants to souvenirs and gifts shops, Namche has almost everything available in the city areas. 

    Even though it is an acclimatizing day, you will not stay idle. You can have an optional yet suggested hike to the Khumjung and visit the Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center. Similarly, you can also visit the Hillary school and old monasteries on your way to Khumjung. 

    As you hike up to Khumjung, you will pass by a famous monastery that people believe houses a Yeti-scalp. Furthermore, you will also visit one of the world's highest airports - Syangboche Airport. If you want to view mount Everest some more, you should trek to Everest View Hotel. To conclude the day on a fine note, you can enjoy the bakery products from famous bakeries in Namche.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Namche Bazaar to Deboche (3,820m / 12,533ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.4miles
    Highest Altitude 3,820m / 12,533ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    Today, we trek to Deboche on a trail full of uphills and downhills. The splendid views of the Himalayas and chances of spotting high-altitude animals mean you will complete the trek without even realizing it. 

    When you reach Phunki Tenga, you will find yourself surrounded by picturesque mountains like Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516), Nuptse (7,861), and Thamserku (6,623m).

    The trail passes through Tengboche Monastery, also called the "Monastery on the top of the hill." It is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. We will loosen up at the monastery for a while. Then we will continue until we reach Deboche. 

    • Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Deboche to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km / 7.40miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    We head to Dingboche through several villages - including the Pangboche (3,985m), past many stupas and mani walls while enjoying the magical views of the Himalayas. We will witness the up-close view of Ama Dablam (6,812m) from the path.

    The trek becomes lighter as we enter the Imja Valley, following the Lobuche River. We descend to the river and then climb a steep uphill to Dingboche (4,360m). Dingboche, also known as the summer valley of  Khumbu, comprises of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. The view from Dingboche is impressive, with the Himalayas surrounding the entire valley. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m / 15,580ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km / 7.40miles
    Highest Altitude 4,730m / 15,580ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We start this day early. As the sun rises slowly from behind the mountains, we witness an amplified beauty of the landscape. A few hundred meters up from Dingboche, we get a gorgeous view of the entire valley. The trail is a little difficult, but it should not be tough. 

    As you trek to Chhukung, you pass by several Buddhist stupas with prayer flags stretching across. If you manage to hike early, you can witness a remarkable view with the sun backlighting the stupa and flags, forming a warm, golden halo around them. With a comfortable walk, we reach Chhukung.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Chhukung

    Chukkung village is a bucket of wonders, and it also serves as an alternative acclimatization point for Everest Base Camp trekkers. This village provides spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, rivers, and glaciers. 

    You also have the option to hike to Chukkung Ri, from where you can get 
    exceptional views of Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Island Peak (6,189m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Makalu (8,463m), and others. We will also be following the principle of trekking hike high and sleep low. A blend of extraordinary landscape and people, Chukkung is a great place to adjust to the elevation while relaxing the body.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La (5,535m / 18,159ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 5,535m / 18,159ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We start our trek early to traverse through one of the most famous passes of this trek - Kongma La Pass. Kongma La Pass (5,535m) can be challenging with heavy snow on the trail. Though the hike will be challenging, the views will be equally rewarding.

    Situated right behind Chukkung, we pass through a small stream that leads us to a landslide trail. Moving ahead of this steep trail, we come across a hill from where the views of Dingboche and Tengboche look exceptional.

    As we continue our hike, we face the hardest part of the trek- just before reaching Kongma La Pass. From the pass, on one side, you will see Kongma La Lake surrounded by several snow peaks, and on the other side, you see the Lobuche Village along with Khumbu Glacier. 

    We climb up the moraine and then walk past the Khumbu glacier for an hour to reach Lobuche. The view from Lobuche is especially alluring, with Kala Patthar and Mount Everest dazzling in the setting sun. The shimmering mountains will make you forget the hardships you faced during today's trek. 

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Lobuche to Pangboche (3,985m / 13,075ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16km / 10miles
    Highest Altitude 4,930m / 16,175ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours

    As you get closer to the destination, the excitement increases, and you will find yourself a little excited. From Lobuche, we start fresh and eager to step on the foothills of Mount Ama Dablam. On the adventurous trail, you will move further to Pangboche. The walk should be comfortable compared to the previous day. You might even see yaks bathing in the river or grazing in the meadows. We halt at Pangboche and prepare for our final ascent to the base of Ama Dablam.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Pangboche to Ama Dablam (5,120m /16,797ft) back to Pangboche

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6 to 7 hrs
    Highest Altitude 5,120m /16,797ft
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hrs

    The way from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp is divinely beautiful while offering a thrilling experience. As you get closer to Ama Dablam, you can observe the details of this mountain and understand the reason behind its name - 'Mother's Necklace". 

    For trekkers, Ama Dablam Base Camp trekking is one of the most sought-after and enjoyed alternatives to the Everest Base Camp trek. We cross Imja Khola before starting with the ascent to Ama Dablam from Pangboche. You will reach the base camp in no time and enjoy the views from the top. 

    The scenic beauty of Everest (8,848m), Amadablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516m), Kantega(6,782m), and other peaks will impress you beyond your imagination. After spending good quality time enjoying the beauty of the snow-capped mountains, we head back to Pangboche. We conclude our hike to Ama Dablam with a heart filled with fresh memories of the base camp. However, the trail back to our home awaits. 

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 5.9km / 3.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,985m / 13,075ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    The trail from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar is mostly downhill. It will be no surprise that you might wonder how you climbed all those steps. 

    With the views of vibrant color of prayer flags and elegant Stupas, the tip of Mount Everest, and the back of Mount Lhotse, this hike will be as memorable. We halt at Namche Bazaar for this day and enjoy a variety of cuisines. After all, we deserve something delicacy for accomplishing this trek. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    This day will be the last day on the trails. We trek through small villages and narrow forests, passing through the thrilling suspension bridges. As you continue your trek, you will reach Benkar, and little ahead lies Phakding. 

    However, we continue our trek past Phakding to Toktok. The views from Toktok are unique and enticing. While appreciating these views, we hike forward to reach Lukla. Lukla is the starting and ending point for the trails in the Everest region, and it is just the right town for this.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Fly back to Kathmandu

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Mints

    We leave for Kathmandu, from Lukla, on a 40-minute scenic flight. With no more uphills or downhills to conquer, you can enjoy the flight back in complete peace. With a heart filled with pleasant memories, your trek will conclude in Kathmandu. You can wander in and around the alleys of Kathmandu on your own and end the day with good food and a little music. We can also organize a tour around the city if you request.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Total 12 nights. Five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N), room with private attached bathroom. Seven nights in standard rooms Deboche, Dingboche, Chhukung (2N), Lobuche, Pangbohe (2N). Twin sharing room.
  • All standard meals (13 Lunches, 12 Dinners, and 13 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government licensed English-speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader. (1 assistant guide for a group of 12 or more). Porters to help trekkers luggage. One porter for every two trekkers. Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
  • Guide and porters' cost, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government and local taxes and official expenses
  • Arrangement of rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.

What is excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport (paid in cash)
  • Excess luggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start the journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover medical treatment, and emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "what is included" will be counted as excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment list for Ama Dablam Trek

We recommend you to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. We assign one porter for two trekkers. The luggage weight limit is 9kg per trekker. However, we expect you to carry a regular backpack to carry your essentials. To help you pack the essentials, we have created this packing list.

Head

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

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

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

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

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

Toiletries

  • 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

Ama Dablam with Kongma La Pass Trek Start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will require at least one overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu, but this package does not cover this. On your trek departure date, we will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a 40-minute flight to Lukla.

This package includes the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight.

Free airport pick-up

It is often tough to navigate in a new country. So, to make sure that you do not have to face difficulties, Discovery World Trekking provides free airport to hotel pick up during arrival and hotel to airport drop-off service during departure for the valuable clients who have booked the Ama Dablam trek package. 

You will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it at the airport reception. They will present you with a marigold garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. 

Accommodation details during the trek

This Ama Dablam 13 days trek includes 12 nights lodge to lodge stays at trek regions where you will stay at the best available lodges/teahouses. You will be staying five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3 N) in rooms with a private attached bathroom and seven-night stays in standard rooms at Deboche, Dingboche, Chhukung (2N), Lobuche, Pangbohe (2N). All rooms are on twin sharing basis.

For solo trekkers, we will arrange single private rooms with an attached bathroom at Lukla, Namche, and Phakding and single private accommodation at Deboche, Dingboche, Chhukung, Lobuche, and Pangboche.

You might require two nights' stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but this package does not include these. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests. 

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at trek lodges by paying small service fees.

The Meals

As Ama Dablam Base Camp takes place in high elevations, you will need plenty of nutritious food. You will get enough nutrient-rich delicious food during the trek. However, your choices are limited compared to big cities. 

We will be providing you with 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 12 dinners during the trek. Some of the typical menu items are -

Breakfast - Local Tsampa Porridge, Pancakes, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan Bread or Chapati, Hashed Brown Eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets), Muesli Breads, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot Drinks - varieties of Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates, etc

Lunch – Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Momo (Dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Various Soup Items, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner - Dal (lentils), Bhat (Rice) & Tarkari (Curry), Tibetan Bread, Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato Items, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Vegetables, Salads, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Snacks, Papad, Prawn, Korean Ramen, Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), Steaks, etc

The menu consists of traditional, Asian and western items, but as you go up, the choices get limited. 

We highly recommend you to take fresh vegetables and enough liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes. You will also have enough non-veg options, but we do not recommend them for hygiene concerns. 

Similarly, we request you to avoid dairy items and alcoholic, caffeinated, and chocolate drinks at high altitudes. 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals mentioned (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from this package.

Best time to trek Ama Dablam Base Camp

The weather is the decisive factor to consider while trekking to Ama Dablam. People hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp throughout the year, however, some seasons are more favorable for Ama Dablam treks than others. Spring (March-May) and autumn (mid-Sept - mid-November) are favorite seasons for trekking due to clear skies, fantastic views, and cool weather. 

In Nepal, summer coincides with the monsoon, making the trek trails wet and slippery, but the views of waterfalls are magnificent. During winter, there is heavy snowfall, and temperatures are low. However, some people find thrill in trekking during these seasons also.  

Discovery World Trekking conducts Ama Dablam trek throughout the year. Here is a brief description of trek conditions at the high elevations of this trek.

January to February

It is the coldest time, especially from early January to early February. There is heavy snowfall in the mountains resulting in frigid temperatures. Though the daytime is warm with clear skies, the nighttime is extremely cold. However, you can trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp during these months. In fact, Discovery World Trekking conducts safe Ama Dablam treks during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C.

 

March to April

This is one of the best times to hike in the Ama Dablam. The weather is very favorable this month. You can get stunning views of the Himalayas and glaciers. The weather starts to warm up from mid-March. The flora and fauna dormant during winter come back to life in the sun-kissed temperatures during these months. The clear skies provide stunning views of the snow peaks, and cool weather provides comfort for trekkers. Many trekkers trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp in these months.    

Temperature: 18°C to -12°C.

 

May to June

You can plan for a great trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp during May and June, just before the monsoon starts in Nepal. The mix of spring and summer seasons makes treks during these months very enjoyable. 

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C.

 

July to August

The rainfall hits its peak in these months, mainly at elevations below 3500 meters. Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla during trek start and flights from Lukla to Kathmandu during trek end may get canceled due to rain.

However, you can find trekkers trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp during these months. The rainfall provides spectacular views of waterfalls on the trek route. In addition, the hiking trails are also uncrowded. If you decide to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp, Discovery World Trekking will conduct safe treks during these months. 

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

 

September to October

With clear skies and stunning mountain views, it is also a perfect season for the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek that attracts tourists in large numbers. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trek climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees during the nighttime. In addition, the main festivals of Nepal - Dashain and Tihar - also fall during these months. 

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

 

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas region, making it tough to trek. Nights get colder. November treks are still possible, with sparkling days and amazing views of snow peaks.

From December, the temperature dips, and heavy snowfall starts at high trek altitudes.

Temperature: 18°C to -10°C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization

Often, trekkers who try to rush their way to the Ama Dablam face altitude sickness. To avoid altitude sickness, you will be acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar and Chukung. This trek is relatively easier than Everest Base Camp 10 or 12 days hike. At Namche Bazaar, you can explore this famous Sherpa town thriving with Wi-Fi-linked cafes, restaurants, bars, and different types of shops.

You will also be spending one more day acclimatizing at Chukung. You will climb the ridge behind the village to look at the stunning views of several snow peaks. Our trek leaders and guides are well trained and experienced at high altitudes. 

Your health and safety are important to us, and we treat them as our first priority. If you have been rigorously affected, the only remedy is to descend immediately. In such situations, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or to descend immediately. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level and Health During Ama Dablam trek

As challenging as it is, the Ama Dablam Trek is equally rewarding. You will be walking for around 5 to 7 hours on an average trek day. The trail consists of steep uphills or downhills along rocky and stone-paved paths. An average fit person can complete the trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your hike.

Former trek experience will help but not necessary. A few weeks of regular exercise will develop your stamina. This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease. If you suffer from these conditions, we recommend you to consult with your doctor before booking the trek. 

Trekking group/single

We organize group as well as private treks. If you have your own group, the bigger your group, the more discount you will get. However, you are not eligible for discounts if Discovery World Trekking assembles the group. We can handle all group sizes and add an assistant trek guide for groups with twelve or more members. For every two members, we allocate one porter. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. 

A typical day on the trek

Each day will bring a new unique trekking experience - including climbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, exploring villages, and tasting local delicacies. 

During your trek, our friendly and qualified expert Sherpa/Guide will share information about the places you are trekking. Porters carrying your luggage will also accompany you. However, we also expect you to carry a small backpack with important items. 

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, we set off on the day's walk from around 7 to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of that day's walk. 

After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch around midday, often on the route to the next destination. You will have an hour of rest after lunch before continuing the trek.

The afternoon trek is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once you reach the overnight lodge/tea house, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Before it gets dark, you are free to explore nearby places. We will serve you dinner around 6 to 7 PM. After dinner, your trek guide will brief you about the next day's trek. Before going to bed, you can read books, play board games like monopoly, chess or cards, or watch mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners also learn a few Nepali words from our crew.

Communication during the trek

While on the Ama Dablam Trek, you can use the internet available at the lodges by paying a small service charge. However, at high altitudes, we will use mobiles for communication. Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all the trek groups at least once a day via the trek lead to ensure that everything is right and going as planned. You can purchase a local sim in Kathmandu. However, depending on the network you use, the signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes.

Wi-Fi is available at lodges/teahouses, but you need to pay a small service charge.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Ama Dablam trek package covers most expenses during the hike. However, we do not cover certain costs. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves. You can find all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) in Kathmandu that you can book online. 

All our valuable clients need to bring personal spending money to cover accommodations and food costs in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (major currencies) that you can exchange for Nepali Rupees. Trek regions only accept Nepali currency. 

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges in the Ama Dablam trek region, electricity for the camera and mobile recharge is available at an extra cost. You can buy packed mineral water from the shops on the trails. However, some trek regions may not allow plastic bottles. So, you can buy boiled/filtered water in lodges/teahouses and fill your water bottle. If you need, we can also provide you water purification pills.  

Please do not drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions for hygiene concerns.

Travel insurance

This is a challenging trek that comes with inherent risks of high altitude trekking such as altitude sickness. So travel insurance for the Ama Dablam trek is compulsory. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the hike. The policy must cover medical expenses and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses up to the highest trek altitude (up to 6000m). 

We can recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experiences, but we do not sell insurance policies. 

We request our valuable clients to send their detailed insurance information within a week of trek booking. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us for quick rescue and transfer you to medical facilities. 

Before buying travel insurance, call the insurance company and recheck if they have helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Do not just believe what they say on their website.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from most countries get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport. 

The visa application will require a passport with at least six months validity, a passport size photo, and visa fees. The current cost of the visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days.

SAARC (India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh) and Chinese citizens get free visas. Citizens from certain countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive an arrival visa. So if you are a citizen from these countries, you have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepal government may change the visa policies without notice, so for the latest information, you can visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu. Hotels in Kathmandu also exchange small amounts of cash (major currencies).

Legal money exchanges display their ongoing rates visibly. Please note that only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite the traveler's check's security, we recommend you for cash exchange to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and high bank commissions. You can use your card to withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself.

Several of these ATMs open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount, using a foreign card, is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, they charge 4% or more as a service fee. Trek regions do not have banks and money exchanges, so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu - based on your spending estimates. Trek regions only honor Nepali currency. 

Most banks in Asia do not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

How much luggage can I bring to the Ama Dablam trek?

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign one porter for every two trekkers. So, our porter will not carry more than 18kg of combined luggage weight. We also expect you to bring a small backpack to carry your valuables. You can leave your excess baggage at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking store.

During the trek briefing, we will check your luggage to ensure that you have not missed packing any essentials needed for the trek.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees the safety and security of all its clients. Safety is the foremost concern for us. 

Our trek team carries all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits, ready to face any situation. Our guides have completed extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, the trek lead has the authority to continue the hike or descend immediately after analyzing the situation. In emergencies, we deploy a helicopter to bring the traveler back to safety. Moreover, we will be hiking as a cohesive team. 

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we must protect our environment against the adverse effects of tourism. Hence, Discovery World Trekking works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-trips. While conducting any trips, we try hard to balance the interests of trekkers and the locals residing in trek regions. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During your trek, our trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your trek comfortable and memorable. 

All our guides are well-trained, licensed, and highly experienced. Porters will carry your luggage. We provide one porter for every two trekkers. However, porters will not carry more than 18 kg of luggage. If you require, we can assign one porter per person as well.

Our crew members are the locals from remote high Himalayas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is high. So they can live comfortably at high altitudes without being affected. 

All our staff members are valuable to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We ensure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. Our expert trek leaders have

  • completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • Nepal Government-authorized Trekking Guide Training certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Completed conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

 

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping, but it is at the traveler’s discretion. The amount should reflect the quality of service received. We suggest you to tip collectively at the end of the trek. 

Booking and Payment Process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-registered and bonded trek and tour operator. We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, you can book trips with Discovery World Trekking confidently.

We require a 10% trip cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online directly from our website. You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash, using a credit card, bank transfer, or western union after arriving in Nepal. We will also email you payment details along with available modes of payment. 

After booking the trek, we request you to email other necessary documents such as a passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking. Please note that the number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited, and Lukla airport is very busy during the trekking seasons.

Last minute booking

Discovery World Trekking offers last-minute booking provisions for the Ama Dablam trek. To take advantage of this facility, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost - 24 hours before the intended trek departure date. Though we try our best to conduct treks any time, in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as flight unavailability, bad weather, etc.

Trip extension

After the trek, if you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can arrange fun activities for you. You can explore places in and around Kathmandu or go for a Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, or canoeing.

Feedback

After completing the Ama Dablam trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a printed trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to provide trek feedback. 

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Nepal during Covid -19 Once in a lifetime opportunity

Niklas Ekman
5 - Excellent
11/24/2020

Just back from an amazing experience trekking to EBC (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,643m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Gokyo Ri (5,360m) in November 2020. I had planned the trek for nearly a year but was interrupted by the pandemic. I caught a mild version of Covid in late September, and tested positive for antibodies right about the time Nepal re-opened for trekking and mountaineering mid-October and saw the opportunity of a lifetime; to trek nearly undisturbed in what could otherwise be a fairly crowded peak-season.

Lukla-airport (2,800m)
I came in contact with Paul and had long and detailed discussions about Nepal&rsquo's travel restrictions; visa, insurance, and PCR test requirements, etc. Paul and his team were extremely helpful and updated me on all the latest news, how to interpret the regulation while helping me apply for a visa. In the end, I had no trouble entering Nepal or continuing my journey towards Everest. I traveled to Kathmandu in early November, was met at the airport by my guide, Karan, who brought me to my hotel and helped me get the required PCR test to allow me to continue my journey to Lukla. Karan was very helpful throughout the trek; had updated knowledge of which villages were open or closed (all of the major hubs along the trail were open, although maybe only 1-2 lodges in each village),


he provided me with face masks and alcogel when needed and helped me set the right trekking pace depending on how strong or tired I felt. He carried a sizeable medical kit, tested my blood oxygen level (pulse oximeter) every night, and provided me with Diamox (voluntary) as a precaution when we got above 4,000m, to help prevent altitude sickness. In the end, I experienced only very mild symptoms. Trekking during the pandemic never felt like a concern; in part because I had antibodies (although you never know how long or well such protection lasts), but also because social distancing is rarely a problem on the Everest trail. Although we did meet a few very nice fellow trekkers at some lodges, half the nights we were the only guests in the lodge. When crossing Cho La Pass(5,420m) from Dzongla to Gokyo we trekked for nearly 8h without meeting a single soul (tourist or Nepali) on the trail.

The trek went from Lukla to EBC, Kala Patthar, Cho La, and Gokyo back to Lukla, covering 190km in at times very tough terrain. It was planned for 14 days but we did it in 12, at my own request. It was very demanding at times (I chose to carry my own 14kg backpack), but the views and the experience were amazing and clearly worth all the effort. The weather was optimal; clear skies all days except 1½. Very cold at night, particularly when 4,000m, but warm/mild in the daytime. Food was very good; avoid meat, aim mainly for boiled food and you will be fine. I experienced no stomach issues.

In the end, I am extremely pleased with my journey, very thankful to Paul and Karan for all their efforts, and hope that more people discover the advantages of visiting Nepal while the number of visitors remains far below the usual.

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