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Ama Dablam soaring at 6,812m is one of the most beautiful and appealing mountains in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. It is also called “Matterhorn of the Himalayas”. It has peculiar ridges and steep faces like Matterhorn. There is a glacier hanging to the southwest face of Ama Dablam. It resembles a traditional double pendant, an ornament worn by Sherpa women. The long ridges on each side of the mountain look like the arms of a mother (AMA) protecting her beloved child. These peculiar features gave this mountain a name AMA DABLAM means “Mother’s Necklace”.
Ama Dablam is a semi-technical mountain famous among the alpinists and climbers. Mike Gill & Marry Romanes (New Zealand), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) did the first successful ascent of Ama Dablam in 1961 via southwest ridge, the safest route for expedition. Above the base camp (4,570m), 3 camps are set up at the ridge. Camp 3 is just below and to the right side of a glacier (Dablam). The expedition to the top of the summit is a difficult task. The routes are well fixed with the ropes and ladders. The climbers should have some skills of climbing through steep rocks, iced and snowy trails. They should have great endurance to preserve for a successful ascent. At the top, the view opens up with a beautiful panoramic view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Island Peak, and many other mountains.
The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek leads the trails to the ancient Sherpa villages. The amazing landscape and ancient monasteries add up the spice on our journey. The pathway to these diverse cultures and scenic destinations makes our experience great.
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Custom clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.
The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surrounding to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit to Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are pious destination for Buddhist. The vibes you get from these places is unworldly and divine. As the time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, we can walk up to Thamel market if we have some shopping left to do for trekking.
Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla. During the flight, you will see thousands of hills covered with clouds and veined with rivers. The Mountain View will excite our new venture to the Everest region.
As soon as we land at Lukla Airport, the fresh smells of the Himalayas hype our emotions. We explore the local market while our support staff will load the luggage and gears. The trail to Phakding is almost downhill. We descend and reach to Cheplung Village from where the view of Mt. Khumbila is way too incredible to behold. The trail further descends to Phakding which lies at the Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakding lies north of Lukla and this is our first stopover in the trek.
At Phakding after having breakfast, we continue the trek to Namche. We cross the Dudh Koshi River. time and again through the suspension bridge. The prayer flags and khada (Buddhist shawl) decorate the bridge. We pass through the pine forest and approach Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail climbs steeply as we enter the national park. The view keeps on opening with amazing vistas as we approach Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal. This place is full of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, and other means of facilities. On a clear day, we can see a glimpse of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse too.
A day at Namche Bazaar can be well spent either hiking or exploring Namche. If you plan to hike, we can go to Syangboche Airstrip. From here, we can see the Namche Valley along with the Himalayan vistas from a different angle. Later, we can trek to the Everest View Hotel – the highest placed hotel in the world. It offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest and other series of mountains.
Back at the Namche, we can go to Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo gallery to explore. Enjoy with the liveliness of Namche Bazaar visiting the colourful markets. Savor the local and other delicacies at Namche and prepare for next day.
Our trek to Tengboche starts with a slight drop to Dudh Koshi River and the trail continues along the river. The journey to Tengboche is exciting. We witness the beautiful scenario of hill, rivers, mountains, and Himalayan vegetation. We approach our destination Tengboche.
At the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja River, Tengboche lies. It is a beautiful Buddhist village well known for Tengboche Monastery. This Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. The view of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and other many mountains is the feast for eyes to behold. We can join the monastery for evening prayer or morning prayer. A short meditation at the monastery heightens the spirituality enlightenment.
Today, we descend slightly to Debuche. The exciting trek to Pangboche continues through the Rhododendron forest. We cross over raging Imja River through suspension bridge then hike up to Pangboche. On the way, we come across the mani wall and chorten. Pangboche is another largest Sherpa settlement. We take rest at Pangboche and have Lunch. Then you will cross the Imja Khola and ascend to Ama Dablam Base Camp. Set up a climb at the base camp and rest day.
We acclimatized our body and get enough rest. We have our breakfast and lunch at the camp. We check our gears and equipment properly which we use during our expedition. We have a Pre-training camp too. We can also visit nearby destinations for refreshments and acclimatization.
The expedition starts from base camp to camp 1 to camp 2 to camp 3. Camps will be set up at the southwest face Ama Dablam at the ridge. Camp 3 is set up below and to the right of the ridge called Dablam. The climber should have some skills climbing over the rocks, ridge, and icy trails. The top of the Ama Dablam opens up with the panoramic view of Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Island Peak, and other peaks. Such blissful moments let you forget all the hardships you went through. Descend to the base camp.
After the successful ascent to the summit of Ama Dablam, we trek back to Lukla retracing the same path we trek up. We trek through Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Phakding, and reach Lukla. En route, we enjoy ourselves getting wet with the local culture and tradition. We observe the beautiful landscape on the way. Get the beautiful memories of the people, destination, and culture.
We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and check – in. Rest time and time for shopping and souvenirs.
Enjoy your final day at Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to airport 3 hours before the flight time.