Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

11 Days

It feels good to be lost in the arms of mother Ama Dablam…


Ama Dablam Base Camp is a popular trekking destination for trekkers who prefer to be in the Everest Region of eastern Nepal. It is a unique trail leading you to one of the third most popular base camps of Mt. Ama Dablam (4600m/15092ft).

The trail is filled with colorful flora and fauna along with the mighty Himalayas and the most popular settlement of the Sherpa, the abode of the Himalayas, which is Namche Bazaar.

Ama Dablam literally in the local language means ‘Mothers Necklace’. The mountain has such a lovely shape as if a mother is welcoming her children by spreading her arms. This will be an easy-going trek for those who lack time to be at the Everest Base Camp but prefer to be in the Khumbu Region to explore Mount Everest and the other Himalayas.

The mountain Ama Dablam rises with an altitude of 6812m/22349ft, making it one of the most viewed mountains while on the Everest trek and also one of the most magnificent mountains with its unique shape. Trekkers in this region will witness Ama Dablam mountain frequently during the trek. 

Making it one of the most fascinating mountains since it was scaled on 13th March 1961 by a group of an expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary. So, Ama Dablam Expedition is possible if you have some climbing experience and good stamina.

The highlight of the trek is not only to be at the Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp, but it’s an open site for every traveller to observe the culture along with the natural environment, vegetation, and the Himalayas.

The Sherpa’s’ hospitality, unique custom, and tradition will provide you with a new experience during the trek. Visiting the monastery, spinning the Mani (praying wheel), viewing the fluttering praying flag all the way, crossing the suspension bridges, etc will be the centre of attraction.

With the diversity of the region, the trek will start with a cultural tour in the Kathmandu valley, and flying to Lukla will be an exciting one. Throughout the trail, the diversity of vegetation and landscape will astonish you before reaching Namche Bazaar the capital city of the Sherpas, accompanied by modern facilities like ATMs, Banking, Hospitals, Schools, etc.

A day extra for acclimatization in the Namche Bazaar will help you to hike all the way to Everest View Hotel (3880M) and visit a museum nearby. With a couple of days’ trek, you can reach Pangboche and then hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

During the expedition season, you will be able to spend time with the expedition group heading towards Ama Dablam.

Further, descending downhill, you will be at Lukla for your flight back to Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal.

Although the base camp of Ama Dablam is just 4600M, your journey will be towards the highest mountain on earth Mt. Everest. Visiting Ama Dablam Base Camp in 2022-2023 will take you to the lower altitude without fear of altitude sickness, as the highest overnight camp will be Pengboche 3930M.

Discover Altitude has a specially designed the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek 2022-2023 itinerary with frequent field visits by professional staff, who carry more than a decade-long experience; to make sure the program goes according to the itinerary mentioned below.

If you want to continue Everest Base Camp with combined Ama Dablam Base Camp, the possible best itinerary can be Everest Base Camp and Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek.  

For the convenience of our client minute detailed itinerary, cost, highlights, pictures, and the map has been provided. As it is an energetic trek in the Himalayas, so the trekkers can visit this trail every season throughout the year. Regarding the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking Cost, it varies on the number of days and people.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Ama Dablam which lies in the Everest region of Nepal is one of the most fascinating mountains in the entire Everest region. The trek and the trail to Ama Dablam Base Camp start after landing at Lukla airport, which is also the same for Everest Base Camp Trek.

Moreover, the Ama Dablam trail is a moderate trek as compared to the Everest trek as the last overnight camp for the Ama Dablam trek is Pengboche, whereas, for the Everest Base Camp trek, trekkers need to go further uphill 4 days to reach the base camp of Everest.

Till Tengboche, the trail will be easy going with the majestic views of the Himalayas and the surrounding hills and valleys of the Khumbu region, without any altitude worries.

Of course, trekking into the Himalayas includes ascending and descending all the way but in the context of the Ama Dablam trek, you will be following a smooth going well-maintained trail through the forest into the Himalayas.

This will be with an extra day for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar before reaching Tengboche, which will help trekkers to cope with the surrounding environment of the Himalayas.

Further, Pengboche is just 3930 meters and is also the last overnight camp before heading to Aa Dablam Base Camp. Trekkers need to hike from Pengboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600m), this is a day tour because there are no alternative teahouses in the Ama Dablam Base Camp area.

All these make Ama Dablam trek an easy-going trail for all age groups and for a layman trekker as well.

Best Time to Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp

Ama Dablam Trek is a lower altitude trail as compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek, so trekkers can trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp throughout the year.

The main trouble in the high Himalayas trek comes mainly during the winter when thick snow covers all the trail but trekking to Ama Dablam is possible even during the winter season.

For the magnificent views, floral and fauna, and clear blue sky with the spotless Himalayas we recommended trekkers choose January-April and August-December for Ama Dablam Trek.

This time of the year will be clear blue sky and higher visibility rate and no precipitation, and even in winter which is December and January, you will experience lesser snowfall due to lower altitude.

As the month of May-July is Monsoon season in Nepal, in Namche Bazaar, trekkers will experience some rainfall, which makes the trail slippery. Further, the view of the Himalayas will not be clear due to clouds.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Route

Ama Dablam Trek Route is the same as the Everest Base Camp, as both lie in the Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal. Trekkers will need to take a stunning domestic flight to Lukla and further hike all the way to Pengboche, the last overnight teahouse camp for Ama Dablam.

Further, the very next day, trekkers need to explore a day hike all the way to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This will be through a rocky trail but fair enough to hike. From Pengboche, the Everest trail passes further uphill for 4 days to reach Everest Base Camp.

The trail to Ama Dablam passes after landing at Lukla airport, this will take you to Phakding and then to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar will also be your acclimatization place, spending two nights in Namche you will hike to Pengboche before visiting Ama Dablam.

Further, through the same trekking route which you followed all the way uphill, you descend back to Lukla on the 2nd day from Pengboche, before taking a flight back to Kathmandu.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Altitude

Altitude of Ama Dablam Base Camp is lower as compared to other base camp trek of Everest region. Starting the trail from Lukla, the gateway to Everest region, one can hike all the way to the base camp of Ama Dablam in a relaxing way.

Ama Dablam Base Camp is a moderate trek taking you to the highest altitude of 4600M from Lukla which is 2840M just in a three days trek. This depends upon the stamina and physical level of trekkers.

Trekkers, after taking their flight from Kathmandu airport (1350M), land at Lukla airport (2840M) just in 30-minute time and hike continues to Phakding (2610M) for the first overnight in a lodge.

Acclimatizing self, the hike continues to enter Sagarmatha National Conservation Area and to Namche Bazaar(3440M) on the second day. Namche Bazaar is a popular well-organized town and center for trade in the entire Everest region. However, some trekkers prefer spending a night extra at Namche for acclimatization before heading towards higher altitude.

From Namche, your journey ascends towards Pangbuche (3930M), this hike will be through real Himalayas. Pangbuche is a popular destination to spend a night for trekkers who prefer to hike towards Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp.

However, during trekking season there is a tea house in the Base Camp of Mt. Ama Dablam. So, if you are fit enough to hike to the base camp that will be best choice. To make sure the tea house is opened or not during your visit, please feel free to contact Discover Altitude.

If you hike all the way to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600M) you can spend a fabulous night under the sky with twinkling star. Or having an extra full day to observe Mt. Ama Dablam will be great achievement.

Finally, trek will descend all the way to Namche Bazaar (3340M) for overnight stay and finally to Lukla (2840M), for the last night to spend in the Himalayas before you take the very next day early flight to Kathmandu.

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek food and Accommodation

Trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp is a moderate trip leading you to the highest altitude of 4600M at the base of Mt. Ama Dablam 6812M. Throughout the trek, trekkers will be staying in tea house/ lodge.

Tea house/Lodge are popular over night camp while trekking into the Himalayas of Nepal. Those are tourist standard room with two single bed, mattress, bedsheet, pillow, blanket and a tea table. Toilet and bathroom are normally not attached inside the room.

Some lodges will have attached toilet but normally at the lower altitude. However, lodges will have bathroom within every floor and has to be used as a common bathroom. Apart from this there will be a toilet and bathroom outside the hotel building, with the compound.

Foods are standard dish cooked by professional. Trekkers will have a menu to choose their required items and varies from Nepali cuisine, Chinese, continental, Italian, Indian etc. food always are fresh and they cook after trekkers choice. So, this might take a bit longer.

Thus, dinner is ordered almost 2-3 hours prior to the time and breakfast before the bed time and lunch during the trekking. So be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes after your order for lunch. This is applicable for those cuisine which takes time to cook.

Highlights of Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

  • Cultural city tour in Kathmandu.
  • Adventurous trek in one of the most incredible regions on the earth.
  • Experience the domestic flight to one of the most incredible airport Lukla.
  • Magnificent view of the Himalayas.
  • Meet and know the people of the mountain, their culture and their daily activities.
  • Experience nature with the panoramic view of the Himalayas.
  • View the sunrise over the top of Mt. Ama Dablam.
  • Feel the thrill of the Paradise on the earth.
  • Easy trek in the real Himalaya
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges
  • Experience the majestic view of the Mt. Everest
  • Explore the real Ama Dablam Base Camp.


Day 1:
Arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport and Transfer to your respective hotels

Upon your arrival at the international airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to your respective hotel, before checking into the hotel a small briefing will be given by our staff on the day’s program.
Check in to the hotel and after refreshment, you can explore the famous touristic area of Kathmandu which is Thamel.
In the evening complimentary Nepalese cuisine will be served with a cultural program in an authentic Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight in your respective hotel.

Day 2:
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today will be your special day, after the breakfast you will be heading for a day tour in and around Kathmandu valley in some of the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple ( Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple ( Cremation site), Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square, etc, guided by our professional tour guide to provide you information related to the sites.
This tour is important because you will be able to know about the history, culture, religion and many more about Nepal, during the visit you can do some shopping for the gear required for the trek and also the souvenirs for family members back home if needed.
After the day tour, you will be heading towards the Discover Altitude office, here you will be introduced to your trekking team and will get a briefing about the trek you are heading towards and the stuff needed for the trek.
Overnight in your respective hotel.

Day 3:
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2840m/9318ft/ 35-minute flight) and trek to Phakding

From today your journey to the Ama Dablam Base Camp start, after having your breakfast will drive to the airport in 15 minutes and start a 35-minute flight to one of the loveliest airports in the Himalayas which is Lukla airport.
On arrival in Lukla, you will enjoy a couple of hours for the view and also acclimatize your bodies with the drastic change in the altitude as compared to Kathmandu.
Now you will be heading through the clear trail of the first day, enjoying beautiful scenic views.
The trail goes downhill, with the view of Kusum Kangaru(6367m/20889ft), and on the way with a Buddhist monastery, praying flag hanging, the praying wheel, farmland, teahouses on the way, etc can be seen.
Finally, you will be able to reach Phakdin village, a small Sherpa village with enormous hospitality.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 4:
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today will be a bit tough day for us as compared to the first day, so after your breakfast, you will be heading little downhill to cross the suspension bridge of Phakdin.
After crossing the bridge you will be heading uphill for almost 3 hours with stony steep before you reach a beautiful Monjo village on the top of the hill, this village is the entrance point of Sagarmatha National Park, so take a rest for short period for some entrance procedure into the Khumbu region.
Further 4 hours trek before we reach Namche Bazaar, crossing the hills with beautiful views of Himalayas, crossing the Dudh Koshi River through a long suspension bridge, you will be reaching Jorsale(2775m/9104ft) the last village before Namche Bazaar.
From Jorsale you will be heading uphill at a steady pace to reach Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazaar is the oldest inhabitant settlement of the Sherpa community.
This spot is now occupied with special hospitals, post offices, ATMs, banks, etc, a beautiful town in the Himalayas, further uphill there is an army camp to monitor and also to help trekkers and climbers in the time of emergency.
On arrival in this beautiful town, you can enjoy your free time watching the first view of the gain Himalayas like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, etc.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 5:
Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar.

Today will be your rest day to acclimatize your body before heading further up to your final destination.
Although it is a rest day, you need to make sure you are using the day according to the instruction of your trekking guide.
After breakfast you will be heading to Everest View Point, as a day-guided excursion by a trekking guide, this will be some 3-4 hours to complete both ways with the stunning views of Mt. Everest.
Then you will be descending downhill to Namche Bazaar, for the rest of your day, enjoy your free time exploring this beautiful town and the people living around.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 6:
Namche Bazaar to Pangboche

Today will be an early day, climbing all the way uphill to Pengboche will be a bit difficult, but will be exciting to take challenges.
After uphill you will be descending towards the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river through suspension bridges, and then further after a couple of hours, will be ascending uphill to somewhat a flat area.
All the way the views will be magnificent to watch with the massif Himalayas around, so there won’t be any question of feeling tiredness.
As you reach the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest in the Khumbu region, which is dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism, can be viewed surrounded by stunning mountains around; if you are interested can meditate in the monastery enjoying the purity of the Himalayas.
Passing by open space with some wild animals like Thar, Yak, Eagles, etc along with the Himalayas you will be at Pengboche.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 7:
From Pengboche Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp

Today the most awaited day, you will have early breakfast and some packed snacks for the entire journey along with a bottle of water for the Ama Dablam Base Camp
The trail descends towards Imja Khola (River), then further ascends to Cholungche Kharka a viewpoint, taking further uphill heading towards the Ama Dablam Base Camp.
The majestic views of the surrounding Himalayas will enthral, long ranges of mountains just in front await, with the incredible views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Lobuche Peak, Mt. Pumori, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Chocolate, Tabuche Peak, Khumbi La, Kwangde Pi and many more along with the beautiful view of Minbo Glacier will be once in a lifetime experience.
If time permits you can visit the expedition group and make some pictures.
Afternoon back to Pengboche.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 8:
Pengboche to Namche Bazaar or Monjo

Today you will be descending to Monjo (if you are not interested in Namche Bazaar). Monjo is a small village that lies just by the Dudh Koshi River below the Namche Bazaar.
With the views of the hilly green valley and Snowy Mountain behind descend at a nominal pace in a more relaxing way.
Passing by Namche Bazaar, you will descend further downhill through the Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate for an hour to reach Monjo.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 9:
Monjo to Lukla

Passing the Monjo village and re-crossing the Dudh Koshi River through the suspension bridge you will reach Phakding village for your lunch.
With the views of the farmland and villages, all the way you will arrive at Lukla.
This will be the end of your trek and a beautiful experience to be remembered, so it’s a celebration day as well.
Today you can grandly enjoy the evening sharing your experience with your team, singing and dancing will be another asset to be remembered to make your trip a memorable one
Thanking your Sherpa porter for their help and kindness and bid them farewell promising to meet someday.
Overnight at your tea house/lodge.

Day 10:
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

After breakfast, get ready for a domestic flight back to the capital city Kathmandu.
On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be picked up by our private car to your respective hotels.
After check-in and refreshment, have a free day to visit around Thamel and enjoy some Trekking Massage and visit the office of Pack Ur Bags Nepal to share your experience.
The evening will be a farewell dinner provided by Discover Altitude, accompanied by staff and your trekking guide.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 11:
Transfer to International Airport.

Today is your last day in Nepal; one of the representatives from Discover Altitude will accompany you to the International Airport from your hotel according to the flight schedule.
We hope your stay in Nepal was an unforgettable moment with a beautiful memory and lovely experiences, last but not least we will be happy to see you shortly for some other exciting journey in Nepal. As the journey ends we hope you are taking beautiful memories back home and lots of love from Nepal.
If you have some more free days in Nepal then our team of experts will help you by guiding some lovely places to visit in Nepal according to your available schedule.
We wish you a safe and lovely flight back home.

Cost Details

What's included

  • Airport picks up and drops off by the private vehicle.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu for two nights
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
  • Private vehicle for sightseeing.
  • Tour guide for sightseeing.
  • Round trip flight in and out to Lukla by plane.
  • All night accommodation in lodge during the trek on twin sharing basis (please inquire if you need private accommodation)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cup of tea or coffee during the trip.
  • All required permits for trekking.
  • Licensed Guide and strong porter (one porter for two people)
  • Accommodation, food, salary, and insurance for guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip.
  • All government taxes

What's not Included

  • Entrance fees while visiting UNESCO world heritage sites during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Your trekking insurances and evacuation in an emergency.
  • Hard drinks, cold drinks, and bottled water.
  • Wi-Fi, hot showers, and battery charging.
  • Gratitude for guide and porters.
  • All those things that are not mentioned above in included section.
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How difficult is Ama Dablam Trek?

Mt. Ama Dablam lies in the Everest Region/Khumbu region of Nepal; it is a short trek to be in one of the famous mountains of Nepal Mt. Ama Dablam. The highest elevation of the entire trek is the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam which is 4,600 meters above sea level but the highest overnight camp is 3,930 meters which are Pangboche, from Pangboche trekkers hike to the base camp of Ama Dablam to explore.

This elevation makes Ama Dablam one of the easiest treks in terms of distance to be travelled and also the elevation to be hiked. Thus, making it a unique experience for any age group and solo trekkers to enjoy the thrill into the Himalayas.

Comparison between Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp Hike?

Mt. Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam both lie in the Everest or Khumbu region of Nepal. Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,848 meters above sea level; it is one of the most desired trekking trails for trekkers into the base camp of Mt. Everest which is 5,364 meters.

Apart from its altitude, it takes 11-days to complete the EBC (Everest Base Camp) trek from Lukla to Lukla (gateway to Mt. Everest). On the other hand, Mt. Ama Dablam is 6,812 meters above sea level, and trekkers trek into the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam which is 4,600 meters, it is a 7-day trek the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam from Lukla to Lukla.

Moreover, fewer trekkers trek into the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam, so it is less crowded more solitude.

How hard or difficult is to trek into the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam?

Trekking/hiking into the base camp of Ama Dablam is far easier than into the Everest Base Camp both in terms of distance to be covered, time, and also the most important the elevation.

Any trekkers can easily trek into the Ama Dablam base camp in a more relaxing way, as the Ama Dablam base camp is not the busiest trail, so trekkers can enjoy the trek in a solitary way without being disturbed by overcrowded trekkers.

Only the thing which matters is the time for trekking if we want to avoid any unpredicted circumstance it is better to trek during the month of August-November and February-May.

Can we trek Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Everest base camp together?

Ama Dablam and Everest lie into the Everest/Khumbu region of Nepal, the trail into both the mountain i.e. Mt. Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam starts from Lukla and also the trail are same only the point here is Ama Dablam comes before Everest.

If we can manage a couple of days extra, we will be able to accomplish both the Ama Dablam and Everest base camp together. For trekkers who wish to complete Everest Base Camp, combining both the mountains will help to acclimatize.

So it will be better first to complete the Ama Dablam Base Camp and then head towards Everest Base Camp which will help any trekkers to acclimatize before being into the Everest and Kalapatthar.

What is the altitude of Ama Dablam Base Camp?

Mt. Ama Dablam which lies in the Everest region is one of the most beautiful mountains with an elevation of 6812meter/22349feet and the altitude of Ama Dablam Base Camp is 4600meters/15092feet but trekkers spend overnight in Tengboche 3930meters/12894feets.

From Tengboche, trekkers hike into the base camp of Ama Dablam because there is no other option to stay in the base camp but camping is possible, it depends upon the interest of the trekkers, as the expedition group uses tents and camp to spend a couple of night in the base camp before their summit into the Ama Dablam mountain.

Overnight in Tengboche which is a small village with tea houses and lodges will help trekkers to avoid any altitude sickness in the high Himalayas.

Useful Info

  • Mt. Ama Dablam lies in the Khumbu Region of Nepal on the way to Everest Base Camp.
  • Ama Dablam literally means Mother’s Necklace, as the mountain is shaped in a way as if the mother is welcoming her child.
  • Mt. Ama Dablam stands with an elevation of 6,812 meters/ 22,349 feet and was first scaled on 13th March 1961 by a group of an expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • Mt. Ama Dablam is the third most famous climbing mountain in Nepal, mainly expedition groups prefer to summit the mountain in April and May (before the monsoon) and September and October ( before winter)
  • The Base Camp of Ama Dablam lies at the elevation of 4,600m/15,092ft, it is a 7-day trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp including an extra night stay in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization ( the hike mainly starts from Lukla to Lukla)
  • Ama Dablam Base Camp hike starts from Lukla which is 2,840m/9,318ft and the highest elevation for the overnight camp is Pengboche 3,930m/12,894ft.
  • Mt. Ama Dablam lies in Sagarmatha National Conservation Area which is the UNESCO natural world heritage site.
  • Trekkers can only trek up to the base camp of Mt. Ama Dablam which is 4,600 meters, at this elevation one can observe the expedition group arranging for the summit to the top of Mt. Ama Dablam 6,812 meters.
  • Till the Base Camp of Mt. Ama Dablam, you can trek using a normal trekking permit, but to summit the top of Mt. Ama Dablam you will need a special permit and training.
  • You can take a helicopter to and from Lukla airport via Kathmandu airport but not the normal domestic flight.
  • The highest elevation of the Ama Dablam hike is 4600 meters, making it easier than Everest Base Camp, so trekkers can complete the hike in a more relaxing way than Everest Base Camp without being worried about altitude sickness.

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Trip Facts

  • Moderate
  • Mt. Everest Region,Nepal
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Land & Air
  • Star Category / Tea Houses
  • 4600
  • Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • 9851079635
  • 11 Days
  • Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
  • 10