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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal takes you to the lap of the world’s most recognized elegant climbing peaks, Mt. Ama Dablam. The 13 days trip offers rewarding views of some of the most amazing eight-thousand mountains like Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Moreover, understanding the sherpa heritage, culture, and traditions as you pass through their settlement is one of the major attractions. The trek also gives you a chance to explore the rare flora and fauna in the unspoiled pockets of the Dudh Koshi river valley.

The initial stretch begins from Lukla to the Sagarmatha National Park entrance point, then moves to Namche Bazaar. The trail proceeds to Pangboche village for a day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp and returns from the hub. Trek passes Phortse village and back to Monjo exit point, then Lukla.

In terms of difficulty level, it is easy to moderate trek. Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is best suited for those who wish to visit the unspoiled parts of the Everest region while enjoying the traditional Sherpa culture and mountain views.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness close-up views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m/22,349ft) and other eight-thousander mountains from Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhanath or Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu city.
  • Adventurous and scenic flight to Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport, the only airport in the Khumbu region
  • Witness the rich culture and tradition of the ethnic Sherpa community in the villages of Phakding, Tengboche, Pangboche, Monjo, and more
  • Get a chance to observe the way of life of the settlement n the main Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar and the Dudh Koshi river valley.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region
  • Amazing views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Cholatse from Pangboche heights
  • Visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu region
  • Chance to witness the subalpine flora and rare fauna in UNESCO World Heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,593 ft)
Day 2 Cultural Sightseeing Day Tour around Kathmandu City
Day 3 Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft, 35 minutes), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft, 8km, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft, 10.5km, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft, 5 to 6 hours, 9.2 km)
Day 7 Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft, 2 hours, 4.5 km)
Day 8 Hike from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570m/15,000ft, 4 to 5 hours, 8 km) and back
Day 9 Trek from Pangboche to Phortse (3,680m/12,073ft, 4 to 5 hours, 4 km)
Day 10 Trek from Phortse to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft, 6 to 7 hours, 8.9 km)
Day 11 Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft, 5 to 6 hours, 9.5 km)
Day 12 Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes)
Day 13 Final Departure from Kathmandu


Trip Overview

Ama Dablam Base Camp trek is 13 days easy to moderate trek in the Khumbu region, offering unhinged Mt. Ama Dablam and surrounding Himalayas. While the trek starts from the classic Everest Base Camp Trail, the latter half proceeds to a unique route not often visited by trekkers. Trekking Ama Dablam Base Camp introduces you to the sherpa heritage as you pass by the ancient monuments and gompas.

The trip begins with a flight to Kathmandu city via the Tribhuvan International Airport. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, or Swayambhunath on the next day. Thereon, take a flight towards Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport and begin the trek right away. Trek takes you to along the Dudh Koshi River trail then Phakding village.

Eventually, the trek takes you past the Monjo checkpoint and Monjo village towards Sagarmatha National Park. After a brief stop at Jorsale village, continue to Namche Bazaar settlement. The next day is set for acclimatization at Namche. You can take a hike to Namche Monastery for views of Konde Ri, then to Khunde Hospital and Everest view hotel for distant views of Ama Dablam.

After two nights at Namche Bazaar, head towards Tengboche following the Dudh Koshi River trail. After reaching Tengboche, crossing the zig-zag trail, visit the largest monastery of Khumbu, situated there. On the following day, head to Pangboche village and visit the oldest monastery of Khumbu upon reaching there.

On the eighth day of the trip, you begin your hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp for a day trip. After descending towards the Imja Khola river then taking many climbs, you will acclaim the base camp of Ama Dablam. Views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Cholatse, Nuptse, Lhotse are dominant. After enjoying the views and experience, return to Pangboche.

Following days trek leads to the silent and ancient mountaineering Sherpa village of Phortse. From there, the trek proceeds to Monjo village with an overnight stay. Taking the same route as the one in your arrival, head to the village of Phakding, then move to the commercial hub, Lukla, where your trek ends. Then an early morning flight on the next day takes you back to Kathmandu city and then a final departure homewards after the wonderful trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Route Map

Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Route Map Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,593 ft)

The beautiful views of snow-covered mountains on the horizon will welcome you to the capital city of Kathmandu. Upon landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, complete all the customs formalities. Head to the terminal where you’ll be welcomed by Third Rock Adventures representatives and transferred to your hotel in Thamel, 5 km away from the airport.

After getting fresh, you can visit our office near the hotel and get introduced to the guide and team. In the evening, head out to the street of Thamel, also called the tourist hub of Kathmandu. Enjoy a lovely welcome dinner with authentic Nepali dishes.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Cultural Sightseeing Day Tour around Kathmandu City

Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath Temple-one of the most important religious sites in Asia and the holiest shrine for Hindus

After having breakfast, you will head out to visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the city. Kathmandu city is rich in culture, heritage, and spirituality. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of city life, you will find alleyways with temples and monuments dating back hundreds of years. Your first stop would be the Kathmandu Durbar Square, located nearby Thamel, known locally as Basantapur or freak street. There you can visit the ancient Shah dynasty palace, which has been turned into a museum.

After enjoying the local courtyards, you can visit the Swayambhubnath Stupa located on the western hilltop overlooking the city. Alternatively, you can visit Boudhanath Stupa, in the northern outskirts, which is recognized as one of the largest stupas in the world.

After enjoying the peace and serenity in the stupa, you can head to the Pashupatinath temple. It is deemed to be one of the most important religious sites for Hindus.

Later in the evening, you can make all the necessary arrangements as needed for the next day, then head out to enjoy dinner.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft, 35 minutes), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft, 8km, 3 to 4 hours)


After having breakfast and getting all your bag packs ready, head to the Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal for the flight to Lukla. Lukla boasts the only airport in the whole Khumbu region. It is one of the most exciting and adventurous flights as you get a bird’s eye view of the rivers, hills, and eventually snow-capped mountains.

After landing at the Tenzing Hilliary Airport in Lukla and settling down, you will begin your trek to Phakding Village. The trek for today is short and easy. The climate and terrain of the Khumbu region are very different from those experienced in Kathmandu. Wearing warm clothes and crossing rugged terrain, besides the Dudh Koshi River, you will reach Chaurikhara village. Then further ahead, you’ll come across Khumbila peak, which is sacred to the ethnic Sherpa community.

In a short while, the road will be stone-paved as you enter Phakding. The small houses are decorated with prayer flags, and you’ll come across mani walls. Upon reaching the village, settle in, then enjoy the evening with the locals while sipping hot butter tea.

Overnight stay in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft, 10.5km, 6 to 7 hours)

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar - Namche is a tourist hub in the Khumbu region Ama Dablam Base Camp

Begin your day by taking a steady inclination alongside the Dudh Koshi river. After crossing the suspension bridge over the river, you will enter a thick pine, juniper, and rhododendron forest. Eventually, the trail will take you to Monjo village. Then you can head further ahead and cross the famous Hillary Suspension bridge. In a short while, you will reach the Monjo checkpoint, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site protecting the subalpine flora and dominated by Mt. Everest.

After your guide shows all the documents, you will move ahead to Jorsale Village. On the way, be mesmerized by the first views of Mt. Everest. After having lunch, you will walk towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, you can observe the preserved honeycombs and pine plantations by the locals. After a short while, you will reach Tope Danda, from where the views of the Namche settlement can be seen at a distance.

Upon reaching Namche bazaar, get settled at a tea house. Enjoy the evening with some local brew and dishes to warm yourself up.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

Today is the first day of acclimatization on the trip. You need not wake up early in the morning, but if you wish to enjoy the sun rays falling over the mountains, this is the best time. You will be amazed by all the facilities found in Namche Bazaar. It is the commercial and tourist hub of the Khumbu region. As most treks and expeditions go through this route, you may come across many fellow trekkers and climbers. You can interact with them in the afternoon.

After having breakfast, take a walk to the Namche Monastery and explore the area while spinning the prayer wheels. It is a rich depiction of the Sherpa culture. Moreover, if you walk up to the nearest viewpoint, you might enjoy the views of Konde Ri (6187m) and Mt. Everest at a distance. You can also hike up to the Khunde Hospital, known to be set up by Sir. Edmund Hillary. Many trekkers also prefer to hike to the Everest View hotel situated just above Namche, where Ama Dablam can be seen clearly.

Namche is lit in the evening time. There are many stores, cafes, bakeries, and even ATM and Internet facilities here. You can stock up on some snacks and energy bars and drinks for the way.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,661ft, 5 to 6 hours, 9.2 km)

Tengboche Monastery Tengboche Monastery

After breakfast, you will move from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche following the Dudh Koshi river in the initial leg of the trial. As you get over the village, there’s a bit of inclination, and then you will take the sandy trail slightly straight most of the way. You may come across an occasional flight of stone stairs.

Mt. Ama Dablam comes into display along with others like Nuptse, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. Eventually, the path will take you through a forest below, where it gets tougher because of the rocky terrain. Then you will go over the Phunki Tenga river via a suspension bridge. From there on, you will gain some elevation with an uphill hike in a zig-zag trail. After walking through steep rocky roads and between thin tree lines, you will make the push to Tengboche.

There are several hotels in this sherpa village. After settling down in a tea house, you can take a short walk to the Tengboche Monastery. The monastery is also known as Dawa Choling gompa and is the most famous landmark in the area, known for being the largest in the Khumbu region. The gompa overlooks the village and the mountains surrounding it.

After enjoying the views, you can head back to your tea house, enjoy some cards, drinks, and delicious local food while you get introduced to the Sherpa culture.

Overnight stay in Tengboche.

Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft, 2 hours, 4.5 km)

It is an easy and short trek that lasts about 2 hours and serves the purpose of acclimatization. The initial stretch of the trek takes you through some treelines passing a small nunnery of Milingo. One of the best highlights of the day is when the route crosses the majestic Imja Khola gorge. The path leads to a small bridge and offers views of Ama Dablam in full swing. In a short while, you will reach Pangboche village.

As you have the rest of the day to yourself, you can engage in some exploring. After settling in your tea house, head out and hike further up to a vantage point that offers fascinating views and also helps in acclimatizing. You can also visit the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region located here in Pangoche.

In the evening, interact with the locals who might share a few folklores and keep you engaged. Before retiring to bed, make all the necessary arrangements for the next day’s exciting trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Overnight stay in Pangboche.

Day 8: Hike from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570m/15,000ft, 4 to 5 hours, 8 km) and back

Ama Dablam Base Camp Ama Dablam Base Camp

The most awaited day has come as you will be heading to Ama Dablam Base Camp. After having breakfast, you will take your small bag pack and leave most of the heavy stuff at the tea house in Pangboche. From there on, you begin a steep descend towards the Imja Khola river. Then cross a suspension bridge over the river and do an uphill climb.

You will come across an open yak pasture where you can take some rest. From there, as you walk ahead, you will come across a small lake. As most of the trekkers coming to Pangboche follow the straight route to Everest rather than this route, so for years now, it has been unspoiled and lush. After a couple of more uphill climbs, you will have reached Ama Dalam Base Camp. The feeling of excitement rushes through your blood as you will observe the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Cholatse, and other eight-thousander and seven-thousand-meter mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse Nuptse, and more.

Ama Dablam is one of the most renowned mountains known for its steep, pyramidal face. The name ‘Ama Dalam’ is the Nepali language which translates to ‘mother’s necklace.’ The name is given to the mountain because its long ridges look like a mother’s arm protecting its child. You get to witness the beauty and the of this peak.

After enjoying the majestic views and clicking some pictures, take a downhill hike to Pangboche through the same route.

Overnight stay in Pangboche.

Day 9: Trek from Pangboche to Phortse (3,680m/12,073ft, 4 to 5 hours, 4 km)

You’ll be leaving Pangboche on this day and heading towards Phortse, which is a short and easy trek. The initial stretch of the climb takes you to an ancient monastery based in Upper Pangboche. You can visit the monastery and offer some prayers to the Tibetan gods. From there, you will make several uphill and downhill turn then walk an hour on a rather straight trail.

Following a steep trail and a narrow cliff, you can once again enjoy the views of Ama Dablam. More majestic are the views of peak Khumblia and Kondge Ri. After a short climb, you will get a bird’s eye view of Namche valley and Tengboche monastery from a distance. Passing terraced fields, you will reach the Sherpa village of Phortse. You might come across the national bird of Nepal, Danphe, hiding among the treelines.

It is home to many Everest summiteers, so you can enjoy their adventurous stories of the past while sipping a cup of hot butter tea or coffee as most trekking trails do not lead here, so the village is more silent and pleasant.

Overnight stay in Phortse.

Day 10: Trek from Phortse to Monjo (2,835m/9,301ft, 6 to 7 hours, 8.9 km)


There is a sudden drop in the altitude as you head to Monjo on this day. For the last time, you will see the views of Ama Dablam as you take a steep downward drop to the Dudh Koshi river trail. You will pass by the village of Jorsale. Crossing a suspension bridge and passing the Monjo checkpoint, head to a thick forest. You might spot musk deers if you are lucky enough. After crossing several other wooden bridges, move towards Monjo. Enjoy your stay there and interact with the warm and welcoming locals.

Overnight stay in Monjo.

Day 11: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft, 5 to 6 hours, 9.5 km)

After having breakfast, you will follow the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi river towards Lukla. Initiate with a slight descend towards Benkar. From there, you will be crossing a suspension bridge towards Phakding Village. From there, make a gradual climb towards Ghat while passing by Buddhist settlements. In a short while, you will make a climb on the trail to reach Chablung. Passing by scrubby forest, you will head to Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate, which is the arrival to Lukla. Settle down at your tea house, then head out for a stroll.

As you did not get a chance to explore Lukla during your arrival in Khumbu, you will do so on this day. The town is beautiful and more commercial because of the accessibility of goods through the airport. You’ll spot shops, bars, cafes, and also souvenir shops where you can grab something to take back home.

Overnight stay in Lukla.

Day 12: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes)

Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu Lukla Airport

Early in the morning, after having breakfast, take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon landing, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thamel, where you can relax after the long trek.

In the evening, you can head out to the streets of Thamel and enjoy some local cuisine. You can also visit a pub and dance the night away with your newfound friends in Nepal. Visit a local souvenir shop to buy woolen caps, pashmina shawls, art, and crafts to take back home.

If you wish to extend your trip further to enjoy a couple of days in Kathmandu, let us know about the arrangements. You can visit more cultural sites across Bhaktapur and Patan cities or opt for yoga or meditation classes if you wish to extend.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Final Departure from Kathmandu

On your final day in Nepal, you will be transferred to the airport by our representatives after breakfast. After a hearty farewell, you will board on your flight homewards. On the way, the views of high-standing northeastern Himalayas will flash before your eyes, making you want to visit once more. If you wish to extend your stay here in Nepal or opt for Everest base camp trek or similar treks in the future, feel free to contact us.

Altitude Map

Altitude map for Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek Altitude Map




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Jan Krüger
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Apr 07, 2021
Großartiger Trek
Wir haben die Wanderung zum Ama Dablam Base Camp geliebt. Unser Führer war unser Held. Er ermutigte und inspirierte uns, die Wanderung fortzusetzen. Einmal fühlte ich Höhenkrankheit, und unser Führer behandelte mich gut und versorgte mich mit guter Medizin. Dank einer gut durchdachten Reiseroute hatte es einen Akklimatisationstag. Ich mochte die Aussicht auf die Berge, einschließlich des Everest. 13 Tage in Nepal waren das beste Abenteuer für mich. Vielen Dank an THird Rock Adventures für Ihren Service.
Brock Fernie Fernie
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Mar 18, 2021
Well Organized Trek
Such a well-organized trek. From the start till the end everything was managed perfectly. Everyone was friendly and helpful. From the very first day, we were offered the best quality service. We didn't have to compromise anywhere. Met with the consultant in Kathmandu, porter and other staff. They seemed so friendly and most importantly professional. On the trail, we were offered best available lodge, teahouse, food and rooms. Our guide was standby everytime we need him. Such well organized trip. Thanks Third Rock!
Juanita Barrett
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Mar 14, 2021
Amazing Adventure
I highly enjoyed the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trek is moderate and enjoyable. Halfway is the way to Everest Base Camp. Hike to Base Camp from Phortse is the major highlight of this trek. No doubt for the most part of the trek, you will embrace the sight of some of the highest mountains in the world like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Cholatse. Yes, we did visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu region. I recommend this trek to anyone who would want to experience something different.
George Joske
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Mar 13, 2021
Our Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
For me and my wife, our recent trip to Ama Dablam happened to be a trip of a lifetime. We did Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, though we had trekked half of the way already (on our way to Everest Base Camp). We chose this trek as we were familiar to the trail and Third Rock suggested us this one. Our trek ended for about 2 weeks, including a day tour in Kathmandu. Lukla Flight as always was a thrilling experience. My wife was a bit reluctant but did it anyway. Our guide was fantastic. He made sure we did it. Every time my wife backed off, our guide would encourage her to step forward. I was impressed. His English was good and he was sometimes funny. We really enjoyed his company. He would explain everything to us. On the day of the Hike from Pangboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp, we had the grand sight of some lofty mountains including Everest. We loved the views! Our guide clicked amazing photos of us with the mountains. He happened to be a good photographer as well. The trek was fantastic. Glad we chose THird Rock. Highly obliged! Special thanks to our guide. He is the hero!
Best Destination, Recommended by Friend
Juanita Barrett
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Mar 07, 2021
Amazing Ama Dablam Adventure
I highly enjoyed the trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp. The trek is moderate and enjoyable. Halfway is the way to Everest Base Camp. Hike to Base Camp from Phortse is the major highlight of this trek. No doubt for most part of the trek, you will embrace the sight of some of the highest mountains in the world like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Cholatse. Yes, we did visit Pangboche Monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu region.

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