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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek

Stand in the shadow of the mighty Mother's Necklace. Rub shoulders with the elite mountaineers attempting to stand on the mother's shoulders.

Ama Dablam, from whichever angle you look at her from, has a face you'll never forget!

One of the most impressive and instantly recognisable mountains in the world, Ama Dablam is a favourite for mountaineers and photographers alike. Currently the third most popular peak for Hiamalayan climbers, base camp hums with activity in peak season and the trek there takes in hundreds of wonderful vistas of this majestic mountain.

Ama Dablam means "Mother and her necklace"; the long ridges on each side said to be like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier, which is thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by local Sherpa women.

Our local staff are paid a decent living wage, get provided with all the right gear and are always well looked after. We pride ourselves on this.

On arrival in Kathmandu you'll meet your team at the hotel, enjoy a traditional feast before taking a jaw dropping mountain flight to Lukla airstrip early the next morning. From here you follow the beautiful trail towards Mount Everest, via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the inspiring Buddhist monastery at Tengboche. Views of Everest and Ama Dablam grow increasingly impressive until the village of Pangboche where you push uphill to the base camp below Ama Dablam. From here there are spectacular views across the valley. After lunch at Ama Dablam Base Camp and another night at Pangboche you re-trace your steps down the Khumbu Valley, before flying back from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp doesn't take as long as most of the other high treks in the Everest Region so is ideal for those with tighter time limits.


Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 4500m / 14,760ft
  • Trek length: 11 days
  • Difficulty:
  • Sleeping: Hotels / Teahouses
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Short but oh so sweet adventure in the Khumbu Valley

The mother and her necklace. At least, that's what it officially translates as. Many of the locals prefer to think of it as the mother and her daughter. Cradling her offspring and keeping her safe. As foreboding and dangerous as these mountains can be for those trying for the summit - the rest of us can't help but see the gentle beauty.

Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome dinner & briefing
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo
  • Day 3: Monjo to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4: Acclimatisation hike, return to Namche
  • Day 5: Deboche via Tengboche
  • Day 6: Hike on to Pangboche
  • Day 7: Ama Dablam Base Camp
  • Day 8: Deboche to Phortse Tenga
  • Day 9: Namche via Kunde
  • Day 10: Return to Lukla
  • Day 11: Return flight to Kathmandu

Memorable Moments

Reach Out

High altitude trekking is a challenging experience and the people you're with start to feel like family. An adventure like this can form lifetime frendships.

Experience Altitude

5000m (16400 ft) is high enough to sky-dive. Oxygen and atmospheric pressure are lower, thinking and moving are both more challenging. How will you go?

Stand at the foot of one of the top 3 Himalayan climbs

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Why choose us?

  • A Fair Deal

    We pay our staff properly. We make sure they have the right gear and the right insurance. We take pride in our ethics.

  • Staying Safe

    Your safety is our priority. We make sure we always have ample, well trained guides on every trek, prepared for any eventuality.

  • Support Nepal

    We source all of our staff equipment from Nepali companies, mostly family owned. This helps to ensure prosperity for hundreds of local people, not corporations.

  • Expert Advice

    If you can't find what you're looking for in our Nepal trekking advice pages, we offer a free Q&A advice service for all our customers.

What's included

  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night before the trek
  • Welcome dinner, briefing and cultural show the night before the trek
  • Awe inspiring (and a little hair raising) flights to/from the mountains
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on the night after the trek
  • Airport transfers for domestic flights
  • Airport meet & greet on arrival into Kathmandu
  • Comfortable Teahouse style accommodation during the trek
  • Breakfast every morning (except arrival day of course)
  • Hot drink of your choice every morning
  • High quality sleeping bags provided for trek
  • English speaking, skilled & experienced Nepali group leader
  • Ample additional English speaking guides for the group
  • Well paid local porters to carry your gear
  • Proper, quality mountain gear to keep our porters safe and warm
  • Insurance of all staff, including porters
  • Trekking permits and Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
  • Full pre-departure briefing and trip information

What's not included

  • International flights / transport
  • Any costs incurred as a result of flight delays or cancellations
  • Nepal visa fees (payable on arrival)
  • Trekker's travel insurance
  • Evening meals, drinks and luxuries on the trek
  • Personal needs (e.g. laundry, postcards)
  • Tourist attractions in Namche Bazaar
  • Tips for your Guides & Porters

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