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Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Everest Region
  • Group Size: Min-2, Max 12,
  • Highest Altitude: 3860m possible to hike to 5000m
  • Grade: Moderate/ Strenuous
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
  • Type of Tour: Trekking, Hiking, Walking, Culture
  • Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
  • Total Days: 16 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD 3950

 

Luxury Everest Trek to Amadablam Base Camp

Trip Overview

Luxury Everest Trek to Amadablam Base CampThis trek has been designed to take you to some of the prettiest Sherpa villages within easy walking distance of the Namche Bazaar Sherpa capital, with the ultimate objective of standing at the foot of the region’s most beautiful mountain, Ama Dablam. Ama Dablam means ’mother’s necklace’ – the hanging glacier resembles a ‘dablam’ which is a piece of traditional jewellery worn by Sherpa women. You spend 11-nights in 6 lovely ‘luxury’ properties, which far surpass anything else that exists in the Everest region, and will enable you to trek in the shadow of Everest in relative comfort. The lodges employ local staff, are ecologically sympathetic and have a high level of service. Bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with flush toilets; there are landscaped gardens and a dining room/lounge/library for relaxation after your day's walk. If you are feeling well acclimatized to the altitude, you can even attempt to reach the staggering altitude of 5000m on this trek!

Trip Information

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Boutique Hotel.
Day 2 - Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur.
Day 3 - Flight to Lukla
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m).
Day 5 - Trek to Summit Lodge, TASHINGA (3450 m) 5 -6hrs.
Day 6 - TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3,860m) 2-3 hrs AND ON TO PANGBOCHE (3860m) 2-3 hrs.
Day 7 - DAY EXCURSION TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576m) 6-7 hrs approx.
Day 8 - Day excursion to Taboche Meadows (4380 m)
Day 9 - Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)- 4 hours walking.
Day 10 - TREK VIA KHUMJUNG AND KHUNDE TO MENDE (3,738m). 5 hrs.
Day 11 - TREK TO THAME (3,801m), RETURN TO MENDE 5 hrs.
Day 12 - TREK TO MONJO LODGE 4 hrs
Day 13 - TREK VIA GUMILA MONASTERY TO LUKLA (9,000ft/2,743m) 5 hrs.
Day 14 - Farewell and flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your city hotel
Day 15 - Free day in Kathmandu with option of sightseeing. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 16 - International departure.

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Boutique Hotel.
Evening dinner with Nepali cultural show.
Day 2 - Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur.
Morning: Bhaktapur is a medieval city 13 kilometers east of Kathmandu. It is a world heritage sight of village life.
Afternoon trek briefing and hiring or purchasing of required equipment for the trek.
Evening Tibetan set dinner.
Day 3 - Flight to Lukla
A spectacular mountain flight to Lukla, 2800 meters. We proceed towards our first night stop Monjo. It is about 2 hours to Phakding 2,652m where you will probably stop for lunch. First the path drops down a steep, stony path to meet the trail coming up through Chaurikhirka. You will encounter porters, sherpas, trekkers and the common beast of burden, the dzo, then the path contours the mountainside, past lodges and the small hamlets of Ghat 2,490m and Chuthrawa 2,591m. The trail takes you past large stones carved and painted with prayers, a couple of large new suspension bridges and under large cliffs with trickling waterfalls. From Phakding it is another 2 or 3 hours to Monjo 2,835m. Monjo, is a picturesque small village comprising about 25 houses and located at a small, narrow valley at the base of the peak, Thamserku 6,608m and Kaysaro. It is also at the junction between the Thamserku & Dudh Kosi kholas and is just on the edge of the Sagarmatha National Park.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m).
This will be one of the harder days physically on your trek so you will have to take it slowly. The path itself is full of interesting sights. Not least of these will be your first view of Everest as you get higher up the trail. It is 15 minutes to the Everest National Park boundary from the lodge and the scenery is vastly impressive, with deep gorges, bare vertical rock faces, pine forests on some steep slopes and waterfalls. There are several tremendously impressive suspension bridges, on the trail. The path then zigzags up through the forest where trees pack themselves in between giant boulders and cliffs. you may well sYe small herds of Himalayan Tahr, a small deer-like animal, if you are lucky.
When you pull into Namche Bazaar,eventually, you will note that its’ Sherpa houses are built one above the other on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. The narrow ‘high street’ at its centre are a mixture of cyber cafés souvenir shops and places where you can rent/buy any piece of equipment under the sun. Namche is a bustling hub of everything that goes on in the Everest region. All expeditions pass through here on their way to the peaks.
Overnight Namche Hotel or similar lodge.
Day 5 - Trek to Summit Lodge, TASHINGA (3450 m) 5 -6hrs.
It is only a short trek, less than 2 hours, to Tashinga, on the classic route towards Everest. First you have the steep pull up the hill out of Namche to the national Park HQ (good views of Everest here). Then the path is more or less level as it winds its way around the mountainsides. Before it drops down the hill to the river before Thyangboche, and after a couple of lodges, the path breaks off to the small hamlet of Tashinga.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Tashinga.
Day 6 - TREK TO THYANGBOCHE (3,860m) 2-3 hrs AND ON TO PANGBOCHE (3860m) 2-3 hrs.
You will be able to see the path sloping diagonally up towards the famous monastery of Thyangboche, but first you have to descend to the river. This takes half an hour to an hour, descending steeply in a series of zigzags to the Dudh Koshi River. Here you cross a suspension bridge in the lee of a gigantic overhanging cliff (10,498ft/3,200m). A little way further on is a small hamlet, Phunki Tenga. It is about 2 hours from the bridge to reach the monastery at a slow, even pace. At first you climb steeply up through a pine forest, thankfully in the shade, and then emerge to walk up a long gentle straight path that rises like a ramp to the monastery. Emerging at the top, there is a gateway and a huge Chorten which you pass before your first sight of the Gompa. Leaving Thyangboche, your path descends through trees to Deboche where the small and atmospheric nunnery is well worth a visit. You pass further houses and ‘mani’(prayer) walls as the path continues along the river valley amongst the trees. After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually climbs, with stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead. There are numerous photo opportunities in both directions, and frequent chortens and mani walls to pass, as altitude is gained to reach the village of Pangboche. This is a very picturesque village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery set in trees at the top of the village. This is probably the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, possibily dating back as far as the first introduction of Buddhism into the Khumbu.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
Day 7 - DAY EXCURSION TO AMA DABLAM BASE CAMP (4,576m) 6-7 hrs approx.
Ama Dablam (6,856m) is one of the most loved and admired mountains in Khumbu. After crossing the Imja Drangka river, followed by a gradual ascent until Lhabarma you are suddenly standing right in front of the mountain ridge. You can walk to its foothill and absorb the enormity of the mountain. Ama Dablam Base Camp sits at 4,576m on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with the summit some 2,300m almost straight up above. Base Camp affords particularly fine views of Kan Tega (6,783m), Thamserku (6,618m) and Tawache (6,542m).
Return to Pangboche.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Pangboche.
Day 8 - Day excursion to Taboche Meadows (4380 m)
This days is open to either just rest and relax or make another hike towards the Taboche peak (6380 m).This is the high altitude summer pasture for the domesticated Yaks.There is a tremendous 180 degree view of the great Himalayan peaks from here. For those with higher ambitions the possibility of reaching the 5000 m is also an option!
Day 9 - Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)- 4 hours walking.
Today we walk back down to the lodge at Tashinga. Overnight at the Everest
Summit Lodge at Tashinga.
Day 10 - TREK VIA KHUMJUNG AND KHUNDE TO MENDE (3,738m). 5 hrs.
You will trek by the villages of Khumjung and Khunde, across the top of Namche Bazaar and then up the Nangpo Tsangpo valley to the new lodge at Mende. Leaving Tashingna Lodge you contour on a small path to reach the main trail leading to Khumjung, approximately one hour. The path leads gently up the shallow valley and Khumjung itself is another village built into a mountain bowl. The villages are surrounded by mountains and regular patterned terraced fields. The village of Khunde is a short walk further on and contains the famous medical centre instigated by The Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. Take time also to visit the Edmund Hillary School. There is a bakery and a cyber café here.
Leaving Khumjung there is a short climb out of the valley and the path then descends towards Namche You take the high level path across the top of the township, turning the corner to head north again. The valley ahead is beautiful and you wander along the thickly forested track or in the open with wonderful views. You may see Monal pheasant or small herds of Himalayan Tahr. You come to the small village of Phurte after about an hour of having turned above Namche Bazaar where there is a Sir Edmund Hillary forestry project. The path continues quite easily and rounding a corner you look down at the small hamlet of Tshro. You now turn off the main trail and make your way slowly up a closed valley. This valley is closed off by the holy peak of Khumbu Yul Lha (5,761m). As you move up to the head of the valley you come to one or two lone houses and small fields and then you will cross the river before climbing steeply up the hillside to the hamlet at Mende. This lodge has a commanding position and very fine views and once reached you will feel the effort has been worth it.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Day 11 - TREK TO THAME (3,801m), RETURN TO MENDE 5 hrs.
A small path contours off, passing above the much larger villages of Thamo and Thomde. After 30 to 45 minutes, you connect with the Tibetan trade route and may meet Tibetan people who come over the Nangpa La (5,716m) to trade in Namche Bazaar. The path, is well formed and wide. The path then descends to a bridge over a narrow fissure with water roaring below. There are large wall paintings of Guru Padmasambhava. The path up to Thame requires a very determined final push! (Time to Thame about 2 hrs). Zig zagging across ancient moraine you come to a lovely stream with inviting pools on the left. Suddenly there is the village of Thame, one of the prettiest villages on this trek. There are scattered houses, enclosed fields and a backdrop of massive snow and ice peaks. It is worth the walk up to the monastery if you have the energy.
The walk up to the monastery (3,940m), which being over 600 years old is one of the four oldest in this region, takes about one hour. There are cells for the monks, piles of mani stones and a couple of chained up Tibetan mastiffs. The walk back to Mende in fact now only takes about an hour as it is mostly downhill, but you could opt to take the higher level traverse to visit another interesting monastery where Guru Rinpoche meditated.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Mende.
Day 12 - TREK TO MONJO LODGE 4 hrs
The 30 minute steep walk up to the Laudo monastery above Mende is highly recommended. The main temple is only 40 years old and was used until recently as a school for Western Buddhists. It has a remarkable meditation room built underneath a huge rock. The main temple is also beautiful, the main figure being Chenrizig, the Buddha of Compassion, and there is a full set of Buddha's works. From Mende you will return to the lovely lodge at Monjo. There will be time for a short stop in Namche to do some last minute shopping before making the descent to Monjo. You'll cross the Edmund Hillary Bridge and will soon be in the familiar surroundings of the Monjo Lodge.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Monjo.
Day 13 - TREK VIA GUMILA MONASTERY TO LUKLA (9,000ft/2,743m) 5 hrs.
The trek back to Lukla will pass through the village of Phakding where you’ll have a chance to view the monastery at Gumila above Phakding. Within the monastery reside a few monks from the Gelukpa Sect. It takes about 30-45 minutes to reach the monastery from the main trekking route. From here we will retrace your steps back to Lukla.
Overnight Everest Summit Lodge, Lukla.
Day 14 - Farewell and flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your city hotel
Day 15 - Free day in Kathmandu with option of sightseeing. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 16 - International departure.

Fact Finder

Duration - 16 day Journey
Trip Details: -
  • Experienced Nepalese guides & Leader
  • Porters to carry personal gear
Activities - Cultural, Touring, Walking
Trip Grade - Moderate/ Challenging
Mode of Travel - Private coach, Domestic flight
Group & Staff - Min 2, Max 12, Responsible Adventures leader, local guides plus driver
Accommodation - Suite in Former Palace turned hotel, Luxury lodges
Land Cost - USD 3950
Single Supplement US$ 500

Trip Cost

Cost Includes:-

  1. 5 star hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis on twin sharing basis
  2. All transportation
  3. Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader or Trek with Raj
  4. Complimentary T-Shirt
  5. Use of trekking kit bag during trek
  6. 1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers
  7. 1 porter between two trekkers
  8. Good clothing for porters and crew
  9. Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
  10. Insurance for crew and porters
  11. All permits
  12. All meals on trek
  13. Domestic airfare.

Cost Does Not Include:-

  1. International airfare
  2. Visas
  3. All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  4. Transportation outside of the tour program
  5. Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
  6. Tips(suggested amount; US$100 per week for staff only), Leader's tipping up to your discretion
  7. Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.

Client Reviews

My first time outdoor trekking, thank u so much... I enjoyed my trip from the start to the end. It was hard for me during the first week to adapt to Nepal, especially in the mountains but you and your boys have made me so determined to come here again. You are not just a guide but have become my good friend. I learned a lot from you while in Nepal. I am fascinated by your stamina and ability to climb throughout the trip...I will miss Nepal... especially your musical songs. It was great to see such talent in your team. I will definitely recommend my friends to you, don't worry... It was a great 3 weeks with you once again.

Thank you so much... It was a great experience. I will miss your cooking too....:-))

Emli Ahmad
Central bank of Malaysia

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