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Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek with Tengboche Monastery

Nepal Nepal

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The Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek offers you a very good introduction to the Everest region and brings you up close to Mt. Ama Dablam (6,860 m), which is also known as the most beautiful mountain in the Himalayas due to its elegant shape.

The highlights of this trip are excellent views of Mount Everest (8,849 m), the visit to the Tengboche Monastery and the excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570 m).
After an extensive city tour in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla (2,827 m). Some say that the flight and landing on the short runway in Lukla alone are worth the trip. The trek leads through mountain forests, along rushing rivers through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people. In Namche Bazaar a fantastic mountain landscape awaits us. At the famous Tengboche Monastery, we will experience the Buddhist culture with its chants and tradition. At the Everest view point we can admire Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lothse and Ama Dablam on a clear day. The views from here are particularly impressive. After the hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp we will make our way back to Lukla.

This trek is an ideal choice for both beginners and advanced hikers and offers unforgettable insights into the Sherpa culture and the mountain landscape of the Khumbu region. A good physical condition, health and surefootedness are prerequisites.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – Briefing, equipment check and welcome dinner
After arrival in Kathmandu you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. In the afternoon we will explain the details of the trip with you, and in the evening you are invited to dinner with your guide. Overnight in Hotel Tibet or similar category, (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and drive to Ramechap – approx. 4 hrs drive
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local guide. This day can be designed flexibly accordig to your wishes. The most popular places and most impressive sights include Pashupatinath – a Hindu temple with cremation places and Boudhanath Stupa.  In the afternoon you will be driven to Ramechap for the flight to Lukla. Overnight at a guest house, (B).

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,840m), hike to Phakding (2,610m) 4 to 5 hours on foot
We are transported to the airport for the early morning flight to Lukla and its adventurous mountain runway. This is a truly spectacular start to the hike as we fly over the gentle foothills of Nepal with the large Himalayan peaks visible to the north. Upon arrival in Lukla, we will meet our porters and begin our hike. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m) – 5 to 6 hours
We hike to the trading town of Namche Bazaar, but we will climb a hill halfway and be rewarded with our first view of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is the largest city in the Khumbu region and has a magnificent view of Thamserku (6,648m), Kwangde (6,220m) and Khumbila (5,700m). Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 5: Day hike to Everest viewpoint and trek to Khumjung (3780m) – approx. 5 hours
Today is an important acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, so that your body can adapt to the increasing altitude and the associated reduced oxygen content in the air. We start the day with a morning walk up the ridge high above Namche Bazaar. During the ascent on the mountain path, we always have beautiful views of the main route to Everest Base Camp. On the ridge we bypass the mountain side and get to the viewpoint on Mount Everest. The views during the uphill and downhill hike are just spectacular. On the way back we will have our lunch and hike to Khumjung. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 6: Hike to Deboche (3,770m) and visit the Tengboche monastery – 5 to 6 hours walk
From Namche Bazaar the path stretches high above the Dudh Khosi River through a rhododendron forest with a wonderful view of the valley, Everest and the Ama Dablam. After crossing the river at Phunki Tenga, we begin the ascent through the forest to Tengboche. The main monastery of the Khumbu is located here and is well worth a visit. The Tengboche Monastery is the most important gonpa in the Sherpa region and the home of the abbot and about 80 monks and novices who are followers of Nyingmapa Buddhism. There is a good view of Everest from here. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 7: Hike to Pangboche (3,875m) – 2 to 3 hours walk
After leaving Deboche, our path leads past individual trees, small monasteries, houses and ‘Mani’ walls, while the path continues along the river valley between the trees. After crossing a bridge over a picturesque gorge, the path gradually ascends with a wonderful view of the Ama Dablam. There are numerous fantastic photo opportunities in both directions, chorten and mani walls show us the way as we gain altitude and finally reach Pangboche. This is a very photogenic village with stone walled fields and there is a very interesting monastery, which is in the upper part of the village surrounded by trees. The way to Pangboche only takes about 2 hours, so we will organize a walk in the afternoon to explore the village. Definitely worth going to Upper Pangboche to visit the Gonpa and go to the view point. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 8: Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,570m) – approx. 7 hours
Today we will leave the main route to Everest Base Camp and switch to a quieter area on the other side of the Imja Drangka River. This is followed by a real pleasure hike that leads us to the 4,570m high Ama Dablam Base Camp. The way there and back takes about 6-7 hours. Overnight at the Tea House Lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 9: Trek to Khumjung Village (3,970m) – 6 to 7 hours walk
Today we hike back to Phunki Tenga via a different route. From Pangboche we take a wonderful hiking trail across the Imja Drengkha River. This path meanders along the valley side and we have an overwhelming view of the mountains and of Tengboche, which lies on the ridge. Finally, after about 2-3 hours through the forest and past individual fields, we descend to Phunki Tenga far below us. After crossing the Dudh Khosi Bridge, a steep ascent to Tashinga awaits us. After leaving this hamlet, the small path meanders to Khumjung. Overnight at the Tea House Lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Hike to Thame (3,750m) – 7 hours walk
We leave Khumjung on the high path that leads out of the village over the Bhote Khosi River through rhododendron forests. Then we walk through the small hamlets of Phurte, Mende and Samde, all of which are a beautiful sight with their traditional Sherpa houses and green, terraced fields and pastures. This easy to walk, wide path simplifies the hike all the way to the village of Thame. Thame has retained many of its original buildings and culture and is perhaps one of the most beautiful villages in the Khumbu. The house of the famous Sherpa Tenzing Norgay is near the top of the village where he once lived with his first wife. The Sherpa Apa, who climbed Mount Everest twenty one times, also lives in the village of Thame. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Trek to Monjo (2,850m) – 6 hours walk
Today we follow our steps back to Namche Bazaar, which we reach after about 5 hours of walking. At Namche we come back on the main route to Everest Base Camp and after lunch we descend, cross the Sir Edmund Hillary Bridge, and hike to the village of Monjo. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 12: Trek to Lukla – 5 hours walk
From Monjo we continue to descend from the Dudh Khosi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we climb the last hill of the hike to reach Lukla. After reaching the hut you can relax and enjoy your last evening with your guide and the wonderful porters. Overnight at tea house lodge, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Ramechap and drive to Kathmandu – approx. 4 hours
You will be picked up at the airport and driven to Kathmandu. The rest of the day can be used as free time. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is at your leisure, which you can spend relaxing, sightseeing or shopping. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar category, (B).

Day 15: Flight back home
Farewell and transfer to Kathmandu Airport. End of the journey, (B).

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

F = Breakfast | M = Lunch | A = Dinner

 

Our tours start every Saturday:

German guided tour
English guided tour

This Trekking –tour can also be booked for individual travelers (one person alone) at an additional cost or for your individual group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 15 days
Costs: € 1.790 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 170 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All internal flights (with Tara Air, Summit Air, SITA Air, Buddha Air or Yeti Air ), inclusive Airport Taxes and 15kg free luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters on lodge trek
  • 12 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • All meals on trek
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Quality service
  • Oxymeter

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas (US$ 40)
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Visa
Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 100 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Insurance
Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at https://www.reiseversicherung.de/vrv/partner/ep-Assistent.html?/data/agent/hagtnr=027256&/data/agent/nagtnr=000000.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.
It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Yeti Air or Buddha.

Tour program
The travel program for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. It can happen, however, that roads are closed without advance notice or are impassable, that there are waiting times of several hours because of traffic congestion or fuel shortages and that specific tourist attractions are closed for various reasons. Other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, the health of participants or unfavorable conditions while trekking may also make the implementation of the travel program more difficult or at worst make it impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will make every effort to achieve every aspect of the program to your satisfaction. As a result the inconvenience can normally be kept to a reasonable level. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this juncture that for the above reasons program changes are possible at any time and cannot be influenced by the organizers. The resulting costs are borne by the traveler. We ask for your understanding.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge – Trekking
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 4.570m
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of onl two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 1.790,00 
  • Single room supplement: 170,00 €
    single room and single tent supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).