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Amadablam Base Camp Trek - 12 days

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The Everest area known locally as Sagarmatha National Park is home to some of the world's highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community is heart warming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Lobuche Peak, Mt Amadablam, Kasum Kangru peak, Thamserku peak and Kwangde peak. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close. If you don’t have time for trek to Everest Base Camp and still wants to have good test of Everest region, cultures and traditions of Sherpas living there, this trek will fulfill your desire and wishes. The people of the Khumbu are predominantly Sherpas. These people are of Tibetan origin and are strongly Buddhist. The trails, villages and hilltops are adorned with Buddhist prayer flags of various colours, each colour represents the different aspects of the environment such as sky, cloud, fire, river and the ground.
 
Mt. AmaDablam is more than just a climb and consider as one of the technically challenging 6000m peaks. It's a journey into the heart of the Himalayas. Located in the Khumbu valley of Nepal, only 12 km from the summit of Mount Everest, AmaDablam demands the attention of every passer-by. From the summit you are surrounded by a vista of peaks like the five of the highest peaks in the world are clearly visible.
 
The first ascent (via the SW ridge) of AmaDablam was not made until the mid 60's by a strong NZ/USA team. The north ridge fell to a talented French team as late as 1979. Autumn is the best season to climb this mountain and the most popular climbing route these days is via the original SW ridge route.
 
Journey: 
 
We fly from KTM to Lukla in the Khumbu district and it's a 30 minutes flying on a twin-otter plane, arriving at 2800m above sea level. We have to take it easy so as to allow our bodies to acclimatize. On our first day we walk for only a couple hours and stay in the small quiet village of Phakding (“next to river”). We use local teahouses and lodges rather than camping on the trek to base camp.
 
Our second day on the track it takes us across several narrow swing bridges that span the Dudh-Koshi River (“Milk River”). The milky colour of the river is due to its glacial origin with fine glacial rock flour particles suspended in the water. By mid afternoon we arrive in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar at 3,440m elevation, where we will allow our bodies to rest and acclimatize for two nights. Once everyone has adjusted sufficiently to the new altitude we walk a further day to the village of Tengbouche at 3910m and we visit the famous Tangboche monastery, which is the largest in the area. And next day we walk through the valley further to Pangbouche, from where the spectacular views can be seen. And here we can do hiking up to the base camp of Mt. Amadablam at altitude of 4,600m. After spending good amount of time there then we step back to Pangbouche the over night stay. Next 2 days for trek back to Lukla and finally we fly to KTM bringing the good memories of Everest region and peoples there.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Experience the Sherpa Cultures and Traditions
  • Hiking to Amadablam Base Camp (4,600m)
  • Visit to Tengboche Monastery
  • Stunning view of Mt. Everest

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive in KTM, transfer to hotel & trip briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Necessary preparation & packing

In the morning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour will be organized during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla (2840m); trek to Phakding (2610m), 3 hours

We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest Base Camp Trek. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek Namche Bazar (3,440m), 5 hours

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Day hikes - Khumjung, Khunde (3840m), 4 hours

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Tengboche (3,860m), 5 hours: visit monastery

The trail continues along glaciated Dudh Koshi River from Namche. We will follow the scenic route with views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and other peaks and mountains and enter the forest area. Walking through the colourful rhododendron forest, we can get opportunity to view musk deer and colourful Himalayn birds like Danphe and Munal. We will move further to Sanasa village. The trail branches at Sanasa. We will follow the main trail towards Everest Base Camp. Following the escalating path from Sanasa, we will reach Tengboche. Gate of Tengboche Monastery is open after 3pm. We will visit Tengboche Monastery which is the largest monastery in the region.

Day 7

Trek to Pangbouche (3,930m), 3 hours

Leaving Tengboche, we will enter the birch and rhododendron forest. In couple of hours, we will reach Debuche from where we will lower down to beautiful Chhukung Valley. We will descend to Imja River and follow the raised path to Pangboche. Monastery is Pangboche is believed to be the oldest Monastery in the region. Stay overnight in Pangbouche.

Day 8

Day hikes to Amadablam Base Camp (50,85m), 5 hours

After early breakfast, we move forward to Amadablam Base Camp with very light daypack with about 2 letters of water. After walking about 30 minute we cross over the Imja river and walk up & down hill for about 2 hours then we reach to base camp of Amadablam. The base camp doesn’t have glacier, it has all most grassy big field. After spending good amount of time at Base Camp, then we take step back to Pangbouche for the overnight stay. 

Day 9

Trek to Namche (3440m), 6 hours

After following the easy descending trail through rhododendron forest to Dudhkoshi River, we will walk past tapered gorges and once again follow the trail through forest area that is rich in Himalayan wildlife. Once we arrive at Sanasa, we will enjoy the view of Amadablam Mountain. Walking through the forested edge beyond Kyangjuma, we will reach Namche. Enjoy the views of Everest, Tengboche and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at Namche.

Day 10

Trek Lukla, 6 hours & Evening free time

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 11

Early morning flight to Kathmandu; free day;

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Enjoy the celebration meal in the evening. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12

International departures as per schedule time

You will be transferred to the Airport as per your schedule flight for international departure. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
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Start Date
8th Nov 2017
End Date
19th Nov 2017
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OPENED
Price
USD 1,295
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COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 3 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Tips to the local staff
Fitness
This kind of trek doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences. It doesn’t require any technical experience, only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike 4 – 6 hours over hilly terrain up to 4,300m of altitude with a light day pack.
 
Experience
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you about trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.     
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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/ABT-12
Grade:
Best Month of the Year : March to May and September to December
Trekking Duration: 08 days
Hotel Accommodation : 3 star twin shared BB basis
Trek Type : Tea House
Maximum Elevation : 4,600M.
Average hours of walking per day : 4 - 6 hours
Destination: : Nepal

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