About Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking
Mount Ama Dablam 6812m is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Khumbu Himalaya of Nepal. Ama Dablam is a towering, dominant and stunning mountain that you will witness during most of your Everest trips in Nepal. Ama Dablam attracts a good number of climbers each year. The Southwest ridge of Ama Dablam is one of the most aesthetic climbing routes in the Himalaya. Trek to the spectacular Ama Dablam Base Camp is one of the most charming hiking and trekking experience in Nepal. The name Ama Dablam means ‘Mothers Necklace’ and the long ridges on each side implies the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child. Similarly, the hanging glacier (Dablam) represents the traditional double pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13th March, 1961 by Mike Gill, Barry Bishop, Mike Ward and Wally Romanes via the Southwest Ridge led by Sir Edmund Hillary. For its towering rims and abrupt surfaces, Ama Dablam is also referred as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalaya’.
Our Ama Dablam Base Camp Trekking begins with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla (2860m). As the trail progresses from Lukla, we trek through Dudh Koshi valley to Namche Bazaar, widely known as the ‘Sherpa Capital’ and ‘Gateway to Everest’. Sherpa community inhabits most part of Khumbu region. To cope up with the thin air as we gradually gain altitude, we spend two nights at Namche Bazaar. We can explore this beautiful village in the second day as there’s a lot to do in Namche Bazaar apart from hiking. Hike up to Hotel Everest View for breathtaking views of the Khumbu Himalaya is an excellent option.
Moving onwards, we climb the trail above the Namche to reach Khumjung. Both Khumjung and Khunde have a history of having many legendary Sherpa mountaineers. We follow the offbeat trail leading up to Phortse, another Sherpa village with great mountain climbers. The trail then moves to the beautiful village of Pangboche. Next day we will make a day hike up to the Ama Dablam Base Camp and then return back to Pangboche. Ama Dablam Base Camp rewards us with sublime views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, kantega, Ama Dablam and other snow capped giants.
We return back through the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail. We hike through the oak and rhododendron forests, eventually reach Tengboche, the largest and sacred monastery in Khumbu region. Classic view of Mount Ama Dablam along with the Everest and Lhotse range will be seen from Tengboche. We retrace our way back to Namche Bazzar and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
The captivating trek to the Ama Dablam Base Camp gives you an opportunity to experience and interact with the local Sherpasand know their way of living, culture, tradition and warm hospitality.