Sherpa Heritage & AmaDablam

For those short on time this teahouse trek is the perfect introduction to the Everest region and takes us along the main trail from Lukla towards Everest Base Camp, through Namche Bazaar and Thyangboche – trails made famous by many Everest climbers. We get great views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse as we trek as far as Pangboche, a small Sherpa village set at the foot of Ama Dablam, We spend two nights here and have the chance to trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp for magnificent views of the highest mountains in the world.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

     

    Day 2
    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m),and begin our trek northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We then descend from the small plateau down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where we will spend our first night.

     

    Day 3
    We follow the Dudh Kosi north. Heading out of Phakding,  we first cross to the west bank, climbing high above the river. The walking takes us through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. After Jorsale (2805m) the trail climbs to cross the river, and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. Soon we should have the first view of the summit of Everest appearing behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, administrative centre of the Khumbu region and headquarters for the Mount Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Namche is an important trading centre with a weekly market at which fresh foodstuffs are sold.

     

    Day 4
    We climb steeply out of Namche Bazaar to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other magnificent peaks. We may even stop for tea at the spectacularly situated Everest View Hotel. We will
    also have the opportunity to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital in Kunde.Passing through the village of Khumjung, we visit the monastery where, for a small donation, we can see the only Yeti scalp in the world! We then descend to join the main trail at Kyanjuma high above the Dudh Kosi, with excellent views of Ama Dablam across the valley.

     

    Day 5
    We descend gradually to the village of Teshinga, after which the trail drops more steeply to the river,crossing it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha (3250m).
    Climbing steeply we enter the forest and continue to the saddle of a hill where we come to Thyangboche at 3867m. From here we have a fantastic panorama of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Thyangboche has long been a sacred spot. The Lama Sange Dorje, who first brought Buddhism to the region, is said to have flown from his monastery in Tibet over the Himalaya, landing here at Pangboche. Visitors should be careful to respect the spirit of this special place. From Thyangboche we descend through rhododendron forests before the trail climbs slowly to Pangboche (3900m). There are stunning views of Ama Dablam ahead.

     

    Day 6
    Ama Dablam Base Camp We spend the day in Pangboche with various options for daywalks.The energetic can take a packed lunch and make the full-day excursion to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4570m). The trail descends to a bridge across the Dudh Kosi and then climbs up onto lower slopes of this stunning mountain. It�s about 3.5 hours walk to the base camp from where we can pick out the route climbers take and in both spring and autumn we may well see climbers at base camp and on the mountain. It was also in this area a Sherpa girl reported having seen a Yeti! For those wanting a less energetic day a visit to Upper Pangboche village and monastery (one of the oldest in the region) is recommended.
    Day 7
    We descend back down to the river and climb up to Thyangboche for one of our
    last panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. The trail then drops down to
    Phunki Tenga and then climbs through Teshinga to Kyanjuma, where we spend a night.

     

    Day 8
    The walk back from Kyanjuma to Namche Bazaar is along a beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi. Descending through Namche Bazaar, we follow the Dudh Kosi, past Jorsale and Monzo to Phakding, where we spend another night.

     

    Day 9
    Today we trek back to Chaunrikhara, where we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to Lukla.

     

    Day 10
    We fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.

     

    Day 11
    A free day in Kathmandu for last minute shopping or sightseeing. See The Optional Excursion section for sightseeing tours that can be booked locally.

     

    Day 12
    Depart Kathmandu

Date & Price

Includes & Excludes

  • Accommodation
    3 nights hotel, 8 nights mountain lodges.
    What to Expect
    This is a grade B trek, 8 day walking. The altitude maximum is 3900m, with an average of 3500m. The Ama Dablam  base camp trek is all on good, well-established trails,but with the slight possibility of snow underfoot on departures between November and April. We avoid possible altitude problems by having enough acclimatisation days. Most of the walking is moderate but there are a few steep uphill walks.

    Moderate
    No experience is necessary; those who take weekend hill walks in areas like the Peak District or Cotswold’s at home should manage a B-grade trek; good health and reasonable fitness are important. These Moderately graded departures are either fairly easy medium-duration walks or harder, shorter walks.

Trip Notes

  • Do I need to take walking poles?
    If you are used to walking with trekking poles then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference but do remember to pack them as part of your main luggage to be stowed in the hold. If you decide later you'd like to have some, they are available to buy in Kathmandu.
    Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
    Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
    You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!
    Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
    You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel  in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.

    Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
    Momos
    This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or  fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
     Kwanti soup
    This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
     Choela
    This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.
    I have some free time in Kathmandu?
    If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.

    On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
    US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.
    Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
    Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.
    Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
    Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct.
    Please note if you are staying in Nepal longer than 15 days, you will need to ask for a 30 day visa.

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