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Luxury Everest Ama Dablam Base Camp

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Background

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S Eliot

Highlights

  • Trek into the Solu Khumbu home of the mighty Everest
  • Stay in luxurious hotels and resorts throught the entire expedition
  • Visit Thame, home of the Sherpa
  • Stay in the world's highest resort at Kongde (4250m)
  • Visit Ama Dablam base camp, one of the most beautiful mountains on Earth
  • Unsurpassed views of the giants, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse

Overview

Few travelers get to experience the serene tranquility of Kongde, the world’s highest resort. Tucked into the snowy mountains of the Himalayas, Kongde is hidden from the crowds of busier trails leading to Mt. Everest and has become a haven for the most discerning adventure enthusiasts. To reach there, we’ll make our way through the Khumbu region, crossing bridges suspended over the glistening Dudh Koshi and carving ridges with unparalleled mountain views. We’ll enjoy fresh, homemade meals and rest at comfortable lodges that offer heat, friendly hospitality and luxury bedding to guests. Some of the world’s most beautiful peaks will become our backdrop as we step into the shadows of picture-perfect Ama Dablam, and warm evenings will be spent sharing stories from our journey. Our experienced guides and the professional staff of Yeti Mountain Home and Everest Summit Lodges will make sure your journey into the Khumbu valley is an unforgettable one.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival / Welcome Dinner
Day 2: Cultural Tour / Trek Preparation
Day 3: Lukla (2840m) / Phakding (2610m)
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 5: Rest Day
Day 6: Phortse (3810m)
Day 7: Pangboche (3930m)
Day 8: Ama Dablam (4600m) / Pangboche
Day 9: Thame (3820m)
Day 10: Sunder Peak (5361m) / Thame
Day 11: Kongde (4250m)
Day 12: Lukla (2840m)
Day 13: Return to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure


Dates Don't Suit?
No problem. We can run on any date that suits you. Minimum for Private Expeditions is 2 people, so just bring a friend.

Single Supplement : If you would like to have your own room throughout, this can be arranged. The Single Supplement for our Luxury Everest Ama Dablam Trip is $1300 per person. Single rooms are not available outside of Kathmandu.

Routes

Day 1: Arrival / Welcome Dinner

 

Our staff will be waiting for your arrival at Kathmandu’s International airport. After collecting luggage, you’ll be escorted to one of the most historic and luxurious hotels in Nepal, the Hotel Shanker. Here, you’ll be greeted with an arrival drink and have time to relax and unpack your belongings before we attend a traditional dance program to properly welcome you to the liveliness of Nepal.

 

Day 2: Cultural Tour / Trek Preparation

 

See some of Kathmandu’s most culturally significant sites up close with our friendly and knowledgeable tour hosts. We’ll lead you up the stairs to the white dome of Boudhanath Monastery and down to the banks of the Bagmati River where Hindu temples of Pashupatinath attract religious followers. Over dinner, we’ll review our itinerary for the days ahead and answer any questions about what to expect. Tonight you can explore Lazimpat, one of Kathmandu’s most upscale neighborhoods, as plenty of lounges and restaurants are within walking distance of your hotel. Be sure to get enough rest, however; our great adventure begins tomorrow!

 

Day 3: Lukla (2840m) / Phakding (2610m)

 

From Kathmandu, we’ll board a plane for the steep, short runaway of Lukla. Have your camera ready to descend from the clouds of the Himalayas into the Khumbu valley. We’ll start our trek by crossing bridges suspended over the crystal Dudh Koshi and will overtake lines of yak carrying goods for the valley. A warm meal waits for us at Phakding where we’ll stay for the evening.

 

Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3440m)

 

Your strength will be tested as we approach several steep climbs and pass high, shaky bridges. Today is a day to remember: Buddhist prayer wheels, old buildings and farming communities are some of the many sights en route to Namche Bazaar. We’ll encounter more rocky terrain as we approach the scenic village. Nestled into the hills, this tiered trading settlement is what postcards are made of.

 

Day 5: Rest Day

 

If you’re feeling strong, venture to Khumjung and explore the surrounding areas of Namche. For those wanting to relax, Namche has several coffee shops and bakeries, and you can even find wifi to connect with friends at home. We’ll spend another night here to acclimatize and get used to the elevation before continuing on our journey.

 

Day 6: Phortse (3810m)

 

Setting out for Phortse, we’ll encounter more steady inclines as we make our way higher into the Himalayas. After reaching Mongla Pass (3975m), snow-capped peaks surround us and native animals may cross our path upon our descent into a thick rhododendron forest. It will take us about five hours for us to reach the walled village of Phortse, and we’ll enjoy a homemade dinner to warm our tired bodies after we arrive.

 

Day 7: Pangboche (3930m)

 

Today’s trail will be a challenging one, rising and dropping beside mountain ridges and circling Mani stones, intricately carved Buddhist mantras. With the river winding below and white peaks glistening in the background, your mind will be distracted from any exhaustion you may feel. You’ll also notice several stupas, small temples erected on hilltops, and will feel chilliness of thinner mountain air. To help our bodies adjust to the altitude, we’ll rest at Pangboche for the night to prepare for the next day’s climb.

 

Day 8: Ama Dablam (4600m) / Pangboche

 

Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Our trail today crosses rivers and circles a small lake before we reach the grassy meadow where mountaineers begin their approach to this mountain known for its sharp cliffs. The vivid blue of the Himalayan sky will make a perfect photo to share with friends at home. Total walking time is about five hours, and we’ll return to Pangboche for rest.

 

Day 9: Thame (3820m)

 

After sipping our morning coffee, we’ll set out for Thame, the home of some of the most famous Sherpa people, Tenzin and Apa. We’ll set foot on the original yak trail connecting the Solukhumbu region with Tibet. Birds will soar above us as we walk towards the fortressed village of Thame. This area is known for delicious potatoes, so tonight’s dinner will be exceptionally delicious.

 

Day 10: Sunder Peak (5361m) / Thame

 

Directly about the village of Thame is Sunder Peak, a scenic viewpoint less travelled by other guide companies. This mountain lives up to its name, “Beautiful,” and overlooks outstretched vistas of the valley. Climbers often place prayer flags here, and with winds leading into Tibet, you’ll experience a magical moment. Today we will have the opportunity to visit the Thame Monastery, one of the oldest Gompa’s in the Everest region, before returning to Thame for another freshly prepared meal.

 

Day 11: Kongde (4250m)

 

The world's highest resort is our destination today, a breathtaking viewpoint of Everest and the Khumbu region. We’ll trace the same steps the original Khumbu valley Sherpas used and see many snowy peaks of the Himalayan range. You’ll feel like you have the mountains to yourself, away from the crowds of Everest Base Camp, and can step outside into a peaceful lightshow, beneath stars brighter than you’ve ever seen. If you get cold, sip hot chocolate or take a hot shower to soothe achy muscles.

 

Day 12: Lukla (2840m)

 

Though our walk today is a long one, the decline will be a welcome change for tired feet. Six hours later, we’ll return to Lukla to celebrate the success of our trek with dinner, dancing and drinks.

 

Day 13: Return to Kathmandu

 

After our flight from Lukla, we’re return to Kathmandu where you can wander through the colourful markets of Thamel or ask a member of our team for their recommendations. With monasteries, temples, health spas and social activities, we’re happy to suggest our favorite city activities.

 

Day 14: Departure

 

Say goodbye or “Pheri Betaula!” (See you again!) to your new friends before you head to the airport. Our staff will make sure you arrive with plenty of time to catch your return flight home.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at luxurious former palace, The Shanker Hotel
  • 10 nights in luxury lodges throughout expeditions. 
  • Equipment including Duvet /Down/ Gore-Tex Jacket and Duffel Bag
  • All park and track fees
  • Porterage and Guide
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners)
  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Conservation Fees

Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance

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