Ama Dablam and Kalapathar is the hub of this Everest trek. Inexact words, Ama Dablam means ‘mother’s necklace’, and Kalapathar means ‘black rock’. The trek includes hikes to Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Island Peak (5,080 m), and Kalapathar (5,545 m.).
Ama Dablam is located in the Khumbu Valley and is one of the most popular Himalayan peaks for permitted expeditions. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Everest are clearly seen from the peak of Ama Dablam. The Island Peak (6189m.), located in the upper Imja Valley, is also known as Imja Tse. The hike to Island Peak is a popular one despite the climb being difficult due to the steep climbing. The hike to Kalapathar begins at Gorakshep and is also the easiest route that leads to Kalapathar. From the Kalapathar, Everest, Changtse, Nuptse Nup II, and also a part of Lhotse is seen.
The Namche Bazaar, located in the Khumbu valley, is known among trekkers as a place for altitude acclimatization and the refilling center of their necessary stock.
We will take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. After lunch, we will start our walking trail towards Phakding Village. On our very first day of trekking, we will trek for only 3 hours.
We will walk through the plain route crossing bridges over the rivers. After the last bridge over the Imjatse River, we will trek along the winding uphill route to reach Namche Bazaar. The place offers stunning views of high massifs like Kusum Kanguru, Kwande Peak, Mt. Everest, and many more.
We will walk through sloppy paths with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks around us. After 6 hours of steady walking, we will reach Pangboche.
We will descend to cross the river and climb up to reach Cholunge Kharka. Then we will go on climbing gradually to reach the Ama Dablam Base Camp. The incredible view of Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Lobuche Paek (6,090 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Kusum Kangaru (6,367 m) Cholatse (6,335 m) and many snow-capped peaks can be seen from and along the way to Base Camp.
Today, we will trek for 5 hours to reach small but beautiful village of Chhukung which lies at the top of cliffs.
We will hike with a fairly steep climb through a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. A crisscross route through the Lhotse and Imja Glacier takes to the Island Base Camp. After exploring the place we will descen down to Chhkung for the overnight stay.
The route leads through the gradual up for an hour to reach Mani-prayer Stupa. Then we will 5 hours more to reach Lobuche. The route offers spectacular views of Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Kongma-tse and many Himalayas giants.
A short downhill then steeply climb route takes us to Gorakshep. Then we will hike to Kala Pathhar. The Kala Pathhar vie point offers the incredible vies of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many more. Then we will descend towards Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
We will descend back through same route to Lobuche.
We will walk for 5 hours through plain and uphill route to reach Pangboche.
We will descend back to Namche Bazaar passing beautiful villages and forests of Rhododendron and Alpine.
We will start our trekking after hiking around Namche Bazaar Village in the morning.
We will fly back to Kathmandu Valley from Lukla Airport.
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