Ama Dablam Expedition- 30 Days

Trip Overview

The glistening dove-white caps and elegance resonating from whichever angle, Ama Dablam has raved for her majestic appeal and appearance spell-binding to many who have had the good fortune of witnessing her. Ama Dablam gets in name from the Sherpa language which means "mother's necklace". A technical climb this, Ama Dablam Expedition is one of the most famous destinations among mountaineers and enthusiasts. The route offers diverse and persistent climbs with quite a reasonable level of difficulty.

Also known as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas", we begin our journey to its peak with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek through Namche Bazaar, Debuche and Pheriche before setting up at Amadablam base camp. The expedition and the trek leading up to it focuses acclimatization and familiarization with the terrain. The popular way of ascent to Ama Dablam is via the South-Western Ridge, the same route that was followed by a team in the first ascent of the mountain. Three high camps are set up at strategic points for the expedition. The Ama Dablam Expedition moves through Camps I, II and III and on our route, we will be climbing through some of the most spectacular, wide-ranging and aesthetic terrains any mountaineer could anticipate. Blizzards, avalanches, hanging glaciers, soaring edges, and steep faces make it one of the most difficult yet exciting mountains to climb. Throughout the journey to its summit, Ama Dablam offers panoramic views of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and many more Himalayan peaks. The season between March to June and September to November is considered as the best season for this expedition.

Ama Dablam Expedition is an excellent mix to experience culture, nature, and adventure. We, at Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition, and our team will offer you the most excellent logistical preparation along with the essential training to make you mentally and physically prepared for scaling the summit. So, join us to make Ama Dablam Expedition your next destination for a travel experience you will never forget.  

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu -1,300m
Day 02: Trip Preparation Day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m), Trek to Phakding (2,610m)- 40 min flight, 3-4 hours Trek
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hours 
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar 
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3,870m) 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Debuche to Pheriche (4,240m) 5-6 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m) 6-7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6,856m)
Day 26-27: Trek from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Lukla (2,840m)
Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 30: Final Departure

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu -1,300m
After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome dinner is held in the hotel and a short brief about your trip is given. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trip Preparation Day
After breakfast, we proceed for a guided sightseeing tour to several historical and religious attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks incudes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. We will also make other preparations for the upcoming adventure. We conduct a pre-trip discussion where you will be introduced to other participants of the expedition and the rest of the team. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,840m), Trek to Phakding (2,610m)- 40 min flight, 3-4 hours Trek
We take an early morning flight to Lukla above beautiful snow-capped mountains and lush green hills. Lukla Airport has a fantastic setting with a short landing strip which is the gateway to the Everest Region. Then, we walk through the trail that gradually descends through Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and yak pastures. Our trail moves down along the bank of Dudh Koshi River until we arrive at Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hours 
After breakfast, we gear up for our trek to Namche Bazaar, which is one of the biggest Sherpa villages in Nepal. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and walk through beautiful pine forests. Then, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and descend to Dudh Koshi River en route to Jorsale. From there, the trail ascends until Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar 
On this day set aside for acclimatization at Namche, we accommodate our bodies to the lofty altitude. It is recommended to move around instead of just resting. So, we can stroll around Namche and interact with the Sherpa people and learn about their lifestyle and also check out the Sherpa Museum. We can walk up to Khunde Hospital that was set up by Edmund Hilary or to speed up acclimatization, we can hike up to Everest View Hotel that offers splendid views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), and other mountains. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3,870m) 5-6 hours
After spending a night at Namche Bazaar, we begin our trek towards Debuche. We trek through the Everest route alongside breathtaking views of the mountains like Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), and Thamserku (6608m). The trail is relatively flat until you reach Kyangjuma. One we reach Kyangjuma, we descend down to the Phunki Tenga River and then climb to Tengboche, and finally reach Debuche. Overnight stay at Debuche.
Day 07: Trek from Debuche to Pheriche (4,240m) 5-6 hours
We hike to the scenic village of Pangboche and visit the Pangboche monastery here. We continue our gradual ascent through Somare and Pheriche pass (4270m) until we reach Pheriche. We pass through Sherpa villages where we can get an insight into their culture and traditions. Since we will cross the altitude of 4,000m on this day, we need to ascend steadily on the way to Pheriche. Overnight stay at Pheriche.

Day 08: Acclimatization
It is an important day to acclimatize and minimize the chances of being affected by AMS. We will explore the village and climb up a slope above Pheriche to gain a hiking experience in cold condition and a view overlooking the Himalayan valleys. The Sherpa settlements here offer great hospitality and display of their ancestral culture. Overnight stay at Pheriche.

Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,600m) 6-7 hours
From Pheriche, we trek back to Pangboche along the Imja River. Crossing the river at Pangboche, we steadily gain altitude as we head to Ama Dablam Base Camp. In a moderately paced trek, we pass through rhododendron and oak forests to reach Ama Dablam Base Camp.  The base camp offers gorgeous scenic views of the surrounding landscapes and Himalayas in the northern region.  Overnight stay at Ama Dablam Base Camp. 

Day 10: Acclimatization and Pre-climb training at Ama Dablam Base Camp
It is the day for acclimatization or rest. We will make all the essential preparations for our expedition on this day. The guides will provide some training on peak climbing techniques and using the gear. We also check the condition of all the equipment. Overall, we make ourselves mentally and physically fit and boost our confidence for the expedition. Overnight stay at Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Day 11-25: Ascending and Descending of Ama Dablam (6,856m)
From the Ama Dablam Base Camp, we move further up to Yak Camp (5400m) up to where Yaks carry most of our equipment. Then, one and a half hours our walking takes us to Camp I (5800m). From Camp I, we follow existing fixed lines and then establish new ropes wherever necessary. It involves the most difficult rock climbing of the entire route. We reach Camp II (6000m) which is situated on top of the Yellow Tower on a narrow platform. Then, we climb from Camp II to Camp III (6300m) which is comprised of mixed rock, snow, and ice that is loose in certain places. En route, we come across Mushroom Ridge which is a narrow, windy, snowy and mushroom-like ridge with Himalayan peaks in the background. From Camp III, which is located on a small plateau, we continue to the summit with a cold and exposed position. It is a relatively less technical climb, which takes us from "Dablam" (ice cliff) to a slope, then to the center of the face and eventually to the summit (6856 m). From the summit, the splendid views of the snow-festooned peaks in the Everest region; the overwhelming emotions are ineffable and only the ones who have conquered the peak can relive those moments. After summiting the peak, we return back to the base camp. Stay at the tent for the entire climbing period. 

Day 26-27: Trek from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Lukla (2,840m)
For the next two days, we trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar to Phakding and reach Lukla. We pass several villages and cross the Dudh Koshi River with impressive Khumbu peaks including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) accompanying us. It will mostly be a downhill trek as we cross several monasteries, villages and suspension bridges. Our enthralling journey in the mountains is completed once we reach Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 28: Fly back to Kathmandu
We take a scenic morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu over lush forests, fields, and villages with the superb panorama of the Himalayas. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing during the remaining time. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 29: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It will be a contingency day in case the flight from Lukla gets delayed. In case everything goes as per the schedule, you can enjoy the rest of the day strolling around Kathmandu, visit the places you wish and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, we will enjoy the farewell dinner at the hotel with the team along with some cultural performances. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 30: Final Departure
Our representative will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hours before your flight schedule. We certainly hope that you enjoyed the Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition and look forward to seeing you for another adventure soon.


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Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • 2 complimentary dinners
  • 3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Domestic flight fare, airport tax and domestic transfer.
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • (B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
  • Expedition permit fee/peak permit/royalty
  • Climbing Guide (Licensed & Experienced), Enough porters and staffs
  • Private High-Altitude Tents/Gamow Bag/PAC Chamber
  • Kitchen cookware and staffs
  • Duffle Bag (50+ ltr)/Extra baggage/Cargo fee
  • Garbage disposal deposit
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket for Base Camp purpose
  • Private tent/High Altitude Tents at Base Camp with mattress
  • Dining tent at Base Camp with a gas heater
  • Toilet and shower tent at base camp
  • Quality high altitude frozen dried food and individual packet food
  • EPI Gas with burner for high camps
  • Satellite phone and payable for personal use ($3 p.minute)
  • Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose at base camp
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus for staff + liaison officer
  • Local team members insurance
  • Climbers’ Certificate (Issued by Government)
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency

Cost Excludes

  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Personal gears and equipment
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided win sharing room in teahouses and twin sharing Tent during your climb. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Everest region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Everest region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Service and Security:

A professional, English speaking trekking guide and assistant guide for every 4 members, and 1 porter for every two trekkers will be provided to your group during the trek.

Similarly, a licensed and professional English speaking climbing guide will be provided for your climbing of the peak. We provide 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide for a group of 2-4 people. But for a group of more than 5-8 people, we provide 01 main and 2 assistant guides. For the group having 9+ people, 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides will be provided. Other staff members we provide include 01 experienced cook, Sherpas, and assistants.

Our professional staffs will take care of you. Please keep on informing about each and every change that you might feel as you set out for the magnificent journey. Do not feel shy, because the very nature of this trekking and climbing makes one nervous. Our staffs will be there to help you overcome such state of nervousness.


After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.


Trekking to the Everest Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

  • Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Please consult your physician
  • Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
  • Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek. When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu/Lukla might be canceled due to bad weather. So all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

If you want to book a Amadablam Expedition with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your Expedition Campaign, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your daypack, the porters and yaks carry all your heavy gears and luggage. While Trekking from Lukla, you can wear a T-Shirt and trousers. You will need your down jacket around base camp until the sun hits camp after breakfast. Above the Base Camp, carry also ice axe, crampons, sleeping bag, snacks in your rucksack. The Sherpas will carry other heavy items and gears in the mountain. 

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek/climb:

Climbing Gear
Ice Axe:
A 60 cm length is probably the most useful length. Bring a lightweight axe with a pick that will stick easily in hard glacier ice (for example the Petzl Sum-Tec Mountaineering Ice Axe). Attach a lightweight wrist leash that is usable for climbing steeper terrain. The summit day is a consistent 40 degrees, so a shorter axe is necessary.
12-point Crampons: These must be sharp and must fit your boot perfectly.
Climbing Harness: Make sure the buckle is easy for you to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg loops.
Climbing Helmet: Required. Be sure you can comfortably fit a warm hat underneath.
Hardware: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. It is helpful if at least one of the locking carabiners has a "key gate", like the Petzl Attache. Bring one handled ascender and one Petzl Tibloc for ascending the fixed rope. You will need rigging material — two sewn 48" nylon slings and 10' of 8 mm perlon should be sufficient. Also, include one small 5 mm prussik loop (about 4 feet of cord tied with a double fisherman's knot) for a rappel backup. For rappelling the Black Diamond ATC Guide is good since it can handle ropes from 7.7mm to 11mm. A Figure 8 is an old standby and works on a variety of ropes and also icy ropes. While it twists the ropes more, it is quite foolproof. You might consider both, in case you drop one of them and lose it. 

Backpack & Sleeping Bag
Climbing Backpack:
Medium size internal frame pack (60-liter capacity). Look for a pack which is comfortable to carry, very durable, as light as is reasonable and one which has a minimum number of bells and whistles.
Sleeping Bag: Bring a sleeping bag comfortable to -20°F. Down is lighter and much more compressible. Be sure to bring a compression stuff sack. Keep in mind that many of your nights will be much warmer than -20, especially on the trek into base camp.
Sleeping Pads: Bring one RidgeRest or Thermarest pad. A stuff sack helps prevent punctures. 

Camp Accessories
Headlamp: Bring a good LED headlamp with 2 sets of lithium batteries for cold conditions. I'd recommend the Petzl MYO RXP.
Water Bottles: 2 wide-mouth plastic water bottles with insulated covers. A small Thermos bottle is great for cold mornings.
Water Treatment: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar) or iodine crystals (Polar Pure). One bottle of Potable Aqua (enough to treat 25 liters) should be more than sufficient.
Utensils: Bring an insulated mug with a lid, a decent-sized bowl, spoon, pocket knife and lighter. You are better to bring lighters from the US. TSA says you can carry them on, or pack two in a DOT approved case. Kathmandu lighters are not very good. 

Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners. Make sure your crampons can be adjusted to fit them! The newer insulated boots like the Scarpa Phantom 6000, or the La Sportiva Spantik, are ideal for the climb — they climb well enough on the rock sections to Camp 2 and are warm enough for up high.
Approach boots. A good example is the La Sportiva Trango S, which will work on the trek and approach to Camp 1, and even up to Camp 2 if conditions warrant.
Gaiters and Yaktrax or Kahtoola Microspikes in case of snow.
Socks: Four sets of climbing socks. 

Insulated Parka: Heavyweight insulated expedition parka with hood.
Shell Jacket: Lightweight waterproof-breathable construction with a hood.
Pants: Lightweight waterproof-breathable shell pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers (so they can be put on over boots/crampons). ALSO, insulated pants with full-length zippers for evenings and cold summit days (either down pants OR synthetic insulation full-zip pants like Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pants). Down suits will work but can be heavier and bulkier to carry in your pack.
Mid Layers: Fleece or Soft Shell layering pieces that work well with the rest of your clothing. A Soft Shell jacket and an expedition weight longjohn top will work well.
Climbing Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. The fabric should be a breathable synthetic that preferably holds up to abrasion. I'd recommend a Schoeller fabric climbing pant for general use and zippered fleece pants for the summit push.
Base Layers: 2 synthetic tops and 1 bottom. Zip neck tops are the way to go. 

Outerwear Accessories
Mittens: Fleece mittens with an over mitten. Nothing competes with a mitten for warmth when the going gets tough.
Ski Gloves: A warm insulated glove with leather palm will be worn a lot of the time.
Light Gloves: Polypropylene or fleece. Leather palms handle the fixed-line better.
Leather gloves or good abrasion resistant climbing glove for the rock sections.
Stocking Hat: Wool or fleece stocking hat with ear protection.
Neck Gaiter and/or a Buff (highly recommended).
Baseball hat and Bandana. 

Personal Accessories
Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses with side protection. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions. The ski goggles are essential for all climbers in really stormy conditions and can serve as an emergency back up for broken or lost sunglasses.
Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Nepal, bring enough for the duration.
Wrist Watch: With alarm and night light. An altimeter watch is useful.
Basic First Aid: Hand sanitizer (Purell), moleskin or Compede, athletic tape, aspirin (some climbers take a baby aspirin every day up high) and/or ibuprofen/acetaminophen, Imodium, Band-Aids, antacid, insect repellant, earplugs, and two rolls of toilet paper in quart Ziploc bags (we will have a supply at Base Camp), small towel, soap/shampoo.
Skin Care: Sunblock lotion (at least #30 protection factor — have at least one smaller tube (1 oz) that can fit in your pocket) and lip salve. Put your lip protection on a string and hang it from your neck. That way you'll use it. It also works great for your nose.
Garbage Bags: 2 or 3 large plastic bags make great liners for your pack in wet weather.
Personal Snack Food: The food is great on the trek but you might enjoy a few snacks (not more than 5 pounds) from home and also some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle (let the iodine have 30 minutes contact time before adding). Summit climbers should bring some high altitude snacks they prefer for hard days, approximately 10 pounds including a drink mix like Cytomax. Include a number (10-20) of Gu, Power Gel or similar for the upper route.
MP3 Player and Books. Plan on sharing books with the Base Camp Library we establish every year.
Pee Bottle
Chemical Hand Warmers (6)

Prescription Medications:
Two regimens of antibiotics for respiratory and GI problems (azithromycin "Z-Pak")
Diamox (acetazolamide) for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended; enough for a week)
Sleeping pills for jet lag
Malaria Chemoprophylaxis, if needed based on travel plans (the climb/trek will not enter malaria likely zones)
Asthma medication, if any history.
For serious illness on high altitude expeditions, a standard treatment protocol is:
Nifedipine (for pulmonary edema)
and Dexamethasone (for cerebral edema) in association with immediate descent.

Travel Items
Duffel Bags: We normally pack all our equipment in two large duffel bags. Make sure they are well labeled with indelible ink as well as a travel tag. The duffels go on the trek/climb with you and will be carried by porters and yaks. Expect for them to get wet and muddy, so rugged, waterproof duffels are good. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters and yaks don't like to carry them, so don't bring wheeled bags (or at least not two of them). You will also store some travel clothes at the hotel in Kathmandu while trekking, so a small additional bag with a lock might be handy. You'll want padlocks, but for flying out of the USA, it might be better to use plastic zip ties which can be cut by TSA staff if necessary (bring extra zip ties). Tip: Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
Daypack: A smaller rucksack makes a great carry-on bag for your flight and is useful during the trek.
Travel Wallet: Some type of secure travel wallet is a must. Remember a pen for travel documents.
Passport (valid for at least 6 months after the trip ends with sufficient extra pages for visa stamps and in the same name as airline ticket (or with endorsement-for women who changed name w/ marriage). It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport... bring a passport photo. Bring a copy of the information pages and a couple of extra passport photographs. Carry these in a separate location. You'll be glad you did if you ever lose a passport.
Camera: with spare batteries, and film or memory cards, but keep it reasonable in size and weight. Consider a small USB drive to make it easy to share photos with your teammates.
Casual Clothes: For travel/meals in dining rooms. You'll want a shirt or two with a collar to wear on flights and for restaurants. A sweatshirt or light jacket might be nice in the evening. Tip: Keep your travel clothing modest, please do not wear short shorts and skimpy tops, the locals take offense.
Bathing Suit: Some of the hotels have pools (eg, in Kathmandu). Trekking Gear
Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack and fit into your duffle.
Backpack: You may choose to bring a smaller "daypack" for your airline travel carry on, and this can be used on the trek if you want to carry a smaller (35 liter or so), light trekking pack. You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day.
Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your trekking pack.
Tip: Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
Trekking Clothes: Light hiking pants and/or hiking shorts for warm weather down low- NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric is better.) Don't overdo your trekking clothes. A pair of shorts, long pants and a couple of shirts will do. You can hand wash them during the trek as needed.
Lightweight Approach Boots: Find a pair that fits and log some miles in them before your trip. A low-cut shoe is adequate, but some hikers will prefer more ankle support.
Sleeping Bag: Climbers will make due with their expedition bag, trekkers only can get by with a lighter bag rated to 10°F.
Sleeping Pad or Thermarest (one light one is sufficient, you will be provided a thick open cell foam "trekking mattress". 

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