Situated in the Khumbu Himal, a route to Everest Base Camp, Ama Dablam (6,856m) is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya. In Sherpa dialect, the name “Ama Dablam” means “Mother’s necklace”, reflecting the distinct shape of the mountain: the long, graceful sweep of the ridges on each side stretching out like the arms of the mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier below the summit forming the Dablam, the traditional double pendant containing pictures of gods, worn by Sherpa woman.
First summited by an Anglo American / New Zealand team in 1961, an ascent of Ama Dablam represents a significant challenge requiring technical ability over ice and rock. We will be using the conventional SQ ridge which involves pure rock climbing. The last section to the summit involves ice climbing followed by a long, steep snow slope. Because of the technical nature of the route 3,50m of fixed rope are required as well as 3 camps above base camp.