Ama Dablam: a beautiful challenge
AMA DABLAM is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. The main peak is 6812 metres, the lower western peak is 6170m.
Ama Dablam means Mother's Necklace; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women.
Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge.
Climbers typically set up three camps along the ridge with camp three just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam.
As with Mt. Everest, the best climbing months are April-May (before the monsoon) and then once again from September-October.
Ama Dablam is known as one of the most impressive mountains in the world, not for its altitude, but for its beauty, especially high on its flanks.
The mountain has gained in popularity over the past eight years.