Mythical climb in the Himalayas, Ama Dablam and Matterhorn are the perfect mountains. They resemble with each other in shape. One is located in the Himalayas of Nepal and another in the Alps in between Switzerland & Italy.
Ama Dablam starts where Matterhorn ends!
The elevation of Matterhorn measures 4478 m where the base camp of Ama Dablam measures elevation of 4600 m. The main summit of this beautiful mountain is 6812 m.
When I first trekked in Khumbu, dated 3 years back, I was astonished by the changing view of this peak. After some research over the Internet I decided to write a few words about this impressive mountain. Literal meaning of Ama Dablam is Mother’s Necklace, as viewed from Tengboche. It looks like an arm of mother protecting her child on each side. Also hanging glacier is in the shape of a pendant worn by Sherpa women.
This is the third most popular mountain, which is permitted for the expedition in Nepal Himalayas. Camp II of Ama Dablam is also considered as the most beautiful campsite in the world. The capacity of Camp II is four tents only!
Normally climbers set three different camps for the expedition. ‘Camp I’ is often known as Ama Dablam Advance Base Camp. I had trekked to the base of this mountain as a part of side trip from my Everest Trek. Approach to the base camp was easy. You could make it either from the village of Pangboche or from Dingboche.
I read an article in summitpost, by Alan Ellis, who wrote about this beautiful mountain. Where this mountain was described as the most impressive mountain in the world, not for its altitude, but for it’s beauty, aesthetics and the pure exposure encountered high on its flanks.
You can allocate a day or two more from your regular Lukla to Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary. Then, as side trip you can explore the isolated base camp of Ama Dablam. Depending on the season, you might encounter with support base camp for the expedition. There are no tea houses and it is just on the next bank of Imja River.
Alan Arnette shared the experience about his beautiful climb as difficult but not impossible. You need expedition permit and separate national park entry permit, also the liaison officer to climb. For regular trek, Nepali citizen doesn’t need any kinds of permit, where as for the foreigner separate Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit are needed. The major incident during the climb was a tragic death of six climbers in November 2006, after the serac collide with Camp III.
During my trek, I had become a friend with a Japanese guy, who turned out to be trouper photographer. Recently he provided me with his collection of beautiful photos of Ama Dablam. Enjoy!