24 Jun 2022 Peak Climbing Nepal
How High is Ama Dablam Base Camp? Well, its base camp is 4,600m high. Yes, the base camp is around 4,600m to 4,800m high. Remember the number.
How do you get there? It’s a beautiful walk. You trek through the Everest Region to reach the base camp of one of the scenic mountains in the world. After getting to Ama Dablam Base Camp, you head towards Camp I(5,700m) and Camp II(6,080m). Then comes the top of Ama Dablam(6,812m). So this is the whole route of the Ama Dablam Expedition.
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About Ama Dablam
Location: Khumbu, Nepal
Parent Range: Khumbu Himal
First Climb: 1961(Team of 1960-61 Silver Hut Expedition)
Ama Dablam(6,812m/22,349ft), one of the most iconic mountains in the world, is a mountain in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. Ama Dablam simply means “Mother’s Necklace” in the local language. The ridges of the peak on two sides look like a mother’s arms, and the glacier around the mountain resembles a necklace. This is why it is called Ama Dablam.
Being a part of the eastern Himalayan Range, Ama Dablam is a show-stopper mountain for climbers and viewers. Anyone trekking on Everest Base Camp Trek has to come across this peak for several days.
Moreover, the mountain has two peaks: the main peak((6,812m) and the lower western peak(6,170m). Ama Dablam lies in the same region where Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, Mount Mera Peak, and Mt Lobuche Peak lie. So it is in a region full of celebrity mountains. And it is the most charming one, that is what most say.
Let’s talk about its climbing history. It was first achieved by Mike Gill(Newzeland), Barry Bishop(USA), Muke Ward(UK), and Wally Romanes(Newzeland) on 13 March 1961. They all were a part of the 1960-61 Silver Hut Expedition. Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber of Mt Everest, was the one who led them. They scaled from the southwestern ridge, and the rest is history.
Ama Dablam Base Camps
Ama Dablam Base Camp(4,700m)
Ama Dablam Base Camp is the first and the lowest camp of the Ama Dablam Expedition. This is where climbers settle in camps to prepare for the climb. The camp lies at the height of 4,700m-4800m. You reach the base camp after landing in Lukla and trekking towards Pheriche. Half of the trek happens on the ever-busy Everest Base Camp Trek. You pass by Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Deboche, and Pheriche on the walk to the base camp. The whole walk is a beautiful and exciting one.
Ama Dablam Camp 1(5,700m)
Camp I is located at the foothills of the Southwestern ridge. Ama Dablam Camp 1 is around 5-6 hours or more ahead of Ama Dablam Base Camp. It is a long walk only possible with proper acclimatization. The route from the base camp to Camp I has no glaciers or ice. We can walk in simple trainer shoes. As we gain some elevations, we get clear views of Mt Number, Cho Oyu, and Tawecha peaks. The climb to Camp 1 ends after climbing an easy boulder and some flat slabs of granite.
Ama Dablam Camp 2(6080m)
The journey upwards to Ama Dablam Camp 2 is a fixed rope one. As we leave Camp 1, we climb by clipping the fixed ropes. At first, it is easy climbing on snowy ledges and rocky. Later, it becomes technical when we cross narrow ridges and slabs of granite. And before reaching Camp 2, we have to climb the Yellow Tower, the hardest part of the climb. The whole climb takes around 3-4 hours of arduous ascent. It’s the attitude that makes it a difficult one. However, the view from Camp 2 is an excellent treat for your eyes. You can watch the whole region panoramically from Camp 2.
Ama Dablam Expedition is a TD/5(Alpine/Fitness Grading Link) graded mountain in difficulty grading. Its southwestern ridge section route is the most common one. The route attributes vertical and steep climbing on rock, snow, and ice. Thus, climbers need to be in good shape for a high altitude strenuous climb. Previous mountaineering experiences, physical strength, and endurance level are the major things for a climber of Ama Dablam.
Never rate Ama Dablam an easy climb. However, you can do it with good preparation and experience. The most technical parts are the vertical climbs from Camp I to Camp II and the Ama Dablam summit. You will have good support from your guide and a fixed rope to complete the climb.
Ama Dablam is one of the first choices among technical mountain climbers. The best times to climb the peak are Spring and Autumn.
Spring(Mid March to May)
Spring is the post-winter season full of fresh snowfall. The whole Himalayas turns into a white heavenly wall. And, It is the start of the trekking and climbing season in Nepal. People worldwide start to appear on the trails of the Nepal Himalayas. Spring is quite a doable time for Ama Dablam Expedition. The weather is comparably stable to Winter and Monsoon, especially during mid-Spring.
However, there can be some changes in weather conditions during Spring. Plus, the fresh snowfall makes this season a bit demanding. And the season is colder than Autumn. So these aspects can add minor difficulties to the Ama Dablam Expedition. But If you are a challenge lover, nothing can stop you from climbing to the top.
Autumn(Mid September to November)
Autumn is another suitable time for Ama Dablam or any other peaks in the Himalayas. The season attracts enormous numbers of climbers in Nepal. Thanks to the right conditions that Autumn has to offer. As it is a post-monsoon season, the ice and snow are lighter on the trail. The whole region and the mountain get a new look in Autumn.
The melting of snow and ice makes the whole climb an easy one. Plus, the weather is also more stable than in Spring. There are low delays and weather changes in this season. However, the days are comparably shorter than in other seasons. Also, the season maybe a little bit more crowded than Spring. Other than that, Autumn is an ideal time for the Mt Ama Dablam Expedition.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Rest
Day 02: Cultural Sightseeing and Climbing Preparation in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding(2,800m)
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3,440m)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Deboche(3,760m)
Day 07: Trek from Deboche to Pheriche(4,3400m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Pheriche
Day 09: Trek from Pheriche to Ama Dablam Base Camp(4,700m)
Day 10-22: Summit Mt Ama Dablam and back to base camp
Day 23: Trek from Ama Dablam Base Camp to Tengboche
Day 24: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 25: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 26: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 27: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 28: Departure.
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