Ama Dablam is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, often compared to the Matterhorn due to the beauty of its line. High on the Southwest face, a hanging glacier looks like the sacred ornament box worn by ladies in the Sherpa community: the Dablam. It is this spectacular feature at the origin of the name “Ama Dablam”. The mountain is on the trail to Everest, in the heart of the Khumbu valley, home of a large sherpas’ community. The climb is amazing and follows the spectacular southwest ridge. Ama Dablam offers both very interesting rock and ice climbing with a very steep environment. As such, the mountain is not for beginners but is a “must” for serious mountaineers. As usual in the Himalayas, we will use fixed lines on most of the route. The climb by the southwest ridge limits objective risks because a large part of the ascent will follow the crest of the ridge. There is just around 300m of climb (distance) with exposure under the Dablam glacier.
Base Camp (4,570 m / 15,000 ft)
Ama Dablam Base Camp is one of the most comfortable camps that you can imagine: a big grassy land with a direct view over the southwest ridge and summit. You reach the summit after a two-hour trek from a trail at the exit of Pangboche. For people who need to make a phone call, the communication on Ncell line is quite good on the rocks at the entrance of Base Camp when you can view the village of Pangboche (5 minutes walking distance). A lodge at 10 minutes walking distance of Base Camp offers an Internet connection but it is very unreliable.
Base Camp to C1 (5,700 m / 18,700 ft)
The route to C1 is a walk except above Advanced Base Camp (ABC at 5,300 m / 17,400 ft) where there are boulders up to scramble (tiring!). At the end of these boulders, an easy climb of long slabs with fixed lines lead to C1, on the southwest ridge. The tents are set up on rocks with little space. Except if the trail is covered by snow or ice, going to C1 has no technical difficulty. However, it is a long trek with significant altitude gain. We will not set up tents at ABC but that will be the destination of our first rotation to acclimatise.
C1 to C2 (5,900 m / 19,360 ft)
In normal dry conditions, most of the route is rock with some snow traverse. The crux of the day is the yellow tower with around 10m (33 ft) of 5.7 grade (US) or 5a (French). C2 is just above the yellow tower.
C2 to C3 (6,200 m / 20,340 ft)
C3 is situated on the “mushroom” just below the Dablam. It was barely used these past few years because too exposed on potential avalanches from the Dablam. The fall of a large piece of serac on the southwest ridge side this 2014 winter might have improved the safety required for a camp there. If it is the case, we could set up a Camp 3 on the mushroom or nearby. From C2, the route is a mix of rock scrambling and incredibly “airy” ridges. The difficult section of the day is the grey tower, around 50 m (150 ft) of 5.5 grade (US) or 4b (French).
C3 to Summit (6,856 m / 22,494 ft)
From the mushroom, environ 3 pitches of 40º slopes in snow or ice (according to conditions) on the right side of the Dablam will lead to the fluted slopes going to the summit. Usually in good condition, a 50º-snow/ice slope gives access to one of the most coveted mountains in the Himalayas with a view over five 8,000m summits.
What is great with Ama Dablam…
·A fabulous mountain that any mountaineer would like to have on his climbing resume
·Technical climb mixing rock (short sections up to 5.7/5.8 US grade or 5a/5b French grade) and ice climbing
·A very nice Base Camp on a vast grassy field
·The most amazing altitude camp that you can imagine (Camp 2 – see photos): a maximum of 8 tents hanging on the ridge with incredible exposure on both sides
·Limited objective risks (avalanche, ice or rock fall)
·A huge stumbling piece of serac at the bottom of the final slope to the summit prevented most expeditions at the end of October and November 2015. This serac fell off during the winter and the path to the summit is much safer now.
·The flip side of a small Camp 2: the place can be busy and unfortunately, quite dirty in the past years. We are making an effort with the SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee) to improve the situation in this camp in 2015.
·A lot of concentration is required in the maneuvers, even when tiredness is there because nearly the whole climb has significant exposure (steep drops).
·Your climbing friends will be (really) jealous of your images of Ama Dablam…
Arrival to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1350m)
|Start Date||End Date||Group Size||Availability||Price||Booking|
|05/10/2022||04/11/2022||1 - 12 people||Available||USD 7,500||Enquiry|
|05/11/2022||05/12/2022||1 - 12 people||Available||USD 7,500||Enquiry|
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