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Ama Dablam is a mountain located in the Himalaya Range in the Khumba region of Nepal. Its highest peak reaches a height of 22,493 feet and it is the third most popular peak in its range for expeditions. Can you imagine hiking that? To put it into perspective, the height of the new One World Trade Center in NYC 1,776 feet; you would have to stack TWELVE of the towers on top of one another to come anywhere near the height of Ama Dablam. I’m getting nauseous just thinking about it.
As scary as it may be to hike, Ama Dablam is certainly beautiful to look at. In Sherpa (the group of people who inhabit the mountainous region of Nepal) dialect, the word “Ama” means “mother” and “Dablam” means “necklace.” This name is derived from the unique shape of the mountain; the long ridges on either side of the peak look like the arms of a mother and the hanging glacier (the deblam) resembles the traditional double-pendant necklace worn by Sherpa women. This jewel-esque mountain rises high into the sky, catching the eyes and hearts of both its permanent and temporary inhabitants with its surreal appearance. More than 1,900 people have submitted Ama Dablam, which is an incredible number considering how technical the hike up the peak is. Climbing this mountain require more than just extreme endurance; hikers need to be seasoned rock climbers and experienced with all things from ropes and pulleys to whatever the heck cams and jumars are.
Climbing Ama Dablam is clearly not for the average Joe but all of us could gain something from simply appreciating the sheer beauty of the mountain. The photo here was taken from Dzongla, which is a village in Khumba. Its hard to capture the beauty of something as surreal as Ama Dablam but the photographer certainly did an exceptional job.
What is the tallest mountain you have climbed?