You are probably surprised when I tell you that not Mount Everest but another peak in the Himlayas made the biggest impression on me. On the evening before our trek to Everest View Hotel, our guide Jangbu told us that we’d not only see Mount Everest and Lhotse would be visible the next day, but that we’d also meet Ama Dablam, a very special mountain. Special because it looks different from every side and because it is more technical to climb than Everest. The main peak is 6.812 meters and the lower western peak is 6.170 meters.
Ama Dablam means something like ” mothers necklace” – it kind of has the shape of a mother’s neck protecting her child and the dablam (chain) worn by her. She is pretty destinctive from the rest of the mountains and yet I had a hard time recognizing her at some point, because she looks different from each side.
We first saw her when hiking up to Everest View Hotel and she came into one panorama with Everest and Lhotse. After that she became visible again when we crossed Cho La Pass from Gokyo Valley back into the Khumbu Valley. When I asked Jangbu which mountain was ahead of us, he said: “c’mon, I already told you that” but she looked pretty different from this side, as you will see down below. Martijn also saw her from Kalapathar during sunset, together with all the big peaks in the Khumbu region.
During the last days of our trek she came into view again when descending to the town of Tengboche, which is basically right at the bottom of Ama Dablan. We had great views from the Gompa (monastry) and when hiking even further down the next morning.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite pictures, we hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we liked gathering them!
In our Mountainous Monday posts we show you our favorite mountains in the world. Some earlier ones are:
– Cerro de los Siete Colores in Argentina
– Ben Nevis in Scotland
– The Matterhorn in Switzerland
Thank you for sharing and have a great Monday!!