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10 Facts About Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam
In "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Lord Byron wrote

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

There are some wonders of the natural world which make us all "love nature more". One of the most beloved and iconic is the gorgeous Ama Dablam, a mountain so picturesque it is perhaps more instantly recognisable than its bigger neighbours Everest and K2!

To celebrate its beauty, and in the hope of making us all "love nature more", we present to you here 10 facts about the stunning Ama Dablam.

1) Wonder of the East

Ama Dablam stands in the Himalayan mountain range, in Khumbu, in the Eastern part of Nepal.

2) Dear Mama

Ama Dablam means "Mother's necklace" in the local Sherpa language. It is said that the mountain resembles a mother embracing a child, and the glaciers resemble her necklace.

3) First Up

Ama Dablam was first climbed in 1961 by American Barry Bishop, Briton Mike Ward, and New Zealanders Mike Gill and Wally Romanes.

4) All Eyes on Me

For several days, Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest basecamp. For its soaring ridges and steep faces Ama Dablam is sometimes referred as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas."

5) Mothers' Days

As with Mount Everest, the best months for climbing Ama Dablam are the Spring months of April and May, and the Autumn months of September and October.

6) Killer Queen

On the night between 13th and 14th November 2006, a large block of ice collapsed from Ama Dablam's hanging glacier, sweeping away several tents and tragically killing six climbers. This tragedy caused the number of deaths on Ama Dablam to rise from 11 to 17.

7) Something to Meditate on

East Nepal's Buddhist heritage is very evident to visitors of Ama Dablam. Not only are there several beatiful Buddhist Stupas in the area, the famous Tengboche Buddhist Monastery is close by. In fact, from the Tengboche Monastery in the Tengboche village of Khumjung, Ama Dablam is clearly visible.

8) Turn On, Tune In, DO NOT DROP OFF!

Ama Dablam formed the iconic background of the famous (or infamous) "Hippie Trail" which existed throughout much of the 1960s and 70s. Nepal was one of the go-to places for hippies in that era (and still is today), and the unmistakable shape of Ama Dablam has become associated with the hippy lifestyle and quest for eastern wisdom.

9) Rock On

Ama Dablam has inspired countless artists throughout the decades, and in recent years appeared on the sleeve of Britpop band Kula Shaker's album K2.0.

10) Gran Old Lady

Ama Dablam is approximately 70 million years old and was formed when the Indo-Australian continental plate collided with the Eurasian Plate.

Bonus: Mountain Wall Art and Phone Cases

For adventurers, Ama Dablam is one of the most alluring and enigmatic locations in the world. Along with other mountains of the Himalays, it offers a challenge that many climbers find hard to resist. With our famous mountain wall art and phone cases (including Ama Dablam) we hope to inspire people to be adventurous and rise to their own challenges. Check out our Mountain Wall Art and Phone Case Collection and let us know what you think!
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