“ Her Majesty’s embrace.”
Often called the “Matterhorn of the Himalayas” by the western world, Ama Dablam holds a more emotional place amongst the Sherpa Community of Nepal. Its long ridges fan out like a mother’s embrace, a call to protection. Personally, it reminds us of the signature SRK open arms gesture, beckoning us into a warm, cosy embrace. And boy we are running to it.
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range of Province No. 1, Nepal, the stark ridges and steep faces of the mighty mountain feature on the Nepalese bank note. The main peak is 6,812 metres (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 6,170 metres (20,243 ft).
Island Peak, or Imja Tse (6160m) is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park. It gets its unique name as it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Although it is often termed as beginner’s climb, it is no mean feat. We will walk through support ladders with crampons on while crossing the crevasse openings. The final climb to the summit is a 90-degree vertical climb where we use ascenders to climb all the way up to the summit. (Cue: Mission Impossible theme background score). Tighten your seatbelts, this one is going to be a ride!
Not your mountain if you:
Prefer city lights to mountains
Are allergic to snow fall
Wear dry-clean only clothes
Come off, if you:
You love climbing challenging peaks
Are kicked about being close to stars
Want to embrace your mountain side
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