Ama Dablam 2008
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Ama Dablam
René Hochreiter

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At 6828 m, Ama Dablam is one of the highest technical climbs in the world.  Besides being one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, it is sacred to the Sherpas.  It resembles an angel with its wings spread on either side.  It is about 20 km south of Mount Everest, close to the Thyangboche Monastery.  The name Ama Dablam means "mother's jewel box" and refers to a  religious necklace worn by traditional Sherpa women.

Ama Dablam with Prayer Flags
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Thyangboche Monastery
Photo acknowledgement:
The route to the summit starts from behind the ridge on the left hand side of the photograph alongside, and then follows the ridge almost to the top.  Approximately 200 m from the summit, the route goes out onto the summit ice field and then heads for the peak.

There are three camps established on the way up with Base Camp on, what is reputed to be, the best site in the Himalayas with a grassy field on which to pitch tents!

Guy Cotter
Director, Adventure Consultants
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
(Photograph © Suze Kelly)

Adventure Consultants

René writes:  "I will be travelling with Adventure Consultants (AC), a world renowned mountain guiding company from New Zealand (  The company is headed up by Guy Cotter, whom I met during the 2006 season at Mount Everest.  Adventure Consultants has impressed me with its professionalism and attention to detail in the run-up and planning of the 2008 Ama Dablam expedition.  It is a good start to what, hopefully, will be a Himalayan summit for me - a summit of one of the most beautiful peaks in the world.  In my book, these are Kilimanjaro (achieved, 2000 and 2006), The Matterhorn (not attempted yet), Mont Blanc (achieved, 2002), Ama Dablam and Everest (reached 6500 m in 2006)."

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Adventure Consultants' Team for Ama Dablam 2008

The team for Ama Dablam 2008 comprises nine climbers, the Team Leader, Steve Moffat (New Zealand), Assistant Guides Mark Austin-Cheval (New Zealand) and Gary Kuehn (USA - resident in New Zealand), Expedition Sirdar Ang Tshering Sherpa (Khumjung), Climbing Sirdar Lhakpa Dorjee Sherpa (Makalu), three Climbing Sherpas Pasang Bhote (Makalu), Sange Dorjee Sherpa (Pangboche), Da Zangbu Sherpa (Pangboche), Cook Dawa and Cook Boy Jangbu.  Click here to read more about the 2008 Ama Dablam AC team.


Steve Moffat, NZMGA Climbing and Ski guide
AC Climbing Leader, Ama Dablam 2008
(Photograph © Luis Benitez)

René Hochreiter
AC Team Member, Ama Dablam 2008
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Grateful thanks to the following who assisted with sponsorship for René's trip:


Allan Hochreiter (Pty) Ltd

James Allan


TransAfrika Resources

Roeland van Kerckhoven


Hunter Dickinson Services Incorporated

Ron Thiessen & Joel Kesler


Ama Dablam showing the trail to Pangboche
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Ama Dablam from Pangboche
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Satellite Cell Number

SMS René from your cell at 0088 216 211 20895
Alternatively, a 160-character SMS may be sent directly from; click on Send SMS to Thuraya Phone etc.
Please note that Nepal is 3 hours 45 minutes ahead of South African Standard Time.

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