Fahad Badar, the Qatari high-altitude climber, adventure seeker, banking executive leader and the first Arab man to summit Everest and Lhotse in a single trip, has reached the summit of Ama Dablam on January 14, it was announced in Doha on Monday.
Ama Dablam – which translates to “mother’s necklace” – is a life-changing ascent. Located in the Nepalese Himalayas, Ama Dablam is a daunting peak rising 6,856m in elevation. It is a popular mountaineering destination for experienced mountaineers, not only for its incredible natural appeal but also for the exhilarating challenges that accompany the climb.
The uniqueness of Badar's achievement is evident from the fact that due to its immense altitude and geographic location, Ama Dablam can only be climbed at two points in the year: from April to May or September to October.
The Qatari adventurer, who keeps challenging himself after every mountaineering expedition, was looking for more challenges and started his expedition in the month of December 2020.
Winter expeditions are a real challenge for any mountaineer who desires to break the limits. Despite the pandemic and its regulations, Ama Dablam is one of the perfect destinations for achieving such a feat, as it requires technical knowledge and endurance through harsh conditions.
Besides the thrilling climbing routes made of snow, ice, and rock, the expedition itself had a higher level of difficulty due to the season itself. Ama Dablam is among the most technical and challenging climbs on Earth.
All these conditions tested Badar’s abilities and resilience, providing fundamental experiences that will be useful in his upcoming trips.
“I was looking forward to reaching the summit of Ama Dablam. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve been away from the mountains, and I have the need to return to the place where I feel the most alive,” he said. He also mentioned how important it was to train his mind during all these months where the expeditions were cancelled due to Covid-19. Badar conducted his expedition with all the required precautions and measures.