Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge. Climbers typically set up three camps along the ridge with camp 3 just below and to the right of the hanging glacier. Ama Dablam is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning mountains in the world. Although the height is only 6812m Ama Dablam expedition requires steep ice, rock and snow climbing. Normally, three camps are set in Ama Dablam climbing above the base camp (4,570m), however, only two camps are used to spend the nights. The normal route for climbing is South-West Ridge. The ascent from Base Camp to camp 1st is considered one the difficult days of the expedition.
It commands the Everest region and is by far and away the most impressive peak along the Khumbu trail offering a superb diversions close up view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori, Island Peak and Mt. Everest.