The climb to the summit is a challenging one, but it will reward you with unforgettable scenery and an incredible sense of accomplishment when you reach the top. The best time to go climbing on Ama Dablam is between April and May or September through November. During these months you’ll have clear skies and warmer temperatures which make for an easier climb than if you were to try during winter months when it’s coldest and snowiest (not to mention, far more dangerous). If your goal is getting some amazing photos from as high up as possible without actually climbing all the way there then springtime would be better because there are still snow-capped peaks but not nearly as much ice on them so they’re easier to navigate around without needing special equipment similar to Island Peak.
If you’ve ever wanted to ask yourself what you’re truly made of, climb Ama Dablam.
At 22,493 feet (6,856 meters), this mountain is a formidable challenge. Only the most experienced and highly-skilled climbers are permitted to take on this peak. And while the summit is not technically demanding, the route to the top requires a diverse skill set—including ice climbing, rock climbing, and navigating tricky crevasses similar like Mount Manaslu.
Ama Dablam is an absolutely beautiful mountain. The climb takes about two weeks, allowing for rest days at base camp as well as weather delays. The expedition begins with trekking from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. From there, it’s off to base camp at 15,500 feet (4,724 meters). The most technical part of the climb happens during the ascent from Camp 2 to Camp 3—with a fixed line to help climbers navigate difficult terrain that includes steep ice climbs and rocky outcroppings requiring some exposed climbing and rappelling. Once you reach Camp 3 at 21,300 feet (6,500 meters), you’ll be just 1,200 ft (365 m) below the summit!