The South-West ridge of Ama Dablam is also known as the Standard Route. It is usually done with a base camp and three consecutive camps. It can be done with only two camps above base camp for efficient parties. Another variation is to use an Advanced Based Camp also.
The lower route follows a knife edge ridge with a lot of scrambling and a few sections of technical rock. The Route above camp 2 is on rock and ice. Again it follows the ridge except for a few hundred meters right out of camp 2 where it follows a gully. The route is relatively free from hazards such as rock fall and avalanches. The gully above camp 2 does funnel what climbers above you knock off, but that's all the rockfall I experienced.
The route is very exposed and the climbing challenging, but the rock is great and the views wonderful. Ama Dablam is also one of the prettiest mountains in Nepal, and if you talk to any trekker, I'll guarantee you they have a picture of this gorgeous mountain.