Why Climb With Us

Himalayan Summmit Success

Our reputation for leading climbs in the Himalayas is superb and includes summits of Everest (301 summits to date) and Cho Oyu (83 summits to date).

As on Everest we offer one style of trip— a fully guided expedition with a low climber-to-guide ratio. This style has led to our historically high summit success rate, an excellent safety record, and extremely satisfied climbers.

SOME OF THE KEYS TO OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS:

Local Guides

Unlike many outfitters, we use our Nepali (Sherpa) guides to assist with the expedition. This can result in a much higher quality expedition.

Climber-to-Guide Ratio

Typically we operate at a 4:1 climber-to-guide ratio on this expedition.

Sherpas

We utilize the Alpine Ascents Himalayan Sherpa Team during the climb.

Slow acclimatization schedule

We believe there is no point in moving to a higher elevation unless climbers feel good where they are. Given this, we take the time needed early in the trip to establish a sound base of acclimatization.

Sherpa Leadership

We employ the most experienced climbing Sherpa on the mountain (most with between 10 and 17 summits of Everest). These climbing Sherpa are able to move our gear and supplies up and down the mountain so you don’t have to. They are also great friends and comrades on the mountain. In the Himalayas, our Sherpa team most often takes the lead in fixing the climbing routes for summit day and during the climb.

Base Camp

A permanent Base Camp is established for the duration of the expedition.

Communication

All guides are equipped with radios for communication on the mountain.

You are The Climbing Team

You are the climbing team: Alpine Ascents keeps its Base Camp small, and does not use it to support or house self-guided or partially guided teams.

Oxygen

This program utilizes three bottles of oxygen on summit day. High-altitude oxygen systems are used for the summit attempt, during the night at High Camp, and for medical emergencies should the need arise.

Wi-fi

Wi-Fi at Base Camp, satellite phones, and cybercasts: Our team enjoys Wi-Fi internet connectivity while at Base Camp, allowing our climbers to bring their own personal electronic devices. We also have satellite telephones during the entire climb. This provides direct emergency contact with home, and is our regular link to the Alpine Ascents office. This depth of contact can only be had with a well-established, long-term guiding company.

Administrative Staff

Our tight-knit staff is always available to answer questions and address concerns. It is not uncommon for family members to contact us during the climb for information. There is always someone available (on a cell phone during non-office hours) to handle lost luggage, make arrangements if flights are missed or delayed, relay messages directly to the team, or mitigate any of the numerous situations that may arise before, during, and after the climb.

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