Unique to Alpine Ascents, each scheduled climb is led by a professional mountain guide. In many cases, guides have been in the field for 10+ years, and in addition to their expertise on Kilimanjaro, also lead expeditions to great peaks around the world. Most of these guides have climbed 8,000 m peaks and have 25–50 Kilimanjaro trips under their belts and have vast medical experience (all are Wilderness First Responder certified). You will benefit greatly from the leadership, experience, and teaching your western guide will offer on this challenging adventure.
Tanzanian Lead Guide Staff
Our lead Tanzanian guides are selected exclusively based on experience and training. They must meet strict standards for proven leadership, mountain experience, medical training, client care, and English language skills. Each lead guide has a minimum of 15 years personal experience, and minimum five years and 25 trips working with Alpine Ascents groups, alongside one of our professional western guides from North America. They understand and practice our high standards for safety, leadership, and teaching, one-to-one client care, and high success rates.
Assistant guides have a minimum four years experience and demonstrate the ability to become lead guides while mentoring over several years, gaining invaluable experience.
Senior Guide Staff
Edward Tofili Urio
Great trip, Went just as noted on the website, Eric was in touch with us ahead of time, and kept us well prepped from start to finish. He catered very well to the needs of each individual. Guided and educated us daily as to expectations and how to handle the challenges. Was a great teacher.
ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG
When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.
While Alpine Ascents is fortunate to work with dozens of world-class guides and climbers, we are especially grateful to work with Dawa Yangzum Sherpa. Hailing from Nepal’s Rolwaling Himal, Dawa’s resume includes numerous 8000m ascents (Everest, Cho Oyu, K2), successful entries in high-altitude ultra-marathons, time spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, and instructorship […]
We are often asked what gear is necessary to climb Mount Rainier. If you’re curious to know what we use, check out this video, in which our Operations Manager Matt Miller talks through our entire gear list. Climb on!
WHY BOOK WITH ALPINE ASCENTS
Knowledge & Expertise
Alpine Ascents International leads expeditions that have become benchmarks of quality in the climbing community. We operate what we believe is the finest mountaineering school in the country. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience-not just from individual mountain guides, but through experience on particular mountains where details are fine-tuned over time.
Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors.
Leave No Trace principles are fundamental to our program, and we encourage all who climb and trek with us to understand proper wilderness practices. We help facilitate this effort by passing on Leave No Trace training and literature to every Alpine Ascents climber.