The Seven Summits

where do i start

For those with Seven Summit aspirations, there is a logical progression which enables climbers to build on previously developed skills. This suggested program is economically prudent and considers technical skill level, acclimatization and summit success rates.

Those interested in completing the 7 summits typically climb in the following order:

Stage 1

Kilimanjaro
10 Day Mountaineering School

Stage 2

Mt. Elbrus
Aconcagua

Stage 3

(Those with a strong performance in the climbing school can proceed directly to these climbs)
Denali
Vinson

Stage 4

Everest
Carstensz Pyramid (Rock climbing skills needed)

While the path to Everest is not always a precise one, many successful Everest climbers have climbed the following before a successful summit bid. After each course and/or climb, we can further assess and develop a specific set of climbs that best meets your needs.

Typically any fit enthusiast who would like to attempt Everest would complete the following mountaineering courses and climbs: (The order can be changed to accommodate seasons)

Please feel free to email with any questions, Gordon Janow, Director of Programs:  [email protected]

About Climbing with the 7 Summits Company

Throughout the years Alpine Ascents has assisted hundreds of climbers in reaching the highest points on each continent. Our success in guiding the seven summits is the highest in the industry. Since Dick Bass first proposed the endeavor, a significant percentage of climbers to complete the seven summits have climbed with or guided for Alpine Ascents International.

Why are there Eight 7 Summits?

Kosciuszko, 7,310 feet/2,228m, (pictured right), a non-technical peak, is the highest point in Australia. Australia has long been considered the seventh continent, but most now view Australia as part of the larger continental formation of Oceania. From that perspective, Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid – 16,023 feet/4884m) is by far the tallest peak. Most climbers with seven summits aspirations climb both peaks just to be sure.

Your team were amazing (as usual) and it was a superb and successful trip. Our team had no injuries (got on really well as a team). When I compare this against most other teams I knew, this is amazing and reflects the attitude with which your guides lead. Thanks again for a once in a […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • The Notebook: When should I climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

  • Hardshells: Waterproof Pants & Jackets

    Why do we use full-zip hardshell pants for alpine climbing? What exactly are hardshells, anyway? What features are important in hardshell jackets or pants? Why is it important not to bring half or quarter-zip hardshell pants into the high mountains? Here we answer some common questions with a few anecdotes and a few unavoidable facts. […]

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part 2: Breakdown

    Welcome to Part 2 of our Food Planning for Mountaineering blog series. This post will breakdown the mysteries of building a proper meal plan for backcountry travel. Whether you are headed out on an overnight trip or a week-long expedition, you should be able to pick up some helpful tips and meal ideas as we […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International