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.

The trip was excellent! In addition to the excellent pre-trip communications from Alpine Ascents and the superb leadership of Brian Houle, the in-country logistical support and guides were terrific.

Climbs BLOG

  • Baker Botany 101

    by Brooke Warren People often ask if it’s boring to climb the same mountain over and over again. Honestly, it doesn’t get boring, because the route is constantly evolving and it’s amazing to witness the life cycle off the flora and fauna throughout an entire season. While summiting a mountain is a laudable goal, it’s […]

  • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

    Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

  • 2022 Tahoma (Rainier) Webinar

    If your 2022 summer plans include climbing the mighty Tahoma, check out the webinar we hosted on March 29. Our Director of Operations, Jonathon Spitzer, walked us through pre-trip logistics and everything you need to know before arriving at your 2PM gear check. Senior guide, Lyra Pierotti, outlined the climbing route and the flow of […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International