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Our Denali climb was recommended by Lonely Planet, 2017.

Included in Outside Magazine’s “6 Iconic Hikes You Should Do Before You Die” 2017.

Our Alaskan Yak Tours were honored by Outside Magazine as Trip of The Year!

For most people, Everest is a once in a lifetime experience because of the costs, the time invested, etc. So if you’re considering giving it a shot — go with the best possible service provider. Alpine Ascents logistics, guides and Sherpa team are absolutely top notch.” – Alison Levine, Alpine Ascents Everest team, author of the New York Times bestseller ON THE EDGE, featured on 60 Minutes Sports

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Alpine Ascents has been named one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. We are extremely proud to be named the highest rated Mountain Guide Service.

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Alpine Ascents has been named one of “The Best Outfitters On The Planet” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. We are the only Mountaineering Company to receive a 100% Client Experience Rating.

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“Meet the Best Teachers in the business.” Outside Magazine.

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Alpine Ascents is “the premier way to experience Mt. McKinley with a guide service.” Outside Magazine

Our Kilimanjaro climb was highlighted in The Houston Chronicle.

In addition to the recent recognition in Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Adventure, our Kilimanjaro expedition was selected as “The Millennium Climb” by Men’s Journal and has been highlighted in the New York Times, MSNBC.com, Business Week and Blue Magazine.

Our Kilimanjaro Climb was named one of “The 25 Greatest Adventure Trips in the World. “And Chosen as One of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographic Adventure Magazinenga-logo-sm

“I’d been to Nepal before, but traveling with Alpine Ascents was a different trip altogether. The trek logistics were flawlessly organized, from Kathmandu to Base Camp (even the layovers in Bangkok) so I could concentrate on enjoying the countryside. Traveling with experienced guides like Todd and Vern opens doors that are closed to most visitors. Not only do those guys know the way, they know most of the people along the way, and the result is a cultural experience unmatched by anything I’ve experienced before. It’s the way Himalayan travel should be.” – Peter Potterfield, Author of High Himalaya and Classic Hikes Of The World.

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“Climbing Mt. McKinley with Alpine Ascents transformed a cold, logistically complicated climb into a rewarding, simple, and even socially rewarding experience. The food was plentiful and nourishing and the climbing schedule was demanding but sensible. These guys have been up the mountain long enough to dial in what works. Overall, if you want a good shot at climbing a tough mountain, go with Alpine Ascents.” -Joe Glickman, New York Times.

“Finally, there are the much-quoted $65,000 slots, with a couple of high-profile outfitters. I’ve gotten to know one of them, Alpine Ascents, quite well here at base camp, and have to admit, if I could afford it, I’d probably go for it. Cynics would argue that I’m saying this because I’ve gobbled up so much of Alpine Ascent’s tea cake up here, but for a climber, to be able to climb with mountaineering legends like Vern Tejas or Willi Prittie is an experience akin to painting with Picasso or golfing with Palmer. In some cases, if you can afford it, 65 grand is not an overwhelming price to climb with the best. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think Alpine Ascents is serving tea.” Finn Olaf Jones – Discover.com

Alpine Ascents was selected by National Geographic for the film “Life and Death on Denali” featured on National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

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Our Elbrus Climb is Featured in In the Lonely Planet book, “Year of Adventures”

Our Aconcagua Expedition was featured in Men’s Journal.

Our India Tour was featured in National Geographic Adventure.

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“Of all the great guide services on Kilimanjaro, Alpine Ascents might be the best. Its success rate is close to 90 percent, and though its treks are longer and pricier, they avoid the jam-packed Marangu Route.” – Outside Magazine

Our Mexico Volcanoes Expedition was featured in Men’s Journal.

In addition to being a primary media resource, Alpine Ascents and our Climbers and Guides have been featured in most major publications and media outlets including: CNN, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, 20/20, The Travel Channel, Fox News, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Blue Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice, Men’s Journal, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and hundreds of local news organizations and affiliates around the world.

Most Recent Climber Comments

Testimonial for Volcanoes of Ecuador

I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition. Every member of the A.A.I. team and all independent associates were professional, courteous, and friendly. All planned activities were entertaining and relevant toward expanding my knowledge of Ecuador. The acclimatization process was very effective. Photo opps. were abundant, lodging and meals were outstanding.

Jose Luis has outstanding leadership skills. From our initial acclimatization hike up Rucu Pichincha, He established a professional, conservative approach to mountaineering. For example, ordering gear changes, then backing off the summit attempt due to deteriorating weather. These actions provided a crucial foundation of trust as we negotiated the crevasse fields during our successful summit bid up Antisana. Jose Luis thoroughly reviewed all the fundamentals that were learned during the 3 day Muir climb. He reinforced our knowledge of leave no trace principals and pressure breathing. Later in the expedition, we learned glacier travel for alpine mountaineering, how to make a Prusik harness, and crevasse self arrest and rescue. Jose Luis and all the Ecuador staff were very patient and easy going. In addition to mountain guide, Jose Luis has a encyclopedic knowledge of all things Ecuador.

All interaction that I’ve had with A.A.I. staff has been personable and pleasant. Never had the impression that I was merely a customer, or received an impersonal response to any question. I normally do a lot of research and shopping before making a product or travel purchase, I haven’t found an alpine travel company that can compete with A.A.I. The quality of lodging was first rate. Beginning with our stay at the beautiful Hotel Quito, through our visits to historic and lovely haciendas, I simply couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding experience.

The camps where we pitched our tents were set in photogenic and remote areas. Manolo Vegas’ cooking made them home. All the equipment was of superior quality, either new or well maintained. The food was fresh and nutritious, presented in a clean manner. Including participation in the 3 day Muir climb, I have purchased nearly all of my own gear in accordance with the gear list. This has made for a simple and streamlined expedition.

My idea of a good time is being in a rough alpine environment, successfully, or very nearly, achieving ones objectives, then returning exhausted to be spoiled in a luxurious place. If you are faced with the choice of compromising this experience or raising prices, raise prices. I’d pay.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Denali

Our Denali climb was recommended by Lonely Planet, 2017.

Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

Included in Outside Magazine’s “6 Iconic Hikes You Should Do Before You Die” 2017.

Testimonial for Bhutan Laya-Ghasa Trek

I don’t have a single thing to say needs to be improved upon and will tell you that Ben did an (typical for AAI) excellent job of handling the necessary minor changes to itinerary and added on some nice cultural features that made the trip a very special experience.

2017 Trekker

Testimonial for Bhutan Laya-Ghasa Trek

Guides were excellent! and all planned just right. Food and staff were great … the local staff was superior to the others we saw along the trail and from what we heard from parallel travelers, our experience was superior in all ways.

2017 Trekker

Testimonial for 13 Day Baker Mountaineering Course

I had a fantastic time on the 13-day course and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to get started as an alpine climber. I feel somewhat capable as a climber after taking this course and am excited to continue taking trips through Alpine Ascents.

I felt that all three of our guides demonstrated outstanding maturity and leadership during our trip. Peter, Stephen, and Gary did exceptional work as skill instructors. Lessons were clear and to the point. They were all willing to answer any questions I had during the course. I particularly enjoyed Peter and Stephen’s discussion of altitude related illnesses and glacier knowledge. I felt that all three guides struck a good balance between leadership and camaraderie. It was clear that there was a time to be focused and professional while on the mountain, and a time to have fun and enjoy ourselves when traveling or in camp. And importantly, the lines were never blurred between the two.

The AAI staff were all professional and friendly during the time leading up to the trip and thereafter. The website is well designed and very useful for planning trips. The experience was outstanding. Our guides did a great job abiding by LNT principles and helping the participants to do the same. The rental process was well managed and the gear was in good condition.

The biggest strength AAI has right now is its guides. Peter, Stephen, and Gary were outstanding to work with and they are the primary reason I would recommend AAI schools and trips to other people. I will definitely try and book another trip with Alpine Ascents.

August 2017 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

The 3 Day Rainier course was amazing. I’ve no experience with “mountaineering expeditions.” I had a vague notion of what was involved. This was THE most strenuous physical challenge of my life. The physical condition of each of the guides is incredible. Each of the guides brings competence and expertise to the table. I feel confident that each of the guides was capable to lead the group independently.

Each of the guides was in charge of different skill instruction which each executed well. We learned more about the details of the guides’ abilities via conversation. The technical skills of using crampons, rope ties, ice picks, etc was obvious when they practiced with us. The guides went out of their way to make a connection with us. On Saturday during our gear check, Matt stopped in to introduce himself and talk with us a little. Our van ride over was when the bonding started. Stopping for breakfast together enhances the conversation. I enjoyed each of the guides’ personalities. It was impressive that each of the guides cooked for us; such amazing hospitality.

The website is impressive and gives great explanations of what is expected. I like the way the information is rolled out: it is clear about how/when you will pay the full tuition, cancellation insurance. The packet that is sent out with diet, training, etc is vital. The gear rental email is easy to follow and I appreciate the discount. The Gear Department was super great in getting back to me with all my tedious questions. Dani and Mike were SUPER! It is better to have 2 people running the gear check, it would be too much for each individual. Dani ran most of the explanation and she was spot on about what to take, what to leave behind.

The organization of the program from registration to gear check at the end is very well organized which I appreciate. Price is appropriate. I felt my safety was well attended to by the guides. Thank you AAI for an amazing experience!!!!

September 2017 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

Yes. 3rd climb with Alpine and as usual, Alpine sets the gold standard! Tom Chambers was a good communicator and was very specific on what was going to occur each day. Excellent communication capabilities. Very good knowledge base. The Alpine staff is very well organized and responsive. Always polite and knowledgeable. Tough to find anything that was not perfect.

September 2017 Kilimanjaro Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition with the team. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and able to explain and teach techniques and protocols easily. The other clients also made the experience enjoyable. The pace was a good tempo, challenging on summit day, but not overbearing. This was my first foray into mountaineering and certainly left a desire for more. The guides were very effective leaders. Their instruction was easy to understand and they were patient to explain complex or uncommon tasks/procedures for comprehension. The instruction style was professional and courteous. The scenarios and explanations were tailored to the group and easily understood. I certainly left the expedition with a wealth of knowledge to make future trips safe and enjoyable. Yes! The guide team was great. It was a total blast to spend time with such experienced guides that made you feel welcome and approachable.

Though I did not have much interaction with the front office, I did appreciate the pace of information. The emails were informative and received at the right velocity. When at gear check, the ability to rent on the spot was great. Additionally, I would like to applaud the gear check approach. Gear check was again, tailored to our group and took into consideration personal preferences of gear e.g. if you run hot you may not need a heavy base layer. The food was amazing. Certainly helps to have a good chef and nice meals to keep the energy up. Renting gear was simple and straight forward. I think it is a welcomed feature to reserve the gear and only have to pay when you finish gear check in the event you need to add or subtract something.

Being my first experience, I only have positive things to say about the team and Alpine Ascents in general.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Machu Picchu and Boutique Lodges of Peru Trek

It was a most enjoyable adventure with informed, competent guides Javier and Anna leading the way. It was fantastic. Every day was special. Javier knows the local flora, fauna, the people and the mountains. He was very good at passing this information on to us while we were trekking.

2017 Trekker

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