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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


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.


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.


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


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,, 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.


“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 –

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.

“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 Mount Kilimanjaro

Outstanding experience. Will definitely use AAI in the future. No complaints at all. Tom is a natural leader, detail oriented and meticulous but also calm and seemingly laid-back. He did an excellent job of providing the right amount of information to all of us as it was necessary, setting expectations on an appropriate ongoing basis, and regularly checking in with each of us on an individual basis. He set aside time for whole-group informational updates (in gear check, at meal times, etc) when the necessary and critical information was passed on to everyone. He also shared a wealth of interesting experiences and knowledge on the trail in much more informal settings, mostly story telling about past trips and guiding experiences. I learned a huge amount. I also learned a great deal from our Tanzanian guides. They were all interested in talking on the trail and checking in, they were all incredibly interested in answering our questions and telling stories of their prior climbing experiences. Honestly, I can’t think of any weaknesses. Everything from travel to airport transport to Arusha hotel to tents and amazing food/meal prep and absolute professionalism on the part of every AAI staffer (especially Tom Chambers, our local guides, and our local staff) to safety was exceptional. One thing that really stood out to me was the positivity and encouragement we got on a consistent basis from every one of the Tanzanian porters, staff, and guides; they had a hugely positive impact of my experience and on the morale of the group; they were always concerned with our safety and the quality of our day-to-day experience on the mountain. I also want to specifically note that Tom Chambers was a truly exceptional leader and guide; he set a phenomenal example for the rest of the AAI team as well as each of the climbers; he is so well-experienced and capable, yet humble and personable with sound judgment and ethics, and these qualities combined with so many others built trust and a great degree of comfort in me and I think all of the climbers; he is a class act.

Testimonial for Alaska Yak Trek

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

Testimonial for Cho-Oyu

Totally enjoyed the expedition. The logistics and process were well thought out and easy to deal with. It was a pleasure to follow Ben and Lakpa – easy to be part of the team. Very patient and happy to help me. All the staff were fabulous. Pretty hard to think of a way to improve it – really happy with each aspect of the trip.

2016 Climber

Testimonial for Cho-Oyu

This was my first true expedition, other trips have been climbs but this was the first where we spend a lot of time traveling and acclimatizing on the mountain vs. just climbing (like Denali). Very good leaders and strong leaders (well respected). They did an excellent job of passing on knowledge. Presented their ideas and experiences but allowed others to make their own decisions. Very friendly and great group to work with and get to know.

2016 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

I completely enjoyed the experience even though I was unable to finish the last 600’ vertical. The guides were amazing. While the sheer adventure of climbing was far and away the highlight of the expedition, listening to the guides talk about what they do and why the do it was incredible. David should write a book. And it was a true honor to have Pasaang as a guide for us.

Absolutely. Seth was positive and supportive but there was never a question about who was in charge. The other guides helped us keep the whole experience in perspective. I had complete confidence in each of them to lead us into a challenging and life-altering experience and bring us back safely.

I learned from all of the guides but (and this will be no surprise) I learned the most from David – and not just because he talks as much as the rest of the guides combined. As a 63 year old guy, I have great respect for people like David who can do what he can do at 49 and maintain the wonder and excitement of a rookie on his first adventure. His philosophizing about the mountain and climbing gave great insights into all kinds of experiences and made this particular experience that much more special.

I don’t see a way to improve. It was incredible. I don’t know if there is something that could be different to help guys in their 60s be more successful but, at the same time, I never expect to be treated any different than the 20-something and 30-something people I hike with.


Testimonial for Machu Picchu Lodge Trek

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed my trek to Machu Picchu. Not only was the trek itself a fun challenge but learning about the Inca culture along was a wonderful added bonus. As always, Carole and Vern were wonderful leaders. I feel safe when I am with them. They are always looking out for our group and have our best interest in heart. Carole and Vern are effective communicators, from the importance of hydration, eating, pressure breathing, to reminding us to smile and enjoy the day. They did it all and I was so very glad to have them as our guides. Our guides, Carole and Vern were exceptionally sweet and easy to get along with. They went out of their way to ensure we were safe and that we had an enjoyable trek. The biggest strength of this program/trek is your guides, Carole and Vern. They work to ensure our safety, are fun, helpful and informative. What an awesome combination!!!


Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

I very much enjoyed my experience. The quality was amazing. I couldn’t believe how many people were involved in taking care of us. I loved out guides and porters. We had so much trust in Tom Chambers. He told us he would be teaching us throughout the trek, and he did. The poley, poley walking and power breathing really helped. If any of the group got nervous about something, Tom never was. He gave us confidence that everything would be fine. So many of his quotes I repeated on the summit attempt. The local guides cared about us so much. They were amazing and strong and took pictures for me when I was too tired to during the sunrise on summit day.

Tom kept us calm and breathing correctly. When we felt sick from altitude he provided advice from his many climbs. Our local guides kept us smiling and especially summit day they provide so much support during our breaks. Every stop there was someone helping me. There were many hugs and high 5’s at the summit. They seemed as excited as we were when we summited. Love these guys! And Happy, the only female guide. Her name is perfect for her.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! They wanted us to reach the goal. They had fun nicknames for us. They taught us many words in their language. The porters were amazing. Our tents were ready for us with our porter’s bag and a chair waiting for us. A bowl of hot water to wash. Singing and dancing when we arrived at each camp. The toilet crew (terrible job) did it! The meals were incredible.

Every email I sent was quickly responded to. I think you guys do a great job with making us be responsible but letting us know you are there if we have questions. You never made me feel silly about any of my questions. Love your website, and my family loved the cybercast. Everyone I talked to on the phone was a very happy excited for me person. Course materials were good.

Strengths were the amazing guide in Tom Chambers. Love him. Details that made us feel special. The optional city walk in Arusha, the guides told us Alpine Ascents was the only company that did that. The great dinner before we left. High quality. I think it was high camp but not sure when extra money for a permit higher than the other high camp Alpine Ascents pays for. This seems so key in everyone summiting. We were the only group that had singing guides and porters when we arrived at each camp. Other groups came to join us. The celebration dinner back in Arusha. Best dinner ever!!! I will recommend you guys to everyone!


Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

Everything was just wonderful. I realize many aspects of a climb can’t be controlled (like weather!) but everything, from the weather, to the quality and friendliness of our guides, to the kindness of our fellow climbers, was outstanding.

A resounding YES! I enjoyed everything about our expedition. We had perfect weather conditions, kind and capable fellow climbers and a superb group of guides. I felt safe and motivated to keep moving and felt the quality of our trip was outstanding.

I admit at the beginning I wondered why we only received bits of information at a time, but during and after our climb, I realized the huge amount of unknowns (weather, our climbing ability, route conditions) they have to assess and respond to. All four of our guides were great leaders and worked well as a team.

During the entire expedition, I feel we were given just the right knowledge at just the right time. Our “snow school” on day 2 was great to teach us how to be safe on the mountain and during our climb to the summit they gave gentle reminders when needed.

We had such a great trip. Stuart and Bryce particularly made it meaningful as Stuart was our ‘fearless leader’ and Bryce led our 3-person rope team on days 2 and 3. I felt safe, encouraged and part of the team the entire time.


Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

The Kili climb was an awesome experience. Tom Chambers was excellent professionally and personally handling all the many personalities in the clients. Tom deserves a great deal of the credit for making this such a memorable experience.

Tom Chambers was extremely effective in leading the local guide team and in directing the climb. He was focused on safety and quality experience for climbers of all abilities. Tom demonstrated patience and positivity when challenged by one guest who wanted to exhibit too much of his expertise. Tom handled this situation masterfully for a young guide and an older guest. Tom coached and instructed us all along the way and made it an enjoyable experience for climbers of all experience levels.

Tom Chambers was awesome and would highly recommend him for future climbs. The local guides were also incredible in their knowledge and customer service skills. The camp support staff (porters, cook, servers) were also superb.

Keep on doing what you are doing. I will recommend Alpine Ascents highly to others!


Testimonial for Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier

I loved it. The guides were great, the pace was good and the food was excellent. Glacier is definitely a remote peak and it was challenging in terms of the hike. Devin taught me a lot about how to pack and he did a fantastic and thorough gear check. The best that I have done with AAI in that respect. Pasang has a wonderful spirit. I learned so much from her in terms of hiking in tough conditions with a lot of loose dirt/rock on a steep incline. With a heavy pack, I did not have a ton of confidence and she really helped with that in terms of footing, pole placement, etc. Kristie really helped me in that area too. Both were fantastic at route finding.


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