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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 Aconcagua

Yes, very much enjoyed.  Excellent experience.  Thought the overall quality of the expedition was excellent.  Guides were top notch, love the Park Hyatt Mendoza, we had new tents, base camp staff was good and food throughout was better than expected.   All very professional and good leadership skills.   AA website is easy to use.  Course material was very comprehensive.  Process of preparing for climb was very well organized. Guides and experience on the mountain are probably best strengths for AA.  Local guide was a strength as well.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

While still in a state of euphoric triumph, I just want to let you know how fantastic my hiking/safari/balloon trip to Africa was.  Alpine Ascents did themselves proud.  There are not enough superlatives to express my gratitude and pleasure on how this trip turned out.  Eric Murphy, is Alpine Ascents “Super” guide.  Eric, along with his team, did an absolutely amazing job.  Being a natural leader and expert manager of resources and people, Eric flawlessly executed his mission.  He taught without being too pedantic, encouraged without being patronizing, made us all work and feel as a team, and allowed me to be my ornery self.  His patience, honesty and integrity were quite evident in his dealings with staff and clients alike.  Many a time I felt I was in a Hollywood movie; I just could not believe my fortune and good luck to be on such a well planned and executed adventure.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Kilimanjaro

Yes! It exceeded my expectations. The crew were amazing, friendly and each person was great at what they do. The camp set up was impressive, always in a premium spot, tents ready and bags unpacked at each location (which I did not expect!) The level of attention on summit night was also wonderful and really exceeded my expectations in particular.

It was very clear from the start that Eric is an athlete and an expert with a wealth of experience. As soon as we arrived at the hotel he looked after us, gave us information on what the next day (and the trip) would entail and took us for dinner so we could get to know each other.  Throughout the trip Eric was a strong leader, imparting information to the group in a really clear way, and answering questions thoroughly and being specific with timings and what we could expect. While it must sometimes be a challenge to bring a group together from all walks of life, Eric did a great job working with all of us and was respected by everyone.

Food was amazing! And plentiful. The team do a really great job to provide varied options and lots of it. I was never hungry, between full breakfasts, lunch and dinner, snack packs and snacks when we got into camp there was definitely more than enough food. The Summit cake on day 6 was a particular highlight and I have no idea how the team might have been able to make cake up there?!

I can’t think of any weaknesses, I had a really great experience throughout. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and couldn’t have asked for a better guide and crew to do it with – I will always recommend Alpine Ascents to anyone that asks!

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Volcanoes of Ecuador

Every element of the expedition – climbing, logistics, leadership, accommodations – was excellent.  My sense is that the entire expedition revolved around the best interests the clients rather than the convenience and interests of the company. Of note, in particular the quality of accommodations and meals exceeded my expectations, as this is an area that other guiding companies seem to leverage as a way to control costs.

Although I have participated in many domestic and international expeditions with other guide companies, this was the first time I have climbed with Alpine Ascents.  Based on my experience, I would recommend Alpine Ascents without reservation.

Testimonial for Volcanoes of Ecuador

Incredible, once in a lifetime experience. Every aspect of the hike was enjoyable including food, lodging, and extracurricular activities. Our guide was a very effective communicator. Patient and well experienced. Reviewed goals and plans every day as well as expectations and possible worst case scenarios. Great route, expedition crew, and lead guide. Cannot think of a legitimate weakness.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Vinson

My team did very well due to the cause of very good well known 10 times 7 summiteers Guide Vern Tejas. I salute him always for his great guiding. He is super perfect leader on mountain sector.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for Volcanoes of Mexico

The trip was great! Stuart was great and was very informative with climbing and the routes we were going to take. The tours throughout the city were very informative and provided a nice recovery day after climbing. Stuart was great throughout the whole trip. He answered any climbing questions and made the trip overall very fun. Even when we were at camp there was never a boring moment. I am climbing Denali with Alpine Ascents in May of 2017 and he was very helpful in preparing me for that trip even more. Everything from rope teams to crampon foot work was talked about and any questions were thoroughly answered. There was never a problem getting along with Stuart. The atmosphere was always open for a carefree environment while still having a professional attitude while climbing. The gear department was great about answering any questions concerning the gear list. There were never any issues involving payment or the application. The training statements and reminders were helpful. The lodging on the trip was very nice. The hotel in Puebla was very clean and had many options to eat in the surrounding area. The huts that we stayed at were good for the purpose. The group gear and the tents were nice. The food choices were good and I was never hungry on the mountain or in the cities. Overall the trip was great.

2016 Climber

Testimonial for Island Peak, Nepal

Vern, Carole and the sherpa team did an excellent job of organizing and keeping things moving. They clearly have a deep love for that region of the glove. Vern’s knowledge and experience as a climber is unquestionable, and he was able to pass that along. The administrative side is well organized and the staff are very courteous. I look forward to future trips with Alpine.

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

The trip was a blast. The quality of the guides was outstanding. The coaching, the encouragements, and their focus on safety of the team were second to none. Stuart was the lead guide for this trip. He and Dave sure can tell stories to keep us all entertained. Not a dull moment with these two. The focus on team safety was paramount, regardless of who was the leader. All of the guides were good instructors, they have a way to put many things we do in perspective that makes it easier to understand. From basics of lifting up our heavy packs, to breathing etc.

Testimonial for Volcanoes of Mexico

Great time on the climbs. Challenging ascent climb, different culture and area, short duration – which fit into my schedule nicely this time of year. Stuart is a pro. Solid in all respects. He gives freedom to make decisions, facilitates learning, and challenges each of us as appropriate. I have confidence in our approach through Stu’s leadership. I learned new ways to harness the mental power we each possess. Stuart instructed me in techniques new to me regarding breathing, head aches, and high altitude self care. Pros: short duration makes easier to find time to do this climb; good solid climbs with challenging summit pushes; guide makes all the difference.


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