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Climbing Mount Whitney

Conquer the fine, towering granite mountain peak of California

Standing in Central California, the giant of Mount Whitney stretches to 4,421 meters and is surrounded by national parks, forests and excellent natural scenery. It is the highest peak in the United States after the Denali in Alaska. Visit from May to October for ideal mountain climbing conditions.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Barbara J Eikmeier

5.00

January, 2021

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

Neil Ferguson

5.00

January, 2015

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

I climbed Mt whitney with sws mountain guides in may 2015 ,what a fantastic experience me and two friends from the uk where led by john brown (jb) who was highly professional,knowledgeable and really good company.

Michael Smith

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.

Jordan Kowalski

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

My guides name was Matt and we were lucky enough to summit Mt. Whitney during the winter. This was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have done and SWS did a great job throughout the process. Matt was such a great guide who took the time to educate us. He was polite, understanding and very helpful throughout the climb, I felt comfortable with him right from the start and look forward to more climbs with both Matt and the SWS team. Would recommend them to anyone!

Bryan Vidinsky

5.00

January, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Fantastic guide service! I have skied with a number of guides over the years and I have to say that the guide we booked through SWS was one of the most knowledgeable, instructive and fun guides I have spent time with on the mountain. From the pre-trip communication all the way through the climb and ski down, I felt that I was in good hands, which was really important to me as my climb/ski partner was my 17 year old son. Our trip was epic, 4:00AM wakeup to a full moon, beautiful climb and huge ski down, my only complaint is that it was only a two day trip! Highly recommend, great experience!

Theodora C

5.00

January, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

I have summited some amazing peaks, but Mt. Whitney has stolen my heart. From her diverse landscape, to the ever changing appearance of her face each hour of the day; she is a wild beauty not easily put out of your mind. This Jersey girl hiked/climbed/scrambled-up/slid-down the Mountaineer’s Route, which was both physically and mentally challenging but, incredibly fulfilling. My guide, Matt M., was confident, extremely knowledgeable and skilled, and I am pretty sure part mountain goat. Best guide I have ever had, prettiest mountain I have ever been on; if you are considering this hike, I would say DO IT!

Andrew Moran

5.00

January, 2018

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Just finished my second trip with SWS Mountain guides...summiting Mt. Shasta a few days ago (previously climbed Mt Whitney last summer with SWS as well). This company provides excellent service both on and off the mountain, from addressing all my questions prior to the trip to establishing a well-rounded professional and fun educational experience during the climb itself!!!! Specifically, the guides on my trip were amazing, connecting with me on both a professional and personal level, keeping in tune with all aspects of the climb, emphasizing safety and education while helping me to fine-tune my climbing technique. Having used several different guiding services in the past, I have no hesitation to highly recommend SWS mountain guides!!!!

Harshikesh Panchal

5.00

January, 2019

Mt. Whitney winter ascent via the Mountaineer’s Route, 4 days

Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.

Loren Sweet

4.00

September, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Had an amazing experience! What memories but must be honest, we were in over our head. Feel we were physically up to it but we went from sea level to 10,000 feet in 30 hours and it was a challenge to keep up. Some time to acclimate would have made a big difference. The guides were careful and supportive. We were outside our comfort zone for sure but also realize that made it so memorable! Thanks Loren

Jon Niswander

5.00

July, 2022

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Life changing experience!!

Kendra Grubb

5.00

August, 2021

Climb Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route Summer/Fall, 3 days

Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.

Laura Zurczak

5.00

August, 2021

4 days, 3 summits: Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell and Mt. Muir in California

We had such a great time summiting Whitney! Our guide Ben was very knowledgeable and respectful. We almost didn’t trek Mt. Russell due to too much smoke in the air and bad air quality, but the smoke cleared by early morning and we were able to make it out. Thanks again Ben for the memories!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Mountain Climbing in Mount Whitney

Most of the climbs on Mount Whitney are approximately 1,000 feet tall. And the ones on the east face are covered in shade by the afternoon. The steep routes may present huge challenges but guarantees rewarding views.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+1

Currency

US dollar

Languages

the official language is English, with Spanish commonly spoken

Best time to visit

Visit from May to October for ideal mountain climbing conditions

What’s the weather like?

Due to the large size of California, the climate can range from polar to subtropical, including hot deserts. Summers are characterized by hot temperatures, that range from 27℃ in July to 22℃ in September

How long should I stay?

It is possible to conquer the summit of Mount Whitney in 1 or 2 days, depending on your level of ability and agility. If you move continuously and quickly, then mountain climbing the Californian giant is within reach of 1 or 2 days

More info about Mountain Climbing in Mount Whitney:

The Whitney mountain is located in Central California, and is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is the highest peak in the United States except for the giant summits of Alaska. It rises from the Great Basin Desert and at 4,421 meters high overlooks Death Valley, home to the lowest elevation in North America. All this makes Mount Whitney an incredible place to mountain climb as it offers such spectacular scenery from base to summit

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