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5-day Mount Rainier ascent via the normal route

Mount Rainier

One of the AMGA-certified guides from our team wants to take you on a 5 day ascent to the Mount Rainier summit (14,410 ft/ 4,392 m), in Seattle, Washington!

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Cascade Range

5 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Join us on this 5 day journey where we will ascend to the Mount Rainier summit via the classic route!

Mount Rainier (14,410 ft/ 4,392 m) is the highest summit in the Cascade mountain range and the highest mountain in the U.S. State of Washington. This active volcano is located in the Mount Rainier National Park.

With this more relaxed 5-day itinerary (a 4-day option is also available),  we will provide more time on the mountain to train and acclimatize and at the same time enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. This 5-day summit climb can be a great introduction to mountaineering.

During our first two days, we will be focusing on team building and training. That’s why we will have an afternoon orientation and an entire day of mountaineering training to prepare for the ascent.

After these two days of preparation, we will ascend to Camp Muir (10,188 ft /3,105 m) where we will stay for the next couple of days and sleep in the tents at the camp. By spending two nights here, we will be able to practice some more basic mountaineering techniques and have more time to acclimatize so that we make it to the summit in the best possible shape. At the same time, we will take advantage of this additional time on the mountain for glacier travel.

On summit day, we will ascend via the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver routes.

This 5 day summit ascent is ideal for novice climbers as well as experienced climbers. Howeveryou do need to to be in great physical shape.

So if you are ready for this challenge, just send us a message and let’s start making plans!

Interested in this trip? Send us a request and we’ll do our best to find a certified guide or agency who is authorized to guide in the area and who is available during your dates.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Pre -trip orientation

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.:

We will meet at 3:00 p.m. at Rainier BaseCamp in Ashford, WA. Please dress casually and bring your climbing equipment and clothing.
*Note: Whittaker Mountaineering Rental Equipment is available for pickup after 12 p.m.

We begin our Pre-Trip Orientation with a welcome and introduction of team members and guides. The afternoon is spent providing a focused introduction to a variety of topics and preparing climbers for the ascent. This includes a detailed personal equipment discussion and gear check; an introduction to safety practices including use of helmets, harnesses, and avalanche transceivers; and instruction regarding Leave No Trace practices and environmental considerations.

Please make your own arrangements to stay in the Ashford area this evening.

Day 2: The Mountaineering Day School

8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Rainier BaseCamp. Please arrive dressed for hiking, packed with your Mountaineering Day School gear.

The Mountaineering Day School is spent training on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier. Climbers are introduced to a number of skills, from the foundational techniques of efficient mountain travel (rest-stepping and pressure breathing) through cramponing, roped travel, and ice axe arrest practices. The training is a great introduction to mountaineering for novice climbers as well as refresher for those with previous experience, ensuring that all climbers have the basic skills to climb safely and comfortably together on the mountain.

Please make your own arrangements for the day’s meals and a place to stay in the Ashford area this evening.

Day 3: Climb to Camp Muir (10,188 ft /3,105 m)

Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Rainier BaseCamp. After a short team meeting, a shuttle takes our group to the trailhead at Paradise.

The hike from Paradise (5,400′) to Camp Muir (10,060′) is nearly 4.5 miles and takes most of the day. Our team stays in tents at Camp Muir. We also have the option to stay in the climbers hut at Camp Muir in the event of bad weather. After dinner we retire to our sleeping bags to rest.

Day 4: Acclimatization and training at Camp Muir

This day is an opportunity to acclimate; this is best achieved through moderate activity. In the morning, we may review some of the techniques introduced at the Mountaineering Day School, or climb the first portion of the route to Ingraham Flats at 11,000′. In the afternoon, we organize our gear for the summit attempt and discuss the specifics regarding the route conditions, food, equipment, and clothing recommendations for the climb. After dinner we will get into our tents early to rest for the upcoming summit attempt.


On summit day we don ropes, crampons, helmets, and grab our ice axes. The route begins with a rising traverse across the Cowlitz Glacier and ascends the pumiced switchbacks of Cathedral Gap. From here, we gain the Ingraham Glacier and ascend either the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver routes; the actual route choice is determined by many factors and is left to the professional discretion of your guides. The steeper section of the Ingraham Headwall or Disappointment Cleaver is the physical crux of the route. After reach the upper mountain, we ascend the higher slopes of Mt. Rainier, navigating the crevassed glaciers to reach the summit.

At 14,410 feet, Mt. Rainier is the highest point in Washington. The summit is spectacular with panoramic views from the Pacific to the eastern side of the Cascades when the weather is clear. A large crater dominates the summit, with steam rising out of the cavernous summit vents and the bare ground near the summit is often warm to the touch.

After reaching the summit, we descend back to Camp Muir. The descent typically requires half the amount of time of the ascent but requires significant effort as we retrace our route down the mountain. The duration of the climb depends on many variables including snow conditions, the time of the year, the route conditions, the weather, and temperature among others. Once back at Camp Muir, we gather our gear and descend back to Paradise. At Paradise, a shuttle takes the team down to Rainier BaseCamp. In Ashford we gather as a team to celebrate our adventure.

The duration of the climb depends on many variables including snow conditions, the time of year, the route conditions, the weather during our climb, the temperature, etc. Those variables often affect our arrival time to Ashford, which might vary dramatically from climb to climb.

We do not recommend scheduling an airline flight before midnight on the last day of your program.


About the guide

One of our certified guides will take you skiing and climbing to some of the best spots in North America. In the USA we offer trips in California, Colorado, Maine, Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Vermont. And in Canada, you'll find tours in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.



What people are saying about E-S Adventure Guides North America

Meg James


June, 2023

Can not review - guide cancelled but the trip was not to Perce Rock if we had gone - sadly.. tour was was what was advertised and destination was not where planned Ultimately the full day paddle was canceled by the guide company Effort was there and communication was good! Just booked what I wanted and was not what the guide could offer …

Shawn Linio


March, 2023

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Bill Mullins


December, 2022

The guide was super kind friendly and helpful and we had a great time

thilo riegel


August, 2022

Ended up booking a one-night-and-one-day hike summiting Mt Shasta because Mt Rainier was booked out.

Chris King


August, 2022

Our guide Adrian was outstanding. Great trip, great guide. My son and I loved it- I would highly recommend the experience.

Nico Dekker


August, 2022

Very good guide and fantastic climbing experience.

Eglė Audronytė


August, 2022

I really loved it. Intro to rock climbing was an amazing experience. Explore-share team were so helpful in the process. The trip that I chose in the first place was not available and they managed to find alternatives and offer me the best possible solution in that situation. In the end I had a wonderful day and could not be happier!

Mitchell Johnson


June, 2022

Worth every minute! Would highly recommend!!

Paul Panelli


June, 2022

Our guide Lizzie was THE BEST. Highly recommend her for other groups.

Phillip Lolonis


March, 2022

Guide cancelled within 48 hrs and I was unable to find someone else and so far I’ve not been refunded. Put a small dent in my otherwise great trip to Revelstoke.

Peggy Meyer


March, 2022

Will was great wise and fun to spend the day with.

Lexi Brandon


February, 2022

It would have been helpful to know it was suppose to be a Matterhorn prep course. The goals of the group were a little different.

Lucie Laurendeau


February, 2022

All perfect

douglas lord


January, 2022

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January, 2022

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