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Mount Rainier 4 day summit climb

Mount Rainier 4 day summit climb

Join one of the AMGA-certified guides from our team on a 4-day adventure to the Mount Rainier summit (14,410 ft/ 4,392 m) in Seattle, Washington!

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Cascade Range

4 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




NOTE: Due to high demand, in order to secure a spot on this tour you will need to book at least a year in advance. Meanwhile, why not start getting ready for Rainier on another amazing mountaineering tour in the USA?

At 14,410 feet (4,392 m) above sea level, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range as well as the highest point in the US state of Washington.

This active volcano is located in the Mount Rainier National Park, 87 km southeast from Seattle, Washington.

Experiencing the classic Mt Rainier climb can be one of the best introductions to mountaineering. In 4 days we will ascend from its alpine meadows all the way to its glacier-capped summit!

During the first two days of our trip, we will focus on team building and training. To prepare for the ascent, we will spend our first afternoon in orientation and, on the next morning, we will still have an entire day for training.

Keep in mind that climbing mountains can be highly challenging as well as physically demanding so it’s important to be in a great physical condition.

This trip is great for novice climbers as well as for those who already have some experience. We’ll always make sure that all climbers have the basic skills to climb safely.

On our third day, we will hike to Camp Muir (10,188 ft /3,105 m) and spend the night in the mountain huts located at the Camp. Contemplating Mt Rainier´s glaciers from here will definitely be one the trip’s highlights! And then, on our last day, we will reach the summit and then return to Rainier Base Camp .

The panoramic views you will be able to see from the summit, will make the effort totally worth it. From the Pacific to the eastern side of the Cascades, the view from the top of this active volcano will make this experience unforgettable!

So if you are ready for this mountaineering adventure , 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.

We begin our Pre-Trip Orientation with a welcome and introduction of team members and guides.We will provide a focused introduction to a variety of topics and prepare climbers for the climb.

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 Mountaneering Day School

8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

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

The Mountaineering Day School is spent training on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier above Paradise. 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 a 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 to stay in the Ashford area this evening.

Day 3: Climb to Camp Muir

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. Once at Camp Muir, the guides will address the specifics regarding the climb, including route conditions, food, equipment, clothing recommendations, and any further questions you might have. Accommodations at Muir consist of a small mountain hut with bunks and sleeping pads. After dinner we retire to our sleeping bags 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 reaching 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.

*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 this trip

thilo riegel


August, 2022

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



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