This 4-day winter ascent of Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route is a thrilling, challenging and rewarding adventure, and the certified guides from SWS Mountain Guides will lead you through the snow, ice and cold to reach the summit, where glorious views out over the Sierra Nevada await.
Sierra Nevada (California)
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Climbing Mt. Whitney in the winter is a challenging yet rewarding journey, and I will guide you as we traipse and travail for 4 days around the highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the USA, testing ourselves and learning more about the best skills and techniques needed to navigate the conditions, with the pay-off being some truly special and spectacular views out over California from the summit.
Mount Whitney (4421m) is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the USA, and the highest in the world famous Sierra Nevada mountain range. It contains mostly rocky terrain, with little vegetation able to grow, and is an immensely popular and well-known locale to indulge in mountain climbing.
We meet in the nearby town of Mt. Whitney, where we will run through all relevant safety gear and information, and from there we then hit the trail.
One of the main advantages of the winter ascent is it exposes you to similar conditions and skills needed to climb different mountains around the world, enabling you to transfer what you learn here to different mountains and countries.
Over the 4 days we will teach you these skills, techniques and confidence, and the presence of potential avalanche conditions makes this all the more challenging.
Once we reach the summit there will be ample time to admire the absolutely awesome views we will encounter, with the East Face and East Buttress standing in all their glory in front of us, and the vast, epic and snow-filled valleys of the Californian alpine countryside below.
We then descend back to Lone Pine, where our trip ends, hopefully having increased your winter mountain climbing confidence and made you fall even more in love with this tranquil part of California.
Climbing Mt. Whitney is the winter is a great way to improve your mountaineering – book now to give it a go!
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Permit and entrance fees
- Ice axe
- Camping equipment tents
Includes: Professional instruction/guide, freeze dried dinners, breakfast items & hot drinks, helmets, harness, group climbing equipment including ropes and safety equipment, group camping equipment including tents and stoves, permits, and permit fees including Mt. Whitney permit reservations fees. Mountain boots, crampons, avalanche equipment available for rent from SWS Mountain Guides.
Meet in Lone Pine, head to Whitney Portal, snowshoe to base camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake.
Head to camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake, work on various mountaineering skills.
Head to summit.
Descend back to trailhead, finish.
Tent accommodation every night.
Lone Pine, California
Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.
Mount Shasta, California
Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.
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!
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.
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.
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