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

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.

Mountain RangeSierra Nevada (California)
Duration4 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Climb Mt. Whitney - the highest mountain in the lower 48 states of the USA!

  • Improve your winter mountaineering skills and techniques in avalanche conditions

  • Take in the truly epic views out over the Sierra Nevada and California


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!



Tent accommodation every night.

Meeting point

Lone Pine, California




Day 1: Meet

Meet in Lone Pine, head to Whitney Portal, snowshoe to base camp at Lower Boy Scout Lake.

Day 2: Climb

Head to camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake, work on various mountaineering skills.

Day 3: Summit

Head to summit.

Day 4: Descent and Finish

Descend back to trailhead, finish.

Equipment you will need to bring

Ski equipment (skis, boots, poles)

Climbing skins





About the guide

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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.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2062 each

Group of 2

USD 1748 each

Group of 3

USD 1232 each

Group of 4

USD 1232 each

Group of 5

USD 1232 each

Group of 6

USD 1232 each

Group of 7

USD 1232 each

Group of 8

USD 1232 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Price is per person.

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