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

Climbing Mt. Whitney in Winter
Mt. Whitney Winter Ascent
Mt. Whitney Winter Ascent
Mt. Whitney Winter Ascent
Mt. Whitney Winter Ascent

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)

4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr




  • 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!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Ice axe

- Camping equipment tents

Price details

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.


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.




Tent accommodation every night.

Meeting point

Lone Pine, California

Equipment you will need to bring





Ski equipment

Climbing skins

Frequently Asked Questions

 How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

 What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

 What happens in the event of bad weather?

 Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

 Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

 What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

 How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

 Can I join a group?

 What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

 Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

About the guide

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

What people are saying about this trip

Harshikesh Panchal


January, 2019

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

Jordan Kowalski


January, 2019

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!

Michael Smith


January, 2019

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.

Neil Ferguson


January, 2015

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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