3-day • Climb for Nepal – $1900 (includes donation to THOP)
*Dates are subject by approval by the NPS
As the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States, Mount Rainier (also know as Tahoma) with its 26 major glaciers provides an excellent climbing experience situated within a pristine wilderness environment. “The Mountain“ as referred to by locals has all the features of much higher glaciated peaks making it an exceptional training ground for aspiring climbers. Northwest Alpine Guides climbs the classic Disappointment Clever route to the upper Emmons glacier reaching the Columbia Crest summit at 14,411 feet. Mount Rainier’s Muir route is approached from Paradise Meadows and ascends the Muir Snowfield to Camp Muir at 10,080 feet.
Join our fourth annual Climb for Nepal from July 16-18th, 2018 hosted by guides Dennis Broadwell and Phurba Namgyal Sherpa and summit Mt. Rainier. Northwest Alpine Guides will be guiding a 3-day climb on Rainier as a fundraiser climb for Nepal. Proceeds from the climb will support The Himalayan Outreach Project (THOP) and directly benefit school children in the foothills of Nepal as well as victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Rainier route map
The three-day climb includes a one-day climb school taught near Paradise Meadows and a two-day summit climb via Camp Muir and Disappointment Cleaver. Meals and lodging are not included.
The Beginner’s Handbook Climbing Mount Rainier by Greg Yatman
Greg Yatman provides helpful insight in his eBook
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Paradise Meadows
Meet at 9:00 at Paradise Inn (front patio area) in Mount Rainier National Park. We will hike from Paradise Meadows to our training area. A pre-climb discussion and basic climb school will be taught. Return to overnight in Ashford.
Day 2 • Hike to Camp Muir • 10,100 feet
Hike to Camp Muir.
Day 3 • Summit Day • Mount Rainier • 14,411 feet
Summit day starts early. We begin roped climbing crossing the Cowlitz Glacier and passing over Cathedral Gap to Ingraham Flats. We take a short break and traverse to the base of Disappointment Cleaver. The climb continues up the DC route reaching the top of the clever at 12,300’. After a rest break we climb the upper Emmons glacier to high break at 13,500’. The route then climbs the final snow dome to the summit crater and a short walk to Columbia Crest the summit of Mount Rainier. Descend to camp at Camp Muir and return to Paradise.
Plan to depart late evening or the day after the climb ends.
NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Where to Meet
9:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Mount Rainier NP for equipment check before heading to the trailhead.
We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.
Registration and Payments
$1000.00 deposit includes non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 120 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Reservation/Refund Policy for details.
Guided climb and instruction
Boiled water for meals
Professional mountain guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Services not included
Mount Rainier (Climbing Pass $50)
National Park entrance fee
Meals and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage