Mt. Rainier Summit Climbing Trip

Mt. Rainier Summit Climbing Trip

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RMI Expeditions and Backwoods Adventures have partnered to bring you the best introduction to mountaineering anywhere in the lower 48 states! With a short time commitment, this climb is ideal for anyone in excellent physical condition looking to attempt one of America’s great mountaineering challenges. Interested in this trip? Call us at (888) 849-6637 or email to reserve your spot!

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Reserve your spot with a $300.00 deposit



START: Seattle, WA
FINISH: Seattle, WA
Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level Couples

If there is one standout program to get you to the top of Mt. Rainier, this is it. With a short time commitment, this climb is ideal for anyone in excellent physical condition looking to attempt one of America’s great mountaineering challenges.  Focusing on team building and training, the first two days prepare us for our climb with an afternoon orientation and a Mountaineering Day School. We then ascend Mt. Rainier’s lower slopes to Camp Muir (10,060′), where we stay for the evening and prepare for the climb ahead. On summit day, an alpine start brings us up the Ingraham Glacier or Disappointment Cleaver route to the mountain’s summit (14,410′).

RMI Expeditions is an authorized concessioner of Mount Rainier National Park.

What's Included
  • RMI 4-day Rainier Summit Climb ONLY– complete details here
  • RMI Climb w/ BWA package also includes the following:
  • Lodging – 1 night in Seattle, 3 nights in Ashford (Price based on double accommodations. Single accommodations may be available for an additional charge – please inquire at registration)
  • Meals – All Meals mentioned in itinerary (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, plenty of snacks)
  • Local transportation (pick up at Seattle hotel on Day 1, drop off at airport on Day 5)
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to/from your home to Seattle
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel in Seattle on Day 0
  • Personal equipment and clothing (see packing list)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Glacier Exploration, Mountaineering , Technical Climbing

Photos from Recent Adventures


Day 0 - Arrival in Seattle and Group Dinner

Hotel check-in is at 3pm. Meet group in the lobby of hotel at 6pm, walk to downtown Seattle for a nice dinner and time to get acquainted.

Accommodations: 3-star hotel near downtown Seattle

Meals Provided: Dinner

Day 1 - Pre-Trip Orientation

You have the morning free to explore Seattle – we’ll provide some recommendations for things to do. Your shuttle will pick you up at the hotel at noon and transfer you to Rainier Mountaineering, Inc (RMI) headquarters for a pre-trip orientation at 3pm. We begin our Pre-Trip Orientation with a welcome and introduction of team members and guides. The afternoon is spent providing a focused introduction to a variety of topics and preparing 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.

Accommodations: Nisqually Lodge, Ashford, WA

Meals Provided: Dinner

Day 2 - Mountaineering Day School

Depart the hotel at 8:00am. Be 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.

Accommodations: Nisqually Lodge, Ashford, WA

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Hike from Paradise to Muir

Depart hotel at 8:00am. 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.

Accommodations: Cabin on the Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Summit Attempt and Descent to Paradise

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.

Accommodations: Nisqually Lodge, Ashford, WA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the group departs at 8:00am. We will drop the group off at the Seattle airport around 10:30am. We recommend scheduling your departure flights after noon on July 22nd.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.



The trip will include a combination of restaurants meals, continental breakfasts, and a meal package specially prepared especially for the 4-day Rainier Climb. The meal package is designed by climbers, for climbers and will provide plenty of fuel for your summit attempt.


In Seattle, you will stay in a 3-star hotel within walking distance to downtown.

In Ashford, you will spend 3 nights at Nisqually Lodge.

One night will be spent on the mountain at camp Muir prior to your summit day.

Note: Trip price is based on shared accommodations (2 beds/room). Single accommodations may be arranged in certain hotels for an additional fee, if available. Please inquire at time of registration and we will do everything possible to accommodate your requests.

Health/Physical Preparedness

This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition. There are no technical climbing prerequisites to join this program. That said, you should be in the best physical shape of your life. Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, climbing mountains qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor.

  • Start immediately. Start a rigorous fitness and training program now with the goal of arriving in top physical condition and confident in your skills.
  • Be intentional. Focus on gaining the necessary strength, stamina and skills to meet the physical and technical demands of the climb.
  • Be sport-specific. The best fitness and training program mimics the physical and technical demands of your climbing objective. The closer you get to your program date, the more your training should resemble the climbing.

For the Four Day Summit Climb, you are preparing for:

  • Hiking with a 35-45 lb load
  • Steep climbing and glacier travel with a 20-25 lb load
  • A 10-14+ hour summit day
  • Mountaineering techniques requiring core strength and flexibility

Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness and training. Bottom line: Plan on being in the best shape of your life and ready for a very challenging adventure!

See RMI’s fitness and training guide for additional training suggestions

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