Climb Mount Rainier

Climb Mount Rainier via the Kautz Route

This coveted trip features a small team of 6 and is lead by an IFMGA Mountain Guide. Our trip includes a weather contingency day and customized touch.

Rainier is a big mountain, 5th tallest in the lower 48. The starting elevation is just over 5,000ft and the summit is 14,411ft.

The Kautz route is unique from the standard Disappoint Cleaver route. The route has a more remote experience and requires sections of technical climbing and steeper snow/ice.

A training day is included before we start up the route.


Day One (July 14)
Training day before the climb, we cover the skills needed for this steeper route: multi pitch transitions, cramponing on steep snow/ice, self and team arrest, roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue basics. Stay in your hotel.

Day Two (July 15)
We start the route at Paradise and hike up glaciers to a beautiful camp at ~10,500ft.

Day Three (July 16)
Summit Day. We get an alpine start and start off with a short rappel on the way up. After a few patches of steep snow and ice we work our way up glaciers. The summit of Rainier is pretty awesome it has 3 calderas and many steam vents. Once on the top we do some fist bumps and reverse our tracks back down to camp.

Day Four (July 17)
We sleep in and casually hike back to the trailhead for beers and chips.

Day Five (July 18)
Weather contingency day.

Mount Rainier Kautz Map, climb Mount Rainier


2024 Climb

July 14-18


$3,600 per person


Climber Prerequisites
Climbers must have prior experience on steep snow & ice and a high level of endurance for 3 long days in the mountains.

Trip Length
3 day climb + training day and weather contingency day.

Group Size
Small group of 2 guides and 4 climbers

Departure Time
7:30 a.m.

Meeting Location
Mount Rainier National Park: Paradise trailhead.

We provide breakfast and dinner while on the mountain.

Included in your trip cost

  • National Park entrance fees, climbing permit
  • All group cooking, climbing, and camping equipment on the mountain
  • Breakfast and dinner on the mountain
  • Technical climbing equipment including crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness
  • Guiding and leadership on the climb by an IFMGA Mountain Guide


Not included in your trip cost

  • Lunch and snack food on the climb
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Accommodation off the mountain
  • Transportation
  • Customary guide gratuity
  • Trip/Travel Insurance (required)
  • Incurred costs by leaving a program early
  • Incurred costs as a result of force majeure