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Torres del Paine Trek

Torres del Paine Trek

The O Circuit of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park is a stunning glimpse into the incredible biodiversity of southern Patagonia.


  • Circumnavigate the Paine Massif, with stunning views of surrounding peaks and the impressive triad of vertical granite towers which give the park their name.
  • View the incredible biodiversity that make this a UNESCO designated World Biodiversity Reserve.
  • Witness the Magellanic penguins on the shores of Magdalena Island, the greatest colony of penguins in South America.
  • Discover the ever-changing landscape of southern Patagonia, from rolling grasslands to imposing peaks and massive glaciers.
  • Travel by boat and foot to Grey Glacier to experience the massive expanse of glacial ice spanning 270 km. Explore the cracks, rivers, lagoons and tunnels in their striking blue hues.
  • Benefit from the leadership of an RMI Guide throughout the trip, gaining from their experience, communication, and care as you venture to the Patagonian backcountry and see why RMI continues to set the standard in guiding excellence.

The Full Circuit Trek around Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, near the southern tip of Patagonia, takes us through some of the most idyllic landscapes on the planet. Popularly known as the "O", this 10-day loop encompasses the shorter "W" route, but also ventures out into the more remote stretches of grassland, old-growth forest, and glacial moraine on the northern side of the park.

Each day brings trekkers new visual delights as we explore the exotic flora and fauna that inspired the studies of Charles Darwin.

We circumnavigate the Paine Massif, taking a side trip up the Valle Francés to gain excellent views of dramatic peaks such as La Aleta del Tiburón ("The Shark Fin"), Cerro Catedral, and Los Cuernos, or "horns". Our journey culminates with the eagerly awaited visit to the base of the three vertical granite towers that give the park it's name, Torres del Paine. The blustery Patagonian winds and cool, wet climate, as well as some interesting maneuvers through John Gardner Pass, pose the primary challenges during this hilly, but non-technical 80-mile trek.

RMI's Torres del Paine Trek is a fascinating adventure into the heart of Patagonia. We have designed our trip to offer an experience that is the best visit to one of the world's great places: we trek through the idyllic landscape, view the spectacular biodiversity of the park, traveling through grasslands that give way to forests, that give way to glaciers and mountains, all within an approachable time frame that gives you the full experience of the famous O Circuit Trek. The trek is open to individuals in good physical condition.


Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. was established in 1969 and is one of America's oldest and most-trusted guide services. We are the largest guide service on Mt. Rainier and Denali and leaders in guiding climbs and treks around the globe. Our years of leading mountain adventures give us the experience and knowledge to lead the best possible trips. We work hard to live up to our reputation as a leader. Our trip preparation before departure takes care of the details for you, from lodging to airport transfers schedules, so that you can focus on preparing for the adventure instead of the distraction that comes with coordinating logistics.

Our Torres del Paine treks are led by RMI's foremost U.S. guides, who bring years of climbing experience in South America and on mountains all over the world, from the Andes to the Alaska Range to the Himalayas. As you reach higher elevations and test the limits of your experience, the value of an accomplished, highly trained RMI Guide, held to our standards, and who can effectively communicate with you and the local people, cannot be understated. Our professional guides make possible the experience of safely completing the adventure. We have a close relationship with our local outfitter in Chile, whose years of organizing Torres del Paine treks is evident in the outstanding local staff who help us. Our relationships there are the key to our trip's success.


Safety has always been RMI's top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. RMI's experienced team of guides focus on leading a fun and successful climb without compromising safety. We apply the same standards of safety we bring to Alaska and the Himalayas to our Torres del Paine Treks. While the trek is a non-technical journey, we are deep in the Patagonian backcountry. Our guides are trained, experienced, and certified by rigorous American standards in wilderness and high altitude medicine, avalanche training, and Leave No Trace techniques. We have spent considerable time in the mountains and know how to do so safely and comfortably; we don't rush to the end of the trail, but instead focus on using techniques that allow us to adjust and even excel. Comprehensive medical kits, rescue equipment, and radio and satellite communication equipment are carried with the team throughout the trek.

As you prepare for your upcoming adventure please feel free to contact our office and speak directly to one of our experienced guides regarding equipment, conditioning, the route, or any other questions you may have about our programs. We are available Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (888) 89-CLIMB or info@rmiguides.com.

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Day 1


Depart U.S.


Day 2


Arrive in Santiago, Chile and connect with flights to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ). Upon arrival in Punta Arenas take a taxi from the airport to our hotel. Night spent at Diego de Almagro in Punta Arenas.


Day 3


After breakfast, we depart Punta Arenas and travel to the coastline to view the penguins that nest in this area. Traveling by boat, we navigate the legendary Strait of Magellan and land at Magdalena Island. We will walk through thousands of Magellanic penguins as we explore the greatest colony of penguins in South America. After a boat ride, back to the mainland we continue to Puerto Natales, located on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Sound. This quaint town with impressive mountain views and cool, misty skies, served as a port for the thriving sheep industry in the first half of the twentieth century and is now the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. We spend the afternoon exploring the town and relaxing. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (B)


Day 4


We make an early morning departure from our hotel and head for the starting point of our trek in Torres del Paine National Park. After a brief orientation at the Laguna Amarga Gate, we pause for our first opportunity to photograph Patagonian wildlife, such as the Chilean flamingo, camel-like guanaco, and a flightless bird called the ñandú, or lesser rhea. Our first day of hiking takes us along a comfortable trail through meadows of wildflowers infiltrated by numerous streams and rivers. After making our way through the Valle Encantado, we reach our campsite aside the Paine River. Overnight in tents at Seron Camp. (B, L, D)


Day 5


Today we walk through relatively easy, rolling terrain where wild horses graze freely and pumas are known to roam the hills high above our trail. The mountains lie in front of us as we head towards the less traveled back side of the park. We spend the night in a hut near the serene Lake Dickson, whose pebbly beach is just a short jaunt away. Overnight in Refugio Dickson. (B, L, D)


Day 6


This section of trail presents more hilly terrain than the first two days of the trek. We pass through an old lenga forest, then enjoy views of the Los Perros Glacier and Lake en route to our campsite in the woods. Overnight in tents at Perros Camp. (B, L, D)


Day 7


We reach our highest point on the itinerary today as we climb up and over Paso John Gardner at 4,000'. We are likely to encounter strong winds and perhaps some snow as we approach the top of the pass. We continue along a forested trail with plenty of opportunities to gaze down at the rugged Grey Glacier. Our hard work is rewarded with the thrill of crossing an airy suspension bridge and climbing up and down a series of fixed metal ladders through a rugged boulder field. Overnight in Refugio Grey. (B, L, D)


Day 8


We start the day with a short speedboat ride across Lago Grey and make our way to the base of the Grey Glacier, a massive expanse of glacial ice spanning 270 km. After a short hike to the base of the glacier, we don helmets and crampons and begin to explore the glacial terrain and ice caverns. Returning to camp and packing our bags, we continue on the trail. We encounter much easier terrain than the previous two days, and quickly reach our camp on the shores of Lago Pehoai, in a grassy valley surrounded by mountains. With any luck, we will be able to capture the fascinating images of curious-looking birds or the majestic reflection of the Cuernos del Paine in the lake's turquoise water. Overnight at Refugio Paine Grande. (B, L, D)


Day 9


We work our way through the middle of the classic "W" trek, opposite the direction most hikers take if not completing the full "O". A relatively flat section awaits us along Laguna Scottsberg, followed by the crossing of Rio Frances. Passing through Campo Italiano, we continue on to Frances Domes, where our accommodations are a collection of geodesic domes yielding incredible views of Paine Grande. Overnight in huts at Frances Domes. (B, L, D)


Day 10


Leaving our gear at camp, we head out with a light day pack to hike up into the Valle Frances. The lookout at the end of the trail offers the best vantage point to soak in 360° views of the Paine Massif. We return to collect our cached gear, then continue along the trail that cuts along the shores of the peaceful Lago Nordenskjold. After taking in the beauty of the lush foliage, such as the bright red Chilean firebush and yellow sand lady's slipper, we settle in for the night at Frances Domes. (B, L, D)


Day 11


We head up a wide, dusty path into the Valley Ascencio to make our approach towards the final attraction: the imposing Paine Towers. Along the way, we will likely share the trail with baqueanos, the Chilean version of the Argentinian gaucho, or cowboy, many of whom still don their traditional garb as they transport supplies for the lodges and campsites higher up the trail. An early bedtime is in order so that we are in position to make a pre-dawn departure to the base of the Torres the next morning. Overnight at Chileno Hut. (B, L, D)


Day 12


Our last day on the trail brings us to the base of the massive rock towers that attract scores of visitors every year. Some come by horseback, many on foot, a few with climbing gear in hand, and perhaps all of them eagerly anticipating the chance to capture with a "click" the feeling of awe that beholds them as they stand in the presence of these incredible natural sculptures. When we deem that we have had our fill of vistas, we descend to Hostería Las Torres, where our shuttle meets us for our return to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales. (B, L)


Day 13


After breakfast at our hotel, we load the shuttle one last time and transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for our outbound flights. (B)


Day 14


Arrive home.

Key: B, L, D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.




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Travel Consultant

RMI has partnered with Erin Rountree to provide comprehensive travel support. We have been working with Erin for many years. As an independent agent of the Travel Society, she has booked countless miles for adventure travelers across the globe and is extremely knowledgeable about the travel needs of our programs. Please call (208) 788-2870 or send email to etravel@cox.net.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance which can cover trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, medical evacuation, and more. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection in the event of a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or while traveling. You can purchase travel insurance at any time prior to the trip departure. Should you need to cancel from a program, Trip Insurance will refund you for any non-refundable cancellations fees when cancelling for a covered reason.

There are several things to note when purchasing trip insurance.

  • Cancellation Insurance is included in the standard Trip Insurance policy if you are injured, or have a medical or family emergency prior to or while traveling. Should you need to cancel your program, Trip Insurance will refund you for any non-refundable cancellations fees when cancelling for a covered reason. Most travel insurance companies provide an option to include coverage that allows you to “Cancel for Any Reason”, but the initial policy must be purchased within 15 days of placing your deposit for the program.
  • In order to cover your trip with RMI Expeditions you may need to include options such as an “Adventure or Sports” upgrade. Not all travel insurance will cover mountaineering, climbing, skiing or trekking adventures. Some will not cover due to gear used (crampons, ice axe), others will not cover above a certain elevation and/or region of the world. Check your policy carefully to make sure your activity is covered.
  • Purchasing Travel insurance is also dependent on your state of residence. If one company doesn’t offer coverage for you because you live in Washington, another company might.

TripAssureWe have partnered with TripAssure, a Trip Mate brand, to provide travel insurance for our climbers. TripAssure has created the Assure Adventure Plans to cover travelers participating in climbing, skiing, mountaineering and trekking programs.

TripAssure's Adventure Plan and Adventure Plus Plan differ only in the coverage option which allows you to Cancel for Any Reason. In order to receive Cancel for Any Reason coverage you must purchase the Adventure Plan Plus within 15 days of paying your deposit or payment with RMI. We recommend that you carefully read the Plan Document that applies to your purchase.

Travel Advisories / Warnings

Please confirm any current travel advisories / warnings as well as entry requirements with the U.S. Department of State.

Getting There

Travel to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) typically takes 18 - 27 hours from the U.S. depending on your departure city, available connections, and flight times. Flights generally arrive in the afternoon on Day 2 of the itinerary.

Departing flights may be booked for anytime on day 13 of the itinerary.

Entry Information

A valid passport is required when traveling to Chile. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. U.S. passport holders may stay up to 90 days without a visa.

We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.

Airport Arrival

Santiago: For most flight itineraries, travelers pass through immigrations and customs at the Santiago airport. This requires passing through immigrations, collecting your bags, and passing through customs. Once you exit customs, take the elevator to the third floor and recheck your bags onto your domestic flight to Punta Arenas.

Punta Arenas: Punta Arenas is a small airport. Upon collecting your bags, a taxi will take you to our hotel.

In-Country Transportation

The provided ground transportation in Chile as stated in the itinerary is via private vehicle.

Immunizations & Travel Medicine

For the most current information on inoculation requirements and recommendations, please refer to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

Traveler's Health

Travelers may suffer from upset stomachs when in foreign countries. There are some basic rules, however, that can help keep you healthy.

  • Hygiene - It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before meals and after using the restroom. If water is not available for washing, we recommend using a hand sanitizer.
  • Water - The number one rule is: don't drink the water, and that includes shower water and ice! Brush your teeth with purified water rather than tap water. You should check bottled water for a good seal and use a napkin to wipe excess moisture from drinking glasses. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if it has been diluted with water. Carefully clean the tops of bottled beverages before opening.
  • Food - If it is cooked, boiled, or can be peeled, you can usually eat it. Salads and fruits should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Be wary of ice cream and shellfish. Always avoid any undercooked meat.

Medical Emergencies

Excellent care for minor illnesses and injuries is readily available. In the event of more serious illnesses or injuries, we recommend transport to any of the Level 1 care centers in Santiago.

Chile Country Facts

Chile is a country of immense beauty, stretching for 2,700 miles along the southwestern coast of South America. Chile's fascinating geography (a thin ribbon of territory that stretches from the northern Atacama Desert to the Torres del Paine at the southern tip) and geology (the country contains hundreds of volcanoes, more than fifty of which are active) combine to make it one of the interesting destinations on earth. "Chile," wrote Chilean Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda, "was invented by a poet."

The country's high-income economy has helped produce a stable and prosperous nation, leading Latin American nations in competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, and low percentage of corruption.

Chile is a multi-ethnic, multicultural country whose people, subsequently, identify their nationality by citizenship rather than ethnicity.

Santiago, the country's capital since colonial times, was founded in 1541. The city's downtown has 19th century neo-classical architecture and winding side-streets, but the growing city also sports a growing entertainment scene, a rising skyline, and sprawling suburban growth. For those with some extra time, Spanish language courses for travelers are readily available.


For current weather conditions, check YR.NO.

The primary trekking season for Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is during the months of December through February. This equates to the height of the southern summer, and offers the best weather and very long daylight hours due to the extreme southern latitude.

Summer temperatures are relatively cool, due to the latitude, with an average summer temperature of 16°C or 61°F.

Cultural Etiquette

The people of Chile are generally very warm and friendly to tourists. Although it is not expected that we dress formally, we should dress modestly. Casual and comfortable clothing is suggested along with comfortable shoes. Showing expensive cameras, watches, jewelry, etc. is considered unseemly and may attract unwanted attention.

A handshake and nod show respect when greeting someone. When entering a shop or home, politely use a greeting such as buenos días (good day), buenas tardes (good afternoon), buenas noches (good night). Similarly, upon leaving, even if you've had only minimal contact, say adios (goodbye) or hasta luego (see you later).

Chileans are typically proud of their country and culture. They are well-educated and tend to be cosmopolitan and progressive. Because a majority of Chile's population originated from Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, travelers typically have little trouble fitting in.


Electricity in Chile is different than in the United States. Chile has standardized type C sockets and plugs. Type L plugs and power points are still commonly found in older buildings.

Both are used for 220-240 volt, 50 hertz appliances. U.S. appliances will require plug adaptors, converters or transformers. Please visit www.worldstandards.eu/electricity for more detailed information.


The current currency of Chile is the Peso. Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.

We suggest bringing $700 - $1,000 total for personal spending money including restaurant meals, drinks, pocket money, and the Support Staff Tip Pool.

Cash machines are readily available in Punta Arenas, but become increasingly difficult to find outside of the main urban areas. Credit cards are accepted in most, but not all, areas.

Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.


Everyone approaches tipping a little differently. Whether or not a person tips, and how much, is completely dependent upon the individual; here are some suggested tipping guidelines for your trip.

Local waiters, drivers, and other service personnel expect to be tipped. Ten to fifteen percent is standard. Some restaurants and hotels add a 10% service fee to bills in which case, no further tip is required.

Support Staff Tip Pool: We recommend that each climber contribute $100 to the Tip Pool. This is collected at the beginning of the trip and will cover group tips for all our support and mountain staff throughout the program.

Our guides work hard to ensure your well-being and success on the mountain. If you have a positive experience, gratuities are an excellent way to show your appreciation. Amounts are at your discretion and should be based on your level of enjoyment. Tips for excellent service normally average 10 – 15% of the cost of the program. If you would rather not bring the guide gratuity with you on the trip, you can send a check or call the RMI office to pay with a credit card upon your return.

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This trip is open to all individuals in excellent physical condition. There are no technical climbing prerequisites to join this program.

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Physical Fitness Training

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 Torres del Paine trek, you are preparing for:

  • Hiking/trekking with a 30-35 lb load
  • A 6+ hour days
  • Using core strength and flexibility to navigate uneven terrain

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!

Please refer to our Resources for Mountaineering Fitness and Training for detailed fitness and training information.

Finally, physical performance and acclimatization are also related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days and weeks prior. Arriving healthy and well-rested, maintaining proper hydration and caloric intake, and protecting against unnecessary heat loss (staying warm) are all key factors in an individual's success on an adventure such as this.

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What You’ll Need

The following is a list of required equipment. We may encounter a variety of weather conditions throughout our climb, including rain, wind, snow, sleet and extreme heat. Skimping on equipment can jeopardize your safety and success, so we want you to think carefully about any changes or substitutions you are considering. If you have questions regarding the equipment needed for your upcoming climb, give us a call and speak directly to one of our experienced guides.

Most of the required equipment is available for rent or purchase from our affiliate Whittaker Mountaineering. RMI climbers receive a 10% discount on new clothing and equipment items ordered from Whittaker Mountaineering when they use code RMI2018 at checkout. This offer excludes sale items, rentals, meal packages, and Feathered Friends.

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      One item for face protection is required. Our primary recommendation is the Buff. A neck gaiter or balaclava is also acceptable.


      On sunny days, you will need protective glasses. Regular sunglasses will suffice on this program. Glacier glasses are not required.

    • Each glove layer is worn separately as conditions change during the climb.

    • We recommend a minimum of five upper body layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Two of these should be insulating layers, one light and one medium, that fit well together. Today there are many different layering systems to choose from, including fleece, soft-shell, down and synthetic options.

    • We recommend a system of four layers, all of which can be used in conjunction with each other. Products which combine several layers into one garment, such as traditional ski pants, don’t work well as they don’t offer the versatility of a layering system.


      A lightweight, synthetic pair of pants is a good option for the approach trek when hiking at lower altitudes and in warm conditions. These pants have no insulation, are typically made of thin nylon, and commonly feature zippers to convert between pants and shorts.


      A pair of jeans or cotton pants, great for wearing around camp. 


      We recommend small tubes of SPF 15 or higher, which can be carried in pockets for easy access and to prevent freezing.

    • 2 - 3 WATER BOTTLES

      Hard-sided, screw-top, one-liter water bottles with wide mouths are required. Plastics made with high post-consumer recycled content and BPA-Free are recommended.

    • 2 - 3 GARBAGE BAGS (LARGE)

      We recommend lining your day pack and duffel bag with garbage bags to keep items completely dry.


      For your duffel bags. Must be TSA approved.

    • CAMERA

      A full-sized towel big enough for showering.

    • SHORTS
    • SHIRTS

      For hotel dinners and while traveling.


      Broad spectrum antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea.


      Antibiotics for upper respiratory infection.

    • TYLENOL #3

      Tylenol 3 for pain

    • iPOD

      Valid for six months beyond your return date.


      The first two pages of your passport.

    • Purchase travel insurance.

    • Purchase airplane tickets.

    • Reserve rental equipment.

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Provided Equipment

RMI provides the following equipment for your program: sleeping tents, sleeping pads, dining tent, stoves, chef and group cooking equipment, fuel, tables, chairs, and private biological toilet at each camp.

Every guide on your climb will carry rescue equipment and a first aid kit. Each climb has two-way radios and a satellite phone for emergency contact.

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Deposit Payments: A deposit payment of $1,500 per person secures your reservation. Deposit payments $2,500 or less may be made via MasterCard, Visa, e-check, check, or wire transfer. Deposit payments over $2,500 must be made via e-check, check, or wire transfer.

Balance Payments: The balance payment is due 90 days prior to the start of your program. We will send a payment reminder approximately three weeks before your payment due date. If your balance payment is not received within 90 days prior to the start of your program, your reservation will be cancelled and all fees forfeited. Trips departing within 90 days must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please note that balance payments may be made via e-check, check, or wire transfer only.


$1,000 of the $1,500 per person deposit is non-refundable. Written notification is required for all cancellations.

Once RMI receives written notification of cancellation, the following apply:

  • If you cancel 90 or more days before the start of your program, the program fees will be refunded less $1,000 per person.
  • If you cancel less than 90 days before the start of your program, no refunds will be issued.

Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Cancellation Insurance: We strongly suggest that everyone purchase travel insurance. Please see our Travel Page for details.

Land Cost


  • RMI Leadership
  • One night at a hotel in Punta Arenas prior to the trek, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • One night at hotel in Puerto Natales prior to the trek, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • One night at a hotel in Puerto Natales after the trek, includes breakfast and is based on double occupancy*
  • Welcome dinner
  • Private transportation between Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales - Torres Del Paine - Punta Arenas
  • All group trekking supplies such as tents, stoves, etc.
  • All meals while trekking
  • Park fees and permit fees
  • Trekking support
  • Outfitter staff


  • International round-trip air fare and travel expenses to/from Punta Arenas
  • Transfers between the Punta Arenas airport and hotel for arrival and departure flights
  • Meals in Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales
  • Any additional hotel nights in Punta Arenas not included above
  • Recommended insurance policies (medical, evacuation, trip cancellation, etc.)
  • Personal gear
  • Excess baggage fees
  • International airport departure taxes and Chile entry visas
  • Customary guide gratuities
  • Support Staff Tip Pool (we suggest $100 per person)
  • Satellite telephone, air charges and internet use
  • Personal expenses, room charges and beverages

* Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.

Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. reserves the right to modify the land cost of a trip at any time before departure.

Risk Management

Managing risk is RMI's number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them.

Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity.

Trekker's Responsibilities

Mountaineering is both an individual challenge and a team endeavor. Some of the responsibility for the team is carried by the individual climbers. For this reason, we ask that each participant:

  • is physically and mentally fit, properly attired and equipped, and continues to self assess throughout the program to ensure as safe a climb as possible. If a climber's own physical fitness limits his or her ability to safely continue upward, that can have a negative impact on the summit experience or opportunity of other climb participants.
  • honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their professional mountain guide.

Age-Appropriate Guidelines & Restrictions

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all participants, RMI adheres to the following age-appropriate guidelines:

  • Ages 15 & under: No participants age 15 & under
  • Ages 16 & 17: Accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  • Ages 18 & above: No restrictions 

An individual’s birthday must precede the departure date of the program. For example: a 15 year old who turns 16 on July 1 may participate on a program beginning July 2.

Under-aged participants on Private Climb or Group Climb programs are assessed on an individual basis.

A minor climber must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian throughout the entirety of the program. If either climber must descend at any time during the program, both climbers must descend together.

General Policies

Any Participant under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the trip by a parent or legal guardian and both the Participant and parent or legal guardian must sign all forms.

RMI's program schedule and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, currency fluctuations, changes in outfitting costs, government instability, and many other factors. RMI has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including but not limited to increases in program fees, changes to program schedule or itinerary, and changes to guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.

We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, RMI cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

If the Participant decides to leave a trip at any time after the start of the trip and prior to its conclusion, he or she will not be entitled to a refund.

RMI reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if RMI determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program.

The Participant understands and agrees that RMI assumes no responsibility or liability in connection with any travel and hospitality service provided to the Participant by others in connection with the trip, including but not limited to the services provided by airlines, hotels, and motor vehicle operators, and that RMI is not responsible for any act, error, omission, or any injury, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, or danger by a supplier of travel or hospitality services to the Participant in connection with the RMI program.

RMI recommends and strongly advises that the Participant have or purchase personal life, medical, accident, travel, baggage, trip cancellation, and other insurance that may pertain to participation in the program. The Participant understands that RMI provides no such insurance coverage in connection with the trip.

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