The staff of Alaska Mountain Guides places a premium on our guests’ experience. Every trip that we lead draws on the experience of countless expeditions in Alaska, South America, Africa and Asia. Our leaders are committed professionals who are exemplary guides and instructors. We are dedicated to insuring our guests an experience that exceeds their expectations!

Our programs strive to exceed individual expectations. We are dedicated to developing competent, confident climbers. Attention to detail and safety, and an emphasis on fun, are all important parts of the Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School experience.

We look forward to having you join us.

What makes Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School world class…

We know there are many good guide services and climbing schools out there, but we believe that Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc. offers exceptional programs. Here’s why:


We place a premium on our guest’s experience. Every trip that we lead draws on the experience of countless expeditions in Alaska, and more than 22 years of experience guiding on Mt McKinley, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, The Volcanoes of Ecuador and Mexico, and in the Himalayas. Our leaders are committed professionals who are exemplary guides and instructors. They are dedicated to insuring our guests an experience that exceeds their expectations. They have a passion for what they do and the places that they do it in!


Our kayak guides are simply some of the most experienced kayak instructors/ guides in the state. They hold certifications from both the American Canoe Association and the British Canoe Union. Many of them teach the courses to certify guides for other companies. Our Sea Kayak team has experience paddling from Maine to Alaska, from Croatia to Baja. These guys and girls know how to paddle and have a great time doing it.


In just the last 24 months AMG has led 15 trips on Aconcagua including the only guided trip on the challenging Polish Glacier Direct, 28 trips to Kilimanjaro, 8 trips to the Volcanoes of Ecuador, 5 trips to the Volcanoes of Mexico, 2 Elbrus climbs, over 70 multi day mountaineering, ice climbing and sea kayaking trips in Alaska, 2 Mt. Fairweather climbs, numerous hikes on the Chilkoot Trail and in Kluane National Park, over 100 skiing and mountaineering trips in Alaska and Utah, and took over 10,000 people rock climbing in Skagway, Alaska. This experience guarantees that your guides have the skills to safely lead you anywhere, and that our office has the know how to make it happen smoothly.


We believe that group size is one of the most important factors determining the kind of experience our guests will have. Smaller group sizes give us the flexibility to meet individual goals and expectations. Because of this we strive to keep our groups to six guests with a minimum of two guides or instructors. We are happy to work with larger groups by special arrangements.


Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc. has a perfect safety record. We have had no major injuries or accidents in more than 20 years of operations. This is not happenstance; your safety is our highest priority. We were the first guide service to carry satellite phones on all of our trips and continue to use them on every trip. We also carry pulse oximeters, stethoscopes, and expedition first aid kits on all treks or climbs that go to altitude. Most of our leaders are certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicians.


Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc. has set the standards of sanitation in many of the areas that we operate. We work closely with Mountain Safety Research and use their MIOX water purification system on most trips needing purified water, as well as SteriPens. We also use iodine to treat water and recognize the fact that it takes longer to purify cold water. This is critical on Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and the volcanoes of Mexico and Ecuador. Use caution with services that use only boiled water on Kilimanjaro. The water rarely gets fully boiled, which means the bugs are alive. Do not trust your adventure to a guide service that does not provide a reliable water treatment system! Guides give close attention to detail in regards to sanitation to give our guests the highest chances for success, whether on Kilimanjaro or the wilds of Alaska.


AMGCSI offers a wide range of programs. We have courses and trips for everyone from beginners, with little or no experience, to those seeking challenging climbing on the world’s highest mountains. We also offer white water rafting and canoe trips in Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada, as well as sea kayaking on the fjords of the Inside Passage. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your level of ability, or the requirements of a specific course or trip.


Mountain Guides International operates all of our foreign programs. They offer a comprehensive program of international climbing, trekking, and adventure trips. Our international departures go to some of the world’s most remote and fascinating areas. They have diverse trips ranging from trekking in Bhutan, India and Patagonia, to safaris in Africa, and high altitude climbing in South America, Russia and the Himalayas.


Customer Service and attention to detail are what set us apart! The following is a partial list of our satisfied customers: Putney Student Travel, SUNY Plattsburgh, Canadian Military, Princess Cruise Lines, Colorado State University, Adventure Treks, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, Southern Georgia University, Rowland Hall Academy, Wilderness Ventures, The Boy Scouts of America, Cornerstone Wilderness Therapy, Central Michigan University, Ohio University, U.S. Military, Holland America Lines, and Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, Western State College of Colorado, MIT Sloan and Outward Bound International. References are available upon request.


AMGCSI uses only the best outdoor gear available. To this end we have formed corporate partnerships with Black Diamond Equipment, Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, and other providers to supply all of our climbing and camping gear. This guarantees that any gear you get from us is of the highest quality.


We are specialists at designing personalized trips and courses that involve climbing, trekking, skiing, rafting, canoeing, and sea kayaking. We have more than fifteen years of experience leading these trips throughout Alaska and the world. Often times a private trip can be arranged for nearly the same cost as our regularly scheduled departures. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding custom departures or private guiding.


Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc operates under permit by: Glacier Bay National Park, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Klondike Historic National Park, BLM, State of Alaska Division of Lands, The Tongass National Forest, and Department of Natural Resources. Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School Inc is also registered and permitted to operate in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in Canada.


Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School Inc. proudly supports social and environmental projects in the locations where we run our trips. We are members of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Lynn Canal Conservation Association both groups dedicated to preserving the pristine wilderness of Southeast Alaska. In addition MGI supports porter groups in Nepal and Africa.

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