Mount Washington Winter Ascent

Location Northeast

Season Winter

Difficulty Moderate

Duration Very Full Day


Mt. Washington, standing a mere 6,288’ is home to the world’s worst weather.  Holding the highest ever recorded ground level wind speed record at 231 mph, it is an often underestimated mountain and its track record tells the tale.  Mountaineers have been adventuring, training, and testing their skills on this mountain since its first recorded ascent in 1642.  


The most common route up the mountain in winter is via the Lion’s Head trail which involves the use of ice ax and crampons.  Once above the treeline we will see what mother nature has in store for use.  It can be blue skies with views into three adjacent states and Canada or blowing snow and the view you would get from inside a snow globe and everything in between.  This trip is a great experience in itself or as a precursor to bigger mountains like Denali, Rainier or the Grand Teton.  


No experience is necessary but a moderately high level of fitness is required for this trip.  If you’re unsure about your fitness level, your guide would be happy to discuss your experience with you.  This route involves over 4000’ of elevation gain and loss and is approximately 8 miles round trip.  Typical trip time is from 9-11 hours.

Season Winter

Miles 8

Elevation Gain 4,000 ft

Minimum Age 18

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1:1 $450

2:1 $300 per person

3:1 $240 per person

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Be prepared to be out moving around in cold temperatures. Wear clothing made out of synthetic materials or natural products made such as wool or down. Cotton products are not acceptable. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering your movement. If choosing down it must be kept dry.




  • Gloves 3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair Guide Pick: Cyclone Glove
  • Hat: medium  weight that will fit under a helmet
  • Buff/neck gaiter

FOOTWEAR (Please contact us if you need boot rentals)

  • Boots – Should be rigid/step-in compatible, well insulated and plastic or hybrid.  Boot should be specific for climbing ice
  • Gaiters – Tall
  • Crampons – Rigid with appropriate front points

TECHNICAL ICE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT – If you do not have an item/items on this list, please contact the office with enough time for us to arrange something for you.

  • 1 Mountaineering axe
  • Harness
  • Helmet


  • Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 35 Outdry Pack
  • Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
  • Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
  • Ski Goggles
  • Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Headlamp-Extra batteries

We meet our guests in different locations around the Northeast based on where we will be climbing and where they have chosen to stay.  Many people enjoy staying in or around North Conway, NH as it is close to most of the venues, has many lodging options, shopping, restaurants, and skiing close by.  The closest airport is Portland, ME (1hr, 25 min) and Logan Airport in Boston (2hr, 45 min) is often the cheapest and has more options for flights.  Public transportation is not well developed here and having a vehicle to drive is necessary.  There are several other options around the area and we would be happy to help out with suggestions for other itineraries.  Please email if you have questions or would like more information.

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