Luxury Adventures Alpine Ascents International offers extremely adventurous vacations for those seeking an outing that is a challenging proposition. There is definitely a lot of physical activity included. The company takes folk on mountain climbing adventures of various lengths. This is an opportunity to go scale the Himalayas, the Matterhorn of Switzerland, the Denali of Alaska, or all three and more. Forty of the world's most renowned and accomplished mountain climbers are tour guides for Alpine Ascents.
Some trips are not intended or recommended for new climbers. However, there are various trekking tours that are physically demanding but do not require technical-climbing expertise, such as the Trekking in Ladakh journey and the Cultural Tour of India. There also is a 13-day Alpine mountaineering course available to teach climbers prerequisite skills for the advanced-level expeditions. AAI also has three schools of mountain climbing that are located in the North Cascades of Washington, Talkeetna, Alaska, and Patagonia, Chile. The on-the-mountain-training courses are a great way to learn and to experience an expedition safely. Classes of six, eight, and 12 days are offered.
With safety always at the forefront, the advanced tours have specific course prerequisites and fitness requirements. The Himalaya adventures require climbers take Alpine's six-day training course, or possess equivalent experience. Participants must prove themselves capable of carrying a 60-pound pack while pulling a 40-pound sled.
Any of the Seven Summits expeditions would be a most journey. It involves climbing the highest mountains of seven continents. Approximately 25 percent of those who have reached the top of all seven summits accomplished this remarkable feat through an Alpine Ascents' tour. The seven summits are Nepal's Everest (29,035 ft.), Argentina's Aconcagua (22,829 ft.), Alaska's Denali (20,320 ft.), Africa's Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.), Russia's Elbrus (18,510 ft.), Antarctica's Vinson (16,067 ft.), and both Australia and Oceania's Carstensz Pyramid (16,023 ft.).
Alpine Ascents International offers both private tours and educational courses. Tents and safety equipment are provided. The company's Web site is very informative and educational.