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Our Mountaineering destinations
- Argentina: Patagonia is one big, wonderful terrain for mountaineers. Granit or ice, there is always something to climb for everybody.
- Peru: one of the most beautiful climbing areas of the world: Cordillera Blanca or Huyahash. All grades in altitudes above 6.000 m.
- Ecuador: perfect terrain to start with altitude climbing. Technically not very challenging, but the weather elements can be tough.
- Colombia: an exotic destinations for mountaineers, with long approaches but small glaciers at 5.000 m altitude.
- Yukon: climbing Mt. Logan and other peaks in Wrangell-St.Elias National Park is a long, hard and lonesome undertaking. Good preparation and logistics are essential.
- Tajikistan: this country will please you with high and very high summits, rough landscapes and solitude. Keyword: Pamir. Alterative: the Fan Mountains.
- Kyrgyzstan: a huge area with tons of potential – classic routes in the Tien Shan & in the Pamir or exploration climbs somewhere in between the two.
- Himachal Pradesh / India: Classic Himalayan mountaineering. Ranges from 4000m to 7000m altitude, with short approach routes. Perfect to familiarize with the Himalayan range and conditions.
- Mongolia, Siberia: interesting mixed climbing in the Altai.
- Georgia: mountains higher than the Mont Blanc and only 3 hrs away from Central Europe. Rock, snow or ice.
- Papua New Guinea: a very exotic alternative for mountaineers: from the bottom of the jungle up to the summits of 4.000 m.
- New Zealand: Mt. Cook National Park offers the most rewarding climbs. You can traverse entire mountain ranges.
- Southern Africa: wild mountains with space for discoveries
- Europe: Alps, Pyrenees & Norway: the Alps are the classic mountaineering destination with all types of climbing: alpine (trad) or plaisir (sport) routes almost everywhere. The hut infrastructure is formidable and except in Switzerland & Norway low budget. The distances are relatively short which makes it easy to switch from region to region in case of bad weather.
- Europe: Bulgaria: surprisingly high peaks with a wild back country. Access to these mountains is relatively straight forward. The hut infrastructure is good and very cheap.
Mountaineering and travel
- All tools and spare parts: Europe, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Japan
- Basics (ropes, crampons, climbing essentials): Russia, Argentina, Peru, to a certain degree also Ecuador and Georgia
- No or limited supplies: Mongolia, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
- North America: permits for all National Parks necessary. Rules are often complex and differ among parks, dependent of the season and length of tour.
- Asia: Russia, Kyrgizstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan – you need permits in border regions (speak: Pamir and Altai); Bhutan: your guide will organize everything necessary; Georgia, Japan: no problems
- South America: in Argentina National Parks are free (except Aconcagua), but you can’t use private land! Peru and Colombia: small fee for entering National Parks, but no problem at all to get; Ecuador: you need an accredited, local mountain guide with you if you want to climb mountains higher than 5.000m!
- Europe: no permits for National Parks required. Terrain is free and even private land can be crossed. Please respect retreat zones for wildlife during winter! In some countries, wild camping is restricted or forbidden.
- Other countries: New Zealand, Southern Africa – no permits necessary, but ask before crossing / entering private land! Papua New Guinea: almost every piece of land is attached to a clan. Get permission first! Your guide should be able to arrange this. The best solution is to have a guide from the land-owning clan.
- In general: there is nowhere in the world an emergency infrastructure like in the Alps!
- All rescues are paid by the rescued, sometimes in cash only. Please think about the possibility of a mountain rescue insurance!
- Good emergency infrastructure exist in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Japan. There are emergency crews also in Russia, Georgia, South Africa, Ecuador, Argentina and Peru, but it takes sometimes days to arrive because of missing transport means and equipment.
- Don’t rely on rescue teams in Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. You have to help yourself!
- Topographic maps: please see our trekking-activities page for info
- Topos for mountaineering: you will find topos in mountaineering guide books, sometimes online too. There is variety of books for Europe, North America, New Zealand, the Himalaya, Pamir and the Andes. For mountaineering guide books see also our selection at Weit Draussen Back Country Store.
What to bring
- Climbing: climbing hardware, ropes … Some equipment can be rent at spot (like in Peru or Kyrgyzstan)
- Protection: very good sun glasses, emergency pack (bivvy, sat-phone, first-aid kit)
- Camping: equipment for a base camp or bivvy – storm-proof tent, very good isolating mat, 4-season sleeping bag, stove, lights
- Clothing: your own climbing clothes plus hardshell jacket, pants and gloves; very warm underwear, several pairs of gloves, storm mask and puffy jacket & pants
- Depends on the region/climb: expedition food, glacier equipment, ski for longer approaches, sledges, snow shoes
- Important: propane gas and other goods considered “dangerous” in planes are purchased at the destination!
Resources Web | Literature | Law
- Web: SummitPost, Alps
- Discussion boards: Mountaineering Europe, Gipfeltreffen
- Social Media: UIAA on Facebook, #mountaineering auf Twitter
- Montreal Agreement, EU regulations regarding passenger rights
- Sport equipment transport rules
- Travel insurance (in work)