Mountain Madness Style
Travel with us and you not only have the adventure of a lifetime, you become part of our community. Our guides and staff have the heart, expertise, and local knowledge to bring you powerful and authentic trips, with fun-packed itineraries you won’t get anywhere else. We also understand that sometimes the unexpected experiences are the most memorable, so we always leave some room for you to connect with what comes your way, whether it’s a wildlife crossing, a delicious new food, or exploring an intriguing cultural site. We are passionate about what we do and committed to helping you tap into the best experience possible, that’s what Mountain Madness style is all about!
Ever since our first guided trip in 1984, we’ve prioritized finding special places for our clients to rest comfortably, eat like gourmets, and experience the countries we visit in ways that other travelers don’t. Our experience shows not only on the mountains, rock faces, and trails we guide, but also in the office, where the ideas and preparation for your trip begin. Our close relationships with our guides and overseas operators are built on decades of experience and trust. This helps build a solid foundation for your trip, so that you can focus on your summit bid, expedition, or trek, and not on logistics.
No Hidden Costs — All Inclusive
At Mountain Madness, our trip price covers the whole enchilada! We eliminate the “hidden costs” associated with many expeditions by offering more services for the same price. We pay for virtually everything, from the moment we pick you up at the airport to the end of your trip. OK, there might be a day or at the beginning or end of the trip where you’ll be on your own for a meal, but if something is not included, we let you know so you can plan for it. We want you to keep your wallet in your pocket, relax, and enjoy your trip.
Happiness through Eating
Food is love and we love food! Sampling local cuisine is an integral part of any Mountain Madness travel experience. We handpick the restaurants in the cities we visit and include the meals in your trip package so that you can relax and enjoy the experience. Have a dietary restriction or food allergy? No problem! We will happily work with you in advance to create a plan. Come share our expedition motto: Happiness through eating!
Guides among the best in the business both in the US and Abroad
Mountain Madness guides are among best in the biz. Their expertise and passion for what they do is unmatched. They are the essential part of our company community — our backbone.
We hold our guides to high standards. Our American guides either hold full certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) — the highest level of guide training available in the US — or are in the process of achieving certification in the AMGA Rock, Alpine, Ski Disciplines, or all three.. Fully certified guides have reciprocity with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA), enabling them to work in Europe and other member countries throughout the world.
Our International guides are based in their home countries and provide service on our trips in Africa, Asia, Europe, Mexico and South America. Many of these trip leaders are IFMGA certified and all have been certified as Wilderness First Responders and trained in technical rescue and hazard assessment. Mountain Madness guides are highly experienced climbers and trekkers and know the mountains, weather, and environment better than anyone. They also offer insights into local culture, language, customs, and natural history, which makes for unforgettable trip experiences.
We engage the best guide for each trip based on experience, technical proficiency, qualifications, and most importantly, character. Our guides all have a story to tell and have backgrounds in a variety of fields, including environmental science, outdoor education, social work, and teaching. They are skilled team-builders and leaders. Many of our guides have made first ascents on major peaks in the North Cascades, Alaska, the Andes, and the Himalayas.
Accreditation with the American Mountain Guide Association
The AMGA accreditation program was developed for guiding programs, schools and services to ensure the highest quality service available. Accreditation examines such things as operating guidelines, permits, insurance, employment and business practices, and guide training. Many of our guides hold full certification with the AMGA – the highest level of guide training available in the U.S. The end result is that accreditation provides a consistent and meaningful standard by which to judge the reliability and professionalism of a climbing service.
When we’re in the city, we stay at four- and five-star accommodations that we’ve carefully chosen and that often have cultural or historical significance. Most offer all the amenities you would expect, including room service, laundry service, wireless internet, etc. They are often close to local points of interest, unique shops, and colorful markets, and offer you a comfortable place to relax at the beginning and end of our trips.
Camping Mountain Madness Style
Camping Mountain Madness style on treks means that you might find yourself in a tent, cozy teahouse, mountain hut, comfortable lodge, or in a charming inn. We plan out your entire culinary experience. All meals on Mountain Madness treks are a combination of the best local and regional fare. We understand that familiar foods can be a comfort at times, too, so we also incorporate a few tried-and-true meals that you may eat at home. Oh, and we’ll set your tent up for you, too!
On our climbing trips, once you leave the city behind and travel higher into the mountains, you might stay in haciendas or high-country lodges that are comfortable, homey, and have great food. As you move even higher toward your summit bid, high-camps will be either mountain huts, where your guides will be your host, or tented camps where our staff will tend to your culinary needs. Camping with us will surely allow you to have the best experience possible.