Call us at (845)668-2030 to book a private course or email us at [email protected] for more information.


1 day (7:00am- 4:30pm)
end time may vary

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
2686 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860




Group course:  $175/person

Please click here for private rates.


Lodging is not included in trip fee.  Climbers will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Click here for area lodging.

Gear List

All technical climbing equipment will be provided.  Click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

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Mt. Washington Ascent


The tallest peak in New England is an even greater challenge in winter. Over half of the 8.2 mile round trip is above tree line where conditions can be famously harsh.  Mt. Washington still holds the world record for the highest land wind speed at 231 mph and winter wind chill factor reaching a staggering -50 degrees F!

If facts like these get your competitive juices flowing, our experienced guides will provide all the technical gear you need (mountaineering axe, crampons, and boots) to take on Mt. Washington at its toughest.  While no prior mountaineering experience is required, we do recommend taking our Introduction to Winter Hiking course so you can make your ascent with total confidence.

Our personal gear and clothing list details everything you are required to bring with you.  The morning of the ascent, you will need to arrive on time at 7am, be dressed appropriately, and be outfitted with the required gear in your pack when you meet your guide.  Before starting out, your guide will briefly cover how to dress for extreme winter conditions, as well as how to pack and how to climb efficiently.  Along the way we will also introduce methods for identifying hazards such as frostbite, hypothermia, avalanches, and whiteouts.

Our guides have logged hundreds of Mt. Washington winter ascents over the years.  Each one of them knows this notoriously unpredictable mountain well and has the training and experience to lead you to the summit successfully and with an unforgettable story to tell.

Want to make your Mt. Washington experience truly memorable?  Why not hike up and spend the night at the summit!  Our two-day Mount Washington Observatory trip* gives climbers the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mt. Washington and spend then night at the Mount Washington Observatory.  Meals, lodging, and an exclusive tour of the Mount Washington Observatory weather center are available to a limited number of climbers each year.

*Our MWOBS overnight trips are not running during the 2020-2021 winter season due to Covid restrictions.  If you would like to do a private overnight trip on Mt Washington, please call or email us for more information.

IMPORTANT:  Group climbs attract many people of all abilities.  Although we request that everyone should be in above average physical shape to have a better chance at reaching the summit on a favorable day, not everyone comes prepared.  The scheduled dates are reserved for those individuals who are interested in a mountain experience with a potential summit attempt.  Because of weather conditions, time constraints, and differing physical abilities, the group you are with may have the need to turn around prior to the actual top of the mountain.  We make every effort to get the group as high on the mountain as we can prior to our predetermined turnaround time.  Group courses require a minimum enrollment of two people and we book this ascent at a 1:4 max ratio.  If there is someone in the group that may need to go down early, the whole group will need to descend.  For this reason, if you are more goal-oriented and would like to have a better chance at a summit without being at the whim of any particular group member, it is best to book privately (either as a single or with friends).


Groups meet promptly at 7:00am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway.  Click here for directions.  In the morning you will meet your guide and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted, groups will leave straight for the trailhead.  The standard winter route to the summit is the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the Lion Head Trail.  Please refer to our gear lists for items you will be required to have for the climb.  The approximate hiking time is 5 hours up and 3 hours down.  Hiking time may vary depending on weather, trail conditions, and the overall pace of the group.  The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

Included/Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day.  You are welcome to bring your own gear, but it will be subject to a safety inspection by your guide.  Equipment provided includes mountaineering boots, crampons, and a mountaineering axe.  Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water, lunches, and snacks for the day.  See our gear lists for the complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.  Meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation.  Events run rain or shine.  Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather, or safety concerns at any time.  We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations.  Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.  Within 14 days of the start date, courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations will be granted up until 7 days of the start date.  Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events.  If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030.  We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.