Compiled by: David Noland
Want to be on top of Everest? How about wreck-diving in the Pacific, whitewater rafting in Patagonia, or skiing at the South Pole? We chose the world's 50 best outfitters, then asked them about their coolest, newest, most thrilling trips. Here's your ticket to the experience of a lifetime.
Reach the Top with the Best
International Mountain Guides Mount Rainier stalwarts Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn have collectively climbed virtually every noteworthy mountain in the world and can lead you up any of them. Safety is paramount; Simonson, for one, may assign a guide and Sherpa porter to each client on his Everest ascents. Partial climbs of the North Col ($7,500 for 28 days) are also popular.
MJ TIP: Climbers who've bagged Denali but aren't ready for Everest should consider Nepal's 26,750-foot Cho Oyu ($15,000 for 50 days). CLIENT PROFILE: Serious mountaineers. 360-569-2609 or MountainGuides.com $$$
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