Climb With Asha | Train. Educate. Empower. 

Team Asha Seattle Climbing offers a unique opportunity to align your passion for climbing with a great cause. The funds you raise contribute to empowering underprivileged communities in India. Beyond the altruistic aspect, being part of this community comes with numerous personal benefits:

  • Stay in Shape: Pursuing the tangible goal of summiting iconic peaks keeps you motivated and on track for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • Personal Accomplishment: Climbing glaciated peaks, trekking over 50,000+ feet, and hiking 10+ miles in a day represent significant personal achievements. It’s an opportunity to push your limits and celebrate your successes.
  • Community and Lifelong Friends: Join like-minded individuals who share your passion for adventure. Become part of the larger ‘Active’ Team Asha community, forging lasting connections and friendships.
  • Discover Beautiful Pacific Northwest & Beyond: Embark on a journey to explore the stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From challenging hikes to breathtaking climbs, you’ll discover the beauty of nature while pushing your boundaries.

To learn more about the upcoming climbs and how you can be a part of this incredible experience, RSVP to the Year 2024 information session at The information session is on Jan 17th 6 -8 pm on zoom. The link will be provided on RSVP.
2024 Climb details will be released soon…

We have heard from our community that they have already signed up with other outfitters for their final climb, but want a group to train with. In 2023, we are introducing the “Train with Asha” program where you can join us for the training hikes, and all the other goodness of the mid week sessions and volunteer support. The cost covers our expenses for insurance, group gear etc. Snow program also includes a snow-skills class. The fundraising is what you commit to as part of your training with us. See 2023 Climb Details / Train with Asha for cost, fundraising commitments and how to register.

2023 Climb Details

Mt. Rainier  2023 Details: (Includes 2 Day Mount Baker)

  • Dates for 2023: Jun 25 – Jun 29 (includes 2 day Mount Baker climb on Jun 9 – Jun 10)
  • Cost: $1650
  • Fundraising Commitment: $1500

Mount Baker 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Option #1: Jun 29 – Jul 1, Option #2: Jul 6 – Jul 8 (pick one)
  • Cost: $1000
  • Fundraising Commitment: $800

Glacier Peak 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Jul 27 – Jul 30
  • Cost: $1100
  • Fundraising Commitment: $800

Mount Adams 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Jul 8 – Jul 9
  • Cost: $325
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Mount Olympus 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Aug 4 – Aug 7
  • Cost: $1250
  • Fundraising Commitment: $800

WA 5 Volcanoes program (Mt Rainier, Mt Baker, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens and Glacier Peak over 2 years.)

  • Dates for 2023: Various
  • Cost: $2825
  • Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Payment and Registration:

Please reach out to with the information on which climbs you are interested in and we can figure out the cost and fundraising commitment for you based on climbs you are interested in.

Mount Shasta 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: May 13 – May 14
  • Cost: $1245
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Mount Hood 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Jun 7 – Jun 8
  • Cost: $1230
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Payment & Registration:

For Mount Shasta Climb, pay the cost via:

For Mount Hood Climb, pay the cost via:

Mount St. Helens 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: July 29 (tentative based on permits)
  • Cost: $200
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Grand Canyon 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Sep 16 – Sep 18
  • Cost: $400
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Mount Whitney 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: August 14th
  • Cost: $400
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Payment & Registration: 

Please reach out to with the information on which climbs you are interested in and we can figure out the cost and fundraising commitment for you based on climbs you are interested in.

Everest Base Camp 2023 Details:

  • Dates for 2023: Option 1: Apr 14 – Apr 18; Option 2: Oct 27 – Nov 10
  • Cost: $1825
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Machu Pichu 2023 Details: (Cancelled till further notice)

  • Dates for 2023: Aug 8 – Aug 16 (stands cancelled)
  • Cost: $1975
  • Fundraising Commitment: $600

Payment & Registration

For Everest Base Camp, pay via:  Everest Base Camp Trek – Fundraiser for Asha for Education – AdventureTripr

In 2023, we are introducing the “Train with Asha” program where you can join us for the training hikes, and all the other goodness of the mid week sessions and volunteer support. The cost covers our expenses for insurance, group gear etc. Snow program also includes a snow-skills class. The fundraising is what you commit to as part of your training with us. This is a great option to train, when you have signed up with another company for the final climb.

Train with Asha (snow):
  • cost: $250,
  • fundraising: $800
Train with Asha (non-snow):
  • cost: $125,
  • fundraising: $800

Payment & Registration: 

Please reach out to

Snow Climbs - Washington

It is not only the tallest mountain in the Washington state but also is the most glaciated mountain in the lower 48 states. It is also called as Tahoma or rather to say ‘mother of water’ in Salishan.
Elevation: 14,411 feet
Number of days on a trip: 3-4 days
Routes used: Disappointment Cleaver (DC) or Emmons-Winthrop are the basic routes typically used to reach the summit. DC route does provide a challenge with objective hazards with sea od climbers on the route while Emmons route is less prone to objective hazard but has route finding challenges. Overall, we choose the route based on the snow conditions and best information available to the rangers to help the chances for our climbers to succeed. It should be noted that although Emmons route might be safer at times, it is a bit longer and has more elevation gain to achieve on your feet as you start hiking from lower elevations at White River Campground and also camp at approximately 9,500 feet rather than at Camp Muir or Ingrahm Flats when on DC route.

It may be the ninth-highest in the Washington state but is a huge glaciated massif as the name suggests in Lummi. It is also the most photographed mountain the Cascades. Climbing it surrounds you with the hike through a pristine forest, a moderate glacier to exhilarating achievement for the one who stands on the summit ledge.
Elevation: 9,131 feet
Number of days on a trip: 2-3 days
Routes used: Sulphide Glacier. Climbers will need to have some experience with scrambles or willing to actively participate in ‘Intro to Rock’ provided by a number of climbing organizations and guiding companies in the area.

Also known as Koma Kulshan is the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade range after Mount Saint Helens.
Elevation: 10,781 feet
Number of days on a trip: 2-3 days
Routes used: Coleman Deming or Easton Glacier route based on the snow conditions of the mountain and the time of the year.

Glacier Peak or Dakubed is the most remote/isolated of the major 5 stratovolcanoes of the Cascades in the state of Washington. It is known to provide the climbers with pristine landscape and backpacking into mountaineering experience including a section of glacier travel on the summit day.
Elevation: 10,541 feet
Number of days on a trip: 4 days

Mount Adams is the second tallest peak in WA state at 12, 276ft. The South Climb via Lunch Counter is a steep and rewarding ascent providing stunning views on a clear day, and an opportunity to glissade down Piker’s Peak.

Elevation: 10,541 feet
Number of days on a trip: 2 days

Mount Olympus Washington.jpgA long 17+ mile approach, a glacier with crevasses and bergschrunds, and a Class 4 rock climb with a Class 5 step on loose rocky ramps to the summit of its West Peak. Mount Olympus, in the center of Olympic National Park, is one of the “Five Majors” and a big accomplishment. The approach goes through a true old growth rain forest.
Elevation: 7980 feet
Number of days on a trip: 4 days

Snow Climbs – Outside Washington (in US) – California and Oregon Climbs

Mountain sunrise on Mt Shasta Climb

Mt. Shasta is a beautiful volcano in the Cascade Range of northern California. It is the second highest peak in the Cascades, after Mount Rainier. 

Elevation: 14,179 feet 

Number of days on a trip: 2 days 

Routes used: Alpine Style via Avalanche Gulch route which starts at Bunny Flat trail and then proceeds up the mountain to the Summit. This 2 days climb only includes a skills briefing during the climb. 

Climbing route on Mt Hood

Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon and the world’s second most climbed mountain. It is a beautiful glaciated mountain, situated about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland. The mountain has many snow fields and glaciers at 7,000 ft and above and it is a winter wonderland up there year round.

Elevation: 11,249 feet 

Number of days on a trip: 2 days 

Routes used: South side approach. You will be taking the snowcat up to 8,000ft before going on foot for the summit push.

Non-Snow Climbs – in US (Washington & California)

The hike to the summit of Mt St Helens in the summer is strenuous, but requires no technical climbing skills when snow is not present. We start at the Climbers’ Bivouac trailhead, on the Ptarmigan Trail which passes through forest and open meadows to the Loowit trail. The trail then ascends to Monitor Ridge through boulder fields, and finally through ash and small rocks to the crater rim.

Elevation: 8, 365 ft

Number of days on a trip: 1 day

“There’s no question about it, the rim-to-rim hike in Grand Canyon National Park is a classic bucket list adventure. But it’s no stroll through the park, that’s for sure. Being unprepared can have catastrophic results. However, when you’ve trained properly, have the right gear and know what to expect, it can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.”
– National Park Foundation

There are two ways to do a rim to rim hike. South to North Rim is 21 mi long with 6400 ft of ascent via the South Kaibab to North Kaibab Trail, while North to South is 24 mi long with 5150 ft of ascent via the North Kaibab to Bright Angel trail.

Number of days on a trip: 3

Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in California and the tallest peak in the Lower 48 States of the
United States.

Elevation: 14,505 feet

Number of days on a trip: 3-5 days

Summer Routes used: In the summer, the route is an out-and-back trail past rocky switchbacks, sheer cliffs, and flowing waterfalls to the summit of Mt. Whitney. The trail averages 550′ of elevation gain per mile and passes through Lone Pine Lake, Mirror Lake, and Consultation Lake, finally meeting an exposed, rocky field at the base of the infamous “99 switchbacks.” After this, it joins the John Muir Trail where you follow the ridgeline to the summit. A very early start is recommended and effects of high altitude can become intense.

Snow and non-snow Climbs – International

The classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in South America, and for good reason. Mixing history, wildlife and spectacular scenery, this 9-day adventure covers sites that rank among the world’s most impressive archaeological sites and natural wonders.


– The 42 km (26 miles) long classic Inca Trail via a circular route through various Andean environments, including cloud forest and alpine tundra.

– Exploring Andean biodiversity including orchids, foxes, cocks-of-the-rock (Peru’s national bird), spectacled bears, deer, and many more species of flora and fauna.

– Impressive Inca ruins such as Wiñay Wayña and Phuyupatamarca.

– Mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

– Rainbow Mountain hike that was discovered for tourism only about 6 years ago!

Due to the altitude of this trip, it is highly recommended that you spend at least 2 days acclimatizing at higher altitudes. As such we start this trip with a day in the city a day of the Sacred Valley tour that you will acclimatize on during the first two days of your trip before you start trekking at higher altitudes.

Number of days on a trip: 9

Trekking through the Himalayas is a spiritual experience. To be spiritual is to adapt to the nature to unite yourself with it. This trek offers a wonderful combination of culture, nature and landscape into an experience of a lifetime. But the rewards of this trek must be earned as it climbs over 20,000 feet and loses over 7,000 feet of elevation over 75+ miles over the course of the trek, at high altitudes.

Trip highlights:

– Trekking to the base of the world’s tallest mountain.

– Taking in sweeping views some of world’s tallest peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori.

– Getting a close look at the Khumbu Glacier, world’s highest glacier.

– Opportunity to trek up to Kalapathar, one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the region

with views of 8000 meter peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu.

– A visit to one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monasteries, Tengboche monastery.

– Spending a day at Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital.

– Experiencing the local culture and cuisine at the tea houses along your trek.

– Coming close to local wildlife and domesticated animals like Yaks

– Exploring Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, which is a world heritage site.

Notes on costs:

  • If you sign up for multiple snow climbs, one of the cost components is snow skills, and you will have to pay that only once (one snow skills session costs $125)
  • If you are planning to sign up for multiple mountains/hikes, contact to discuss if we can discount the total fundraising amount
  • The costs above do not include climbing/hiking gear you’d need to acquire (purchase/rent), meals, travel and tips/gratuities to guides on the final climb/hike.


  • Coming Soon

Climb for Asha started with a bunch of friends affiliated with Asha who also wanted to climb Mt. Rainier. In 2010, it was an informal climb supported by volunteers who in addition to being Asha affiliates had experience and knowledge of mountaineering supporting their friends, new to the mountains but all with the same objective of fundraising for Asha. The 2010 & 2011 climbs did not have a fundraising goal or a volunteer-led training component. In 2012, it became an official Asha fundraiser supported by volunteers to lead weekend training hikes & preparatory climbs. It was open to everyone with a commitment from each participant to raise at least a nominal amount of money for Asha projects. Every year, some of the climbers from previous year return to volunteer as leads for the climbing program. Just like Asha, this is a volunteer-led program. Since its inception, the program has grown, we’ve had a new set of dedicated volunteers carry it forward with fresh new ideas and contributions to improve the process. But our mandate has remained the same: to raise funds for Asha for Education. In addition to organizing training hikes every weekend, helping climbers with fundraising, organizing climbs to St. Helens & Mt. Adams, the leads conduct training hikes for volunteers to refresh our skills before the Asha season begins. Many of them are also involved with the Mountaineers club.