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International Mountain Guides vs Oku Japan - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Much appreciated

5.0 May 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I developed a touch of altitude sickness on our way to the summit. We had a 4 man rope team with considerable mountaineering experience and made the decision that I needed to head down. Jay and Ryan from IMG we’re descending and let me rope into their team so my party could continue to summit. Jay and Ryan were class act guys. Their display of mountain etiquette and kindness makes me believe that a guided trip with these guys must be a blast. My team could have and would have easily turned around to take me back to Muir, but thanks to the help from Jay and Ryan I was able to make it down to Muir and my team was able to summit. Thanks again guys. Much appreciated.
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Tour International Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Each trip has been wonderful

5.0 April 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband has taken three trips with IMG - Rainier and Alaska and each trip has been wonderful. The Rainier staff (especially Kim and Mike Haft) is professional, encouraging and always puts safety first. Would recommend their teams above all!
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Tour International Mountain Guides Company Reviews

The best.

5.0 August 2015
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Will always expedition with IMG! All the guides I have climbed with are superb.

Tour International Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Everything was perfect

5.0 December 2016
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We walked the self-guided Nakasendo Trail in October coordinated through Oku Japan. Everything was perfect, maps were easy to follow, accommodation was amazing and the scenery and walk was beautiful. The customer service from Oku Japan was above and beyond. We are already thinking about our next trip and will definitely be booking through them again. Well done Oku Japan we had a great time and apologies for not doing a review sooner.
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Tour Oku Japan Company Reviews

Absolutely amazing experience

5.0 December 2016
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
absolutely amazing experience using oku japan for a 4 day kumano kodo trail self-guided tour (november 2016), the attention to detail and organization, the quality of materials, the fabulous experience on the trail and my evenings/mornings at local inns, and also visited the kumano kodo local office and spent some time with the lovely oku japan staff; I did underestimate the rigor of the hike, especially the opening, “passing through the womb” section of the trail, but managed to adjust, and it was a deeply moving, meaningfully, spiritual experience, much gratitude, highly recommended
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Tour Oku Japan Company Reviews

It was fabulous!

5.0 October 2016
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from the Nakasendo Trail walking tour. It was fabulous! Our guide, Naomi, was outstanding and Oku Japan was an excellent company to deal with. I highly recommend them and would use them again without reservation.
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Tour Oku Japan Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 2 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 275 $ 367
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Asia
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Cycling
  • Adventure
  • Budget
Headquarters Ashford, Washington, United States Kyoto, Japan
Year Established 1986 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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      About International Mountain Guides

      Since 1986, International Mountain Guides have conducted mountain expeditions around the globe. They strive to provide the highest quality mountaineering instruction, be confident and educated mountaineers, and to protect and preserve the mountains they travel to.

      What Makes International Mountain Guides Stand Out?

      • Trekking, climbing, and mountaineering tours
      • Top-notch rental gear (ie. tents with proper ventilation)
      • Exceptional guides
      • Lowest climber to guide ratio in the industry (almost always 1:1)


      These aren’t just any regular guides that show you around the mountain - they will train you on proper climbing skills, motivate you, cook for you, and organize the campsites while you relax. Safety is of absolute important, and their professionalism and organization will ensure that you feel safe through the entirety of your trip.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling With International Mountain Guides?

      • Very active and outdoorsy travelers
      • All mountaineering levels
      • Mid-level to higher budget travelers
      • Ages 18+
      man climbing through the mountain during a snowstorm

      If you thrive in challenging settings, are highly active, and enjoy being in the mountains, International Mountain Guides will be great for you. For some trips, you should have some experience in mountaineering, in order to safely move through rocky terrain, fixed ropes, and such. Even if you are active and have no climbing experience though, they’ll gladly teach you the skills you need to conquer that glacial peak.

      Top Destinations

      • Himalayas/Asia
      • North America
      • Latin America
      • Europe
      • Kilimanjaro, Africa
      • Vinson, Antarctica
      • Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia

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      You’ll be spending all of your time in the mountains (as expected from the name). Some expeditions such as the Mt. Rainier trip are only offered during the summer and fall, when the weather is typically at its best.

      International Mountain Guides Travel Style

      Each trip is organized personally by one of the three founders of the company. This means you deal directly with the person responsible for the quality of your trip. Typically their trips are close to selling out 6 months in advance, so it’s a good idea to book at the beginning of every year. During the trip, you’ll move at a slow pace because of the huge altitude jump. Helicopters and flights are often used to get to the starting point.

      These trips are made for the truly adventurous - if camping in the mountains and using bags as toilets are no problem, then you’ll fit in perfectly! The food will be cooked by the guides, and you’ll always be served real food. You can expect meals like burritos, rice, pasta, pancakes, and bacon. Additionally, everyone eats together as a group in a social and positive environment.

      Why Choose a Tour With International Mountain Guides?

      Climbing any mountain is no easy feat. If you want to safely conquer any mountain, it’s no doubt that it's safest to go with an expert. With International Mountain Guides, you’ll know that you’re always in good hands. They have over 40 years of experience in these trips, and you’ll never have to second guess if you forgot any supplies with their overly thorough checklist. They are also fully committed to protecting and preserving the mountain environment.


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