International Mountain Guides vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Each trip has been wonderful

5.0 April 2018
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Recommends
  • 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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Recommends
  • 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

Loved it!

5.0 August 2015
T
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Awesome trip. Even better guides. I learned so much, and had a blast. Top notch organization

Tour International Mountain Guides Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 275 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Trekking & Camping
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Ashford, Washington, United States Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1986 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A 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

        People walking on a snow covered mountain during sunset hour

        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.


        About Signature Collection by Gate 1

        A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.

        What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?

        These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.

        They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.

        The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.  

        Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.

        While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.  

        Top Destinations

        They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

        Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style

        Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.

        Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.

        Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.

        All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.

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