Explore heights others won't

We help adventure-seekers plan and book travel to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the World!

Mountain IQ was founded in 2014 as a humble adventure travel blog. Since then we have grown into a leading adventure travel and hiking website. 

Our mission is to provide travellers with the information they need to plan and book travel to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the World.

We do this by creating reliable and detailed guides on hikes, climbs and mountains. Our guides are written by real experts who have first-hand experience of the destinations they write about. 

Through our sister company, Skyhook Adventure, we also partner with local guides and operators who are carefully selected based on their superior service delivery, safety standards and responsible travel characteristics.

When we provide a recommendation to a Skyhook guide, you can rest assured that your travel experience is supporting locally-run guiding businesses and communities, and helping protect the planet. 

Why trust us

Travel is incredibly rewarding, but too often the impact on our planet is negative, and the trickle-down to local communities inequitable. At Mountain IQ we set out to solve this problem. 

Local Guides

Through our sister company, Skyhook, we only recommend local guides and service providers. We want to ensure your travel experience supports local guides and communities to full effect.  

Sustainable Travel

Responsible travel principles underpin everything we do. We take great pains to ensure our advice follows best practice sustainability principles, like Leave No Trace.

Expert Advice

Our team of contributors have first-hand experience of the hikes, mountains and adventures we write about. We aim to provide impartial and practical insight from real experts.

What our readers say


United Kingdom

Just wanted to thank the team at Mountain IQ for their super helpful advice. The trip we booked went smoothly and the local guides were amazing!

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I started looking for information on Machu Picchu and found much more. Gear, clothing, footwear reviews. All well set out and easy to follow. I couldn't have asked for more.


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Our founders

After spending 3 years travelling the globe, husband and wife duo Mark and Mila Whitman founded Mountain IQ.

Their mission from day one has been to provide ridiculously detailed hiking and travel guides that help travellers be well informed.


Mark Whitman

Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!

Read all Mark's articles.


Mila Whitman

Mila has been to 5 continents, visited over 40 countries and hiked across some of the most famous mountain ranges including the Andes and the Atlas Mountains. As an AMS sufferer she learned a few techniques to reduce the symptoms and the effects on her hiking adventures.

Read all Mila's articles.

Regular contributors

We have lots of contributors, but here are some of our more prolific writers. If you would like to contribute a hiking, climbing or mountain guide, please contact us

alison macallister

Alison Macallister

With a degree in Nature Conservation and experience working with wildlife including the Big 5, Alison used to work as a guide for a 5-star safari reserve in South Africa. Today she is a full time traveller and editor for Mountain IQ. She has travelled and hiked extensively in South America, including many solo hikes in Patagonia, the Cusco region of Peru, Ecuador and Chile.

andrew roux

Andrew Roux

Andrew is an actor and keen outdoorsman. A native of South Africa, Andrew has hiked and climbed all over the world. His favourite destination is Nepal and his most memorable hike was to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!

Read: Andrew's articles.

burnham arlidge

Burnham Arlidge

Burnham started his career as a professional tennis player before retiring due to injury. He is an accomplished photographer and all-round adventurer. His particular travel interests are the polar regions, and he is the author of the web's most popular Antarctica guide.

Read: Burnham's articles.

megan maxwell

Megan Maxwell

Megan is a long-distance hiker, blogger, author, and outdoor professional. She has travelled all over the world in search of mountains and unique trails. She found her love of hiking on the Appalachian Trail back in 2012 and since then has hiked in the Himalayas, the Andes, and a few countries in Europe. On her blog, Mountains with Megan, she provides information on hiking and backpacking all over the world.

Read: Megan's articles.

Explore our site

Hiking Guides

Start planning your next adventure using our destination guides to the major mountain ranges, mountains and hikes.  

Gear Reviews

Stay up-to-date and informed on the best outdoor gear for your next adventure.

Our guide websites

We also operate leading online hiking guides 

Kilimanjaro Guide

Launched in 2013 our Kilimanjaro guide has been used by over 2 million people.

Everest B.C. Guide

Our Everest base camp trekking guide is one of the most popular Everest resources online.

Machu Picchu Guide

Planning to hike one of the trails in the Cusco region then our Machu Picchu Guide is a must-read.

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