Mountaineering Tents

The difference between the tents you use when camping and mountaineering tents is how strong and durable they are. Mountaineering tents are meaning to be taken to the lowest canyons to the highest points and all in between. They have a structural design that is meant to hold up to harsh conditions. Most of these tents are season 3 or 4 and will protect you from the harshest of conditions. They are built to withstand the snow flying into the tent as well as constant and heavy winds. You will not usually find ventilation flaps on some of these tougher mountaineering tents because the main purpose is to protect you against the harshest of elements instead of providing features that would be more helpful in nicer weather.

Because there are so many options out there, we wanted to make a list of some of our favorite mountaineering tents on the market for the year and talk about what makes them so great. We will go through the descriptions and what we think about these tents in addition to the features these tents offer. We hope that by the end of this list you will have a slightly better idea of the direction you want to go in when looking for a mountaineering tent.

Check out our list of mountaineering tents for the year. All of these tents fit between two and three people.

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent

For our budget conscious shoppers, we’ve got the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person tent for your mountaineering expeditions. This tent holds up very well and is really durable. Once you’ve done it a couple times, this tent sets up very easily. In addition to setting up easily, one of our favorite features is how easily it packs up. Unlike many companies that have you fold and stuff your tent into a very small pouch, this one folds up small and easily fits into the stuff sack that is provided. It’s a great tent for many forms of weather.


– This tent is free standing with and aluminum two-pole design that has a quick set up and no assembly frustration
– Resist water and UV damage with the polyester tent fly
– More storage with two vestibules
– Ventilation in the form of two mesh doors and entire mesh walls
– Mesh storage pockets, aluminum stakes, guy ropes, gear loft and equipped with #8 zippers
– Base size is 4’10 x 7’4

Hillman 2-Person 4-Season 20D Double Layer Silicone Ultralight High-altitude Outdoor Camping Tents

The Hillman 2-person Season 4 tent is another great option for those that don’t want to break the bank when buying a mountaineering tent. This is definitely a winter tent so we wouldn’t suggest using this in anything over 60 degrees as you will sweat your butt off. This tent is easy to setup but we found if you want to make it easier on yourself for the future, mark the cross pole so you can identify it. The aluminum poles are light and durable and when packed, this tent weighs around 6lbs. For the money, you are getting a quality cold weather tent.


– The outer tent material is made of 360T nylon grid cloth
– This is made for some of the harshest weather conditions out there while at high altitude
– Silicone fabric improves waterproof performance as well as tear resistance
– 20D waterproof layer
– Extremely lightweight
– Four corners with rain cover
– Double stitched and seam taped for the big storms

Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tent

Now we are into the serious tents which means a higher price point. At $649.99, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Tent might be the last one you will ever need. The Trango was first introduced in 1995 and has become a staple in mountaineering expeditions no matter what the conditions are. The teardrop shaped rear and front doors tuck away conveniently, great weather protection with a bathtub style floor and welded loops for securing the fly.


– DAC Featherlight NSL poles
– Secure your tent body with Direct Connection point
– Big and dry entry vestibules with brow pole that will give you enough room for yourself and gear storage
– Mesh doors and 2 dual canopy
– Seal out spindrift with snow flaps on the front vestibule

Big Agnes Battle Mountain 3 Person Tent

The big 3 person Battle Mountain tent by Big Agnes is a great tent if you are a serious mountain climber. You can tell when you get in this tent that it is sturdy and ready to take on the elements. It’s got durable Cordura and strong ripstop to keep this all season tent strong in the weather. It is really easy to setup with DAC’s strong NSL poles with Twist and H Clips. Big Agnes has been making quality mountaineering equipment for years and the Battle Mountain is no different.


– Double vestibules and doors
– Two closure options for doors including zipping up the nylon layer for full protection or on nicer days, the zip up mesh doors
– Venting in inclement weather with fly vents
– Quality reflective webbing and guylines

The North Face Mountain 25 Tent

Finally, we’ve got The North Face Mountain 25 Tent and this 2-person tent will stand up to almost anything mother nature has to offer. It is the most compact tent of the Summit Series expedition tents and this thing is bomber squared. You will be glad you have it when the conditions are coming down like crazy. You can prop open the vents to allow for air flow on those super cold days. It is a little heavier but that is expected as it is a bomber 4 season. Some have complained about the setup so we suggest trying it a few times in your home before you get out on the mountain.


– Summit Series two person expedition tent
– Poled front vestibule and dual doors
– Nylon bucket floor is fully taped
– Guylines are made of no-stretch Kevlar with camming adjuster