Ian Taylor


Everest to the top
Vision drives activity

Being told you are not good enough at anything you do in life can make you change direction, or re-think the path you have chosen; when you are told you are not good enough to climb Mount Everest two months before you are due to leave for your 72 day attempt to summit the world’s

highest peak, you have to reevaluate weather or not you want to put your life on the line. Or, you can choose to be the best you can be, you can become self-empowered, and find the passion you need to succeed at something you know is possible.  In 2008, I defied the odds and became the youngest Irishman to stand on top of the world after being told by two professional that I wasn’t good enough. From that life changing journey to my summit, I filmed my story, released a DVD, and set up my own trekking company, bringing people around the world to reach their dreamsin the mountains. I had a vision and a passion to succeed and used that to drive me forward andreach my goal.

In 2008, Ian Taylor became the youngest Irishman to stand on top of the world. Ian and his climbing partner set out to climb four mountains on four continents in one year, with Everest being the final mountain to climb.  They also set out to raise €70,000 to build a primary school in a village in Uganda, with the Irish charity, Fields of Life.

Ian has over ten years of experience in a business environment, from business development to managing
turn around projects, all of which eventually propelled him forward to start his own worldwide trekking business. Ian has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro fifteen times, and aims to reach fifty successful summits in his lifetime.  His new mountain to climb is assisting and bringing people to reach their goals in the mountains of the world as well as to empower individuals to set goals and do whatever it takes to reach them.



In 2008 Ian Taylor became the youngest Irishman to stand on top of the world. In 2007 Ian set out with a friend to climb 4 mountains on 4 continents in one year to raise €70,000 to build the Mt. Everest Primary School in Uganda with charity Fields of Life. Fours months after being told by two professionals he wasn’t good enough for Everest, Ian stood on top of the world.

Ian has years of experience in a business environment, managing turn around projects and running his own worldwide trekking business. Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 15 times, aiming for 50 in his lifetime. Being told you are not good enough, can make you give up. Or you chose to be the best you can be, self empower, find passion, desire to be the best you can be. I Filmed the journey up Everest, releasing a DVD, Everest ‘A Summit Calling’ I set up my own trekking company and bringing people around the world to reach their dreams in the worlds mountain ranges. Once you have Vision and passion you will know where to start and how to get to that all important goal.


"Ian Taylor is Inspirational". His dedication towards my training was first class. Not only was his training brilliant but his words of encouragement was key to my successful achievement of conquering my goal Climbing Kilimanjaro.   

Geraldine Sharkey, Kilimanjaro 2011

I wanted to take on a challenge in 2009 and a friend of mine referred me to Ian Taylor. From the very first contact Ian was very  interested in me and what I wanted to achieve, the service was fantastic and all my fears erased. I took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro and had the experience of a lifetime, I didn't achieve the summit, but enjoyed the journey. Looking forward to reaching Everest Base Camp with Ian Taylor Trekking next year. 

David Ormston, Kilimanjaro 2010 

'Going to the Khumbu Region in the Himalayas is no easy task. It is long...it is hard...and it is truly amazing. From day one I knew I was being looked after. I got a full training program and all questions were answered. It is a feat of endurance and stamina, that requires preparation and commitment. At times, I questioned my own abilities, my endurance levels. However, doing this trip with Ian Taylor Trekking quickly absolved all of these fears, and I was at peace on my Summit bid of Island Peak, knowing that I had Ian Taylor Trekking at my back the entire time. I can't wait to work with them on my next challenging adventure'.

Claire Greaves, Island Peak 2010

'In October of last year, I joined a team of 10 people led by experienced mountaineer Ian Taylor. To prepare to climb Kilimanjaro in January 2010. We trained in the Wicklow mountains at weekends, during which time, Ian instilled a great confidence and team spirit within the group. Prior to our departure we were well prepared both physically & mentally, thanks to Ian's knowledge and attention to detail. On arrival in Africa it was fascinating to see the whole dynamics & organisation required for the Kili Climb. On the mountain itself, the weather was very pleasant and each day brought a new experience and landscape. After an incredible seven days climb, the whole team summitted on January 30th at 07.00am. Thanks to Ian for his generosity with his time and knowledge. It was truly a trip of a lifetime'.

Martin Gleeson, Kilimanjaro 2010

In 2007 I wanted to take on the challenge of Trekking to Everest Base camp. I met Ian Taylor in Wicklow as he was training for Everest. Ian trained me up and I lost 3 stone and made my successful trek to Everest Base Camp. Ian inspired me and I grew in belief being around him. I am training for Everest Camp 2 and can wait to get back to the Himalayas. 

Patrick Walsh, Everest Base Camp 2009

' I met Ian in 2008 after his successful ascent of Mt. Everest, and wanted to aspire to reach the same goal of climbing Mt. Everest. With no experience Ian took me through the steps of how you would go about reaching this goal. Ian introduced me to some of his contacts, planned out the route to take in all aspects of the journey. Four years later I stood on top of the world. Ian's understanding, experience and knowledge of how to prepare to climb mountains is what made the difference. He was always available to give advice on all aspects of my trip. I would recommend anyone looking to go into the mountains to talk to Ian first.'

Cian O'Brolchain, Everest Summitteer 2012

THANK you. You supported us and got us up that mountain. Going to the Mt. Everest Primary School was one of the best days of my life. I'm glad to know you, glad to have met you, and blessed to call you my friend.

Sammy Hajdu, Kilimanjaro 2013

We had an amazing time on the Inca trail, and thank you guys are convincing us to trek the Salkantay route. We had the trip of a lifetime and truly thank you and your team for all your training advice and support whenever we needed it. We can not thank you enough and look forward to meeting you on our next adventure. Hopefully somewhere with snow. 

Ciara Frawley, Inca Trail 2013 

We are just back from our Trek to Everest Base Camp, we had the journey of a lifetime. I wish I had of trekked here many years ago. We will be back next year to trek the Annapurna Circuit with you. Ian I want to thank you for your encouragement, I am not sure I would have made this journey without your help. Everyone looked after us so well and this trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks again. 

Frank Myers, Everest Base Camp 2013

I want to recommend using Ian Taylor Trekking, I remember standing on the top of Island peak and will remember the moment for the rest of my life. From the moment I contacted Ian and training with him and his team I learned the skills needed to make this ascent, all my feared were alleviated and I climbed to 20,000 feet with confidence. The knowledge and information I received helped me achieve success and that came down to Ian Taylor Trekking always being at the end of a phone or e-mail. Thank you so much and can't wait for Everest Camp 2. 

David Simmons, Everest Base Camp & Island peak 2012

While climbing Mont Blanc in 2008 with Ian Taylor, I met some wonderful people who I still know as friends. Ian's love of mountaineering is infectious and he encourages climbers to not just endure the trek, but enjoy it. He encourages a fun atmosphere. Mountaineering can be scary but it's much easier to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel safe. This is achieved by Ian's attention to the preparation and training of his climbers. He always has words of motivation in your tough moments too. And so my decision to go on another expedition to the most vast and breathtaking mountain range in the world, the Himalaya, with Ian in 2010 was an easy one. Unforgettable.

Leona Gilchrist, Everest Base Camp & Island peak 2010

I was involved in coaching an under 18 hurling team,the group had won nothing underage and were not regarded as contenders for the championship.I asked Ian to help out as both a motivational speaker and from a physical preparation point of view.Ian was very professional and made an excellent impression on the team,we ended up winning the Championship against the odds,we feel Ian's approach and advice was instrumental in winning.The following year,I was involved with our Senior team,who again had not won a Championship in 31 years,we approached Ian at the start of the year in relation to team mental and physical preparation,his advice and help was invaluable and we ended up winning again that year against the odds.Ian's advice in how to mentally and physically prepare a team for a serious challenge,was excellent and a big factor in our wins.

Tom McNamara, Clare Hurling 2011, 2012

I had booked with another company before I came across Ian Taylor's site. While i was on the site Ian contacted me through the chat. I responded and told him i was on looking for information on Kilimanjaro for preparations and equipment but did tell him straight up i had already booked with someone else. Ian sent me on some video links and also emailed me lots of Information about the inquiry. He was so helpful and it has helped me a lot. Actually a lot more than the company that i have booked with. If i have one tip for anyone thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro it is this. Bigger companies might have the name and they might do the climb very well ( we will have to wait and see in October ) but there is no PERSONAL touch and contact to give information and easy the nerves regarding training , equipment and even how to pack. When we do our next hike we will definitely be on to Ian. Best of luck with everything Ian and again i really appreciate the time and effort you gave me i can just imagine how much you  give your own clients.

Kevin O'Brien, Cork, Ireland 2013

I got to know Ian trekking across the Wicklow mountains and I immediately signed up for Kilimanjaro when he mentioned it as it was something i'd wanted to do for a few years. I'd highly recommend Ian for any mountaineering challenge as he's got a great personality in good times and the right temperament when dealing with challenging situations. I'd love to climb Mont Blanc next year and I'll be straight on to Ian when i know i can go.

Arjuna Mansel, Kilimanjaro 2010

I'm 36 years of age and the best holiday in my life to date has been the time when we went with Ian and 15 others, on a one week trip to summit Mount Blanc and Grand Paradiso in June 2009. We all succeeded in summitting, it was the most out of this world experience, filled with adrenaline, fun, fear and adventure. My most memorable moment was when at 12 midnight 1 hour before summit day we were all singing in the dorm, the famous Irish Euro Vision song "We were the rock and roll kids" and laughing with anticipation.

Johnny Maher, Mont Blanc 2009 

Reaching the summit of Mont Blanc in 2009 was an amazing experience, especially as all 16 of us on the trip succeeded in getting there. This level of success among a group of novice mountaineers on Mont Blanc is almost unheard of. Ian was the primary reason we all made it, as he made sure everyone had the right training and equipment prior to departure. Nothing was left to chance. At the same time we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and there was great camaraderie among the group. Fantastic! Thanks Ian!

Oisin Ryan, Mont Blanc 2009 

I have known Ian for years and heard about one of his Mt. Blanc climbs in work. Ian was an inspiration to me, being the youngest Irishman at the time to stand on the top of the world. I wanted to join him on one of his adventures and adventure it was. Our trip was climbing two 4,000m peaks in 6 days. We set out to climb Gran Paradiso and Mt. Blanc. The adventure in climbing was amazing, but the journey with the team was incredible. We are all still friends 4 years later. It was truly one of the best trips I have ever been on. What a rewarding, challenging and immense experience to have in my life. Ian was a great leader, friend and look forward to getting out on the hills with him again soon.

Simon Boland, Mont Blanc 2009 

Climbing "Kili"  had been on my bucket list for a long time... Then I got a phone call from a friend of mine who said that they were considering climbing it for a local charity and I said "YES" straight away... A few months later I find myself doing one of the most difficult emotional, mental and physical challenges I ever set myself, -  and only for the gentle guidance of Ian Taylor I would be still at the base!! Ian is an amazing person. He is gentle, kind, patient and also has a wicked sense of humour.  Climbing Kili is a once in a lifetime experience and Ian Taylor made it happen for us all. He motivated us, he guided us and he encouraged us. We all had 100% faith in him getting us to the summit and back safely. I am delighted to say that I also made a wonderful friend for the rest of my life, thank you Ian :-)

Mary Howard, Kilimanjaro 2011

What a journey we had trekking the Annapurna circuit. A friend in Chicago recommended Ian Taylor Trekking as a great operator and after speaking to Ian we wanted to work with him. We had 12 people trekking in Nepal and everything exceeded our expectations. The service in Kathmandu, Pokhara was amazing, their staff were first class, our guides took us at a snail pace which helped us enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Thank you so much for all your time helping our team on this amazing journey. We will be back next year for more. 

Margaret Schwartz, Annapurna 2013




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