Much of our work throughout the year is for private groups or individuals. From simple stand-alone guiding to bespoke courses.
With our alpine base in Chamonix, we have lots of experience throughout the Alps.
We also offer global bespoke guiding, and with our extensive knowledge and great contacts we can help organise expeditions to all corners of the world.
All our guides are IFMGA qualified and great fun to be in the mountains with. They all speak good english.
A guide can take a group of up to 6 clients on gentle glacier walking terrain and crag climbing, a group of 4 on easier ridge traverses. The ratio for more technical terrain, such as exposed ridges and higher ascents is 1 guide per 2 clients. For more serious climbs such as the Matterhorn via the Hornli or Lion Ridge route and the Eiger via the Mittellegi the ratio is 1:1.
We’d love to hear from you if you have a specific project or trip in mind. It only takes a few clicks to complete your booking with us, simply click ‘book now’ and select your preferred dates and we’ll be in touch within 24hrs to confirm your booking.
- Guiding fees
What's not included
- Transport to/from course location
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- In resort transport
Who is this for?
We can offer private guiding to any level of fitness and ability.
We can set up an itinerary according to your wishes and current conditions.
Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your trip! Although we will tailor the course to your ability, we definitely recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. So all in all training is good!
Mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this.
Probably the best training is going on long days hill walking as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!). However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging, cycling and gym workouts are good.
The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance and so if in the gym, cycling/running/rowing machines are much better than weight training. Try and exercise for up to a couple of hours at a time, 4 times a week. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to
build up to avoid injury.
Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up.
If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals.
Training does not work overnight! The fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years.
Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to the Alps.
The Effects of Altitude
As one climbs higher the air gets thinner and so there is less oxygen in each breath we take. The higher we go the less oxygen there is. This makes exercising much harder work than at sea level and so we have to slow down to help compensate. Because we have slowed down, we may feel colder.
Because there is less oxygen in the air as we get higher, this can lead to ‘altitude sickness’ or Acute Mountain Sickness which is like the worst hangover you have ever had (headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, dizziness) and can develop into a very serious and even fatal (in extreme cases) problem.
To avoid these problems, enjoy the climbing and increase our chances of summiting we need to acclimatise by spending several days and nights at progressively higher altitudes, so our bodies can adapt. This is a very important part of our preparation.
Pre-Book with Adventure Base:
Black Diamond Saber-tooth crampon rental 6 days €45.00
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe rental 6 days €35.00
Black Diamond climbing harness rental 6 days €30.00
Black Diamond Half Dome helmet rental 6 days €25.00
Select which extras you would like to pre-book at check-out. Please note we have limited stock so pre-booking is advised.
To find out more about our courses, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.
We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.
We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.
Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.
“ Ice climbing was fantastic. Jon was a really great guide and I had a great day out climbing with him.”
– Gemma S. Feb 2017”
“We had an amazing time and Neil put us into some amazing skiing. He was a fantastic guide and we really appreciated his assistance. I want to thank you again for helping to make our trip so memorable!” – Kyle K. Jan 2017”
“Fabio is one of the best guides I have had, it’s that simple.” – Graeme P. Summer 2016”
“We had a fantastic day! Romain was an incredible guide and was able to bring us on some very exciting runs – it was exactly what we were looking for! Thank you very much for helping to coordinate.” – Megan C. Feb 2017”