Private Trekking Guiding
A great way to get involved in the adventure without committing to a full course is to hire a private IML trekking guide for the day.
The IML guide is an International Mountain Leader, and qualified to take clients in the middle mountains. They can take groups of up to 10 walkers, so perfect for groups wanting some guidance on where to hike.
Our IML guides know the area like that back of their hands and have a great knowledge of the history, flora and fauna of the valleys around the ALPS. They can put together a days guiding according to your experience, fitness and aspirations.
There are many hidden gems, from remote refuge lunch stops, to hidden glacial waterfalls, which can sometimes be missed without an experienced knowledge.
We can also offer global bespoke guiding, and with our extensive knowledge and great contacts we can help organise expeditions to all corners of the world.
Get in touch with us if you have a specific project or trip in mind or press the Book now button to reserve your guide today.
- 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!
Trekking 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.
This is an example kit list for multi day treks.
1. Lightweight shorts (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
2. Trekking trousers (made of a quick drying / breathable material)
3. Socks (we recommend Merino wool for warmth and breathability)
5. Wicking t shirts and long sleeved tops (2 of each)
6. Lightweight fleece
7. Heavyweight fleece
8. Waterproof goretex trousers
9. Waterproof goretex jacket
10. Trekking boots
11. 4 season down jacket
14. 2 x water bottles (camelbacks are fine for the trek but can freeze at higher altitudes)
15. good quality sunglasses (category 4 UV block)
16. head torch and spare batteries
18. 2 pairs of warm gloves
19. warm hat
20. sun hat
21. quick dry ‘paclite’ towel
22. Insect repellent & antihistamines
23. Lipsalve with sunblock factor 30+
24. Wetwipes, ear plugs for the huts
25. Ipod / personal stereo & camera, book, Personal medical kit and wash kit – keep this to an absolute minimum!!!
26. Trekking poles
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.