Rock Climbing & Mountaineering in the Chamonix Valley

Mountaineering in Chamonix

Chamonix. The capital of world mountaineering. 'The Valley of Dreams'. A mecca for climbers and mountaineers who come from all over the world to sample the quality and variety of alpine mountainering available. From simple rock scrambles in the Aiguilles Rouges to the Himalayan scale mixed faces on the wild Italian side of Mont Blanc. Chamonix, has it all.

We offer a variety and progression of mountain guiding and training courses and cater for individuals and groups of complete novice mountaineers to talented climbers requiring a private guide for demanding itineraries. High Mountain Guides specialise in providing tailor made courses to meet your specific requirements here in the Chamonix Valley. Come and join us for your own alpine adventure...

Chamonix Alpine Intro

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be a great climber to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real assets is that it has peaks and climbs suitable for all levels of challenge and for every step along the... more>

Climb Mont Blanc

An ascent of Western Europe's highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition. Our six day course allows time for training and acclimatisation which means you are able to enjoy the ascent and climb some other great alpine peaks along the way.


Becoming an Alpinist

On this progressive alpine training course we aim to tackle some of Chamonix's classic moderate alpine routes in a style that will offer you high quality mountaineering training along the way. This course is ideally suited to those with some existing rock climbing and winter mou... more>

Chamonix Alpinist

Chamonix is the capital of World Mountaineering. Put simply, it has it all. Rich in alpine history, ripe with hundreds of superb climbs and overlooked by the spectacular presence of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Aiguilles. This, is the domain of the 'Alpinist'. On th... more>

Chamonix Private Guiding

Whilst we run a variety of Chamonix based group courses many of our clients prefer to hire their own private Guide. This may be because they want to tackle a long or difficult itinerary which requires a 1:1 guide to client ratio. It may also simply be because people want to prog... more>

Chamonix Holiday Activities

Come and sample what Chamonix, the capital of world mountaineering, has to offer the holidaymaker...

This course is designed for complete beginners to mountaineering and would be ideally suited to couples or families looking to experience something more technical and fun t... more>

Chamonix Mountaineering Conditions

Latest mountain conditions reports from the Chamonix Valley and surrounding areas. Please contribute your own relevant conditions reports via the 'New comment' button at the base of the page.


Thanks again for the Chamonix wonder week Rob. It was a real pleasure having the opportunity to be out in the mountains with you. You did a sterling job mate and were good fun to be with. I hope we get the chance to do it again sometime. Matt

Mat, Chamonix Alpinist, July 2009


Thanks for the two days training and guiding at the start of July. It was exactly what we were looking for! It was great to put the new skills into practice at the end of the trip - I felt much more aware and prepared for the task at hand. Your teaching was clear and solid, and I can now take those lessons with me in trips to come. Also thanks for the general support while we were out there...topos and local info very much appreciated!
All the best! Gareth

Gareth, Intro Alpine Mountaineering, Chamonix, July 2010


Thanks again for a great two days in Chamonix (July 2010). Great instructions, guidance and advice. Thanks to your help we achieved exactly what we set out to do, and will now be more confident doing alpine routes under our own steam. It was great to put all of the training from the first day into practice during the ridge climb on day 2. Also, thanks for all your more general advice on rock climbing and suitable alpine routes in the Chamonix area, which was much appreciated and put to good use. See you again soon for more of the same either in the Alps or in Scotland next year. Tom

Tom, Chamonix Alpinist, July 2010


Bold, brave and generous - these are probably the best words I can find to describe your guiding on the Frendo Spur. Climbing this sort of north face in itself would be a great experience for any climber, but being able to move through ice, snow, rock and combinations of them with your help gave me a real boost in terms of learning and confidence. As a guide you have the best of British alpinism - technically excellent on different types of ground, brave on the lead and generous with passing on advice, and - perhaps most important - able to combine soup with noodles and granite chips to make a decent bivvy meal! Thanks a lot for helping me with a climb that will linger long in the memory and no doubt inspire me to some fresh objectives in the Alps. I'm sure we will climb again in the future - I would recommend HM Guides to anyone wishing to accelerate their learning and have fun in the process of fulfiling their climbing goals! All the best, John

John, Chamonix Guiding, Sept 2010