High Mountain Guides

High Mountain Guides is a friendly and professional Mountain Guiding company run by Rob Jarvis, International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) & Mountaineering Instructor (MIC). We provide enjoyable, challenging & informative climbing, skiing & mountaineering courses and private guiding for individuals & small groups. We are proud of the inspiring experiences we give people in the mountains & we hope you can join us soon. In the meantime, good training! Rob.

Our Services

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. (more…)

Skiing in Chamonix

Chamonix is a world class venue for off-piste skiing & ski mountaineering. With a huge vertical height interval; skiing on all aspects & massive potential for mountain and glacier skiing, Chamonix, has it all. The valley is also a great base camp for exploring the superb ski touring and off-piste skiing available across the borders in the Italian Valle d'Aoste or Swiss Rhone Valley. (more…)

Alpine Mountaineering

Our alpine courses are based around some of the great peaks of the High Alps....Mont Blanc, The Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa, Weissmies, Matterhorn, Eiger or, for an even longer & tougher challenge you could try & climb the 3 highest peaks in the Alps ('The Mission') or the 3 most iconic alpine peaks, Mt Blanc, The Matterhorn & The Eiger ('Mission Impossible'). Read on, and prepare to be inspired.... (more…)

Rock Climbing In Chamonix

The rock climbing in the Chamonix Valley is amongst the finest in the world. From the famous golden granite cracks and slabs of the Mont Blanc Massif to the lower and sunnier gneiss of the Aiguille Rouges. Not only is the Chamonix Valley referred to as the 'capital of world climbing' it is also surrounded by other superb & easily accessed areas in Italy & Switzerland. (more…)

Ski Mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering blends the three fantastic activities of ski touring, mountaineering and off piste skiing and, in doing so, creates the ability to complete long, elegant journeys through the mountains in winter and spring. Ascending on skins is an aesthetically pleasing and physically rewarding activity and with the addition of ice axe and crampons many alpine peaks become highly attractive ski objectives. (more…)

UK Mountaineering & Alpine Training

If you are heading off to the Alps next summer season, consider enhancing your enjoyment, efficiency and summit chances on that trip with some UK based mountaineering and fitness training before you go.  Our team alpine training courses offer quality relevant technical & physical training and a sociable opportunity to meet like minded others heading off on similar trips during the alpine season. (more…)

Expedition Training

Climbing a peak in the 'Greater Ranges' can be the 'high point' of your mountaineering career. The Chamonix Valley is an ideal training venue to ensure you are well prepared for your trip. HMG director Rob Jarvis has Guided on 15 expeditions, (including numerous first ascents) in Antarctica, Nepal, India, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina and Morocco. (more…)

Mountain Walking & Physical Training

Walking through the high alpine mountains is not only a simple pleasure it's a great way of building good mountain endurance; leg muscles and building basic movement skills.  We specialise in guiding tough mountain walks in high mountain country and even with glacier crossings or technical passages.  A magnificent way to enjoy the high & great training for expeditions. (more…)

Winter / Spring / Autumn Chamonix Mountaineering

There are some alpinists who consider summer to be the only 'off-season' period for alpine mountaineering. It is in winter, spring and autumn that the combination of snow, ice, low temperatures and quiet mountains give the winter alpinist that spark of adventure, always tempered by the tougher mountain conditions and greater commitment. (more…)

Mountain News

Swiss Alps Ski Touring

15 April 2018 Ski Touring West Oberland, Haute Route & Chamonix

Our plans to complete the tough and classic version of the Chamonix to Zermatt Ski Haute Route via the Grand Lui and Plateau du Couloir were put firmly to bed […]

Powder Skier

29 March 2018, La Thuile, Courmayeur, Pila, Val d’Aosta Ski Touring & Off Piste

Mixed weather on both north & south sides of Mont Blanc this week has given a mixture of warm wet snow lower down, and wind lashed snow higher up….but there […]

Balme off piste & touring guide

26 March 2018, Good Skiing Around Balme, Chamonix Valley

Whilst the transition from winter to spring takes place – there is a bit of crust about!    However there is still some powder around and now some spring snow […]

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What Our Guests Say

Thanks again for a truly incredible week – it’s safe to say we are still both buzzing! Saturday night and Sunday morning were spent eating the majority of the patisserie in Chamonix whilst trying to fully absorb and recount everything we learnt over the course of the week.  I’ve just downloaded the photos – they are brilliant and an amazing momentum of the week. Thank you so much.
Although very briefly disappointed to not be going for Plan A due to sentimental reasons, your forewarning, honestly and knowledge (and general weather guru-ness!) made sure that there was never a moment I doubted we were going to have an amazing week. The variation of each day and skiing was superb and I think we both felt you pushed us the perfect amount. For me, the Balmhorn was a particular highlight – although I loved it all! On top of this was the amount we learnt – in a way not being able to go ahead with the original agenda taught us far more about how to plan, gather information and safely continue on our adventures. I have no doubt this will be invaluable for the future.
I’ll make sure we stay in touch, both Tom and I feel there is a lot more we would like to learn in the future and we’d be keen for more alpine and ski mountaineering adventures! In the meantime, I hope you finally get to enjoy some spring conditions!
Hetty and Tom entering the fine steep couloir ski descent from just above the Lammeren Hut to Lammerenalp, April 2018
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Hetty & Tom, Ski Mountaineering Week In The Swiss / Italian & French Alps, April 2018

Rob and high mountain guides played an instrumental part in my planning for skiing the Haute Route this year. I had not done any ski touring prior to this year, so the Haute Route was always going to be a challenge, therefor it was very important to me to get in as much training and familiarity as possible. Early on in our communication, Rob and I planned a couple of courses to make sure I’d get in enough training for the Haute route, from an intro weekend, to a 5 day intro week with an overnight in an mountain hut night and high mountain touring. I also wanted to focus on mountaineering as it features fairly regularly on the haute route, so Rob and I planned an additional weekend practicing mountaineering skills, which I was very grateful for, even though the weather was a complete white out. We were rewarded with a fun powder day in Italy on the last day though. 🙂

Rob’s communication, planning and attention to detail is second to none and my time with High Mountain Guides during this winter was invaluable. I’ m already looking at booking more courses with them for next year and I’ve definitely been bitten by the ski touring bug.

Jen descending the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge as part of crampon and mountaineering training for the Haute Route in April 2018
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018
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