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 Mont Blanc & Matterhorn Training Weekends

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

17 June 2018, Gran Paradiso & Skyway Monte Bianco – Great Snow Conditions

What a difference a few days makes!  In contrast to last weeks almost liquid snow, we have now had a good few warm sunny days and chilly starry nights – […]

7 June 2018, Gran Paradiso & Skyway Monte Bianco Area Conditions

Snowy early summer conditions remain the main theme in the high mountains around the Mont Blanc Massif with very good snow cover on the glaciers and still on many faces […]

27 May 2018, Matterhorn & Mont Blanc Training Weekends – Snowdonia & Chamonix

A mixed weekend of weather in the Mont Blanc Massif gave Raina and Jonny some great training opportunities and, with a night spent in the high altitude Rifugio Torino, some fine […]

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What Our Guests Say

The course was extremely informative, and Dylan was not only great guide in transferring lots of the knowledge, but absolutely great company to be in.  Very patient and engaging, and greatly attuned to the group, I absolutely enjoyed every moment. On third day we climbed quite interesting and exposed ridge, and I valued a lot that Dylan guided us, as otherwise, I would perhaps never attempt to climb such areas.  It was rather unfortunate that three days were not longer. For the first time I got detailed explanation on various aspects of climbing, rope techniques, and crevasse rescue, and I feel now that my base knowledge is much more solid so I can work on getting more experience.  Doris.
Classic PD- alpine terrain on the easier section of the Aiguille d’Entreves, after a good glacier journey from Rifugio Torino

Had a excellent time with the situations given to us with weather and the mont blanc tunnel being closed. All the credit goes to dylan who made the experiance something to remember. A credit to your company. Im now looking foward to put all my learning into practice.

Thanks. Ben…
3 Day Chamonix Alpine Intro

3 Day Chamonix Alpine Intro

Doris & Ben, Early June 2018

With my 60th birthday fast approaching I wanted to tackle an interesting, yet achievable, peak. The Gran Paradiso fitted the bill and private guiding with Rob Jarvis delivered in every respect. The first day was a reminder of the limitations altitude can place on the unacclimatised body; a small price to pay for a gentle journey from the Skyway lift to the Aiguille d’Entrèves (3,604m).

Day Two was something of a revelation, some very enjoyable roped scrambling in the Chamonix Valley gave me the confidence I needed for the short but exposed summit ridge on the Gran Paradiso.

A night in the welcoming and superbly appointed Refugio Chabod preceded a dawn start on a sustained but not technical climb. Plenty of soft snow made it hard going – for me –  but otherwise the conditions were excellent. We had the summit, uncharacteristically, to ourselves. The return found the snow slushy and very heavy going. As usual, and thankfully, Rob retained his patient professional demeanour, with the walk below the snow line a delight amidst pine forest and wild flowers.

John on the summit ridge of Gran Paradiso in detiorating weather and lots of snow, early June 2018

A thoroughly enjoyable three days – to be recommended to anybody who fancies a 4,000m peak.

Gran Paradiso Ascent

Gran Paradiso Ascent

John Spencer, 3 Day Private Guiding, Early June 2018
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