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

21 May 2018, Tour Ronde – North Face, Gervasutti Couloir, Voie Normale

The mixed weather in the Mont Blanc Massif, with some particularly cloudy weather on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche, has not stopped plenty of teams enjoying the good […]

19 May 2018, Ski Mont Buet (3096m) & Rimpfischorn (4199m)

Despite the late hour for the ski season, snow cover remains impressive in the Northern Alps.    A pleasant walk in trainers through the woods above Buet / Vallorcine lead […]

17 May 2018, Ski Mont Blanc – Spring Ski Summits Touring Warm Up

As both the Aiguille du Midi and Skyway Monte Bianco lifts were closed today, we headed up the Plan de l’Aiguille, Midi mid station to do some touring and warm […]

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What Our Guests Say

Really glad that we did have those early starts though since the easier days when we started later were actually pretty hard work under that mid morning/midday sun. Now I have an idea of how strong the sun is here in May I will never object to early starts again!
It was a great week, even though the weather went a bit mixed towards the end and we couldn’t do either the Dom or the Dufourspitze, but I am pretty used to having to switch plans to work around the weather, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected! I really enjoyed the booting up/down the Tour Ronde anyway, so it was a nice finish.  Thanks again for the hard work trail breaking and trip planning both in advance and during the week.
Late Spring Ski Descent Of Mont Buet, Great ski mountaineering conditions in mid May 2018
Keep me up to date if you get any more enquiries from other people wanting to do something similar!  Any takers for some more spring ski mountaineering summits next year – Ski Bernese Oberland perhaps!?
Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Hannah Vickers, May 2018

First, thank you thank you so much for taking the brief to help me prepare to climb Mt Toubkal and for arranging such a great weekend! Thank you for all the research and planning that went into the two days before we arrived to provide an experience of altitude and an ascent. We really appreciated the early morning debrief in a café and time to sort out the kit before we started each day.  The clear professionalism of your approach and ability to adapt to the changing weather conditions engendered great confidence. I am now back at my desk and reflecting on what we have done. The two days were so different – I find it hard to believe I have trekked at altitude across a glacier in awe inspiring conditions and experienced the rockier pathways above the tree line. I now have a real sense of what to expect and how to manage myself.  It has been a hugely exciting and very memorable two days!

Chamonix Mountaineering Training Course
Mountaineering From The Skyway Monte Bianco Lift As Part Of A Toubkal Training Weekend

Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Caroline & Tove, Chamonix Mountaineering & Mountain Walking, May 2018
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