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, touring & 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, Swiss Rhone Valley or just down the Arve Valley in to the Aravis & Evasion Ski Area. (more…)

Ski Evasion Aravis

To the west of Mont Blanc, and at the far north western end of the Alps, lies the wonderful 'Evasion' ski area featuring the brilliant ski resorts of Combloux, St. Gervais, Megeve & Les Contamines.  This area is also part of the wider Massif des Aravis and we are delighted to offer quality off piste and ski touring guiding to help our guests enjoy the superb skiing available here.    (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 (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…)

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…)

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…)

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. Preparing for your forthcoming expedition with some specific training will improve your performance, enjoyment and chances of success on your trip. (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…)

Mountain News

Chamonix Mountaineering Guide

13 October 2019, Chamonix Autumn Mountaineering & Ski Conditions

13 October 2019, Aiguille du Midi Mountaineering & Ski Conditions It felt at time like we had the Col du Midi and surrounding hills to ourselves today.  A rare treat […]

Mont Blanc Alterntative Mountain

5th October 2019, Monte Viso

After our Gran Paradiso ascent, the plan was to continue with our run of good luck with the weather and profit from our hard won acclimatisation, and make an early […]

Chamonix Crevasse rescue training

1st October 2019, Gran Paradiso Ascent & Skyway Monte Bianco Conditions

The superb late summer weather and dry conditions on the glacier – combined with the incoming autumnal storms meant this felt very much like the last day of the ‘summer’ […]

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What Our Guests Say

Olga and I had a good weekend with Matt and feel we moved our skills on which was great.  Sunday morning was a little better than forecast but around lunchtime we called it quits due to heavy rain. Saturday was good all day and we pushed through until fairly late.  Matt showed a lot of patience and shared lots of practical advice.
Snowdonia Scrambling Guide
Rodney & Olga enjoying ‘the dry day’ during our inspiring Matterhorn training weekend in Snowdonia. Photo Matt Stygall.
Thanks, Rodney
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Olga and Rodney Bonnard, Matterhorn Training Weekend

Thanks Rob, Mark and the team for a fantastic experience in Torino and Gran Paradiso!  I will never forget this experience, it’s been a pleasure to have it among such great people.  Solid guiding, patience, good teaching effort, amazing stories and all logistics taken care of.  And a great summary with amazing pictures published next day, wow! Really good guys, thanks a lot.  Rodrigo, Gran Paradiso & Monte Viso.

Chamonix Mountaineering
Gran Paradiso Team training at the col Marbrees during the Torino Hut training phase. Monte Bianco behind.

Thanks for a great trip all, and to Rob and Mark for top guiding! It’s been an awesome experience in great company, and we’ve learned so much over the past few days!  Malene, Gran Paradiso

You can view Rodrigo’s fun short video account of the Gran Paradiso course here.

Monte Viso & Gran Paradiso Ascents – Autumn 2019

Monte Viso & Gran Paradiso Ascents – Autumn 2019

Rodrigo Villamuera & Malene Roald, early autumn Paradiso & Mt Blanc Group Course
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