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…)

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…)

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…)

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

10 September 2018, Matterhorn Ascent & Conditions

Near perfect late summer weather and conditions prevail on the Matterhorn at the moment and congratulations to Richard on his fine aller retour ascent of the Hornli Ridge yesterday.  This […]

6 September 2018, Weissmies, Grands Montets, Skyway Monte Bianco

We have had 2 Weissmeis courses reach the summit via the South Ridge in the last couple of days.   Well done to the team today, warming up for Mont […]

29 August 2018, Weissmies, Allalinhorn, Zinalrothorn, Late Summer Alpine Conditions

The long and warm, sometimes hot, summer has taken it’s toll on the glaciers and most snow routes and late summer conditions prevail across most of the Alps.  Here is […]

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What Our Guests Say

Thank you for organising the Snowdonia Matterhorn training weekend.  I had a fantastic time with my climbing partner, Debbie and our guide Ric Potter. Even the weather was great.  Our guide, Ric had a great way of explaining everything, clear and easy to understand. He inspired confidence in our equipment, our ability and our trust in him. He really showed us everything we needed to know, watched and corrected where necessary and praised where it was due.
I would certainly recommend Ric to anyone thinking of going on this course. Once again, thanks to yourself and Ric for a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the Scotland Matterhorn training weekend.

Debi & Howard Matterhorn Training
Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend

Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend

Howard Mayo, Matterhorn Training Course, October 2018

I had an excellent weekend. Rock climbing in big boots was new for me. It was good to learn some new techniques such as moving together. The weekend was great for my motivation. Before I started my drive home on Monday morning I even made a quick ascent of Snowdon!

I was very impressed with Callum. He is clearly an excellent rock climber. He was very enthusiastic and wanted to share his knowledge, experience and advice throughout the course.  I look forward to visiting the Alps next Summer to climb the Matterhorn….Regards George

Big boot rock climbing on little Tryfan, Ogwen Valley, as part of our October 2018 Matterhorn Training weekend. Photo Calum Muskett
Matterhorn Training Course North Wales

Matterhorn Training Course North Wales

George Lisher, Llanberis Matterhorn Training Weekend
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