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 & see you in the hills, 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 keen to develop your mountaineering skills and fitness or you are heading off to the Alps in future, a great way of enhancing your enjoyment, mountain performance and summit chances is to do some UK based training before you go.  Our open group weekend courses offer quality relevant technical & physical training as part of an enjoyable & sociable weekend in the mountains... (more…)

Alpine Mountaineering

Our alpine courses are based around some of the inspirational great peaks of the European Alps....Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Eiger, Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa, Weissmies, Monte Rosa & Monte Viso.   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 the nearby French Aravis, Swiss Rhone Valley and Italian Valle d'Aoste. (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 Alps, Aravis, Fizz mountain ranges & great training for future mountaineering expeditions. (more…)

Mountain News

31 March 2021, SE Couloir Col de la Forclaz, Sallanches, Aravis

The South East Couloir of the Col de la Forclaz is well know to most ski tourers travelling up and down the Arve Valley on the motorway.  It’s an impressively […]

Aravis Climbing Guide

26 March 2021, La Mamule North Face, Les Aravis

The impressive series of North West Facing combs above Les Confins, La Clusaz, on the South side of Pointe Percée are at the heart of the massif des Aravis and […]

Chamonix Ice Climbing Guide

24 March 2021, Mini Couloir, Cascade EMHM, Grands Montets Ski Touring

Last weekends snowfall produced some great snow conditions around the Mont Blanc Massif and there was still some lovely powder on shady aspects above 1bout 1850m at the Grands Montets […]

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What Our Guests Say

I had a fantastically enjoyable and physically challenging weekend and Jonathon was both a very good teacher and great company. Thanks to you at High Mountain Guides for organising this bespoke weekend of Matterhorn training.

Chris in the Bidean Nam Bian Massif as part of a brilliant day spring – winter mountaineering & Matterhorn Training in Glencoe

Jonathon’s coaching is great, his experience telling and his directions were very clear and easy to comprehend. The routes he chose were not obvious and it was great to get some exposure and altitude without crowds.  I would recommend 1:1 guiding to anyone who can afford it as you pick up so much more than when in a group and move so much faster.

Kind regards, Chris

Matterhorn Training Course, Scottish Highlands

Matterhorn Training Course, Scottish Highlands

Chris Cura, Fort William, May 2021
…It was all round an excellent weekend.
The company was great, locations were splendid, climbing was testing, weather was perfect.
Lake District Alpine Training
Brilliant big boot rock climbing on our Matterhorn preparation weekend
Couldn’t really ask for more (although perhaps less grubby chimney work!)
cheers all, Michael
Lake District Matterhorn Preparation Weekend

Lake District Matterhorn Preparation Weekend

Michael von Geldern,April 2021
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