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, prepare to be inspired, get training! (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


23 October 2021, Skyway Monte Bianco – Mountaineering – Climb – Ski

Despite the recent almost continuous good weather in the mountains, last weeks dump of fresh snow had not gone unnoticed by various teams of skiers and there were some fine […]

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9 October 2021, Mont Blanc Autumn Ascent

Whilst recent reports indicate that Mont Blanc is getting smaller, we can confirm that this is not making it feel any shorter during the actual climb!   Any ascent of Mont […]

Perrons Traverse Chamonix

30 September 2021, Chère Couloir & Perrons Traverse – Early Autumn Conditions

Whilst it felt like summer and there were teams rock climbing in t-shirts on the South side of the Perrons today, it was pretty chilly & autumnal on the north […]

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What Our Guests Say

I’ve done two trips guided by Rob this year and both experiences have been excellent. The first time I took my son and brother in law to climb the Gran Paradiso, unfortunately due to Covid restrictions this wasn’t possible but Rob gave us a fantastic alternative at short notice and we achieved all of our objectives. My son (16) struggled at times but Rob was really encouraging and patient with him which enabled him to gain a huge amount of confidence and a big sense of achievement. The plan was pitched at exactly the right level.

Dawn on the ascent of Castor from Rifugio Quintino Sella
The second time Rob planned a trip with a couple of days notice and all the objectives were met. This time climbing Castore at 4228m. A fantastic experience in great company. I’ve been guided before in but what I really enjoyed the most about Rob was the time taken to explain safety procedures and indeed the reasons behind all aspects of mountaineering. We learnt a lot and you don’t always get this!  Not only did I have a great time but I now have a plan for future climbs to progress on my mountaineering journey…
Chamonix Mountaineering & 4000m Peak Ascent

Chamonix Mountaineering & 4000m Peak Ascent

Paul Tucker, Alpine mountaineering training & private guiding, July 2021

Terrific climbing with Rob and Tom. I let High Mountain Guides choose the 3 day-climbs and we went for traverse of Aiguille de l’index and Aiguilles Crochues and final day for traverse of Aiguilles Marbrees ( back in time for the best cappuccino at Torino Refuge )They encouraged me but also told me how I could improve and were also realistic when aiming for further goals.

On the brilliant cracked wall pitch of the classic SE Ridge of L’Index…in nice sunny dry conditions…for now! 

Highly-recommended-MountainGuides !😁 Fred

Chamonix Matterhorn Training Course

Chamonix Matterhorn Training Course

Fred Soderstrom, Chamonix Mountaineering Day Trips, June 2021
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