High Mountain Guides

High Mountain Guides is a friendly and professional Mountain Guiding company run by Rob Jarvis, International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) & Mountaineering Instructor (WMCI). 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 Val d'Aosta. (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…)

Alpine Mountain Walking

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

27 January 2023, Anzères Ice Climbing🇨🇭& Ski Argentière Glacier 🇫🇷

The ‘Grand Beau’ and ‘Grand Froid’ conditions continue around the Mont Blanc Massif and much of the Northern Alps giving some stellar snow, very nice skiing in places and plenty […]

19 January 2023, Rapidly Improved Ski Conditions Around The Mt Blanc Massif

Despite a good snowy start to the ski season around the Mont Blanc Massif, a succession of late December and early January warm and wet storms pretty much trashed the […]

19 December 2022, Italian Ice & Swiss Mixed Winter Climbing

Antares WI 4, Valsavarenche 🇮🇹 Whilst the early season ice conditions are pretty decent over in Cogne, as it was a busy weekend due to the Ice opening festival there, […]

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What Our Guests Say

When doing the Vallee Blanche with Rob’s team last year, I was inspired to try ski touring and booked on an introductory weekend. As before Rob’s organisation and communication was excellent and he teamed me up with Gav who was my guide and mentor for the trip.
It was everything I’d hoped it would be. Out of sight of lifts, pistes and for the most part people, day 1 was a real trip but also a skill learning day. Day 2 was a day of heavy snow and a trip from Megeve to Petit Croisse Baulet was planned. What an enjoyable day as the snow fell. A mix of pleasant touring, then an ascent to the col, followed by a fantastic ski back down in fluffy powder. We even had a mock avalanche exercise thrown in.
Simon skiing the storm powder at Megeve on our intro ski touring weekend.
Always safe, constantly challenged, learning every minute. I finished up a tired but very happy bunny!  Simon
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Jan 2023

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Jan 2023

Simon Tempest, Intro Ski Touring In Chamonix & Megeve

We had such a lovely time mountaineering with Rob off the Skyway Monte Bianco. Rob is an amazing guide in all respects— knowledgeable, fun to be with, and a great teacher. Couldn’t recommend him enough

Emily & Ben coming up to the Col de Toule on our winter mountaineering intro and snow shoe glacier journey from Skyway Monte Bianco.

We both had a such a great day and appreciate the photos!

Ben & Emily

Chamonix Winter Mountaineering Intro & Glacier Snow Shoe Journey

Chamonix Winter Mountaineering Intro & Glacier Snow Shoe Journey

Ben & Emily, New York, December 2022
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