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

6 December 2022, Skyway Monte Bianco Ski & Mountain Conditions

For so early in the season – there has been plenty of ski activity from the Skyway Monte Bianco lift with lots of early bird enthusiasts putting in tracks on […]

16 October 2022, Mont Blanc & Chamonix Mountaineering Conditions

Whilst memorable and highly rewarding, our autumn Mont Blanc courses are often somewhat arduous affairs and this trip was no exception.   The mountain was calm & quiet with no other […]

15 Sept 2022, Into The Verdon Gorge, ‘Or Sujet’

Yes, it was raining hard in the northern Alps…but no excuse is required to visit the remarkable Verdon where the fragrant magic of Provence meets the wild & inspiring limestone […]

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What Our Guests Say

Thank you both for superb week. Gav was a brilliant guide, who pushed us and help us improve our own skills throughout the trip. Safety was always paramount, which is exactly why it’s worth getting a professional guide, no matter your own experience.
Alex & Eren on the 4563m summit of the Zumsteinspitze in the Monte Rosa Massif. A lovely chilly pristine feel to the mountains in early autumn.
The weather didn’t play ball, which meant we didn’t have a shot at the gran paradiso summit or MB. However, between Rob and Gav, other plans were made quickly, which led to some of the best climbing we have experienced. The Monte Rosa was outstanding, and we will be back for some more of that, plus get ourselves up MB.  Looking forward to our next trip with yourselves already…
Eren & Alex.
Autumn Monte Rosa Ascent

Autumn Monte Rosa Ascent

Eren & Alex, Mountaineering Training & Monte Rosa Ascent, Oct 2022

Given today is now our rest day, I’d just thought I’d take a moment to say thank you. I have had a brilliant week. I think we had some tricky conditions to deal with but for me, this just added to the experience. I was of course disappointed not to summit but given the conditions, Gav absolutely made the right decision. Further to that, please pass on my thanks and forward him this email, he was exceptional. I learnt so much from him and always felt very safe.

Jerome & Matt on an adventurous autumn attempt on Mont Blanc, reaching 4550m on the Bosses Ridge, Oct 2022

I will certainly come back and probably arrange some private guiding to tailor the days to suit me and the conditions at that time.
Thanks again and I hope to be in touch soon to arrange my next trip with you (and Gav). I just need to broach it carefully with my wife first!
Best wishes to you both,

Autumn Mont Blanc Course – Oct 2022

Autumn Mont Blanc Course – Oct 2022

Matt Saunders, Climb Monte Rosa & Mont Blanc courses
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