Whilst we run a variety of Chamonix based group courses many of our clients prefer to hire their own private Guide. This may be because they want to tackle a long or difficult itinerary which requires a 1:1 guide to client ratio. It may also simply be because people want to progress at exactly their own pace and desired level of challenge. Our knowledge of the Chamonix Valley and its surrounding mountains means we can make the most of current conditions and put together a personalised programme of mountaineering tailor made for you.
Choosing a Route
A guide can be provided for all of the climbs described on this website. If you have a specific route in mind, please get in touch and we can discuss the best time of year to come and try it. If you are looking for a programme of climbing start by browsing our Chamonix Mountaineering courses. All of these can be provided on a bespoke basis and on flexible dates.
Whilst many of the climbs described below are quiet long and hard routes many people choose to hire a private guide for the opposite reason, so they can progress at their own pace and not worry about holding others up or having to do anything too difficult.
One to One Guiding
Difficult, long or serious alpine climbs are usually completed on a ratio of one guide to one client. This gives maximum speed and efficiency and is required for most of the classic alpine ‘Grands Courses’. These climbs usually start at Alpine Difficile although harder rock climbs may be possible with a team of three. Below are a selection of harder ‘Chamonix Classic Climbs’ that are suitable for one to one guiding.
Those looking for a quieter experience climbing in Chamonix should think about coming in spring or autumn. These often give great mountaineering conditions but quiet mountains. More details via our Chamonix mountaineering in winter / spring / autumn page below:
Our 2022 starting daily rate for guiding is £425 a day. This is not fixed and can increase considerably for long and hard climbs where we will charge a similar rate to the figure quoted by the Chamonix Guides agency. This rate can also go down, for example for valley rock climbing.