Bespoke Alpine Mountaineering Trips

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Our bespoke alpine climbing holidays offer guiding services and accommodation, packaged together for a hassle free holiday. We can offer tailored versions of our standard trips just for you and your team, with your own guide, on dates of your choice. Or if you would like a fully bespoke trip to a venue of your choice, focussed on skills training, cruising some classic climbs, a long standing dream route, or any combination of activities, we can help.

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I’m very pleased to say that once again, I had an amazing experience in the Alps… Not sure what to ask for next, but if you’ll have me, I’ll be coming back.

Tim Coburn

I can only heap massive praise on both you and Gav in particular for a fantastic weekend. Everything was seamlessly done, And Gav was both the perfect guide and a great host for the weekend in every other way. Both Jo and I got a huge amount out of it, and the learning experience was everything we hoped for. Point Lachenal was indeed entertaining and provided exactly what I hoped it would! Thanks again for everything. Next time I come to Chamonix, which I hope will be soon, you will get my booking again.

Chris Powell

Just wanted to echo Chris’s comments – Gav was an excellent guide. I really enjoyed the weekend and felt that Gav tailored it well to our level and aspirations. I would definitely use Alpine Guides again. Kind regards.

Jo Tomlinson

We had a great time and were lucky with the weather for sure! Please pass on our thanks again to Klemen – we covered so much and learnt loads as well as having fun and an unforgettable day out… I’ve never taken so many photos in 1 day!! The day was set at just the right level for us and was a great introduction. We will be back for more – the Arête des Cosmiques looked like it could be fun too! Thanks again and hope to be in touch again when we can get someone to look after our kids for the full day/weekend…

Anthony Ellison

Yes, the weather was not ideal over the weekend but still we managed to do quite a few things in the mountains. I had great three days and enjoyed every minute. Neil is an excellent guide who is superb not only at guiding but also at teaching stuff. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Katya Kharitonova

Back at my desk in the UK now. Yes I had a very worthwhile and enjoyable time on both days, despite the slightly challenging weather. Rock Climbing with Dave on Saturday was great as it got me pushing myself in terms of outdoor grade… Aguille du Marbrees with Jon on Sunday was also a great alpine intro in terms of crossing glaciated terrain/crevasses and an enjoyable ridge. So please pass on my thanks to both Dave and Jon for their time and great company and advice.

David Sampson

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve had another great week. As you know, my objective was an Eiger ascent, but the snow put paid to that. In its place, I’ve had a 5 star experience of a broader range of alpine climbing including:
Aiguille Croux, Rochefort Arete and Aiguille de Rochefort, Chapelle de Gliere, Pyramide du Tacul and Arete des Cosmiques. My big thanks to Dave… for his patience, encouragement and creativity in finding routes to match my ability and aspirations.

Tim Coburn

Hi Rich and Jon. Thanks for the amazing holiday. It was great to hang out in the chilly mountains and have the whole glacier for ourself. The weather couldn’t have been any better. Scaling the three peaks was challenging yet rewarding. Who needs a warm bed anyway 😉 Rich, thanks for organizing the trip. Everyhing went smoothly and we managed to stick to your plan. Big thanks for your help. Jon, it was a lot of fun to hang out with you. You are an amazing and very trustworthy guide, and a great guy to spend time with. Thanks for keeping me safe. I hope to come back again and spend more time in the mountains, climb more peaks and just enjoy the landscape. Take care and all the best.


Homeward bound after an amazing week in Chamonix with Rich. Kicked off with a bang, climbing the Frendo Spur in very wintery conditions, a rest day(!) rock climbing at Gietroz, back up to the Refuge des Cosmiques for a day of mixed climbing followed by the Contamine-Mazeaud on the Tacul. Then an another rock day swinging leads on the Vipere au Pied, Barberine. Cheers!

Chris Hague

Trip overview

Our bespoke alpine climbing holidays offer guiding services and accommodation, packaged together for a hassle free holiday. We can offer tailored versions of our standard trips just for you and your team, with your own guide, on dates of your choice. Or if you would like a fully bespoke trip to a venue of your choice, focussed on skills training, cruising some classic climbs, a long standing dream route, or any combination of activities, we can help.

Please visit our Covid-19 Climb Information page for Covid FAQs, details of our new participation requirements, travel advice and what to expect on your trip.

Looking for a scheduled trip? take a look at our alpine mountaineering holidays.

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Bespoke alpine climbong trips are suitable for any fitness/experience level (see Fitness and Experience guidelines). Ideally, your group should be well matched in terms of fitness and ability, so everyone can make the most of their holiday.

Guiding ratio

The maximum guiding ratio for alpine mountaineering trips is 1:4 – ie one IFMGA guide working with 4 clients. If you have a smaller group – no problem. If you have a larger group ie 4+ people, you will need 2 guides for anything involving mountaineering. For basic skills training and glacier trekking we can operate up to 1:6.


For trips of 2 or more days in length.


The main summer season runs from mid June to mid September, when most of the huts and cablecars are open and weather/conditions are usually best for a wide range of climbing styles. We also operate outside the main summer season in May and October, but conditions are sometimes not ideal for summer alpinism and a lot of the mountain huts and cablecars are closed (Chamonix still has a couple of lifts running outside summer season however). Early/late season is a great time to climb… but be prepared to do some walking, and maybe use bivouac huts rather than guarded huts!


The following price inclusions/exclusions typically apply to bespoke trips, but please let us know if you have any special requirements.

Included in price

  • Guides fees and all guides expenses
  • Valley hotel accommodation including breakfast and evening meals
  • Mountain hut accommodation (if required) including breakfast and evening meals
  • Transport during the course

Excluded from price

  • Uplift
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel to resort
  • Insurance
  • Equipment hire


We can arrange a hotel to suit your groups requirements, from 2-4* standard in most resorts. Hut accommodation varies in standard from region to region – please let us know your desired ‘comfort level’ and we can advise on the best regions to visit!

Detailed Itinerary

Please get in touch to discuss your aims and objectives, and we will be happy to create an itinerary for you.

Location and Travel

We will provide help with your travel arrangements once final plans are in place.

Fitness and Experience

To view all climbing Technical and Fitness Levels, and for advice on trip preparation and training, please visit our training advice page.


Summer Alpine Kit List

Above all, alpine climbing kit needs to do the job, but be as light as possible. We work with various manufacturers including Arc’teryx, whose products we can thoroughly recommend.

Technical Clothing

  • Wicking thermal top – long sleeved and light colour is ideal!
  • Softshell Jacket – mid weight, wind resistant, light insulating layer (or a mid weight fleece jacket)
  • Spare warm layer – lightweight synthetic/down jacket or other warm layer
  • Waterproof jacket – lightweight breathable model
  • Mountain trousers – light/mid-weight windproof softshell model
  • Overtrousers – with long side zips
  • Socks – warm ‘Smartwool’ type, plus thin liner socks and spares
  • Gaiters – made from breathable material (or trim fitting trousers with ankle volume adjuster)
  • Thin gloves – windproof ‘hardfleece’ model is good
  • Warm insulated gloves – wind and waterproof
  • Warm hat – must fit under a helmet

Personal Items

  • Water Container – at least 1 litre
  • Headtorch and batteries
  • Map, compass and whistle (optional, but a good idea)
  • Personal medications and blister kit – zinc oxide tape, compeed, painkillers etc
  • Sun Glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
  • Goggles – for windy/snowy conditions
  • Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Wallet and passport
  • Alpine Club/BMC card (if you are a member) and insurance docs

Hut Overnight Items

  • Small wash kit
  • Spare lightweight t-shirt/socks/pants
  • Silk sheet sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs
  • (Hut slippers for indoor use, and blankets/duvets and pillows are provided by the huts)

Technical Equipment

  • Rucsac – 35/45l is perfect for general use
  • Rucsac – superlight 15/20l model, for taking on long multi-pitch rock routes (for technical courses/private guiding)
  • *Rigid mountaineering bootsAxe, Boot and Crampon advice
  • Rock climbing shoes – must be comfortable enough to wear for several hours (can be hired in resort if nec)
  • Approach shoes or trainers
  • Trekking poles
  • Harness, locking karabiner and belay device
  • 2 prussik loops + karabiner – if in doubt, bring 3m of 6mm climbing cord!
  • 120cm sling + locking karabiner
  • Climbing helmet
  • Crampons with antiball plates
  • Ice Axe classic type for intro and general mountaineering courses
  • Technical Ice Axe and Hammer – required for parts of the Tech Alpine/Cham Alpinist/Ice and Mixed/North Faces courses

Your guide will have ropes, climbing rack, first aid and survival equipment.

*Boots: These are VERY important to the success of your trip! Its best to have your own boots and break them in well before the start of the trip – see advice below.

Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website or our blog for equipment advice. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!

Purchasing Equipment
Backcountry UK in Otley offer an excellent walking boot fitting service and general equipment advice.

Hiring Equipment
Please see our Equipment Hire page for more details.


For this trip you must have specialist travel insurance providing medical, emergency search/rescue and repatriation cover for climbing and mountaineering activities as outlined in the course itinerary. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury. Please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.

Please find further details on our insurance info page.

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