Covid-19 Update

Updated 27 August 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you are returning to UK from Switzerland on or after 4am Saturday 29 August you will need to self isolate. Please see the UK Government's guidelines for more details.

For clients who booked Summer 2020 Alpine Holidays with us before the outbreak of Covid-19 we are offering to postpone these holidays until Summer 2021, giving flexible credit notes for deposits paid (valid until 31.10.21).

For people who would still like to climb with us in the Alps this year some things will be a bit different. Here are the details...

What will stay the same:

  • We will have the same guiding team led by Graham Frost
  • Guides expenses and travel between Evolene and climbing venues is still included in our package prices. This includes the guides share of any hut price increases, assuming these are reasonable
  • Public transport is still operating between Geneva airport and Evolene (FACE MASKS COMPULSORY)

What's changed?

We are not going to operate from our Chalet in Evolene. Instead, clients should sleep in a hotel or camp site when in the valley and we will reduce package prices by £250/week. We have discounted rates at Hotel Hermitage in Evolene and Grand Hotel Kurhaus in Arolla. Please say that you're climbing with Frost Guiding when you book, to benefit from preferential rates and terms.

Mountain Huts will need to comply with social distancing rules and so may be more expensive than usual - so far this season (3 July) prices don't appear to have changed but we will keep clients updated as we hear more.

What else do I need to know?

  • The Swiss border is currently open to UK residents without quarantine applying. For the full list of countries where quarantine applies, follow this link
  • If you decide to continue with your 2020 Frost Guiding trip, we ask that you pay your balance on time. If you cannot travel due to border restrictions or if we cannot provide you with guiding services due to a change in Swiss regulations* we will refund your balance payment and give you a flexible credit note for 2021 for the amount of your original deposit (unless you successfully submit an insurance claim instead).
  • You should bring a face mask with you to use when travelling on trains, buses and cable cars
  • You should bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you to use in huts
  • You may wish to hire a car to travel from the airport rather than using public transport (you are required to wear a face mask on public transport).
  • You can buy annual rescue insurance from Air Glaciers for CHF35 which covers you for rescue costs in Switzerland (limited to 1 incident per year). You may like to have this as a back up to your regular travel insurance.

    *Swiss regulations changed on 11 May, allowing Mountain Guides to work with up to 4 clients per group