Our Introductory Mountaineering Courses offer solid instruction and varied experience of Alpine routes on snow, rock and mixed terrain, climbing to the highest peaks of the Alps including Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and stunning 4000m peaks in the Bernese Oberland. They are suitable for a first Alpine trip for aspiring mountaineers and will suit those who enjoy general mountaineering with some rope-work and technical interest. Some past experience of roped climbing on rock or snow/ice terrain is preferred and good walking fitness is essential.

Technical level: snow slopes up to 50 degrees, glacier ice to 40 degrees, rock scrambling/climbing to Alpine grade III UK Severe level; exposed narrow ridges; Scottish winter grade II; Alpine grades F to PD+ with occasional short sections of AD terrain.

To find out about the fitness and technical skills required for our courses and to find suitable preparatory courses see our fitness and course pre-requirements page.

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Swiss Alpine Mountaineering Course prices click here.

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We can organise any of our Introductory Mountaineering and High Summits courses on additional dates for private groups. Please contact us for availability and prices (info@frostguiding.co.uk).

  • Introduction to Alpine Climbing

    A week of guided instruction and ascents up to 4,000 metres altitude in the Arolla and Zermatt ranges. Designed for mountaineers and climbers seeking a firm skills grounding in their first season in the Alps, including snow, ice and rock techniques. Some prior experience of winter mountaineering and/or roped climbing is helpful, but we will guide you from first steps in all the essential Alpine Mountaineering skills.

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    Cost: £1,275
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 3:1
  • Climb Mont Blanc

    The highest summit in Western Europe! We believe that a 6 day itinerary gives the necessary time to climb Mont Blanc with safety and enjoyment and a higher chance of success. After training and acclimatisation from our base in Evolène, we then attempt Mont Blanc on a 2:1 ratio, usually by the Goûter Ridge.

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    Cost: £1,745
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 4:1 / 2:1
  • Alpine Climbing Skills - 3 days

    Ideal as a skills refresher or short introduction to climbing in the Alps, these 3 days of instruction in the Arolla valley will show you all the skills you need to cope with Alpine terrain.

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    Cost: £895
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 3:1
  • Mont Blanc - 3 day Extension

    If you've already enjoyed a week of mountaineering with us on our Oberland Odyssey, Monta Rosa or any of our intermediate/advanced courses and want to stay on and climb Mont Blanc, we offer this extension to your holiday with 3 days of guided climbing. We climb the mountain by either the Goûter Ridge from Goûter or Tête Rousse Huts or the Three Monts Route from Cosmiques Hut.

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    Cost: £1,115
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1
  • Monte Rosa Dufourspitze

    Climb the Dufourspitze on Monte Rosa (4634m), Switzerland's highest mountain and 2nd highest in the Alps after training and preparation climbs on a 4000m peak in Saas. The Dufourspitze is a long climb with an exciting mixed ridge to finish, a little harder technically than Mont Blanc and far less crowded.

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    Cost: £1,690
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 3:1 / 2:1
  • Oberland Odyssey

    Tackle the great peaks and glaciers of the Bernese Oberland, the wildest and most remote region of the Western Alps . The Jungfrau (4158m), Monch (4109m), Gross Fiescherhorn (4049m), Aletschhorn (4195m) and Finsteraarhorn (4274m) are among the peaks that can be climbed in an adventurous 5 day hut trip after an initial technical training day on the glacier. Highly recommended if you've already climbed peaks round Arolla, Zermatt or Chamonix. Mountain hut accommodation is of the highest quality with excellent food.

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    Cost: £1,630
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1