Guided Alpine Peaks

Our Intermediate Alpine Mountaineering Courses are great to follow on from one of our Introductory Alpine courses or from a good experience of personal technical climbing on home hills. They require some prior experience of rock and/or snow-ice climbing and as there is a big step up in difficulty from easier PD snow climbs to more technical AD level mixed routes. Neat efficient climbing technique on tricky and exposed terrain is demanded and good general mountain fitness is essential.

Full instruction is given in the more advanced rope-work and technical skills required. Our Intermediate weeks operate at a 2:1 guiding ratio and aim to climb high quality AD routes building participants skills and confidence along the way.

Technical level: snow slopes up to 55 degrees, snow/ice faces up to 75 degrees, rock scrambling/climbing of Alpine grade III/IV, UK Severe/VS level, exposed narrow ridges.; Scottish winter grades II to III; Alpine grades PD and AD.

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

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Mountaineering Holidays click here.

Alpine Mountaineering Courses Climbing Arolla

We can organise any of our intermediate mountaineering courses on additional dates for private groups. Please contact us for availability and prices ([email protected]).

  • Climb the Matterhorn (1:1)

    A fantastic week of 1:1 guiding, culminating in climbing one of Europe's most famous peaks - the Matterhorn. In just a one week trip, 1:1 guiding for the full 6 days ensures maximum climbing time, acclimatising on more demanding routes at AD level. After an initial 3 days of acclimatisation you will head to Zermatt to climb the Matterhorn. Discounts available for acclimatising on a 2:1 ratio if booking as a group of 2 or more.

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    Cost: £2,945
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 1:1
  • Climb the Eiger (1:1 guiding)

    A fantastic week of 1:1 guided mountaineering culminating in climbing the Eiger, one of Switzerlands most famous peaks, with our IFMGA Mountain Guides.

    In just a one week trip, 1:1 guiding for the full 6 days ensures maximum climbing time, acclimatising with more technical climbing at AD level.

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    Cost: £2,945
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 1:1
  • 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: £1,795
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 4:1 / 2:1
  • Matterhorn / Eiger - Guided Groups

    Climb one of Europe's most famous peaks, booking as a team of two.

    After an initial 3 days of acclimatisation at a 2:1 guiding ratio you will head to Zermatt or Grindewald to climb the Matterhorn or Eiger with your own guide, climbing together as 2 teams of 2 climbers.

    Available for booking only as a team of 2.

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    Cost: £2,445
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1 / 1:1
  • 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: £1,725
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 3:1 / 2:1
  • Swiss Big 3 : Eiger, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche

    Climb the Eiger (3970m), Matterhorn (4478m) and Dent Blanche (4357m) in a fortnight - Switzerland's most famous summits. A must for aspiring Alpinists who relish a big challenge. Prior technical climbing experience to UK Severe/USA 5.5 on rock and grade II/III in winter is required. The fortnight offers initial training routes and instructional sessions to provide essential acclimatisation before tackling the main objectives.

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    Cost: £4,575
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1 / 1:1
  • Mont Blanc Extension (2:1)

    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: £1,155
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1
  • Monte Rosa Extension (1:1)

    Climb the Dufourspitze on Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest mountain and 2nd highest in the Alps (4634m). This 3 day extension can follow on from our Mont Blanc or Introduction to Alpine Climbing week which will ensure you are acclimatised ready for the Dufourspitz.

    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: £1,595
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 1:1
  • Mont Blanc Extension (1:1)

    Climb Mont Blanc - The Highest Summit in Western Europe with our British Mountain Guides. This 3 day extension can follow on from any of our other trips and is run at a 1:1 guiding ratio.

    There are three days set aside for climbing Mont Blanc which adds flexibility in timing the ascent to get suitable weather.

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    Cost: £1,655
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 1:1