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What’s included

  • Qualified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guide ratio of up to 4:1
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • Transfer from Geneva airport to Saas Grund and return by minibus (single transfer timed to coincide with the main group's arrival/departure)
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at Schönblick on a half board basis
  • Accommodation in Hohsaas Hut on Day 3 with breakfast and evening meals included
  • Hire of equipment (climbing harness, crampons, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • Lift passes in the Saas Grund Valley
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering Trekking Peaks

Trekking Peak

Switzerland, Swiss Alps | Trekking Peak

New for 2017
Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering
Expedition Grade

Suitable for those with strenuous trekking experience in high mountain environments.

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Grade: Expedition Grade ? Expedition Grade
Duration:  5 days from the UK  Activities on: 3 days

Flight inclusive from £1,105,
Land only from £875

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Three action-packed days of expert guided Alpine adventure with glacier skills training, via ferrata and an ascent of a beautiful 4,000m peak.

Highlights

  • An alpine skills training day on a glacier to learn or refresh basic snow and ice skills
  • A day of via ferrata on the Jegihorn with easy scrambling and spectacular wire bridge crossings
  • A night in the Hohsaas mountain hut with its spectacular views of the Monte Rosa range
  • A magical alpine sunrise on an ascent of the classic 4,017m Weissmies

Reviews          

This alpine mountaineering adventure is a great experience for those looking to learn, or refresh, their skills/experience with crampons and ice axes. It's an amazing action-packed short trip, packing in an exciting via ferrata and a climb of a stunning 4,000m peak.
Niki Morgan, Operations Manager

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Based in a welcoming hotel in the picturesque Swiss village of Saas Grund this short, yet action-packed adventure, begins with a skills day set high on the Trift Glacier learning or refreshing crampons and ice-axe skills, moving over glaciated terrain whilst roped up, and finishing with some exciting real crevasse rescue practice. This is followed by a via ferrata ascent of the Jegihorn, combining easy scrambling with wire ladders and spectacular wire bridge crossings.

Acclimatised and with mountaineering skills fully refreshed, we ascend to the impressively located Hohsaas mountain hut from where we make an ascent of the Weissmies, 4,017m/13,179ft. Putting our Alpine skills into action, we set off before first light, cross a glacier and climb steadily to reach the summit where we enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic views.

Led by Kevin O’Neale, a fully qualified and highly experienced British mountain guide, this introductory weekend is suitable for the mountaineering novice or those whose skills are a little rusty. It’s also ideal preparation for taking on a more challenging trekking peak such as Mont Blanc in the Alps, Mera Peak in Nepal or Stok Kangri in Ladakh.


At a glance

Grade: Expedition Grade
Expedition Grade

Duration:  5 days from the UK  Activities on: 3 days

Max. Altitude: 4,017m/13,179ft, Weissmies, Day 3

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Geneva

Accommodation types: Hotel, Mountain Hut

Meal arrangements: Breakfast and dinner included, lunches at own expense.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly to Geneva. Minibus (one transfer timed to coincide with our flights) transfer to Saas Grund. Evening introductory meeting with the group and leader.
2
Ecole du Glace skills training on the Trift Glacier. Overnight Saas Grund.
3
Jegihorn Via Ferrata. Summit the Jegihorn (3,200m), and descend to Hohass hut.
4
A pre-dawn start to ascend the Weissmies (4,017m). Descend to Saas Grund.
5
Minibus transfer to Geneva airport (one transfer timed to coincide with our flights).
Leader: Kevin O’Neale
Kevin O’Neale

Kevin O'Neale qualified as a British Mountain Guide in 1992. It is the highest internationally recognised qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing and ski touring - the coveted IFMGA carnet. It is recognised throughout the mountain world as your guarantee of their professional training and competence in all aspects of mountaineering and client care. Kevin also possesses the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate – M.I.C – the highest UK qualification in Mountaineering. He has been an instructor and mountain guide in the UK since 1978, having worked in North Wales, the Lake District, the Swiss and French Alps, as well as the Highlands of Scotland, and the Indian and Nepal Himalaya since then. He has based himself in Saas Grund and the Swiss Alps from 1994 to the present.



Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - FLY LONDON TO GENEVA
    We can arrange flights to Geneva for you or you can take our land only package and arrange your own flights. On arrival you will be met and taken by minibus to Saas Grund (one transfer, timed to coincide with the bulk of the flight arrivals). At around 7.30pm in the evening there will be an introductory meeting and kit check, at which you will be issued with any technical gear you need - crampons, ice-axe, helmet or harness. We will make sure that your Alpine Mountaineering Insurance is in order and discuss the itinerary for the next few days in the light of the most recent weather forecast.
    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  2. Day 2 - 'Ecole du Glace' skills training on the Trift Glacier.
    At approximately 9.30am you will be met by the guides and after a final check of gear make your way to the main Saas Grund lift station at 1,550 metres, for the lift up to Hohsaas at 3,130 m/10,264ft where we gear up for the Trift glacier and a session of what the French call 'Ecole de Glace' - learning or refreshing skills in the use of crampons & ice-axe, movement on snow & ice whilst roped, assessing for crevasse areas & coping with crossing crevasse zones, some simple crevasse rescue. We finish with a spot of real crevasse rescue practice - all on a second back up safety rope but involving taking it in turns being lowered into a crevasse (cameras on a leash advised!) then being hoisted out again. Or you can try climbing out using two ice-axes - not compulsory though! All the while we are gaining acclimatisation at over 3,000 metres in a stunning Alpine setting.

    After this first day on a glacier we descend back to the hotel in the valley to rehydrate on the sun terrace and enjoy a good night's sleep at a lower altitude.
    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  3. Day 3 - Jegihorn Via Ferrata
    The following morning we meet again and take the long lift from the village up to Hohsaas 3,200m. After leaving kit we do not need at the Hohsaas hut, just 100m across from the lift, we can set off for the Jegihorn Via Ferrata nearby. All the kit needed for the via ferrata is provided, for a thrilling day with great views all around. The route follows a safety wire for about 600m of easy scrambling, including a spectacular wire bridge crossing a deep gap, all the while safeguarded by two lanyards attached to the safety wire. Full instruction will be given in the use of the lanyards. After topping out on the Jegihorn 3,200m, we walk down on the walkers' track around the back of the peak then take the lift back up to the Hohsaas hut and spend the night there, enjoying one of their famous three course meals with a view.
    Overnight iconOvernight: Hohsaas Hut
  4. Day 4 - Ascent of Weissmies, 4,017m/13,179ft.
    The final day sees the biggest effort - that of getting up at 4am! Then after a good breakfast we meet outside in the dark, and with headtorches on set off for the ascent of the Weissmies, a classic 4000 metre Alpine snow peak involving crossing a glacier and weaving our way through some spectacular serac and glacier scenery. All the skills we have learnt on the first day now come into play. We put on crampons, and with an ice-axe in hand and roped together, we can take our time as the hut and starting point is so close to the mountain.

    Experiencing an Alpine sunrise is something that will long be remembered, especially on this day as the sun comes over the Mischabel range across the valley, including the mighty Dom, the highest mountain wholly in Switzerland, and a view to fire the ambition of any budding Alpine mountaineer.

    We get to the summit of the Weissmies by mid morning after an unrushed ascent with plenty of time to take photographs, time to drink to keep hydrated and eat to keep energy levels topped up. From the top of the Weissmies, weather permitting, we see glorious views of the Pennine Alps, from the Bernese Oberland in the far North, to the Bernina in the East, and to the West two of the Alpine giants, Monte Rosa and the Dom. After a team photograph we descend the same way, getting back to the Hohsaas hut for lunch on the terrace. We descend back to the valley on the long lift returning back to the hotel for a celebratory beer after an action packed three days.

    Today's ascent from the Hohsaas hut to the Weissmies summit will be 887m/2,910 ft.
    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  5. Day 5 - Departure day.
    After breakfast, a minibus transfer will be arranged to take you from Saas Grund back to the airport in Geneva for your flight home. This will be a single transfer timed to coincide with te main group's departure.

2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Thu 24 Aug - Mon 28 Aug 2017Available£875 Book£1105 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Wed 13 Jun - Sun 17 Jun 2018Available£875 BookContact us
Thu 23 Aug - Mon 27 Aug 2018Available£875 BookContact us

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What’s included

  • Qualified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guide ratio of up to 4:1
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • Transfer from Geneva airport to Saas Grund and return by minibus (single transfer timed to coincide with the main group's arrival/departure)
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at Schönblick on a half board basis
  • Accommodation in Hohsaas Hut on Day 3 with breakfast and evening meals included
  • Hire of equipment (climbing harness, crampons, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • Lift passes in the Saas Grund Valley
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

What’s not included

  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountaineering boots - these can be hired locally for approximately £35


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Comprehensive introduction to mountaineering          

This alpine mountaineering adventure is a great experience for those looking to learn, or refresh, their skills/experience with crampons and ice axes. It's an amazing action-packed short trip, packing in an exciting Via Ferrata and a climb of a stunning 4,000m peak.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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