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  • Qualified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guide ratio of up to 4:1
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at...

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering Trekking Peaks

Trekking Peak

Geneva, Switzerland, Swiss Alps | Trekking Peaks

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering
  • Grade:
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      Expedition Grade

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

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    Expedition Grade

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

Flight inclusive from £1135, Land only from £995

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 giof the Mischabel 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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Had 5 days private guiding learning Alpine mountaineering skills as first trip to the Alps. Great location. Hotel very friendly and accommodating, with good food. Guides extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Gained enough confidence and knowledge to plan our own trips in the future.

Ian, Surrey

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Had 5 days private guiding learning Alpine mountaineering skills as first trip to the Alps. Great location. Hotel very friendly and accommodating, with good food. Guides extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Gained enough confidence and knowledge to plan our own trips in the future.

Ian

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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

Next

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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 practise. 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 Monte Rosa in Switzerland or Mera Peak in Nepal.


At a glance

Grade:

Expedition Grade

Duration: 5 days from the UK

Activities on: 3 days

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

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Geneva

Accommodation types: Hotel, Mountain hut

Meal arrangements: Breakfast and dinner included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5. (4 x breakfasts, 4 x dinners). Lunches at own expense.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1 Fly to Geneva. Minibus (one transfer timed to coincide with our flight) 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 group flight).

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Geneva. Group transfer to hotel. Evening guide briefing.

On arrival at Geneva airport you will be met and taken by minibus to Saas Grund. There is a single group transfer provided which is 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. Your guide 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 icon Overnight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund

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 you 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. You 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 you are gaining acclimatisation at over 3,000 metres in a stunning Alpine setting.

After this first day on a glacier you 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 icon Overnight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund

Day 3 - Jegihorn Via Ferrata

This morning you take the long lift from the village up to Hohsaas 3,200m. After leaving kit you do not need at the Hohsaas hut, just 100m across from the lift, you 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, you 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 icon Overnight: Hohsaas Hut

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 you head outside in the dark, and with headtorches on, set off for the ascent of the Weissmies, a classic 4,000 metre alpine snow peak involving crossing a glacier and weaving your way through some spectacular serac and glacier scenery. All the skills you have learnt on the first day now come into play. You put on crampons, and with an ice-axe in hand and roped together, you take your 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.

You 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, you 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 you descend the same way, getting back to the Hohsaas hut for lunch on the terrace. You then 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 icon Overnight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund

Day 5 - Group transfer to airport. Fly to London.

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 the main group's departure.

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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).
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and 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
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • 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


Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Excellent experience - Alpine Mountaineering          

Had 5 days private guiding learning Alpine mountaineering skills as first trip to the Alps. Great location. Hotel very friendly and accommodating, with good food. Guides extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Gained enough confidence and knowledge to plan our own trips in the future.

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.


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