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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).
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at Schönblick on a half board basis
  • Accommodation in Hohsaas Hut on Day 3 with breakfast and...

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 £1205, 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
  • Led by a fully qualified alpine mountain guide

Reviews          

I had a great experience with our guide and always felt safe and well looked after. I met lots of like minded travellers and had an exciting trip.

Mr L, West Yorkshire

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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.

Ian, Surrey

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I think that the main thing that made this trip special was the client group dynamics. A range of ages and experience but we all got along great. This was obvious by the post days climbing beer we enjoyed and the banter and laughter we shared as a group. The itinerary changed due to avalanche threat at the trail head of Weissmies, but although we climbed Barrhorn at 3,610 mtrs, some 300 mtrs or...

Rob Lambert

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A great short trip that met all my hopes and expectations despite a change of itinerary.

Mr G, London

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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

A great short trip that met all my hopes and expectations despite a change of itinerary.

Mr G

Next

The Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering is set in an ideal Swiss valley with picturesque scenery. Kevin was certainly very familiar and well experienced with the area. Polly, an experienced guide herself added in a positive and fun flair to the learning experience.

Mike A

Next

I think that the main thing that made this trip special was the client group dynamics. A range of ages and experience but we all got along great. This was obvious by the post days climbing beer we enjoyed and the banter and laughter we shared as a group. The itinerary changed due to avalanche threat at the trail head of Weissmies, but although we climbed Barrhorn at 3,610 mtrs, some 300 mtrs or...

Rob Lambert

Next

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

Next

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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This Alpine adventure is perfect for those who want a short but action-packed mountaineering break in the beautiful Swiss Valais Alps, with a 4,000 metre peak as the ultimate objective.

You will make your own way to Saas Grund, a quiet village in Switzerland surrounded by spectacular 4,000m peaks. We will provide you with clear, conciese instructions on how to use the public transport system, it’s dead easy! Here you will spend three nights in a small, friendly hotel with great views.

The first day is spent 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. You may also practice jumaring and abseiling. This is followed by a via ferrata ascent of the Jegihorn. Via ferrata literally means 'iron way' in Italian and is an exposed mountain route which offers protection you can either hold or clip into. The Jegihorn Via Ferrata combines easy scrambling with wire ladders and spectacular wire bridge crossings. Finally, with mountaineering skills refreshed, you are ready to make a safe ascent of the Weissmies 4,017m (or the Allalinhorn 4,027m). You will spend one night in the impressive Hohsaas mountain hut before making this ascent, which is a great experience in itself. Setting off well before dawn, you cross a glacier and ascend steadily using all your new Alpine skills. On a clear day the views from the top of the Weissmies are breath-taking, and once you are back down in the valley bottom you can really celebrate your achievement – and plan your next Alpine adventure!

The introductory weekend is led by a fully qualified mountain guide with decades of experience, and has a client to guide ratio of 4:1. It 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 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 (or Zurich). Public transport - train and bus - to Saas Grund (your own arrangements). 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 Public transport back to the airport (your own arrangements).
Leader: Fully qualified IFMGA Alpine Guide

Your trip will be led by a qualified Mountain Guide. 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. If your trip is a large party, then an aspirant mountain guide may also assist.

Our main guide and co-ordinator is Stuart Macdonald. He is a British IFMGA Mountain Guide, who qualified in 2008. He has guided and climbed around the world, on every continent, including summiting Everest and climbing the six classic North Faces of the Alps. His most memorable trip was a climbing and sailing trip to South Georgia in the Antarctic where he made the first ascent of Mont Roots. Stuart lives full-time in the Chamonix Valley in France.

Stuart will be the co-ordinator for the trip on the ground. He may also be leading your group, or another qualified mountain guide, appointed by Stuart, will lead the trip.

Fully qualified IFMGA Alpine Guide

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London To Geneva (Or Zurich)

On arrival you will need to make your own way to Saas Grund, and we recommend you do this by public transport which is very efficient and straightforward in Switzerland.

We recommend either flying to Geneva or Zurich (Zurich is 15-20 minutes closer to Saas by public transport). It’s a train from either airport to Visp and then bus from Visp to Saas Grund Post where you change. To finish there’s a 4 minute bus from Saas Grund Post to Saas Grund-Unter den Bodmen. Taking public transport is by far the cheapest and most environmentally sound way of travelling to Saas Grund.

At around 7.30pm in the evening there will be an introductory meeting and kit check. You can hire any gear that you do not have from our agent and this is included in the price (with the exception of boots where you would need to hire these at a cost of around £35). 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. There should also be time to practice jumaring and abseiling.

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 - Take public transport to airport. Fly to London.

After breakfast, you will make your own arrangements to travel back to the airport. Again, bus and train is the best way to travel to either Geneva or Zurich.

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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).
  • 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 ice axe, crampons, helmet, lanyards, jumars etc.
  • 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

  • Transfer to/from Geneva or Zurich airport to Saas Grund (we recommend public transport)
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Boot hire (these can be hired from a local shop at a cost of around £35)


Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 5 reviews)

A great short trip          

A great short trip that met all my hopes and expectations despite a change of itinerary.

Intro to Alpine Mountaineering          

The Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering is set in an ideal Swiss valley with picturesque scenery. Kevin was certainly very familiar and well experienced with the area. Polly, an experienced guide herself added in a positive and fun flair to the learning experience.

A great experience          

I think that the main thing that made this trip special was the client group dynamics. A range of ages and experience but we all got along great. This was obvious by the post days climbing beer we enjoyed and the banter and laughter we shared as a group. The itinerary changed due to avalanche threat at the trail head of Weissmies, but although we climbed Barrhorn at 3,610 mtrs, some 300 mtrs or so less in altitude, it was a tougher climb due to the varying terrain. It was a great experience.

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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