Valais Mountaineering

Switzerland

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” Reinhold Messner

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” Reinhold Messner

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Valais mountaineering

Valais mountaineering is varied with Switzerland offering more than sixty peaks above 4000m in altitude. This is more than any other country in the Alps and there are many hundreds more not much lower. As a sure-footed intermediate alpinist, a good half of the routes to these summits are accessible climbs. These climbs involve snow, rock and ice.

In this week we do a mix of snow, ridge and rock climbing. It’s the perfect opportunity to work on your all-round mountain skills.

We are based in the Val de Bagnes for this week.

The trip is always adapted to the group’s capabilities, the week starts fairly easily and builds in intensity.

You can expect to spend at least 3 nights in mountain huts.

Some examples of routes we often do in our Valais Mountaineering trips:

Sample Itinerary

Arrive at the chalet and meet the guide. Get information about the first day in the mountains. Enjoy the first evening in the mountains.

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The rooms in the Valley accommodation: Val de bagnes

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The chalet of the Valley accommodation: Val de bagnes

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Mountain hut: Cabane d’Orny

Practical details

  • Price

    € 2700 per person (Minimum 2 participants to run the trip)

    Pricing Details

  • Number of people in a group

    3 Clients per guide for first 3 days

    2 Clients per guide for second 3 days

  • When

    June to October

    Sunday to Friday

    6 Days Guiding

  • Included

    Guiding

    Accommodation 7 nights

    Breakfast and dinner

    In- Valley Transport

    All guide accommodation (including huts) and transport

    Cable cars & guide cable car costs

    Group climbing equipment, ropes etc.

    Crampons, axe, helmet, harness if needed

  • Not Included

    Transportation to Alps

    Lunches & drinks

    Personal mountain clothing, boots etc.

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FAQ

We will mail you an equipment list on booking. Ask us if you have any specific questions.

Are these activities risky?

Studies done by the Swiss on annual risk of death in mountain sports compared to annual risk of death in road transport in Switzerland came up with the following conclusions:

  • High Mountain Sports ≈ 2 × the risk of death in road transport
  • Rock Climbing ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Ski Touring ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Mountain Hiking ≈ 5 × less risk of death compared to road transport

(Extract from ‘Sports de montagne d’hiver’ © 2005 Edition du CAS) 

A professionally qualified Mountain Guide will try to keep the risks down to what our guides associations consider to be socially acceptable risk levels. We carefully consider the conditions, terrain, group capabilities and aptitudes. We work to reduce the consequences of an accident (e.g. Avalanche transceivers) and build redundancy into our systems (e.g. 2 points on a rock climbing belay)

However, this does not eliminate the risk! Like driving your car, there are residual risks even if your car is serviced, you drive within the laws and take due care, you can still have a mortal accident.

The mountains are not a controlled environment, there are objective dangers. i.e. Seracs, Avalanches, Rock Fall and more.

Responsibility

Anyone considering participation in these activities must understand that these are adventure sports with real risks.  You must take responsibility for your own participation.

Generally it is possible to still have a good day in the mountains when the weather is bad or conditions aren’t optimal.

Skiing in average snow conditions is part of high mountain skiing and often we learn a lot in average snow conditions. We don’t cancel or refund due to snow conditions.

Climbing and Mountaineering courses will always run regardless of the weather or conditions. We will do our best to find appropriate routes for the conditions. We can train skills, do a hut approach, or occasionally indoor climbing if the weather is very bad.

We can’t offer a refund due to injured participants. We recommend a good travel insurance that covers such eventualities.

If you felt a guide went out of their way and gave you a great experience, a tip is much appreciated. Guides don’t expect tips and understand that it’s easier for some guests to offer a tip than for others.

It’s good to keep track of where you are on the mountain. Ask the guide questions so as to take an active role in the team and understand where you’re going.

In case of an accident of any kind always think about keeping yourself safe first and then take your time to consider secondary action.

Call: 112 in Europe

Tell the rescuers where you are, what happened, how many victims there are, what the weather is like there. They will generally guide the questioning. Keep calm and speak in short clear sentences.

Often the guide will carry a radio for rescue.

If you have a victim remember: Airway, Breathing, Recovery Position

Then very important: the COLD will put an injured person into a hypothermic state very quickly. Protect them from the elements.

Private Mountain Guiding

Make your own adventure in the Alps

  • As many days as you like

    Let us know how many days you have and what you’d like to do in the mountains and we’ll build a program together.

  • As hard or as easy as you like

    We can arrange everything from short hikes to climbing some of the toughest routes in Europe to skiing the best descents.

  • From €400 per day + expenses

    Price depends on activity, route and number of participants. Contact us to customise your trip.

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