Rob Johnson
Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)
& International Mountain Leader
Photo: Sunset over Chamonix

Alpine Skills Courses & Trekking/Snowshoe Holidays

The European Alps offer some of the most dramatic mountains to be found anywhere in the world. Our range of skills courses are designed to help you enjoy them as a walker in summer or winter. There is no climbing involved, no glaciers, no ropes, no crampons or ice axes just wonderful scenery, beautiful Alpine villages and of course (most of the time!) blue skies and sunshine!

If you are a hill walker in the UK and would like to progress onto trekking in the Alps under your own steam in summer then our five day Swiss 3000's course will teach you everything you need to know over the course of a week based in Switzerland. You will also enjoy a couple of nights in Alpine huts, climb several 3000m peaks and enjoy stunning views across the Alps.

If you fancy widening your skills to allow you to travel the Alpine mountains in winter then our weekend or 5 day Alpine snowshoe course will introduce you to snow shoes and the world that they can open up for you. The course also spends plenty of time looking at avalanche avoidance and the use of transceivers and the 5 day course allows you to experience the magic of a high mountain hut in winter.

Our trekking holidays allow you to be guided on classic Alpine trekking routes where we do the organising and provide the leadership whilst you enjoy the scenery.


Walkers Haute Route: A 1 week trek across the Swiss Alps from the small village of Arolla to the foot of the Matterhorn at Zermatt and crossing several high mountain passes.

Tour du Mont Blanc: A 1 week trek around Mont Blanc through 3 countries staying in mountain huts & hotels.

Swiss 3000m Week: A one week trip climbing 3000m summits in the Swiss Alps and giving you the skills to plan your own trips and climbs in the future.

Weekend Snowshoe Course in the Alps: A weekend snowshoe course based in Chamonix giving an introduction to the pleasure of snowshoeing in the Alps in winter.

Swiss Alps Snowshoe: A 1 week snow shoe trip in the Swiss Alps including a wonderful overnight trip to the St Bernard Monastry and skills training to allow you to plan your own trips.

Norway Snowshoe Trip: A 1 week snow shoe expedition across Europes largest mountain plateau staying in huts and a night in a snow hole and accompanied by a team of Huskies.

Climb Toubkal: A 1 week trip to climb the highest mountain in Morocco at 4167m, a non technical trekking peak that requires no climbing skills but offers a real adventure in a weeks holiday.

Everest Base Camp: A three week trekking expediton to Everest Base Camp (5350m) in Nepal taking in the summit of Kala Patar for sunrise photos of Everest itself.

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