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Guided mountaineering trips on some of the famous Alpine big peaks with IFMGA certified guides.
We run guided mountaineering trips in the Alps from spring to Autumn, climbing some of the world famous big peaks such as the Matterhorn, Eiger and Mont Blanc by it's lesser known routes.
All of our guides are IFMGA certified, and the summer guiding programme is managed by IFMGA British Mountain Guide Ben Bradford. Our summer base is in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc although we run trips throughout Switzerland and Italy as well. We offer bespoke trips, with individuals and groups.
Choosing your "Big peak"
Climb the highest summits in western Europe with one of our experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides...
Our definition of a "Big peak" doesn't just mean high altitude. In fact many of the peaks and routes in our example list below are well under the 4000m mark but instead will feature technical climbing, are often long and sustained and possibly a tricky descent.
This is a broad category though, and if you've climbed in the alps before you will have an appreciation of what a "Big Peak" might look like to you.
I've used Vertical Frontiers a number of times now for skiing and alpine climbing. Ben and all the guides he works with work hard to deliver the best experiences; balancing achieving goals, some adventure whilst respecting the weather and conditions. Epic Mont Blanc summit from the Italian side in July, superb. Bens bants are half decent too…
- Niall C - Mont Blanc 2016
Climb the Alpine 4000m peaks with us
Climb the Alpine 4000m peaks with one of our experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides...
The UIAA lists 82 summits over 4000m in the alps. This is a superb range of peaks from easy snow walks like the Briethorn through to technical and remote summits. Ticking off any 4000m peaks is an adventure, and over the years we have guided many clients to these summits throughout the alps.
All of the 4000m peaks demand a good level of fitness, and others a high standard of technical skill. If you've climbed some 4000m peaks already and fell like "ticking a few more off" then contact us for some ideas.
Our route index contains a few 4000m peaks;
How experienced do I need to be to climb....
The committing nature of many of these routes (usually) requires you to have some good alpine experience before attempting a climb. Every climb is different, and so it will depend on your technical skill, experience and current fitness levels.
Each climb in our route index will give you an idea of the experience required, and the technical and physical difficulties of the route.
All of our climbs start with an acclimatisation phase where we climb some good routes in preparation for the Big Peak. So we will be able to guide you as to whether you are ready for the mountain. Sometimes objectives will need to be altered to ensure the safety of the whole team (guide included).
That is why we would never take a two day booking for the Matterhorn for instance. We want to climb with you first and give you the best chance of reaching the summit with a good margin of safety.
Ben and his Vertical Frontiers guides have taken me from a summit-less newbie to accomplishing the Matterhorn. Over three summers he has shown me some beautifully quite and tucked away summits in L'Eveque and Pigne d'Arolla, guided me to the summit of Mont Blanc despite unplanned disruptions to our plans and most recently four 4,000+ summits over five days, culminating with the Matterhorn. Ben is highly dependable, conscious of your skill level and capable of planning expeditions that pushes you just enough to challenge and develop your capabilities. I cannot recommend him more highly and count down the days to getting out on another expedition with Vertical Frontiers.
- Rob K - Matterhorn 2016
Choose your big peak....
Our Big Peaks trips are mostly run on a private guiding basis as the guiding ratio's are typically small, 1:2 or 1:1. So you should contact us with your goals and preferred dates so that we can put together a programme and quote for you.
You will find lots of information on our popular Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and Domes du Miage pages. Below is our route index with photos and information on various routes. This is a snap shot of what is possible, so do contact us with your specific ambitions.
Choosing when to climb your "Big peak"
We will guide you as to the best season or time for your trip. Generally the summer mountaineering season starts in May and can last right through October. The classic season is late June to mid September. For more information on autumn mountaineering have a look here.
Within the descriptions on the route index, you will suggested times for the specific route. Some snow routes are more reliable early season, rocky ones are normally best left until mid season.
Alpine preparation courses..
At Vertical Frontiers we also run alpine preparation courses for climbers heading to Europe for some summer mountaineering. These are suitable for a wide range of ambitions, such as Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn etc. Please contact us if you have any questions.