North Faces of the Alps guided 4-day training program

Would you like to attempt a big climb on the Alps? Join Enrico, IFMGA-certified mountain guide and expert climber on the great North Faces of the Alps, on this 4-day training program to assess your competence on a variety of terrains prior to your big goal.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Not specified



    The North Faces of Eiger, Grandes Jorasses and Matterhorn —known as ‘the Trilogy’— are a series of challenging and mythical ascents in the Alps. If your goal is to climb any of them, this 4-day training clinic is mandatory.

    The main objective of this training is to assess your competence in a variety of terrains and decide if you are prepared for a big climb or not. The fact that you take the clinic doesn’t necessarily imply a commitment from my side to go for the North Faces.

    For me, a big climb is like a small life trip. Both client and guide form a team and we put our lives in the hands of each other. So it’s very important to know who is attached to the other end of the rope. Climbing is about team work. That’s why having a good relationship and communication with your rope partner is essential to feel safe. Bonding with the team is crucial so that both climbers can work efficiently and safely during the climb, and understand each other with no words.

    As a leader, I consider extremely important to know how my client will behave or potentially react to any problems or tough situations that may occur.

    The ‘Trilogy’ is a group of very committing faces and you need to be very well prepared. This 4-day training clinic will challenge you on various terrains and improve your technical and physical skills. Besides, it will work as an acclimatization. We will start with specific training and tests, and then eventually tackle a longer route such as Supercouloir, Aiguille Verte, Grand Capoucin or Petites Jorasses W face, depending on the nature of the final goal.

    It would be great to engage this trip right before the big climb. However, the conditions of the North faces are not easy to predict in advance.

    The best months to join this training are between March and November, depending on your goal.

    Are you interested in this 4-day training program to prepare for climbing one of the big north faces of the Alps? Send me a request so we can talk about your goals and start planning this trip. 

    If you successfully complete this training, you can start planning a climb to a great north face like Grandes Jorasses, Matterhorn and Eiger. In case you’d like to know more about these extreme climbs, read this article.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1450 EUR

    Group of 2
    800 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). The price does NOT include lodging, meals, and/or transportation for both clients and the guide. We can provide lodging at B&B Maison de la montagne ( when based down the valley.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required



    About the Guide


    My biggest satisfaction is to explore new places, and share it with a rope-mate. And to do it as a professional is the realization of a dream. At the age of 15, I knew I wanted to become a mountain guide, I wanted to live in the mountains, teach and share my new passion. In 2006 I realized my dream and I became a professional mountain guide. I like sharing my knowledge and experience with my clients, taking a journey that transforms slowly the guide-client relationship in climbing partner and often in friendship. I am not and never will be a lone climber but "a company" 'explorer. My specialty lies certainly in climbing on ice and mixed in the high mountains. With my clients I climbed the most difficult faces in the Alps, explored mountain ranges, traveled between America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.



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    What People are Saying


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    Erling Fasting
    I can absolutely recommend Enrico to any other clients. Very professional, competent, safe and pleasant mountain-guide.
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    Getting in contact through with Enrico Bonino, mountain guide, was really a snap. Some time later I got in contact over phone/mail with Enrico. Finally we found a time window in February to go ice climbing for 2 days in Chamonix. 850 km and a night later I found myself on the Italian side of the Mt Blanc in Courmayeur. Enrico took us to the traverse of the Aiguilles d\'Entrèves. Not very difficult but perfect to acquaint myself again with granite and mixed climbing after a lapse of ... +20 years. The weather was brilliant, blue skies, sun all over and the scenery was +++, pure enjoyment ! The next day the weather was grey and some snow was forecasted. So Enrico took me to Cogne where we climbed the 7 lengths of Ghost Goully. Not a pure icefall, it has some mixed, more mountain-like, character. After hiking back to the village Enrico took me to his favourite pub where we had a tasty piece of pizza and pastry. A Short trip but just what I needed to get some feeling climbing with crampons and ice axes again. This is definitely asking for more and I\'m looking forward to the next trip ! Thank you Enrico, Bruno
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    Bruno Jacobs

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