IFMGA-certified guide Tal invites you to join him on a week-long expedition that will see you climb and ascend some of the best summits in Europe, in the mountaineering adventure-land of The Saas Valley in Switzerland, where an abundance of 4000m plus peaks will satisfy the most fervent climber!
Jul - Sep
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If you join me on my guided expedition of the climbing wonderland that is the Saas Valley, I guarantee you will create unforgettable memories as we tackle 4000m ascent after 4000m ascent, all in 7 action-packed, fun-filled days in this gorgeous part of Switzerland.
Switzerland has the most amount of 4000m plus peaks in the Alps, and close by to the Saas Valley lie some of the most popular of these towering, grand and majestic mountains, such as Breithorn, Straalhorn, and Castor.
The surrounding area is like something from a postcard, with the words idyllic and tranquil the first that spring to mind when surveying this delightful alpine countryside.
After meeting on the first day in Chamonix/Argentiere for a safety briefing and gear check, we depart on the second day to a spellbinding glacier located underneath the Allalinhorn, where a training session of your crampons and glacier travel technique will be held. We then ascend the first 4000m high peak of the week, mighty Allalinhorn, before resting for the night in a cosy mountain hut or valley hotel.
The subsequent 4 days are exclusively dedicated to scaling more enormous 4000m peaks, with the goal being to reach the summit of at least one per day, whilst not forgetting to take advantage of and appreciate the fantastic scenery! The feeling of satisfaction and reward at the end of each day will be immense.
The final day entails a descent back down to the valley, where we drive back to Chamonix to conclude the week, having experienced thrills and adrenaline like no other!
Climbing and mountaineering to your hearts content in Switzerland is what dreams are made of – book now to live them!
For those who seek even more mountaineering adventures, I offer an “Alpine Semester” 12-day mountaineering course in the Austrian Alps, here!
I also offer alpine ice climbing in Chamonix for 6 days, here!
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Mountain guide expenses
- Mountaineering boots
- Ice axe
- Belay and rappel devices
- Trekking poles
Group prices are for min/max 2 people and include:
- 6 days in the mountains.
- Planning and guiding by an IFMGA/UIAGM qualified guide/Aspirant.
- Transportation throughout the activity
- Guides expenses
- Climbing gear (ice axes, ropes, harnesses, helmets etc.)
- Guiding in a in a max 1:2 ratio
Price does not include:
- Flights and insurances
- Cable cars (twice through the week, up to 60 € per day)
- Mountaineering boots (rental)
- Overnights in mountain huts and hotels in the valley (1/2 pension estimated 70 € a night)
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
Meeting at 17:00 in Chamonix/Argentiere- the exact hotel’s address will be sent to you before the activity – for a briefing and a gear check.
A very early start and 2.5 hours drive to Saas Fee in Wallis; with the “Glacier-Express” lift, we ascend the glacier underneath the Allalinhorn, where we practice our cramponing and glacier travel technique while ascending the Allalinhorn (4,020 m) via its normal way. Depending on conditions, we might spend the first night in Wallis in the Britania hut or in a hotel in the valley.
Depending on weather and conditions we will spend each day ascending to a different summit. On some of the days, especially if our goal is the Weismiss or the Alphubel, we will start the day using the lift from Saas-Grund or Saas-Fee. If our goal will be the Straalhorn or the Rimpfischorn we will start the day from a hut.
We plan to be in the valley the latest at 16:00 and drive back to Chamonix where we will return the gear and conclude the activity.
The mentioned timetable is exemplary and may vary due to conditions, ability of the participants, safety & weather limitations.
What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?
This is a very physically demanding activity, so a very good level of physical fitness is required.
Previous experience in trekking or hill walking and scrambling requires sure-footedness, and adaptation to exposure is essential.
No previous experience in snow/ice or rock is required.
How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?
It is advisable to train as early as you can in order to maintain a constant basic fitness level. Walk! The best training for mountaineering is not at the fitness studio but outside, walking in nature (trekking) with light to medium weight. Mountaineering days are long, reaching a level of 6 hours of constant physical activity.
Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?
No, the technical gear is provided by us.
Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?
No, in the Alps we use fare, which means you pack it in and you pack it out.
How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?
Based on hotels (in the valley) and huts (in the mountains) both times are with half board.
What happens in the event of bad weather?
We will come ASAP with an alternative.
Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?
What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?
What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?
Summer months: From July to September.
Can I join a group?
Yes, you can and should!
I am in the mountains all year-round, either guiding a trip or exploring on my own. Mountain guiding is not only my profession and passion but also my inner calling. I am a qualified IFMGA mountain and ski guide.
In 2012, I established my mountaineering school "Mountains" with the motto: Quality guiding on snow, rock and ice. You can count on a low client to guide ratio, reliable gear and high quality programs led by our talented team of guides. We are not adrenaline junkies - we put safety first and strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' needs.
We take great pride in having more than 30% returning clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our "Mountains" family during your next rock, snow or ice adventure!
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Great trip that I'll remember forever, Tal did a great job of managing the logistics of a puzzle with many moving pieces! Both leading guides Jeff and Andi were first class and made the trip. Overall, top notch I would be happy to recommend!
There were several hiccoughs with Explore-share dates in the beginning. But, they got resolved quickly with responsive staff. It was a bit confusing at first because different guides would accept the offer and then fall away. So the early process through ES was a bit confusing. With multiple different emails and multiple different proposed guides that seemed to disappear as quickly as they popped up. This is why ES is rated 4 stars. ES is a good idea but just needs to fine tuned. ES offers a great way to get access to guides when you have few contacts. I think it is a good idea and has a future. The staff were fabulous though at reassuring and updating me. Once the booking was confirmed with Tal Niv we had very good communication over a period of a few months. Tal was organised and in touch frequently. There was a mis-communication in the trip dates (human error) but Tal quickly resolved it and managed to secure us Julian Resch who did an excellent job guiding us on an acclimatisation hike up the east ridge of Weissmies. Julian was easy comfortable company and was very professional. He was patient, encouraging and kind. I would recommend Tal and Julian for anyone seeking an adventure. Good luck ES - we will use you again in the future.
An awesome adventure provided by Tal's company. All requirements were met and schedule was adjusted for the changing weather conditions. It was one of the best guided tours I've experienced so far!
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