Safety is a very important issue when you go to the mountains, skiing or mountaineering. People are looking for fun, adventure, beautiful landscapes, silence… in the mountains. Like in all situations in life also in mountaineering there is a certain residual risk left.
Mountain guides and leaders are experts trained to limit this risk. Their very demanding training is focused on safety. Additionally to this, they have a long experience which helps taking the right decisions in difficult situations.
Hiring a mountain guide or leader doesn’t just mean that you are getting someone to show you the way. It is also a unique opportunity to get to know an expert who can help you realize your desires, inspire new ideas and adventures far from your daily life. And they also have a basic education in geology, fauna and flora and know the mountains and their history, so with them, a mountain trip becomes a global experience.
And besides all the security and technical expertise that a guide can give, they also make a great difference from a human point of view. They usually have plenty of fantastic stories and anecdotes they love to share, and that will really enrich your experience. If you ever met a mountain guide, you must know for sure what we are talking about!
Apart from all these, a guide can also help you a lot in the organisation of logistics (booking transportation, mountain huts, buying food, renting gears…), and since he knows the terrain he can introduce you to local people and help you discover the real culture of the country you are visiting.
Explore & Share is the source for the best mountain guides in the world. We carefully select the most exceptional guides and leaders, so that your trip is unique in every possible way. Contact our guides directly from our site and start your next travel adventure now.
Which mountain guides and leaders to hire?
We highly recommend you to hire an IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV mountain guide, or a UIMLA mountain leader when you go to the mountains.
The IFMGA is an international association of mountain guides from all around the world. It represents all the national mountain guides associations which are qualified and apply the IFMGA guidelines. Find more information, and the national associations that are members of the IFMGA here.
The UIMLA is the international association of mountain leaders. This qualification lets the holder lead groups in different mountains all over the world, where the skills of alpinism are not required. IMLs can not provide tours on glaciers and permanent snow, and where the planned use of a rope is necessary. However IMLs can work with groups on high altitude treks as well as lead groups on snow shoes. Find more information here.