Length of Course -
with five days of guiding, meeting
on the Sunday evening. A typical week would look like
Tuesday - An ascent of the Weissmies, at just over 4000 metres, an achievable summit, as it is so accessible from the hut. The route goes through some interesting glacier scenery, weaving through some spectacular seracs, with magnificent views across the Saas valley to the Mischabel range - from Monte Rosa, past the Strahlhorn & Rimpfischorn, to the Allalinhorn, Alphubel, Taschhorn & the Dom & Nadelhorn. Starting from the hut at 5am. the summit is reached by 10am. descending to the hut by 1pm, then catching the lift down to the valley during the afternoon.
Wednesday - an ascent of the Via Ferrata on the Jegihorn, reached by a lift from the village to Chrixbode. Following a fixed wire from the bottom of the scramble to the top of the Jegihorn, at 3206 metres. Wearing a harness & helmet, each person scrambles at his or her own pace, protected all the time by two sling's attached to the wire. Great fun.
Thursday - a short lift from Saas Fee up to Plattjen (2570 metres). then a scenic walk in the afternoon to the Brittania Hut (3030 metres). Overnight in the hut.
Friday - an ascent of the Allalinhorn 4027 metres, by the Hohlaubgrat. This route takes a scenic snow arÍte, with a three - pitch rock - scramble to finish near the summit of the Allalinhorn. Descent via the Feechopf back to Saas Fee.
The programme outlined above is just an example, there are many other mountains in the region that we might choose.
The cost - For the five days of guiding,
including your valley Half Board accommodation
& 'half-board' hut accommodation. The
cost would be £1150 per person.
Guiding Ratios for the Alpine Introduction course is up to 4:1
Half Board accommodation at the Hotel Schoenblick Saas Grund & 'half-board' hut accommodation.
Equipment - we will provide crampons, ice-axe, harness & helmet if you do not have these, or would prefer to use ours.
Transport - We would provide all valley transport. If you are flying easyJet into Geneva, the rail station is part of the airport terminal building, and it is a straightforward two and a half hour train journey to Visp.
Dates - contact us for dates. The course usually runs from the Sunday evening meeting, to finish on Friday evening. We are able to take bookings from the first week of May, until the end of September.