The pristine summits of Monte Rosa

Monte Rosa Course & Ascents

Begin your mountaineering career in the heart of the Swiss Alps by scaling several peaks in the Monte Rosa region, or simply come here to partake in some enjoyable climbing where you can extend yourself to whatever level of difficulty you enjoy.

The views are stupendous, from the Matterhorn to the elegant North Face of Lyskamm and the knuckled mass of the Dufourspitze. 

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 6 days
Elevation 4,634M / 15,203FT
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Climb up to ten peaks in the stunning Monte Rosa region - Paolo Pieroni

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Cristo della Vetta, Balmenhorn, Monte Rosa - Paolo Pieroni

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Breithorn West, Monte Rosa in the background - Paolo Pieroni

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Zumsteinspitze summit - Bruce Mackintosh

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Descending Castor with Lyskam ahead - Olivier Baron

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The summit of Signalkuppe - Paolo Pieroni

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Climbing Pollux - Paolo Pieroni

From June to September
Departs from Zermatt, Switzerland or Chamonix, France
RATIOS 7 DAYS
1:1 ex Zermatt €5,200 EUR
1:2 ex Zermatt €3,150 EUR
1:1 ex Chamonix €4,550 EUR
1:2 ex Chamonix €2,700 EUR
  • Overview

    • Climb ten pristine summits from alpine huts in the Swiss Alps
    • Learn skills or simply enjoy the climbing
    • Departures from Zermatt, Switzerland or Chamonix, France


    This is one of the finest alpine outings in the Alps with a range of difficulties to suit every level. If this is your first time climbing, you can start with introductory lessons on the easier peaks, then move on to more challenging ascents.

    Experienced climbers can immediately lock into ascents of the series of summits that are all in close proximity to the alpine hut system. Should you want to push your limits, your guide will be happy to help you develop new skills.

    The course can also be worked into a Grand Traverse, a ridiculously scenic journey that includes up to ten 4,000m peaks.

  • Why AC?

    We offer focused guide attention to ensure consistency across the program. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days we know your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide and smaller guide to climber ratios.

    Adventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA-UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Being a technically proficient climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Adventure Consultants only employs IFMGA qualified guides for European ascents and courses and this is the only certification that is recognised in the French Alps. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2020

    Available on demand mid-June to mid-September.

    Pricing Schedule 2020

    Zermatt Departures
    1:1 Ratio: €5,200 per person
    1:2 Ratio: €3,150 per person

    Chamonix Departures
    1:1 Ratio: €4,550 per person
    1:2 Ratio: €2,700 per person

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Qualified mountain guide
    • Group technical equipment
    • Lift passes as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hut accommodation as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis during trip dates as specified on the schedule, including first / last night of your trip
    • Local ground transport as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Breakfast & dinner during mountain component of course/trip


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Any lift, hut, hotel or transport costs additional to the programme due to weather or logistics (any changes will be actioned only after you have been consulted by your guide)
    • Personal mountaineering clothing and equipment as per lists supplied
    • Evening meals during hotel nights in town
    • Lunches during the climbing days
    • Additional meals or snacks/drinks purchased from huts/hotels
    • Insurance
    • Transport to and from trip departure location (although we can arrange it for you)
    • Gratuity

     

    Account Information

    For our European ascents and courses, prices are in EUR€ and must be settled in EUR€. All prices are subject to change.

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following EUR€ bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account Number: 1000-594771-0002
    Account Type: Euro Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    Please note that in order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance. This especially applies to the high season period (early-July to end of August).

    Deposit

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Booking Form and a deposit of EUR500.

    Balance Payment

    Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start date for your course/ascent. We will send you receipts for all payments.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date.

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • Inside 60 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • Inside 30 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.


    We recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.

  • Course Notes

    MRCA ex Zermatt 2020 Trip Notes CoverMRCA ex Chamonix 2020 Trip Notes CoverThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Monte Rosa Course and Ascents.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Monte Rosa Course and Ascents ex Zermatt 2020

    Monte Rosa Course and Ascents ex Chamonix 2020

    Team Membership

    Our Monte Rosa Course and Ascents programme is offered on a 1:1 and 1:2 guide to climber ratio. This offers you focused guide attention throughout the course to ensure consistency across the program. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days we know your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide at our lower 1:2 ratio.

    Our Guides

    IFMGA NZMGA BMGAdventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA-UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Being a technically proficient climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Adventure Consultants only employs IFMGA qualified guides for European ascents and courses and this is the only certification that is recognised in the French Alps. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions.

     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Level of Experience Required

    This course will appeal to those with previous experience who want to enjoy a new region and collect plenty of summits. It is also appropriate for first time alpinists with a good level of fitness and a hiking or rock climbing background. Instruction can be included into your itinerary to get you started followed by the ascents themselves.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training on hills with a +10kg pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of building your endurance. Your guide will be attuned to your fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your course.

    Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips.

    While our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is the potential for mishap. If you were injured whilst on the trip there is a very efficient rescue service nearby.

    Food

    Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts for the duration of the course and evening meals on hut nights whilst the trip is running. This is from breakfast on Day 1 until breakfast on the final day of the trip. You will be responsible for your own lunches and snacks each day and your own evening meals on non-mountain nights. This allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in Zermatt as there are restaurants and bars that provide a variety of foods to suit your tastes. Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.

    It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but two per day in addition to your lunch would seem reasonable.

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided on a twin share basis from the evening of Day 0 through to the morning of Day 7 after breakfast. Accommodation in the mountains is in European style alpine huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided so no sleeping bag will be required. There are no single supplements or private rooms available in the mountain huts, but this can be arranged for you during your hotel nights in Chamonix, Courmayeur or Zermatt. Please enquire about costs at the time of booking as this option must be reserved in advance.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Climbing in the European Alps requires you have high quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the climb.

    Your guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. You can rent technical equipment for the climb but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to mountaineering as per the equipment list. Group equipment including ropes and technical hardware will be organised by your guide.

    Communications & Messages

    Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift and accommodation co-ordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.

    Climbing Season

    We operate in the Alps mid-June to mid-September and other times as conditions allow. In June and early July we can expect more snow cover on the routes, and as temperatures warm up into the summer months from mid-July we traditionally experience more settled weather and warmer temperatures.

    Europe has a continental climate which in general encourages more stable weather. However, the weather in the high mountains can be changeable and at times very severe. It is possible weather conditions may thwart our program. However, due to the length of the course and our focus on the forecasts we can often change our itinerary slightly to work around frontal weather systems.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    0 We meet in Zermatt at the friendly local hotel in the evening. Your guide will brief you on the week ahead; the weather and conditions we will expect to have as well as checking the team equipment.
    1 After breakfast we will take the Gornergrat mountain railway to Rotenboden for a day of technical ropework and rockclimbing training on Riffelhorn (2,927m), multipitch climbs to grade 5c. From here we have a panorama showing all the mountains we will be climbing over the next few days. A great introduction to the week.
    2 After an early breakfast we take the cable-car to Klein Matterhorn, from where a simple snow/ice climb takes us to the West Summit (4,165m) of the Breithorn, and in good conditions we can continue to the Central Summit (4,160m) before descending the Grand Glacier de Verraz to the Val d'Ayas Guides Hut (3,425m). This is a cosy little hut with a rather good bar (Peak #1).
    3 We need an early start to climb the 400m to the base of the south side of Pollux (4,092m) where the short but interesting South West Ridge might be climbed before the traverse of Castor (4,423m) to the Feliksjoch and the descent to the Quintino Sella Hut (3,585m) which has panoramic views over the beautiful Gressoney and Ayas Valleys (Peak #s 2,3).
    4 Another early start is needed to negotiate the West Lys Glacier under Lyskamm to the Passo del Naso del Lyskamm (4,100m) before crossing the crevassed West Lys Glacier to pick up the Balmenhorn (4,167m), an odd little peak with a bivouac and statuesque cross at its top, and then the Pyramid Vincent (4,215m) before turning down the Garstele Glacier to the Gniffetti Hut (3,611m) or the slightly lower Mantova Hut (3,498m) (Peak #s 4-5).
    5 After an early breakfast we slowly climb up the East Lys Glacier to reach the short but steep Corno Nero (4,321m), a fine little summit soon followed by the more simple Ludwigshohe (4,341m) and the long whale back of the Parrotspitze (4,432m) before crossing the Grenz Glacier to Signalkuppe (4,554m) on the summit of which is the Margherita Hut, the highest mountain hut in Europe, our last Italian night of this tour (Peak #s 6-9).
    6 After an early breakfast we climb the Zumsteinspitze (4,563m) by a short scramble and then stroll down the crevassed Grenz Glacier, passing under the magnificent North Face of Lyskamm and sprawling South West facets of the Dufourspitze, eventually reaching the very Swiss Monte Rosa Hut (2,795m) for a welcome rest before heading off again across the icy Gorner Glacier and a gentle climb back to Rotenboden under the Riffelhorn, and the Gornergrat mountain railway back to Zermatt, civilisation, hotel, hot showers and beer (Peak # 10).
    7 After a late breakfast, we say goodbye to Zermatt and depart for home.

    PLEASE NOTE: The programme may be subject to change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather or lift service preclude access into this region.

    Day  
    0 We will meet up in Chamonix at our friendly local hotel on the evening of Day 0. Our guide will then brief us on the week ahead, including the weather and the expected conditions, as well as conducting a check of the team equipment.
    1 Today we drive to Courmayeur, Italy, in the morning. We take the Monte Bianco Skyway and spend some time learning or refreshing basic mountaineering skills and techniques. We then traverse the Aiguilles Marbrées, the rocky spires that border Italy and France before overnighting at a Courmayeur Hotel.
    2 Early in the morning, we drive to Cervinia and take the cable car to Plateau Rosa (3,500m/11,500ft), climbing the West Summit (4,165m/13,665ft) of the Breithorn before descending the Grand Glacier de Verraz to the Val d’Ayas Guides Hut (3,425m/11,237ft) for the night. This is a cosy little hut with a rather good bar (Peak No. 1).
    3 We need an early start to climb the 400m to the base of the south side of Pollux (4,092m) where the short but interesting South West Ridge might be climbed before the traverse of Castor (4,423m) to the Feliksjoch and the descent to the Quintino Sella Hut (3,585m) which has panoramic views over the beautiful Gressoney and Ayas Valleys (Peak #s 2,3).
    4 Another early start is needed to negotiate the West Lys Glacier under Lyskamm to the Passo del Naso del Lyskamm (4,100m) before crossing the crevassed West Lys Glacier to pick up the Balmenhorn (4,167m), an odd little peak with a bivouac and statuesque cross at its top, and then the Pyramid Vincent (4,215m) before turning down the Garstele Glacier to the Gniffetti Hut (3,611m) or the slightly lower Mantova Hut (3,498m) (Peak #s 4-5).
    5 After an early breakfast we slowly climb up the East Lys Glacier to reach the short but steep Corno Nero (4,321m), a fine little summit soon followed by the more simple Ludwigshohe (4,341m) and the long whale back of the Parrotspitze (4,432m) before crossing the Grenz Glacier to Signalkuppe (4,554m) on the summit of which is the Margherita Hut, the highest mountain hut in Europe, our last Italian night of this tour (Peak #s 6-9).
    6 After an early breakfast, we climb the Zumsteinspitze (4,563m/14,970ft) by a short scramble and then stroll down the crevassed Grenz Glacier, passing under the magnificent North Face of Lyskamm and sprawling South West facets of the Dufourspitze. We eventually reach the very Swiss Monte Rosa Hut (2,795m/9,170ft) for a welcome rest before heading off again across the icy Gorner Glacier and gently climbing back to Rotenboden under the Riffelhorn. We take the Gornergrat mountain railway to Zermatt, then a cable car to the Klein Matterhorn. Another cable car stretch takes us to Plateau Rosa, before a third deposits us down at Breuil-Cervinia, from where we drive back to Chamonix (Peak No. 10).
    7 After a late breakfast, we say goodbye to Chamonix and depart for home.

    PLEASE NOTE: The programme may be subject to change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather or lift service preclude access into this region.

    • Alpine Mountaineering equipment; what to use and how to choose
    • Rope work, tying in and basic climbing knots
    • Progression over different types of terrain from glacier to rock and ice climbs
    • Awareness and avoidance of objective dangers
    • Alpine huts, early start and etiquette

    Our Monte Rosa Course & Ascents programmes are offered from either Zermatt, Switzerland or Chamonix, France.

    Travel to/from Zermatt

    The closest international airports are at Geneva, Basel, Zurich and Milan. Regular taxi shuttles and trains operate through to Zermatt and the trip takes about 3 to 4 hours.

    Zermatt is car-free. Vehicles are only permitted up to Täsch (5 km before Zermatt), and the road between Täsch and Zermatt is also closed to public transport. There is a shuttle train, the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, which runs between Täsch and Zermatt every 20 minutes. The shuttle transfers are at your own cost but we can help arrange this for you.

    Travel to/from Chamonix

    The closest international airport is in Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate between Geneva and Chamonix, and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. Your shuttle driver will drop you at your accommodation. At the completion of the course, the shuttle can pick you up from your hotel and take you back to the airport. The shuttle transfers are at your own cost but we can arrange this for you.

  • Add Ons

    Mont Blanc Add OnUtilise your acclimatisation and climbing skills to join one of our guides for a quick ascent of Mont Blanc directly following your Adventure Consultants Course or Ascent.

    Please click on the image to view the trip notes online, visit our Mont Blanc 3-Day Add On page or contact us for more information.

    Chamonix is located in the heart of the European Alps, and is central to much of the best mountaineering that the Alps have to offer. There is a huge variety of properties on offer in Chamonix and after many years of operating out of the Alps we have discovered the area's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the accommodation providers, so as to keep this aligned with our high standards.

    Contact us if you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your European Alps trip, there are several superb properties in the area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    HOTEL MONT BLANC

    Why we recommend this property

    Originally built in 1849, this fine establishment is located in the heart of Chamonix. Surrounded by private gardens the hotel was recently renovated to be reminiscent of the elegant19th-century palaces. Each room has been interior-designed by renowned French designer Sybille de Margerie and is inspired by nature and the environment. Every room offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains. The 14-metre outdoor heated swimming pool can be used year round and offers spectacular views of nearby Mont Blanc. 'La Mafatan' restaurant where chef Mickey Bourdillat produces cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey.

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    HOTEL LE MORGANE

    Why we recommend this property

    This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Chamonix and offers guests top quality service. Chef Daniele Raimondi produces some of Chamonix's finest cuisine at 'Le Bistrot' restaurant. Offers a variety of rooms from singles, deluxe to suites, and every room features balconies allowing views of Mont Blanc or Le Brévent. Hotel facilities include a small lounge, library, relaxation pool and spa, a ski storage room and free WiFi. The loan of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as a valet car service is offered. 

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    Are you arriving early, departing later or have some extra time up your sleeve while in Chamonix? If so, we can recommend some fun activities that have been tried and tested by our Chamonix team. If interested in any of these options, please do contact us if you'd like this to be arranged in advance. If you are in Chamonix and find you have extra time, this can be arranged through your guide or our fabulous Chamonix liaison, Karoline.

    Fly Chamonix Tandem Paragliding

    Enjoy a 20-minute flight and who could think of a more fun way to get a scenic bird’s eye view of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif. Overall this activity takes an hour from meeting your pilot, riding up the lift, take-off and then landing. No age limits apply!

    Peak Powder Mountain Biking

    Peak Powder offer a huge variety of mountain biking trips that cater for skill levels, whether it be downhill riding at one of the biking areas; Balme Le Tours and Les Houches, a ride between France into Switzerland, and into Italy or you would like some biking instruction, Peak Powder offer it all.

    Rafting or Canyoning with Cham Aventure

    An array of water activities are on offer with Cham Aventure and including rafting or canyoning down the L’Arve River, or rafting the Dora Baltéa River In Italy.

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so contact us and we will help to organise the perfect programme.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long have Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read the full story of AC's history here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      On all of the European courses and ascents that we operate, we offer focused guide attention throughout the course to ensure consistency across the programme. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days, we know that your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide.

      Adventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and/or IFMGA/UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest standard. Our guides are not only highly experienced climbers, but they are great guides with good people skills hence you will find that your guide is friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What will the accommodation be like on my trip?
      During your nights in town, accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis in a comfortable hotel. These hotels all have laundry facilities and it is easy to leave any additional gear stored safely whilst you are away. In the mountains, we stay in alpine huts on a shared bunk room or dormitory basis. Washing and shower facilities are not available in the huts.

      A single supplement is not available in the mountain huts, but we are happy to arrange this for an additional cost at the hotels. If you wish to upgrade to a higher grade of hotel accommodation, then please get in touch to discuss the many fabulous options available.

      Please note that for some courses we incorporate camping nights. This will be clearly stated in the course curriculum.

      Which meals are provided?
      Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts for the duration of your trip, plus dinners on nights spent in the mountains. You will be responsible for your own lunches, snacks and bottled water. We recommend you purchase snacks such as nuts, fruit, chocolate, muesli bars and baguette or crackers with cheese, ham and other fillings. On climbing days, lunch tends to start right after breakfast(!) and continue through the day as we keep energy levels high. Evening meals on non-mountain nights are also not included and this allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in the alpine resorts. Should you decide to take a meal that is not in the programme, this is at your own expense. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip.

      What is the hut food like?
      Breakfasts in the mountain huts usually consist of European-style bread with jam and cheese etc. A typical evening menu would include a hearty soup followed by a pasta dish or stew and then dessert. If you feel like a glass of wine or beer with your meal, please bring cash or a credit card. 

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome (and encouraged) to explore your arrival/departure points before or after the trip if you have the time.

      When should I book my ticket?
      If on a course, we generally ask you to wait until 60 days prior to your trip start date to ensure that your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you are on an ascent or private trip, do feel free to book whenever suits. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, you should ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      For our European departures, we recommend that you arrive into Geneva International Airport, which is located just over the French border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles and train services operate up to Chamonix and private transfers can be arranged to Zermatt, Lauterbrun and Grindelwald. We are happy to assist in arranging any transfer requirements and the driver will meet you at the airport, as well as drop you off at your accommodation.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going, but in general, you will not need a sleeping bag in the European mountain huts as bedding is provided. Adventure Consultants have an experienced Equipment Coordinator, so should any questions arise as to what is required, please do let us know.

    • Acclimatisation

      I will be climbing at altitude, so does Adventure Consultants take this into consideration?
      When planning our courses and ascent programmes, we seriously consider the altitude and ensure that all of our itineraries allow for sufficient acclimatisation and rest days, if required.

      I want to give myself the best chance of success on my climb; what advice does Adventure Consultants have to help me succeed?
      If you are concerned about how you will cope at altitude, wish to refresh your climbing skill, or simply just want to give yourself the best chance of success, then consider the 2-day Pre-Course & Acclimatisation Programme. This pre-course has been designed to kick-start your acclimatisation and refresh your climbing skills before heading onto the main objective of your course or ascent.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      The ratio of climbers to guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable 'Trip Notes' section above.

      How much weight can we carry on the climb/course?
      When initially climbing up to the mountain huts, you will be required to carry all of the equipment that is needed for the following day's course or ascent. From the hut, you will carry your day pack with your technical climbing equipment, warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally, it will be around 10kgs/20lbs.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers and skiers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance in view of climbing the world's highest mountains, or purely adventure. We provide courses, expeditions, treks, ski tours and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of Europe's more technical and challenging peaks. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in?
      We encourage you to work on your fitness prior to your course or ascent. When training, it is recommended you carry a pack for long periods on hills and uneven terrain. Over time, increase the pack weight until you are comfortable with 15-20kgs. Gym training, swimming, running and cycling also add to your base fitness and are a great addition to a pack training program. Visit our Fitness Training page for more details and check out the training programs and online coaching services that we offer in conjunction with our partners at Uphill Athlete.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      In Europe, there is no need to use a satellite phone as you will find that there is cell phone coverage in most of the towns and mountain huts that we utilise (with the exception of the Vittorio Emanuele Hut). Your guide will also stay in touch with our European Coordinator in Chamonix with updates on the trip. It is very easy to purchase a European SIM card but do remember if using a French SIM in Italy, you will be charged international rates and vice versa.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      The best place to reach a loved one is through our office. As mentioned above, your guide will stay in touch with our European Coordinator who is based in Chamonix, who then relays messages between your guide and our NZ office.

      Can I charge electronic devices while in the mountains?
      Generally charging is not available so please ensure that your phones, iPods and kindles etc. are well charged up before leaving the hotel for your climb.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use? How often do you receive a weather report during the trip?
      Forecasts are posted daily in the huts and information relayed through the hut guardian to the guides. Your guide will also be in cell phone communication with our Operations Coordinator and/or Chief Guide for weather updates throughout the trip.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      We highly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance, as well as evacuation and medical insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Evacuation insurance is required for members of our European Courses & Ascents to cover your evacuation from the mountain in the case of your injury or illness. You must ensure that your policy covers you for mountaineering as many policies exclude these activities from their schedule of benefits. In the European Alps, rescues are coordinated by the local authorities and the very high costs are charged directly to the user i.e. you/your travel insurance company.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, etc. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip/Course Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip? 
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in alpine environments?
      Remember photos are wonderful records of your trip but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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