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Elite Mountain Guides, Chamonix

Climbing, skiing, trekking, trail running and expeditions

Based in Chamonix, this mountain guiding company are well placed to cover activities around Chamonix, Verbier and into Italy in Courmayeur, although they operate all over the Western Alps. Their very experienced team of skiers, mountaineers, climbers and runners will help you to safely enjoy your activities on the mountain.

In winter, EMG provides guides for off-piste skiing in Chamonix and Verbier including heli-skiing, ski touring and ski mountaineering, as well as running clinics to improve your technique. They can guide you on true adventures like skiing the Vallée Blanche or the Haute Route.

In summer, EMG provides guides for climbing, trekking, and trail running. They guide all kinds of climbing, including rock climbing, ice climbing, and alpinism. They even have two- to six-day packages for climbing Mont Blanc or The Matterhorn in Switzerland. On the trekking side, typical routes would be the Tour de Mont Blanc or the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. 

Their goal is to provide you, the client, with a safely managed adventure that you can get the most out of. Hire them privately or as part of a group and experience the mountains in a whole new way.

If you're looking to bring a group or corporate trip to the Alps, then EMG can also provide leadership development and selection and assessment programs for organisations, or simply a great environment for colleagues to spend time out of the office together doing something challenging.

They take groups and individuals of every level of experience and can tailor the experience to suit your specific needs. You can choose from heli-skiing, multi-day ski touring, off-piste ski courses or day off-piste guiding, or rock climbing, ice climbing, trekking, trail running and alpine mountaineering.

The team have a vast range of experience including successful expeditions to Japan, the Indian Himalaya and the high Arctic, adventure racing and completing new endurance events, plus speed ascents and first ascents across the globe; so you know you're in experienced hands.

What you can do

Alpine Mountaineering
Everyone has their own ambitions when it comes to mountaineering, from climbing technically challenging routes to just finding tranquility away from it all in the high mountains. Whether you are up for a peaceful journey on a mountain ridge or dream of summitting the highest peaks in Europe they can help you make it happen. Their guides will work with you to plan a trip according to your specifications and will offer valuable tips (and an annoyingly cheery face when the going's tough) to help you get the most out of the experience. 

Haute Route
The Haute Route is 180km long and takes about twelve days on foot or six days on skis. They ski it in April/ May and trek it in the summer. It starts in Chamonix and ends in Zermatt. There are several variations but the normal hiking route stays below 3000 metres and is non-technical; it requires no ropes, crampons or ice axes, though a couple of ski poles comes in handy. You'll stay in refuges or small inns along the way.

Heliskiing
Elite Mountain Guides has a contract with Valgrisenche Heliski which enables them to provide first rate Heliskiing using their own guides at a reasonable cost. They offer single and triple drops with a guide, a heli pickup and transport included.

Ice Climbing
Even if you have never thought of ice climbing before, why not surprise yourself! Despite it's reputation of being cold and challenging, ice climbing is actually a user-friendly and satisfying sport. With the right equipment and right guide you can scale what at first sight looked an impossible wall. In mid-winter there is great ice close to the valley floor in Chamonix and climbing is just as good in marginal weather. The activity is also open to older children. Thanks to Chamonix's steep north faces there is ice to climb almost year round, but if you want to climb during the warmer season be prepared for a very 'alpine' start…

Off-Piste Clinics and Groups
Elite Mountain Guides run an off-piste group ski clinic every weekend during the winter season. These are all day sessions starting at 09.00. They concentrate on skiing steep terrain and finding the best-untracked snow. Please come equipped with shovel, probe, pack, transceiver, water, sandwich, skins. If you do not possess a transceiver they can provide one.

Rock Climbing
Awesome valley cragging, varied multi-pitches and committing high altitude rock - the climbing mecca of Chamonix has got it all. Their guides have got the experience and knowledge to read the localised conditions so you get the best out of your day. Big Wall climbing is also high on the agenda - if you are an experienced climber looking to tick off a major route anywhere in the world, get in touch and they can help you get there.

Ski Instruction
They are offer specialist ski instruction to improve both on and off-piste technique.

Ski Touring
As well as the popular ski touring routes, such as the Vallée Blanche, their guides use hundreds of lesser-known, equally magnificent routes in the Alps where you can spend the whole day without spotting a soul. These multi-day routes, such as the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route, are an achievement and a real adventure. They offer spectacular scenery, hard ascents, exciting descents, and great conviviality, with evenings spent with other skiers in mountain refuges.

Tour de Mont Blanc - Walk
The Tour takes around ten days and is a circular route covering about 170km (105 miles) with an accumulated hight gain and loss of 10,000m (32,800 ft) and crosses 11 passes. You will stay in gites or refuges along the way, which Elite Mountain Guides will organise, and you will be guided throughout. The route passes through seven valleys around the Mont Blanc Massif. Starting in Chamonix you would take in the Arve valley, then Montjoie, Vallee des Glaciers, Val Veni, Val Ferret, Swiss Val Ferret, then either the Arpette or Trient Valley depending on the route. The highest points on the trail are the Col de Fours in France (2,665m) and the Fenetre d'Arpette in Switzerland (2,665m also). The trail passes through the towns of Chamonix, Martigny and Courmayeur.

Tour de Mont Blanc - Trail Run
For those of a more sporty nature Elite Mountain Guides Director Mark Thomas, a former professional adventure racer, will guide you on a running version of the TMB. The timeframe for this is between three and four days. All kit and food will be transported for you, leaving you to move light and fast!

Who should go...

The emphasis is on adventure when you ski with this company, but you don't have to be an expert or even an advanced off-piste skier. Days out are tailored to suit the experience and ability of the client - from those who are off-piste novices to competitive freeriders. You can consult their ski grading link on the website to ascertain your level.


Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley | Verbier Valley


Style

Level: Intermediate | Advanced


Stats

Typical Duration: Half day | 1 day | All week

Languages Spoken: English


Services

Activities: Ascents & Descents | Climbing | Heli-Ski | Hiking / Walking | Ice Climbing | Mountain Walking | Mountaineering | Running | Ski Touring | Skiing | Trails & Routes

Event Services: Activities

Guides & Instructors: Climbing Guides | High Mountain Guides | Ski Guides | Ski-Touring Guides

Lessons: Group Lessons | Off Piste/Backcountry Lessons | Private Lessons


Facilities

Suppliers of: Avalanche Safety Kit | Off Piste equipment


Contact

Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

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