Saas Fee 4000m
Intermediate Level | Group Course, Private Guiding

♦ International Certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guides
♦ Climb several 4000m peaks
♦ High Mountain huts
♦ Flexible program
♦ Learn alpine skills

  • location | Chamonix, Saas Fee
  • Season | July | August
  • dURATION | 5 days
  • Guide Ratio | 1-2
  • Technical Level | 3
  • Fitness Level | C
  • Minimum Age | 18

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Learning & Experience

Spending five days in a small group with a professional guide is the best way to learn alpine skills and improve as a mountaineer. The mountain terrain around the Saas Valley sets a perfect venue for this goal.

Build Up Your Fitness

Expect lots of different adventures and long & pretty hard days. Make sure to arrive fit and healthy. The sooner you start preparing, the better.

Alpine starts

Early starts are crucial to reaping the best conditions. We use the extensive system of mountain refuges and cablecars to ensure we have the best timing for our objectives.

Saas Fee – Switzerland – Climb 4000m peaks
Above the Saas Valley in the Valais region, we have a high concentration of 4000m peaks, including relatively easy to quite challenging climbs. The best ascents are on the more straightforward rock and snow ridges, with lots of interesting ground to train skills and techniques. We aim to climb at least 2 x 4000m peaks but will be able to climb more when the weather and conditions are in optimum shape. 

Flexible program
The proposed itinerary is a great and varied program. The guide might make some last-minute adjustments to optimize the program if necessary. The horse-shoe mountain setup in the Saas Valley, with its well-placed mountain huts and system of lifts, has excellent potential and is a place you visit several times.
As we are small teams, it is easy and quick to “relocate” to another valley (E.g. Zermatt, Chamonix) if the weather doesn’t allow climbing in Saas-Fee.

Joining this course
This trip is often intended for those with some alpine experience who want to gain more knowledge in techniques and travel in the mountains. As we keep the guide ratio low, the guide can easily adjust the difficulty and learning objectives to suit the ambitions and skills of the participants.
This is an excellent trip for those who aspire to do a more in-depth alpine course later on or are looking towards climbing more advanced 4000m peaks or alpine climbs. Check the level required for this course – click here. 

Guide Ratio
We propose a 2-1 ratio for the whole five days. The guide will have the best chance of doing an exciting program while keeping safety high.
A private group of 3 participants could potentially book this course. Contact us, and we offer you an alternate program that would fit this group size.

This course can run with the specified prices when a minimum of 2 participants are joining.

Tour IdWeek No. – YearStart DateFinish DatePrice Per PersonSpacesBook Tour
SF1Week 28 – 2024Monday 8th JulyFriday 12th July2370 euro/personYesEnquire ✉
SF2Week 30 – 2024Monday 29th JulyFriday 2nd August2370 euro/personYesEnquire ✉

This course program and price are set for a team of 2 climbers with 1 mountain guide.

For private groups, we can arrange and propose alternative programs and flexible dates on request. Get in touch for details – click here

Included

Planning & logistics
We make arrangements, so the trip runs smoothly (hire guides, book huts, take bookings, etc.).
If you need help finding accommodation, airport transfers, or have other questions leading up to the trip we will help you along.

UIAGM/IFMGA guides – 5 days of mountain guiding
The guides working with us are all holders of the highest recognized mountaineering certificate. They are equally a friendly and nice group of guides used to handling groups and climbs in the Alps.

Group equipment (ropes & safety gear)
The group security gear is provided by the guides.

Mountain huts
3 nights in mountain refuges on a half-board pension basis.

Excluded

Any cost not mentioned in the  “Included” section. The most important ones are:

Transport to Chamonix – Saas Fee
Read more under practical info.

Accommodation in the valley
Let us know if you need help with finding a hotel or other. Also, check our page “accommodation, “where we list places we recommend.

Lift-passes
We do not include uphill lift costs as these vary depending on the lifts chosen. This gives us more flexibility and doesn’t restrict us to certain lifts. If we use fewer uphill lifts, you do not pay for them.

Personal climbing gear
Check our short list below.

Lunches & drinks
Most huts take credit cards, but having cash for smaller amounts is best.

Insurance
You should make sure you are adequately insured. Check our page on insurance.

Summer 2024

This course can run with the specified prices when a minimum of 2 participants are joining.

This course program and price are set for a team of 2 climbers with 1 mountain guide.

For private groups, we can arrange and propose alternative programs and flexible dates on request. Get in touch for details – click here

Included

Planning & logistics
We make arrangements, so the trip runs smoothly (hire guides, book huts, take bookings, etc.).
If you need help finding accommodation, airport transfers, or have other questions leading up to the trip we will help you along.

UIAGM/IFMGA guides – 5 days of mountain guiding
The guides working with us are all holders of the highest recognized mountaineering certificate. They are equally a friendly and nice group of guides used to handling groups and climbs in the Alps.

Group equipment (ropes & safety gear)
The group security gear is provided by the guides.

Mountain huts
3 nights in mountain refuges on a half-board pension basis.

Excluded

Any cost not mentioned in the  “Included” section. The most important ones are:

Transport to Chamonix – Saas Fee
Read more under practical info.

Accommodation in the valley
Let us know if you need help with finding a hotel or other. Also, check our page “accommodation, “where we list places we recommend.

Lift-passes
We do not include uphill lift costs as these vary depending on the lifts chosen. This gives us more flexibility and doesn’t restrict us to certain lifts. If we use fewer uphill lifts, you do not pay for them.

Personal climbing gear
Check our short list below.

Lunches & drinks
Most huts take credit cards, but having cash for smaller amounts is best.

Insurance
You should make sure you are adequately insured. Check our page on insurance.

5 days of climbing & mountaineering

We have many routes and mountains to choose from with a program mixed between Chamonix and Saas Fee. The guide will decide on the best itinerary based on the group’s experience, size, weather, and actual conditions.
We always start with doing a climb in Chamonix to test the capacity of the participants and go through ropework skills. We aim to spend the last 4 days climbing mountains in Saas-fee – Switzerland.



Day 0 – Arrival day – Afternoon brief
We meet in Chamonix in the late afternoon. The guide will present the program for the week. We hope everyone can join this briefing as it is a great chance to ask last-minute questions and meet the group.

Day 1 – Rock-climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges
A day of climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chamonix is on the program. The guide will go through the basics of ropework and climb a nice rock climb. This day will give the guide a great chance to check the participants’ level and prepare them for the coming days.

Day 2 – Hike to the Almageller hut 2894m
From Chamonix, we drive to Saas Fee (2.h30mn). We walk up through the beautiful larch forest and gain the upper plateau of the Almageller Alp. From here, the path moves up zig-zagging to the hut (4 h). We rehearse the basics of crevasse rescue in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Climb of the Weismies 4023m
We start in the early hours of the day and reach the base of the South-East ridge after about 1h. From this point, the ridge commences, and we climb it from its base or make our way up snow-slopes to gain it at a slightly higher point. The ridge steepens up, and we have several rock steps to climb. We practice using the rope belaying around rock spurs and will often be able to climb together on the ridge getting into a good flow. We descend the NW flank to the Hochsaas. We either stay in the Hochsaas or Weismies refuge.

Day 4 – Rock-climbing on Jegihorn 3206m
After a well-earned rest, we set out in the morning to climb the Jegihorn. We have a choice between some beautiful rock routes or the highest via ferrata of the western Alps. We either sleep an additional night in the Weismies hut or move onto the Brittania hut depending on the next day’s objective.

Day 5 – Lagginhorn 4010m or Allalinhorn 4027m
We aim to bag a last 4000m peak today. We choose one that fits into our timing and will naturally take into consideration the weather and strength of the group. In the afternoon, we drive back to Chamonix, where the program ends.

Note:
The program above is only a suggested itinerary. The guide will be able to make last-minute changes and present an updated program on the first-day brief in Chamonix.

E.g. In the last few years, it has not always been possible to descend by the NW flank for the Weismies due to icy conditions and the risk of serac-fall. If this is the case, a second night in the Almageller hut would be made instead, and the program would be changed. 

We need to be able to dress warmly as it gets cold in the morning and early hours of the day. Particularly on cold summit climbs. On this course, we will additionally do a few days lower down where the climate is much warmer. It’s essential to be able to take off layers to adjust.

As we will do some rock-climbing please bring the listed technical items. Let us know if you need to borrow a few things.

Clothes

Shell jacket
Mountain Pants (Schoeller fabric or other weather-resistant, stretchy/strong material).
Light overtrousers for rainy weather
Base layers
Mid-layer
Extra warm layer
Warm hat (beanie)
Sunhat / Cab
Neck gaiter
Warm gloves
Mittens (optional)
Fleece gloves
Socks
Snow gaiters
Shorts
Trekking pants
T-shirt

Technical equipment

30–40-liter backpack
Rain cover
Mountaineering boots
Trekking shoes / Approach shoes
Climbing shoes
Crampons
Ice Axe
Telescopic pole
Helmet
Harness
5 x Screw-carabiners
1 x Rappel & Belay device
1 x prusik
1 x Ice-screw
1 x 120cm Dyneema sling

Various items

Head-lamp
Water bottles / Tea flask
Snacks
First-aid
Suncream & sun-stick
Snow goggles
Sunglasses
Money
Sleeping bag liner
Phone charger
Tooth-brush
Earplugs
Small first-aid

Tour Grade: 3/C

Please read through the requirements for participating in this tour and follow the link to the “grading page.”

Technical Level

This is an intermediate course. You should have prior knowledge of using the alpine equipment, having climbed at least a few easier summits.
We will also do some rock climbing. While we can adjust the difficulty to fit the small group, you will benefit from having some experience in rock-climbing or indoor roped climbing.
We will be in mountain terrain, where the terrain can be steep, and on paths that are obstructed by boulders and scree. You should be able to travel through this terrain without much difficulty.

Fitness

This is a demanding course, and while not every day is equally challenging, you must be in very good physical shape to handle the continuous effort involved.

We advise you to stay fit by running, biking, and hiking, making you stronger and enhancing your stamina and cardio performance.

Rock climbing or training on an indoor climbing wall is great for technique but also to gain finger and upper body strength/stamina.

As we will carry about 8-10kg backpacks, you should not forget to do core training to strengthen your back and shoulders. We suggest 2-4 days of exercise every week starting at least six months before.
The last week or two before the trip, you must be careful not to over-train, as you risk getting an injury which, in a bad case, won’t have time to heal before the start.

Read more about training – Click here.

Course Specific Information

Getting to Saas-Fee
Driving back and forth to Saas Fee with the mountain guide is possible. If your journey continues from Saas-Fee, you can also drive your own car. We will then set a meeting point in Saas Fee for the second day.

4000m peaks above Saas-Fee and Saas-Grund
Weissmies (4017m)
Lagginhorn (4010m)
Alphubel (4206m)
Strahlhorn (4190m)
Allalinhorn (4027m)
Lenzspitze (4294m)
Täschhorn (4491m)
Dom (4545m)
Nadelhorn (4327m)
Stecknadelhorn (4241m)
Hohberghorn (4219m)
Dirruhorn (4035m)
Rimpfishhorn (4199m)


General Information

Getting to Chamonix or the course venue
For most of our clients, the easiest way to get to Chamonix or the Alps, in general, is by plane. The nearest airport is Geneva.
Read more about getting to Chamonix here – Click here.

Valley accommodation
Not everyone wants the same accommodation type, so we rarely include Valley accommodation. Check our suggested hotels, B&B, and campsites on this page – Click here.

If you want us to include hotel nights in the price, please let us know what standard you are looking for.

Insurance
You must take out search & rescue, repatriation, and cancellation insurance. Read more about insurance here – Click here.

Safety
We believe our finest task is to give every client a unique mountain experience without taking unnecessary risks. The experience of the mountain guide, access to the most recent weather forecasts, and information sharing between guides are some of the important elements for making good and sound judgment calls. Suppose conditions or other situations render an attempt at a peak dangerous, avalanche conditions of a ski tour no longer possible, etc.. In that case, the guide will do his/her best to devise a good alternate plan. This might be a 100% change of the program. Emphasis is put on staying safe and having a great time!

Mountain huts
In some of our courses, we stay in mountain huts. On hut-to-hut trips, they are part of the itinerary; at other times, we use them as the starting point for a climb or ski tour.
The mountain huts offer basic accommodation in bunk-style rooms. Blankets and duvets are in the huts, so you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag. It is obligatory to bring a sleeping bag liner.
We are served a simple breakfast and a 3-course dinner (soup, main meal, dessert).
We will let the guardian of the hut know if you are on a special diet (vegetarians, allergies, etc.). Vegans will need to bring supplementary food.
There are hut slippers available for use inside the hut.
It’s helpful to bring cash for personal expenses (water, soft drinks, beer, lunches, etc.)
There is mostly no tap water in the huts, and you must buy bottled water.
You will be able to charge your phone.
Some mountain huts have showers. You must mostly pay for this; only a few huts can provide towels.

Make a booking
Please read through all the course information. Please make sure that you have the required level to join the course.
Contact us if you have any questions.

Read more about the booking process here – Click here.

We will need all to join a course to complete our “Participation Form.”