The Mountain Mantra – Introduction to participation on our trips.
The mountains are both awe-inspiring and perilous. To engage in activities like trekking, climbing, mountaineering, or skiing, it’s crucial to acknowledge and respect the inherent dangers. While experience and caution can mitigate risks, accidents are still possible, and zero risk is unattainable.
Safety is our utmost priority. As professional guides, we prioritize assessing and managing risks for a secure and enjoyable experience. If risks outweigh the benefits or, for example, if we aren’t moving quickly enough, we have options: altering itineraries, choosing alternative objectives, avoiding hazardous routes, or returning to safety. Making sound decisions is the pivotal aspect of mountaineering.
When you join us for a trip or guided climb, you assume personal responsibility for participating in the activities. Your mountain guide will be the final decision-maker, risk manager, and group leader. While you’ll have the opportunity to climb beautiful mountains and experience unforgettable moments like the first light of dawn and skiing in pristine powder, there’s always a risk of not reaching the summit or skiing on untracked snow slopes. Rest assured that we prioritize safety above all else and won’t take any unnecessary risks with our lives or yours. Even if we miss out on some activities, we’ll do our best to ensure a safe and memorable experience for all.
We deeply love the mountains and would be thrilled to take you on an alpine adventure. Before committing, please read our comprehensive and clear “Terms and Conditions” on this page to fully comprehend the risks and responsibilities. If you accept and agree, we look forward to having you join us. Otherwise, we encourage you to explore other companies that better align with your needs and expectations.
Terms & Conditions
You should carefully read through these terms and conditions (T&Cs), as they benefit both you and us in our wish to provide you with the best service.
These terms and conditions set the framework of a legally binding contract for all booking agreements made with EURL Norreslet Mountaineering, hereafter referred to as “NM.”
- Our Company
- All bookings made through this site are made with the company EURL Norreslet Mountaineering or other trading variations of the name displayed on the site.
- EURL Norreslet Mountaineering (NM) is registered with the No Siret: 819 163 700 00019 having the address, 95 Chemin de l’Abreuvoir, Bois Rond, 74310 Les Houches, France.
- Norreslet Mountaineering is registered with ATOUT France, the French register for holidaymakers, and is fully bonded and insured according to French legislation. We are registered with the following information: Norreslet Mountaineering, Registration Number for the French Registry of Holidaymakers: IM07416009 (Registre des Opérateurs de Voyages et de Sejours). Financial guarantee: GROUPAMA Assurance – Crédit & Caution 126, rue de la Piazza – 93199 Noisy-Le-Grand Cedex, France, Contrat n°4000715030/1. Professional indemnity insurance: MMA IARD, 14 Boulevard Marie et Alexandre Oyon, 72030 Le Mans Cedex 9, France, Police n° 127314664
- Guides working with Norreslet Mountaineering are all UIAGWheM/IFMGA qualified mountain guides, registered with the DDJS (Carte Professionelle), and have personal liability insurance for their work.
- Booking and Agreement
- To book a course or a private guided trip through us, please fill out our online booking form or contact us through other means.
- A booking will be considered complete only after we receive a fully completed participant form from each member joining the trip and the required deposit payment has been successfully processed and cleared in our account.
- Note that the amount received on our accounts must be no less than what is invoiced. You must bear any fees arising.
- When the booking process is completed, we will send you the final invoice to finalize our agreement.
- Program and Itinerary
- Participating in our proposed activities means embarking on an adventure together in inherently dangerous and unpredictable terrain. All participants must acknowledge and accept the risks and uncertainties of mountain travel.
- Our programs aim to provide reliable and achievable itineraries with a high success rate. However, these programs or goals should be viewed as suggested itineraries or planned sequences of events rather than fixed contractual agreements. If the guide in charge determines that it would be unsafe to climb Mont Blanc, for example, the objective can be changed to a different one.
- We will make every effort to adhere to the proposed programs as long as the weather, actual mountain conditions, and the fitness and health of the team permit.
- However, we reserve the right to modify the climbing objective or proposed itinerary or shift the trip to a different location with different objectives in case of severe weather conditions, high winds, dangerous snow conditions, or any other factors that make it hazardous for any or all participants to continue with the original program. This may also apply if we cannot maintain the necessary guide ratio as outlined in paragraph “12”.
- To secure your booking for our trip/course, we require a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total trip amount or a minimum of 200 euros per person.
- The final balance payment is due 90 days before the start date of the trip/course unless we have made another agreement.
- If we do not receive your final payment in due time, we reserve the right to consider your booking incomplete and cancel your participation in the trip. In such cases, our standard cancellation charges will apply.
- Cancellation by client
- You may cancel your participation in the trip at any time by providing written notice via email or letter to Asmus Norreslet. The date of receipt of your cancellation notice will be used as a reference for processing your cancellation.
- Our cancellation rules and charges:
|Duration before the start of the course||Loss|
|More than 90 days before the start date||Loss of deposit|
|40-89 days before the start date||Loss of 50% of the course fee|
|Less than 39 days before the start date||100% loss of course fee|
We hope you understand that this cancellation policy is necessary for us to fulfil our responsibility of booking huts and guides, and it allows us to guarantee trips as early as possible.
- Cancellation by NM
We reserve the right to cancel trips and tours up to 3 weeks before the planned departure for any of the reasons stated below:
- We don’t have enough participants required to run the trip.
- Getting reservations in the huts can be difficult on our Mont Blanc courses. Every company is facing the same difficulties. No company has priority access to reservations, as they are handed out on a first-come/first-served basis. If we cannot assure enough hut places for a whole group, those places in the hut we have obtained will be allocated to those having signed up first. We should know this at least 6 weeks before departure. If we cannot guarantee a place in one of the huts, we will let you decide if you want your full money back or come and do other climbs. Often, we can get “last-minute” places, but we don’t know this before 3 days ahead of a course.
- Extreme conditions make the trip impossible to run (Force majeure, strikes, political instability, foreign office recommendations, etc.).
- Should we cancel a trip, we will do our best to suggest an alternative trip on other dates or propose an alternative solution. If, for some reason, this is not suitable, a full refund of the paid amount to our account will be made.
- If we should cancel a trip, we cannot be held liable for any costs you might have had related to this booking or any cost not included in our service. These expenses could include but are not limited to flights, insurance, and personal gear.
- We can be forced to adjust the guide ratio of any course or activity to allow for circumstances such as illness or the absence of guides. In such cases, we can be forced to change an itinerary or goal to be able to uphold a sufficient level of safety according to normal guide-ratio practices indicated by either the French Association of Mountain Guides SNGM (Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne) or the rules of a specific country.
- We will do our best to replace the guide as quickly as possible and adjust our activities in terms of guide ratio so as not to compromise safety.
- While we can’t promise direct financial compensation, we will do all we can to uphold the proposed program as long as possible regarding safety.
- Mountain guide authority
- During the trip, the lead guide or any guide working with NM has the full authority to make changes to the proposed itinerary in response to factors such as group fitness, objective dangers, weather, or other conditions that may arise.
- The guide will make every effort to address any issues that arise during the trip in a manner that benefits the entire group. Participants must accept that the guide has the authority to make decisions that could impact individuals and the group.
- Suppose a guide determines that a participant is not adequately prepared for the trip or acts in a way that jeopardizes their safety. In that case, the safety of the guide or the safety of the group, the guide can exclude that participant from further activities. No compensation or refund will be provided to the client in such cases.
- We reserve the right to change prices on our website any time. To ensure you are viewing the latest prices, we recommend you clear the cache on your computer and refresh the page.
- We will let you know the exact price of the arrangement you choose as soon as we receive your booking request. The quote you receive will be the correct price for the moment.
- We cannot discount a course price if a client wishes to participate less in the services stated in the program.
- Prices may change last minute due to events we have no control over, and in extremely rare cause surcharges. You may cancel your booking without penalty if this surcharge exceeds 10%.
- If a participant damages or loses any equipment rented or issued as part of our package, no matter the cause, we reserve the right to charge the cost of such loss.
- We cannot be held responsible for any damages or loss to a client’s personal equipment.
- Participants are responsible for their equipment and should ensure it is in working order before participating in our trips. We cannot be held responsible for any malfunction or lack of functionality of gear participants bring themselves.
- Participants who are under 18 years of age can only join our trips if accompanied by their parents.
- The participant is responsible for providing honest and accurate information while filling out the booking form. Participants should not omit any necessary or essential information.
- The information provided by the participant is critical for us to provide advice and determine whether a trip is appropriate for the participant. This is especially important for group tours, where a set goal requires a specific technical level, fitness, and good health. While we will do our best to provide guidance, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assess accurately whether a participant is fit and healthy enough for the trip.
- If a participant is unsure about their fitness level, they should, on their own initiative, seek advice from a sports trainer or coach to assist them in assessing their abilities. Participants should consult a doctor for a medical examination for health-related concerns.
- Participants must take personal responsibility for ensuring that they are adequately insured for the activities they will be participating in, including mountain rescue (helicopter), hospitalization, repatriation to their home country, and other necessary coverage. It is essential that participants ensure their insurance policy includes adequate coverage for these activities.
- We strongly recommend that participants also consider purchasing cancellation insurance to cover the cost of the trip in the event of last-minute cancellations due to accidents, illness, or other unforeseeable circumstances. While such situations are rare, this insurance can be useful if you cancel last minute.
- NM can provide a confirmation of your booking and a summary of your payment information to assist you, in case you need to make insurance claims.
- Guide ratio
- The guide ratio indicates the maximum number of participants per guide. A 1-3 ratio means one guide can have up to three clients on their rope.
- We may need to adjust the announced guide ratio if a guide cancels last minute due to reasons, but not limited to, such as injury, sickness, or family-related health issues.
- We will make every effort to replace the guide as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will adjust the guide-to-participant ratio to ensure safety is not compromised.
- While we cannot guarantee direct financial compensation, we will make every effort to adhere to the proposed program as long as safety is not compromised.
- Media use
- We use pictures or videos taken of you during our trips and courses in our promotional material. Participating in our courses, you accept that you might appear in image or likeness in material such as the web, printed material, videos, or other here not defined mediums. We do not sell pictures or videos to 3rd parties without your specific consent.
- Pictures shared by NM to clients should be used only for personal use. Please respect this and make contact if you want to use any such images commercially. If you do not wish to participate in this media exchange, please inform your guide at the beginning of the trip.
- Complaints & Disputes
- If during a course you have any complaint, please forward your complaint immediately to the guide in charge or an NM staff so action can be taken as soon as possible to solve any disputes. If you have any complaints once the course is finished, please let us know within 14 days of you’re return.
- French law should decide upon any disputes or claims arising from this contract.