Custom Guided Mountaineering

Choose a Peak, Any Peak - Snow, Ice, Rock

Do you have a peak, trip or destination in mind?  We will work with you to turn your dream into a reality.  Altus Mountain Guides specializes in custom mountaineering trips in Squamish/Whistler, Interior B.C., Europe and anywhere else your imagination can take you.  Our team of certified Mountain Guides have the skills and experience to help you accomplish your dream mountaineering adventure.

  1.  Do you have a mountain or mountain range in mind?
  2.  A specific objective? (Mount Garibaldi, Tantalus, Robson, Matterhorn, etc)
  3.  How long of a trip?
  4.  Any other goals for your adventure?
The Goods

Length: 1 Day or more- Custom

Common Objectives: Bugaboos, Robson, Wedge, Tantalus & Matterhorn.

Difficulty of Climbs: Anything from introductory scrambles to multi-day high alpine routes.

Season: All Year

Guide to Guest Ratio: Depends on the objective. 1:2 maximum for more technical peaks.

Cost: Starting at $350 per person

What You Get

You tell us your dream mountaineering adventure: the area, objective, difficulty, and length and we take care of the rest.  Altus Mountain Guides is experienced in creating custom mountaineering trips all over Canada and Europe.  We take care of the finest detail to ensure your adventure is a memorable success.  Our team will offer you continuous guidance to make the perfect trips: preparation, logistic support and finally the most important: a skilled and highly trained guide.

  • Adventure Creation Experts
  • Ongoing Support
  • Intimate Local Knowledge
  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guides
  • Fully Custom Trips (dates, duration & destinations)

Is This For You

The luxury of a custom mountaineering trip is that you set the pace and objective, so we can accommodate a wide range of abilities and fitness. Whether you are completely new to mountaineering and climbing or a seasoned pro just looking to have a solid partner in the hills- we can make it happen.

  • Beginner to Expert Climbing Ability
  • Any Range of Fitness
  • No Previous Experience Necessary

I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.

- Michele G

I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - it doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Ideas & Inspiration

There is certainly no shortage of mountaineering options in the world, so here is a short list of some of the areas and routes we like to take our guests.  Based out of Whistler, BC, most of our mountaineering is in the Coast Mountains of Canada.

Wedge Mountain NE ridge

Wedge Mountain

Pigeon spire

Bugaboo Alpine Rock

MT ROBSON

Mt Robson

Joffre Lakes Group Mt.

Joffre Lakes Group

East Post Spire Bugaboos rock climbing

Bugaboo Rock Climbing

Mont Blanc - Summit ridge

Mont Blanc Guides

Custom Trip Cost

1 person $600 / day

2 people $350 / per person

More Than 2 People

More Details

Itinerary

Meeting point

Where our trip jumps off from depends on the destination of the trip, you will work with your guide to establish a convenient meeting time and place before you trip starts, we recommend meeting the evening before the commencement of the trip (at no extra cost) to have a relaxing meeting and double check all gear.  

Accommodation

With most trip commencing from Squamish BC we recommend booking a hotel in either Squamish or the adjacent towns of Whistler or Vancouver (better hotels and restaurants). While on the trips you can expect to find accommodation as either tenting or based out of a basic mountain hut. Mountain huts range from basic to quite comfy and well stocked and cost $25 - $35/night/person. Working with us to create your customer trip all costs with be presented and approved before moving forward.

Meals

All custom trips have the option of the meals being supplied by Altus at the cost of $60/day/person.  Alternatively guest is more than welcome to take the reigns of their alpine dining, we will support with cooking/dining equipment and guidance if needed.  

For larger groups, we may also arrange a personal cook to join our trips.

What's included

Our custom trips are based on guide days all other expenses are in addition or optional.

Guide fees:

1:1 (guide to guest) $600/day

1:2 (guide to guest) $350/day/person

1:3 (guide to guest) $275/day/person

1:4 (guide to guest) $200/day/person

*Most mountaineering routes are only possible with a maximum 1:2 ratio.  Easier objectives may be possible with a higher ratio at the discretion of the guide.

 

Not incuded

Accommodation

While on the trip we may spend the night in mountain huts or backcountry camps. These costs may range from $20 - $40/night/person

All Valley accommodation will be the responsibility of our clients to arrange and pay for, we are happy to assist in this and advise the best option.

Meals

All custom trips have the option of the meals being supplied by Altus at the cost of $60/day/person.  Alternatively guest is more than welcome to take the reigns of their alpine dining, we will support with cooking/dining equipment and guidance if needed.  

For larger groups, we may also arrange a personal cook to join our trips.

Travel

Depending on the objective we may charge a travel day for the guide to make it to the starting point of the mountaineering trip.  This is billed out at 50% of guide day fees.

Traveling with the guide on a trip is billed at $0.60/km for highway or simple back roads travel.

For 4x4 roads where the potential for additional wear and tear on the vehicle the rate for travel will depend on the length and difficulty of road (common on peaks such as Garibaldi or Tricouni) .8 day guided skiing with ACMG guide

 

 

Gear list
Booking policy

 

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer: info@altusmountainguides.com

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement

Cancellations

Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location

Canada

  • Insurance is free in entire country

USA

  • Private insurance is recommended

France 

  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.

 

Add-Ons

Photographer

$350 / day

Gear Rentals

$15 / day

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!