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, the Coast Range, the Interior Ranges of the Selkirks and Purcells, 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.  An 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

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: Depends on the Objective. 2:1 Maximum for more technical peaks.

Cost: Starting at $375 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 the 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 looking for a solid partner in the hills- we can make it happen.

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


Spent a stellar day on a multi-pitch alpine route with Andrew. Super efficient, safe, yet always took the time to explain what he was doing and why (setting up anchors a certain way, route finding, etc.). He was open to anything I suggested as possible objectives but was also an excellent resource in helping me pick a route. Great sense of humor with some awesome stories. I would recommend Andrew and this company--professional, friendly and efficient staff. Thanks for a great day out!

- Carolyn G





We did a 3 day trip with Andrew and Tucker. Staying at Keith's Hut, we got to do a steep snow climb on Matier, snow, and rock on Joffre. We knew we were safe with Andrew and Tucker while doing some mixed alpine climbing out of our comfort zone. They were probably one of the best guides we have ever had, and we have climbed around the world. Thanks for a great birthday climb!!

- Khanh Q




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 Trips are in the Coast Mountains of Canada.

Ski Pilot

Sky Pilot Climb

Tricouni North Ridge

Mount Tricouni – North Ridge

Mount Garibaldi

Mount Garibaldi Summit

Climbing Blackcomb Buttress in Whistler

Blackcomb Buttress Whistler

Heli Mountaineering

Heli Assisted Mountaineering

Wedge Mountain NE ridge

Wedge Mountain

Custom Trip Cost

1 Person $650 / day

2 People $375 / per person

More Than 2 People

More Details


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.  


With most trips commencing from Squamish BC we recommend booking a hotel in either Squamish or the adjacent towns of Whistler or Vancouver. 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. While working with us to create your custom trip, all costs with be presented and approved before moving forward.


All custom trips have the option of the meals being supplied by Altus at the cost of $60/day/person.  Alternatively, guests are 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 Included


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.


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.


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) 

Gear List

Gear List

Note: Gear requirements can change based on trip and conditions. Let us know if you have any questions!

Personal Gear

  • Mountain Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum SPF 45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 litre
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Tape / Repair kit

Communal equipment: 

  • Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel*
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)*
  • Compass and map
  • GPS

Technical equipment:

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool*
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only*
  • Helmet*
  • 3 locking carabineers*
  • 1 belay device*
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)*

*Supplied by Altus if required

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:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


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. Reasons for Altus canceling a trip include, but are not limited to: unsafe conditions, guide injury, and/or guide illness.

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


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • 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.



$350 / Day

Gear Rentals

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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!!!