HIGH ALTITUDE TOUR CLASSIC Hut based

Duration: 3 days
Country/Region: Switzerland, Uri, Bern, Wallis, Glarus
Price: 990 CHF p.P.
Participants: 4-8
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This high altitude course with hut accommodation will teach you the basics as well as safety and rescue techniques to be able to undertake simple high altitude tours independently. Furthermore, we will consolidate and deepen our knowledge through two practical tours. 
A hands-on training of the extra class, for true adventurers!

Requirements:

Pickelparcours am Hochtourenkurs

Fitness

Schwierigkeit 3 5 1

Hiking with heavy backpack up to 6 hrs/day

Use of ice axe, crampons

Schwierigkeit 1 5 1

No previous experience necessary

Classic High Altitude Course with rock and ice module

The sky slowly turns pink and the peaks that line up seem even more dramatic and rugged than they looked in the daylight. It’s a beautiful natural spectacle. The sun stops warming and we slowly return to the hut, which awaits us for dinner. When we arrive, the night has already caught up with us. The sky fills with stars, the visibility is crystal clear and the air is freezing cold. We are still chatting about today’s course modules and in the parlor we pick out the application tour for tomorrow. Tomorrow will be another magnificent day that will take us to untouched corners of the canton of Uri, far away above all, and yet very close to the nature that we appreciate so extraordinarily.

In these three days we will learn a lot: from the correct use of crampons and ice axe, the planning of a tour and map reading, to crevasse rescue and much more. To make it even more adventurous, we will do two practical tours to consolidate the know-how we acquired. If you have specific questions, we will address course content to help you acquire the desired skills and see you progress in the mountains.

Our high altitude tour courses are as unique as you are: that’s why we plan them carefully and adventurously, so that we will have an unforgettable adventure full of breathtaking views, movement and fun on the glacier.

Some areas where we offer our classic high altitude courses are:
Furka, Susten, Hüfi, Gadmen, Gornergletscher, Rosenlauigletscher, Aletsch and many more.

For the very adventurous among us: We also offer a Hybrid High Altitude Course with tent overnight on the glacier.

Basic High Altitude Course

The perfect offer if you want to experience a three-day training in alpine environment and combine it with practical tours.

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Your benefits with Exped Tribe:

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Local and multilingual mountain guide

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Support member

who will document the trip with professional recordings and look after your well-being. You will receive drone videos, photos and much more as a souvenir of your adventure.

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Small groups

of max. 8 participants. Increased flexibility, familiar atmosphere and harmonious get-together. We do our best to ensure that all participants have an incredible adventure! We conduct expectation phone calls and pool participants who have similar expectations and abilities. We are happy to accept special requests!

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Vegetarian friendly

We offer Alpine gourmet cuisine, completely without meat/fish!

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Co2 compensation

Planting of several trees per participant. You will receive a certificate of your trees and will be able to follow their growth.

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Rental materials

Cost-effective rental materials such as crampons, ice axes, expedition tents and much more are available.

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Planned itinerary of the Classic High Altitude Course

Fondue Abend nach der Schneeschuhtour

Day 1

We meet and distribute the equipment among participants. After the hike to the chosen hut and a short orientation we start with the module ICE: We are introduced to the safe walking technique with crampons. Soon we are all secured to the rope and hiking through crevasses and small watercourses. We learn about the different rescue techniques on the glacier, and practice using ice axes and crampons with an exciting ice axe parcours.

As the day draws to a close, we enjoy a warming vegetarian dinner. We look at the stars and discuss again the techniques and aspects that were used. Sleep tight and see you tomorrow!

Aufstieg zum Gipfel bei der Schneeschuh Expedition

Day2

The early bird catches the worm! We eat a strengthening breakfast and start with a dreamlike view with the module ROCK. This is supplemented by further techniques used on ice. By a short practical tour in the area we consolidate the learned skills.

Thanks to the techniques learned, everyone should be able to navigate through the crevasse landscape. After a deserved summit photo, we gently make our way back to the hut. We eat something tasty and discuss tomorrow’s final tour together, a longer application tour that serves as the culmination of our training. An introduction to meteorology, map reading and planning techniques rounds off the course and will enable you to undertake simple high altitude tours independently after this course.

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Day 3

We start early from the hut and head directly for the selected peak. The techniques you have learned will come in handy, because often the combination of techniques from both days will be necessary to progress (rock and ice).

After reaching the summit, we hike back to the hut, pack our equipment and reach the meeting point of day 1. See you on the next adventure!

We will send you the pictures and videos taken during your training, so that you will always have beautiful memories of these three days with you. 

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Important info about your adventure

Clothing
  • Hard shell jacket
  • Spare underwear (the warmest you have)
  • Warm and waterproof touring pants, warm base layer & sweater
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Hat, gloves, balaclava
  • Two pairs of long and warm socks
Miscellaneous
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun and lip lotion
  • Drinking bottle and thermos flask
  • Camera and power bank
  • Plaster and Compeed
  • Ankle-high, stiff and waterproof mountain boots
  • Backpack (30-60L)
Technical equipment
  • Telescopic poles
  • Crampons suitable for the mountain boots
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Glacier set (Grigri or Micro Traxion, webbing sling 60 cm, webbing sling 120 cm, 2x Prusik sling, 2x HMS carabiners, 2x ice screws)
  • Further climbing material, if available
For the overnight
  • Hut sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries (reduced to the minimum)
Services
  • Swiss certified mountain guide

  • Half board

  • Professional photo and video reportage

  • Group material

Catering
  • Snack (serves to replenish the energy balance): This is eaten between breakfast and dinner and taken along for appropriate days. Good choices are dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, whole grain bread and energy bars. Remember not to make your backpack too heavy.
  • Half board (included): Out of commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat. We do our best to keep the menu as exciting as possible despite logistical challenges. Please notify us in advance of any special dietary needs
Mietmaterial
  • Trekking poles, CHF 15.00
  • Climbing harness, CHF 20.00
  • Crampons, CHF 20.00
  • Ice axe, CHF 15.00
  • Glacier climbing set, CHF 50.00
  • Trekking backpack (60l), CHF 20.00
Others, Add-ons
  • This high altitude course is suitable for both beginners and advanced, as the course content is adapted according to the wishes and level of all participants

HIGH ALTITUDE COURSE CLASSIC

A training of the extra class, which prepares you for the high tour season in the best possible way
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