How to Book with Highland Guides & Prices
Our daily private guiding rate for Winter 2016 is:
- £270 for a 1:1 guiding ratio.
- Add £15 per extra person to these prices.
These prices are not fixed and may increase for long or difficult itineraries. These prices are course fees only. They include instructing / guiding services and the use of ropes and climbing protection hardware such as ice screws, wires, slings, karabiners etc. Prices do not include accommodation, travel, insurance, any food or drink, any personal equipment including boots, rucksack, helmet, harness, ice-axes, crampons or outdoor clothing although some of these may be available to hire or even borrow if you enquire.
Students on Winter Courses may also want to allow about £10 for using the Aonach Mor Gondola and £20 for a visit to the 'Ice-Factor' on top of their course fees. Maximum course ratios are generally 1:2 for climbing, advanced mountaineering and Skye Ridge traverses. Ratios of up to 1:6 are possible for introductory winter mountaineering and hill walking courses.
Highland Guides can cater for larger groups on request through the use of our associate instructors. For example if you have a group of 8 for a days climbing we could provide 4 staff at a cost of £700. If you have a group of 8 for a days introductory winter mountaineering we could provide 2 staff at a cost of £450. Just over fifty quid each for a days qualified instruction – not bad! Please get in touch with your specific requirements for a quote.
For a complete list of booking conditions please check our terms & conditions here.
A 25% deposit or a minimum of £400 is required to secure your booking. This is only returnable in the event of Highland Guides cancelling the course. The remainder of your course fees should be paid 3 months before the course commences.
A UK bank transfer can be made for the payment or, alternatively you can pay by credit / debit card or Paypal (3% fee) please get in touch for our bank details or to confirm if you would like to pay by credit card or Paypal.
You should ensure you are fully insured for your course to cover all cancellation and medical emergencies as well as equipment loss or theft. We recommend taking out an annual BMC insurance policy so you are covered for all your mountaineering requirements throughout the year. All profit from BMC insurance goes straight back into work for climbers and mountaineers.
You should check the kit lists on the advice page well in advance of your course to make sure you have the correct equipment. If you are unsure whether your current gear is appropriate please get in touch.
You should be fully aware that mountaineering is a risky activity and accept the possibility that you may be injured or even killed whilst in the mountains or on the crags. Whilst undertaking a course helps to minimise these risks by improving your skill levels it does not eliminate them. You should not book, or go into the mountains, if you do not fully understand and accept the risks inherent in mountaineering and climbing.
British Mountaineering Council Participation Statement: “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.” Being a participant on a course does not make you exempt from these risks.