Whether you are a beginner or an expert climber, whether you want to go for a walk with your family, to go mountaineering, climbing , skiing or hiking as closely to nature as possible, whether it is intended for your children aged 3 to 10, for your teenagers aged 11 to 16 or for you and your relatives, we offer you a whole customised offer adapted to your desires and your level.


Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais/Les Contamines, a historic company of guides in France created in 1864, has been guiding all your dreams of spending holiday in the medium and highaltitude mountains for more than 150 years : hiking, mountaineering, skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, climbing, trail running…

Today Compagnie des guides de Saint-Gervais/Les Contamines has more than 80 guides and tour guides at the service of your excursions into the Alps and throughout the world. From the first guides who discovered the royal path of Mont-Blanc like Joseph-Auguste Octenier, to the trainers of the National School of Skiing and Mountaineering (ENSA) like André Simond, and to the first great Himalayan excursions led by Maurice Lenoir, the company has great names in the mountaineering world among its members. An experience of the mountain world renowned for more than 150 years.

The company gathers the guides from a same massif and a same valley, Val-Montjoie, situated at the feet of Mont-Blanc. It is the genuine and wild slope of the giant of the Alps. Building from its identity within the valley, it has two offices in the villages of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc and ContaminesMontjoie.

Doing their job with passion and tradition, our guides and tour guides want to hand down their knowledge of the mountain world and their anthenticity and want to share moments filled with emotion. Whether you are a beginner or an expert climber, their experience and their knowledge enable them to make you discover the Alps or farther territories under the best possible conditions.

Choosing the company is choosing a customised and personalised offer for your trips, offered by experienced guides and tour guides who perfectly know that field.

A whole illustrated history…


Compagnie des guides de Saint-Gervais was officially instituted with a solidarity fund as one of its founding mainstays named as the Relief Fund the guides put money into thanks to their contributions and the proportion of their mountain climbs.
The guides’ contributions were not enough, hence the idea of allocating a part of the profits of the Guides’ Festival into the Relief Fund.
The accident of Malabar Princess at the summit of Mont-Blanc and the difficulties to rescue people made people aware of the risks run by the guides. That feat gave a new dimension to the Guides’ Festival and the Relief Fund.
Our Relief Fund is still so much in demand. It has come to the assistance of injured people, sick people and their families and has brought a moral and financial support in case of death.


Going hiking, skiing or snowshoeing, with passion and tradition, since 1864 the guides have been making you discover the mountains which make you dream and where nature is unique, places with a certain historic and legendary quality.

The guides want to carry on the expertise of their elders by appreciating it at its true value.

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