Personal Guiding & Custom Courses - Summer

Summer Highlights

  • Private guiding
  • Custom weeks for groups
  • Expert guiding and instruction from experienced ISM Guides
  • A prestigious English speaking climbing and mountaineering school based in Leysin, Switzerland since 1965

ISM offers an extensive range of bespoke custom and private guiding packages.


Private guiding is for those of you who have specific technical objectives in mind or for people who want to really maximise their time and want the course to be totally tailored to themselves, their level of ability and at their own pace of learning and development.

Private guiding can be arranged for one person through to teams of up to 3 friends who want something a bit different.

With our experience and knowledge of the Alps we also offer a bespoke service to help you organise a custom package for your group.

Over the last 20 years, we have worked very closely with numerous colleges, universities, schools and friendship groups to help make a trip of a lifetime happen. These custom courses are fantastic for groups which have time constraints or particular objectives. Please contact the ISM office to talk through any custom week ideas which you may have.

Alpine 4000'ers - the full set! Some of our clients are attempting to climb all the sixty or so 4000m peaks in the Alps. We are helping them to achieve this goal over several years, climbing as many new summits as we can with each visit. The quest is not only immensely satisfying, giving you an in-depth knowledge of almost every corner of the Western Alps, it is tremendous fun as well!

Alpine 'Grand Courses' week. Some of the really big alpine routes in the AD-TD grade range are best attempted on a 1:1 guiding ratio. These include great alpine ridges like the Zmutt ridge on the Matterhorn, the Schaligrat on the Weisshorn, the Taschhorn-Dom traverse, the traverse of the Grand Jorasses, the Ferpecle Ridge on the Dent Blanche, and the 'Younggrat' on the Breithorn; also technical faces like the South Face of the Obergabelhorn. A fit and experienced alpinist could tackle two of these routes in a 6-day guiding block.

We've run a number of Custom and bespoke weeks for Colleges such as North Devon College (Petroc) and Stockport Grammer School giving the students a great introduction and foundation in summer alpine mountaineering.

Instructional weeks for groups, give the students a great foundation in alpine mountaineering learning skills, experience and will take away memories from the trip which last a life time.

Rock climbing up on the Leysin Tours gives the students a great day learning the skills of rock climbing in an amazing alpine setting.


Leysin also has a fantastic Via Ferrata which finishes on the summit of the Tour D'ai high up in the Leysin Tours. This is also a fantastic facility for groups wanting to learn basic alpine climbing and mountaineering skills before they maybe head off for a day or two in the higher mountains.

Whatever your requirements Private Guiding or maybe a Custom week for a group please get in touch with the ISM office, we'd be pleased to help.