Prices do not include 5% GST or gratuities.

Guide base rate – $600 per day, one or two guests.
Additional guests – climbing: $125/guest, skiing: $75/guest
Premiums – $50-$250/day (depending on scope of objective)
Discounts – for shoulder season and short days enquire for details.
Multi-day trips – enquire for a custom quote; usually priced at $600/day for one or two guests, plus expenses.

To give you an idea of what to expect, a day of multi pitch rock climbing that lasts about 8 hours with a single client would cost $525 (i.e. the 8-pitch rock route Ballista). A long alpine day with two guests that is about 15 hours car to car would cost $875 ($525 base rate, $100 for the extra guest, $250 for the long day, i.e. Lefroy or Fay in a day). A Wapta traverse runs around $1500-1950 per person depending on the number of days (4-6 is typical) and other factors. Contact us for a quote. Hut based trips are a bit more complicated and depend on the destination and are typically done on a per person cost except for exclusive bookings. For example, Burnie Glacier Chalet is currently $2695/person for one week including airport and transfer day shuttles, food, guiding, accommodation, and gear rental (if available).


There are always questions about gratuities. A hard working guide can be thanked in many ways, gratuities being one of them. Consider 5-10% of your trip fee if you feel like your guide has made a real effort to make your trip special, especially if he or she has provided you with loaner equipment, done important repairs, taken care of logistics, or helped you in any other way that seems to you to go above and beyond the call of duty. Gratuities are shared amongst the staff and are best given to the lead guide for your trip to take care of. Feel free to ask us about gratuities if you’re uncertain.


  • Technical climbing (multi-pitch, alpine) – 1:1 (recommended), 1:2
  • Ski touring, hiking, instruction – 1:10
  • General mountaineering – 1:5


Tasty, nutritious mountain fare – $60/person/day for guests and guides. Special diets will be charged a premium which is usually around $75 per trip. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Resources page has details on backcountry traverse-style food typical of our trips.


Technical climbing equipment is available free of charge with guide’s fee if necessary.

This does NOT include boots, shoes or other clothing or ski touring equipment. We may carry what you need; contact us for details and pricing chart. Check our Resources page for a list of rental shops in the area.


  • Guests are expected to provide transportation for the guide. If the guide’s vehicle is required a fee of $.40/km applies.
  • Depending on your specific mountain adventure there may be additional costs. Huts cost in the range of $15-50/night.
  • Contact us for the details.


A deposit (usually 50%; specifics will be detailed on your invoice and in the trip information package) is payable in order to secure your trip dates. The remainder of the trip fee is typically payable 30-60 days in advance of the trip start date (trip dependant). If you cancel a trip your deposits are non-refundable, so you are advised to consider trip cancellation insurance. If we cancel a trip for any reason, all money you have deposited for a trip will be refunded in full.


There are a variety of ways to pay. There are fees associated with many ways of paying. See our Payment and Booking Conditions information page for details.


Release of Liability Waiver – you need to sign one of these before starting any trip with an ACMG guide. The waiver is a mechanism by which the risk associated with mountaineering and wilderness ski trips is transferred to those in a better position to bear (or insure against) that risk. It is recommended that all guests purchase travel and/or accident insurance. Your insurance broker can advise you as to what other types of insurance you may require, such as disability, evacuation, and life insurance.

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