The mountain guide does not only guide you in a safe way across the mountains, but he fulfils also global tasks in taking care of his clients. Before the tour starts he gives personal advice to the client and supports him in selecting the right tour. Mountain guides have a basic education in geology, fauna and flora and know the mountains and their history.
Like this, a mountain tour becomes a global experience for the client. He does not only guide the way, but he is also adviser and animator. He helps ambitious clients to improve technically and physically. Often the mountain guide accompanies his client for many years and all over the world. This is the basis for friendships that last for a lifetime.
Safety is an important issue in mountaineering. Humans are looking for recreation and adventure in the mountains. Like in all situations in life also in mountaineering there is a certain residual risk left. Mountain guides are professionally trained to reduce this residual risk. Their high quality education is focused on safety. Additionally to this the mountain guide has got long experience which helps the professional and certified mountain guide to take the right decisions in difficult situations.
The statistics of the Swiss Alpine Club SAC are interesting in this context because they show that people who go to the mountains alone and non-guided groups have got a higher safety risk than guided tours in the mountains.