A mountain guide is a person who gainfully performs one or more of the following activities on a permanent or temporary basis:
- guiding people around mountains along paths and pathless terrains,
- guiding people on ski touring,
- guiding people on climbs,
- guiding people on glacier tours,
- professional lessons in mountaineering.
To complete the offer in performing the mountain guide activity, guests may be offered the transport services, renting of equipment and other similar services related to the aforementioned activities.
In Slovenia, anyone who has passed all the prescribed exams and professional examination, and has been entered in the list of active mountain guides of Slovenia may perform the profession of a mountain guide.
Training for this profession is a specialisation with which the profession of a mountain guide is acquired after successfully completed training according to the mountain guide programme, mandatory one-year traineeship and professional examination. The professional examination may be taken within five years after the successfully completed training for mountain guides.