Intro to Alpinism: Chamonix

Chamonix is renowned as one of the world’s top centres of mountaineering. As well as being located underneath Mont Blanc, it has hundreds of smaller summits, many glaciers and lots of well-located mountain huts for the mountain enthusiast to explore. The grade range of this course will be F to PD.

Dates: June, July, August, September.

Ratio: 1:3

Who’s it for: Anyone with hill walking experience who wishes to experience mountaineering in the Alps and learn some alpine mountaineering skills.

Instruction/GuidingInsurance (essential)
Harnesses, helmetsCrampons, ice axe, boots
(can be hired in Chamonix)
Personal hut fees on a half board basisAccommodation in Chamonix
Transport during the courseUplift
Guides hut fees, lunches and upliftPersonal lunches, drinks and drinks at huts

Sample program

Day 1: Meet in Chamonix and hire/check equipment. Ascend via Le Tour to the Refuge Albert Premier. After lunch we complete an Ecole De Glace.

Day 2: From the Refuge we climb the Tete Blanche (3429m) and have the option of also ascending the Petite Fourche (3520m) before returning to the hut.

Day 3: From the Refuge we ascend the Aiguille du Tour (3542m) before descending to Le Tour and Chamonix.

Day 4: From Chamonix we travel through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur where we use uplift to gain the Punta Helbronner.  From here we ascend Le Petit Flambeau (3440m) before returning to the Refuge Torino.  This day can extended in length by additionally climbing the Aiguille de Toule (3534m).

Day 5: From the Refuge Torino, we traverse Vallee Blanche before ascending the east summit of Pointe Lachenal 3613m and returning to Chamonix via the Aiguille Du Midi lift system.

Other possible objectives

  • Aiguille Crochues (2834m)
  • The Refuge des Conscrits and the Aiguille de Berangere (3425m)
  • The Vittorio Emanuele II Hut and the Gran Paradiso (4061m)
  • The Plateau D’Assay Via Ferrata (AD+)
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