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Alpine Essentials


Alpine Essentials is designed to teach you all the fundamental skills for climbing in the Alps.

During this 5 day course we will start with alpine rock climbs and scrambles while we acclimatise, learning appropriate ropework and belaying skills on the way. The second part of the week we spend in the high glaciated mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, taking in 2 quality peaks while we learn appropriate crampon, rope and crevasse rescue techniques.

The course is flexible, so if rock is your thing we can focus more on that or vice versa - let us know on your booking form.


Who is it for?

A good level of fitness, previous hillwalking and/or scrambling experience is all you need for this course. Previous rock climbing experience is helpful too.

A perfect week for alpine first timers or old-hands looking for a great weeks' climbing while brushing up their skills.


Chalet Accommodation*

When staying in Chamonix, we stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.


What to expect from mountain huts

They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and so we have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets or duvets. The huts provide slippers for wearing inside. We ask the hut guardians to provide a packed lunch on this course. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!


Typical Itinerary

Sunday: We meet on Sunday evening to go through the weather/conditions and plan for the week.

Monday: Multipitch rock climbing and abseiling in Chamonix valley. Stay in Chamonix.

Tuesday: Traverse of the Clocher-Clochetons or Aig Crochue in the Aig Rouges, stay in Chamonix. A day looking at scrambling and 'short roping' skills.

Wednesday: Traverse the glacial Vallee blanche from the Aig du Midi to Pt Helbronner. Overnight in the Torino hut. A day looking at glacier travel skills and crevasse rescue.

Thursday: Climb the Tour Ronde and overnight in the Cosmiques hut. Putting all the skills in practice!

Friday: Climb Mt Blanc du Tacul and return to Chamonix. A final day polishing your new skills.

Saturday: Departure




Local transport in the Chamonix valley is included.


*Note: Chalet accommodation, local transport and packed lunches are not included in the 'Course Only' price.

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Course Detail
Price: £1295
Approx: €1,777.24 / $1,993.07
Price (course only): £1145
Approx: €1,571.38 / $1,762.21
Ability level: Level 2
Previous rock, ice or easy alpine climbing experience is required to get the most from this trip. You will either be starting to venture onto more technical terrain or in a more remote/harsh environment.
Fitness Level: A
Good cardiovascular and hill walking fitness is a must. Endurance is key to successful mountaineering several days in a row. Typical days require 5-6 hours of climbing, and summit days can be upto 10-15 hours!
Guiding ratio: 1:3
What's included:
  • mountain huts at full-board (with packed lunch & boiled water)
  • in resort transport
  • chalet accommodation (BnB with packed lunch)
  • guides fees and expenses
  • Course Only inclusions are just guides fees/expenses and upto 3 nights half board in mountain huts
What's not included:
  • uplifts
  • transport to/from Chamonix
  • equipment rental
  • travel insurance
  • evening meals when in Chamonix
Course Dates
Starting 07th Sep 2015 Enquire about this course
Starting 07th Sep 2015 Enquire about this course
Starting 06th Jun 2016 Enquire about this course
Just wanted to say thanks to all the Dream Guides team for running such a great course !
You were all really helpful, and my guide was very professional and taught us so much in just 5 days !
I had an awesome week, and can't wait to get back out there
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