Chamonix is the home of alpinism and mountaineering, and exploring the Mont Blanc massif should be experienced by all climbers.
This is a very flexible 6 day week with the itnerary not fixed until we know your ambitions, previous experience and prevailing conditions. We even have the option of relocating in the unlikely event that weather/conditions shut us down in Chamonix. Our low guiding ratio and flexible Chamonix accommodation allow us to make the most of the weather and climb the best routes.
This is also a great week to hone your own mountaineering skills under the supervision of our expert Guides.
It is also a great week to build experience before our Matterhorn and Eiger climbing weeks.
Who is it for?
This week is ideal if you have previous alpine experience or scottish winter climbing experience and want to climb some of the best routes/peaks Chamonix has to offer. Rock, airy ridges or mixed/ice - let us know what you fancy! Typically we climb routes graded PD-AD but it really depends on you and the conditions.
Saturday: We meet Saturday evening at 6pm to go through the weather/conditions and the weeks plans. There should be time to pick up any hire gear you may need.
Sunday - Friday: Lots of climbing! We spend up to 3 nights in mountain huts depending on conditions and group preference and we utilise the telepherique system to maximise climbing time.
Typical routes might include: the Midi-Plan traverse, the Aig du Peigne SW ridge or the Forbes arete on the Aig de Chardonet. Others include the Cosmique Arete, traverse of Aig Entreve, the Tour Ronde, Dent du Geant. The list is endless, and many climbers come back for this week several times.
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
During this course we may spend several nights in 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 one has 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. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
Local transport around the Chamonix valley and to Courmayeur is included.
*Note: Chalet accommodation and local transport are not included when paying the 'Course Only' price.