Aiguille du Tour is the ideal summit for a first fast hiking experience, alpitrail. The route offers all terrain conditions which makes it a perfect training climb to prepare for “Mont Blanc in a day”. From Albert 1er hut we continue on the glacier until the rocky airy yet easy section that leads to the summit of Aiguille du Tour, rewarding our efforts with a stunning view over the Mont Blanc range and the distant Swiss peaks.
This ascent is proposed in partnership with Petzl.
Ascending Aiguille du Tour in a day
After an early start from Chamonix we take a break at Albert 1er hut, before setting foot on the glacier. We return to Chamonix later the same day.
Point 1 : Car park of Le Tour (1450m/ 4 785 ft) - the glacier moraine 2130m (6988ft)
Trail section: steep path.
Vertical drop: 680m (2230ft).
Point 2 : The glacier moraine 2130m (6988ft) - Refuge Albert 1er (2706m/ 8 929 ft)
We hike directly up the glacier moraine. Steep yet no technical difficulty to access the hut.
Lunch break at the hut. We leave our trail equipment at the hut.
Vertical drop: 1250m (4 125ft).
Point 3 : Refuge Albert 1er (2706m/ 8 929 ft) - Bottom of the Aiguille du Tour 3400m ( 11155 ft)
Mountaineering - route on glacier. Col supérieur du Tour 3289m (10790 ft)
Vertical drop:1950m (6397 ft).
Point 4 : Bottom of the Aiguille du Tour 3400m ( 11155 ft) - Summit of Aiguille du Tour 3540m/ 11 682ft.
Vertical drop : 2100m (6890ft).
This program will depend on weather and terrain conditions at time of ascent, as well as group’s mountaineering skills and fitness level. The guide will suggest another ascent if necessary.
There is no collective excursions on this activity. We do not mix people who do not know each other.
Dates 2020 : On request, from June to September.
Prices 2020 :
1 person : 640€ per person
2 persons : 320€ per person
3 persons : 215€ per person
4 persons : 160€ per person
Included in the package :
- Guiding services
- Technical equipment: we supply light technical PETZL equipment (crampons, ice-axe, helmet and rope).
Not included in the package :
- Personal mountaineering equipment rental
- Cancellation and repatriation insurance
- Accommodation before and after the ascent
- Energy snacks and drinks
Meeting point : It will be fixed by your guide, depending on conditions.
Ability level : For people in excellent physical shape. Climbing from the parking area in the village of Le Tour to the summit entails a 2090m (6 897 ft) vertical gain. It is a good alpitrail start. Regular training is however necessary in order to reach the top of Aiguille du Tour in one day from the valley bottom.
Hiking experience on glacier with crampons is mandatory: People who wish to climb Aiguille du Tour should have a good experience of the use of crampons on a glacier at high altitude.
Guiding policy : 1 to 4 people*. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
* Exclusively for people who know each other.
Food - provisions : Your responsibility. During the ascent breakfast and lunch can be taken at the hut Refuge Albert 1er. Participants must bring energy snacks (dry fruits, energy gel, chocolate…). Water at the huts is NOT drinkable. Bring small change in euros for extra drinks.
Preparing for the trip : Your mountain guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
We recommend you take particular care over you choice of equipment, as it plays a large role in the success of your trip. Weight is critical, and you must always evaluate the weight-to-comfort ratio to find the best compromise. Generally speaking, it is better to put on several thin layers than to have one bulky item of warm clothing, and it is vital that you remain dry at all times.
- A 30 liter back-pack,
- High-altitude mountaineering boots that are not too tight,
- Gaiters, if needed for your trousers
- Telescopic trekking poles
- Crampons with anti-balling plates; helmet, harness and straight ice axe
- Warm hat that can be worn under a helmet
- Sun hat or cap
- Neck protection such as a ‘Buff’
- ‘Micro-fibre’ style long-sleeve base layer
- ‘Gore Tex’ style shell jacket with hood
- Down jacket
- Base layer leggings
- A trekking trousers,
- ‘Gore Tex’ style over-trousers
- Warm specialist walking socks
- Lightweight specialist walking socks
- Ski gloves or good quality mitts
- Leather or fleece gloves
- Change of clothes at your discretion
- Category 4 sunglasses
- Ski goggles
- Headtorch plus spare batteries
- Sheet sleeping bag
- Water bottle (minimum 1.5l) and thermos bottle
- Personalised first aid kit with a minimum of: sun cream, lip balm, cotton buds, blister kit,
- Watertight bag to contain your ID/passport and Euros
Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports & Ravanel & Co .
A 10€ discount voucher coming from the shop Au Vieux Campeur will be given to the first 500 clients from the ‘Cie des Guides’ (voucher to be collected at our office). Closest shop ‘Au Vieux Campeur’ : Sallanches.