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Discover mountaineering against the stunning backdrop of the Mont Blanc Massif. Five days to learn basic techniques and develop your skills on rocky, glaciated and mixed terrain. A specific guiding ratio of three to four participants per guide allows us to provide personalised advice and a large degree of flexibility when it comes to choice of route. A night in a mountain hut allows us to further immerse ourselves in the world of mountaineering.
Education, magical settings and learning are the watchwords behind this course.
Day 1: Rock climbing skills
We leave Chamonix for the Gaillands climbing area. Here we learn the techniques for moving over rocky terrain, including roping up, belaying, and securing belay stances. Chance to second or lead climb, depending on how you feel.
Day 2: Ice skills
We head for the Argentière glacier (2300m) from the mid-station (Lognan, 1970m) of the Grands Montets cable car. We learn the techniques for moving across icy terrain, such as using crampons and ice axes.
Day 3: Day route
The time has come to put what you have learned over the previous two days to the test! Your guide will choose a destination depending on the group’s objectives and the conditions in the mountains on the day. Examples of routes include the Petite Aiguille Verte (3512m) and the traverse of the Aiguilles Crochues (2840m).
Day 4 and Day 5: Routes from the Pointe Helbronner with night in the Torino hut
You now find yourself plunged into the heart of the mountains! This area offers a wide choice of varied routes. The night in the Torino hut (3371m) is also an opportunity to get to know your guide better. Examples of routes from here include the Aiguilles d’Entrèves (3600m), Aiguilles Marbrées (3535m), and Petit Flambeau (3440m).
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Group session associates several people who don’t know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
MAY: 29-02nd of June.
JUNE: 03-07 /12-16 / 26-30.
JULY: 08-12 / 15-19 / 22-26 / 29-02nd of August.
AUGUST: 05-09 / 12-16 / 19-23 / 26-30.
SEPTEMBER: 04-08 / 18-22.
PRICE 2019: 880€ per persone, based on minimum 3 people.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board to the Torino hut (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Transfer go & back Day 4 & 5,
- Lift access as per programme.
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
Meet at 8.30am at the Chamonix Guides Company: 190 place de l’église.
An appropriate choice of peak is essential for you to properly enjoy your holiday. To get the most out of your trip we recommend you take regular exercise throughout the year and, where necessary, undertake specific training a few months before you leave. Try to avoid last minute training that can lead to injury. Do not to overestimate your abilities and do be aware that the weight of your pack and higher altitudes reduce your usual strength and stamina. For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports.
Six to seven hours of exercise per day. No mountaineering experience necessary.
3 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.
Minor, only accompagnied by a parent.
One half-board in hut (on Day 4) includes.
For the other night, benefit from specials prices with our hotel partners in Chamonix. Ask firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip
One week before the trip, the 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.
Weather conditions can be extremely variable: from 20ºC on the approach route to the hut, to -15ºC on the summit (like a cold winter’s day in a ski resort).
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.
- 35-litre backpack
- Climbing shoes, rentable
- High-altitude mountaineering boots that are not too tight, rentable
- Gaiters, if needed for your trousers
- Telescopic trekking poles, rentable
- Crampons with anti-balling plates; helmet, harness and straight ice axe, rentable
- Bring the technical equipment you have (figure of eight, locking carabiners…)
- 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, rentable
- Down jacket
- Base layer leggings
- Durable summer mountaineering trousers (not ski trousers)
- ‘Gore Tex’ style over-trousers, rentable
- 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, antisickness medication
- Watertight bag to contain your ID/passport and Euros
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