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Category: verticality
Duration: Half a day
Price from: 50 €


Rock climbing lessons are a great way to learn about rock climbing and the vertical world. This is an unmissable Chamonix activity for children and adults alike. Small children can have exciting adventures while developing their balance thanks to specialist teaching, while older children and adults can improve their skills of anticipation, learning climbing techniques such as belaying, setting up stances and abseiling.

The crag of les Gaillands is the Chamonix valley’s top climbing area and is not to be missed. Surrounded by grassland, lakes and forest, it is a real treat for the whole family, including very small children. With over 150 climbing routes, it is the ideal spot to learn about and practice outdoor rock climbing. In a unique site opposite the Mont Blanc Massif, the local rock offers varied climbing styles, including slabs, cracks and overhangs, and the majority of routes are graded French 5+ or less. The routes are bolted allowing top-roping and lead climbing in complete safety.

Following in the footsteps of mountain guides, the Gaillands climbing crag is the first stage on your journey into the mountains. It has been a climbing area since the 1920s.  Thanks to the initiative of Alfred Couttet, member of the Compagnie des Guides and known as ‘Couttet Champion’, its legendary slabs and long multi-pitch routes became a training ground and gateway for the high-mountain environment. Our mountain guides and climbing instructors are passionate about climbing, and provide fun daily teaching sessions throughout the summer from 6 years old.

The on-site Gaillands café offers fast food in a great setting with ice creams, drinks and snacks. The site also has public toilets and is easily accessible via public transport.

The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix also organises from 12am to 2pm rock climbing sessions "spider kids" specially for children between 4 and 6 years old and rock climbing sessions from 6 years old in Argentière. Contact us for more information.


Group booking associates people who do not necessarily know each other. It is ideal for people looking for group friendliness and attractive prices. To book online choose the day below and then choose the schedule (8.45am or 2.45pm). To book more than one session and enjoy a reduced rate add additional schedules to your basket (discount applied at time of payment).

Dates (group booking) : See online booking

Meeting Point (group booking) : 10 minutes in advance at the Compagnie des Guides chalet in les Gaillands
Supervision (group booking) : Level group from 4 to 6 people per guide

Schedules (group booking) : 8.45am to 11.45am and 2.45pm to 5.45pm.

Prices 2023 (group booking) :
3 hours session: 55€ per person
From 6 sessions : 50€ per person
Children minimum 7 years old

This price includes :
- mountain guide or climbing instructor services.
- technical gear : harness, helmet, carabineer, belay device, rope.

This price does not include :
- rock climbing shoes
- snack and water

Group : The group is assured with a minimum of 4 people
Maximum 6 people per guide


A private booking is a historical relationship that binds a guide to their clients. It allows you to be either alone or in a group of friends with your guide. Your guide can organize your trip to meet your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort.
Dates (private booking) : See on-line booking

Meeting Point (private booking) : 10 minutes in advance at the Compagnie des Guides chalet in les Gaillands

Supervision (private booking) : Group from 1 to 6 people per guide.

Prices 2023 (private booking) :
60€ per hour for the group, minimum 3 hours (171€) in July and August
- Full day : Group from 1 to 2 people : 400€
                 Group from 3 to 4 people : 420€

The price includes :
- mountain guides service
- technical gear : harness, helmet, carabineer, belay device, rope
The price does not include :
- climbing shoes
- snacks

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor.
Duration : 3 hours

Location : Gaillands climbing crag site located in front of the Gaillands lake in Chamonix. Route des Gaillands, 74400 Chamonix

Level : Rock climbing in les Gaillands is designed for people who want to discover the activity or improve their climbing skills


Find in this section all the information about the different equipment that is required. Since weather conditions can be very variable, it is better to have several thin layers rather than to have one big garment.

- Back pack to store your gear
- Rock climbing shoes

- Classic clothings adapted for sport.  

- A pair of sun glasses
- High protection sun cream
- A water bottle that contains a minimum 1,5 L
- Snacks

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & CoConcept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet


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