Gazing towards the vast Argentière glacier and mountain hut, the ski-tourer is dazzled the vertiginous and ice- covered north faces.
The view of this rugged landscape extends from Aiguille Verte to Triolet peaks, then looking towards the Italy with Mont Dolent and Tour Noir, and ends with Aiguille d'Argentière and Chardonnet peak.
Here, the skier finds the playground he expected. He can choose, for example, the Amethysts Glacier, wide and not too steep, towards the Col du Tour Noir or better yet, the engaged and steady slope of the "Y" corridor on Aiguille d'Argentière.
In winter, both skiers and climbers meet in the Argentière refuge; numerous roped parties take advantage of the favourable winter period to ascend the famous North faces of these intensely desired summits.
Info : Following the fire that hit the cable car of les Grands Montets, the itinerary will be modify; with an extra vertical ascent of 300 m. Starting from Bochard lift (2766m), we join Lognan glacier (2700m). Skin up to Les Grands Montets glacier (3050m) through the Rachasses pass. Here, we join the normal route.
Day 1 : We take the tram to reach the summit of Les Grands Montets (3 300/ 10 800ft).
We ski down by the Rognon to Argentière glacier. While we put our skins under our skis, we are inspired by other skiers’ choice, heading up some of the various routes around us. The Argentière glacier is mostly flat at this stage, making the ski tour to the refuge short and easy, allowing to stop and practice our avalanche search and rescue operations. We spend the rest of the day practicing ski touring techniques such as uphill ski turns. We stay overnight at the Argentière hut (2 771 m/ 9144ft). The view over the impressive north faces rising high above Argentière glacier is stunning!
Vertical gain: 300 to 500m/ 1000ft to 1650 ft Vertical drop: 1000m/3280ft
Day 2 : The day begins with a ski tour up Tour Noir glacier all the way to the pass (3 535 m/11 665ft). Depending on the group’s motivation and energy, we can also reach the nearby Argentière pass 3552m/ 11720ft. We ski back down the same way still enjoying the incredible view!
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.
Dates 2021 : March 20-21 ; April 03-04 ; April 17-18.
Price 2021 : 370€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package :
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access,
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
Not included in the package :
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Personal drinks,
- Personal technical equipment,
Private hiring is the historical relationship that binds a guide to his/her client. It allows you to be alone, or in a constituted group, with your guide that meets your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on the availability of the huts) and the itinerary can be adjusted, according to your specific expectations.
Prices 2021 :
2 persons : 670€ per person
3 persons : 485€ per person
4 persons : 400€ per person
5 persons : 345€ per person
6 persons : 310€ per person
These prices include the same conditions as mentioned above.
Meeting point : 9.00AM. at the cash desk of Lognan lift (Argentiere).
(Participants may leave personal belongings at our office during the tour). Back to Argentière from Le Tour with public transport.
Ability level : An appropriate choice of destination 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. It is important you do not overestimate your abilities and you understand that the weight of your backpack, the altitude and the snow conditions can negatively impact on your normal skiing ability.
Fitness level : For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and who have a previous ski touring experience. Vertical ascent of up to 900m per day. Five to six hours of exercise per day. Backpack potentially includes mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe). Altitudes of under 3500m.
Technical level : For off-piste skiers making their first forays into ski touring. Wide slopes with short sections of narrow passages (up to 30°). Able to ski in all snow conditions. Some knowledge of basic mountaineering techniques (walking with crampons and ice axe) and kick turns.
Guiding policy : The group is composed of 4 to 6 skiers maximum per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
Accomodation : During the trip: in catered mountain huts, nights in dormitory.
Before & after the trip: We have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers.
Documentation : 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 : Few days before the trip, the mountain guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
We recommend you to pay particular attention to the choice of your equipment. It contributes greatly to the success of your stay. Weight is decisive: you always have to evaluate the ratio weight/comfort, to find the best compromise. In a general way, it is better to pile up several light coats rather than wear one big clothing.
- Comfortable frameless rucksack of 35l on which you could fix your skis & ice-axe
- Ski touring skis & shoes, rentable
- Adhesive climbing skins & ski knifes adapted to your skis, rentable
- A pair of poles with large discs, rentable
- A pair of light crampons & an ice-axe, rentable
- A security pack including harness, DVA, shovel & probe - this pack will be lend by your guide
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated parka with hood (Gore-tex or equivalent), rentable
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated pants, rentable
- Thick polar-pile fleece jacket or equivalent
- A light down jacket
- 1 long-sleeve shirt
- Medium weight thermal underwear (top + bottoms, silk or polypro, double as pyjamas)
- Warm ski socks
- Warm ski hat and light sun hat with brim
- Warm ski gloves or mittens
- A pair of adjusted gloves (in leather or fleece)
- Neck protection
- Spare thermal underwear (for sleeping and change)
- High-altitude sunglasses (grade 4 is recommended)
- A goggle
- 1.5 quart water bottle
- An isotherm bottle
- A mini toilet bag including: sun block for face and lips, aspirin, elastoplast, 2nd skin kit, earplug, toilet paper
- A headlamp with spare batteries
- A cotton or silk sleeping sheet: compulsory in every hut. - Hut provide blankets, slippers or clogs
- A plastic bag contains your ID card & Euros for extras
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.
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