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Category: Multi-day skiing
Duration: 2 days
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Price from: 330 €

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The unique setting of the Mont Blanc massif, with its rocky peaks and glaciers, has made the reputation of the Chamonix valley and its mountains. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has developed a series of ski tours & trips to discover this unique universe.

-Night on the Vallée Blanche, 2 days: in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif in an outstanding setting
-Night at Lognan, 2 days: panoramic crossing between the village of Argentière and le Tour, by the Col du Passon
-Night in the Argentière Basin, 2 days: vertiginous settings in a unique environment
-Ski tour between Argentière and Le Tour, 3 days: the forgotten slopes of the Mont Blanc Massif


Lying on the edge of the Grands Montets ski area, the Lognan hut is an ideal place to stay for a weekend of ski touring. Built next to the Argentière glacier serac chute the hut offers a warm welcome and generous helpings of typical Alpine cuisine.This programme will take you from the Argentière Glacier to the Glacier du Tour in two days, by the Col du Passon. During your stay, you will discover the iconic sectors of the Mont-Blanc massif and you will take advantage of a remarkable ski quality.

Programme includes: great ski touring in scenery unique in the world.
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Following the fire that hit the cable car of les Grands Montets in 2018, the classic itinerary is modified. We start from Bochard lift (2 766m), we join Lognan glacier (2 700m). We skin up to Rognons glacier (3 050m) through the Rachasses pass. At this point, we start a gorgeous descent to the Argentière Glacier, which we follow all the way to refuge de Lognan (2067m), where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 350m / Vertical descent: 1 000m
 
Day 2
Col du Passon (3028m). We climb up the length of the Argentière glacier, which we cross to reach the Passon moraine (2380m). We cross the moraine on foot and we may require crampons. The climb continues on skis. The slopes here are wide up until the col, which we reach using crampons and roped together via a couloir about a hundred metres high. The views from the col, over not only the Argentière basin but also the Le Tour basin, are simply breath-taking. The ski down to the village of Le Tour via the Le Tour glacier is a Chamonix valley must! 1 600m of great skiing!
Vertical ascent: 1000m / Vertical descent: 1600m

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 BOOKING

Dates 2022: Find all the dates available in the drop-down list below.

Price 2022 : 385€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
 
Included in the package :
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night)
- Lifts
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental
 
Not included in the package :

- Take out lunches and daily snacks
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros)
- Cost of getting to meeting point and cost of getting back to Chamonix
- Personal technical equipment

 

PRIVATE BOOKING

A private booking  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 2022 :

2 persons : 715€ per person
3 persons : 515€ per person
4 persons : 425€ per person
5 persons : 370€ per person
6 persons : 330€ per person

Included in the package :
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night)
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe)
 
Not included in the package :
- Take out lunches and daily snacks
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros)
- Cost of getting to meeting point and cost of getting back to Chamonix
- Personal technical equipment

 

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).

Meeting point : Meet at 09:00 in front of the Grands Montets (Argentière) ticket office. Contact us if you are having difficulty getting to Argentière from Chamonix. Public bus transfer back to Argentière.
 

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 : 4 to 6 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.

Accommodation : During the trip: half-board in hut.

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 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.
 

Equipment

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.
 
Equipment
 - Comfortable frameless rucksack of 35l on which you could fix your skis & ice-axe, rentable
- 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

Clothing
- 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)
 
Accessories
- 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

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

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