Lying in Italy’s Gran Paradiso national park, the Val di Rhêmes is the perfect venue for a ski touring holiday. The terrain is ideal for skiing and the welcoming Benevolo hut, as well as being ideally situated, also lives up to the Aosta Valley’s reputation for excellent accommodation. In short, it has everything you need to have a great time.
The programme is designed to allow you to make the most of the area’s touring potential and two consecutive nights in the Benevolo hut ensures you have a lightweight backpack for your climbs on D1 and D2.
Transfer from Chamonix to Val di Rhêmes via the Mont Blanc tunnel. We put on our skis at the exit from the village of Rhêmes Notre Dame (1750m). Next comes the climb up the valley to the Benevolo hut (2280m) where we stop to eat and lighten our packs. We finish off the day with the ascent of the Pointe Lavassey (2772m). Descent and first night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 1000m / Vertical descent: 500m
Round-trip to the Pointe Calabre (3445m). Having bypassed the canyon of the Dora torrent, we ascend alongside the impressive east face of the Pointe Parei (3387m). The route now continues over the Soches glacier and a gentle slope to the summit. Lying on the border between Italy and France, the views here are superb: over the Gran Paradiso Massif on the Italian side, and the Vanoise Massif on the French side. Descent via the same route and second night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 10650m / Vertical descent: 1065m
Destination Gran Vaudala (3272m). The views from the summit are splendid, particularly those of the Nivollet valley and the Gran Paradiso (4060m). We descend via the magnificent, untouched valley on the northern side of the Gran Vaudala. We ski to the village of Thumel, where we rejoin our route of ascent from the first day. All we need to do from here is enjoy the ski back to the car park. Transfer to Chamonix, which we reach by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 995m / Vertical descent: 995m
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 : April 16-18 ; April 24-26 ; April 30- May 02.
Price 2021 : 535€ 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),
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- 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 (Chamonix),
- 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 :
1 person: 1860€ per person
2 persons : 1000€ per person
3 persons : 715€ per person
4 persons : 570€ per person
5 persons : 485€ per person
6 persons : 430€ per person
These prices include the same conditions as mentioned above.
Meeting point : Meet at 08:30 at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix. Transfer by minibus to the departure point. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until the group returns). Return to Chamonix by minibus.
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 1300m per day. Seven to eight hours of exercise per day. Backpack includes mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe). Carrying skis. Altitudes of under 4000m.
Physical level: For intermediate ski tourers. Varied slopes, a few technical sections (slopes up to 35º). Solid technique in all snow conditions. Mastery 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.
Accomodation : During the trip: half-board in huts, showers.
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 : One week 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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