Trip Dates

Custom dates June through September

Price

Starting at 320 euro / day

Group Size

1 guide / 2 or 3 guests maximum (skills & route dependent)

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced, Route dependent

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Guided Mountaineering
Courses

Chamonix Alpine

The birthplace of Mountaineering and deservedly the worlds greatest alpine playground...

The Chamonix valley is dominated by the majestic dome of Mont Blanc. It is surrounded by hundreds of easily accessible pointy granite spires providing world renowned rock, ice and mixed alpine routes. The village is charming and offers incredible vistas, cuisine along with a vibrant mountain culture.

Like most mountaineering in the Alps, climbing in Chamonix provides the luxury of easy access routes with lighter packs and overnight programs based from catered mountain huts. Whether you are interested in an easy alpine route for the day or seek a multi-day adventure from a hut, let us design a unique trip to meet your climbing goals and background.

There are more than a lifetime worth of route options & objectives in the Mont Blanc Massif. Our custom alpine programs in Chamonix range from 2-6 days. Some of the popular peaks and routes we recommend include:

  • Mont Blanc: The Goûter Ridge & Les Trois Monts (both Grade PD)
  • Dent du Géant: The South West Face (Grade AD 5.9)
  • Grand Capucin: Swiss Route (Grade TD+ 5.10)
  • Aiguille du Midi: Cosmiques Arête (Grade PD+ 5.6) & South Face (Grade AD 5.10a)
  • Les Courtes: The Traverse (Grade PD+) & North Face (Grade TD- 75deg)
  • Mont Blanc du Tacul: Chèré Couloir (Grade AD- WI4-)
  • Aiguille d’Argentiere: La Flèche Rousse (Grade AD 5.4)
  • Aiguilles Dorées: The Traverse (Grade AD+ 5.5)
  • l’Index: South Ridge (Grade F 5.6)

For a complete, list along with difficulty information, route description and trip length, click on Location below.  Please contact us if you are interested in a specific route or a custom trip.

Itinerary

We offer 2 to 6 day Chamonix Alpine climbing programs. The length and itinerary of this program is flexible and depends on many factors including: your interests, needs and previous climbing experience.

The difficulty and length of a chosen route(s) will often determine the the number of days on this program. Chamonix benefits from an efficient lifts network facilitating access to hundreds of classic alpine climbs. Due to the ease of access, it is possible to do many of the routes in one day and be based out of town. Also, there are many conveniently located mountain huts in the Mont Blanc Massif to base out of for the longer routes.

Below is sample itinerary for a 3 day program

Pre-trip meeting; 17:30 PM in Chamonix (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waivers.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy

Day 1, First Tram, Hike-in and Climb

  • 06:00 AM, meeting at lift station & head on up
  • 06:30 AM, Gear up for glacier travel & hike-in to climb
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to lift station
  • 16:30 PM, Back in Chamonix for a great dinner

Day 2, Full Climbing day & overnight at mountain hut

  • 06:00 AM, meeting at lift station & head on up
  • 06:30 AM, Gear up for glacier travel & hike-in to climb
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to a mountain hut
  • 16:30 PM, Back at the hut for a civilized night in the mountain

Day 3, Last climb & tram back to Chamonix

  • 05:00 AM, breakfast, hike-in to another classic alpine route
  • 07:30 AM, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 16:30 PM, top out, walk off & head back to lift station
  • 20:00 PM, back in Chamonix for a well deserved shower & dinner

Prerequisites

On this guided alpine rock program, prior rock climbing and mountaineering experience is required. Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains. The difficulty of the routes we attempt will be based on your personal goals, interests and previous climbing experience.  Previous traditional and crack climbing experience, with or without a guide and the ability to climb with a small pack is required.

Equipment

Alpine_Rock_Equipment_List.pdf

Weather

Due to the higher elevations, proximity to dominant winds and weather conditions, mountain weather is difficult to predict. It is most often worse than the weather in the surrounding valleys and can change quickly as it is really hard to predict for more than 24hrs ahead.

In summer you expect temperatures to be from 10 C to 28C in the day while overnight temperature can drop dramatically in the high alpine, even below zero.  Temperatures are much colder at higher elevations, even in the summer. It is not uncommon to have overnight freezing temperatures in the alpine, outside a mountain hut or near a back country camp.

It is always an interesting challenge to know exactly what you are going to get, therefore is important to be flexible with timing and not too attached to a particular goal or objective.  Be prepared by bringing all required items, this ensure you will be dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation.

Location

Located in the Western Alps, the village of Chamonix is deeply nestled near the headwaters of the Arve river in Eastern France. It is very close to the border with both Switzerland and Italy. It is best accessed from the Geneva international airport, 70 km away, via public or private transfers. Private transfers take about 1 hour and can be arranged through various companies, see FAQ below for details. Public transfers by train or bus are also possible. They are slightly more affordable however in the case of the train, connections are not ideal and it takes upwards of 2.5 hours to reach Chamonix. The bus is quicker, more direct and just as economical as the train.

Here is a list of our favorite Chamonix peaks

  • Mont Blanc, 4808m / 15775’
  • Mont Maudit, 4465m /  14650’
  • Mont Blanc du Tacul, 4248m /  13940’
  • Aiguille du Midi, 3842m /  12600’
  • Aiguille du Plan, 3673m /  12050’
  • Aiguille des Grands Chamoz, 3445m /  11302’
  • Grandes Jorasses, 4208m /  13805’
  • Dent du Géant, 4013m /  13170’
  • Aiguille d’Entrèves, 3600m /  11810’
  • La Tour Ronde, 3800m /  12470’
  • Aiguille du Chardonnet, 3824m /  12545’
  • Aiguille d’Argentière, 3900m /  12795’
  • Aiguilles Dorées, 3519m /  11545’
  • Aiguille du Tour, 3544m /  11630’
  • Mont Dolent, 3823m /  12540’
  • Les Courtes, 3856m /  12650’
  • Les Droites, 3944m /  12940’
  • Aiguille Verte, 4122m /  13520’
  • Le Grand Dru, 3754m /  12316’
  • Aiguille du Moine, 3412m /  11200’

Below are our favorite Chamonix alpine routes grouped by difficulty

Easy Alpine Routes

  • l’Index: South Ridge (Grade F 5.6)
  • Aiguille du Midi: Cosmiques Arête (Grade PD+ 5.6)

Moderate Alpine Routes

  • Mont Blanc: The Goûter Ridge & Les Trois Monts (both Grade PD)

Advanced Alpine Routes

  • Grand Capucin: Swiss Route (Grade TD+ 5.10)
  • Dent du Géant: The South West Face (Grade AD 5.9)

Many other easy, moderate and advanced route options exist, contact us for more information. Whether a route is easy, moderate or hard is subjective and depends on many factors. To create our favorites list we have considered these factors: length of the route, technical difficulty, how sustain a route is and how long of a day it takes to complete it.

Services Included

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG Alpine Guide or Mountain Guide services
  • 10 years of experience in the area
  • Alternative plan based on current conditions
  • Rope use & all technical equipment
  • Emergency response plan

Services NOT included:

  • dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available at mountain huts or in town
  • lift passes
  • personal clothing, equipment, climbing / mountaineering boots *see equipment list for more details
  • personal lunch & snacks
  • travel to meeting location or taxis for shuttles
  • accommodation or huts on trip
  • gratuities
  • trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance
  • additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather

 

FAQ

Getting to Chamonix?

Chamonix is located in the Alps of eastern France. It is very close to the border with both Switzerland and Italy. It is best accessed from the Geneva international airport, 70 km away, via public or private transfers. Private transfers take about 1 hour and can be arranged through these companies:

Public transfers by train or bus are also possible. They are slightly more affordable however in the case of the train, connections are not ideal and it takes upwards of 2.5 hours to reach Chamonix.

How experienced do I need to be?

On this guided alpine rock program, prior rock climbing and mountaineering experience is required. Good physical fitness is also a must as it will give us the ability to move safely and efficiently in the mountains. The difficulty of the routes we attempt will be based on your personal goals, interests and previous climbing experience.  Previous traditional and crack climbing experience, with or without a guide and the ability to climb with a small pack is required.

Is it safe?

On all our courses, SMG provides you with fully certified IFMGA/ACMG Mountain, alpine and rock guides. This guaranties you the highest safety standards in the industry. Mountaineering remains hazardous and while it is impossible to eliminate all the hazards, our guides will maximize your experience and greatly minimize the risks involved.

Can I rent some of the equipment needed during the programs?

On this program we offer participants access to all the technical equipment at no extra charge. This includes; harnesses, helmets, belay device, carabineers, ice axes, crampons and much more. Contact us for specific sizes and availability.

Where can I rent/buy climbing & outdoor equipment?

There are a number of outdoor stores in Chamonix that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear.