Of the peaks in the Massif du Mont Blanc the Aiguille du Tour is the most suitable for a first experience of mountaineering. Its ascent is always fun and provides a distillation of everything a trip into the mountains has to offer: a night in a mountain hut, breath-taking glacial landscapes, multi-coloured rock outcrops and magnificent panoramic views.
The ascent of the Aiguille du Tour is aimed at people wishing to discover the mountains with a night in a mountain hut. It also provides an opportunity to learn basic mountaineering techniques, such as crampon and ice axe use.
Day 1: Walk up to the Albert 1er hut
Start in the village of Le Tour (1450m). We use the ski lifts to take us up to near the Col de Balme (2100m). We take a comfortable path that starts with a traverse before following the moraine of the Tour glacier to the Albert 1er hut (2702m). The hut was renovated in 2014 and we hope you will appreciate the level of comfort and the views from the terrace at sunset.
Vertical ascent: 600m
Day 2: Ascent of the Aiguille du Tour
We head out by the light of our headtorches. We quickly reach the Tour glacier where we put our crampons on. We climb up the glacier to the Col Supérieur du Tour (3289m), which gives access to Switzerland and the Trient glacier. Tracks now lead us to the foot of the Aiguille du Tour and we reach the summit (3542m) via some sections of easy rock climbing. We descend via the same route and return to the village of Le Tour by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 840m / Vertical descent: 1440m
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.
Accommodation: Half-board in hut.
Group: 2 to 4 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.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
You can rent your equipment through the following links:
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.
Dates : Saturday & Sunday
June 23rd & 24th – July 07th & 08th – July 21st & 22nd – August 04th &05th – August 18th &9th – September 01st & 02nd – September 15th & 16th .
Meeting and transport: Meet at 2.30pm in front of the ski lift of Le Tour village.
Price 2018: 375€ per person based on minimum of 2 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in Albert 1er hut (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access as per programme,
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
Do you already have a group? We can offer this tour on a bespoke basis depending on hut bookings.
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Phone: +33 450 53 00 88