The Argentière Basin is a site unique in the world. Rapidly reached from the Grands Montets ski area, it is bordered by a collection of peaks that create a striking atmosphere. Its north faces, from the Verte to the Dolent, constitute a line of vertiginous ice-covered walls over a thousand metres high. On its south-facing aspect, the Chardonnet and Aiguille d’Argentière preside over slender rocky arêtes. The Argentière hut is an ideal base camp to make the most of the atmosphere of these surroundings and their enormous potential.
Programme includes: immersion in the heart of the high-mountain environment and ski touring in scenery unique in the world.
Day 1: We begin the day with the handsome descent of the Rognons glacier from the top of the Grands Montets cable car (3300m). Having arrived at the Argentière glacier (2550m), we put on our skins and head for the Argentière hut (2771m), where we have a break and lighten our packs. We now head towards the Améthystes glacier where we revise some basic ski touring (kick turns) and mountain safety (avalanche rescue) techniques. Descent and night in the Argentière hut where the dining room offers impressive panoramic views of the north face of the Droites.
Vertical ascent: 500m / Vertical descent: 1850m
Day 2: We leave for the Col d’Argentière (3552m). Throughout the ascent there are spectacular views over the legendary north faces of the Argentière glacier: the Triolet, Courtes, Droites and Aiguille Verte. Descent via same route and second night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 780m / Vertical descent: 780m
Day 3: Col du Passon (3028m). Our day starts with a short descent to 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! 1600m of great skiing!
Vertical ascent: 650m / Vertical descent: 1850m
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.
Ability level: For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and who have a previous ski touring experience.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts. No drinking water.
Preparing for the trip: Our “Ski touring adviser” is available if you have any question.
Group: 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.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
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 for 2018: From Friday to Sunday
March 23rd to 25th – April 06th to 08th – April 27th to 29th
Meeting and transport: 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.
Prices 2018: 565euros 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),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point.
- Personal technical equipment.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure
(depending on hut availability).
Number of people
Price per person
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88