You now cross the 4000m mark – higher altitudes are calling but you don’t know how your body is going to react. Our programme guarantees a progressive approach to higher altitudes. After two days of acclimatisation in the Chamonix valley, we head for the Monte Rosa Massif and the ascent of one of its peaks – the Vincentpiramid (4215m) - from the Italian side.
This programme is aimed at people looking to discover the high altitude environment. It also provides an opportunity to learn basic mountaineering techniques, such as crampon and ice axe use.
Day 1 and Day 2. Acclimatisation – Ascent of the Tête Blanche (3421m)
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). After a decent break we head to the Tour glacier for some essential skills (‘école de glace’) such as crampon and ice axe use and walking while roped together. Night in hut.
Vertical ascent: 600m
The next day we head out by the light of our headtorches. We quickly reach the Tour glacier where we put our crampons on. We walk up the gentle slopes of the glacier to the summit of the Tête Blanche. Having taken in the stunning panoramic views across the Aiguille du Chardonnet (3824m) and the Trient glacier (3200m) we return to the hut and the village of Le Tour via the same route.
Vertical ascent: 715m / Vertical descent: 1320m
Day 3 and Day 4. Ascent of the Vincentpiramid (4215m)
Morning transfer to Gressoney-Staffal in the Aosta valley, and the foot of the Monet Rosa Massif. We take the Staffal ski lifts up to the Indren glacier (3275m). A short traverse of the glacier quickly leads us to the hut, where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 370m
We leave the hut the next day at dawn. We walk up the Lys glacier to the summit of the Vincentpiramid. Depending on the group’s abilities, your guide might suggest continuing the climb to the Col du Lys (4250m), where there are stunning panoramic views over the Monte Rosa Massif. Descent via the same route and return to Chamonix mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 570m / Vertical descent: 1250m
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: 3 to 5 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.
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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 : From Tuesday to Friday
June 26th to 29th – July 10th to 13th – July 24th to 27th – August 07th to 10th – August 21th to 24th September 04th to 07th .
Meeting and transport: Meet at 09.00am in front of the ski lift of Le Tour village.
Price 2018: 660€ per person based on minimum of 3 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,
- Night Day 2,
- 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.
Number of people
Price per person
1 180,00 €
Phone: +33 450 53 00 88