In the heart of the Mont-Blanc range, the tone is given from the first day: Immersion in front of the famous Grandes Jorasses which you will appreciate from the Couvercle hut.
Goal fixed upon Aiguille du Moine, culminating at 3412m.
Day 1: Hike up to Couvercle hut + 950 m - 150 m
Meeting at 8.30with your guide at the Chamonix Guides Company. Check the equipment, distribution of race food and preparation of bags. Departure for the train station of Le Montenvers to the Mer de Glace (1913m). Descend on the glacier by ladders, with at first an ice school to learn the basic techniques for walking on a glacier. Climbed by the ladders of the Egralets (very dizzying passage) to reach the friendly refuge of the Couvercle for the night.
Day 2: Ascent of Le Moine needle + 650m - 1500m
We leave the hut early and use a traversing route to get around the base of Aiguille du Moine peak; we traverse the glacier of the Moine. The walk is about 1 hour from the hut. We climb the normal route – trough some traverses, dihedrals & chimneys, the ascent is not difficult (no more than 4). Perched at 3412m altitude, the view is simply exceptional from the summit with an impregnable perspective on the Grandes Jorasses and the summits of the Vallée Blanche. Redescent by the route of climb to the refuge then again by the Egralets or the Balconies of the Mer de Glace depending on the time.We take the Montenvers train back to Chamonix.
The guide might have to change the itinerary to suit the weather conditions or the group level and fitness.
Departure July 29: 1 people book
In good shape: Can daily hike and/or climb vertical gain ranging from 700 to 1000 meters, 5 to 6 hours at a moderate hiking pace. Focus is laid on activity discovery and practice. For strong and dynamic hikers, looking for a first experience in multi-day hiking trip.
TECHNICAL ABILITY :
Advanced level : You already have experience in mountaineering (able to climb 5+ lead climb) and you want to progress.
You know the basic techniques of belaying, roping, ...
Minimum and maximum 2 people per guide.
In terms of group size, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
1 night in dormitory, in catered mountain huts.
Picnic for lunch, dinner & breakfast in mountain hut.
Water is not provided in the hut. Bring some cash (Euros) for your drinks.
- mountaineering boots
- rock-climbing shoes
- 1 pair of crampons
- 1 harness
- 1 figure of eight
- 2 locking carabiners
- 1 backpack
- 1 pair of crampons
- 1 ice-axe
- 1 helmet
- mountaineering clothes
ID or valid passport. Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
Saturday & Sunday
The 08th & 29th of July & 12th of August
Meet the group and your mountain guide at 6 pm, at the Compagnie des Guides’ office, 190 place de l’Eglise, in Chamonix.
This meeting is not compulsory; if you can't be there, come on Saturday morning, meeting at 8.30am at the Chamonix Guides Company.
The course ends by the end of the afternoon, on Sunday.
PRICE : 545 euros per person, based on 2 people minimum.
- 2 days mountain guiding services,
- 1 night in catered mountain hut with dinner and breakfast,
- daily lunches,
- Montenvers train – Return ticket.
Not included :
- personal equipment,
- mandatory repatriation insurance.
If you are already a group, do not hesitate to contact us for a tailored made program !
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88