The area around the Albert 1er hut is the perfect destination for an exploration of the mountains and their glaciers. Quickly accessed via the Balme-Vallorcine ski lifts, this area provides a breath-taking immersion into the icy world of glaciers. Our programme includes a night in the Albert 1er hut and a fun and friendly approach that is focused on exploring.
Our programme is specially aimed at families wishing to explore the world of glaciers and to spend a night in a mountain hut. It is also provides a great opportunity to learn basic mountaineering techniques (crampon and ice axe use). The Tour glacier sector offers up numerous possibilities. The trip outlined here can very easily include an extra night in the hut if you would like to extend your stay. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to change your programme.
Day 1: Climb up to 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). After a decent break we head off with ropes, crampons and ice axes to explore the Tour glacier, its moraines, crevasses and seracs... It should no longer hold any secrets for you! We return to the hut, where we spend the night. 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 Tête Blanche
We head out by the light of our headtorches. We quickly reach the Tour glacier. We walk up the gentle slopes of the glacier to the summit of the Tête Blanche (3429m). 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
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: An appropriate choice of peak is essential for you to properly enjoy your holiday. To get the most out of your trip we recommend you take regular exercise throughout the year and, where necessary, undertake specific training a few months before you leave. Try to avoid last minute training that can lead to injury. Do not to overestimate your abilities and do be aware that the weight of your pack and higher altitudes reduce your usual strength and stamina. For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports. . Six to seven hours of exercise per day. No mountaineering experience necessary.
Accommodation: Half-board in hut.
Group: This trip is proposed only for constituted group of 6 people maximum.
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.
Date: At your convenience, depending on hut availability.
Meeting and transport: Meet at 09.00am in front of the ski lift of Le Tour village.
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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.