Discover the mountains in winter, not on the ski slopes, not even on skis we are talking about winter ascents!! You’ll be alone, you’ll be breaking the track to climb easy mixt and snow summits. Now that summers are warmer snow/mixed ascents are in better conditions during the winter. That is why we invite you to discover winter climbing from mid-February to mid-May. Our program includes a first day to get used to the gear and 2 days to climb some nice peaks away from the crowds.
This course is designed for people in good physical condition. In winter, accesses to the routes require the use of skis or snowshoes and is more demanding than in summer. But it definitely worth the effort !
Day 1: Ice-Climbing / mountaineering basics
First meeting with your guide, checking the equipment. Ice climbing / mountaineering training day (ice walls, rope technics, belay and progression). This first day is common to all the participants of the course.
1 guide for 4 persons maximum (the rest of the week: 1 guide for 2 persons)
Days 2: Course from the Grands Montets (3296m)
This day is focused on a snow course. We will climb the Aiguille Verte (3512m) by the north face or the Chevalier couloir.
Days 3: Course from the Aiguille du Midi (3842m)
This day is focused on an ice or mixed rock & ice course. Goulotte Chéré at Triangle du Tacul (3850m) or goulotte aux Pointes Lachenal (3613m) or itinerary to the Cosmiques ridge (3800m).
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.
For people doing regular exercise.
This alpinism course is aimed at people with some experience in crampon use and climbing.
Preparing for the trip: One week before the trip, your guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
Group: The group is composed of 4 participants maximum per guide on day 1, and 2 people with a guide on days 2 and 3.The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also include 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.
Meeting and transport: At 8.30am on Day 1 at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix (190 place de l’église).
Price 2019: 735€ per person based on minimum of 2 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Technical equipment: crampons, ice axes, harness & helmet,
- Lifts tickets.
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment,
- Accommodations in Chamonix.