Ice climbing is often considered as an inaccessible activity... Go for our ice climbing discovery weekend, you will find out that it is a really fun activity. The site of Argentière is particularly made for initiation. The approach is short and the icefalls are numerous and varied. The Lognan refuge built on the edge of the seracs of the Argentière Glacier will guarantee you a peaceful and warm evening in the mountains.
Program: good mood for discovering the pleasures of ice climbing.
- Discovering basic equipment and gestures.
- Autonomy as a climber in level 3-4.
- Introduction to lead climbing.
Day 1: Meeting point at Grands Montets (Argentière). We leave by foot (30 ') for the Cremerie, which is ideal for discovering. In the middle of the afternoon, we take the Grands Montets cable car to the Lognan refuge (2,032m) where we spend the night.
Day 2: We reach by foot (20 ') the site of the left bank of the Argentière glacier. Climbing on the “Dents de la Mer” wall and initiation to lead climbing. Return to Argentière in the middle of the afternoon.
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. No ice climbing experience necessary.
Accommodation: Half-board in hut.
Preparing for the trip: One week before the trip, the head-guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
Group: 3 to 4 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.
2017 Dates : Saturday & Sunday
December 16th & 17th – 23rd & 24th – 30th & 31st
2018 Dates : Saturday & Sunday
January 06th & 07th – 20th & 21st - February 03rd & 04th – 10th & 11th
Meeting and transport: Meet at 08:30 in front of the Grands Montets (Argentière) ticket office.
Prices 2018: 420€ per person based on minimum of 3 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in hotels (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of gear (crampons, ice axes, helmet, harness)
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
Private guiding services: Do you already have a group? We can offer this tour on a bespoke basis depending on hut bookings.
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Phone: 0033 4 50 53 00 88