Chamonix and Mont Blanc
With a long and storied history of climbing, and generally accepted as the ‘Birthplace of Alpinism’, The European Alps are a must-do on any alpine climbers tick list. Follow in the footsteps of some of climbing’s most storied routes, while living amidst the cultural uniqueness of small alpine villages or remote alpine huts. Situated in the heart of the European Alps, during the Summer months the Alpine Climbing kingdom of Chamonix, France allows us to offer up some of the best climbing in the world just minutes from the door. This steep valley has many lifetimes worth of climbing on the towering walls and peaks that dominate the village skyline, and there is something for everyone of all levels.
Beginner rock climbers and even children, can join us on the hallowed walls of Les Gailland, in the town park, along tranquil lake shores and grassy meadows with unbelievable vistas of the Bosson Glacier. Budding alpinists can cut their teeth (so to speak) and scratch their crampons on the mixed snow and granite blocks of the ever popular Cosmiques Arete, just a mere minutes from the Aiguille du Midi tram station, or practice rope work and glacier travel on any one of the dozens of snow and ice objectives that surround the Vallee Blanche.
More experienced alpinists and mountaineers can focus more on certain types of specific climbing skills and objectives such as the golden rock and alpine granite on the South Face of the Aig’ Du Midi; the sinuous alpine ice line of the Chere Couloir; the aesthetic and challenging Midi-Plan Traverse; the mixed snow, ice, and rock objectives of the Pyramid Du Tacul; or the bigger more challenging objectives like the Dent de Geant, Tour Ronde, Travers of the Entreves, and the Grand Capucin, as well as dozens more.
And no trip to Chamonix would be complete without an attempt at an ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, and the one that dominates all of life here in this bustling French village of alpinism. Spend a few days training and getting prepared on the massif’s lower glaciers and less committing objectives, while also getting introduced to the unique experience that is European ‘hut life’, before heading off to travel up the glistening snow and ice covered slopes of this mighty mountain.
Trip requirements: Previous climbing experience neccessary. Climber must have taken EU and/or other prep courses with the Pikes Peak Alpine School. If not, climber will need to submit their climbing CV.
Includes: Daily guide fees, logistics planning, local knowledge, in-country help, ect.
Not Included: Transportation to/from Europe, lift tickets, hotel and hut lodging, meals, your equipment, and guide gratuity. Customarily in Europe the climber pays for guide’s lodging and meals in the huts.
Sample Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive to Chamonix
Day 2: Day trip moderate mixed climbing to get acclimated and start training
Day 3: Overnight moderate rock or mixed climbing on the Mt Blanc Massif (Stay in a mountain hut)
Day 4: Training day of moderate rock or mixed climbing on the Mt Blanc Massif
Day 5: Mt Blanc Climb Day 1 (Stay in a mountain hut)
Day 6: Mt Blanc Climb Day 2 / Summit Day (Stay in a mountain hut)
Day 7: Mt Blanc Climb Day 3 / Optional Summit Day (Hotel in Chamonix)
Day 8: Descend back into Chamonix
This is an example itinerary. Guide will tailor this itinerary in order to best match the skills and interests of the group with the mountain weather and route conditions.
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