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Who is this for?

You will need to come with a high level of fitness and be accustomed to being on your feet with a heavy backpack (5-10kg) for 5-8 hours per day. We recommend some basic mountain experience before signing up to this trip although you do not need to be well versed in specific techniques - that's what you're here to learn! However, a little mileage in the legs goes a long way in making this trip more manageable. Plenty of determination is needed to keep you going throughout the trip. While this adventure is open to fairly inexperienced mountaineers, please note that doesn’t mean it’s physically easy. Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.

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Accommodation

When not climbing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen this mountain lodge with it's super comfortable rooms and warm atmosphere for your first and last night of the trip. But don't let that nice linen and warm showers win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, yet charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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Environmental Responsibility

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it.

Arrive in Chamonix. Meet your guide and teammates for the trip. Dinner and overnight in Chamonix. 

Accommodation: 3* comfortable hotel twin rooms ensuite

We will start the day by hiking up on foot to access the high mountains and we will carry our overnight gear and food with gas cookers (the huts aren’t staffed at this time of year). It will feel more like an expedition, and it will be quiet in the mountains making it more of a wild experience. In the afternoon we will cover some basic skills before it's time to cook dinner, enjoy the magnificent sunset and settle in for the night.

Today we take a full day of learning and progressing essential ice climbing and mountaineering skills. We'll cover things like crevasse rescue, ice climbing techniques, and general rope techniques to stay safe in wild high mountain terrain. By the end of the day, you will have a better understanding of how to be more self-sufficient in the mountains. We head back to the hut and cook another delicious meal before taking an early night's sleep ready for the early start tomorrow.

Our final day is aimed at putting the skills learned together and climb a nearby peak (somewhere around the 3500m altitude mark). During the climb the guide may hand over some of the control to the group at certain times to allow for group members to lead and learn what that is like. The aim is to summit the peak, and then head back to the hut, eat a nice lunch before descending to the valley and back to the hotel for a welcome hot shower and dinner. 

Accommodation: 3* comfortable hotel twin rooms ensuite

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before checking out of the hotel and making onward travel plans. 

B

Overall Difficulty

B

Technical Skills

/5

Days

/5

Fitness level

/5

Altitude

Technical Skills

No experiences is needed: Anyone can join this trip.
Minimal experience: You should probably have some hiking experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have gone on a hike for at least 2 days prior to joining this trip.
Moderate experience: You should have some climbing experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have been on at least a 4-day climb before joining this trip.
Technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience before joining this trip. It is recommended that you have experience with crampons, skis, ropes and belays.
Advanced technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience to join this trip. Depending on the climb, you will need a specific set of skills.

fitness level

Occasional workout, no fixed routine.
Workout routine with at least 2-3 workouts a week, overall in good shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 3-4 hours long each day with little elevation.
Workout routine with at least 4-5 workouts a week, overall in great shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 4-5 hours long each day with moderate elevation.
Workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week. Trekking days on this trip are around 5-7 hours long each day with high elevation.
Specified workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week as well as technical training. Trekking days on this trip are 8 hours long each day with extreme elevation.

Altitude

1,500m - 2,999m
3,000m - 4,499m
4,500m - 5,999m
6,000m - 7,499m
7,500m - 8,999m

Climbing Days

0 - 4 Days
5 - 9 Days
10 - 12 Days
13 - 15 Days
16+ Days

PRICE

$1,460

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PRICE INCLUDES

    • 3 full days of guiding
    • 4 nights’ accommodation half board 
    • IFMGA guide on a maximum 1:4 ratio
    • All group equipment 

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • Flights
    • Transfers between the Airport to Chamonix
    • Snacks and drinks
    • Equipment rental (B3 mountaineering boots €36, Crampons €25, Harness €20, Helmet €20, 2 Technical ice axes €50)