Alpine Rock Climbing

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Please see the Essential Information for the Alps page for info on guiding fees, preparation, accommodation & travel, equipment, and an explanation of fitness levels and mountaineering experience.

 Is This The Right Course For Me?

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When you think of the Alps, you think of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, big sweeping glaciers, but it is also a fantastic place for rock climbing, with thousands of routes at all grades, from a few metres high to several pitches long. 

What Will The Programme Look Like?

We design each course programme individually, but the itinerary below gives a good idea of what you could achieve in five days. You can book any number of days for Alpine rock climbing. Please be aware that we often have to adjust an itinerary because of weather, snow conditions, fitness, lack of acclimatisation, etc. 

Day 0: Arrive in Chamonix. Meet in the evening for a gear check and a chat about the week   

Day 1: Valley cragging day, looking at all the relevant techniques

Day 2: Climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges on the sunny side of the Chamonix valley, with loads of routes and superb views of the Mont Blanc massif

Day 3: Longer rock routes from the Brevant cable car station

Day 4: Some of the most iconic rock routes in the world from the Plan de l'Aiguille (the halfway station on the Aiguille du Midi cable car)

Day 5: Ascent of the south face of the Aiguille du Midi from the cable car. Celebrate!

What Dates Are Available?

See the calendar for availability for Alpine mountaineering

What Will I Have To Pay?

See the Essential Information for the Alps page for info on guiding fees, hut fees and cable car costs. 

Here are some examples of what you can expect to pay in 2019, based on the programme above. Out of valley expenses have been calculated using a combination of 2018 and 2019 prices, and so are approximations.

With TWO clients with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £862.50

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: €215

With ONE client with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £1625

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: €275