Introductory Alpine Mountaineering Course

Near the summit of the aiguille du tour

Near the summit of the aiguille du tour

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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This introductory six day course will include a number of peaks via straightforward routes and will give training in the skills needed to travel confidently over glaciated mountains, including:
~ the use of crampons & ice axe
~ roped glacier travel
~ crevasse rescue techniques
~ ridge scrambling and moving roped together
~ advice on acclimatisation and fitness
~ use of huts and cable cars

What Will The Programme Look Like?

We design each course programme individually, but the itinerary below gives a good idea of what you can expect to achieve. 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:    Skills training on the Mer de Glace: movement on rock, snow & ice in boots & crampons; Alpine rope work. Return to valley

Day 2:    Traverse of the Aiguilles des Crochues (2840m), return to valley

Day 3:    Walk to the Albert Premier hut (2702m), glacier skills training, overnight in the hut

Day 4:    Ascent of the Aiguille du Tour (3540m), descend to the Trient Hut (3170m) for overnight stay

Day 5:    Ascent of the Tête Blanche (3710m) from the Trient plateau, return to the valley

Day 6:    Ascent of Mont Blanc du Tacul (4200m) from the Aiguille du Midi cable car, and return to the valley. 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 FOUR clients with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £577.50

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

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: 125CHF

With THREE clients with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £730.00

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: €290

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: 135CHF

With TWO clients with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £1035.00

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: €315

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: 150CHF

With ONE client with one guide for six days:

  • Guiding fee per person: £1950.00

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: €395

  • Out of valley expenses per person, including personal expenses and guide's expenses: 195CHF

Useful Blog Posts

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What Do Our Clients Say?

Our initial two days assessment and training in the Lake district proved very valuable for me and hopefully informed Chris of what I could do and needed to do for our alpine days in July. We had a potential programme, which lasted for day 1, but bad weather meant changing this and Chris had several suitable suggestions which allowed me to develop the skills that I was aiming for, in alternative locations. Weather never detracted Chris from getting me out and doing something new, even when those around us were deciding to give things a miss when Scottish winter conditions prevailed. This flexibility was an excellent aspect. Several days took me beyond/to the limit of my comfort zone which was valuable in developing my skills. Chris knew just how much to 'push' me. 
Wendy Dodds, July 2017