Chamonix Mountaineering Intro
Fancy dipping your toe in to the wonderful world of mountaineering? If so then this is the course for you. Think rope work, belaying, crampons, glaciers and crevasse rescue. A great place to start for any budding mountaineer.
June - September
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LEARN MOUNTAINEERING TECHNIQUES IN CHAMONIX
Based in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc, this course will cover alpine rock climbs and scrambles while learning appropriate rope work and belaying skills. You will also spend time in the high glaciated mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, taking in quality peaks while we learn appropriate crampon, rope and crevasse rescue techniques.
By the end of the trip you will feel confident in the high mountains and ready to tackle your next mountain adventure. Mont Blanc perhaps?
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHO IS THIS FOR?
You will need to come with a good level of fitness as you will be on your feet for most of the day. No mountaineering experience is required as that's what you're here to learn, but some previous hillwalking and general outdoors experience is always useful.
Determination is needed to keep you going throughout the course. While this adventure is open to new mountaineers, please note that doesn’t mean it’s physically easy. The better shape you are in the better experience you will have.
Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.
June - September
You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!
Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.
LIVE THE ADVENTURE
The Cosmiques Arete04:51
As part of the trip we sometimes tackle this gem of a climb. Here Olly and Charlie have a bit fun while doing it.
The Mont Blanc Climb07:54
A little insight in to the Mont Blanc climb.
Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.00:53
We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.
Kit & equipment required for this adventure
Certain items can be rented from Adventure Base such as crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness (You are able to add these to your cart at checkout). We use the latest kit from Black Diamond meaning you'll be using quality equipment and our rental options are cheaper than if you were to rent it from a local shop when you get here. Win! (Note: Your kit might vary sightly from the images below)
Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary. For the full downloadable Alpine Skills kit list please click here.
Straight shaft for general mountaineering
12 point steel mountaineering crampons
Standard hard plastic climbing specific helmet.
Standard climbing harness
For your nose and lips
Category 4 sunglasses
Must have high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection.
Just in case you hit bad weather
Lightweight and thin down jacket.
GORE-TEX® or Similar
Light technical jacket, ideally with a hood.
Keep them light and thin.
Something light and thin.
Highly breathable, lightweight synthetic technical t-shirt.
GORE-TEX® or similar
Stretch, durable mountaineering trousers.
Keep them light and thin.
Sleeping bag silk liner
You don’t need a sleeping bag itself, as blankets are provided in the huts
Good walking socks are required
Thick and built for the cold
Thinner to be used for mid mountain conditions and glacial walking
Hiking shoes / Trail Shoes
Good grip and ankle support is recommended
Don't forget to pack spare batteries. They're essential
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun.
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet.
First aid kit
Blister kit, paracetamol, etc
Cash / credit card
For extra costs such as drinks and snacks
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"There are so many companies who offer the world and when you check them out they don't deliver. Adventure Base deliver what they say and more. The best recommendations will always come through others who have used the same company and I'm so glad I took their advice.
YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE
On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing and dinner in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre-trip excitement with your group.
- 3 days of learning mountaineering skills
- 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Chamonix
- 1 night in a mountain hut with breakfast and dinner
- Group dinner on the first night
- Handpicked Adventure Base guides
- All transport within the itinerary
- All group equipment
What's not Included?
- Airport Transfers (approx. €45)
- Personal equipment
- Personal travel insurance
- Uplifts (approx. €120 total depending on itinerary)
- Personal snacks, lunch and drinks
This trip is running on the following dates
OUR CHAMONIX 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. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. 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!
- + 3
The lodge is an excellent base for our Mont Blanc trip. With stunning views of the mountain, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in your stay and is always plentiful. There is also a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely outdoor space to relax in after the climb.
Twin room en suite
When heading up the mountain you will be staying in accommodation which boasts views that can't be beaten (Itinerary dependent). They're not going to win any five stars awards for service but will keep you warm, dry and fed. Just don't forget to pack your ear plugs... trust us!
WHAT TO EXPECT
HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY
While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.
Arrive in Chamonix anytime but preferably by the afternoon so that you can arrange kit and equipment you might need to rent or buy. Get to know the guides and other members of the group over a delicious 3 course evening meal at our lodge. Overnight in the lodge.
Introduction to climbing and abseiling techniques
Rock climbing and abseiling techniques in Chamonix valley. Learn basic rope skills and techniques as well a a general introduction to moving across rocks and uneven terrain. Overnight in the lodge.
Introduction to glacier skills
Today we head into the high mountain environment. Traverse the glacial Vallee blanche from the Aiguille du Midi to Pt Helbronner. A day looking at glacier travel skills and crevasse rescue. Overnight in the Torino hut with stunning sunset views over Mont Blanc.
Putting it all to the test
Climb a nearby peak such as the Tour Ronde or traverse the Aiguilles Marbrées or a similar mountaineering route, putting all the skills into practise. Return to Chamonix in the afternoon and finish the course with a well deserved lunch and beer in town. This signals the end of the course and you are free to head back to the airport in the evening for a flight home.
Frequently asked questions about this adventure
What Insurance Do I Need?
Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments Read more
Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.
Is there WiFi in the mountain huts?
No. All mountain huts are fairly basic and do not have access to WiFi. Some huts will have phone signal Read more
No. All mountain huts are fairly basic and do not have access to WiFi. Some huts will have phone signal and some will even have 3g signal but we cannot guarantee this will work at all times.
Meet your guides for this adventure
Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.
Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.
Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.
"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"
"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".
Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Branson get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"
Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.
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