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Rock Climbing

Chamonix is famous the world over for mountaineering and rock climbing. Dominating Chamonix is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe towering over the valley at 4,810m. The huge granite towers and spikes to the left of the Aiguille de Midi (looking from Chamonix) offer the classic Alpine rock climbing the area is famous for. In addition, running from Le Fayet all the way to Switzerland are a series of valley crags offering good sports climbing. These routes are free of snow from May onwards and give a good mixture of single and multi-pitch sports routes across a wide range of grades. The type of rock is a mixture between granular gneiss and granite and the crags are places at various altitudes from a few hundred metres to over 2000m giving plenty of choice depending on weather conditions and the time of year.

Our guides know all of the best routes in and around the valley, and will assess your ability befor suggesting routes which will be suitable for you and your group.

Mountaineering

Chamonix is widely regarded as the birthplace of mountaineering and alpinism. The Mont Blanc massif and Les Aiguilles de Chamonix offer unparalled natural beauty with a great deal in the way of challenges to offer the daring - from alpine novice to expert. There are countless routes, alpine ridgelines and peaks to climb and explore, including the tallest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc.

Beginners we might start with the extremely photogenic and exhilarating Cosmique Ridge or the airy Traverse of Aig. d’Entrève. More demanding routes (longer with more obstacles to maneuver around) are for example; the freestanding rock tower of Dent du Geant with its 360 degree view from the top; Tour Ronde with amazing views onto the Brenva face of Mt Blanc; or the magnificent traverse of Aig. du Chardonnet.

Advanced classics include the spectacular Midi-Plan Ridge, or the Rochefort Ridge stretching from Dent du Geant to Grandes Jorasses.

For any and all of these routes you should be with a qualified guide to ensure your safety and enjoyment in the mountains. Our guides are fully qualified, highly professional and will assess your ability before making route plans and suggestions.

Glacier walking

For a chance to get up close and experience a Glacier first hand, clamp on your crampons, grab a guide and take a hike up the stunning Mer de Glace, Argentiere or Le Tour glaciers. As one of the longest and deepest glaciers in the Alps, the Mar de Glace is moving at a comparatively rapid 120 metres a year. To get onto the glacier you descend down long steel ladders to the edge of the Glacier. your guide will ensure that you are roped up and safe throughout and will then teach you the basics of walking and moving around in craompons. The breathtaking views and spectacular Glacial scenery will ensure a fabulous day out. This excursion is suitable for those with little or no mountaineering experience. Dou to the nature of Glaciers and high mountain exploration a guide is a must.

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