Alpine Training – Chamonix

Rated 4.78 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

Altitude: 4000m | Chamonix, France | Introductory level | 6 Mountain Days | Guide ratio 1:2

This Chamonix Alpine Training Course is a good option for the fit mountain walker/scrambler who wants to develop the skills to travel beyond the British mountains. You will be given instruction by our professional guides on the use of crampons and ice axe, glacial movement and crevasse rescue, rope work and the use of Alpine mountain huts. You will tackle a number of stunning Alpine summits such as the Tête Blanche (3429m), Aiguille du Crochues and Aiguille du Tour (3554m) and then a 4000m Peak maybe attempted including one of the following

Dent du Geant (4,013m)

Aiguille Verte (4,121m)

Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248m)

Mont Blanc Extension

This 4 day extension to the highest peak in Western Europe may be added on to any of our Alpine Introductory or Swiss 4000m courses. These previous courses are essential to gain the acclimatisation required to climb Mt Blanc. To add this extension go to the Dates and Prices Tab and select the extension.

Saturday: Arrive in Chamonix and check into your hotel. Evening meeting with your Guide. (H, B)
Sunday: Go up to Cosmiques (3613m) or Goutier Hut using a variety of cable cars and trains
Monday: Ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m) and return to the hut or valley hotel
Tuesday: Reserve summit day or Cosmiques Arête etc
Wednesday: Breakfast and departure

Previous Experience & Fitness

You should have a good level of fitness as Alpine Mountaineering can be very tiring. Normally we would expect you to be able to enjoy consecutive 7-8 hours days in the British mountains with a medium pack. You should also have previous experience with crampons and ice axe and a basic understanding of glacial travel and crevasse rescue. Our Chamonix Alpine Training and other Intro courses provide sufficient training to meet this prerequisite.   Please note this is a suggested itinerary and the actual programme may change as a result of weather, conditions on the mountain, availability of mountain huts and individual levels of fitness. If due to any of these reasons a summit attempt is not possible then we usually switch are attentions to the Gran Paradiso or another similar objective. If any extra costs for accommodation, transport or food are incurred beyond the suggested itinerary then you will need to pay these directly.

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Alpine Training – Chamonix

  • Instruction/guiding (6 mountain days)
  • Guides Expenses
  • Hut accommodation (half board) and valley hotel accommodation on a B&B basis
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Transport to course venue
  • Insurance
  • All lunches and valley evening meals
  • Telepheriques (approx £70)
  • Transport during the course
  • Personal equipment
  • Valley accommodation is booked from the night of your arrival, with guiding starting the following morning. Check out is normally the morning after your course finishes. This is booked on a twin or double room basis: however single rooms will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. additional nights in valley hotels can be booked through Adventure Peaks at preferential rates. When in the mountains we use Alpine huts where rooms are normally on a dormitory style basis.

    It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

    Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

    It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Suggested insurance companies include:

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    9 reviews for Alpine Training – Chamonix

    1. Rated 5 out of 5


      Excellent course despite less than perfect weather conditions. The guide was fantastic.

    2. Rated 5 out of 5


      The guides love of the mountains was obvious, he was an easy to like persona, and his ability to communicate when it is necessary to concentrate one hundred percent was superb.

      I tackled things that I thought would be beyond me, because of the confidence he installed in me. My expectation changed during the course, my skills improved and I felt I would be able to summit, however fresh snow increased the risk of an avalanch. Nico spent many minutes explaining the decision not to attempt Summit, which we accepted.

      I am less than 1% disappointed, I have had a fantastic experience that I will never forget. After all Mont Blanc will be still there next year, and the year after that for that matter.

    3. Rated 5 out of 5


      I found the course very good. Chris, who replaced Robin was an excellent instructor. He is very knowledgeable but most importantly explained why he trained the way he did. Chris was very supportive, but also challenged us to learnt, succeed and grow.

      The safety and risk assessment was always exceptional. I never felt unsafe even when doing new activities that required my trust in Chris and the equipment.

      The training give me a good foundation, it also pushed me outside my comfort sphere which was easy to do working with Chris. The training exceeded my expectations and expanded my boundaries.

    4. Rated 4 out of 5


      The course exceeded my expectations, the technical aspects were enjoyed much more than anticipated.

      The guide tailored the itinerary to all participants requirements. I am encouraged to proceed with my plan for further trips.

    5. Rated 5 out of 5


      The course was well run by your guide who is very friendly and enthusiastic. It wasn’t made clear that there would be as much rock climbing as there was but I really enjoyed that part of the course. The Monte Rosa range was a good substitute for Mont Blanc.

    6. Rated 5 out of 5


      Hassle free from booking to completing the course. All staff at Adventure Peaks were very helpful.

    7. Rated 5 out of 5


      Excellent course and excellent instructor…very knowledgeable and he enjoyed passing on his knowledge.

    8. Rated 5 out of 5


      Very good course. Achieved objectives and felt safe at all times with guide. The hotel was very accommodating and knew exactly what we needed. Breakfast good and excellent location. [Instructor was] calm and in control. Very patient and good at explaining. Felt very safe under his care. Interesting person with lots of knowledge, would be delighted to use him again. The Cosmiques Ridge was special. The icing on the cake was achieving the summit for the Mont Blanc extension.

    9. Rated 4 out of 5


      Good logistic organisation leaving us to concentrate on the training and climbing. We developed our rock climbing skills and understand a little more about being an Alpinist.

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    Mont Blanc Extension from £1295 This extension is for those who have completed an alpine introductory/training course and would like to extend their stay to attempt Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain. Extends your stay by four days. Guide Ratio 1:2. 1:1 supplement applies.


    The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£400 per Person

    Land Only Availability Days Price Book
    18th Jun 2022 - 25th Jun 2022
    25th Jun 2022 - 2nd Jul 2022
    9th Jul 2022 - 16th Jul 2022
    6th Aug 2022 - 13th Aug 2022
    27th Aug 2022 - 3rd Sep 2022
    3rd Sep 2022 - 10th Sep 2022