Alpine Mountaineering Introduction Course - Gran Paradiso

Alpine Mountaineering Introduction Course - Gran Paradiso


From £1,875
Altitude 4,000m Grade: Introductory
6 Mountain Days Guide Ratio: 1:4

The Gran Paradiso (4061m) Alpine Introduction Course provides a great induction to Alpine Mountaineering and your first 4000m peak.

The ascent is an easy snow climb in the stunning Italian Alps. You will be introduced to Alpine Refuges, ice axe and crampons and ascend two lower 3000m summits during the acclimatisation period. From Chamonix, the traditional home of Alpine climbing, we also offer the chance to extend your stay to attempt Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe at 4810m.

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
Sunday: Go up to Cosmiques (3613m) or Gouter 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 do not need to have previous experience with crampons and ice axe as our Alpine Intro courses, such as Gran Paradiso Alpine Introduction, 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 our attentions to 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.

Dates & Prices

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Availability

DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
22nd Jul 2023 - 29th Jul 2023 Spaces8 £1,875 Book Now
5th Aug 2023 - 12th Aug 2023 Spaces8 £1,875 Book Now
19th Aug 2023 - 26th Aug 2023 Spaces8 £1,875 Book Now
2nd Sep 2023 - 9th Sep 2023 Spaces8 £1,875 Book Now
9th Sep 2023 - 16th Sep 2023 Spaces8 £1,875 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

ItemPrice
Mont Blanc Extension from £1295 £1,295

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Instruction/guiding
  • Guide's 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

What's Excluded

  • Transport to Course venue
  • Insurance
  • All lunches and valley evening meals
  • Telepheriques (approx £100)
  • Transport during the Course
  • Personal equipment

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Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

Reviews

Joseph H · 4 years ago ·

The course was good and the guide was great. The accommodation was nice. Course instructor was fantastic. What a guy! Phil was excellent in every aspect and far exceeded my expectations. Super professional, good laugh, easy to get on with. He is an asset to your company. The whole experience was good. The Aguilles de Marbrees was good. The view from Gran Paradiso was fantastic.


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