Alpine Training - Arolla

Alpine Training - Arolla

From £2,045
Altitude 3,800m Grade: Introductory
6 Mountain Days Guide Ratio: 1:3

This course is aimed at regular hill walkers who want to broaden their experience to include glacial regions of the Alps as well as those considering trips to the Greater Ranges.

Our base for this Alpine Training Course is in the Swiss Alpine village of Arolla, which provides some of the best introductory mountains in the Alps. They have everything to offer close at hand: rock, glaciers, ice, brilliant scenery and peaks such as La Luette (3548m), the Pigne d'Arolla (3796m), La Eveque (3716m) and Mont Blanc De Cheilon (3870m). Arolla is a very cost effective base as there are no extra costs for lifts or cable cars.

The Arolla Alpine Training course will focus on teaching the key skills required for safe and successful mountaineering in Alpine areas and will provide an excellent foundation for further Alpine courses and many of our expeditions. The skills taught through mountain days include: glacial travel, crevasse rescue, roping-up, ice axe & crampon technique and movement in Alpine terrain.

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. No previous experience with crampons and ice axe is required.

Mont Blanc Extension

You can extend your stay in the Alps and transfer to Chamonix for a 4 day Mont Blanc extension, the highest peak in Western Europe. The previous course is 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 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

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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DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
8th Jul 2023 - 15th Jul 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now
15th Jul 2023 - 22nd Jul 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now
29th Jul 2023 - 5th Aug 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now
12th Aug 2023 - 19th Aug 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now
19th Aug 2023 - 26th Aug 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now
2nd Sep 2023 - 9th Sep 2023 Spaces8 £2,045 Book Now

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


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

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
  • 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

What's Excluded

  • Transport to course venue
  • Insurance
  • All lunches and valley evening meals
  • Telepheriques (approx £50)
  • Transport during the course
  • Personal equipment



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:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

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

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services:  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins:  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK):  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins:  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International:  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (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 –



Alan · 11 years ago ·

The mountain days were excellent, however a little more time to enjoy the view/take photographs would have been good. The roller part felt rushed. I would especially like to thank you for your patience, professionalism and care in arranging my itinerary which went like clockwork. I would certainly look to adventure peaks for future adventures. Thank you once again and best regards.

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