Alpine Training - Chamonix

Alpine Training - Chamonix

From £2,450
Altitude 4,000m Grade: Introductory
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 Croches and Aiguille du Tour (3554m) and then a 4000m peak may be attempted including one of the following:

Dent du Geant (4,013m)

Aiguille Verte (4,121m)

Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248m)

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 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.

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Dates & Prices

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DatesAvailabilityDays Price Select
13th Jul 2024 - 20th Jul 2024 Spaces8 £2,450 Book Now
3rd Aug 2024 - 10th Aug 2024 Spaces8 £2,450 Book Now
7th Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 Spaces8 £2,450 Book Now

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

What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • Transport to course venue
  • Insurance
  • All lunches and valley evening meals
  • Telepheriques (approx £100)
  • 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, in particular for peaks over 7000m:

We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

Expeditions and Treks under 7000m - Campbell Irvine Direct :

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)
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 –


Mark · 5 years ago ·

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.

Malc · 5 years ago ·

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.

Martin · 6 years ago ·

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

Mick · 6 years ago ·

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

Gill · 9 years ago ·

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.

Hannah · 9 years ago ·

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.

John · 10 years ago ·

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.

Alan · 10 years ago ·

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.

David · 10 years ago ·

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

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