Rock climbing

The Chamonix valley has an abundance of rock climbing possibilities. High in the Mont Blanc range we find the soaring granite towers and cracks for which Chamonix is so well known, while on the opposite side of the valley there are the adventurous gneiss routes of the Aiguilles Rouge. The softer limestone rock is nearby too, only half an hour away from Chamonix to the west for the nearest locations.

There is something for everybody here, from the beginner to advanced climber and Chamonix Mountain Guide specialise in guiding the best and most enjoyable routes suitable for your ability and ambitions, as well as offering training in climbing techniques and movement on rock.

In addition, to the spectacular Mont Blanc range and Aiguilles Rouges there are many smaller crags dotted around the valley and Chamonix is also an ideal base for exploring less well known places in the Aravis range and the Val d’Aosta.

*Below are some example programs. Chamonix Mountain Guide specialise in devising unique programs for our clients so please contact us with your information about your ideas, special requests and details of previous experience.

Example 3 day program:

Day 1:

Multi-pitch and single-pitch rock climbing based at a mountain crag, Vallorcine (1300 m) or Les Gaillands (1000 m south-east). As a warm up day, we focus on developing and refining rope technique, rock movement skills and working as a team.

Day 2:

A day spent in the Aiguilles Rouges on a long multi-pitch climb e.g. Crakoukass at Brevent (2500 m), Charlanon needle (2550 m), Ravanel route of Crochues needles (2840 m). Here we will also learn about specific alpine techniques such as moving together on less steep terrain.

Day 3:

A high alpine rock route in the Mont Blanc range, departing from the Plan de l’Aiguille lift. e.g. Papillons ridge on Aiguille du Peigne (2800 – 3192 m), Bayere spur (2700 m) accessible from Grands Montets cable car top station (3230 m, glacier).

Example 2 day extension with a night in a hut:

Limestone intermediate:

The Arête du Doigt separates the north and the south-east sides of Pointe Percée (2752 m). From Gramusset hut (2164 m), 1 h approach. Around 10 pitches lead cleverly to a nice summit. Descent on a steep foot path.

Limestone advanced:

Platé Point (2554 m) south face. 1 hour approach. 600 m ascent. Short walk down on top to the Platé hut.

Granite intermediate:

Aiguille du Génépi (3050 m) south face  above Argentières hut. Glacier and path access to the hut, mostly downhill in 3 hours. Approach to the route around  30 minutes from the hut. Climb 200 m. Descent abseiling or walking down.

Granite advanced:

Le Minaret (3450 m), south-east above Argentières hut. The approach to the hut leaves half of a day for climbing some pitches in the afternoon sun. Approach to the route around 1 hour 30 from the hut, mostly downhill. Climb 300 m. Descent abseiling down.