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Chamonix | France

Climb the Alpine Classics of Chamonix

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Season

Spring through fall is the best time for alpine climbing

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Nearest city

Geneva International Airport (GGV) is a 1-hour drive from Chamonix

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Duration

1 day

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Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Chamonix — The Birthplace of Modern Alpine Climbing

With its perfect granite rock towers and snow-covered ridges that loom over the picturesque town, Chamonix looks like it fell out of a postcard. Whether you’re looking to conquer your first climb or check a classic ascent off your list, Chamonix has something for everyone. With incredible routes, breathtaking views, loads of climbing history, and amazing food, wine, and culture, climbing in Chamonix will be the experience of a lifetime. Find yourself amongst a plethora of routes suited to seasoned climbers and rookies alike, all easily accessible. Some of the classics include the Cosmiques Arête, Argentiere Basin (Grade II-IV, 5.6 – 5.10+), Aiguille du Tour (easy snow to technical mixed routes), the Dent du Géant, Marbrées & Entrèves Traverses, and more.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $600 · Full-day

Tailored to your specific objectives and climbing experience, a day with a private climbing guide will ensure you make the most out of your time in Chamonix. Newer climbers can develop their techniques on handpicked beginner and intermediate routes, while experienced climbers test their skills in challenging alpine terrain on famous classics. Focus on whatever you want — in the world’s greatest alpine playground, the choice is yours.

Skills Development Course: Partner Rescue

$600 per person · Half-day

Feel safer in the mountains and improve as a climber by learning the fundamentals of partner rescue. This one-day course covers everything you need to know to rescue a fallen or injured leader — from how to safely get to an injured climbing partner, to what to do when you get there, to how to safely retreat from the route. Bring your partner along and take this course together.

Skills Development Course: Crevasse Rescue

$600 per person · Full-day

Crevasse rescue is a standard component of mountaineering education and a skill that every alpine climber should have. This course will introduce you to the key elements for safe travel on glaciers, including building snow and ice anchors, ascending out of a crevasse on a fixed line, and extracting an injured victim from a crevasse. Take the guesswork out and learn how to safely rescue yourself or someone else in the unfortunate event of a fall.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Chamonix

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Chamonix, please refer to the Chamonix-Mont Blanc.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A full day of rock climbing

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

To be able to enjoy all Chamonix has to offer, you’ll need to be on a pretty good fitness level. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself with hikes that gain 1,000 vertical feet per mile for several miles to strengthen your legs, arm and back muscles. While you don’t need to be a seasoned climber or have significant experience with winter mountaineering, it will immensely aid you in this challenging terrain. The routes are long; you can expect to spend about a third of the day climbing at high altitude, so prior to conquering the Alps, go out and climb!

What if I’ve never climbed before?

Chamonix’s versatile, easily accessed routes are part of its charm. While it’s known for technically challenging and daunting terrain, there are plenty of climbs complete beginners can tackle. Regardless of your skill level, there is a peak to conquer waiting for you at Chamonix.

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Chamonix has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

Personal equipment:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30L bag)
  • Glacier glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Camera — optional

Technical equipment:

  • Ropes
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device (your typical multi-pitch personal kit)
  • Chalk bag
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Rock shoes
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Headlamp

Clothing list:

  • Beanie
  • Base layers (insulating thermal underwear for both top and bottom)
  • Lightweight outer layers (made from moisture wicking materials)
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Medium/heavyweight jacket
  • Shell jacket and pants
  • A pair of climbing pants
  • Gloves
  • Liner socks
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Waterproof rain jacket

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear will be provided by the guide if you don’t have your own. As for the personal items:

Rental location is in Chamonix and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For the customized day of climbing with a private guide, the max client to guide ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person. The cost decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family!

For the rescue clinics, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.

Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

If you are older than 18, you’re good to go. If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

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