The picturesque peaks of the French mountains have a long and rich history of mountain climbing. Having hosted Olympic games and developed its infrastructure, the eastern and southern regions of France, home to the Alps and Pyrenees, offer world-class mountain climbing for different levels surrounded by pristine, rugged landscapes. Visit between June and September for ideal mountain climbing conditions.
What should I know about Mountain Climbing France?
Extending from the Mediterranean Sea in the south, to the North Sea and English Channel to the north, France is one of the major locations for world-class outdoor sports, especially rock climbing. It shares a border with Spain and Andorra to the southwest, Belgium and Luxemburg to the northeast, Germany and Switzerland to the east, and Italy and Monaco to the southeast. Much of its territory is bound by nature: the Pyrenees and the Alps in the south and southeast, while the Rhine cuts through the border to the east.
Why should I choose France for my Mountain Climbing adventure?
Giants of western Europe
France is home to a large collection of high peaks, which as among the highest in western Europe. The Grande Casse rises to 3,855 meters in the Graian Alps and is the highest point within the Vanoise National Park. The Barre des Ecrins stretches 4,102 meters in the French Alps, while the king of the mountains is Mont Blanc, which soars to 4,808 meters, and is the highest point in western Europe.
Pristine alpine beauty
Blanketing much of the eastern and southern chunks of France is breathtaking wilderness. Prominent peaks covered in snow and ice, lush low-lying meadows rolling with the hills, glacial lakes and ancient valleys with their own charm. The Pyrenees is coloured in red Rhododendrons and blue thistle, while the marmot roams the slopes. The Alps is home to endemic flora and populations of chamois and ibex.
Range of climbs
Whether you’re a fresh-faced beginner, competent climber or an expert at ascending the mountains, France offers something for everyone. You can discover anything from an easy 1-day guided traverse on the Glacier du Geant to sustained 14-day climbing course across the French Alps. If you have previous climbing experience then conquering Mont Blanc is definitely a possibility.
What can I expect from the weather in France?
The French Alps receives a warm and temperate climate during the summer months, with a frequent splash of rainfall. The average daily temperature in July is 26 °C.
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What’s the high season for Mountain Climbing in France?
Visit during the warmer months between June and September for ideal hiking conditions.
Gigio was a fantastic guide and extremely graceful!! His knowledge of the mountain was superb and he did a great job making me feel comfortable throughout the ascent. Overall the experience was exactly what I was hoping for thanks to Gigio!
Carlos is a fantastic guide - he has over 20 years experience in the mountains and the right attitude: safety first, then enjoyment. His excellent local knowledge of the routes meant we could adapt to the weather and conditions. He also has the mix of being an excellent alpinist but also loving the scenery and wildlife. We had an incredible experience that we will never forget! This 3 day trip is a great option as you have a 'training day' to help acclimatise, refresh skills and come together as a group before your ascent! explore-share is a great platform to connect adventurers with guides and experiences - the chat service allowed us to ask questions first and work out the best dates for us
We found Kyriakos to be thorough, professional, even tempered and completely trustworthy. At no point did we notice unnecessary risk or exposure and Kyriakos’s professional manner shone through at all times. We would definately consider using his services again in the future. Frazer Gillespie (Inverness, Scotland).
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. For one who has limited climbing skills, it was gradual and exciting.
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