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Alpine climbing in Petite Aiguille Verte

Petite Aiguille Verte

Close to Chamonix Valley, Petite Aiguille Verte is a great spot for a 1-day alpine climbing trip for beginners led by Kenichi, IFMGA mountain guide.

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1 Day

Jul, Aug




An exciting alpine climb for beginners in Petite Aiguille Verte, a satellite peak of the bigger Aiguille Verte, in the Mont Blanc massif.

Petite Aiguille Verte is a great introduction to alpine climbing. It's a PD grade climb (in the Alpine system) with short technical sections.

However, you will need some previous climbing experience. For example, you should be able to climb second at a 5a grade (in the French grading system).

Even though it's ideal for beginners, it's not without challenges. There's a steep snow ridge to cross, followed by climbing rocky slopes in crampons and abseiling on descent.

We'll meet at the bottom of Grands Montets lift station and go up on the first lift. After the climb, we'll return to the same point at around 2.30 pm or 3.30 pm.

Please, contact me for an alpine climbing trip in this wonderful peak of the French Alps. My available dates are between 27 July and 8 August.

You can also join me for other trips in the Chamonix Valley, like alpine climbing in La Tour Ronde or a 2-day trip to Dent de Geant / Rochefort Arete.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).


More info

Equipment: crampon, ice axe, harness, helmet, gloves, hat, screw gate carabiner x2, drinks, food / snack, insulating clothes, sunglasses, windproof jacket (hardshell) etc. | The guide can introduce a rental shop if you need. | Client needs to cover for guide’s lift expense of around EUR 16

Meeting point

Bottom of Grands Montets lift station. Go up on the first lift.

About the guide

I am an IFMGA mountain guide as well as a specialist in mountain rescue. As a guide, I constantly work towards increasing the standards of mountaineering skills in Japan with an emphasis on risk and safety management, whilst training and coaching mountaineering clubs and rescue teams.

I started climbing in my 20s, and since then have enjoyed all-round mountain activities including alpine climbing in Mt Tanigawa (on which I’ve climbed over 360 times), Hodaka, Tsurugi areas as well as rock climbing, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, sawanobori, and high altitude climbing in the Himalayas.
In addition to numerous and notable climbs in Japan, I have an extensive climbing experiences abroad both personal and for guiding; in the Himalayas (Lotse etc.), Eiger, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Grands Jorasses north face, and New Zealand (Aspiring, Cook).

My current interest is in training people mountain skills in order for them to enjoy the mountains better and in a safer manner. I run a mountain guide academy where I have been training future mountain guides with a strong focus on safety and elimination of accidents for a number of years. At the same time, I very much enjoy teaching and running skills courses for beginners who are just getting into the mountains but are keen on learning and/ or improving their skills for their next project.

Please contact me if you’re looking for a guide to train you to accomplish your dream project, to help you progress in your mountain skills, or to help you gain introductory skills for first time mountaineering / ice climbing / rock climbing / ski mountaineering! I’d be very happy to assist you to achieve your wishes!!


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What people are saying about Kenichi Nagaoka

Peter Look


September, 2023

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Peter Look


January, 2023

Kenichi is an excellent guide who has the expertise to guide our group to achieve climbing two summits. He pays attention to all details and made sure that everyone was okay with every corner and turn, especially for those who were not as competent as the others. His instructions were clear and he was also very friendly and explained everything well.

Arthika Kanokpaipipat


February, 2020

Big Thanks to Kenichi,he is professional and think about your safety all the time.He organized everything to made a proper program for us and discuss with us through email many times before starting the trip. We have lots of fun and already fall in love with winter mountaineering! Never thought that we will reach the summit. If you looking for someone who can guide you with safety and happiness,Kenichi is the one.

Leon Grichavel


January, 2020

Our guide Kenny has been great and we hope for more opportunities to climb with him.

Jo Plaete


April, 2019

Kenichi is a great guide, very experienced and focussed on delivering a safe yet enjoyable journey. We were lucky weather conditions on both days were favourable and the views along the way and from the Nishihodaka summit were just stunning!



April, 2018

Perfect trip. Perfect guide. Nice mountain


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