Chamonix guided ice climbing weekend

Try ice climbing or improve your winter mountaineering skills during a weekend in Chamonix. Access the 2 best ice climbing spots of the Valley, in Argentière and above les Grands Montets. Be guided by Julia, a local IFMGA-certified guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     
    Why not experiencing a new winter outdoor activity during your next stay in Chamonix ? ICE CLIMBING !

    I have designed this ice climbing program for the ones staying in Chamonix between December and February, for a weekend or longer.

    Ice climbing is a real unique sport practiced in a very special environment. You’ll be fascinated by this original univers.

    Staying for several hours on an ice fall is really not commun but so much fun. You’ll notice that it is more flexible than rock climbing since you have more freedom on where to put your hands and feet. I just love this !

    For this weekend trip, I have selected the 2 best ice climbing spots of the valley :

    • La Cremerie, above Argentière;
    • La Rive Gauche (left bank) of the Argentière Glacier, above Les Grands Montets.

    Based on the conditions, a possibility could be also to drive to Cogne (in Italy), one of the best places of the Alps to practice ice climbing. It is not very far from Chamonix.

    The program of the weekend will be adapted based on the level of the participants within your group. La Cremerie has ice falls which are very well adapted for the ones starting with ice climbing. The climbing routes don’t go higher than 60°.

    The ice falls at La Rive Gauche of The Argentière Glacier are a little bit more complex. The routes there are suitable for the climbers having some experience with ice falls.

    The views on day 2 are amazingly beautiful. We will spend the day in a real alpine environment, surrounded by ice and some of the famous peaks of the Mont Blanc range.

    You can book me if you are interested by such a weekend in Chamonix. I can adapt the program, make it shorter or longer, based on the time you have and your wishes. It will be a great pleasure for me to coach you and guide you on these ice falls.

    If you wish, we could also combine some ice climbing with some freeride ski (at Brévent-Flégère, Les Grands Montets, Vallée Blanche). We could also do some ski touring in the best spots of the Chamonix valley.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    860 EUR

    Group of 2
    430 EUR

     

    Price includes

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

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Ice climbing in Argentière (Crèmerie)

      During our first day we learn or review the basics of ice climbing above Argentière. The spot is called “Crèmerie”. You have several climbing routes there which allow to climb several at the same time. It’s a great place to learn.

    • Day 2Ice climbing on the left bank of the Argentière Glacier

      The second day will be spent in les Grand Montets. We will take the lift till the first stop (Lognan) and walk till the left bank of the Argentière glacier. This spot is amazing and allow to see stunning views while ice climbing. There are several climbing routes.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    I can pick you up at your hotel.

    More info

    - Guide ratio : For day 1, 1 guide for 4 clients, for day 2, 1 guide for 2 clients

    - The lift fee to Lognan (Grands Montets) is not included in the guide's fee

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I grew up far from the mountains, and I didn't imagine what was waiting for me...
    When I was 17, I had the first symptoms: I left without second guessing it my foreign tongues studies and I settled at Briançon, in the Hautes-Alpes, to satiate my passion for snowboarding. I practiced non-stop for some winters, spending the "summers" in the southern hemisphere.
    The virus started spreading: my love for large spaces led me to get certified as a mountain leader.
    During 10 years, I spent my summers taking groups to discover the most beautiful hikes around the Ecrins massif.
    During this time, I discovered alpinism and a there was a new spark in my eyes. The diagnostic came fast: I was severely passionate about the mountains. Since then I never stopped dreaming of every kind of ascent, and I organised my everyday life to try to achieve many of them.
    I learned to appreciate equally the end of the mountain journey and the friend or rope parter with whom I share my trips. After 10 years going through paths with hiking groups and with a fierce desire to go higher, I started studying to become a High Mountain Guide. I became IFMGA-certified in August, 2017.
    Today I propose to travel this path, leading us sometimes to a summit, to admire the vastness of the horizon, taking us to something simple, pure and essential.
    My head is filled with memories and projects, and I would be thrilled to share one with you. But I'm also here to help you turn your own project into a reality.

     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about -Julia Virat

     

    Julia was great! She let me explore myself and challenged me at the same time. She helped me to develop my mountaineering skills at my level. She respected my wishes and selected the best projects. I really enjoyed 3 days of mountaineering with Julia 👍.
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    Nienke Van Ree
    It was great!
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    Matthieu Vaxelaire
    What a fantastic trip. Our guide Julia was amazing. She has an extensive knowledge of the local area and is an very experienced guide. We would highly recommend Julia as a guide.
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    Chrissy Schreiber
    We thought Julia was wonderful.  Supportive, fun, and knew all the right places to take us despite the weather and being later in the day. We would use Julia again when we have the opportunity to come back and do our dream tour, Vallee Blanche
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    Kathleen
     

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