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Climb Freney Pillar in Mont Blanc with a guide

Enrico, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, takes you to one of the most classic and challenging routes in the Alps: the Central Freney Pillar in Mont Blanc.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


Shining in the sun of the South Face of Mont Blanc, the Freney Pillar is  one of the ‘all life’ dreams for an alpinist.

This 800 m long granite pillar overlooking the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur and the Aosta Valley, is one of the most desired climbs in the Alps.

The first ascent of this peak was a major achievement in mountain history and led to a big fight. Who has never heard of Bonatti’s unfortunate adventure up there in 1961?

Those who want to attempt this route need a good level of rock climbing and a fair base of classical mixed climbing experience. To make sure you are properly trained, I ask you to take a preparation trip with me prior this big climb. Check out this 6-day training course where you’ll climb three different routes in the Mont Blanc massif where we will focus on rope work and crack climbing technique. On such a long and complex climb it is so important that we move as an efficient team.

If you are already prepared for this huge climbing challenge, then send me a request! I’ll be glad to be your guide in this classic major climb in the Alps. 

If your goal is to climb one of the north faces of the Alps’ trilogy (Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses), you may check this 4-day training program.

More info

According to the new directives of the Aosta Valley Regional College, insurance for recovery in the event of an accident is in charge of the customer and can be purchased by registering with the ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB (or corresponding local alpine club) or on the UVGAM website ( ).




Day 1: Meeting

Meeting very early in Courmayeur, we will move up to Eccles hut at3800m.

Day 2: Climbing day to the base

From the bivy, we will go pas the Eccles col and down on the Freney glacier to reach the base of the actual pillar. We will climb, most likely up to the base of the Chandelle.

Day 3: Climbing day in the Chandelle

The crux of the climb, the Chandelle itself. Through a mixed ridge we reach the top of Mont Blanc and go down the valley.

About the guide

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My biggest satisfaction is to explore new places, and share it with a rope-mate. And to do it as a professional is the realization of a dream. At the age of 15, I knew I wanted to become a mountain guide, I wanted to live in the mountains, teach and share my new passion. In 2006 I realized my dream and I became a professional mountain guide. I like sharing my knowledge and experience with my clients, taking a journey that transforms slowly the guide-client relationship in climbing partner and often in friendship. I am not and never will be a lone climber but "a company" 'explorer. My specialty lies certainly in climbing on ice and mixed in the high mountains. With my clients I climbed the most difficult faces in the Alps, explored mountain ranges, traveled between America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2784 each

Group of 2

EUR 1547 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• The price does NOT include lodging, meals, and/or transportation for both clients and the guide. We can provide lodging at B&B Maison de la montagne ( when based down the valley.

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