Glacier hiking initiation course in Chamonix

Join the certified mountain guide Sébastien on this 1-day glacier hiking initiation course in the Chamonix - Mont Blanc Region.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified


This course in Chamonix is intended for beginners who wish to take their first steps in a high mountain environment.

Discover glacier hiking in the Chamonix-Mont Blanc region. No prior experience is necessary and you can even come as a family! (12 years old and over)

During the course, you will learn the basics of glacier hiking, including walking while clasped on crampons and ice-axes and crevice rescue skills. You can also choose between two different routes: the Mer de Glace glacier (1800 meters) or the Vallée Blanche crossing (3200 meters).

A minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6 is required for the program, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you are alone. We will find a group to join you and go on this adventure with you!

This 1-day course is a great first step for those interested in discovering glacier hiking. It will be your door to many other high mountain experiences!

I will meet you at our partner shop in Chamonix. There, you will be able to rent the necessary equipment for the day. If you choose the Mer de Glace route for our day together, we will take the train up to Montenvers. We will then hike down the Mer de Glace glacier using crampons and ice-axes. If, instead, you choose to do the Vallée Blanche crossing, we will take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi and then cross the glacier towards Hellbronner.

I can take you on this course on Saturdays and Sundays, from mid-June to mid-September. I could also accommodate 2-day trips if you were interested, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Dare join me on this glacier hiking adventure and I can guarantee a memorable experience for you and your family! I am a IFMGA certified mountain guide and can conduct courses and outings in French, English and Spanish.

Price per person

1 Person
404 USD

Group of 2
202 USD

Group of 3
143 USD

Group of 4
112 USD

Group of 5
94 USD

Group of 6
83 USD


Price includes

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


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Meeting point
More info

- Extra cost of 22 euros for rental equipment: crampons, shoes, and ice axes for the day.


About the Guide


IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.

FROM 83 USD per person


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