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Mountaineering in Chamonix: 1-week Intensive course (Stage I) | France

Mountaineering in Chamonix: 1-week Intensive course (Stage I)

Follow IFMGA certified mountain guide Tal on this 1-week intensive course and improve your mountaineering skills while you enjoy the fantastic landscapes of Chamonix.






7 Days


Jun - Sep






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  • Take part of a 1-week intensive mountaineering course in Chamonix.
  • Improve your skills on ice and rock in the company of an expert.
  • Practice what you have learned in the stunning peaks in the area.


Looking for a mountaineering program to improve your skills? Then you’ve come to the right place. Follow me on this 1-week intensive course and enjoy learning and practicing in Chamonix.

During this course, we’ll go over essential mountaineering topics, such as knots, use of the equipment, glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Also, I’ll teach you everything that you need to know about anchors in snow and ice as well as rope manipulation. In addition, by the end of the program, you’ll have developed basic leading and multi-pitch skills in steep terrain and have more knowledge about route planning.

Our meeting point will be around Chamonix and Argentière. I’ll tell you the precise location a few days before the activity. Take a look below for a detailed description of each day’s activity.

Please, keep in mind that it’s mandatory to have prior mountaineering experience in rock and ice as well as a very good level of fitness. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you!

So, does this course sound interesting to you? Then get in touch with me by sending your request to book your place. After this program, you’ll love mountaineering even more!

Are you looking for more advanced programs? Take a look at the stage II and stage III programs for this activity!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Not included: flights, insurance, rental equipment, transportation to the start of the trip, accommodation, half-board, lifts.

Nights + half board in a hotel in Argentiere/Chamonix (about 70 € a night).

Nights in an alpine hut + half board (about 60 € for alpine club member).

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Arrival

We’ll meet in Chamonix or Argentière at 5 pm and have a trip briefing.

Day 2 to 3: Rock days in the valley

On these days, we’ll focus on our rock abilities.

Day 4 to 5: Ice days in an alpine hut

In the surrounding huts, I’ll teach you about walking on ice and snow, the use of an ice axe, belaying techniques, rappelling and steep ice climbing.

Day 6: Alpine ascent

On day 6, we’ll go for an ascent to Aiguille du Tour (3,540 meters) or Petite Fourche (3,429 meters). Once there, we’ll put into practice what we’ve learned. The climb will have a duration of 5 hours with an elevation gain of 1,000 meters.

Day 7: End of the course

We’ll take a cable car and climb a ridge in the French or the Italian side. Then, we’ll descend and finish the course.

About the guide: Tal

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Mountain Guide

I am in the mountains all year-round, either guiding a trip or exploring on my own. Mountain guiding is not only my profession and passion but also my inner calling. I am a qualified IFMGA mountain and ski guide.

In 2012, I established my mountaineering school "Mountains" with the motto: Quality guiding on snow, rock and ice. You can count on a low client to guide ratio, reliable gear and high quality programs led by our talented team of guides. We are not adrenaline junkies - we put safety first and strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' needs.

We take great pride in having more than 30% returning clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our "Mountains" family during your next rock, snow or ice adventure!


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What people are saying about Tal



Great trip that I'll remember forever, Tal did a great job of managing the logistics of a puzzle with many moving pieces! Both leading guides Jeff and Andi were first class and made the trip. Overall, top notch I would be happy to recommend!



There were several hiccoughs with Explore-share dates in the beginning. But, they got resolved quickly with responsive staff. It was a bit confusing at first because different guides would accept the offer and then fall away. So the early process through ES was a bit confusing. With multiple different emails and multiple different proposed guides that seemed to disappear as quickly as they popped up. This is why ES is rated 4 stars. ES is a good idea but just needs to fine tuned. ES offers a great way to get access to guides when you have few contacts. I think it is a good idea and has a future. The staff were fabulous though at reassuring and updating me. Once the booking was confirmed with Tal Niv we had very good communication over a period of a few months. Tal was organised and in touch frequently. There was a mis-communication in the trip dates (human error) but Tal quickly resolved it and managed to secure us Julian Resch who did an excellent job guiding us on an acclimatisation hike up the east ridge of Weissmies. Julian was easy comfortable company and was very professional. He was patient, encouraging and kind. I would recommend Tal and Julian for anyone seeking an adventure. Good luck ES - we will use you again in the future.



An awesome adventure provided by Tal's company. All requirements were met and schedule was adjusted for the changing weather conditions. It was one of the best guided tours I've experienced so far!

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