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Mountaineering initiation in Chamonix

If you want to learn mountaineering in all safety and in a beautiful setting, then check out this 5-day course in Chamonix with Sébastien, IFMGA guide.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration5 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of tripNot specified


This 5-day initiation mountaineering course is designed to make you discover the discipline little by little. If you are a beginner and you wish to learn mountaineering in Chamonix, don’t hesitate! Besides, we will enjoy a magnificent environment.

Even though it’s for beginners, we will reach 3 beautiful summits. They are Pointe Verte (3512 m), Pointe Lachenal (3617 m) and Arête des Cosmiques (3842 m). Indeed, if I say so myself, the program is superb for a first experience!

During the week, you’ll learn how to:
– Evolve on ice and mixed terrain;
– Belay in all safety;
– Belay a second and a leading rope;
– Place efficient protections;
– Lead climb.

You don’t need previous experience but you do have to be in good physical shape. I want you to be safe and to take full advantage of the training process. Therefore, I only take 2 clients with me.

Even if you are alone, don’t hesitate to register, I will find a second group member!

Do you want to learn mountaineering and did you like this proposal? Then please get in touch with me, you will love this practice! And in a future trip we can for example Climb the Kuffner ridge.



In a lodge in Chamonix and in the Cosmiques refuge.


This is an example of initiation mountaineering trip in Chamonix. I reserve the right to modify it at any time depending on the level of the participants and the weather conditions.

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I will loan you a harness, ice axe and helmet.

Meeting point

The Montenvers rack railway station.




Day 1: Ice school at the Mer de Glace

We meet at 8AM at the  Montenvers rack railway station. We ascend to Montenvers by train. We descend to the Mer de Glace by the ladders. There we get equipped and learn to use the crampons and ice axe and how to belay.
We descend to the Chamonix valley by train at the end of the day.

Day 2: Climbing school at the Gaillands rock

We meet at the Gaillands rock, near Chamonix. We learn climbing techniques.

Day 3: Ascent of Petite Aiguille Verte

We leave from Chamonix at 8:30AM, then transfer to Argentière by car. We ascend by cable car to the Aiguille des Grands Montets. Then we ascend the Aiguille Verte (3512 m).

Day 4: Ascent of the Pointe Lachenal

At 8:30AM we ascend by cablecar to Aiguille du Midi. We descend walking to the Mer de Glace. Then we cross it to reach the foot of the path. We ascend the Pointe Lachenal (3617 m). Then we descend and cross the glacier to reach the Cosmiques refuge, where we spend the night.

Day 5: Ascent of the Arête des Cosmiques

Ascent of the Arête des Cosmiques (3842 m). We reach the path of the Aiguille du Midi, where we stop to admire the exceptional views. Then we descend to Chamonix by cable car.

About the guide

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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.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1856 each

Group of 2

EUR 928 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

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

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