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Roche Faurio, mountain climbing for beginners in Dome des Ecrins

Join Azimut, a certified mountain guide, for this fun, scenic and informative 3-day mountaineering course, culminating with an ascent of Roche Faurio. Learn all the basics of mountaineering while enjoying the stunning scenery of the Ecrins.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the French Alps.

  • Learn new and hone existing mountaineering skills.

  • Conquer the 3,730-meter high Roche Faurio.


Situated just in front of the the mighty Barre des Écrins, Roche Faurio is the perfect peak for first-time mountaineers to make their maiden ascent!

Boasting unbeatable views of the second highest massif in France as well as its gorgeous alpine surroundings, there is no better way to conquer the mountain than as the conclusion of a 3-day course.

Beginning from a pre-determined location, we’ll drive out to the trailhead first thing in the morning and hike up to the refuge. From here, we will go over all the necessary mountaineering skills to make it to the peak’s summit.

Practicing how to use the equipment as well as going over necessary skills on the mountain, we will climb in the Glacier Blanc basin as well as to the summit of Pic du Glacier d’Arsine, enjoying stunning views throughout the trip.

The third day will be the highlight of our time together, as we get a pre-dawn start and slowly make our way to the top of Roche Fauri (3,730 m). After basking in the incredible views from the top, we’ll head back down and meet the minibus for the conclusion of the trip.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this scenic and informative 3-day mountaineering course in the Ecrins that ends with an ascent of Roche Faurio!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my 4-day ascent of Mont Blanc, with preparation, from the Italian side!



A mountain refuge

More info

Technical equipment: - Crampons - Harness - Ice ax - Helmet - Foldable walking poles Clothing: For the head - Light cap or Buff / Light cap for approach walks / Glacier glasses / Ski mask for climbing Mont Blanc For the body : - Long-sleeved and short-sleeved technical underwear (in synthetic material or merino wool, do not wear cotton in the mountains!) On a glacier, we always cover our arms for safety in the event of a fall. - Light fleece jacket / Synthetic down jacket with hood to slip under the Gore Tex and provide additional heat during breaks / Jacket with waterproof and breathable Gore Tex or soft shell membrane, light and compressible to reduce the bulk in the backpack. Light down jacket to slide at the bottom of the bag. - Light gloves (fleece or soft shell) / Warm gloves with waterproof and breathable Gore Tex type membrane - Tights, underwear for the bottom / Light, resistant and breathable mountaineering pants / (Pants with waterproof and breathable membrane type Gore Tex). Models with leg vents are recommended for climbs. For the feet : - Hiking socks / Rigid and cramponable mountaineering boots / Gaiters: in addition to protecting you from the snow, these gaiters will protect your pants from possible snags when walking with crampons. Luggage & miscellaneous - Bag sheet (cotton or silk for more comfort, blankets are provided, no need for a sleeping bag). - Water bottle: a total volume of liquid of 1.5 liters is recommended. Small bottles slip easily under clothing to avoid freezing / thermos (a hot liquid to drink can be very comforting). Camelbak is not recommended because water freezes in the pipe. - headlamp with spare batteries / index 50 sunscreen / lip protection / pocket knife / tape / liquid (credit card is not accepted at the shelter) - 35/40 liter backpack with ice ax holder and lap belt - Resistant travel bag type Duffle of 90 liters to leave the rest of your belongings in the valley at the hotel or in your vehicle or that of the guide - avoid rigid suitcases Toiletry kit & first aid kit with personal kit. Bring only the bare necessities in the mountains. - Basic rescue kit. Your usual medicines, set of adhesive bandages, compeed, elastoplast, disinfecting pads, polyvitamin complex, pain medication (paracetamol or equivalent), possibly broad spectrum antibiotic, anti-diarrheal treatment (immodium / ercefuryl), flagyl, spasfon, cream solar index 50. We advise you to use the Ifremont website to build your first aid kit.

Meeting point

Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV station Beginning of the trip - Meeting point: 8:15 am End of the trip - dispersal: in the afternoon OR Briançon station Beginning of the trip - Meeting point: 9am End of the trip - dispersal: in the afternoon



Day 1: Introduction to the White Glacier

After meeting up at a pre-determined location, we will transfer to the trailhead and approach the Glacier Blanc refuge (2,550m) on foot.

We’ll spend the rest of the day learning mountaineering techniques and how to use the technical equipment.

Day 2: Ascent of the Pic du Glacier d'Arsine (3,364m)

We will climb the wall of the Glacier Blanc basin. From the top, we’ll enjoy stunning views of the national park.

From the top, we’ll descend to the Ecrins refuge (3,175m), where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Ascent of Roche Faurio (3,730m)

Getting an alpine start, we will spend the day heading up Roche Faurio, enjoying spectacular views of the surroundings as we go, and continue on to meet our minibus and return to the starting point.

Equipment you will need to bring



Water bottle

About the guide

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We enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.

Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.

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