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Duration: five or more days in the Mountain

Dates 2019: from December through May depending on conditions of the mountain.

Minimum level required: Level 4 in mountaineering ability levelsFitness level 4

Groups: 1 person

Cost: please contact us for a quote so we can discuss the route and conditions with you in more detail.

The Program

Arrival – Sun

Travel to Courmayeur, to arrive in time for the Evening Briefing. Your guide will run through safety routines and kit checks, as well as hand out rental equipment for the week, before we go on to a detailed discussion of everyones ambitions for the week, together with the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our planning. We’ll also have maps and guidebooks to show you, so if you’ve any further questions or last minute requests, then this is the ideal time to bring them up before we head on to dinner. PM Overnight in the valley.

Day 1 – Mon

Acclimatisation Climb. Ascent of a high quality mountain route and brush up on alpine skills. Aiguille du Marbrée Traverse (3535m), Tour Ronde Gervasutti Couloir (3792m).
Typical outings might include a shorter ice or mixed route such as the Aiguille du Marbrée Traverse, Tour Ronde couloir Gervasutti, etc. Where appropriate we may use this day for a hut approach, doing some relevant skills training/refreshment en route. Acclimatisation routes are chosen with our plans for the rest of the week in mind – so depending on weather and conditions, we may stay in a mountain hut over night or return to the valley. 

Day 2 – 5 TueFri

Ice and Mixed Climbing.
A varied and challenging week of technical alpine climbing, tailored to your ability and ambitions. Our guides select some of the highest quality climbs in the range, to make best use of weather and conditions. Typical objectives might include:
– Aiguille du Midi north face Mallory-Porter route.
– Aiguille d’Argentière Y Couloir.
– Mont Blanc du Tacul Jaeger route.
– Col du Plan north couloir.
– Courtes north-east face.
Climbing Conditions on Ice and Mixed Routes – please note that for ice and mixed climbing (especially in couloirs and on face routes) cooler weather and good climbing conditions are essential. If face routes are not possible, then we can usually climb good quality mixed ridge routes or other good alternatives.

Departure – Sat

After a night of well-deserved rest, departing from Courmayeur for your destination.