Mountaineering beginners course in Aosta valley

Duration : 3 days

France, Northern Alps, Italy, Alps

Level : beginner

from 350 € / p. 3 persons

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I propose you to for three days in the Mont-Blanc and Monte Rosa massifs to learn the first technical notions necessary to begin mountaineering.

All along this course taking place in Aosta valley, you will learn the essential elements to evolve on glaciers, on slopes up to 40 to 45 degrees of inclination, and on the rock, with high-mountain boots and if possible crampons, on maximum difficulties of 2/3rd degree.

I will pass this knowledge on to you through specific exercises and by applying them on the last day of the course when you climb a first 4000 meters high peak in the Monte Rosa massif: the Breithorn (4165m).

Objectives of the course:

  • To learn the basics of the knots used in mountaineering.
  • To learn how to progress with crampons on a glacier and on slopes up to 40 - 45 degrees of inclination.
  • To learn how to progress on a glacier roped up together.
  • Progression on rock (2nd or 3rd degree difficulty) with high mountain boots.
  • Learning to progress roped up on the rock.

This course is perfect after a first discovery of mountaineering in the Aosta valley and can be followed by a mountaineering advanced course, still in the Aosta valley, to continue your progression.


D1: Climbing training in Morgex (1240m) in the Aosta valley (Italy).
Appointment at 8.30am at the schedulded place.
Learning of climbing both uphill and downhill, of progression techniques with the use of feet and hands, and of the use of ropes and safety systems.
All this with mountain boots and if possible with crampons.

D2: Training in crampon progression on the glacier.
Ascent by cable car to the Punta Helbronner (3462m).
Learning of crampon progression on glacier, on slopes up to 40 / 45 degrees of inclination, uphill and downhill, on snow, and if possible also on ice.
Rope handling and review of the different rope techniques used on a glacier. Application when walking on a glacier.
Around 3pm, return to Punta Helbronner and Courmayeur.
Organisation of the next day.
Free stay in the valley.

D3: Ascent of the Breithorn (4165m) by its normal route.
Today you will realize the dream of every mountaineer: to climb your first 4000 meters summit, right in front of the Matterhorn.
Technically easy, the normal route of the Breithorn is the ideal course after the training of the two previous days.
Early departure at 5.30am from Courmayeur to reach Cervinia and its ski lifts which will allow us to climb to the Plateau Rosà at 3504 meters of altitude.
Once we have put on our crampons, we will start our walk on the glacier which will allow us to reach the summit of the Breithorn in 3 to 4 hours.
Return by the same route and then to Courmayeur where we will make an assessment of the course.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Transport to and from Courmayeur, about 30 minutes drive from Chamonix or Aosta.
  • Ski pass.
  • Accomodation and meals.
  • Transfers by vehicle.
  • Picnics.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


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