First steps in mountaineering (Mont-Blanc massif)

Duration : 3 days

France, Northern Alps, Italy, Alps

Level : beginner

from 450 € / p. 3 persons

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Go for three days in the Mont-Blanc massif to learn the first technical notions necessary to begin mountaineering.

The aim is to learn the essential elements for progression on glaciers, on slopes with 40 to 45 degrees of inclination, and for rock climbing, 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 small peak in the Mont-Blanc massif: the Aiguille de Toule (3528m).


D1: Climbing training in Morgex (1240m) in the Aosta valley (Italy).
Appointment at 8.30am at the planned place. Learning of climbing both uphill and downhill, progression techniques with the use of feet and hands, the use of ropes and safety systems. All this with high mountain boots and if possible with crampons.
Around 3pm transfer to the Skyway cable car in Courmayeur and ascent to the Torino hut (3346m).
Organisation of the following day.
Stay in ½ boarding at the refuge.

D2: Training in crampon progression on the glacier.
Learning of crampon progression on glacier, on slopes up to 40 - 45 degrees of inclination when going up and down 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 the Torino hut and organisation of the next day.
Stay in ½ boarding in the refuge.

D3: Ascent of the Aiguille de Toule (3538m) by its normal route.
Today we will climb this small summit located near the refuge to apply all the notions acquired the two previous days and understand better their uses. Return to the hut at around 2pm and descent by cable car to Courmayeur where we will make an assessment 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 together.
  • Progression on rock (2nd or 3rd degree difficulty) in high mountain boots.
  • Learning to progress on a rock with a rope.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Half board in the Torino hut (excluding extra drinks).
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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