Advanced mountaineering course (Aosta valley)

Duration : 4 days

Italy, Alps

Level : having done a course for beginner

from 600 € / p. 3 persons

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Description

Let yourself be tempted by this advanced mountaineering course taking place in the Mont-Blanc and Gran Paradiso massifs. You will make the ascent of a first 4000m, the Gran Paradiso (4061m), and you will discover how your body reacts to this first 4-day experience at altitude.

The aim is to apply techniques previously acquired on mountaineering courses including the Gran Paradiso, one of the most beautiful 4000 metres in the Alps.

Program

D1: Crossing of the Vallée Blanche.
Meeting at 8.30 am at the scheduled place. From Courmayeur we will take the Skyway cable car up to the Pointe Helbronner (3462m) then with the panoramic cabins to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m). We will start our run by descending a spectacular and somewhat impressive snow ridge that will take us to the Col du Midi from where, following the glacier on a gentle slope, we will reach the lowest point at 3200m of the Seracs du Géant and then climb up the glacier du Géant which will take us to the Pointe Helbronner (3462m).
Approximately 3 to 5 hours of walking depending on your training.
Organisation of the following day. Free stay in the valley.

D2: Rock climbing in the morning then climb to the Vittorio Emanuele Refuge (2735m) in the Grands Paradis massif.
We will start the day with rock climbing in high mountain boots to take stock of the knowledge we have acquired. In the early afternoon, we will go up to a refuge for the next day's ascent of Gran Paradiso (4061m).
Approximately 2h30 to 3 hours depending on your training.
Organisation of the following day. Stay in ½ boarding in a refuge.

D3: Ascent of the Grand Paradis (4061m) by its normal route.
Departure from the refuge around 4am to climb the scree and then the glacier which will bring us to the base of the final rocky tower of the Gran Paradiso in 4 to 5 hours. We will finish the ascent with crampons at our feet. Return to the refuge (by the same route) which we will reach around 2pm.
Approximately 6 to 8 hours of walking depending on your training.
Afternoon rest at the refuge. 
Organisation of the following day. Stay in ½ boarding in the refuge.

D4: Ascent of the Tresenta (3609m) by its normal route.
Departure from the refuge around 7am to climb the moraine and the small glacier that follows, where we will join the partly rocky but easy route that will take us to the summit. Return to the refuge (by the same route) which we will reach at around noon.
In the afternoon, descent and return to Courmayeur where the course ends and where we will make an assessment.
Approximately 5 to 7 hours of walking depending on your training.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE :

  • To check your knowledge of roping techniques and rope progression.
  • To check your knowledge of crampon techniques.
  • To learn how to evolve in altitude.
  • To understand how the body reacts to altitude.
  • To check the knowledge of crampon progression techniques on rock.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Half board at the hut (excluding drinks and hot water for the outings).
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Accommodation

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