Basic mountaineering course (Aosta valley)

Duration : 4 days

Italy, Alps

Level : have completed a beginner's course

from 650 € / p. 3 persons

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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 4000 meters high summit, the Gran Paradiso (4061m), and you will discover how your body reacts to this first 4-day experience in altitude.

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

Objectives of the course:

  • To check your knowledge of roping up techniques.
  • 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.

This course can follow this initiation to mountaineering in the Aosta Valley. And if you want to continue your learning and climb other beautiful peaks, you can follow me for a week of mountaineering with the Mont Blanc as objective.


D1: Rock climbing in Val Ferret - Courmayeur.
Day dedicated to rock climbing on cliff (maximum 2-pitch). The planned routes are slabby, here where the foot technique is fundamental for a correct progression. We'll also look at abseiling and belaying methods for a roped tem on a rocky face.
At the end of the afternoon, organisation of the next day.
Free stay in the valley.

D2: Hiking on glacier to the Col d'Entreves (3504m).
From Courmayeur we will take the Skyway cable car up to Pointe Helbronner (3462m) where we will start walking on the glacier to reach the Entreves pass.
During this trip you will improve your crampon technique in order to be ready for the Gran Paradiso ascent. Return by the same route.
About 3 to 5 hours of walking depending on your training.
Organization of the next day.
Free time in the valley.

D3: Climb to Vittorio Emanuele refuge (2735m).
Transfer to Pont de Valsavarenche (1910m) and climb to the refuge for the next day's ascent of Gran Paradiso.
Approximately 2 to 2.5 hours of walking depending on your training.
Afternoon rest at the refuge.
Organization of the following day.
½ board stay at the refuge.

D4: Ascent of the Gran Paradiso (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 on our feet.
Return to the refuge (by the same route) that 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 6 to 8 hours of walking depending on your training.

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

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


Next departures :
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