From Tue 13 to Thu 15 Aug 2013, The Chamonix Guides Festival: Four days of tradition, solidarity and friendship in Mont Blanc region.
The Guides Festival is the only day, throughout the whole year, that a Mountain Guide may take a day off work. The Guides Associations of Les Houches, Argentiere and Chamonix each celebrate on a different day, so that High Mountain Guides are always available.
As with all good ceremonies, the day begins with formal tone; the official call of the Register, and the admission of new members; passing to a more sombre moment where the tools of a Guide's trade, ice axes and ropes, are blessed and departed Guides are honoured. After that, the programme becomes more upbeat, with a brief award ceremony for the Best Client and then the festivities begin… mountaineering displays, live music, fireworks and dancing.
Proceeds go to the Relief Fund.
Find out more about the various activities offered by the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix!