Mountaineering in Chamonix
For over 200 years the mountains above Chamonix have been the crucible of Alpine mountaineering. This deep cut valley, dominated by the flanks of the Mt Blanc Massif and it's smaller companion range the Aiguilles Rouges, is the home to many of Europe's finest and most difficult climbs.
However, Chamonix is not just about extremes. What makes this valley special is the incredible quality and choice of mountain routes at all levels of difficulty. Whatever your ability or fitness there is something for you.
So why not?
Walk a snowy crest one foot in France and one foot in Italy or Switzerland. Watch the last rays of the sun paint the snow capped summits pink from the balcony of a mountain refuge. Climb pristine slopes of snow and ice surrounded by the most spectacular and highest peaks in Europe.
Walk in the soft light of the dawn across great glaciers, in the footsteps of the pioneers of the Golden Age of Alpine mountaineering.
Savour the warmth of the summer sun, climbing on immaculate sweeping granite rock walls, set against the breathtaking contrast between glacial snows and the fierce blue of the sky.
Or scramble and weave along the rocky ridges and lofty spires of the Aiguilles Rouges, home to wild, agile mountain goats, silhouetted against the snows of Mt Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe.
Thanks to the lift system, all that the High Mountains have to offer can be enjoyed within a day excursion. In the evening savour the days experiences from the terrace of a restaurant and the comfort of a valley base.
For those who wish to remain amongst the Alpine snows there are also many refuges tucked into the awe inspiring mountain scenery.
Any of these experiences will leave you with unforgettable memories.
If you are unsure of your ability then it is advisable to seek the professional services of a mountain guide. This will maximise both your enjoyment and safety whilst in the Chamonix valley.
Read anything by Gaston Rébuffat:
"Starlight and Storm" is excellent.
This is our recommended book.