LasT Minute Mountaineering 

Five days of five different mountain activities scheduled Monday - Friday. Each day our UIAGM guides will either show you the ropes, climb rock or ice, or explore high alpine snow and glaciers. Chamonix offers rapid access to high altitude glaciers, good rock climbing and via ferrata. All of these activities are complimented with amazing views. Each day Chamex runs a separate trip. Participants can book until the evening before each day’s outing, to enjoy the adventure, education, and emotion. 

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Monday

Via Feratta - ascending the rocks with ladders and cables

 

Via ferrata routes were pioneered in the Dolomites, and, while initially for the transport of commerce (not always legally!) and strategic wartime movement , Via Ferrata routes are an accessible way to experience vertical terrain. Sometimes physical - always exciting. Suspended bridges, cable hangs, and steep ladders await the adventurer. Chamonix and the surrounding area offer interesting and exciting routes.

Skill level 

No prior experience required. Basic fitness is necessary, best not to be afraid of heights.

Duration

1 day (4 - 6 hours)

Cost

0€ per person (Lift passes and transport not included)

Location

La Flegere

Meeting time and place

Chamonix Experience offices at 8H00 AM

Equipment

Backpack with water and snacks / picnic lunch, pants or shorts long enough to fit under a harness, extra layers for wind/ cold, harness with lanyards for via ferrata, climbing helmet, good hiking / running shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses.

Tuesday 

Rock Climbing in Chamonix

Rock Climbing in Chamonix. Like the mer de glace for ice climbing and crampon technique, the cliffs in and around Chamonix offer a vertical playground for all levels. Learn to rock climb, belay other climbers, and the ins and outs of a day on the rocks. Rock climbing is a fundamental basic component in the progression of every alpinist- a great way to take your first steps into a higher world. This is a half-day is physical- your arms will appreciate an afternoon rest! 

Skill level 

Beginner, no prior experience required. Should have average fitness

Duration

Half day (3-4 hours)

Cost

0€ per person (lift passes or transport not included)

Location

Cliffs near Chamonix: Les Gaillands, Vallorcine, Le Fayet or Servoz

Meeting time and place

Chamonix Experience offices at 9H00 AM 

Equipment

Backpack with water and a snacks, harnesses, rock shoes, climbing helmet, sun cream, sun hat and extra layers for different weather.

Wednesday

Half Day Family Bouldering

Family climbing and bouldering. This is a half day for climbing families. Social, physical, and great for differing levels, the popularity of bouldering has rocketed recently. No suprise- bouldering is great fun.

Very short climbs without the rope- using gymnastic mattresses to soften the falls. and Chamonix has some amazing spots. The Col des Montets above Argentiere has amazing views, great boulders of all size and shapes, and is the lovely Aiguilles Rouges wilderness preserve. Other areas include the shaded boulders in the Bossons  village below Chamonix, and the magical woods in Médonnet, above Sallanches. Jumps, climbs, amazing places… 

Skill level 

Beginner, no prior experience required. Should have average fitness

Duration

Half day (3-4 hours)

Cost

To be determined 

Location

Boulders near Chamonix- Col des Montets, Medonnet, Bossons

Meeting time and place

Chamonix Experience offices at 9H00 AM 

Equipment

Backpack with water and a snacks, rock shoes, climbing helmet, sun cream, sun hat and extra layers for different weather.

Thursday

Mer de Glace Ice climbing

One of Chamonix’s most classic mountain days. Learn to use crampons and ice tools on glacier ice . Many of best alpinists sharpened (and continue to practice) their skills here. A unique experience in a frozen world. The Montenvers train takes us to the Montenvers Hotel/ train station. From here a short gondola ride and many steps access the terminal end of the glacier. There is also a via cordata that allows access to more adventurous participants. From here we trek up the glacier and find the “Moulins”- large ice walls carved by running summer melt water. We’re going to climb these walls!! 

Skill level 

Beginner, no prior experience required. Should have average fitness.

Duration

1 day (4 - 6 hours)

Cost

0€ per person (Lift passes and transport not included)

Location

Montenvers/ Mer de Glace

Meeting time and place

Montenvers Train station at 8H00 AM

Equipment

Warm clothes for changing weather, warm gloves, backpack with water and a snack/ picnic lunch, mountaineering boots, harnesses, crampons, ice axe, trekking poles, helmet, sun cream and sun hat.  

Friday

Glacier Trekking from the Skyway lift

We will take the world famous Aiguille du Midi cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi. From here we traverse the Vallé Blanche via the ultra-scenic Hellbronner cable cars- suspended above vast alpine glaciers and surrounded by Chamonix’s tallest, steepest peaks.

Upon arriving on the other (Italian) side of the Vallé Blanche, we access the glaciers via an elevator and a short walk. Voila! We’re on the snow, and will do some high altitude glacier trekking with the guide. Ropes and harnesses for safe glacier travel, and under the careful supervision of our UIAGM guides, you’re mountaineering in high altitude! An italian espresso keeps energy levels high before an unforgettable cable car return to Chamonix.

Skill level 

No prior glacier trekking experience is required.

Duration

1 day (4 - 6 hours)

Cost

To be determined (lift passes 100€ not included)

Location

Aiguille du Midi, Panoramic Mont Blanc, Skyway to Geant glacier

Meeting time and place

Aiguille du Midi lift staion at 8H00 

Equipment

Warm clothes, gloves, backpack with water and a snack/ picnic lunch, mountaineering boots, harnesses, crampons, trekking poles, helmet, sun cream and sun hat.