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Aiguille Verte – Couloir Whymper

A legendary route to reach the summit of the majestic Aiguille Verte, one of the most significant mountains in the Mont Blanc massif. 700 meters of steep snow and ridge climbing with AD+ difficulty.


With 4122 m of altitude Aiguille Verte is one of the most significant and important mountains of the Mont Blanc range, for both its beauty and history. From the top the view is unforgettable and well deserved as there is no easy way to reach the summit – all the routes are long and quite technical.

We will climb the Whymper couloir which is the most obvious and elegant line on the SE face of the mountain. First climbed (partially) by Christian Almer, Franz Biner, Edward Whymper in 1865, this route is one of the Chamonix classic climbs and one which should be on the “list” of any mountaineer.

The climb is not overly technical but it is long and sustained at 45 – 55 degrees. Because it is SE facing, most of it is completed during the night. You will enjoy the summit with the magical views of the sunrise.

This ascent is over 2 days with 1st day approach to the Couvercle hut and 2nd day summit the Aiguille Verte and return to Chamonix.

From: 2790 €


  • Dates on demand
  • Guide ratio 1:1
  • Climb over 2 days
  • Available April – June (depending on conditions)
  • 1 night in mountain hut
Mountaineering boots
Warm hat
Thermal underwear
Fleece or woollen layers
Light puffer jacket
Windproof and waterproof jacket
Windproof and waterproof trousers
Warm gloves
Thin gloves
Long sleeve shirt
Technical gear
Climbing harness
Technical gear
Screwgate carabiner x3
Technical gear
Belay device
Technical gear
Climbing helmet
Technical gear
Pair of technical ice axes
Technical gear
Technical gear
25 – 30 litres rucksack
Technical gear
Technical gear
60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik
Other essentials
Other essentials
Water bottle – Ideally two 1L bottles
Other essentials
Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)
Other essentials
Headlamp with fresh batteries
Other essentials
Other essentials
Sleeping bag liner – lightweight
Included in price

Guide Fees

2 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Mountain hut

1 night in a mountain hut with breakfast and dinner included.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not included in price

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Personal Equipment

Please see the “Equipment” tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.


Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.