A superb classic route which leads to the summit of Aiguille du Tour (3540m) from the Albert 1er Hut. This is a true alpine route with it’s signature feature – a unique Rock Table monument and its tower.

ARêTE DE LA TABLE - AIGUILLE DU TOUR

Interesting and varied ridge climb, fun route, breathtaking views

   

Intermediate tech level

 

Climb over 2 days

 

1 night in mountain hut

 

Available May - July

 

Guide ratio 1:2

The Aiguille du Tour is probably one of the most travelled summits in the massif, and rightly so. It offers a sumptuous panorama in a grandiose setting between France and Switzerland. The Table ridge, first climbed in 1926, offers a grandiose journey without being too strenuous. 

Depending on the time of year and conditions, you can climb either by the snow couloir or follow the full ridge itinerary. The approach from the Albert 1er hut to the Glacier du Tour takes 30 minutes and you should allow an hour or so to reach the start of the climb – the Couloir de la Table. The ridge is mostly III granite grade with the crux pitch at IV+ (old grading). The descent is by the normal route and the glacier back to the hut and then to Chamonix.

 

Itinerary

D1: Hike up to the Albert 1er hut

We will meet on the Chamex offices or directly at the Le Tour lift station in the morning. The Charamillon lift will help us to gain some altitude and then we hike up to the Albert 1er hut where we stay for the night. 

D2: Climb the Arete de la Table

Early start from the hut, we climb the Arete de Table ridge to the summit of the Aiguille du Tour. We will return to Chamonix the same day.

Level Requirements

Technical level

You need to have good previous mountaineering experience in climbing ridges at PD+ to AD (following) in mountaineering boots. You need be skilled in using crampons and ice axe on rock and mixed terrain and be comfortable and quick climbing snow slopes of up to 45 degrees.


Physical level

You need to have a good level of fitness. The climb is long and you will be exposed to high altitude. Previous acclimatization is advised.

 

Equipment

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Climbing pants

Climbing pants

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

Crampons

Crampons

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Included or not

Included

Guide Fee

UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide - a fully qualified and experienced Chamex guide will accompany you for the duration of your trip.

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

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.

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.

Insurance

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.