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Climb the Tour Ronde (3792m) & ski the Brenva glacier

This is one of the most spectacular ski mountaineering itineraries in the Mont Blanc range including an alpine summit and impressive, steep downhill descent.


Climb to the summit of the Tour-Ronde (3792m)


Itinerary combining ski mountaineering, alpinism, steep skiing and big mountain free riding in one day!


With a start from the top of the Skyway lift, Punta Helbronner, we head to the Vallée Blanche area from the Italian side, and after an initial short ski down, we put on the skins and hike to the start of the normal route of Tour Ronde. Once we reach the bergschrund, we will swap the skis for crampons and ice axe and, leaving the skis behind, will start to climb up the normal route of Tour Ronde in alpine style. As we climb, little by little, the huge east face of Mont-Blanc and its Brenva basin will come into our view.

The route finishes by a large snowy ridge with few spiky, rocky steps to the summit, where a statue of Madonna overlooks the valley far below. You can enjoy the views and take a well deserved break.

Ready to ski?
The start of the descent is definitely the steepest part of the day. It is crucial that we time our skiing well to have the descent in good condition if we want to enjoy it. If we start too early, the snow may be hard or icy. If we start too late the snow maybe too soft and unstable. During the descent, we must remain focused and in control of every turn. If the exposure becomes too intimidating, we will rope up and ski the couloir using safe steep skiing techniques.

Once out of the steep couloir, we finally reach the Brenva Glacier. Here we put the skins on our skis again and rope up to traverse the glacier until we reach the base of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey. From here we will ski down under the big North Face along the Brenva Glacier all the way back to Entrêves, our starting point. If we have parked our car at the right spot we could even get straight back to it!

From: 1070 €


You ski often and at a high level. You ski both sidecountry and backcountry, as well as ski-alpinism. You are steady and comfortable on any terrain. You ski couloirs (gullies) of up to 40° and would like to improve your steep skiing and mountain skiing skills. You are familiar with avalanche companion rescue techniques and glacier safety methods. You have previous experience with crampons on ice and mixed ground, and can belay and rappel. You have participated in assorted multi-day, hut-to-hut ski tours in the Alps.
  • Dates on demand
  • 1 skier per guide
  • 1 day of skiing
  • Available February – March depending on conditions
  • Climb the Tour Ronde & ski the Brenva glacier Chamex
Warm hat
Thermal underwear
Fleece or woollen layers
Light puffer jacket
Windproof and waterproof jacket
Windproof and waterproof trousers
Warm gloves
Thin gloves
Technical gear
Ice axe
Technical gear
Climbing harness
Technical gear
Ski goggles
Technical gear
Ski / splitboard skins
Technical gear
Ski poles
Technical gear
Technical gear
Ski touring skis
Technical gear
Ski touring boots
Technical gear
20 – 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard
Technical gear
Ski / splitboard crampons
Technical gear
Technical gear
Screwgate carabiner x 1
Safety Equipment
Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
Safety Equipment
Ski or snowboard helmet
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
Included in price

Guide Fee

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

Lift passes

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

Safety Equipment

We can provide the essential safety equipment of harness, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel if you do not have your own. We can also lend you a backpack with straps for carrying your skis/snowboard on request.


Transport as described in the itinerary is included

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


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.

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.

Miscellaneous expenses

Expenses such as drinks, snacks, etc.