Learn the specific skills needed for long trips to remote mountain ranges and for climbing high-altitude summits. Get ready for your expedition with our experienced UIAGM mountain guides.

Individual approach
Custom made private programs building on your existing skills and reflecting the specific needs for your expedition.
Qualified and experienced tutors
Chamonix Experience mountain guides have years of experience in expeditions and completed some prestigious high-mountain ascents.
Location
Chamonix is unique due to its easy access to the high alpine terrain. Ideal for the mountaineering skills training in safe and low stress environment.

EXPEDITION TRAINING

Skills instruction for high-altitude and cold-weather mountaineering

From 500.00€

Please contact us for customised program and pricing.

   

Intermediate tech level

 

4/5 fitness level

 

1:1 or 1:2 guiding ratio

 

Available year round

Chamonix Experience mountain guides offer customised alpine and expedition training programs, especially designed for your specific goal. We will work with you to build on your previous experience and skills to improve your efficiency, safety and chances to reach the desired summit. 

Chamonix Experience mountain guides have years of experience in expeditions and climbing the high-altitude itineraries. We have been on climbing expeditions, either with our clients or privately, such as ascents of the Aconcagua, Ama Dablam, Denali or various summits in Patagonia. Our guides will be delighted to pass on you their experience and skills needed for the particular summit you are aiming for. 

We are based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc; the world capitol of mountaineering. We have the advantage of relatively easy and quick access to a high mountain environment with glaciers and 4000m peaks. This offers the perfect terrain where you can practice hand-on the high-mountain skills in relatively safe and stress-free environment. 

Dream big! With enough of time and dedication, everything is possible :)

Learning Outcomes

We will select the appropriate set of skills to teach you according to your previous experience and specific demands of your project. Here is a list of skills which most of you will need to learn:

  • Crampon and Ice skills - good crampon and ice axe skills are essential for all mountaineering. These skills increase your safety during the ascent and descent as well as your chances of success by increasing the efficiency and reducing your energy loss during climbing.
  • Safety skills on glaciers - understanding the glaciers and the hazards, rope skills and crevasse rescue
  • Technical climbing skills on rock, ice and mixed terrain - get used to fats and safe movement on this kind of terrain. learn the safety skills and the rope work. 
  • Fixed ropes - ascending and descending techniques and safety skills. 
  • Navigation  - use of maps, compass and GPS
  • Camping and emergency bivouacs
  • Climbing rescue and emergency retreat
  • Acclimatisation and altitude sickness

Level Requirements

Technical skills

As we create custom made programs, we accept beginners as well as experienced mountaineers. In fact, we have worked with many climbers who had none or very little mountaineering experience and skills. The minimum experience you need to have is trekking. You have to be happy to move efficiently over uneven terrain in big boots. 

Physical fitness level

Prior arriving in Chamonix: Your first step in preparation for the expedition is physical training. You have to be physically strong with good stamina for hiking and climbing for 5 - 8 hours per day for consecutive days. You have to be used to carry a daypack during the climbs. Best way to prepare is regular running, swimming and biking. Essential is to do full day treks with climbs at least 1000 vertical meters. You can also train doing laps on stairs. We highly recommend to do this up and down hill training in big boots and carrying heavy back pack to build the right kind of fitness. 

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

Sun hat

Sun hat

T-shirts

T-shirts

Long sleeve shirt

Long sleeve shirt

Belay Jacket - warm puffer jacket that fits over your layers

Belay Jacket - warm puffer jacket that fits over your layers

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Jumar ascender

Jumar ascender

Poulie traction

Poulie traction

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

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

Fork & spoon

Fork & spoon

Pen knife

Pen knife

Camping mat

Camping mat

Camping mug

Camping mug

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag

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.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

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

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.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

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.

Additional Services

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well established airport transfer companies using new and comfortable vehicles, with the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following: 
  • Full name 
  • Mobile phone number 
  • Email address 
  • Your destination address 
  • Flight details (date, time and flight number)
SHARED TRANSFERS: 


This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS: 


Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door to door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

 

Insurance

We don’t include travel & mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses but we strongly recommend that you have it. Mountain rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. The travel insurance is essential in case you need medical treatment or you have to cancel your trip. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us. Check the cancellation policy, under what cancellation circumstances your your investemnt into the trip is covered. 

We can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you. The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents; please contact us for more information.

Equipment hire

We highly recommend that you book any equipment with us at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop:

• Concept Pro Shop that is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you wish to book accommodation in Chamonix we would be happy to recommend some local hotels, gites, self-catered apartments, or chalets and advise on the best locations. Please contact us if you would like help finding accommodation in Chamonix.