A fun and airy ridge climb in the wild part of the Aiguilles Rouges, offering great views of the Mont Blanc range and the Emosson dam. You are very likely to spot some alpine wildlife en route.

PERRONS DE VALLORCINE, TRAVERSE (2674M)

Climb a razor ridge in gorgeous settings with great views

From 490.00€

Price per guide for a group of 2 persons maximum

   

Beginner tech level

 

Physical fitness 3/5

 

1 day climb

 

Guiding ratio 1:2

 

Available June - November

The traverse of the Perrons is one of the most beautiful non-glacial ridge climbs of the massif, right on the border between France and Switzerland. 

It is not a very sustained climb, but the quality of rock is good with a rather aerial feel. The combination of climbs, traverses and abseils makes this itinerary ideal training climb for bigger alpine projects. 

The setting in the heart of the wild Aiguilles Rouges is interesting for Alpine fauna and flora observations. 

You are guaranteed to have a fantastic day out.

Itinerary

Your guide will pick you up early in the morning and you will drive up to the Emosson dam on the border of France and Switzerland.

You will follow a small and rather steep path from the dam up to the Aiguille du Van – hiking turns to scrambling when you start getting closer to the start of the route.  (2h) 

Climb the ridge to the main summit, the Grand Perron (2674m) and abseil down to the other side. Continue on the sharp crest of the ridge to the summit of the Pointe Vouilloz and descent to the other side (scramble and abseils). Next is the crux part (4b), climb to the summit of the Pointe d’Ifala, the final part of the ridge (about 4h -5h). 

The descent is beautiful. A small path passing by alpine lakes and meadows, following cairns until you reach the main path coming from the Col de la Terasse leading back to the Emosson dam. Depending on time of year, you may enjoy the meadows in full bloom and flocks of alpine Ibex, locally known as Bouquetin (1h30).

Level Requirements

You do not need to have extensive rock climbing experience or an advanced level for this climb. The passages are 4a maximum. However, you need to be comfortable climbing exposed ridges, have a good sense of balance and know how to belay and abseil. You need to be familiar with multi-pitch climbing rope work. 

This is a long day out with good amount of hiking and climbing. You should have good physical fitness and stamina for an 8 hour climbing day.

Equipment

Clothing

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Sun hat

Sun hat

Climbing pants

Climbing pants

Approach shoes

Approach shoes

T-shirts

T-shirts

Technical gear

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Climbing backpack 20L

Climbing backpack 20L

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)

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

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.

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