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Petite Aiguille Verte Ascent 3512m

Explore a world of glaciers, rocks and spectacular ridges, high above Chamonix

The Petite Aiguille Verte is the little sister to the bigger longer and more difficult Aiguille Verte. This route is an excellent day out that involves glacier travel, mixed climbing and spectacularly exposed ridge climbing.

La Petite Aiguille Verte is a brilliant introduction to Alpine climbing and offers an ideal training ground for those who wish to learn and improve on their alpine climbing skills.

This dramatic but surprisingly accessible peak is located between the Mer de Glace and the Argentiere glacier, reached by the cable car at Les Grands Montets. It can be climbed all year round and is an excellent winter climbing route.

Despite offering many challenges, climbing La Petite Aiguille Verte is not a particularly difficult feat - the most technical sections are all short and your guide will offer you tips and encouragement to get you to the summit.

The views from this route are magnificent and you'll feel like you've conquered the world when you arrive at the summit ridge and look out over the jagged peaks of the Mont Blanc massif.

Description

You will meet your guide in the morning and make your way to Argentiere to take the Grand Montets cable car. From the top station (3295m) you will take the steps down to the snow. Here you will rope up and put on your crampons for the 30-40mins approach walk. The last section of the approach involves crossing a bergschrund before gaining the ridge.

The Northwest ridge involves both rock and ice. The more technical sections are short and do not pose major difficulties. Crampons are generally worn on some or all of the rock climbing. The climbing is easy but very exposed. Once you reach the summit you descend by the same route back to Grand Montets.

Level Requirements

Climbing La Petite Aiguille Verte requires no particular mountaineering skills but you do need to have a good level or fitness to do this route.

You should have previous experience using crampons and be steady on your feet. Experience of travelling over glaciers is very useful but not essential, scrambling is also good experience for this sort of terrain.

Price

315€

Price for the climb for a group of maximum 2 persons per guide

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fee

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

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

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your perdoanlised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Lift passes

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

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.

Accommodation

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.

La Petite Aiguille Verte Itinerary

You will typically meet your guide at our office in Chamonix early in the morning, around 8am. This will be confirmed with you prior to your trip and we can arrange to meet at your accommodation if this is more convenient.

You and your guide will then make the short journey to Argentiere, where you will take the cable at Les Grands Montets up to the summit at over 3000m.

You will have lunch up in the mountains, so remember to pack something to eat and drink.

The climb itself typically takes 3 to 4 hours, so you can expect to be back in Chamonix by early to mid afternoon. There is no hurry though and once you've summited you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking view.

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

La Petite Aiguille Verte 3512m

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La Petite Verte soars high above the village of Argentiere at the north end of the Chamonix valley. It is accessed via the Les Grand Montets cable car, where two lifts whisk you up to the top station at 3295m. From here there is a short clamber down a metal staircase onto the snow, which is where you will rope up and put on your crampons for the 30-40 minute approach walk to the beginning of the climb. The last section of the approach involves crossing a bergschrund before gaining the ridge.

The ascent is a moderately steep 45° but over easy mixed ground with nice big handholds; the Northwest ridge of the Petite Aiguille Verte involves traversing over both rock and ice, for which you will wear your crampons. The more technical sections are short and do not pose major difficulties, the climbing is easy but very exposed with spectacular views in all directions.

From the summit ridge the Mont Blanc Massif stretches out all around you, with the Aiguille du Chardonnet, Aiguille d'Argentiere and Tour Noire to the east, and Les Drus and the ridge of the Aiguille Verte to the south. Once you reach the summit you descend by the same route back to Les Grand Montets.