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.
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.
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.