Pointe Lachenal Contamine Route, 3613m

Varied route with incredible views and great moves - a "must" for all rock climbers!

A beauty! The Pointe Lachenal climb is challenging but not too hard with lots of variation on this pure rock face.

Located half way down the Vallee Blanche traverse, the climbing route offers breathtaking views of Grand Capucin, Dent du Géant, and the east face of Tacul - all the iconic Chamonix peaks. A must if you are a keen rock climber!

Mid-way between the Aiguille du Midi and Punta Helbronner on the Vallee Blanche, Pointe Lachenal Contamines route is one of the great classic Chamonix trad routes - it is usually sunny and is fairly well-protected from the elements.

The Contamines route follows the right side of the South face of Pointe Lachenal. It is mainly crack climbing with two fantastic 6a+ pitches high up, the route is trad climbing but the belays are equipped with bolts.

This is a full day out, usually catching the first "bin" of the day from the Aiguille du Midi, which can be as early as 06:30am during the peak summer months. The climb itself typically takes around 3-4 hours with a gain of 250m, over 8 pitches of maximum 6a+, but you can expect the whole trip to take around 6-8 hours.

Level Requirement

To climb Pointe Lachenal you must be a confident rock climber, either on an indoor climbing wall or preferably with outdoor climbing experience. You need to be able to top rope grades 5 to 5+.

The face is quite steep and the descent is via an abseil, so you need to have some experience in this as well. If you are unsure of your ability we would be happy to have you join us on our Chamonix Granite Rock Climbing Weekend to gain some experience and tuition in techniques such as crack climbing, multi-pitch climbing and rope skills.