Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course

Extend your climbing skills on the Advanced Mountaineering Course
The Vallee Blanche in the Mont Blanc region

If you really want to take your climbing to the next level then this is the course for you.

Instructed on a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio, you have the focused attention of world class guides who are willing to share their climbing techniques and ascent strategies. Successful mountaineering at the top end is as much about judgment as technical prowess. Spend time with the specialists in the mountain environment and you will be able to accelerate your own pathway to bigger and better objectives.

  • Advanced skills course based in Chamonix
  • Push your standards to a higher level

Course Level

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5 days



Chamonix, France


Arrive in Chamonix, hotel night


Meet at the hotel for a team briefing and gear check. After organising our equipment hire, we take the Grands Montets lift to 3,200m/10,500ft where we tackle a short training climb, the North Face of the Petite Aiguille Verte (AD-), a good venue to practice steep ice climbing techniques. We descend to the valley for a short debrief and, if there is time, a slide presentation by the guide followed by dinner in town. Hotel night


We drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Entrèves, and take the Helbronner lift to the Col du Géant. We trek round the Aiguilles Marbrées to the Col de Rochefort from where we traverse the Aiguilles Marbrées back to the Col du Géant (PD-). We stay at the large Torino hut with its excellent Italian coffee. Hut night


A nice early start sees us travelling over the glacier to do a traverse of Aiguille d’Entrèves, which is a spectacularly exposed ridge traverse climb, although never extreme and immensely enjoyable. This is a perfect warm up for our climb of the Dent du Géant tomorrow. We return back to Torino hut in the afternoon to relax and then get to bed early before another alpine start


After an early breakfast, we cross the Col du Géant to climb the magnificent Dent du Géant (AD) a 4,000m/13,000ft peak culminating in 200m/650ft of steep and exposed rock climbing. With a strong team, it is also possible to traverse the Arête de Rochefort before climbing the Dent du Géant. Return to Torino Hut


Today we make an early start for the Aiguilles Marbrées to the Col de Rochefort from where you will have the chance to plan and lead the traverse of Aiguilles Marbrées back to the Col du Géant (PD), and back to the Torino and then Chamonix. Hotel night


Breakfast, a chance to exchange photographs and departure


The programme may be subject to change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather to lift service preclude access into this region

Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course Map

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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Jun - Sept 2024 €4,480 EUR $ Book Now
Jun - Sept 2024 €2,590 EUR $ Book Now

Check out our Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course  or Alpine Climbing Course for fixed departure options.



The need for a high level of physical fitness cannot be over-emphasised. A regular programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We recommend a training programme tailored to mountaineering those plan from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

You should be happy seconding rock to Alpine Grade V- (US 5.6/AUS 14) with boots and rucksack. This course is physically demanding, and participants should be prepared to push themselves on some of the climbing routes.

Lets go climbing
Why Adventure Consultants?

We offer focused guide attention to ensure consistency across the program. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days we know your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide and smaller guide to climber ratios.

Adventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA-UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards. Being a technically proficient climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

Adventure Consultants only employs IFMGA qualified guides for European ascents and courses and this is the only certification that is recognised in the French Alps. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

Take your climbing to the next level

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Qualified mountain guide
  • Group technical equipment
  • Lift passes as per the scheduled itinerary
  • Hut accommodation as per the scheduled itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis during trip dates as specified on the schedule, including first / last night of your trip
  • Local ground transport as per the scheduled itinerary
  • Breakfast & dinner during mountain component of course/trip.
Tourn yourself into a professional mountaineer

Develop independence and self sufficiency in the mountains.

Mont Blanc from Aguille de Roc

Push your climbing to the next level and learn new ascent strategies that allow you to climb independently.

Our Team
Jon Bracey
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Sandy Allan
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Suze Kelly
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