Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course

Learn to climb safely on the Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course
Climbers take a moment to rest while learning hard ice skills on the Mer de Glace

From our base in Chamonix you will be introduced to the essential mountaineering skills that will be the foundation for your future climbing endeavours.

This challenging course is an instructional and coaching mountaineering course. It gives you grounding in the more important alpine skills and is set in the most inspirational of classrooms - the Mont Blanc Massif. To be a safe and competent mountaineer it is beneficial to learn the most current techniques from the experts.

Your week with us will be spent learning the basic skills of rock climbing, belaying, crampon techniques, how to move safely on glacial terrain, ice-axe self-arrest and how to effect a crevasse rescue. These skills will then be put into practice during ascents of various peaks in the Mont Blanc Massif where you will discover the joy of mountaineering!

The course is aimed at keen hill walkers and/or rock climbers who want to experience alpine climbing in a way that will be both informative and enjoyable. It is a good preparatory course for our intermediate course the Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course and our Mont Blanc Guided Ascent.

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  • Learn how to climb properly and safely
  • Introduction course based from Chamonix

Course Level

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5 days



Chamonix, France


Arrive in Chamonix. Hotel night


Meet your guide at 8:30am at La Chaumière Lodge reception for a team briefing and an equipment check. Arrange last minute rentals and/or equipment purchases in Chamonix before getting down to business! Today is spent at Les Gaillands 1,000m/3,400ft with a focus on rope skills and basic climbing techniques before returning to your Chamonix hotel. 1:4 Guide to climber ratio

Take the Funicular to Montenvers 1,913m/6,276ft and onto the Mer de Glace 3,500m/11,500ft for a training glacier travel and ice climbing skills. Return to Chamonix overnight. 1:4 Guide to climber ratio
Take the télécabine and chairlift at le Tour and trek 3 hours up to the Albert Premier Hut 2,702m/8,864ft. Spend the afternoon learning snow skills. Hut night. 1:2 Guide to climber ratio

Today is an early start to enjoy the alpine surrounds and climb Tête Blanche 3,707m/12,162ft and Petite Fourche 3,512m/11,522ft. A snow craft session in the afternoon if time allows. Overnight at Trient Hut 3,170m/10,400ft located across the border in Switzerland. 1:2 Guide to climber ratio

Another alpine start to tackle the Aiguille du Tour 3,529m/11,578ft and then descend back to the valley floor and return to Chamonix. Overnight at La Chaumière Lodge, Chamonix. 1:2 Guide to climber ratio

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 or lift service preclude access into this region

Interactive Map of the Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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8 Sept - 14 Sept 2024 €2,590 EUR $ Book Now

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To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness before the trip. You will find that training on hills with a +10kg pack is the best preparation for the mountains, to build your endurance. We recommend training programmes tailored to mountaineering such as those from Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

No previous climbing experience is required. A background in hiking is beneficial.

Having fun on the Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course
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.

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.

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.

Learning mountaineering skills on the Mer de Glace

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.
The beautiful mountain landscape of the Mont Blanc Massif

Learn in the world's most inspirational classroom - the Mont Blanc Massif

Beautiful vistas all around in the Alps above Chamonix

The course is aimed at keen hill walkers and/or rock climbers who want to experience alpine climbing for the first time.

Perfect conditions climbing on the Aguille du Chardonnet

Enjoy climbing achievable peaks such as Aguille du Chardonnet while you learn.

Our Team
Jon Bracey
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European Chief Guide
Sandy Allan
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Regular Europe Guide
Suze Kelly
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AC Director/Europe Specialist
Learn basic mountaineering skills on the Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course

"Your professionalism and culture are second to none. My time in the mountains was amazing. I felt safe and inspired throughout. From the moment I booked until my transport out of Chamonix AC provided the perfect experience – I have no reason to look elsewhere in the future and would happily recommend others."

Samuel Martin, Australia
Learn to climb pitches on steep snow

"Super knowledgeable, very well organised and prepared, highly skilled guides and you guys go pretty much everywhere!"

Matt Cooper, Australia
All roped up for glacier travel

"Honestly, I was stoked from start to finish. For me the experience was perfect."

Samuel Martin, Australia
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