The European Alps have an enormous array of peaks of different character and technical challenge. Your options can range from attempts to scale the 4,000m peaks or merely climb to your heart’s content on smaller objectives. Our Ascents Week is structured to allow you to climb a variety of peaks from one or more of the comfortable alpine huts across the Alps. You have the option of basing your trip from Chamonix in France or Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, both areas providing access to a range of quality climbing.
You may already have an idea of what peaks you wish to climb or we can help formulate a plan in line with your experience and objectives. Whilst the focus is on climbing peaks, your guide will ensure that you have the necessary skill set appropriate for your planned climbing itinerary. We offer a 1:1 and 1:2 guide-to-client ratio. The more technical routes will be limited to a 1:1 ratio for safety reasons.
Some of our guides' favourite climbs to consider include:
Situated in one of the Mont Blanc Massif's most picturesque areas, a short drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur and Val Ferret. A 2-hour hike from the valley floor takes you to the hut situated in a panoramic position near the Triolet Glacier, and provides access to a range of alpine rock, snow and ice climbs, including:
• Mont Rouges de Triolet - Les Chamois Volents (5b/c rock climb)
• SE Ridge of Aiguille Savoie (3,603m/11,821ft)
The hike to the Couvercle Refuge from the Montenvers train, some 900m/3,000ft above Chamonix, is an exciting mix of ladder climbs and scrambling rock trails. It is located above the Mer de Glace and allows an approach to peaks that surround the Talèfre basin, including:
• Pointe Isabella (3,761m/12,339ft)
• Aiguille du Moine (3,412m/11,194ft)
A 5-hour hike from Les Contamines takes you to the newly built and comfortable Conscrits Hut. Located alongside the Tré la Tête Glacier it provides access to:
• Mont Tondu (3,196m/10,486ft)
• Traverse of the Domes de Miage (3,673m/12,051ft)
Day trip from Chamonix
From the La Flégère lift:
• Aiguille de la Perseverance, South Ridge (2,901m/9,518ft)
A beautiful hiking trail through the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch takes you to Shreckhorn Hut.
• Stahlegghorn (3,461m/11,355ft)
Perched high above the Grindlewald Glacier, Gleksein Hut offers fabulous views across the Grindlewald Valley and access to an array of climbing possibilities.
• Rosenhorn (3,689m/12,103ft)
• Wetterhorn (3,701m/12,142ft)
Located an easy walk from the Jungfraujoch railway station the Mönchsjoch Hut is a popular spot for day trippers hoping to take in the stunning surrounding scenery. It is also handy to several days worth of excellent climbing opportunities including:
• Mönch (4,107m/13,474ft)
• Gross Fiescherhorn (4,049m/13,284ft)
• Jungfrau (4,158m/13,642ft)