Chamonix Granite

The mountains above Chamonix are home to some of the best alpine rock climbing on the planet. Spectacular granite spires and faces dominate the skyline, giving numerous high-quality rock routes of all standards. This course is for mountaineers who want to experience the technical challenge of rock climbing in the high mountains, or for rock climbers who want to take their skills to the big stage.


per group up to 2

June - September

Guided days – 3

Guiding Ratio – up to 1:2

The route

There are thousands of routes to choose from in the Mont Blanc massif, ranging from single-pitch cragging to 30-pitch monsters.. Possible objectives include Pyramide du Tacul East Ridge (F5a - 9 pitches), Rebuffat-Baquet on Midi South Face (F6a - 10 pitches), Papillons Arete (F5c - 16 pitches), Bienvenue au Georges V (F6a+ - 12 pitches), Swiss Direct on Grand Capucin (F6b+ - 10 pitches), amongst many others!


The routes climbed on this course are typically in the F5b-F6c (VS-E3) range, so multi-pitch rock climbing experience seconding up to F5b/VS level or above is recommended. Although some days on the itinerary may have easy access, others can require a glacier approach, so some basic mountaineering experience is also recommended.

Time given to training skills (such as cramponning and safe abseiling) can be given as part of the course. However, the main emphasis is on high-quality climbing!


This course runs as a private booking, at a guiding ratio of 1:1 or 1:2.

For those with less (or more) time available, it can be run as a single day (£350), over two days (£685), or over five days (£1650). Please enquire for further details.

What's included?


  • IFMGA Mountain Guide(s)
  • Arrangement of mountain huts for the course itinerary
  • Provision of group safety equipment for the days on the mountain
  • Local travel to complete the course itinerary
  • Uplift costs for your Mountain Guide (Chamonix valley area only)
  • Assistance in arranging local accommodation

Not included

  • Travel to and from Chamonix
  • Accommodation in the valley
  • Cables cars and uplift costs (including for your Mountain Guide outside of the Chamonix valley area)
  • Personal mountaineering equipment (which can be hired at the prices detailed below)
  • Half board accommodation for our nights in mountain huts (including for your Mountain Guide)
  • Insurance

Equipment hire

Ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet can be provided for a hire fee of £10 per day. Mountaineering boot hire can be arranged with Snell Sports in Chamonix.