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Alpine "Big 3" extensions 2017
Icicle clients on the summit of Mont Blanc 4810m
FEEDBACK: "The extension was a great way to round off the already excellent week, and to
summit Mont Blanc was a magical experience
"
Amanda McA, Dover, 2002
Courses Overview
These are the guiding rates for two day ascents of the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn or the Eiger. These two day extensions are ONLY available to those who have just completed a week long Icicle climbing course (not trekking), to ensure that you are sufficiently trained, safe and acclimatised before your summit attempt.
Please note we do not offer stand alone two day ascents or bespoke courses of these peaks, as we are so sure that our itineraries are correct to maximise your summit chances. We do not match clients together where 1:2 ascents are possible. If you have no pre-existing climbing partner, you need to book a 1:1 ascent.
We can also arrange bespoke ascents of any Alpine peak, or days of private guiding, prices from £340 a day. All the prices are for guiding only. You must pay for you and your guide for the following: cable cars & mountain railways, transport costs to the area, Chamonix valley accommodation, and half board in mountain huts.
As an estimate you should allow about £150 expenses on top of the price of the extension (depending on the route). These extensions are only two days long, and only available over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or at the start of week (Monday and Tuesday) straight after your week long Icicle course.
These extensions can only be pre-booked with your main Icicle course, and cannot be booked upon arrival or whilst in resort. Guides and hut spaces need to be booked many months in advance, and we cannot take any bookings for these two day ascents within a month of travel for these reasons. Please plan ahead.
Dates: Run on demand from June through to September. For current availability on this course click here.
Mont Blanc (Itinerary for the normal week long course, click here)
Course Duration: 2 days (normally clients opt for the Saturday and Sunday)
Instructor / Guide Ratio: 2 days IFMGA Guiding with ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 (see prices)
Previous Skills: Scottish Grade II/III Ice / UK Rock S or VSevere / Alpine PD+
Level of Fitness: High, especially stamina (capable of running a half marathon).
Prices: £999 for a 1:1 Guide ratio, or
£499 for a 1:2 ratio (2 people booking at same time).
Dates: This course is run on demand, with dates between mid June and early September.
Rachel on the summit of Mont Blanc
Matterhorn (Itinerary for the normal week long course, click here)
Course Duration: 2 days (normally clients opt for the Saturday and Sunday)
Instructor / Guide Ratio: 2 days IFMGA Guiding with ratio of 1:1 only
Previous Skills: Scottish Grade II/III Ice / UK Rock S/ VSevere / Alpine AD-
Level of Fitness:
High, especially stamina (capable of running a half marathon).
Prices:
£999
for a 1:1 Guide ratio, which is the only Guiding ratio allowed on this peak.
Dates: This course is run on demand, with dates between early July and mid September.
Eiger (Itinerary for the normal week long course, click here)
Course Duration: 2 days (normally clients opt for the Saturday and Sunday)
Instructor / Guide Ratio: 2 days IFMGA Guiding with ratio of 1:1 only
Previous Skills: Scottish Grade III Ice / UK Rock HVS / Alpine AD
Level of Fitness:
High, especially stamina (capable of running a half marathon).
Prices:
£999 for a 1:1 Guide ratio, which is the only Guiding ratio allowed on this route.
Dates: This course is run on demand, with dates between
early July and mid September.
Current course availability

These extensions are run on demand all the summer after a suitable week long course. The best seaon for each peak is noted after the details for each of the mountains, so that you can select a suitable date for your main course.
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Location data for this trip
The trips meet in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
€ Euros
Travel from UK
1hr flight
Your questions answered
What about an extra day?
We only offer the extensions as two days guiding. If you would like any extra days, then we recommend a standard week long course. For mountains of this stature, we consider that our week long courses are the best itineraries to allow for weather windows, acclimatisation, and summit success. We do not offer any tailor made alternatives for any of these peaks, as we are so sure our itineraries are correct.
What if there is bad weather?
If the weather is too bad for you to attempt the mountain, then you will only be charged according to the daily Guiding rates for whatever alternative you climb. The mimimum Guiding rate will be charged as £340 per day, and you will be refunded the difference from the amount that you have paid in the form of a voucher towards a future Icicle course (valid for 12 months). The decision as to the level of refund and suitable alternatives offered is made by Icicle staff. This policy must be in force, as the Guides are booked up front, and need to be paid for two days work anyway. If you attempt the peak you originally booked for, and are turned back by bad weather, you are entitled to no refund. No summit is guaranteed, and this is the luck of the draw.
What ratios are allowed?
For Mont Blanc, a Guide can take one or two clients (depending on your choice and the Guides / Icicles assessment of your abilities). No Guide can take any more than two clients. We have been asked in the past if it is permissible for a "separate" roped team to "shadow" the Guided group. This is NOT possible, as essentially the other team is Guided. If anyone is thought to be trying this behind our backs, we give the Guides our full backing to turn around. On the Eiger or Matterhorn, we enforce a 1:1 Guiding ratio as the highest that Guides can operate with, even though on some easier routes on the Eiger a 1:2 ratio is legally permissable. We stick to our 1:1 ratio to improve safety and speed, and therefore summit chances.
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



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