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Two person summer week 2023
A week of private 1:2 Alpine guiding, tailored to you, in Chamonix
Course overview
This is the twin course of the Technical Ice & Classics, but this week is geared to routes of a slightly easier grade, for two people looking to book together. Many people use this week as a private version of the Alpine Autonomy course. The week is highly flexible, and tailored to your requirements.
By using the many cable cars in Chamonix you will have access to these fantastic routes and minimise your length of time spent travelling or walking into the routes. If you have climbed in Chamonix before, there are over 4000 routes so you are guaranteed not to repeat anything.
This course can be used an alternative to the Chamonix Alpine Rockcourse, as it is focused ice & mixed rather than just rock, and is less demanding of stamina than the Monte Rosa 4000m Peaks.
Whatever your previous ice or rock experience, the aim of this course is also to teach you more skills and style points useful in your own climbing, developing your mixed climbing, grades and techniques on different routes.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Course overview
Obviously this week is completely tailored to your needs, so please use the itinerary below purely as an outline. It is the same as the itinerary for the Alpine Classics course, to show you what you could achieve. Before you arrive, and during the week, we'll discuss the options and itinerary, so it is moulded to suit your requirements.
Sun Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 19:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries. Night in Chamonix.
Mon A day to refresh your climbing skills. Popular routes include the Chapelle de la Gliere with its knife edge traverse, Couloir de Chevalier on Petitie Verte or the L'Index. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Tue Exposed altitude climbing in the higher Aiguilles du Chamonix, on routes such as the NNE Arete of the Aiguille de l'M, Petite Charmoz or the Arete des Papillons. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Wed A long day route on an exposed ice / snow ridge with broken rocky sections such as Traverse of Aiguille D'Entreves (AD+) or the Midi Plan Traverse. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Thu A technical day route, e.g. ice on Chere Couloir or a shorter route followed by a night in a mountain hut, e.g. Pyramid du Tacul. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in mountain hut or Chamonix.
Fri An early start for a major route at altitude such as Contamine Mazeud on Mont Blanc du Tacul or the Dent du Geant (if you stayed in a hut last night). Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their airport transfers to leave around this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday. Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
5 days guiding, 7 days holiday in total £1399
Live availability
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Six nights self-catered accommodation in Chamonix in private flat for the two of you (inc. bedding & towels), 4) Pre course information booklet, 5) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Chamonix valley, 8) Evening technical instruction (optional) on several nights in Chamonix.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Cable cars and uplift for you and your guide (cable cars for guide included in Chamonix), 5) Transport / tunnel ticket outside the Chamonix valley, 6) Costs of any optional nights in mountain huts on half board basis for you and your guide, 7) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 8) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Course upgrade options
Many clients on this trip consider upgrading with one or more of the following course additions...
Big 5 Alpine
kit rental
  Upgrade to single from
£300-£500 in addition to
standard course price,
depending on week.
Extend by 2 days after
to ascend one of the
Big 5 Alpine peaks as
an extra summit.
Rent all technical kit
for a week. Full Alpine
Bundle costs you just
£100 for the week.
Saturday night spent in
Chamonix, with choice
of self-guided or guided
on Sunday. From £70.
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Standard course accommodation - normally clients are based in self-catered flats (details), so take a look, and decide if it's for you. For more luxury, contact us for quotes in higher standard apartments, or hotels of any standard required. If you have / source your own course accommodation, or we cannot provide an upgrade, the standard course price has a £100pp reduction applied on your invoice.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Two person week
  • [ 2 ] 18 - 24 Jun 2023
  • [ 2 ] 25 Jun - 1 Jul 2023
  • [ 2 ] 2 - 8 Jul 2023
  • [ 2 ] 9 - 15 Jul 2023
  • [ 2 ] 13 - 19 Jul 2023
  • [ 2 ] 16 - 22 Jul 2023
  • [ 2 ] 23 - 29 Jul 2023
  • [ 0 ] 30 Jul - 5 Aug 2023
  • [ 2 ] 6 - 12 Aug 2023
  • [ 2 ] 20 - 26 Aug 2023
  • [ 2 ] 27 Aug - 2 Sep 2023
  • [ 2 ] 3 - 9 Sep 2023
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are 2 people
booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish

Price: £1399 Book online

Alternative courses
Mont Blanc Summit
Summer Alpine North Faces
Autonomy & Techniques
Chamonix Alpine Rock

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Location data for this trip
The trips are based 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
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
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Why choose our trips?
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your summit chances.
Our prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
There is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the weather, conditions, and your experience.
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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