I offer an alpine mountaineering package to Canadians. Visiting three countries and climbing the best mountains in each region. The climbs we will be climbing are not technically difficult, but will challenge the client with elevation and endurance. I have included a list of peaks which I have guided in the past on similar trips. See Summer 2014 European blog entry for what you can expect. The accommodation in the villages and huts are pre booked for your convenience. You can expect to climb as many peaks as possible during the duration of your stay. I recommend giving yourself a block of time of 2.5 to 3 weeks. Here is an itinerary you can expect.
• Fly to Geneva, Switzerland. Meet at airport and travel to Chamonix, France via rental car. This is a short drive of one hour from Geneva.
• Spend the night at partnered hotel or hostel.
• Organize and pack for first objective.
Aiguille d' Argentiere, 3901m
• An excellent warm up and acclimatization climb for Mt. Blanc trips and other 4000m ascents.
• Excellent views of Mt. Blanc, Les Cortes, the Grandes Jorasses and many of the other interesting peaks in the Massif.
• The mountain is accessed by the Grande Montets ski lift close to the town of Argentiere, France.
• A three day outing. With two nights at the Argentiere Hut.
Spend a rest day in Chamonix. Preparation for Mt. Blanc
Mount Blanc, 4810m
Gouter Hut Route
• The highest summit in Europe.
• Trip departs from Chamonix, France via the Train Du Mt Blanc at Les Houches.
• It is a three day adventure, visiting the Tete Rousse hut for one night and Gouter Hut after our summit bid. Making for a comfortable and excellent experience.
• Again descending the Train Du Mt Blanc back to Chamonix.
Travel to Grindelwald Switzerland from Chamonix. This about a five hour drive. Spend the night in Grindelwald. The following day we then head to the Top of Europe Train which takes us through the famous Eiger. Depending on conditions, we then will either depart from the Eiger station to the Mittellegi hut or continue to the top of the train. This is the Jungfraujoch. A short hike to the Monch hut gets us in position for the South ridge of Eiger and options on Monch.
Mittellegi Ridge/South Ridge
• Located high above the town of Grindelwald, Switzerland.
• The feared reputation of the Eiger comes from the looming North Face. We will not be climbing the North Face.
• Our adventures will take us to climb either the Mittellegi ridge or the South ridge. Depending on conditions.
• The SE ridge is the standard route up Monch An early start is required for this mountain. Yet, one will not feel as committed as other 4000m peaks in the area.
• This route and summit is also a good way to acclimatized to other more technically demanding objectives in the range.
• The North East face route is quiet, more involved climbing and better views of Eiger.
• This is the recommend route for people looking for a little more adventure. For descent it is typical to descend the SE ridge of Monch.
Next we continue Zermatt after our Grindelwald experience. This drive is about five hours. Gearing up at the bottom train station of Zermatt. Travelling to the town of Zermatt via the rail and spending the evening at a hotel.
The following day we get into position for Matterhorn. Traveling by climb matterhorn lift and staying at the Hornli Hut.
NE ridge, Swiss
• The standard way from Zermatt
• The Hornli Hut is located at the base of the North East ridge.
SW ridge, Italy
• Called Monte Cervino by the Italians.
• The Matterhorn is bordered on Switzerland and Italy.
• The Italian option is via the southwest ridge.
• it is possible to ascend the southwest ridge from Italy, descending the northeast ridge into Zermatt.
Departing Zermatt into Italy for the last leg of the trip. We travel to the town of Courmayer, Italy and stay the night. Get some rest and take the first Gondola up to the Torino hut the following am. Our plan after checking into the hut is the Tour Ronde.
The Tour Ronde is another classic Mount Blanc Acclimatization climb. It provides excellent views of Blanc, Grandes Jorrases, Grande Cappucin and many other beautiful summits. It is a great trip combined with The Dent De Geant. Mainly a ridge climb and scramble to mellow summit.
Dent du Geant, 4013m
The Dent is located a short distance from the Torino Hut. Climbing the peak and back to the hut in one modest day. The Dent is a popular guiding objective for people new to rock climbing at high elevations. It consists of about six pitches of rock climbing to an amazing summit. Very straight forward rappelling back to the base of the spire.
If your interested in signing up for the 2015 trip. Please send me an email. I will give you a cost estimate and price breakdown. I make this trip affordable to Canadians looking to climb in Europe. I really look forward to hearing from you.. Thanks to people like yourselves. Doing these unbelievable trips become a reality.