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Grands Montets

Les Grands Montets

A classic winter route on the north face of the Petit Dru

Alpine Climbing Extreme

21 km
3.9 km
3.9 km
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
3.7 km
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This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be extreme. It's remote, it features high exposure and is typically done between November and March. From a low point of 1.2 km to the maximum altitude of 3.7 km, the route covers 21 km, 3878 vertical metres of ascent and 3879 vertical metres of descent. You'll need bivy kit, crampons, quickdraws, glacier kit, 2 ice axes and wires and friends to complete it safely.


Very few bivvy ledges available - most teams use a small ledge at 2/3 height. Good route beta can be found here: https://alpineteam.co.nz/2018/les-drus-north-face-lesueur-topo-and-beta



Long, committing and complex routes with difficult and sustained climbing on rock/ice and challenging route finding throughout. TD upwards.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between November and March

Equipment required

  • Bivy Kit
  • Crampons
  • Quickdraws
  • Glacier kit
  • 2 Ice Axes
  • Wires and Friends

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