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Chamonix's Classic Easier Mountaineering Routes

Although known for it's long, hard climbs, Chamonix is also home to some fantastic easier mountaineering routes too.

Description

Chamonix needs little introduction to mountaineers or skiers - it is the World's most famous mountain town and home to the highest mountain in the Alps. It has a reputation for being the place where alpinists go to test themselves on legendary hard routes, but there are also many easier adventures to be had in the iconic Chamonix mountains.

These 15 adventures (some of which are simply hut approaches) are a good cross section Chamonix's easier offerings, and doing all these over a few weeks in the Valley would represent a good alpine apprenticeship. If you get them all done, you will not be short of tougher challenges elsewhere in the Chamonix mountains...!

Albert Premier Hut - Charamillon - Long
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Albert Premier Hut - Charamillon - Long

Chamonix
4 - 5 hrs
7.5 km
1,211 m
1,207 m
An accessible and beautifully-situated high mountain hut with a variety of approaches.
Difficult
Private
Midi - Plan Traverse
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Midi - Plan Traverse

Chamonix
4.6 km
700 m
A truly classic route, which is serious and exposed but not technically difficult.
Difficult
Private
Tête Blanche North-west Ridge.
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Tête Blanche North-west Ridge.

Arve Valley
7.7 km
715 m
A classic easy peak which provides a wonderful journey through high and beautiful mountains.
Moderate
Private
Aiguille du Tour, 3540m
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Aiguille du Tour, 3540m

Arve Valley
7.1 km
785 m
A classic introductory alpine peak, with stunning views from the summit.
Easy
Private
Aiguilles Marbrées Traverse
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Aiguilles Marbrées Traverse

Chamonix
2.7 km
248 m
A great training route that can be done in either direction, easier N to S as described.
Moderate
Private
Aiguille d'Entrèves traverse
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Aiguille d'Entrèves traverse

Chamonix
5.3 km
483 m
An amazingly exposed rocky ridge, but never too hard, with incredible views
Difficult
Private
Vallée Blanche Traverse
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Vallée Blanche Traverse

Chamonix
5.8 km
367 m
A wonderful high mountain journey through huge, wild mountains
Moderate
Private
Aiguille de Moine, 3412m. S Face
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Aiguille de Moine, 3412m. S Face

Chamonix
2.3 km
696 m
A classic route up a rocky peak with legendary views of the Mont Blanc Massif
Moderate
Private
Couvercle Hut Approach
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Couvercle Hut Approach

Chamonix
6.6 km
969 m
A journey up the Vallée Blanche then ladders up to a remote hut in a wild and beautiful place
Easy
Private
Traverse of Aiguille de Toule, 3534m, W to E.
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Traverse of Aiguille de Toule, 3534m, W to E.

Chamonix
3.4 km
297 m
An aesthetic short traverse and a good introduction to steeper snow.
Difficult
Private
Refuge des Conscrits
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Refuge des Conscrits

Les Contamines
6 - 7 hrs
19.2 km
1,745 m
1,745 m
A serene glacier hike to a beautiful high mountain hut
Severe
Private
Dômes de Miage Traverse
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Dômes de Miage Traverse

Arve Valley
9.9 km
1,299 m
An über classic low grade route which is a perfect introduction to longer alpine climbs.
Moderate
Private
Tour Ronde, 3792m. Normal Route (E Face)
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Tour Ronde, 3792m. Normal Route (E Face)

Chamonix
5.7 km
669 m
A relatively short route to a fantastic summit with breathtaking views of the S side of Mont Blanc
Moderate
Private
Mont Blanc du Tacul, 4248m. Normal Route
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Mont Blanc du Tacul, 4248m. Normal Route

Chamonix
7.7 km
980 m
Though this a normal route it is a relatively steep route up a N Face and is an avalanche black spot
Moderate
Private
Aiguille du Midi, 3842m. Cosmiques Arête
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Aiguille du Midi, 3842m. Cosmiques Arête

Chamonix
1.2 km
299 m
An iconic and accessible route with great and varied climbing, with amazing exposure down to Chamonix
Difficult
Private