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.

Charlie Boscoe

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Hanging out on the abseils down the Rognan du Plan.

by Charlie Boscoe

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Climbing the final slope to the Aiguille du Plan summit tower.

by Charlie Boscoe

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Looking back along the traverse from the Aiguille du Plan's summit.

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Beginning the route, just after the foot of the Aiguille du Midi arête.

by Charlie Boscoe

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Looking up the Glacier du Tour towards the impressive Aiguille du Chardonnet.

by Charlie Boscoe

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On the snow slope that leads from the glacier to the Tête Blanche's North-west ridge.

by Charlie Boscoe

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Gorgeous evening light at the Refuge Albert Premier

by Charlie Boscoe

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Refuge de Tré la Tête terrace

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View from Refuge de Tré la Tête

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Refuge de Tré la Tête

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Towards Refuge des Conscrits

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Towards Refuge des Conscrits

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The bridge (steep on both ends)

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Refuge des Conscrits

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Refuge des Conscrits

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Refuge des Conscrits

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Glacier de Tré la Tête

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Glacier de Tré la Tête

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Looking along the main traverse from the summit of the Aiguille de la Bérangère

by Charlie Boscoe

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Heading up the lower slopes of the the Aiguille de la Bérangère

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Sunrise looking into the Cirque Maudit from close to the Torino Hut

by Charlie Boscoe

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Looking across at the Tour Ronde and Grand Capucin

by Charlie Boscoe

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Midway across the traverse in dry, late season conditions

by Peter Riley

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AIguille du Tour Summit

by Nicolas Vigier

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View of the Chardonnet from the hut

by Guillaume Baviere

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The route in profile

by Charlie Boscoe

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Just below the summit tower

by Charlie Boscoe

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Summit!

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Abseiling off the summit

by Charlie Boscoe

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The famous pinnacle midway along the route which has been the scene of many a photo.

by Charlie Boscoe

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Looking up at the summit ridge

by Charlie Boscoe

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The west face and the summit ridge as seen from the foot of the Tour Ronde's North face

by Charlie Boscoe

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Tour Ronde,N face on R, E Face on L

by Carlos Baquero

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Mont Blanc du Tacul from Cosmiques

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Ice scenery on Mont Blanc du Tacul

by Jerome Bon

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Windy day on N Face of Mont Blanc du Tacul

by César González Palomo

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Mont Blanc du Tacul summit rocks

by Jerome Bon

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Cosmiques from the lift

by Masa Sakano

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Cosmiques from the viewing platform

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Cosmiques on the ridge

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View from the Couvercle at dawn

by Jerome Bon

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Couvercle Old Hut

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Aiguille de Moine pretty rocks

by Nicolas Vigier

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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...!

Adventures

Midi - Plan Traverse

A truly classic route, which is serious and exposed but not technically difficult.

Couvercle Hut Approach

A journey up the Vallée Blanche then ladders up to a remote hut in a wild and beautiful place