Guidebook

Chamonix's 5 Easiest North Faces

There are plenty of difficult north faces (!) to climb Chamonix, but there's a few easier ones too. Here are 5 to get you started.

Description

Chamonix is rightly known for its hard, high and scary alpine climbs but that doesn't mean that there aren't some easier routes there to get your alpine climbing career underway.

Perhaps the most iconic type of alpine climb is the "classic north face" and Chamonix is home to some of the most legendary of those, such as the Drus, Grandes Jorasses and Droites. For most climbers those are dream routes and it can be hard to know where to start on the journey towards the dream - this guidebook is your answer.

The 5 routes described here are serious alpine climbs but lack but the length and technical difficulty of those legendary faces mentioned above. If you work your way through these you will have gained a solid understanding of alpine conditions and those bigger routes might feel a little more attainable. Before attempting them, completing these other FATMAP guidebooks as well is highly recommended -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/242/chamonix's-classic-easier-mountaineering-routes

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/226/the-alpine-classics-of-the-mont-blanc-massif

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/211/the-royal-traverse-of-mont-blanc-41-epic-kilometres/@45.8495943,6.7591525,25139.2787586,-34.7674298,0,2032.9071954,normal

Petite Aiguille Verte, North Face, 3512m
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Petite Aiguille Verte, North Face, 3512m

Chamonix
5.6 km
891 m
A breathtaking viewpoint via an interesting (but never particularly hard) route.
Difficult
Private
Tête Blanche North Face, 3412m
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Tête Blanche North Face, 3412m

Arve Valley
7.2 km
767 m
A short introductory North Face with a long approach and descent.
Difficult
Private
Mont Blanc du Tacul, 4248m. Contamine Grisolle N Face
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Mont Blanc du Tacul, 4248m. Contamine Grisolle N Face

Skyway Monte Bianco
7.2 km
975 m
A characterful N Face in a wild location, but with relatively easy access.
Difficult
Private
Tour Ronde North Face.
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Tour Ronde North Face.

Chamonix
5.7 km
655 m
A megaclassic rite of passage for the budding N Face alpinist.
Severe
Private
Aiguille de Toule, N Face
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Aiguille de Toule, N Face

Chamonix
3.1 km
290 m
A great introduction to one of the more accessible N faces in the area.
Difficult
Private
Albert Premier Hut - Charamillon - Short
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Albert Premier Hut - Charamillon - Short

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
8.1 km
569 m
562 m
An accessible and beautifully-situated high mountain hut with a variety of approaches.
Difficult
Private