The top of the Aiguille Verte, is a real challenge to get there. Good timing for the couloir, good condition for the rimaye, and good weather to admire the view.
But the reward once at the top is just magic. A 360º view to admire the Chamonix valley, the Swiss Alps, Italy, the imposing north face of the Grandes Jorasses, and in the line of sight, the Mont Blanc.
France - Mont Blanc
April, May, June, July
1,250€ /personne for 1 person
Mountaineering level 3: Advanced
Be in good physical shape
Carry a 6 to 8 kg backpack
Autonomous knowledge and practice of mountaineering techniques and equipment
Technical level required: Quite Difficult (AD) in mountaineering and 5 in climbing
Walk between 6 and 12 hours
Day and 2
Meet the same day of departure, at the Montenvers train car park at 10am, to check the equipment with the guide.
From there, you take the train, direction Montenvers, and its famous Mer de Glace. We will walk for about 4 to 5 hours to reach the Couvercle hut at 2679m. Rest is essential as the next day will be a long day.
Wake up at midnight, and leave in the same time, to reach the first difficulty, the rimaye. Depending on the season, it can be more or less easy.
Then follows the Whymper couloir, 600m high. We will end up with a short sharp ridge to reach the summit of the Aiguille Verte, 4122m high.
Just enough time to contemplate the view and to take a few pictures, which we already have on our way back to do the 15 abseils in the couloir, and finally to pass the rimaye again, the real objective of the day in view of the schedule.
Back to the refuge, then the long flat of the Mer de Glace, to return to the Montenvers train and to Chamonix.
- A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
- Mountain rescue radio
- Mandatory individual mountaineering safety equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe
- Personal insurance covering the activity
- Overnight accommodation described in the program
- Breakfasts, picnics and dinners included in the program
- The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
- The ticket(s) for the lifts/cable cars
- All that is not included in "the price includes".
- Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.
- One night in a refuge at half-board including water with the meal
All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world