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Mountaineering, mountaineering initiation, refuge de prariond, vanoise national park, mountaineering week, vanoise mountaineering, easy mountaineering, mountaineering in the Alps, mountaineering Espritmontagne

The Vanoise, the Easy Mountaineering Paradise

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940 €

The days are not too long, far away from the crowds of Chamonix cable cars and in company of Ibex and Chamois, during our approaches.
We discover the frontier peaks of Galise (3,343 m) and Grande Aiguille Rousse (3,482 m), above the Refuge de Prariond, which will be our Base Camp. We will also discover a beautiful Via Ferrata in Val d'Isère and we will finish with a Via Cordata and rock climbing at Le Crôt. Two days of rocks and two days of glaciers, a bit of everything to approach the mountaineering world…



The Vanoise is the Easy Mountaineering Paradise for beginners who would like to try the thrill of walking on glaciers, with beautiful landscapes as background at the heart of the Vanoise National Park.
The days are not too long, far away from the crowds of Chamonix cable cars and in company of Ibex and Chamois, during our approaches.
We discover the frontier peaks of Galise (3,343 m) and Grande Aiguille Rousse (3,482 m), above the Refuge de Prariond, which will be our Base Camp. We will also discover a beautiful Via Ferrata in Val d'Isère and we will finish with a Via Cordata and rock climbing at Le Crôt. Two days of rocks and two days of glaciers, a bit of everything to approach the mountaineering world…
A week that mixes Via Ferrata at first to get you used to the equipment and rock walls before discovering the glacier summits on the Italian border, from where we will have a great view of Gran Paradiso and Mont-Blanc. Some beautiful glacier itineraries thought for beginners, to then end the week with rock climbing once that you are fitter and and learn new techniques.

DAY 1 - MONDAY:
Via Ferrata in Val d'Isère - Climb to the Prariond Hut

Elevation: + 650m and - 650m for via Ferrata then + 300m for the climb to the refuge
Length: About 7 h

Meeting in Bourg Saint Maurice at the Funicular car Parking at 9 a.m. You can park your car in the parking which is free in summer.
For those who have a long transport you can stay in Hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice before and after the activity.

Base Camp Hotel
L'Angival Hotel

Today we will head towards the Via Ferrata du Roc de Tovière which overlooks the Tignes Dam lake with the Glaciers of Dôme de la Sache (3,588 m) and Mont Pourri (3,779 m) on the background. The Via Ferrata is made up of several parts which gradually become more difficult. In the Roc de Tovière wall, if you are comfortable we can do the full route, otherwise we are not obliged to and we can quietly walk up to the Hut without arriving too late in the afternoon.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY:
Refuge de Prariond - Grande Aiguille Rousse (3482m) - Refuge de Prariond

Elevation: +1200 m and - 1200m
Length: 7 to 8 hours approximately

We will leave early for our first Mountaineering day on the glacier that gives birth to the Isère river. The walk  to reach the glacier is quite fast, then the progression on the glacier to reach the Col between the Petite and the Grande Aiguille Rousse is quite easy. We will arrive at the top of the Grande Aiguille Rousse and enjoy a great view on the Italian Gran Paradiso (4,061 m) before descending to the glacier where we will do ropes handling and some learning sessions.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY:
Refuge de Prariond - La Galise - Col de Fons - Refuge de Prariond

Elevation: +1,450 and - 1,450 m
Length: 7 to 8 hours approximately

We leave at night in the direction of the Galise and the Bassagne Glacier, we can climb by more or less steep passages depending on your shape before arriving at the Bassagne Glacier and at the top of Galise. If you are fit, we can descend to the Italian Glacier of Basei and bypass the Roc de Bassagne to the walk back up again by the Col de Fons and finally walk down on the French side to make a loop from the Thenn de Rhême to the Prariond Hut, where we will have a well deserved rest.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY:
Refuge de Prariond - Via Cordata at Le Crôt then climbing initiation at Le Crôt or Plateau de la Sassière. Overnight at your hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice

Elevation: - 300m then + 400m and - 400 m
Length: around 6 hours

We will descend from our Base Camp to discover another beautiful area. Depending on your wishes and on weather you can decide with your guide either to take the Via Cordata du Crôt with the possibility of some rock climbing nearby or climb higher for the day on the cliff of Sassière, in a beautiful place just aside the torrent with marmots to make you some company.
The guide will take you back to the Funicular where you met on Monday morning.

End of the day around 6 p.m. or stay a few days in the hotel of your choice.

See you soon for new adventures!

The price includes:

  • the assistance of an experienced mountain guide of our Team;
  • the use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners);
  • half board to the huts for yourself and the guide;
  • lifts tickets.

Not included in the price

  • personal technical equipment: crampons, harness and ice axe rental in case of need (it can be organized upon booking);
  • lunches, snacks an drinks;
  • all what is not explicitly mentioned in the "price includes".

If you would like to privatise the group or other dates, do not hesitate to contact us.

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* Price per person (without insurance)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons
  • walking poles
  • iceaxe
  • helmet.

HOW TO DRESS

First layer on the skin:

  • (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
  • (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
  • woolen warm socks

Second layer:

  • warm technical sweater
  • waterproof & windproof hiking pants

Third layer:

  • thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)

Last layer:

  • waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket

Important Additionals:

  • warm winter hat
  • buff/head-neckband
  • warm winter gloves
  • headlamp
  • suncream (protection factor 50+)
  • sunglasses
  • camera

N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).

Level needed

This is a program that perfectly suits people who want to approach the mountaineering world.
The ascent does not present special technical difficulties, but it is mandatory to use harness and crampons: it is necessary to have good physical training and good resistance to walk for long hours as the second day counts a total of 6 to 8 hours walk, depending on the training and speed of the group.

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

Access

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

On the first day, the meeting will be at 9:00 am directly at the Funicular car parking next to Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Those arriving by train are 2 minutes walk from the car parking, those arriving by car can leave it in the free parking during the whole week.

Further information
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