Discover our introductory mountaineering courses:
Our beginner mountaineering courses :
Confirmed Alpinism and Alpinism training course with Esprit Montagne :
- the 4 day Mont Rose traverse which is known as the Spaghetti Tour with the superb Italian refuges of Mont Rose.
- the 6 day Mont Blanc ascent with Grand Paradis and Mont Rose beforehand for optimum altitude acclimatisation and great value.
Mountain Climbing in Chamonix:
What is Mountaineering?
Mountaineering is a sporting practice that was born in the Alps, it consists of climbing the Alps Mountains using a progression technique. Mountaineers have been practicing this sporting activity since the conquest of Mont Blanc in 1786 by Jacques Balmat, the first Alpine Ascent was carried out on June 26, 1946 at Mont Aiguille on the Order of the King of France Charles VIII.
Mountaineering, a sport activity in the mountains
The Techniques of Progressions and the Equipment of Mountaineering never stop evolving since to discover the mountains and the freedom to climb in the mountains in the Alps or in any other mountainous regions of the world.
Esprit Montagne is a Mountain Sports Travel Agency that works with a team of local Mountain Guides with from France, Switzerland and Italy!
Let yourself be guided by an experienced team, who will take you to the mountains with strong values so that everyone in the mountains can live and work in good conditions!
Esprit Montagne builds Mountaineering Stays and Mountaineering Ascents in Switzerland, Italy and France.
The Esprit Montagne Guides Team works at the heart of the Alps with a small team of experienced and passionate mountain professionals, they will take you off the classic paths to enjoy the Great Spaces of the Alpine Arch!
We favor beautiful summits and beautiful refuges to get out of crowded and overcrowded routes when you trust us for a Mountaineering course in Vanoise or Ruitor for example!
Our Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides are Professionals who have a great experience of the Mountain and a high technical level, the entry into Training is very difficult, with the passing of a probationary exam, or the candidates must achieve High Level Performances In Skiing both uphill and downhill, in Varied terrain, then the selection continues in Rock and Ice Climbing. When these climbers have passed the tests, Guides Examiners check their list of mountain races (about 60 races ranging from difficult to very difficult) and their knowledge during a long interview.
Then the Training begins, a year in which the trainings are linked for many months then here is the Aspiring Guide Diploma and the possibility of working for 5 years to carry out numerous mountain races with Customers.
Then new training courses to pass the High Mountain Guide Exam with a new list of races.
The Mountain Guide in hand, your Guide continues every six years to retrain to learn new rescue techniques or theory on mountain safety.
The personal investment and the risk of this profession are quite extraordinary, he will put all his knowledge and strength to take you to the mountains and make you discover this environment while keeping a safety margin to return to the valley with beautiful memories and shared moments. It is he who gives the signal to return, by explaining to you the risks that the mountain places in your path today.
A Guide is not an all-risk insurance, but allows you to learn the mountain, they allow you to increase safety thanks to their experiences, technical and physical capacities ...
An International Standard exists with the International Union of Mountain Guides (UIAGM).
In the Mountains there is a place of sharing and shelter that everyone appreciates, some are comforts others very basic, but the heat has always increased tenfold like the dishes that the Guardians of Refuge prepare, they are better when valley!
It is a place of meeting and sharing, where mountain practitioners discuss the conditions, the best routes, the weather forecast for the next day to choose an route suited to the conditions of the Mountain and the level of the Group!
A place of rest where you can take advantage of the weather, the mountains and friends, a real haven of peace for Mountain Lovers!
Mountaineering equipment and constantly improving, the Conquerors of Freedom (or the useless) always have a huge imagination, the equipment is always more and more light and strong, demanding standards verify the Strength of Ropes, Ice axes, Crampons, Carabiners and Helmets. These are PPE (personal protective equipment). The Alpinists regularly check their equipment and the rules to evolve safely.
Your Guides will help you adjust your equipment and you will find information about the equipment for each mountaineering race or course!
Weather in Mountaineering
Mountain Weather is one of the first forms of security, before going to the mountains, the Alpinists study it, on the Météo France website or on other weather websites. In the mountains the analysis must be fine, we cannot