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The most beautiful Tours of Mountaineering in the Alps

Discover Mountaineering in the Alps

Discover our introductory mountaineering courses:

During our introductory mountaineering courses, you will discover the high mountains in a small group. This is a collective formula that allows you to meet other mountain enthusiasts and share good times. If you wish to have a private commitment to progress quickly on a specific point, contact us to discuss it. We will build your tailor-made mountaineering programme in the mountain range of your choice between France, Italy and Switzerland.
In the Mont Blanc range discover our Chamonix - Switzerland course.

Our beginner mountaineering courses :

Our beginner mountaineering programmes are for people who already have some experience of the high mountains, you will do an ice school to learn crevasse rescue techniques and then do more technical or physical summits than on the beginner programmes.
In Italy, discover the Gran Paradiso (4066 m) and the Punta Gnifetti (4454 m) at Monte Rosa during a 4 day course.

Confirmed Alpinism and Alpinism training course with Esprit Montagne :

You have a good physical condition and several experiences in high mountain, now you want to improve your climbing techniques and improve your basics.
We offer you collective formulas in very small groups or private engagements to realize very beautiful ascents.
We propose you : 

Mountain Climbing in Chamonix:

Chamonix is the cradle of mountaineering, we offer courses and ascents to improve your climbing techniques with the supervision of one of our team of mountain guides in the Chamonix valley. 
Our organisation takes care of booking accommodation in good hotels in the valley and in mountain refuges as well as the lifts so that you can rest easy during your group or private trip.

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).

Mountain refuges

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

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

Ascent to Mont Blanc 4.810 in 4 days - Mountaineering Stage 5

Ascent to Mont Blanc 4.810 in 4 days - Mountaineering Stage 5

Participants : max 2      Duration : 4 days
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
June to September
All inclusive in Mountain Hut

The Mont Blanc
An ambitious summit for mountaineers from all over the world, the ascent of Mont-Blanc is a magical summit with a unique view of the Alps.
This summit at nearly 5000 meters above sea level requires serious physical preparation and acclimatization to have fun and evolve safely in this high mountain universe where...

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2100 €
Climb of Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa & Mont Blanc

Climb of Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa & Mont Blanc

Participants : max 4      Duration : 6 days
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
June to September
All inclusive in Mountain Hut

Climbing Mont Blanc in 6 days.
This mountaineering course will take you to the discovery of the Gran Paradiso and the Monte Rosa, for an ideal training and acclimatisation to the high altitude to be ready to climb Mont Blanc at the end of the week!

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2300 €
Ascent to Mont Blanc 3 days

Ascent to Mont Blanc 3 days

Participants : max 2      Duration : 3 days & 2 nights
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
Mid June mid September
All inclusive in Mountain Hut

The highest peak of Europe over Italy and France represents the acme of a mountain range not too large (only 18 km its development)...

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1500 €
Mountaineering from Ruitor to Gran Paradiso

Mountaineering from Ruitor to Gran Paradiso

Participants : 3 to 5      Duration : 4 days & 4 Nights
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
From mid July to mid September

Starting with the easy climb of Ruitor (3486 mt) in Valgrisenche, one of the most beautiful and wild valleys in Aosta Valley, in northern Italy, to then end this mountaineering week with the climb of Gran Paradiso, 4000 summit at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park.

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980 €
Climb of Gran Paradiso

Climb of Gran Paradiso

Participants : max 4      Duration : 2 days
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
From mid June to mid September
Hut not included

Situated between the Aosta Valley and Piemonte, the Gran Paradiso is the highest alpine summit completely inside the Italian border, within the first Italian National Park.

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190 €
Climbing Monte Rosa: two 4000m summits.

Climbing Monte Rosa: two 4000m summits.

Participants : max 5      Duration : 2 days
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
from End of June to September
All inclusive in Mountain Hut

Mountaineering course - Monte Rosa climbing
We propose to you a route that never ceases to fascinate, through fabulous landscapes and prestigious summits in the Monte Rosa, a massif that rivals the Mont Blanc for its beauty and magnificence. The Punta Gnifetti (Signalkuppe), with its 4454 m, is the...

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490 €
Climb of Breithorn 4164 mt - Monte Rosa

Climb of Breithorn 4164 mt - Monte Rosa

Participants : 4 to 5 pax      Duration : 1 day
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
from Mid June to end of September
Extra expenses not included

The Western Breithorn is part of the alpine ridge of the Monte Rosa chain.
It is generally considered to be one of the easiest 4000 peaks in the Alps, but by no means does that mean it is in any way less beautiful!

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160 €
Weissmies & Alphubel | Mountaineering Stage 3

Weissmies & Alphubel | Mountaineering Stage 3

Participants : 2 max      Duration : 3 days & 2 nights
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
July & August

Mountaineering stay discovering the 4000 summits in the Swiss Wallis. The Weissmies (4017 mt) and the Alphubel (4206 mt): these two climbs are a must! This program is designed for those who already have some experience in mountaineering. This mountaineering program will lead you to discover the beauty of the Mischabels Massif, departing from Saas Grund and Saas...

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1280 €
Nadelhorn 4327 mt. - Stage 4

Nadelhorn 4327 mt. - Stage 4

Participants : 2 max      Duration : 2 days & 1 night
Physical Lev :
Technical Lev :
from mid June to September

A very aesthetic glacial route that evolves along the normal route on the northeast ridge, the ascent of the Nadelhorn is one of the most beautiful mountaineering races in the Swiss Alps and the Wallis valley, at the heart of the Mischabels range and of the Saastal. A demanding climb but of unforgettable beauty!

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635 €