Climbing and Alpinism


  1. Sat under the Alps highest mountain, Mont-Blanc, Chamonix is world famous for its Climbing and Alpine Mountaineering.

  2. The Valley is a real mecca to climbers, offering a large number of different possibilities to enthusiasts and beginners alike, from the training crag of Les Gaillands to a variety of routes of different length and difficulty. Or the ultimate - the ascent of Mont Blanc itself.

  3. There is something for everyone - here are just a few options:

  4. Rock Climbing

  5. From granite walls soaring like skyscrapers from the ice, to no less exciting roadside climbs for beginners, don't miss your chance to discover why Chamonix is the climbing capital of the world.

  6. Summer in the mountains offers the perfect playground for rock adventures no matter what your level. From overhangs and steep graded ascents, to crack lines, it’s impossible to run out of thrilling routes to pit yourself against in this climbing mecca. The focus of mind and body on achieving an ascent, combined with the simple pleasure of feeling sun-warmed rock under your fingers, makes for a unique experience. Don't miss your opportunity to try it.

  7. Alpine Climbing and Mountaineering

  8. Take a course with a local guide and discover some of the amazing alpine climbing that Chamonix has to offer. Whether you're looking to build on your current experience or are a beginner to mountaineering, there are plenty of courses available or why not hire a private guide who can tailor something specifically for you. There are too many options for Alpine climbing to list here, so get in touch with us and we can put you in touch with a guide. 

  9. Via Ferrata

  10. Walk across iron bridges strung between rock faces and scramble up ladders high in the mountain peaks for jaw dropping views – if not jaw dropping thrills. Originally used by the Italian Army to transport ammunition in the First and Second World Wars, Via Ferrata – iron walkways, now enable us to experience the thrill of climbing without the need for technical know-how.  

  11. That said, don't expect it to be easy, you’ll need to be fit and have a head for heights to cross walkways that appear to dangle between peaks. You'll be taken up to the sheer rock faces of Passy, about a 20 minute drive from Chamonix, where you'll scramble along adrenaline pumping routes overlooking dramatic views of Mont Blanc. The experience takes around 5 hours and  safety equipment, a climbing guide and return transport from Chamonix to Passy will be included in the price. 

  12. Another option closer to home is the Via Ferrata at Flégère which is comprised of two separate sections, both accessed by taking the lift up to the mid station. The first part takes around 1. hours and includes a wire bridge. The second is a 2.5 to 3 hour via corda route, which includes a couple of abseils. Join the two together for a full day adventure. 

  13. Our in-resort team can help organise the experience of a lifetime in the Chamonix mountains. Contact us for more details and to plan your adventure.
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Chamonix Accommodation Rentals

At Mountain Base, we have one of the largest ranges of Chamonix holiday apartments and Chamonix holiday chalets to rent in the Chamonix Valley, from les Houches, through Chamonix itself, to Argentiere and le Tour. All our rental properties are offered as self-catered accommodation, some flexibly and some by the week. The properties are all independently owned and looked after by Mountain Base and our Chamonix resort partners.