Chamonix with an American guide
The Alps of France, Italy and Switzerland offer town and hut-based mountaineering and climbing for all abilities. Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn are the most popular because they are tall, but many other peaks have even better climbing. Joe's personal favorite trip is to meet in Chamonix and climb moderate technical day routes each day. Let's climb!
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July 25 - Sept 20, 2019
Joe's choice itinerary: Chamonix climbing
Climb the Chamonix classics. Depending on conditions and your interests, we can choose from classics such as:
Cosmiques Arete, the classic intro-level mixed route on the Aiguille du Midi.
Lachenal Traverse, an introductory mixed route above the Vallee Blanche.
Entreves Traverse, easy fifth class climbing on an exposed ridge high above Courmayeur, Italy.
Rebuffat Route (5.10-) on the Aiguille du Midi, climb ten pitches of orange granite above a glacier.
Frison-Roche (5.10-) on the Brevant.
Chapelle de la Glière (5.9) in the Aiguille Rouges, a long and moderate alpine rock climb.
Popular itinerary: Mont Blanc
Day 0: Meet at your hotel in Chamonix for gear check and trip overview.
Day 1: Hike to Albert Premier Refuge (2,702m). Review ice skills.
Day 2: Climb to Trient Refuge (3,170m), reviewing glacier skills along the way.
Day 3: Climb Aiguille du Tour (3,529m). Return to Chamonix.
Day 4: Hike to Tete Rousse Hut (3,187m) on Mont Blanc.
Day 5: Climb Mont Blanc via the Gouter Route. Stay at the Gouter Refuge.
Day 6: Return to Chamonix.
Popular itinerary: Matterhorn
Day 0: Meet at your hotel in Zermatt for gear check and trip overview.
Day 1: Rock climb around Zermatt.
Day 2: Climb Pollux and stay at the D'Ayas Refuge.
Day 3: Climb the Half Breithorn Traverse. Return to Zermatt.
Day 4: Hike to the Hornli Refuge.
Day 5: Climb the Matterhorn. Stay at the Schwarzsee Refuge.
Day 6: Return to Zermatt.
1 client: $600 USD per day
2 clients: $350 USD per person per day (moderate-technical)
3 clients: $275 USD per person per day (non-technical)
1 client: $700 USD per person per day
2 clients: $400 USD per person per day (moderate-technical)
3 clients: $300 USD per person per day (non-technical)
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock
Guide lodging, transport and food
Rope and rack
Navigation and first aid kits
Emergency communication and shelter
Does not include
Personal gear. See Alps Mountaineering Gear List.
Client hut fees: about €50 per night per person, except about F150 at the Hornli.
Client transport: about €25-60 per day, except €100 in Switzerland. A rental car is recommended to keep our options open beyond the Chamonix valley.
Client food. Breakfast and dinner are included with hut fees.
Rescue insurance, required.
Trip cancellation insurance, recommended.
Wire fee, if applicable.
Photos of Alps Mountaineering
Chamonix Weather: chamonix-meteo.com
Chamonix Weather: www.chamonix.com/weather,11,en.html
Meteo Swiss: www.meteoswiss.admin.ch/home.html?tab=rain
Chamonix.com for schedules, weather, etc: www.chamonix.com
Chamonix.net for schedules: www.chamonix.net/english/lift-systems
Camp to Camp, for route info: www.camptocamp.org
Topos Escalade a Chamonix: www.grimpailler.com, go to Topos
Getting to Chamonix from Geneva
Cham Express (most reliable)
about €20-35 each way
To find the bus when arriving in Geneva, exit baggage claim, walk directly across the hall to the info booth, purchase a ticket for the next shuttle to Chamonix. Then check in at the shuttle service booth, which is 300 feet left of info booth. Shuttle takes about one hour to Chamonix.
Staying in Chamonix
$ Le Chamoniard Volant: perhaps the cheapest in town.
$$ Pointe Isabelle: Joe’s recommendation.
$$ Hotel L'Arve: comfortable.
$$ Le Faucigny: central Chamonix, nice bed and breakfast.
Eating in Chamonix
Joe's favorite Chamonix eating zones:
Cham Sud for burgers and beer at the Monkey Bar or Bighorn.
Train station for food and beer at Elevation, Chambre Neuf or Moos.
Rue des Moulin for pizza or a fancy meal.
Elevation: salads, beer, coffee, people watching
Midnight Express: fast and cheap sandwiches
Munchies: fusion food, a guide favorite for a fancy meal
Monkey Bar: perhaps the best burger in town
Moos: small burgers probably made from kangaroo
Neapolis: pizza and Italian food.
Staying in Zermatt
$$ Hotel Bahnhof: central near train station. The standard for budget travelers.
$$ Hotel City: a guide favorite.
"Look forward to climbing together again soon because you were FANTASTIC as a guide and a person on this last trip." —Garry Menzel
"My thanks again for your excellent climbing, mentoring, and customer service skills!" —Dave Chamberlin
"Thanks for the great photos, Joe! Charlie and I agreed that you were an ideal guide. We had a great trip because of you." —Howard Tomb