Skitouring the Patagonian Volcanos

Dates: September and October

Ski Chile and Argentina with us!

7-14 days programs available. Tailor maid for you.

When the days start to get shorter in the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly waking up in Patagonia. For the ski touring fans this means corn and sometimes powder snow skiing under the south american sun. Some experts speak about the best spring skiing in the world.

All our ski touring goals between Bariloche and Temuco are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.

Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche Argentina or in Temuco Chile airport and ends in either of both, depending on the itinerary you choose. We can offer a round trip or also a point to point trip. Bariloche is situated in the northern part of Argentina’s Patagonia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are great ski touring options around the so called “Switzerland of south America” in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning.

After the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south” where we ski volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin we cross the boarder into Argentinas lake basin.

We choose those volcanos and mountains with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 volcanos to choose from).

To relax between the tours, we take you to some of the worlds best hot springs in hidden valleys and eat great seafood as well as Argentine beef. Come join us on this exotic skiing adventure!

At a glance:
  • 14 days / 13 nights in Chile & Argentina
  • 8 volcanos
  • 3 hot springs
Day to day itinerary, a program option that we like:

Day 1: Meet at Temuco airport – drive to Malalcahuello
Your IFMGA –  mountain guide picks you up at the airport and drives you to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay.
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 2: Skitour volcon Lonquimay 2865m
Our first volcano, Lonquimay is surrounded by very old Araucaria trees and is perfect for a start into the Volcano-tour.
+ 1365m
Night in Hotel in Malalcahuello

Day 3: Skitour volcano Llaima 3125m
Llaima is one of the biggest volcanos in this area and stands in the Conguillio National park. It’s name means “the reawakened” in Mapuche language, the language of the local people.
+1325m
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 4: Travel to Pucon and hot springs „Los Pozones“
We use this day to relax and reload our batteries. The Pozones hot springs is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy nature. Pucon is one of Chiles favorite outdoor destination, a small vibrant town on the foot of Villarica vulcano. We spend the evening and night here.
Night in Hotel in Pucon
Drive: 160km

Day 5: Skitour volcano Villarica 2847m
A short drive up into the Villarica national park. Today we will climb the 2847m high volcano Villarica.
The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling Magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35° back down to the car.
+1450m
Night in Hotel Pucon

Volcano Lanin …  is waiting for you

Day 6: Lanin bivouac (shelter) 2400m
A strato volcano on the boarder with Argentina and Chile that forms part of two national parks, Lanin and Villarica. It lies at the Atlantic-Pacific water device and is one of our favorite to ski on. Today we skin up to a shelter that overlooks both Chile and Argentina. The shelter is very simple but offers the perfect option to spend a night on the mountain.
+1300m
Night at bivouac Lanin

Day 7: Skitour volcano Lanin 3776m
We ski up to the top of Lanin and enjoy a long downhill back to the car.
Drive back to Pucon.
+1370m
Night in Pucon

Day 8: Hidden Hot Sprigs in the woods – Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve
A magical relax day! This natural hot springs  have an idyllic setting between the mountains. There are several pools with varying temperature for personal selection. The setting is very natural and quiet. After soaking our muscles we continue the drive into the Huilo Huilo natural reserve where we can discover the Valdivian rainforest.
Night in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

Day 9: Skitour volcano Choshuenco 2300m, travel south Llanquihue lake
The Mocho-Choshuenco volcano lies directly behind our Hotel, we cross the Huilo Huilo river with it’s clear blue water and skin up trough the rain forest to the top of this twin volcano.
After the tour we drive down south into Chiles Lake District and to the beautiful Llanquihue.
+1000m
Night in Puerto Varas

Going down south…

Day 10: Skitour volcano Osorno 2650m – Antillanca hot springs
Maybe the most perfect conical shaped volcano on the tour. We reach it after a short drive around Llanquihue lake, Chiles biggest sweet water lake. From the top we will be able to overlook the whole lake basin and all the way to the Fjords near Puerto Montt. A short drive brings us to Antillanca and it’s hot springs near the Argentine boarder.
+1300m
Night in Antillanca

Day 11: Volcano Casablanca 2050m, Travel to Bariloche, Argentina
Casablanca or the whit house is our last volcano in Chile. Easy to reach from the Antillanca ski area.
In the afternoon we drive over the Samore pass and the boarder line into Argentina down to the Nahuel Heap National Park
+900m
Night in Bariloche

The best of Bariloche, ARG

Day 12: Skitour Refugio Meiling, 2000m
The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. It takes 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the Nahuel Heap National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake.
We hike first trough a forest and skin up reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls.
+ 1000m
Night at Refugio Meiling

Day 13: Skitour Cerro Tronador 3458m, Back to Bariloche
We start early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. We skin up over big, wide glaciers to the Blanco Pass. The last part to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required.
Ready for an unforgettable ski run down?
+1400m
Night in Bariloche

Day 14: Extra day

  • Please contact us for programs and prices tailored to your wishes!
How to get to to Bariloche, Argentina

Take a 2 hours flight from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

How to get to Temuco, Chile

Take a 2 hours flight from Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile.

Map with all the volcanos and our route
Map of all the volcanos we ski in Patagonia
Geography and History of Patagonia

Patagonia is the scene of the world’s great adventures. Even if you know little of the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, el fin del mundo. You picture large silent spaces and windblown solitude.

The first Europeans to lay eyes on this landscape were led by Ferdinand Magellan, who pioneered passage trough the treacherous strait that now bears his name. His expedition named the mainland “Tierra de los Patagones” unwittingly spawning the myth of a race of Patagonian giants.

To the east of the Patagonian Andes, the pampa is an immense desert, by some accounts among the five largest deserts in the world. West of the Andes is another world. Here both the Central Valley and the Coast Range have sunk into the Pacific; what were once glacial valleys are now fjords, and what were once mountaintops ar now islands. Hotsprings lay revealed by coastal erosion while great glaciers further fragment the landscape, necessitating maritime or air travel. Great forests cloak the Andes from the Pacific shoreline to the continental divide, bisected by surging emerald rivers carrying glacial silt to the sea and providing habitat for fearless trout and salmon.


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Ski touring Patagonia, Expedition Cerro San Lorenzo

Dates: September – November 

Cerro San Lorenzo is the third highest peak in the Patagonian Andes (47° 36′ S, 72° 19’W). It’s a huge mountain range that rises about 3300meters out of its surroundings.

Not only its elevation is very special, also its location. This mountain stands between the southern and the northern continental icefields and exactly between the Argentinian and the Chilenian boarder.
It is surrounded by four huge glaciers.

We choose the so called “routa de Agostini”, named after the first climber Padre de Agostini in 1943.
We offer this route as a wonderful skitouring expedition.

Itinerary ski touring Patagonia, Cerro San Lorenzo:

Day 1
Transport from Balmaceda airport to the hotel in Coyhaique.
Meet and greet with the guides and the other guests.
Night in a hotel in Coyhaique

Day 2
Transfer by car to Cochrane, one of the last small villages at the famous routa 40. (6 hours)
Overnight stay in a hotel in Cochrane

Day 3
Transport with a fourwheel drive car to Fundo San Lorenzo, our starting point
Here we enjoy a typical, delicious patagonian grilled sheep, a “Cordero Patagonico”
Night at the Fundo, a local farmers mountain home

Day 4
Trekking to Refugio Toni Rohrer, a small pretty shelter in the woods. Night at the Refugio

Day 5
We reach Paso del comedor and Brecha del comedor (aprox. 6hrs)
Overnight in the tent

Day 6
Cumbre!!! All the way up to Cerro san Lorenzo today and a great ski down back to the camp (aprox. 8-9hrs)
Overnight in the tent

Day 7
Back to Refugio Rohrer

Day 8
Back to Fundo San Lorenzo
Overnight stay at the Fundo

Day 9
Transport back to the hotel in Coyhaique
(This program is base on nice weather. As the weather can change very quick in this area, it’s important to plan a couple back up days)

Day 10-12
back up days

Personal requirements:

Proper parallel turn in all snow conditions
Walking with crampons
Enough personal fitness to climb 1000m a day (total 3100m), with a backpack (15-18kg)

How to get there:

Flight to Santiago de Chile and from there to Balmaceda airport. It’s served by Latam airlines. That’s where we pick you up.

Price:

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Included in the price:
– Organisation from Patagoniatiptop
– 2 local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guides 
– Transport from Balmaceda airport, Coyhaique to Fundo San Lorenzo and back
– All meals
– Night at Hotel
– Luggage transport to the mountain hut by horse
– Tents and Cooking equipment

Not included in the price:
– Personal equipment
– Personal insurance (accident, annulation etc.)
– drinks

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Patagonia Skitouring weeks, Bariloche


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Dates: September and October are ideal for this tour

Ski touring week, Bariloche

Patagonia…one of this rare places to remain wild and pure. It’s a real paradise for adventurer and those that like to explore this places on skis!
You can enjoy great views on the striking blue lakes around Bariloche and after some powder runs you might want to enjoy the famous Argentinean cuisine and its wines. We skitour the nicest peaks around Bariloche, explore the Frey hut area and finish our trip with the ascent of the sleeping volcano Cerro Tronador.

Day to day itinerary:

Arrival day:
Meeting at the Hotel in Bariloche to check the equipment for the week
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

1st Day:  Cerro Chall-Huaco (2000m)
A bit outside of Bariloche in the step lies Cerro Chall Huaco. A perfect warm-up tour!
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

2nd Day:  Cerro Lopez (2070m)
Our personal favorite ski touring mountain in our back yard! We pass the Lopez mountain hut and get to the top of Cerro Lopez where spectacular views to Cerro Tronador and over the Lake District await us.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

3rd Day: Refugio Frey (1700m)
We take the lifts from Cerro Cathedral ski area to get to our starting point today. We ski tour to Frey Hut that lies just above tree line next to the small Laguna Frey. A ski touring paradise!
Night and dinner at Frey hut

4th day: Skitouring Refugio Frey area
Countless options for today: Couloires between the red granite towers and small mountain lagoons wait to be discovered.
Night and dinner at Frey hut

5th day: Bariloche
We enjoy some more ski touring in the Frey area before skiing back to Bariloche.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

6th day: Pampa Linda –  Meiling mountain hut (2000m)
We follow the tracks of Otto Meiling one of the first Andringst. We reach the Mietling hut from “Pampa Linda” in the Nahuel Haupi National Park. This hut lies on the foot of Cerro Tronador surrounded by glaciers.
Night and dinner at Meiling hut

7th day: Cerro Tronador, Pico Argentino (3200m)
Cerro Tronador, the king of the mountains in the Bariloche area! We enjoy a very long glacier descent on this sleeping volcano today!
Transport back to Bariloche
Night and final dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

Rates:

Up to 2 pax: 2596.- USD per pax
3 pax: 2006.- USD per pax
4 and more pax: 1723.- USD per pax

Included in the rate:
Organisation, local, english speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide, all transporte from/to Bariloche airport, 4 nights with half board at mountain huts, 4 nights with half board at Hotel in Bariloche, skipass day 3, all lunches

Not included:
Flight, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation, etc. ), drinks

How to get to Bariloche

Bariloche is situated in the Argentine lake district and can be reached with a 2hrs flight from Buenos Aires (also by bus from Buenos Aires aprox. 18hrs).
If you come from Chile, Bariloche can be reached with a bus from Puerto Montt or Osorno.

What people think about Bariloche

“This place is full of shocking beauty. Bariloche, likely the most well-known Argentine Patagonian outpost, has mountains and subsequent vistas with a scale that makes the Rockies or the Alps look almost fragile. The terrain here is huge not only in height but also in space occupation, and, with the added bonus of wide dabbles of lakes cutting through the volume, the effect is only amplified by the resulting interplay of light, reflection, and depth perception.”

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Rock climbing Bariloche, Refugio Frey – Patagonia

Dates: October through April

“Granite spires in an uncomparable setting!”

Climbing experience:

Rock climbing from 2 – 5 days with a certified UIAGM – mountain guide. There is something for every level of traditional and sport climbing. A wide spectrum of climbing from the clean cracks to challenging heady sport cracks to chimneys to off widths with each ending atop some precipitous spire with a view.

Imagine a wonderland of endless spires of quality granite bathed in alpine sun amid a backdrop of snow capped volcanoes, enormous alpine lakes, soaring condors, and friendly Argentines that know how to make pizza, beer and chocolate. Indeed such a land does exist nestled on the east side of the Andes a short steep hike up from Bariloche in the lake district of Argentina.

It’s regarded by many as the best rock climbing area in South America. Honey-coloured granite pinnacles surround a beautiful  basin with a laguna. The rock is weathered, solid and breathtakingly beautiful.

To climbers, Patagonia means rumbling glaciers, ceaseless wind, and world-class alpinism. Frey, a pair of connected alpine cirques in northern Argentine Patagonia, borrows from both of these perceptions. It’s the Patagonia of steep splitters and looming spires. If you’d rather climb than scowl over bleak forecasts, Frey’s one- to 10-pitch granite routes, following steep splitters and huecoed faces, might just be Patagonian paradise.

Prices:
  • 2 days of guided rock climbing:

1 person: 600 USD
2 persons: 300 USD each

Every following day: 300 USD
(max. 2 climbers/guide)

  • Price does not include transportation, huts, meals, insurances
Frey Hut, 1700m:

A two-story stone Refugio above tree line, a mere frisbee toss from frigid Lake Toncek that servers delicious food and Argentine wine and their own beer. You can camp out or sleep in the dorms.

The Frey mountain hut in Bariloche lies on a beautiful lake in the mountains

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Getting there:

A flight to Buenos Aires and a 21 hrs deluxe tour bus ride, or a 2hrs  direct flight from Buenos Aires to reach San Carlos de Bariloche. A 10km +700m hike from Villa Cathedral brings you in 3-4 hours up to Refugio Frey.


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Private Ski & Telemark Lessons, Chamonix Valley & Megève

Dates: December – First week of May

Professional privat Ski – and Telemark lessons in the Chamonix valley & Megève ski area from December until end of April. Learn from the Swiss Ex-world cup ski racer Ella Alpiger and her team.

Everything about Chamonix ski resort is big. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the deep valley has more skiable slopes than seems reasonable. With several ski areas distributed across the huge mountain ranges to north and south, a thriving town in the centre and smaller, charming mountain villages in the valley, there’s something for everyone.

With the Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Megève ski area is in a lovely sunny setting and the village has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. It’s the capital of the mountain way of life, an authentic village in the Savoy Alps that is covered by a carpet of snow every winter.

Many different slopes in all different colors and challenging Out-bound runs are waiting for you to be discovered.
Beginners and Experts are welcome to join the lessons!

We will analyze your skiing on video camera. Fast technical progress and more enjoyable ski days are the result of that.

Prices for Chamonix valley ski areas:

Daily Ski and Telemark lessons, Off – piste days and Ski touring intro courses:
1/2 day (3hrs), 09:00-12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00: 240€
1 day (6hrs), 09:00 – 15:00: 360€ / High season February: 410€

Included in the price: Teaching, Video of your progress

Please consult prices for Megève ski area.

 

Unlimited skiing

With the Chamonix Unlimited Skipass (more than 3 days) we can also enjoy skiing in Courmayeur (ITA) 15 Min., Verbier (CH) 40 Min. and Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, St.Gervais, Les Contamines) (FR) 20 Min. by car from Chamonix.

Ski touring

Chamonix also offers great ski touring options not only for Experts. Let us introduce you to our favorite sport with a Ski touring Intro. Learn all about safety, snow and technique with an UIAGM mountain guide.

Off piste, powder courses

Explore the snow on the other side of the groomed run! If you have mastered the pistes and want to learn how to ski all trains off piste, come and sign up for our Off piste courses. We will teach you on all different slopes and terrains. Let’s train to get you fit to take a ski trip down the Valle Blanche!

Helicopter Skiing

Thanks to its exceptional geographical location between Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix is a major centre for Heliskiing from where you can reach a host of exciting destinations. For a day trip, there’s nothing simpler than getting dropped off by helicopter in Switzerland or Italy with a UIAGM – mountain guide, to ski the finest transalpine slopes of Val Veny, Cervinia, La Tile and Val Grisanche. Also exploring the mountains of the Valais in the areas around Trient in Switzerland, or even Zermatt.

Equipment

We proudly ski with K2 Skis, they offer a great range of skis and boots for all different kind of availabilities and snow conditions. Not sure which material to buy or rent? We are happy to recommend the perfect ski for you.

Accommodation

Do you want to sleep in down town Chamonix or rather a bit outside in the quite or maybe ski in and ski out? Chamonix has it all, let us find the perfect place for you!


How skiing came to France; did you know?

Skiing had come to Italy via Switzerland since about 1895. The natural thing for France would have been to copy the neighboring Italians. They went to the source instead, they wanted a missionary from Norway and in November 1902 one such providentially dropped in. A junior Norwegian army lieutenant called Herman Schultz that wanted to visit France as a ski instructor in order to get out into the wider world an learn French. Later two more officers where sent to France and they started a ski school to teach the French soldiers. Those soldiers showed a legendary marching ability and could accomplish to march up to 50 or 60 km a day on skis without really being worn out. They sometimes started at 4a.m. and didn’t return until 8p.m.

The ski school was so exhausting, both for teachers and the taught, that it only ran from Monday to Thursday, with the rest of the week free; for the French soldiery at any rate. On Friday and Saturday, the Norwegians were expected to teach the officers and on Sundays, their wives. The Colonel’s lady was particularly keen. The two instructors would support her on each side and she was wearing a hat and veil! …”Suddenly her skis broke trough the crust, and we ran on, but in confusion. It was not a dignified regimental commander’s wife who got her feet, covered in blood, with hat awry and tattered veil. Afternoon tea with her was cancelled. We didn’t see her for 14 days.”

first female skier in the French alps

 

Picture credit: vintage ski

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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

Dates: January to May

The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!

  • Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
  • Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
  • Vertical Descent: 2727m
  • Length: 18Km
  • Season: Usually January to April
  • Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-5 hours

This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers. Thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!

We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure, that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent. Would you like to choose  steeper lines? Or include a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix.

Requirements to ski vallee blanche:

If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!

Price: 350.00€* 

(* up to 6 skiers) 

Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you, we provide you with an avalanche beacon and harness.

Not included in the price: Cablecar ride up to Aiguille du Midi 

Bad weather option:

If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.

Lift Pass:

A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.


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Chamonix freeride skiing week


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Dates: January to April

Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.

What to expect:

During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold.  The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!

Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.

 

Tentative plan

Arrival day: 
Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check

Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière
We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area.
This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.

Day 2: Vallee Blanche
We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.

Day 3: Courmayeur
Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20 Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!

Day 4: Brévent – Flégere
We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible form Chamonix town today.

Day 5: Toule Glacier
The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.

Prices:

2 skiers:  875€ per Skier
3 skiers:  660€ per Skier
4 skiers:  600€ per Skier

Included in the price:
Organization, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide

Not included in the price:
Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation

  • We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.
Day Guiding:

Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.

Accommodation:

Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.


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Ski tour Mont Blanc summit, France

Dates: March until beginning of June

Ski tour Mont Blanc:

“A challenging dream came true for me! I always wanted to ski that mountain and my mountain guide was fabulous!”

Ski touring up to the summit of Mont Blanc can be done from end of march until may and is a great spring 2-day adventure!

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Chamonix – Grand Mulets hut 3051m
Afternoon ride with the first part of the Aiguille du Midi – cablecar up to Plan de l’Aiguille (2310m).
Skitour up to the Grand Mulets hut.
+ 800m, Night at Grand Mulets hut (3051m)

Day 2 : Grand Mulets Hut – Summit – Chamonix
We start early today with a technical ascent of the north face of Dôme du Goûter cramponning, slopes up to 40º to reach the normal route, than continuing over to Bivouac Vallot to the great summit of Mont Blanc (4810m). Ski down to Plan d’Aiguille or Chamonix.
+ 1700m / – 2600m or -3500m

Price:

1100.-€
(Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA-mountain guide)
(Not included: Overnight stay at mountain hut, Liftticket, Food & drinks, Guide expenses, personal insurance)

  • This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the conditions in the mountains and the abilities of the guest, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Personal Requirements:

Very good physical fitness, expert skiing skills and to be well acclimatized to altitude are needed to do this tour.
If you have a solid experience in ice climbing and ski touring, you’re ready to let the dream come true.

How it all began, the Mont Blanc first ascent:

1786: The Frenchmen Michael Gabriel Packard and Jacques Palma were the first to reach the top of Mont Blanc.

After hundreds of failed attempts by dozens of aspiring mountaineers, Paccard and Balmat made history when they became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. The mountain rises 4810m/15’711feet above sea level and is ranked No. 11 in the world in topographic prominence. The two Chamonix local ascended the summit on August 8th, starting the climb from the Chamonix valley.

The accomplishment was, and still is, considered historic. Eric Shipton, a British Himalayan mountaineer, described the feat, writing in his book Mountain Conquest:

“Theirs was an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed to be impossible.”

The first female climber

1808: The former maidservant Marie Paradis,  in 1808  became the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, joined by guide Jacques Balmat. For Paradis it was not an easy ascent. She was in such poor condition by the time the climbing party reached the summit that she actually had difficulty speaking and, reportedly, could not see the view from the peak. Her self designed outfit that she was wearing weighed just over 14 pounds.


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Kyrgyzstan ski touring adventure

4th – 13th of February 2019  

What to expect:

Imagine waking up in a traditional Yurt, in the middle of the snow caped Tien Shan mountains.  You are ready for a day of ski touring with your friends…! Your dream can come true.

We would like to introduce you to a fascinating country. Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads, in the heart of Central Asia. Largely unexplored mountains offer a wonderful playground.

We take you to yurt camps in snowy summer pastures. That offers us immediate access to endless skiing terrain with mountains up to 3,400-3,600m.

Traditional, cosy yurts will be ready for us swell as a traditional Russian Sauna next to a river with refreshing spring water. All yurts are heated by wood burning stoves.

 

10-day program / 7 skiing days:

  • 4th of February: Arrive early in the morning at the airport in  Bishkek. Meet with the group and join the privat transfer to Karakol  (6hrs). We drive along the north shore of Issyk Kul lake, the second biggest alpine lake in the world
  • 5th-10th of February: Yurt based skiing days in Jyrgalan and Aksuuvalley
  • 11th of February: We ski in the morning and go back down to Karakol in the evening. The night is spent in Karakol.
  • 12th of February: You will have some time to explore Karakol in the morning before we travel to Bishkek. Last night and farewell dinner in Bishkek.
  • 13th of February: Flight back home
Prices per skier: 
  •  2495€  (minimum 4 skiers)

Included in the price:
Guiding with IFMGA mountain guide Federico Arletti, organization, all accommodations as mentioned in the program (Hotel, guest house Yurts), all meals, all transportations from/to Bishkek

Not included in the price:
Flights, personal insurances, alcoholic drinks, personal equipment

Kyrgyzstan… a fascinating country in central Asia:

A welcoming landlocked oasis located at the heart of Central Asia. It’s surrounded by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Kyrgyzstan is a  in a remote, always fascinating, sometimes volatile, and oftentimes misunderstood part of the world. With an average elevation of 3,000m (9,840ft) and 30% of its landmass buried under permanent ice and snow. The country’s landscape and people are defined by a ruggedness utterly unique to the highlands of Central Asia. The republic is a little smaller in area than the UK minus Northern Ireland.

Home sweet yurt
Yurts are the archetypal shepherd shelters. Circular homes made of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsable wooden frame. The outer felt layer is coated in waterproof sheep fat, the inner most lined with woven grass matting to block the wind. Long woolen strips secure the walls and poles. The interior is richly decorated with textiles, wall coverings, quilts, cushions, and ornately worked chests. Floors are lined with thicket felt and covered with bright carpets and sometimes yak skin. Look up: the central wheel-like tuneup that supports the roof is none other than the design depicted in the middle of Kyrgyzstan’s national flag.
People

Native Kyrgyz make up around 70% of the country’s population. The remaining percentage made up mostly of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Many Kyrgyz today follow the nomadic traditions of their ancestors, erecting hand-crafted yurts in the high mountain pastures above their villages. There they graze their animals and live for the summer.

The central Tien Shan mountains
This region offers many superlatives of Central Asia. The highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers and the strangest natural phenomena. It’s a region of ice, snow and unexplored peaks. The world’s fourth longest glacier and an amazing disappearing lake can be found here. You will be discovering the valleys close to Karakol where the temperatures are more pleasant. The Chinese were the first to explore this foreboding mountain zone, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that European explorers penetrated the region. The snow that falls on this former Soviet state is particularly light and fluffy. This, combined with the country’s mountainous geography, makes it something of a paradise for powder-loving backcountry skiers.
 
Food
  • All food is prepared by local chefs. Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring omelets, frittatas, burritos, pancakes and french toast, and always the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu highlights traditional Kyrgyz cuisine.
Getting to Kyrgyzstan by airplane
  • Bishkek’s Manas airport is the main hub with relatively inexpensive international connections on Turkish and Pegasus (via Istanbul), Flydubai (via Dubai), Ukrainian International (via Kiev) and Aeroflot (via Moscow).
Visa
  • Around 60 nationalities can stay for 60 days or longer without a visa. Citizens of most major Western and former Soviet countries are included in those.
Language

Kyrgyz is a Turkish language that has the usual characteristics of that language group. Most notably vowel harmony, which is strictly adhered to. As part of the Kyrgyz-Altay group of Turkic languages, it is most closely related to the Altai language and fairly similar to Kazakh. Russian is also an official language and Uzbek is widely spoken in the south.


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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates: March/April/May

Haute Route Skitour from Chamonix to Zermatt…from the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This six day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes.
We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis region of Switzerland.  The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 200m
Vertical loss: 800m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentiere  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 450m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 850m

Day 6: Zermatt
Cabane des Vignettes – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2100m

Price:

1560.-€ (min. 4 persons, max 6)
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Add . Please contact us for more informations.

Included in the price: Organisation, mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier Day 2,  half board in the huts
Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance.
*We also advise you to purchase personal ski insurance .

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).


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Women’s Freeride & Skitouring Camp, Chamonix

 2019: March 3 – 7 (So – Th) / March 31 – April 4

(Please ask us for private dates, also for mixed groups)

Highlights
  • 3 days ski teaching and guiding in the Chamonix valley
  • 4 nights at a cosy Chalet Hotel in the Chamonix valley with half board included
  • 2 Ski tours
  • Valle Blanche descent, the greatest ski descend in the world
  • Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies

 

Learn off piste skiing and ski touring with us!

Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger and IFMGA Mountain guide Federico Arletti.
This all-inclusive camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and Chamonix unmatched Off-piste runs.

“It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”

We will base out of Chamonix for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in big mountain skiing.

“It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn to ski off-piste.”

Camp itinerary
Day 1: Arrival day

We welcome you at the cosy Chalet Hotel in Chamonix and enjoy a first dinner together. Maybe you want to enjoy a bath in the hot tub with a nice glas of wine.

Day 2: Off piste skiing work shop
  • Off piste work shop in one of the many ski areas in the Chamonix valley. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your ski skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparedness that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
  • Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon. An important skill you have to know!

Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, take a bath in the hot tub and relax by the fire place.

Day 3:  Ski touring intro
  • Off piste work shop in the morning. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
  • Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information.
    Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.

    Day 4: Ski tour & Valle Blanche
  • We take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi and skin over to the Italian side towards Col d’Entrèves (+400m).
  • Later we enjoy skiing the famous Valle Blanche or Noire  glacier run. It might be the run you have always dreamed of. Stunning views, huge glaciers and us skiing with trough that showing our new learned skills.
  • The course finishes at about 2-3pm in Chamonix.

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

  • Ella makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skier to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences.All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience.
    Tap in to the pro’s fitness traits off the slopes, with a stretching class and an inspirational talks about mental training.
    Than relax in the Sauna, dine and socialize in Chamonix.
    “I hope you can join me for this amazing opportunity!”
Personal Requirements

If you feel confident on black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp.

Resort

Chamonix , French alps. In winter, with 4 large skiing areas, Chamonix Valley welcomes snow sports enthusiasts from all over the world and from all walks of life who come to test their skills on and off the slopes of the Mont Blanc range. Here, even if it primarily for fun, skiing is as intense and exciting as the locality where it takes place!

Transfer included from Geneva 

Transfers to and from Geneva airport with guaranteed flexibility to match your flight times allowing you to fly from your local airport at a time that suits you is included in the price. If you’re traveling by train from Switzerland, you can reach Chamonix via Martigny.

 

Our Accommodation: Luxury Ski Chalet Les Bois  

An elegant traditional chalet with great facilities, Chalet les Bois is located in one the most beautiful areas in the Chamonix Valley and within close proximity to the Flegere ski lift.

This extremely comfortable chalet boasts a unique 85m2 dining, lounge and entertainment area on the top floor, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc from panoramic windows and the south, east and west-facing sun terraces.  Guests can relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine or enjoy the home cinema with Bose sound.

Eight tastefully furnished twin bedrooms can be found on the lower two levels of the chalet, along with eight Japanese style bathrooms, six of which are en-suite.

This chalet also features a large outdoor hot tub in the gardens perfectly situated to admire the breathtaking views.

Chalet features
  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Three course gourmet evening meal  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
  • Excellent quality complimentary French and Italian wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), beer & soft drinks with all evening meals.
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
  • Tea, coffee and other hot drinks available at all times
  • Private transport to ski lifts: Morning and afternoon pick ups.
  • Transport into town in the evenings in private minibuses (return transport is subject to availability and charged locally)
  • Hot tub
  • Television
  • Selection of DVDs, Playstation / Wii games, board games, books
  • Internet access – WIFI and hard-wired with large iMac for guest use
  • Docking station for iPods and MP3 players
Costs

4 Skiers:                                 1338.00€ per skier
6 and more Skiers:              1198.00€ per skier
Skiing only/min. 3 skiers:  600.00€ per skier  (accommodation/half board, ski pass and airport transfer not included)

Included: Pro teaching and organization, 3-days Unlimited Skipass, Luxury Ski Chalet – Hotel with half board in a standard double room, 2 ski tours, Valle Blanche descent (if conditions are good), video-analysis,  Airport Transfer, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, free Bus in Chamonix

Not included: Lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented in Chamonix). Would you like to sleep in a single room? The price added for that is 270.00€.

 

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Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking short trip


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Dates: June/July/August/September

  • 3-Day trip

“Rustic hut charm with incredible views!” 

This short trip is perfect for hikers that like to enjoy stunning views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain, sleep in two mountain huts and spot some ibex and wildflowers along the way. Your local guide makes sure that you will get to the huts just in time to enjoy a delicious mountain dish and that you don’t have to worry about anything but taking the nicest pictures of the famous Lac Blanc mountain lake.

Hiking – Itinerary

Arrival day 
19.00: Information and meeting at the hotel.
Night in Hotel

Day 1: Refuge Bellachat
We hike from Chamonix up to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain. You might want to enjoy a drink on the terrace that overlooks the whole Mont Blanc valley and wait until the sunset puts the mountains in a pink coat. The family style dinners will soon be served in the cosy mountain hut.

  • 4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refuge Bellachat

Day 2: Lac Blanc
An early breakfast at the mountain hut with the fantastic views towards Mont Blanc. Our trail brings us up to Brevent summit for an even more breathtaking view. We reach Col du Cornu via the Col du Brévent and traverse to the Lac de Cornu (at 2276m), which is situated in of the most beautiful environments in the valley. After a picknick lunch we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m). The Lac Blanc mountain lake is the perfect location to take some stunning pictures of a perfect mountain scenery with the Mont Blanc in the back.

  •  7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc

Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges
We eat a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges mountain before leaving this beautiful spot. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentière or the Col du Montets. Those that want to hike a bit longer can join the guide on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way back to Chamonix. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the famous ski resort of Argentière.

Costs per Person
  • 455€ with a minimum of 6 guests (340€ without the first night at Hotel)
  • 525€ with a minimum of 3 guests (420€ without the first night at Hotel)

Included in the price: Organisation, UIMLA-guide, 2 nights at mountain refuges with half board, 1 night at Hotel in Chamonix with breakfast, 2 pack lunches, one lunch at Restaurant, hiking map copy
Not included: personal insurance, drinks

Guide:

Local, certified UIMLA – mountain leader


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