Become a Chamonix Mountaineer

Dates: June/July/August

This 5 day Chamonix Mountaineer programme offers you the opportunity to develop technical mountaineering skills whilst climbing some brilliant Chamonix alpine routes.

You will develop your movement skills and alpine experience with a view to climbing steeper alpine ascents in future. This is a great step towards bridging the technical gap between fine snowy peaks like Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc with rocky & harder ascents like the Matterhorn and Eiger.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Mountaineering boot scrambling & rock climbing
Getting to know Federico your guide, equipment check.
This day gives you the opportunity to really develop your alpine & rock movement skills whilst sampling some of the fine valley or middle mountain rock in the Chamonix Valley.
Night in Hotel in Chamonix

Day 2Ridge Climbing Aiguilles Rouges
Ridge – climbing day in the mountain rocky terrain of Les Aiguilles Rouges. At just under 3000m altitude this also offers good acclimatisation training before going in to the high alpine zone for the next three days. Magnificent views to Mont Blanc and a drink at the Refuge Lac Blanc can be enjoyed.
Night in Hotel in Chamonix

Day 3:  Italian side of Mont Blanc
We access the superb Italian side of the Monte Bianco Massif via the new Skyway lift up to Heilbronner (3462m).
Refresher of using ice axe & crampons on fine rocky/mixed ridge traverses and peaks like the Aiguilles Marbrees, Aiguille de Toule, North Ridge of the Petite Flambeau can be climbed.
Night at the Rifugio Torino

Day 4: Glacier journey
An early start from the Torino Hut (3329m).  A longer glacier journey to climb one of the summits on the Aiguilles d’Entreves or more of the ridges which were not done yesterday. Return to Chamonix in the afternoon
Night in Hotel in Chamonix

Day 5: Mixed climbing at Aiguille du Midi

Lift ascend to Aiguille du Midi (3842m) to access the area of rock, ice and mixed climbs around the col du Midi. This final day gives the chance to refine skills built during the week and develop more high mountain alpine techniques.

Skills you will learn:
Scrambling & Easy Rock Climbing in alpine mountaineering boots
Recreating the terrain & style of alpine climbing, down climbing, lowering and abseiling as well as climbing skills
Refresher of mountaineering crampon and ice axe skills on rock, ice and mixed ground
Basic rope work and glacier travel techniques
Front pointing & basic ice climbing techniques with 1 and possibly 2 ice tools.
Using mountain huts
Selecting appropriate alpine equipment to be light and effective.

Rates:
Price up to 2 climbers: 2100€ Total (Course will be hold with 1 or max. 2 pax)

Price Includes:
Organisation, IVBV-IFMGA mountain guide

Price does not include:
Hotels, Huts, Food, Equipment, Lift passes, personal insurance

We are happy to assist you finding a Hotel in Chamonix and the perfect equipment.


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Skitouring the Patagonian Volcanos

Dates: September and October 2017

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 Villarica are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.

Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche, 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 a few days in this spectacular area we cross the boarder into Chile and enjoy the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south”. Volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin are waiting for you. We choose the once with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 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!

Ask for programs and prices tailored to your wishes!

 


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Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking weekend


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Dates: June/July/August/September

Rustic charm with a Chamonix hut to hut hiking weekend!

Hiking – Itinerary

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

Day 1: Refuge Bellachat
We hike from Chamonix to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain.

  • 4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refute 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 pick nick we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m).

  •  7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc

Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges
We have a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentiere or the Col du Montets. For those that want to hike a bit longer can join me on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way to Chamonix. Lunch 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: Certified UIMLA – mountain leader

  • Please ask us for private tours on other dates

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Ski touring Expedition Cerro San Lorenzo, Patagonia

Dates: September / October / November 2017

Cerro San Lorenzo, 3706m

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:

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 Refuge

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 LAN. That’s where we pick you up.

Price:
3900.- USD/Person. Mínimum 4 máximum 6 pax

Included in the price:
– Organisation from Patagoniatiptop.ch, (we speak german, english, spanish and french)
– two local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guides with lots of knowledge in the Andes and Alps
– 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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Ski touring Refugio Frey, Bariloche


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Dates: September/October

Ski touring around Refugio Frey in Bariloche is a must on a ski trip down to Argentina!

The hut is legendary and the ambiance is great! Not to talk about the great skiing options between Granite towers and mountain lagoons. Come enjoy a couple great ski days with us.

Programme:

1st day: Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey
We pick you up at your hotel in Bariloche and drive to the Cerro Cathedral ski area. A few lifts bring us to the top of the mountain where our ski touring trip starts. We will reach the Frey hut after a first nice run down to Vantitter valley and a short ascend up to the hut. There will be plenty of couloirs with fresh snow to be discovered this afternoon.
Night and dinner at the cosy Frey hut

2nd day: Refugio Frey Ski touring
All day skiing around Refugio Frey today. We will discover mountain lagoons, ski between Granit towers and make sure you try a good Mate – Tee at the end of the day.
Enjoy a dinner and night at Frey hut

3rd day: Refugio Frey – Bariloche
There is lots to ski still today before heading back down to Bariloche.

Rates: 
Price per pax up to 2 pax: 940.- USD
Price per pax up to 3 pax: 710.- USD
Price per pax up to 4 and more: 600.- USD

Included in the price:
Organisation, local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guide, Transport from/to your Hotel in Bariloche, Ski pass 1st day, 2 nights at mountain hut with full board

Not included in the price:
Hotel in Bariloche, personal insurance (accident, annulation, travel etc.), drinks

 

How to get to Bariloche:

  • Take a 2hrs flight down south from Buenos Aires
  • Coming from Chile: There are buses from Puerto Montt or Osorno

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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix


Dates: January to May 2017

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

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 including steeper skiing or a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix. If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!

  • 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 4-6 hours

Price: 330.00€*
*The price for for a private guide is 310€ up to 4 skiers, 15€ per extra skier up to a maximum of 6.

Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you.

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 Ski Touring Weekend


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Date: January  – May

Would you like to discover the Chamonix backcountry on skins or explore some new routes with us?

Patagoniatiptop’s UIAGM qualified mountain guides will make sure to find the best snow conditions in the area.
There are plenty of routes to choose from to suit all possibilities!

A few tour examples:

  • Col du Passon
  • Brêche Puiseux
  • Col du Belevdere
  • Col du Tour noir
  • Crochues Bérard
  • Col du Beugeant

Prices for 2 days of Guiding:
2 Skiers: 350.-€/ Skier
3 Skiers: 250.00€/ Skier
4 Skiers: 200.00 / Skier

Please contact us for groups with more than 4 skiers.

 


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Cornwall & Lake District hiking holidays, England


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Dates: May, June

On this walking holiday you will discover the Cornish coast walks and do Fell walking in the Lake District National Park.

We stay in beautiful Hotels and have private transport from and to the walks during the whole trip!

In Cornwall we will discover  landscapes where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a legacy of Bronze age standing stones. Huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells. We will walk trough beautiful flower fields along the South Western Coast Path and might spot some seals on the way.

Walking on the Fells in the Lake District National Park is something every walker should experience. 500 million years of geological processes have produced a tightly packed landscape of sparkling waters and superb rugged peaks of dramatic beauty. Within an area only 30 miles across, England’s highest mountains tower over its deepest and longest lakes, with picturesque stone-built villages, farms and country inns crowding into the valleys.

Itinerary 

Day 1: Mullion Cove
Transfer from Newquay Airport to Mullion Cove Hotel
You will stay at the magnificently sited Mullion Cove Hotel for the next two nights. The hotel is situated on the Lizard Peninsula in South Cornwall. The hotel stands on the cliff top overlooking the harbour and fishing cove with uninterrupted sea views.
There will be time for a short walk before dinner.
Dinner  be at hotel.

Day 2: Kynance Cove and Lizard Point
Today we’ll take our first long hike along the Cornish coast, directly from the hotel on the South West Coast Path. We’ll visit the dramatic Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, before proceeding to the pretty village of Cadgwith for a welcome pint!
10 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent.
Dinner be at hotel.

Day 3:  St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End
Today we’ll start very early to fit in a visit to iconic St Michael’s Mount and its 17th Century Castle, with access by its cobbled tidal causeway. If the tide is high, transfer is by small boat.
After that we can transfer to the little village of Porthcurno and hike along the South West Coast Path to Land’s End admiring the views from the most westerly point of the English mainland.
6 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent.
Dinner will be at your hotel, the Carbis Bay Hotel, where your luggage will be waiting.

Day 4: St.Ives
Today you will hike from Lelant to Zennor. Again we follow the South West Coast Path through wonderful coastal scenery through areas of wild orchids, with views down to rocky inlets where the seals will be resting. An option today is to finish the walk in St.Ives to allow more time to shop and sightsee there. Otherwise the hike finishes in Zennor.
Using the train, allows the choice of length of stay in St.Ives and the journey takes just 10 minutes.
Leland to Zennor, 11 miles, 2700 feet in ascent and descent
Lelant to St.Ives, 3,5 miles

Day 5:  Transfer to the Lake District & The Swan Hotel
Today you will transfer by private minibus to Newquay airport and again transfer to the Lake District by private minibus from Manchester airport.
Depending on flight times, we should have time for a little hike up Hampsfell and a visit to the picture postcard village of Cartmel, famous for its races, sticky toffee pudding and its priory, before reaching our hotel, The Swan at Newby Bridge.
Dinner will be at the hotel, The Swan Hotel and Spa.

Day 6: Scafell Pike, the highest point in England
Today, we’ll attempt an iconic British hike, to the top of England’s highest fell, Sca Fell Pike. The hike starts in Brotherilked, we go up past the waterfalls of Scale Gill and the River Esk, to magnificent Great Moss. From there we make a final ascent of Sca Fell Pike via Micklesore, and then descend steeply down the path by Lingmell Gill enjoying views over Wastwater. A short hop by minibus brings us to the Wastwater Hotel with its famous hikers bar. A long, but very rewarding day.
8 miles, 3100 feet in ascent and descent on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths with some steep sections.
Dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 7: Rydal Water and Grasmere
Today’s we’ll enjoy a shorter hike as we transfer to the North Lake District. Starting in Rydal Water on the coffin route, we’ll ascend little Loughrigg Fell high above pretty Rydal Water. We’ll then descend to Loughrigg Terrace where the bluebells will greet us before crossing over to White Moss and Wordsworth’s house. It is possible to have a guided tour of Wordsworth’s house, a fascinating insight into 18th century domestic life, as well as the great poet.
Grasmere village itself is a picture postcard of pretty slate houses, shops and pubs.
4 miles, 1300 feet in ascent and descent
Your hotel tonight is Armathwaite Hall and Spa, where you will have dinner.

Day 8: The Newlands Round, Keswick and Derwentwater
Today we will drive into the heart of the Newlands Valley to Little Town, the starting poing of one of the Lake District’s most famous hikes, The Newlands Round. First we will ascend the spectacular wide ridge of Hindscarth to reach Dale Head and one of the best views in the Lake District over Buttermere and Crummock Water. From here we will descend over Maiden Moor down to beautiful Derwentwater and the jetty at Brandlehow. You will then catch the Victorian steam launch across the lake to the market town of Keswick, where there are plenty of shops and cafes, before catching your private minibus home, via the ancient stone circle of Castle Rigg.
9 miles, 2900 feet in ascent, 2400 feet in ascent, on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths. Some steep sections.
Your dinner tonight will be at Armathwaite Hall.

Day 9: Ullswater and transfer to London
Today you will transfer to Pooley Bridge to catch another Victorian steamer and enjoy a trip down the deepest lake in England, Ullswater, named after the Viking lord Ulf. You will enjoy a gentle walk along the shores to the pub in Patterdale, from where your private minbus will transfer you to Penrith station for your First Class train journey back to London.
5.7 miles, 1100 feet in ascent and descent


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