Alpine Progression

Cost: £1,995
Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1
Estimated Hut and Cable car costs: CHF240
Dates available: 13th July - 20th July 2024 [ Full ], 17th August - 24th August 2024, 24th August - 31st August 2024 [ Full ], 31st August - 7th September 2024

Our most popular Mountaineering Course, this is an Intermediate Mountaineering Course for climbers aiming to climb more technical alpine routes up to AD standard.

The week begins with an instructional refresher in Alpine Skills in the Arolla valley and progresses on routes up to AD grade e.g. traverse of Mont Blanc de Cheilon or L'Evêque. It builds up to a longer, more technical route such as West Ridge of the Dent de Tsalion or the Besso - Blanc de Moming traverse.

Eveque Intermediate Mountaineering CourseClimbing Tsalion West Ridge Alpine Mountaineering

This week can follow on from an Introduction course to make a fortnight. Some previous rock or winter climbing experience is essential. The itinerary is totally flexible subject to participants ability and fitness and there are many possible AD graded routes to climb. Climbers aiming to climb the Dent Blanche should book on our Progression Plus, Grandes Courses or Swiss Big 3 trips.

Besso Alpine Mountaineering

Mont Blanc de Cheilon Climbing

To get more ideas of what's possible see our Blog entries here and here.

Sample itinerary:

Day 1: Walk to Vignettes Hut; snow-craft, crevasse rescue and glacier training en-route

Day 2: Traverse of L'Evêque (3716m) AD; stay at Vignettes Hut

Day 3: Traverse of Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3869m) AD- ; return to valley

Day 4: Multi-pitch rock climbing at Arolla

Day 5: Ascend to hut with potential for rock climbing en route or on arrival

Day 6: Climb final technical alpine route and return to valley (eg Tsalion West Ridge)

Alpine Mountaineering Blanc de Moming

What our clients say:

"The course exceeded all my expectations, an amazing week, hugely enjoyable and very challenging at times, the guides were all great, I will be back!" Mick, July 2015

"An absolutely awesome week in Switzerland! How we laughed, couldn't have asked for a better group! Top banter, top climbing and top weather!" Harrison, August 2015

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Swiss Alpine Mountaineering Course prices click here.