Europe Pre-Course & Acclimatisation Programme

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Travel to/from Chamonix

We commence our program from Chamonix in France. The closest international airport is at Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate up to Chamonix and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. Your shuttle driver will drop you at your accommodation. At the completion of the course the shuttle can take you back to the airport. The shuttle transfers are at your own cost but we can help arrange this for you.

Food

Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the course. Should you decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the programme that will be at your own expense. You will be responsible for your own evening meals on the nights in Chamonix when you are staying in a hotel. This allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in Chamonix as there are many restaurants and bars within close walking distance that provide a variety of foods to suit your tastes.  Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.

We provide nutritious meals and a supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the program. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but 2 per day in addition to the lunches we provide would seem reasonable.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis from the evening of your arrival. Your last night is included as part of your upcoming Ascent or Course programme.

A single supplement is available at additional cost for the hotel nights during the course. Please enquire about costs at time of enquiry. We can also provide options for upgrading to four or five star Hotel accommodation in Chamonix.

Clothing & Equipment

Climbing in the European Alps requires you have high quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the climb.

Depending on which trip you are undertaking following the Acclimatisation Programme you will need either a course equipment list, or an ascents equipment list.  Your Guide will go through the  equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. You can rent technical equipment for the climb but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to mountaineering as per the equipment list.  Group equipment including ropes and technical hardware will be organised by your Guide.

Communications & Messages

Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift and accommodation co-ordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.

Weather

Europe has a continental climate which in general encourages more stable weather. However, the weather in the high mountains can be changeable and at times very severe. It is possible weather conditions may thwart our program. However, due to the proximity of the climbing venues and our focus on the forecasts we can often change our itinerary slightly to work around frontal weather systems.

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