Further your skills to become a better climber

Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course

Set in the wonderfully remote Western Mont Blanc Massif, this course will take you beyond elementary alpine skills.

For mountaineers who have a desire to increase their level of independence and skills, this course is designed to deliver instruction and training relevant to the region and transferable to any mountain range on earth.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 5 days
Elevation 2,000M / 6,562FT
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Victor Saunders

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Andrew Wexler

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Point Lachenal - Andrew Wexler

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Aiguille Noire de Peuterey - Olivier Baron

From Jun 17 to Jun 23, 2018
Departs from Chamonix, France
€1,820 EUR
From Jul 15 to Jul 21, 2018
Departs from Chamonix, France
€1,820 EUR
From Aug 12 to Aug 18, 2018
Departs from Chamonix, France
€1,820 EUR
  • Overview

    • Further your skills to become a better climber
    • Make a series of ascents on this course based from Chamonix

     
    This challenging course is an instructional and coaching course. We limit the time where you are merely being taught skills in isolation; instead we combine instruction with ascents of peaks at an ever-increasing tempo throughout the course.

    You will further develop the skills of rock and ice climbing, belaying, crampon techniques, glacial travel, self-arrest and rescue techniques.

  • Why AC?

    We offer focused guide attention to ensure consistency across the program. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days we know your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide and smaller guide to climber ratios.

    Adventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA-UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Being a technically proficient climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Adventure Consultants only employs IFMGA qualified guides for European ascents and courses and this is the only certification that is recognised in the French Alps. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Qualified mountain guide
    • Group technical equipment
    • Lift passes as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hut accommodation as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hotel accommodation on a B&B basis during trip dates as specified on the schedule, including first / last night of your trip
    • Local ground transport as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Breakfast & dinner during mountain component of course / trip


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Any costs that are additional to the programme that come about due to changes to the programme caused by weather or organisational changes (any changes will generally be due to factors outside our control such as weather, lift failure, etc. and actioned only after you have been consulted by your guide)
    • Personal mountaineering clothing and equipment as per lists supplied
    • Evening meals during hotel nights in town
    • Lunches during the climbing days
    • Additional meals or snacks/drinks purchased from huts/hotels
    • Insurance
    • Transport to and from trip departure location (although we can arrange it for you)
    • Gratuity

    Account Information

    For our European ascents and courses, prices are in EUR€ and must be settled in EUR€. All prices are subject to change.

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following EUR€ bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0002
    Account Type: Euro Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card – Visa, Mastercard, Amex plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    Please note: In order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance. This especially applies to the high season period (early-July to end of August).

    Deposit

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Booking Form and a deposit of EUR500.

    Balance Payment

    Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start date for your course / ascent. We will send you receipts for all payments.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date.

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • Inside 60 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • Inside 30 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.


    We recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.

  • Course Notes

    CACCThe Course Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Chamonix Alpine Climbing Courses.

    You can view the notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course Notes

    Team Membership

    1 guide to 3 climbers, minimum 2 participants

    Our Guides

    IFMGA NZMGA BMGAdventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and / or IFMGA-UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

    Being a technically proficient climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    Adventure Consultants only employs IFMGA qualified guides for European ascents and courses and this is the only certification that is recognised in the French Alps. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison 

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our South American expeditions and Himalayan treks. 


     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Level of Experience Required 

    The course is designed for those who have some basic grounding in alpine climbing and would like to broaden and deepen their skills on the different alpine terrain - snow and ice faces, exposed crests, rock and mixed ground. You should be happy seconding rock to Alpine grade III with boots and rucksack.

    This course is also a good preparatory course for our Advanced Course and our Mont Blanc Guided Ascent. You will be climbing and leading on climbs up to grade PD.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training on hills with a +10kg pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of building your endurance. Your guide will be attuned to your fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly.

    Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips.

    While our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is the potential for mishap. If you were injured whilst on the trip there is a very efficient rescue service nearby.

    Food

    Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the course and evening meals on the hut nights while the trip is running. Should the group decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the program that will be at your own expense. You will be responsible for your own evening meals on the non mountain nights in Chamonix. 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 fueled 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 Sunday evening through to the following Saturday morning after breakfast. Accommodation in the mountains is in alpine huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided and no sleeping bag will be required. There is no single supplement (or private rooms) available in the mountain huts but we can arrange this for you in Chamonix.

    A single supplement is available at additional cost for the three hotel nights during the course. Please enquire about costs at time of enquiry. We also have upgrade options to four star and five star hotels.

    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.

    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.

    Climbing Season

    We operate in the Alps mid June to mid September and other times as conditions allow. In June and early July we can expect more snow cover on the routes, and as temperatures warm up into the summer months from mid July we traditionally experience more settled weather and warmer temperatures.

    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 length of the course and our focus on the forecasts we can often change our itinerary slightly to work around frontal systems.

  • Curriculum

    • Technical mountaineering skills
    • Refresh rope work, anchors and safety systems
    • Leading on steeper ground
    • Gear and protection on steeper ground
    • Risk assessment
    • Navigation and route selection

    This is a varied week of coaching and climbing under the supervision of our excellent mountain guides with the specific objective of raising your knowledge and climbing standard, whilst building your skills and confidence. We aim to introduce you to new areas in the mountains and will change the venue, if necessary to ensure the best conditions and weather for the course. The typical course outlined below is an example of what we can achieve in this area of the Mont Blanc Massif.

    Day  
    0 Arrive Chamonix, hotel night.
    1 The team meets in the hotel for a briefing and gear check. There is time to arrange last minute rental and/or equipment purchases in Chamonix, before driving to Entreves, Italy. From here we catch the Funivie Monte Bianco lift and tackle the excellent alpine training climb of Aiguilles Marbrées (3,535m/11,601ft). Descend and return to Chamonix for a hotel night.
    2 After breakfast, drive from Chamonix to your starting point for the day at Staffal (Gressoney). Take the cable car to Punta Indren (3,300m/10,827ft) before undertaking a 1 hour hike to the newly renovated Mantova Hut (3,498m/11,476ft) for rope work skills, knot practice and crevasse rescue. Overnight at Mantova Hut.
    3 An early start from Mantova Hut for a big day of climbing on the border of Italy and Switzerland, including ascents of the Vincent Pyramid (4,213m /13,822ft), Balmenhorn (4,161m/13,652ft), Ludwigshöhe (4,342m/14,245ft) and Corno Nero (4,322m/14,180ft) before returning for a second night at Mantova Hut.
    4 Another alpine start to consolidate and build upon the skills learned thus far on the course. Today will include an ascent of Zumsteinspitze (4,564m /14,974ft) and Signalkuppe (4,554m/14,941ft – also known as Punta Gnifetti). Return to the Mantova Hut for a final night up high.
    5 Today we will have a more leisurely start after some hard climbing days and go over some final skills to consolidate what we have learnt before descending back to the cable car and return to Chamonix for dinner and a well-earned hotel night.
    6 Breakfast, a chance to exchange photographs and departure

    PLEASE NOTE: The programme may be subject to change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather or lift service preclude access into this region.

    We utilise various lifts throughout the programme and all lifts are included in the course cost. If a change in programme forces us to use other or additional lifts due to weather or other logistical reason, your guide will first consult the group members before committing to the change. In some cases this may be at an additional expense to you

    We commence our Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course 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.

  • Add Ons

    Mont Blanc Add OnUtilise your acclimatisation and climbing skills to join one of our guides for a quick ascent of Mont Blanc directly following your Adventure Consultants Monte Rosa Course & Ascent.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Mont Blanc Add-On

    Chamonix is located in the heart of the European Alps, and is central to much of the best mountaineering that the Alps have to offer. There is a huge variety of properties on offer in Chamonix and after many years of operating out of the Alps we have discovered the area's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the accommodation providers, so as to keep this aligned with our high standards.

    If you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your European Alps trip, there are several superb properties in the area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    HOTEL MONT BLANC

    Why we recommend this property

    Originally built in 1849, this fine establishment is located in the heart of Chamonix. Surrounded by private gardens the hotel was recently renovated to be reminiscent of the elegant19th-century palaces. Each room has been interior-designed by renowned French designer Sybille de Margerie and is inspired by nature and the environment. Every room offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains. The 14-metre outdoor heated swimming pool can be used year round and offers spectacular views of nearby Mont Blanc. 'La Mafatan' restaurant where chef Mickey Bourdillat produces cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey.

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    HOTEL LE MORGANE

    Why we recommend this property

    This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Chamonix and offers guests top quality service. Chef Daniele Raimondi produces some of Chamonix's finest cuisine at 'Le Bistrot' restaurant. Offers a variety of rooms from singles, deluxe to suites, and every room features balconies allowing views of Mont Blanc or Le Brévent. Hotel facilities include a small lounge, library, relaxation pool and spa, a ski storage room and free WiFi. The loan of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as a valet car service is offered. 

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    Are you arriving early, departing later or have some extra time up your sleeve while in Chamonix? If so, we can recommend some fun activities that have been tried and tested by our Chamonix team. If interested in any of these options, please do let your client liaison know and this can be arranged in advance. If you are in Chamonix and find you have extra time, this can be arranged through your guide or our fabulous Chamonix liaison, Karoline.

    Fly Chamonix Tandem Paragliding 

    Enjoy a 20-minute flight and who could think of a more fun way to get a scenic bird’s eye view of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Massif. Overall this activity takes an hour from meeting your pilot, riding up the lift, take-off and then landing. No age limits apply!

    Peak Powder Mountain Biking 

    Peak Powder offer a huge variety of mountain biking trips that cater for skill levels, whether it be downhill riding at one of the biking areas; Balme Le Tours and Les Houches, a ride between France into Switzerland, and into Italy or you would like some biking instruction, Peak Powder offer it all.

    Rafting or Canyoning with Cham Aventure 

    An array of water activities are on offer with Cham Aventure and including rafting or canyoning down the L’Arve River, or rafting the Dora Baltéa River In Italy.

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so have a chat with us and we will help to organise the perfect programme.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Contact us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      Phone our New Zealand head office on +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

      Email us directly at info@adventure.co.nz or submit an online enquiry form here.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long have Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for your climbers?

      On all of the European courses and ascents that we operate, we offer focused guide attention throughout the course to ensure consistency across the programme. Whilst other operators combine you with large groups on training days, we know that your safety will be better protected and the learning progressions will be enhanced with the attentive care of your guide.

      Adventure Consultants guides are BMG/NZMGA and/or IFMGA/UIAGM qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest standard. Our guides are not only highly experienced climbers, but they are great guides with good people skills hence you will find that your guide is friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and washing (clothes) will be available on the course/ascent?
      On the days prior to, during and after your European course/ascent, Adventure Consultants will assist in arranging accommodation in our preferred hotels. These hotels all have laundry facilities and when in the mountains, it is easy to leave any additional gear stored safely at the hotel.

      When in the mountains, we utilise the European alpine huts which are either in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Washing and shower facilities are not available in the huts.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      If you have any special treat you like, we encourage you to bring some along. You’ll get breakfast and dinners at the huts but will be responsible for your own lunches, snacks and bottled water. We can cater for vegetarians as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip.

      What is the food like?
      Adventure Consultants will provide breakfast for the duration of your course/ascent, which in the huts typically consists of European style bread with jam and cheese etc. Lunch on the climbing days tends to start right after breakfast(!) and continue through the day as we keep energy levels high. We recommend you purchase nuts, fruit, chocolate, muesli bars and baguette or crackers with cheese, ham and other fillings. When staying in the huts, evening meals are provided. A typical menu would include a hearty soup, followed by a pasta dish or stew and then dessert. If you feel like a glass of wine or beer with your meal while in the mountains, please bring cash or a credit card.

      Should you decide to take a meal that is not in the programme, this is at your own expense. Evening meals on the non-mountain nights are not included and this allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in the European town from which your trip is based.

      What is the accommodation like? Can I have my own room?
      Hotel accommodation is provided on a twin share B and B basis, and the mountain huts on a shared bunk room or dormitory room basis. A single supplement is not available in the mountain huts, but we are happy to arrange a single supplement for an additional cost at the hotels at the hotels utilised prior to and after the course/ascent. If you wish to upgrade to a higher grade of hotel accommodation, then please get in touch to discuss the many fabulous options available.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome and encouraged to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival and departure city if you have the time.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows you to change your flight in the event that this is required.

      When should I book my ticket?
      If on a course, we generally ask you to wait until 60 days prior to your trip start date to ensure that your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If on an ascent or private trip, do feel free to book whenever suits. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, you should ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      For our European departures, we recommend that you arrive at Geneva International Airport, which is located just over the French border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles and train services operate up to Chamonix and private transfers can be arranged to Zermatt, Lauterbrun and Grindelwald. We are happy to assist in arranging any transfer requirements and the driver will meet you at the airport, as well as drop you off at your accommodation.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going, but in general, you will not need a sleeping bag in the European mountain huts as bedding is provided. Adventure Consultants have an experienced Equipment Coordinator, so should any questions arise as to what is required, please do let us know.

    • Acclimatisation

      I will be climbing at altitude, so does Adventure Consultants take this into consideration?
      When planning our courses and ascent programmes, we seriously take into consideration the altitude and ensure that all of our itineraries allow for sufficient acclimatisation and rest days, if required.

      I want to give myself the best chance of success on my climb; what advice does Adventure Consultants have to help me succeed?
      If you are concerned about how you will cope at altitude, wish to refresh your climbing skill, or simply just want to give yourself the best chance of success, then consider the 2-day Pre-Course & Acclimatisation Programme. This pre-course has been designed to kick-start your acclimatisation and refresh your climbing skills before heading onto the main objective of your course or ascent.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      The ratio of climbers to guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘trip notes’ and on the team page for each trip.

      How much weight can we carry on the climb/course?
      When initially climbing up to the mountain huts, you will be required to carry all of your equipment that is needed for the following day's course or ascent. From the hut, you will carry your day pack with your technical climbing equipment, warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally, it will be approximately 10kgs (20 pounds).

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance in view of climbing the world's highest mountains, or purely adventure. We provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of Europe's more technical and challenging peaks. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek?
      We encourage you to work on your fitness prior to your course or ascent. When training, it is recommended you carry a pack for long periods on hills and uneven terrain. Over time, increase the pack weight until you are comfortable with 15-20kgs. Gym training, swimming, running and cycling also add to your base fitness and are a great addition to a pack training program. Check out our Fitness Training page for more details on training options, programs and online coaching services that we offer in conjunction with our partners at Uphill Athlete.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      In Europe, there is no need to use a satellite phone as you will find that there is cell phone coverage in most of the towns and mountain huts that we utilise (with the exception of the Vittorio Emanuele Hut). Your guide will also stay in touch with our European Coordinator in Chamonix with updates on the trip. It is very easy to purchase a European SIM card but do remember if using a French SIM in Italy, you will be charged international rates and vice versa.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      The best place to reach a loved one is through our office. As mentioned above, your guide will stay in touch with our European Coordinator who is based in Chamonix. She then relays messages between your guide and our NZ office.

      Can I charge electronic devices while in the mountains?
      Generally charging is not available so please ensure that your phones, iPods and kindles etc. are well charged up before leaving the hotel for your climb.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use? How often do you receive a weather report during the trip?
      Forecasts are posted daily in the huts and information relayed through the hut guardian to the guides. Your guide will also be in cell phone communication with our Operations Coordinator and/or Chief Guide for weather updates throughout the trip.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      We highly recommend comprehensive travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance, as well as evacuation and medical insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Evacuation insurance is required for members of our European Courses & Ascents to cover your evacuation from the mountain in the case of your injury or illness. You must ensure that your policy covers you for mountaineering as many policies exclude these activities from their schedule of benefits. In the European Alps, rescues are coordinated by the local authorities and the very high costs are charged directly to the user i.e. you/your travel insurance company.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, business issues, etc. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit payment and balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more are; internationally qualified guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client: guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      Can I pay by credit card? 
      We can accept the trip deposit payment and balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare? 
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators? 
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more are; internationally qualified guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client: guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip? 
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is in our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page.

      Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Rockclimber Paolo Pieroni

I felt like I had great support from AC with getting prepared for my trip, and wouldn't have done anything differently. I can only imagine how great they must be when getting clients ready for longer/more arduous expeditions, and wouldn't go with anyone else, even though this was only my first guided expedition. Absolutely everyone I interacted with was fantastic; prompt, clear, helpful.
GPCA 2017

Brydie Ockwell
NZ
Mt Blanc Paolo Pieroni 4

A huge thank you to you all for making our trip so easy, enjoyable and especially memorable!!
Tour du Mont Blanc, 2017

Jane White
Australia