Please wear your mountaineering clothes on day 1.
On the last day, we try to get back to Oulx by 5 pm, but cannot guarantee this.
We always do our best, but we can't guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly recommend you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at one of the indicated meeting points, or at one of the drop of points where you'll be able to leave your car during the entire trip.
Train & TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com
Car access: www.mappy.fr
Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr
Public parking free of charge can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or just in front of our accomodation.
3 to 4 participants
You will have to carry your personal belongings, picnics and mountaineering gear. Your backpack will weigh approx 6 to 8 kilos (please leave behind any useless excess baggage).
Included in the price.
The price includes
- Trip logistics
- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points
- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 3 days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)
- Half board for 2 nights in a mountain hut
- Picnics for 3 days
- All ski lift fares included in the training programme
- Group security equipment
- AZIMUT welcome pack
The price does not include
- Transportation to/from the meeting point
- Drinks, including those with meals, personal costs and extras
- Personal gear rental
- Any fees incurred by a change in programme due to unsuitable weather conditions or if ski lifts are not working
- Personal insurance
- Any other costs not mentioned under the section “the price includes”
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure.
We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.
Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur.
Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !
During the trip
- Accomodation in dormitory in a mountain hut for 2 nights, bed linnen and towels not provided, blankets provided, sleeping bag liner obligatory, bathroom and toilets to be shared. For your personal purchases: cash only, credit cards are not accepted.
- Breakfast and dinner will be served in the mountain hut, we have picnics for lunch (3). Picnics consist of good quality products: meat, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote (stewed fruit).
- Snacks: details are important especially during demanding physical activity. We have chosen to provide tasty energetic and good quality cereal Mulebar. Mulebars are organic, vegan, digestive and all made of top quality products without conservatives nor additives nor food coloring.
Before & after trips
Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book a night before or after the trip. All accomodation listed is close to the meeting points. You may often benefit from preferential rates.
In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
No wifi available in mountain huts, and remember: cash only.
4G and mobile coverage is unreliable.
- Ice axe
- Folding walking poles recommended: those made by Z-pole are compact, light and easy to stow away in your bag
- Gear for the group (such as ropes) is provided
If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.
Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):
|Full mountaineering pack (helmet, ice axe, crampons, harness and mountaineering boots)||€ 90|
|Ice axe||€ 20|
|Mountaineering boots||€ 35|
|Walking poles||€ 18
You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.
If you bring your own gear please make sure:
- your boots are rigid and suitable for crampons
- your crampons fit your feet and boots
- your harness and helmet are less than 5 years old
- you have a light ice axe (not a wooden one !) long enough to be used as a support for walking
This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands nor the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.
- Light warm hat or buff / scarf / cap for approach walks / sunglasses suitable for glacier (category 4) / ski goggles for the Mont Blanc ascent
Tip for glasses and goggles: photochromic lenses adapt the light intensity and vary from category 2 to 4, they are very useful.
- Base layer: a few breathable long and short sleeved tops (merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics, don't wear cotton, it will not dry). On a glacier and on snow your arms should always be covered in case you fall or slip.
- Mid-layer: a light fleece or lightweight hooded down jacket to wear during breaks under your Gore-tex or soft shell jacket.
- Outer-layer: it should have a breathable and waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack.
- Bottom layer: long johns to wear during the ascent, lightweight mountaineering trousers and a pair of trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) - those with long side zips are recommended for climbs.
- Hands: light gloves (fleece or soft shell gloves), and pair of silk liners gloves to go underneath. Waterproof and warm mittens (or a second pair of gloves) for ascent day.
- Hiking socks: merino wool socks are warm and breathable
- Rigid mountaineering boots that are crampon compatible
- Gaiters are obligatory if you rent Gore-tex trousers
- Lightweight shoes for your comfort on approach hikes (we can leave gear in the mountain hut during our stay)
Odds & ends
To be perfectly well organised we recommend you to put your gear in several small and different sized bags.
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag, only take essentials in the mountains
- To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremmont's website.
Don't forget to
- Leave contact details with your friends and family
- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online www.ameli.fr
- Check that you have the right equipment
- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
- Bring some cash and your credit card
- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!