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No previous experience high up in altitude ? Then you've found the right trip: the Dômes de Miage are just ideal ! On foot on an old roman path we reach the Conscrits mountain hut via various vegetation zones: woodlands, pasturelands, high mountains - ski lifts are banned here ! The next day we set off early up the glacier. Your guide will teach you how to hike with crampons and roped up. From the summit of the Dômes de Miage, the panorama over the untouched Italian side of the Mont Blanc is just magnificent ! On the third day, before we descend into the valley, we head for the Berangère Needle that offers us yet another different panorama of the Southern side of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
You love the mountains and would love to discover glacier walking ? This mountaineering course is cut out for you ! It's an introductory course to mountaineering in a beautiful setting yet still quite wild, and just a stone throw away from Chamonix.
Suitable for good hill walkers, it's an ideal course to introduce yourself to mountaineering.
- Magnificent snow domes at 3500 m altitude
- An accessible summit, technically suitable to start mountaineering, accessible to good walkers
- One mountain guide for four participants
- A mountain route in a still unspoilt environment on the South-Western end of the Mont Blanc mountain range
- Just relax, we take care of all logistic matters (transfers, gear)
- No booking fees
Get together at Les Houches, St Gervais, Briançon or Oulx, gear check, then transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. On old romain path, under larches and other fur trees, takes us from the Combe Noire waterfall to the ancient Tré-la-Tête mountain hut, a hut full of history ! The slope gets steeper, some sections are equipped, helping us to get up to the Conscrits hut, located at the foot of the Dômes de Miage.
Ascent/descent: + 1400 m
Meals included: picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: mountain hut
We have an early start today ! At approx 3000 m altitude we reach the glacier where we put on our crampons and get roped up. At 3564 m we reach the Col des Dômes, there a snow ridge takes us up to the oriental summit of the Dômes de Miage at 3673 m high. After admiring the view, we descend back down to the Conscrits hut.
Ascent/descent: +/- 1070 m
Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: mountain hut
After a good night's sleep we set of the the Bérangère Needle. Following the path towards the North, we reach the snow and mixed but easy going terrain, followed by the summit. We have a nice view of the Dômes de Miage and the descent via the Armancette glacier. We descend via the same itinerary as the one we came up, via the hut, then back down to the valley.
Ascent/descent: + 800 m / - 2200 m
Meals included: breakfast and picnic
Please note this itinerary is an example of a mountaineering course to the Dômes de Miage and should only be used as a guide. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions and participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accommodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities.
This trip was created in October 2018. Prices are based on practices and customs of the moment. In case the latter are modified (ex: number of clients allowed per guide, for safety reasons), Azimut respects these guidelines, and we may adjust our prices accordingly.
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).
No lifts on this trip.
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 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 !
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!