IMG Chamonix Alpine Climbs Itinerary
The trip starts and finishes in Chamonix, France. It is the responsibility of each participant to arrange transportation to Chamonix by the night prior to the starting date.
The simplest route is to fly to Geneva arriving in the morning and take a train directly from the airport to Chamonix. There is frequent daily train service. Another option is a van shuttle. This is faster and easier than the train, but a bit more expensive. When making arrangements, keep in mind the time change. It would be wise to allow a day of rest prior to the start of the program to help deal with jet lag. If you would like help with your flight arrangements, recommendations for a hotel in Geneva or Chamonix, or plan to arrive in Europe early, feel free to contact IMG's travel agent, CTT Destinations (formerly Travel Time), firstname.lastname@example.org. They are knowledgeable of our programs and will be happy to help you work out your itinerary.
The evening prior to the starting date the guides will want to meet with the group to arrange first day objectives and assign guides. Meeting time and place to be determined at the group's convenience, but tentatively will be the lobby of the Gustavia (kitty corner from the railway station) at 7:00 p.m the evening prior to the starting date.
Meet at the Hotel Gustavia at 8:00 a.m. Be all ready to go with alpine day pack, extra layers, lunch, water, sun protection, alpine boots, crampons, ice axe, helmet, harness and minimum 2 locking carabiners. Exact personal gear will of course be dependent on the group's objective for the day. For the entire 8 days the climb of the day will be determined based on current weather, current climbing conditions and group interest. Most days will be one day outings and back to the hotel for the evening. Plan on at least one or two overnights at a climbing hut, the most common one being the Cosmiques Hut.
The first day will be used as a warm-up and re-familiarization of techniques, with a moderate day objective and a chance to shake out the cobwebs.
Listed below are just some of the many possible objectives we might choose from:
Many other options are possible, depending on your experience and past climbs in Chamonix.
End of program after the day's climbing. You will of necessity need a hotel room for this night as well. All the better to allow for a good night on the town to celebrate your successes.
Plan your departure from Chamonix no earlier than the a.m. on Day 9.