GLACIER D'ARGENTIèRE


An area with just about everything from technical rock and ice climbs through to long snow plods, this chapter contains some of Chamonix's finest routes. The scenery in the Glacier d'Argentière isn't bad either...

Routes

37 winter routes (PD...ED2)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Aiguille d'Argentière
With commanding views of the three north faces of the Argentière Basin and the various peaks of the
2
Winter
Sun from mid-morning
Up and down

30 mins

Aiguille du Refuge
A fun mid-grade line with an easy and short approach from the Argentière refuge. Conditions - The r
1
Winter
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

10 mins

Aiguille du Génépi
It's a big claim, but the Aiguille du Génépi is home to some of the best granite in the Mont Blanc M
2
Winter
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

15 mins

Flèche Rousse
A wonderful alpine ridge finishing on a very scenic summit - this route really should see more...
1
Winter
Lots of sun!
Up and down

120 mins

Mont Dolent
This chain of peaks which ring the southeastern end of the Glacier d'Argentière provides some wonder
4
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

120 mins

Les Courtes
Ease of access, a stunning summit and relatively amenable routes (compared to some of their...
2
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

60 mins

Les Droites - Northeast Face
The Tournier and Lagarde, plus their direct starts, are true classics of the area.
4
Winter
Early morning sun
Up and down

60 mins

Les Droites - North Face
A mythical face, with some of the longest continuous ice climbing in the area. The face is probably...
4
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

60 mins

Aiguille Verte - North Face
A beautiful face, dominated by the stunning line of the Couturier Couloirthis area sees plenty of...
4
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

60 mins

Grands Montets Ridge
Although officially on several different peaks, these routes are generally referred to as being on...
5
Winter
Early morning sun
Up and down

30 mins

Petite Aiguille Verte
One of the most popular peaks in the valley, this is a great place to begin an alpine climbing...
4
Winter
No sun
Up and down

15 mins

Aiguille Verte - Grands Montets Ridge
Despite probably being the easiest access 'Grande Course' in the Alps, this route is surprisingly...
1
Winter
No sun
Up and down

15 mins

Aiguille Grands Montets
A rarely climbed route but one which is well worth seeking out. Considering it offers high quality...
1
Winter
Morning sun
Up and down

15 mins

Pointe de Bayère
A wonderful adventure, where jamming, thrutching and bridging will be of much more use than strong...
1
Winter
Sun from mid-morning
Downhill

45 mins

Petit Dru
One of the classic six North Faces of the Alps, this route is much sought after and sees plenty of...
1
Winter
Sun and shade
Up and down

180 mins

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