AIGUILLES ROUGES - INDEX


The Index area of the Aiguilles Rouges offers easy access, sunny and generally friendly climbs. Many of the routes here are fully bolted but there is plenty of adventure to be found on the trad climbs. The Aiguille du Pouce is quite a mission for any team, especially if you're trying to do it 'lift to lift' in one day!
We've given the routes here alpine grades (as well as technical grades) just so that novice alpinists can get an idea of what they can expect on more serious routes elsewhere in the valley.

Routes

35 trad routes (PD...ED2)
5 sport routes (3c...5b)
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 Pourrie
A good adventure with fun, well-bolted pitches and a finish along an excellent ridge. The rock is...
1
Trad
Morning sun
Up and down

50 mins

Chapelle de la Glière
A true classic which has been immortalised in many an iconic photograph. Predictably enough,...
1
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

40 mins

Aiguille de l'Index
A popular summit with a short approach. The Southeast Ridge is worth doing whatever grade you...
2
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Aiguille de la Glière - Lower Buttress
A good selection of routes which see plenty of traffic but not as much as you might expect given...
3
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Aiguille du Pouce - South Face
A huge and wild-feeling face, the South Face of the Aiguille du Pouce is the most serious...
3
Trad
Lots of sun!
Up and down

60 mins

Grande Floria
A selection of superb, fully bolted routes which see plenty of traffic. Even if busy there should...
14
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Aiguillette de la Floria
A selection of good routes which provide a fun day out if everything else is busy. L'Arête Rouge is
3
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Aiguilles Crochues
A wonderful peak with some fun routes for the low to mid-grade climber including the popular...
4
Trad
No sun
Uphill

60 mins

Pointe Gaspard
A surprisingly quiet peak with a couple of worthwhile routes. Combining one of these with the...
2
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

60 mins

Tour des Crochues
A great selection of routes on a stunning cliff, reminiscent of Yosemite's El Capitan in shape, if...
6
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and down

40 mins

Aiguille du Belvédère
A wonderful summit with breathtaking views across the Mont Blanc Massif and across into the...
1
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

120 mins

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