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3 Countries 3 Summits 2017
Icicle roped team on the summit of Gran Paradiso, 4061m
Course overview

This is a week of summit bagging, whilst exploring some of the best routes in the Alps. As you are based from Chamonix which is in the centre of the Alps, it is easy to access the different climbing regions, each with their own personality. The aim is to stay in the mountains while you climb three peaks in three different countries.
There are many choices of which peaks you can ascend, so this course provides real flexibility for you to tackle good routes in condition in the three countries. Some of the most popular choices of peaks ascended include...

Italy - e.g. Gran Paradiso 4061m or Aiguille du Toula 3538m
France - e.g. Mt Blanc du Tacul 4248m or Pointe Lachenal 3613m
Switzerland - e.g. Breithorn 4164m or Aiguille du Tour 3544m
In between the summits you stay comfortable mountain refuges, and can indulge in great mountain food. You stay in huts on a half board basis (included) for two nights during the week.
This course is designed for either those with a little previous climbing experience, or those keen on developing their crampon skills and gain acclimatisation, as Mont Blanc can be attempted after the course on an extension (see: Mont Blanc Extension). For those who do not want a 'climbing' course, yet want to experience remote and easy Alpine summits, this is the holiday for you. If you are looking at more of a 'climbing' course, consider the Alpine Intro 4000m Course, and for details click here.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Daily Course Itinerary

Sun Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 19:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries. Night in Chamonix.
e.g. The itinerary below for the Monday to Friday names specific peaks and routes, to give you an idea of how the week could operate. We are flexible as to the exact peaks chosen to take account of the weather, experience of the group, and conditions, so please use this itinerary as a rough guide.
Mon Drive from Chamonix to Valsavaranches in Italy, and up to the small Italian hamlet of Pont. There is usually the option of a couple of hours of rock climbing this morning. You ascend the two hours up to the Victor Emmanuel hut. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night staying in the comfortable Victor Emanuelle hut.
Tue A very early start to cross the boulder field behind the hut, to reach the glacier, then it's crampons and harnesses on for the ascent to the highest point completely in Italy. On the glacier you are roped up for safety, and it is a long but gradual ascent to Col Montcorve, then steeper to reach the summit ridge. If you have progressed quickly during the week there is also the slightly more technical option of ascending via the Chabot Glacier. The summit ridge is a short and easy but exposed scramble to reach the summit at 4061m. After the summit celebrations you descend to Pont and return to Chamonix. Walking time: 9 - 10 hours. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Wed Today is a big day. Setting off for the first cable car from the Aiguille du Midi to ascend Mont Blanc du Tacul. This is a major snow face, and once the shoulder is reached at just over 4000m, you head up the summit ridge that becomes quite exposed on the very top. At the summit there are amazing views in all directions, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. The descent is via the same route, and you descend by the cable cars back to Chamonix for the night. Walking time: c. 9 - 10 hours. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max).
Thu Today is slightly flexible to allow for weather windows, but is either a spare day for an ascent of Mont Blanc du Tacul, or it is spent driving to Switzerland and ascending to the Guide del Cervino hut on the plateau near the Breithorn. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night staying in Chamonix or a mountain hut.
Fri A very early start to ascend the Breithorn, your third 4000m peak in the week. At the summit there is the option of taking in some of the other summits on the ridge, before descending to the Kleine Mattehorn cable car station and back to Zermatt. Return drive to Chamonix. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their airport transfers to leave around this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday. Depart for home.
N.B. ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
Course Prices
Standard course
5 days guiding, 7 days holiday in total £1199
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. beddings & towels), 4) Up to two nights half board in mountain huts (inc. costs for guides), 5) Pre course information booklet, 6) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 7) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 8) Road transport in Chamonix valley, and to / from the Swiss and Italian peaks as per the itinerary, 9) Evening technical instruction when in Chamonix.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Cable cars and uplift as required (budget on about £80 for the week), 5) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6)Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Course upgrade options
Many clients on this trip consider upgrading with one or more of the following course additions...
 
Private
room
Mont Blanc
extension
Half
board
Acclimatise
weekend
  Upgrade from shared to
single from £150 in
addition to course price,
depending on week.
Two day extension; 1:1
for £999, or 1:2 for £499
(booking together). Also
Matterhorn or Eiger.
Upgrade from B&B to
have 3 course evening
meals in Chamonix for
5 nights for £99pp.
Saturday night spent in
Chamonix, with choice
of self-guided or guided
on Sunday. From £50.
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Course Dates
3 Countries 3 Peaks
  • [ 0 ] 5 - 11 Aug 2018
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Client feedback


An amazing week! The summit views were fantastic, and each country was so different, so it was a good way of getting three different trips in one. Our Guides were friendly and seemed to know everyone in the huts so we were never short of food or entertainment

Stuart P , 3 Countries 3 Summits

All the peaks were so different, as were the views, cultures and food in each country, which made the week for us

Martha C , 3 Countries 3 Summits

A brilliant and varied week, wwith a very different 'feel' on each of the three peaks we climbed

Lee B , 3 Countries 3 Summits

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Location data for this trip
The trips meet in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
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Why choose us
Great guiding ratios of 1:2 for every single day of the holiday, to maximise flexibility and summit chances.
The highest quality and qualifications possible for leaders, as you are led for five days with IFMGA Guides.
Two nights spent half board in comfortable mountain huts in the remote areas.
Itinerary flexibility to enable you to take in three peaks in three countries during the week.
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your summit chances.
Our prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
There is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the weather, conditions, and your experience.
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



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