Mountaineering In Chamonix
Chamonix receives more visitors in the summer than it does in the winter, with many attracted to the area for its Alpinism and rock routes. Above all the summit of Mont Blanc itself – Western Europe's highest peak – offers a seductive challenge for all fit hikers. The traditional route up the Voie Royale, also known as the Gouter route, is the simplest ascent technically (regarded as an easy climb rather than a hard hike) but weather conditions can sometimes make it a dangerous option, leading guides to prefer the Three Monts route via the Cosmiques Hut. Other classic climbs in the massif include the Cosmiques arête, the Aiguille de Tour, the Dent du Geant and the Aiguille du Chardonnet.
Crag climbing in Chamonix is superb with granite and limestone routes covering grades ranging from very easy to incredibly difficult – all with relatively easy access and walk ins. The most popular area is Gaillands close to Chamonix centre but you also have the choice of great bolted routes near the Aiguilles Rouges, on the other side of the valley near Argentiere and as far down as Servoz. Suffice to say you could rock climb here every day of your stay and still not scratch the surface. Experienced trad climbers keen to go further afield have some of the most famous climbs in the world to choose from.