Of the peaks in the Massif du Mont Blanc the Aiguille du Tour is the most suitable for a first experience of mountaineering : 1 night in a mountain hut, breath-taking glacial landscapes, multi-coloured rock outcrops and magnificent panoramic views.
DescriptionDay 1: Walk up to the Albert 1er hut
Start in the village of Le Tour (1450m). We use the ski lifts to take us up to near the Col de Balme (2100m). We take a comfortable path that starts with a traverse before following the moraine of the Tour glacier to the Albert 1er hut (2702m). The hut was renovated in 2014 and we hope you will appreciate the level of comfort and the views from the terrace at sunset.
Vertical ascent: 600m
Day 2: Ascent of the Aiguille du Tour
We head out by the light of our headtorches. We quickly reach the Tour glacier where we put our crampons on. We climb up the glacier to the Col Supérieur du Tour (3289m), which gives access to Switzerland and the Trient glacier. Tracks now lead us to the foot of the Aiguille du Tour and we reach the summit (3542m) via some sections of easy rock climbing. We descend via the same route and return to the village of Le Tour by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 840m / Vertical descent: 1440m