Beginner Glacier Mountaineering in Bessans, French Alps

Beginner Glacier Mountaineering in Bessans, French Alps

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English, French
  • Fitness level: Sporty
  • Duration: full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    In front of Sport 2000 Tracq Sports, Rue de Saint-Etienne, 73480 Bessans
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

The guides of Bessans offer you a climb up Pointe Marie or Pointe de l'Ouillarse for an introduction to glacier mountaineering!

In Haute Maurienne in the Vanoise National Park, come and learn about mountaineering with an experienced guide from Bessans.

You can either climb the Pointe Marie on the Italian border or the Pointe de l'Ouillarse.

Pointe Marie: At an altitude of 3,313 meters, it's an ideal course for an introduction to glacier mountaineering. From the Avérole refuge, you go up along the Oney stream and then through a small corridor in the middle of the rocks to reach 2,587 meters to the small lake of Arnès Glacier. Then you cross on the hillside to reach the bottom of the combe of the Arnès (2,707m). You climb towards Col d'Arnès, and at 2,900m, towards the slopes of the Arnès glacier then the Pointe Marie by a pass (3,321m) under the rock face of Ouille d'Arbéron.

The descent is straight on the glacier then by the narrow gorge of the torrent.

Pointe de l'Ouillarse: Access is via the Avérole Valley on a dirt road.

From the pastures of Buffaz, you go around the foothills of Ouille Allegra, then join a small cirque at 2,700 meters between Ouille Allegra and the peaks of the Grand Fond. Then you head to the moraines of the Grand Fond glacier then to the gently sloping ice tongue. You go up the glacier to reach a large saddle of snow abutting on the only elevation easily accessible from the glacier. Finally, you arrive at the summit at 3,478 metres by an easy rock climb.

The descent is by the same route.

Offers

1
Pointe Marie mountaineering
Activity requirements

You must be in good physical shape.

Special terms

You can meet the instructor directly at the mountaineering site – to be arranged with him after your booking is confirmed.

Departure guaranteed from 4 participants.

Do not forget to bring
  • Hiking boots
  • Outfit adapted to the weather and activity
  • Water bottle & snacks
  • Picnic
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Sporty
Duration:full day
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
In front of Sport 2000 Tracq Sports, Rue de Saint-Etienne, 73480 Bessans
Included:
  • Guide
  • All necessary equipment
2
Pointe de l'Ouillarse mountaineering
Activity requirements

You must be in good physical shape.

Special terms

You can meet the instructor directly at the mountaineering site – to be arranged with him after your booking is confirmed.

Departure guaranteed from 4 participants.

Do not forget to bring
  • Hiking boots
  • Outfit adapted to the weather and activity
  • Water bottle & snacks
  • Picnic
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Sporty
Duration:full day
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
In front of Sport 2000 Tracq Sports, Rue de Saint-Etienne, 73480 Bessans
Included:
  • Guide
  • All necessary equipment

Meeting point

In front of Sport 2000 Tracq Sports, Rue de Saint-Etienne, 73480 Bessans Get directions
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