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Rock, Mountain Climbing & Via Ferrata, Samoens
Whether you want to try rock, mountain climbing for the first time or are already accomplished at leading 8a, Samoens, French Alps holds loads of opportunities to play around on some rock. The limestone climbing in and around Samoens caters for both newcomers and rock jocks who are happiest swinging under an overhang on pumped forearms.
If you have a head for heights and want to try something less technical but with all the exhilaration, take a look at the via ferrata section below. A summary of all prices can be found at the bottom of the page.
The rock, mountain climbing season covers most of the year here in Samoens and the Giffre valley. Spring offers a great chance to climb some of the lower cliff faces in the sunshine as the snow recedes higher up. Summer is a perfect time to visit the more shaded crags and higher altitude multi-pitch routes whilst in autumn, the options are endless - although the temperature cools, climbing in a t-shirt can be possible right up until winter!
Beginners - a taste of altitude
If you want to try rock, mountain climbing on your holiday for the first time, there are plenty of options for private or group lessons here in Samoens. Half day sessions start from €31 for child or €37 for an adult. If a more comprehensive rock skills training is of interest, week long courses are around €193 for children and €166-€450 for adults - all equipment is included except climbing skills. You can visit the Guides Montagnes website for more information and up to date prices.
As with all activities that you might wish to do during your holidays at our chalets, we are more than happy to help with reservations or recommendations before you arrive. Please feel free to contact us with any queries.
Climbers - for lovers of the high life
Here at Absolute Alpine, we also enjoy rock, mountain climbing and will happily offer any information on the local routes and the best places to address any of those last minute gear needs. As you drink a well-earned cold drink on the balcony after a day pulling on rock, you are also welcome to look through any of the guide books and maps at the chalets. Online information about local climbing can also be found at www.Escalade-74.com
If you want to improve your skills or try something new such as trad or multi-pitch climbing, guides/instructors are available for private lessons. Private lessons start from €66 for two people and further information can be found on the Guides Montagnes website - please feel free to contact us with any queries or to make any reservations in advance.
Via ferrata - no climbing skills but want the thrills?
Samoens is a great place to try via ferrata with a high south facing route that, weather permitting, is accessible all year round. Following a network of rungs, ladders and bridges, you will work your way along a thrilling and exposed series of sections with your harness attached to a safety cable that follows the entire route. The route climbs 150m vertically over 800m length although there are a couple of options for exiting sooner if time is limited. Guided excursions are available from Guides Montagnes starting at €37 for a half day including equipment. Alternatively, you can hire the necessary harness and helmet locally to take on the adventure yourself.
The table below provides indicative prices for the activities including equipment. If you would like to book any of these in advance or we can help in any way, please feel free to contact us.
|Group lesson (½ day)||€37 pp adult / €31 pp jnr|
|Junior Climbing Course (5 x ½ days + 1 day)||€193 pp jnr (5-15yrs)|
|Adult Climbing Course (5 x ½ days)||€166 pp|
|Adult Climbing Course (6 x full day)||€450 pp|
|Private Climbing Tuition (2 hrs) - 1 or 2 adults||€66|
|Multipitch & expedition climbing guides||from €280|
|Via ferrata (½ day)||€37 pp|
More options and prices can be found on Guides Montagnes.
Packed lunches and catering
If you are planning a long day on the mountain, we can provide packed lunches (already included in our guided, self-guided and family packages). Equally, if you have opted for self catering but want to spend your evening reliving the adventures of the day or preparing for the big day ahead, we can also offer a catering service including the washing up!