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Aiguille du Tour

Aiguille du Tour

Aiguille du Tour

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: France/Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.99450°N / 7.01020°E

Object Title: Aiguille du Tour

Elevation: 11627 ft / 3544 m


Page By: Lieven

Created/Edited: Mar 22, 2001 / Nov 20, 2005

Object ID: 150217

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Page Score: 87.09%  - 28 Votes 

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Aiguille du Tour is situated in the northern part of the Mont Banc Massif. It can be climbed rather easely from both France and Switzerland.
It was climbed for the first time in 1926 M. Dreyfus, R. Duval, P. Henry, M. Ichac.
For all the routes you first have to go over the glacier to the foot of Aiguille du Tour and then a mix climb to the summit.

From the cabane du Trient first traverse the Plateau du Trient towards the Col du Tour. Then go to the left to the base of the mountain. Then scramble to the gap between the north and south summit (the north summit is slightly higher). Both summits can be reached by an some easy scrambling.

Getting There

To get to the summit of Aiguille du Tour, there are two mountain cabines that are almost always used.
From the French side it is the refuge Albert premier (2702 m) that is the starting point while from the Suisse side the cabane du Trient (3170 m) is used. It is also possible to start from the Cabane d'Orny (2831 m), but that means that the climb will take one hour longer.

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free climb

When To Climb

Best time to climb Aiguille du Tour is Summer, but it can also be done on skies in winter (ski to the foot and then scramble up)


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Miscellaneous Info

The refuge Albert premier is named after the third king of Belgium who was a mountainclimber. He was killed in a climbing accident at the rocks of March-les-Dames in his homeland where he fell to dead.

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norbertcUntitled Comment


Voted 8/10

I fell into a deep, completely hidden crevasse crossing the Glacier du Trient to the Cabane du Trient on a warm, late July afternoon. We were corded together, so no problem.

Climbing the Aiguille du Tour the next day we found a mixture of rock, ice and snow - plus two dozen other climbers. A helmet is a good idea. We wore our crampons all the way to the eastern summit.
Posted Mar 12, 2002 3:59 am
GarfieldUntitled Comment

Hasn't voted

Posted Dec 13, 2005 2:50 am
georgenFirst climbed


Voted 6/10

18 August 1864,the date 1926 is for Table de roc spur.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 8:21 am
eporrMore Detail


Hasn't voted

Take Argenteirre ski lift to top in village of La Tour. French Alpine Club maintains a hostel-like Chalet in La Tour that is 1/2 board and very nice, CHEAP. 2 hour hike along NW side of glacier to Albert 1st Hut. The hut was just completely renovated and reopened in June 2014 and is the nicest hut I've been in. It will definitely open up more traffic to the Aguille du Chardonet and La Tour.

The "normal" route is not technical with a long glacier traverse around the mountain with a 200 ft section that can be short roped. This now is the most common way of descent and by far the best climb to summit is via Table de Roc.

Table de Roc is a short "AD" climb that has some mixed parts but 90% alpine rock. Only a few sections of rock that is maybe 5.8 but most of the rock would be 5.5-7, and done without crampons. There are 2 nice false peaks with a great exposed ridge line and great views of the Chardonet. Of course the first section ends on the "Table" which makes for a good kodak moment.
Posted Sep 1, 2014 3:48 am

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