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.
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.
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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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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