Aiguille du Goûter

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Mont Blanc, France, Europe
Elevation:
12673 ft / 3863 m
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Aiguille du Goûter
Created On: Jun 13, 2005
Last Edited On: Sep 1, 2006

Overview

Aiguille du Goûter is an important mountain in Mont-Blanc range.
The mountain is made of unstable rocks on the steepest sides (Arve valley side) and is covered with ice on the side connected with Dôme du Goûter.
Sometimes considered as the NW eperon of Dôme du Goûter, Aiguille du Goûter can be seen as an individual mountain when looking from Chamonix.


The mountain has mainly 4 sides:
- The north-east side is entirely coverered by Glacier de Taconnaz
- The northern side is steep like a huge gully containing Glacier de Bourgeat, over Les Houches (2800Hm).
- The west side is connected to Arête Payot and Tête Rousse
- The south-west side is a face made of couloirs and eperons over Bionassay glacier.


The summit is usually negligted because it is situated on the most common route to Mont Blanc itself.
The highest hut of the massif is build here only a few meters under the summit.

Routes overview

Aiguille du Goûter satellite view


W side routes

Goûter hut normal route



Aiguille du Goûter west side.

Spurs of bad unstable rocks and couloirs...

Getting There

During summer period TMB (Mont Blanc Train) helps to go from the valley to the begining of the route (2 372 m). Mont Blanc Train


1. You reach the St Gervais valley by train:
  • a.
    From Martigny (Switzerland) via Vallorcine.

  • b.
    From Geneva (airport)
    Annecy (TGV) and St. Gervais.

2. You reach the St Gervais valley by bus:
  • From/via Annecy, Geneva, Grenoble, Courmayeur, Aoste and Turin

3 . You reach the St Gervais valley by car:
  • a. From Geneva (from the NW) on the A40 till St. Gervais and from here on the N205.

  • b. From Martigny (from the NE, Switzerland) via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets on the road no. N506.


Red Tape

No red tape.
Hut reservation is mandatory

When To Climb

June to September. Avoid hot hours because of falling stones.

Huts

Goûter hut CAF

Tête Rousse hut CAF


Camping

  • There is a camping place in Chamonix.


  • Mountain Conditions

    1. WEATHER INFOS:2. GENERAL INFOS:

    Links

    Aiguille du Goûter Pictures

    TMB, Aiguille du Goûter and Bionnassay Glacier old pictures

    Summit views


    Bionnassay glacier

    This is an important glacier of Mont Blanc group. It deserves Dôme du Goûter and Aiguille du Goûter west sides (Grand couloir is ending on the Glacier) and of course Aiguille de Bionnassay north side. All the pictures here are illustrating a high variety of ice formation.

    Ibex

    They guard the TMB "Nid d'Aigle" train station after 17h...