Come join us at the UCPA hotel for a summer trip to the French Alps. There will be something for everyone from hill walking, roadside sport cragging, bouldering, multipitch, via feratta and of course alpinism around Mont Blanc. The UPCA centers were originally set up by the french government to make the outdoors more accessible to young people so there is an upper age limit. (for a ski trip with them it was 45 I think but they seemed to not check)
The UCPA centers run training with guides as part of the holidays. The week we are going you can choose to have an intro to mountaineering course, regular climbing and bouldering, guided 4000m peaks, trekking or even road cycling. There is also an option with no guide (that includes the lift pass) for £345.
The courses went live 12/01/2024 and can sell out quickly so I would advise you put the £100 deposit down as soon as possible. The courses with instruction tend to sell out fastest. If they do you could always hire a private guide as there are plenty based in the Chamonix region.
The center is quite basic and have multi-share rooms for between 4-6 people. You can choose to upgrade to a twin room with someone else for an additional fee. The price is inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are usually pretty substantial buffet style meals. The center puts on entertainment each night which is good fun. This hotel is only a 5 min walk away from the Aguille du Midi lift which takes you up the mountains so is in a prime location. The centers default is Sunday-Saturday but there is an option to add Saturday arrival for £55.
There are a few options to get to Chamonix. There is a train station close to the hotel. You could drive but would have to find parking in the center. UCPA also offers when booking a bus transfer from Geneva airport which is probably the simplest option. Once in the town at the hotel it includes free transport around Chamonix by bus and train for a few towns over. We found this was plenty to get to crags nearby.
There are a few UKC destination articles and there was a new Rockfax Chamonix guide book in 2022 which is more than enough for a week. Some chamonix routes are available on the Rockfax app as well.
Myself (Sophie) and Luke went last year and had a great time so any questions please just ask.
Booking – To book follow this link directly and then choose the course (this means we get shared in the same rooms and can see who else has booked on)
If you fancy some more luxurious accommodation or want to stay somewhere else there is plenty available in Chamonix center and also campsites within a 10 min walk of the Aguille du Mini lift.