Climbing week in southern France - les Calanques

France - Europe

Calanques, Sud de la France, Cassis - Calanques
28.09 - 05.10.2024
The bays of the Calanques between Marseille and Cassis are among the dream destinations for every pleasure climber. The steep, white and mostly very rough lime forms a strong contrast to the endless expanse of the sea.
The special vegetation, the original coastal landscape and every day a different climbing area will inspire us. Benefit from our many years of field knowledge!

Your advantages at a glance:

- Accommodation in cozy bungalows with double rooms and breakfast on the terrace
- Common round trip from Bellinzona with the bus of the mountaineering school
- great experience in the Calanques, here we climb for over 30 years
- Dinner in the cozy restaurants in the port and town of Cassis


Thomas Villars
Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA and Snow Sports Instructor with Federal Certificate of higher vocational Education und Training

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02.11. – 10.11.2024


CHF 1290.-   (per person / 5 - 8 Participants)

Including overnight stay in double rooms, breakfast and lunch while climbing, mountain guide rate, all rental equipment.

Excluding transport costs, dinner and drinks. No single rooms can be booked for this week.

The transport costs amount to CHF 290.00 per participant from Chur or Bellinzona back and will be invoiced with the course price (including use of the bus of the mountain sports school, petrol, motorway tolls etc.).

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Requirements condition with skis on the way
Good physical condition  
Climbing Scale UIAA / French Scale
UIAA IV-, IV, IV+ -  

Enjoy the nature and the movement in the rock. Climbing experience in difficulty level 5a with experience in lead climbing is desired. The week is also ideal for beginners or to refresh the climbing technique.


We can choose from the different bays of the Calanques like Morgiou, Sormiou, Sugiton, les Goudes and others.

Imagine that you climb on the white, grippy lime, the spring or autumn sun warms your back, the slightly salty, refreshing breeze tingles on your skin and your gaze glides over rugged rocks out onto the azure blue sea ..... that is Plaisir climbing in the Calanques! In the bays of the rocky stretch of coast between Marseille and Cassis there are over 3000 routes of various lengths in all levels of difficulty.

Saturday: Meeting point at the station Chur at 8.50 am or at the station Bellinzona at 10.30 am. Take a ride on the mountain sports school bus to Cassis and move to our accommodation in the holiday resort of Shangri-La in Carnoux. Dinner in Cassis and discussion of the first day of climbing.

Sunday to Friday: Together we will set our climbing area for the day and the program. The Calanques Sormiou, Morgiou, Sugiton, Les Goudes and the area of ​​Melette with their various climbing gardens are all worth one or more visits. The journey takes place in each case from Carnoux with the bus of the mountaineering school. The climbs are varied and varied. Climbing gardens located directly above the sea alternate with multi-pitch routes. Depending on the climbing area, a short or even shorter ascent takes us through a wild and intact natural landscape to our dream rocks. After climbing, we refresh ourselves with a swim in the sea and / or enjoy a pastis and a fine ice cream in the bistros of Cassis, Callelongue, Marseille or in the bays of the Calanques. In the evening we visit the restaurants in the port or in the town of Cassis or in the hinterland of the Calanques.

Saturday: After breakfast and tidying up the accommodation, we start our journey home to Switzerland. Arrival in Bellinzona and Chur during the afternoon. End of the climbing week and individual journey home.

In addition to visiting the most rewarding climbing areas, we do not completely forget the training. During the week we deal with various topics such as abseiling, securing, setting up a pitch, improving the individual climbing technique etc. After climbing we have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Cassis or to relax while bathing.


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