We will get settled in at our chalet accommodations.
We will begin our program by going over the itinerary and equipment before making an acclimitization hike to nearby Bel Oiseau. Here we will have the chance to practice our climbing technique and prepare for the week ahead.
The rest of the afternoon will be free to visit Chamonix and get accustomed to the mountains.
A car ride through the Mont Blanc tunnel will lead us into Italy, and we will head for the Chabod Hut to practice our climbing techniques and abilities.
This glacial day trip includes an easy ridge of roughly 100 meters to Gran Paradiso, with amazing views. We will return to the valley for a night at the chalet in preparation of our ascent of Mont Blanc.
After traveling by car to Les Houches, we transfer via train and lift to a steep hike, starting from Nid d´Aigle and heading to our refuge accommodation at Tete Rousse Hut.
Under the professional direction of the guides, we make the steep climb to the Gouter Hut. This part of the climb has some technical and challenging parts, and we will traverse the difficult ´Grand Couloir.´
Our summit day begins early, and we will take 3 – 5 hours to make it to the top. After taking in the peak, we will return to the valley over the course of a long and sustained descent.
We will leave the program after a week of making incredible memories!
We will be meeting at Finhaut.
We will be staying in mountain huts throughout the region, and at a private chalet in the valley.
The group size will not exceed six (6) participants, with a guide ratio of 2:1 for the summit ascent(s).
If required, we will adapt the program to the weather as necessary.
In 1987 I became a certified mountain guide after an intense four-year training program at the Technical University of Munich, thus becoming the first guide from the Netherlands to be IFMGA-certified and probably worldwide one of the first guides not originating from an alpine country. As a guide, I do everything from beginner courses in the Alps to worldwide climbing expeditions to the Seven Summits.
Based in Switzerland, just a few kilometers from the French town of Chamonix, I offer customized programs, tailor-made for each of my clients. As an alpinist and mountain guide, I’ve participated in many succesful expeditions, including Mt. Everest (north and south sides), Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma (Tibet), Aconcagua (Argentina), Yerupaja South Face and Huascaran (Peru), Ojos del Salado (Chile), Mt Hunter and Denali (Alaska), Elbrus (Russia) Carstensz Pyramid (West Papoua) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). I’ve led two UIAA expeditions for talented young climbers: one in China and one in Pakistan. Both were very successful and led to the opening of some new (and sometimes difficult) routes. I’m always looking for new and challenging ski areas and, in recent years, have specialized in ski safaris and ski touring in the Alps, Morocco, Canada, Chile and Scandinavia. Adventure skiing is my passion since a long time and the challenge is to find the best snow and safe skiing and have fun with the group in a remote location. A father of 2, in my spare time, I like to go skiing, mountain biking and climbing with friends and family.
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