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Mont Blanc All-In 2-day ascent via the Gouter Route

Join one of the IFMGA/UIAGM-certified local guides in the Peakshunter team on this 2-day climb to reach the summit of the famous Mont Blanc via its easiest route, the Goûter Route.

Private

Alps

2 Days

Jun - Sep

High

Advanced


Highlights

- Climb Mont Blanc via the classic Goûter Route and reach its 4,810m summit!

- Enjoy one of the best views of the Alps on a real mountaineering experience!

- Plan the ascent with the support of a certified professional (UIAGM Mountain Guide).

Description

Plan this 2-day mountaineering hike to the Mont Blanc summit via the Goûter Route with the support of an IFMGA/UIAGM-certified local Mountain Guide in the Peakshunter team.

This trip is a perfect option for customers with a solid mountaineering previous experience (including high confidence in the use of crampons and ice axe on iced and steep slopes) and a very good fitness level. Not suitable for beginners without mountaineering skills!

This trip starts at Les Houches, near Chamonix (15 min driving). Optionally, we can meet in Chamonix or Courmayeur and then move to Les Houches; in this case, the private transfer (if requested) has an extra cost for the customers, to be added as an extra fee.

During the first day, the final 600 meters are quite demanding, due to rockfall danger on the final section up to the refuge. This is the “Grand Couloir” passage, the most dangerous part of the itinerary. Its crossing requires good general conditions in terms of visibility and low temperatures. This is the reason why generally we suggest adding 1 extra day to the trip (for more details, see Mont Blanc's 3-day ascent via the Goûter Route), to stay overnight at Tete Rousse refuge and cross the Couloir during the very early morning hours.

Regarding the summit day, you must be fit enough to walk on a glacier and hike uphill for about 12 hours. If you are not sure whether your fitness level and experience are enough to climb Mont Blanc in 2-days, we strongly recommend planning an extra day or, better, choosing our 6-day program that includes a Gran Paradiso ascent as prep.

Although the Goûter Route is considered the most straightforward way to the Mont Blanc summit, it requires a big physical effort, so a very good fitness level is mandatory. Previous acclimatization is also very important, especially because tackling this ascent in 2 days is demanding. Therefore, you will need prior mountaineering experience, and solid confidence with crampons, progression on the rope, and ice-axe technique. This is why we strongly recommend evaluating a 3-day or 1-week tour, with acclimatization on the Gran Paradiso.

For more details about the next departures or booking process, please contact us: we will be happy to give you our professional suggestions, to carry out this experience with the highest chances of success and best conditions. It will be an honor for us to lead this expedition up to the highest peak in the Alps!

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Starting in 2019, a maximum of 214 people will be allowed to climb Mont Blanc via its Normal Route on a daily basis, following a decision by the town of Saint Gervais. A new tax of 10-20 euros (amount to be defined in coming months) will be imposed and climbers wanting to make the ascent in more than 1 day will have to make hut reservations in advance (see Extra Info). Violators will be charged a 135 euro fine.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Mountain guide expenses

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Lifts tickets

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Trekking poles

Price details

INCLUDES:

- Guiding fee

- Liability insurance

- Accommodation at refuge in half board

- Dinner and breakfast

- Lift tickets for customers and Guides

- Hiring of technical gear (helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe, trekking poles)

- Loan of shared safety material

- Info and support for refuge booking

- Booking assistance service (including refuges and lifts)

- Customer care support for logistics and planning

- Dedicated chat with Guide and Customer care to define last details before the trip

- Shared photos and video of the trip

- Administrative fees

Price DOES NOT INCLUDE extra meals and beverages, private transfer to the meeting point and anything that is not mentioned under Price includes.

EXTRA services (on demand)

- Booking assistance service for accommodation before and after the trip

- Customer care support for transport/private transfer

- Video call for extra information and customized suggestions by a mountain professional for training and preparation to the trip - 50€

- Summit certificate (signed by the Mountain Guide - pdf format) - 30€

Please keep in mind that there is an 8% of the fee that is non-refundable regardless of the cancellation conditions due to hut charges and administrative fees.


Itinerary

Day 1: Goûter Hut

Meeting with the Guide.

From Les Houches, we’ll take a cable car to Bellevue-Téléphérique. From there, we will climb up to the Tete Rousse Hut and finally reach the Goûter Hut (3,817m). We’ll have dinner and rest there for a few hours before the summit attack on the next day (departure from the refuge is generally around 3.00 am).

Day 2: Mont Blanc Summit

In order to take advantage of the sunlight, we’ll leave the hut around 3.00 am. After that, we will face a glacial plateau before arriving at the Dôme du Goûter, at 4,250 meters of altitude.

From there, we’ll keep ascending up to the Vallot Hut, where we usually take a short break to drink something and rest. Resuming the climb, at the end of the stunning Bosses Ridge, we’ll finally reach the summit of Mont Blanc, at 4,810 meters of altitude. We’ll return down to the refuge Gouter for a short pause and then we climb down to Les Houches, after a long and intense climbing day. The last cable car run from Bellevue to Les Houches is around 5.30 pm. We suggest planning to stay overnight in Chamonix, to avoid the risk of losing transport (train or flight) in case of late arrival back after the trip.

 

Details

More info

● The Mont Blanc ascent is NOT SUITABLE to customers without any kind of previous experience in mountaineering with crampons and rope: Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua trekkings ARE NOT CONSIDERED as previous experiences to the Mont Blanc or to any other 4000m mountaineering ascent that requires basic skills with crampons and rope on steep slopes and glacier itineraries.

● Mont Blanc ascent CANNOT BE MANAGED AS A LAST MINUTE BOOKING: reservations must be made at latest by March 30th, to guarantee the refugees availability.

● Rules concerning the reservation and booking of refugees are defined by the huts managers and can differ from one to the other and change from one year to the other. Neither Peakshunter can be responsible for the introduction of new rules concerning limitations or special permissions to be obtained before the trip. Peakshunter will provide the information on the booking modality and will not be responsible for hut rules and general laws concerning the access to Mont Blanc area and glacier: in case of advanced closures, the costs paid as deposit won’t be refunded and must be covered by the customers.

● Peakshunter Mountain Guides can support clients with information and mailing lists, but refuge booking will be guaranteed ONLY BY PAYMENT CONFIRMATION, sending in advance all the participants personal information (NAME, SURNAME, PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY, ADDRESS, MAIL, MOBILE CONTACT) and a copy of ID CARD or PASSPORT.

● Search and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage is recommended but not included: the cost of this insurance is €5 per person for 3 days and has to be cover directly by the customers.

● The mountain guide’s expenses for all beverages, extra meals (lunches and breaks) and transfers ARE NOT INCLUDED and must be covered by participants.

● Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by their respective owners, without any liability attributable to Peakshunter Mountain Guide.

Meeting point

Courmayeur, in the Aosta Valley or at les Houches directly.

FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

Mont Blanc ascent could be planned only with experienced mountain climbers, customers with some 4.000-meter ascents in the back or, al least, people with recent previous training on glacier with rope and crampons. If you want to try the attempt, you should have some high altitude climbs under your belt (over 3,500 meters), solid confidence in using crampons on steep and mixed terrains, ability in climbing in a roped-up scenario, basic mountaineering training, and be properly acclimatized for the climb. Even if you have the relevant mountaineering experience, we strongly suggest to plan the Mont Blanc in 3 days, to increase the chances to the summit with no rusk, in safe and, most important, to reduce the risks of rocks falling on the way during ascent and descent. In the last years, the climate changes have been affected the glaciers areas, with big impacts to the safety conditions for the climbers and mountaineers on most part of the classic routes.

For all this reasons, we strongly recommend to take a look to the 3 days program at the following link: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-climb/

If you do not have any kind of the previous experience required, then you will need more preparation. 6-day Mont Blanc + Gran Paradiso program is the ideal option for you. This stage is the best choice for those who have climbed a few "easy" mountains in the recent past and want to take it to the next level. You can take a look to this program at the link below: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-gran-paradiso-guided-ascent-week-tour/

Keep in mind that have some extra days could mean to increase the summit success rate; you can have a wider window in terms of weather, more flexibility and when it comes to Mont Blanc, the weather is key in defining whether or not we will attempt the summit. Although this is sometimes an unfortunate fact that we must come to terms with, safety comes first.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

To attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc, you need a solid physical and technical preparation that is achieved by training consistently over many years. You should already have a good background and be familiar with the high altitude, the severe conditions of temperatures during the first hours of climbing, without light and on very challenging terrain, very steep to hike even with crampons on. This means that you have had recent mountaineering experiences in which to practice.

The best preparation for mountain sports always involves a good amount of cardiovascular exercise (running, biking, mountain biking, etc.) and, whenever possible, long walks in the mountains even on challenging trails. Working out only at home or in the gym is not enough compared to an outdoor running or biking routine. If it becomes really difficult for you to go regularly in the mountains, the advice is still to walk uphill with a positive elevation gain of at least 1,000 meters. Also, training at altitude (at least above 3000 m) becomes essential, especially if overnight stays in a refuge are also planned.

Feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to recommend the best option for your level and training.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff; the guide provides it on the day of departure, after the starting briefing. The gear for rental includes: mountaineering helmet, mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, crampons and trekking poles (only if you don’t have yours).

In addition, the guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, with rigid sole, warm and comfortable (please avoid to bring new ones, if you have never used them before the ascent!). After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing and, if you need anything for renting, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, trekking poles are 8-10€/day.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

No porters are expected for this ascent. Each participant should bring the personal backpack and technical equipment, including thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We take care for the reservation at the Goûter/Tête Rousse refuge, with accommodation in half board formula: this means that dinner and breakfast are included, but not the beverages/drinks or extra meals. For this reason, any other meals or beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are not included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot and for guide/guides too.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

On mountains, weather and conditions can change unexpectedly and very fast, especially in recent years, due to the climate changes: in general, forecast and conditions have to be appropriate to try the attempt, but the final decision regarding the ascent belongs to the guide, who is responsible to evaluate the risks and the safety conditions for all the team. Safety is our priority, both for the guides and for the customers: if weather is not good and the forecast is not favorable for the attempt, we prefer to plan an alternative ascent to nearby mountains with better conditions and better chances for a safe summit attempt.

Please note that confirming the trip you are booking the professional’s availability for all the duration of the tour: this means that it will not be possible to cancel at last time, due to poor conditions or bad weather. The guide fee could not be refunded. For this reason, in case the Mont Blanc is out of reach, we guarantee our availability to arrange an experience that lives up to your expectations. We knows very well and totally understand that this may be a frustrating outcome, however, safety is a top priority for our team of professionals, and every mountain has a lesson to teach to all climbers. Customers and the guides' safety is more important than any summit.

Some detailed alternatives to replace Mont Blanc attempt, in case of bad weather or restrictions to the climbing due to safety reasons, are listed in the options below:

  • “Monterosa 4K Seven Summits collection” (Pyramide Vincent, Balmenhorn, Schwarzhorn, Ludwigshöhe, Parrot, Zumstein, Signalkuppe/Punta Gnifetti) - 3 days
  • Pollux + Castor starting from Cervinia (overnight staying at refuge Guide del Cervino) - 3 days
  • Gran Paradiso and Tresenta summits (overnight staying at refuge Vittorio Emanuele) - 3 days

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider before attempting the ascent of Mont Blanc on the classic route (staying overnight at Goûter/Tête Rousse refuge).

Here are some of them; please read them carefully before confirm the booking:

  • Starting in 2019, a maximum of 214 people will be allowed to climb Mont Blanc via its Normal Route on a daily basis, following a decision by the town of Saint Gervais; it is therefore mandatory to show the hut booking confirmation to the authorities before starting the ascent. Peakshunter Mountain Guides will take care of the hut reservation for clients and Guides, to guarantee the attempt to summit: to give you this service, the payment confirmation have to be done in advance (even as a deposit of 25% of the total amount) and the submission of your personal information is essential and mandatory to finalize the refuge reservation. You have to share with your personal info: name, surname, place and date of birth, nationality, address, mail, mobile contact and a copy of ID card of passport. Giving this information, you authorize Peakshunter Mountain Guides to use them for the booking process and during all the steps of the tour (planning, reservation, logistic, contact with guides and professionals involved in the tour).
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers mountain activities, such as a specific insurance for rescue and research; if you need one, after your confirmation, we can recommend some solutions suitable for you.
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for climbing Mont Blanc, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or negative test results.
  • We kindly invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to enter in France.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

The maximum number of clients per single guide is two, thus giving a ratio of 1:2. This is the maximum number in order to ensure the safety during the trip and it is established by local regulations. Under any circumstances, we are not going to take more than 2 people for each guide.

If you are a group of more than 2 people, we have more guides available to undertake the adventure; we will be happy to support your group with other professionals of our team!

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to attempt Mont Blanc ascent is between June and September.

Can I join a group?

No, due to guide-to-client ratio (1:2), we can only accept private requests for the ascent. If you are more than 2, you necessary requires to have more than 1 Guide.

What kind of mountaineering experience do I need to join this tour?

Climbing Mont Blanc in 2 days is only something experienced mountain climbers should attempt. You should have several high altitude climbs under your belt, experience using ice ax and crampons, experience climbing in a roped-up scenario, prior mountaineering training, and be properly acclimatized for the climb. Even if you do have the relevant mountaineering experience, we still suggest that you do the Mont Blanc ascent in 3 days to increase your chances of summiting safely: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-climb/

If you do not have all the experience required, then you will need more preparation. This 6-day Mont Blanc + Gran Paradiso program is the ideal option for those who have climbed a few "easy" mountains in the past and want to take it to the next level: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-gran-paradiso-guided-ascent-week-tour/

Keep in mind that the longer climbs also give us a higher summit success rate because we have a wider window to work with in terms of weather, and when it comes to Mont Blanc, the weather is key in defining whether or not we will attempt the summit. Although this is sometimes an unfortunate fact that we must come to terms with, safety comes first.

Am I ready to climb Mont Blanc if I have already succesfully climbed Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is a great trekking mountain that will give you an experience with altitude, but the climbing conditions are completely different and non-technical. Ultimately, summiting Kilimanjaro is not sufficient training to tackle Mont Blanc. If you have climbed Kilimanjaro and you would like to climb Mont Blanc, then the 6-day course that includes climbing Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc is the right one for you: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-gran-paradiso-guided-ascent-week-tour/.

In that course you will properly acclimatize, you will learn how to use an ice ax and crampons, and you will also practice all the necessary rope work that you will need to climb Mont Blanc.

I have no experience with mountaineering. Do you offer a program for beginners that allow them to learn the basics?

Yes. We recommend you to have a look at this 4-day guided tour - https://www.explore-share.com/trip/beginner-mountain-climbing-around-Mont-Blanc/ - which is organized for hikers wanting to:

  • have a first experience on a glacier
  • get used to walk with crampons and rope
  • sleep in a mountain hut

It takes place on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc range.

Where can I rent the equipment that I need, and what is the price?

After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing and, if you need anything for renting, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, trekking poles are 8-10€/day.

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff (mountaineering helmet, mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, crampons and trekking poles), and all group equipment is also provided and included in the price.

Where should I stay the night before and after the tour? What is the price range in the area?

The meeting point for the trip is Les Houches, near Chamonix (15 min driving). You can either stay there or in Chamonix, where there are accomodation options for all budgets, from campsites to luxurious hotels. Optionally, you can also stay in Courmayeur (Italy) and then move to Les Houches; in this case, the private transfer (if requested) has an extra cost for the customers, to be added as an extra fee.

What is the approximate cost of meals not included during the trip?

At the Goûter/Tête Rousse refuge, accommodation includes dinner and breakfast, but not the beverages/drinks or extra meals. For this reason, any other meals or beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are not included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot and for guide/guides too.

Are there any transfers not included in the trip? How much do they cost?

Transportation to the meeting point (Les Houches) is not included. Lift tickets for customers and Guides are included in the price.

Where is the nearest airport?

Geneva is the nearest airport to get to Chamonix (100kms and a 1.5hr drive from Geneva Airport). There are car hire services, regular transfer buses, and private taxisto go from Geneva to Chamonix.

Is there public transport to take me to the meeting point?

Yes, there are regular train and bus services to get to Les Houches from Chamonix and Geneva.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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About the guide

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Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

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What people are saying about this trip

olivier

1.00

Hi, good service from explore share and peaks hunter, only some miscommunication on 2 or 3 days program, due to bad communication between you both. The guide was OK, friendly although non very experienced in the practice of pédagogie and communication, especially before couloir des Goûter s, there can be better briefing on security and also in general on the whole expedition. But he can grow by learning some coaching lessons. We did not do the final ascension due to bad weather, a proposal and financial compensation for 2nd attempt would have been welcome.6/10.can do better.

Caroline

5.00

Gigio was a fantastic guide and extremely graceful!! His knowledge of the mountain was superb and he did a great job making me feel comfortable throughout the ascent. Overall the experience was exactly what I was hoping for thanks to Gigio!

Eftychios

5.00

As I wrote before (check the emails) there was a problem in communication between the square (client, explore share, peaks hunters and the guide) after I booked the mont blanc in 2 days I thought that it would be a good idea to do also an acclimatization day. I send 2-3 emails to explore share I text in what's app about that and they replied after 2-3 days... The automated text from what's app was disappointing and made me angry because I asked something and I got the reply would you like to ask something... Also by email they asked me about my experience which I had send like 1 month ago about the other trip... Finally I canceled the acclimatization day because of that and I feel sorry for peaks hunters because they have already booked a guide... I am not sure if I would recommend explore share to anyone.... Instead of being cool and relaxed I was feeling nervous checking my phone for an apply during my vocation... NO!

Henrik

1.00

It started good, everything felt great all the way to Tete Rousse Hut were we did sleep. We was not tired after the walk. When we arrived I did pay again for as stayng there even though I did know that I already done it. That whas both me and the guide fault. Because he did tell me to pay and some part of me then though that; if they dont think I have paid, maby I haven't. Insted of showing them the mail I got. Did not get a recipt either so thats 200€ I will never see again I know. At 2 in the night at breakfast I was very exited about moving on. But at the table over guide teld us that it not was a good idea for as to try to take the top. I was very surprised about this. Because everyting felt so good the first day. He told us just because we did not have a reservation at Gouter hut he did not want as to walk down the 80m wall the same day. But way we did not get the chance to show what we can do I wonder? I guess he thought that we had to little experience and he did not want to take the risk. Still I did enjoy the ~24 hours up there and I did learn how to climb mont blanc. We want to try it again but next time we are quite sure we will hike it in 3 days and no guide so we can try it on over ones.

Emma

5.00

Énorme expérience avec un top guide au niveau compétence disponibilité et organisation. Je reviendrai!!


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