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6-day Mont Blanc summit with training and acclimatisation

Join a certified mountain guide from the Azimut Montagne team for this fantastic 6-day training and ascent of the iconic Mont Blanc in the French Alps for a truly spectacular mountain adventure!

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Summit the highest mountain in the Alps with a 1:2 guide/participant ratio

  • 360 ° panoramic views of the surrounding beauty of the Alps Mountain Range

  • Several days of the highest quality mountaineering and acclimatising training

Description

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and its peak soars over its surroundings at 4810m. Located on the French-Italian border and some 70 km from Geneva, this iconic peak looms over the spectacular mountain landscape to the horizon.

This trip will see you spending the first 4 days training and acclimatizing to the conditions and altitude. This allows you time to absorb the beautiful surroundings whilst you learn the skills and techniques that you’ll need to ascend the mountain on day 5.

Your preparation will begin on the fabulous Glacier du Tour that provides the perfect setting to begin your acclimatization. On day 3 I will take you to Petit Fourche at 3520m or Aiguille du Tour at 3542m in order to ready your body for the altitude and conditions. 

After learning the mountaineering techniques and acclimatizing for two days, we will descend to Chamonix to rest before the big climb. On the fourth day, I will lead you to the hostel ‘le refuge de Tête Rousse’ at 3167m where we’ll spend the night and begin our summit attack the next morning. 

I will take you via ‘Voie Normale du Goûter’, I know this popular route intimately and with a guide to participant ratio of 1:2, you will be well monitored throughout. If weather conditions are not favorable, then you will be able to try again on the 6th day.

From 4810m at the summit, we’ll have 360 ° panoramic views over the surrounding mountain range, utterly spectacular! 

You should have a good fitness level and be comfortable wearing a backpack to join this program.

The opportunity to summit the highest mountain in the Alps doesn’t come along every day, so if your excited by this challenge then sign up now and I will be waiting to lead you there!

If you don’t have 6 days at your disposal then join me instead on exciting this 4-day ascent of Mont Blanc where you will still have adequate training and time to acclimatize. Alternatively, join me on this 4-day ascent of the beautiful Monta Rosa in the eastern Pennine Alps for an epic mountaineering journey!

More info

« IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SUMMER 2020: Following the request of the Prefecture of Haute-Savoie, the reservation of shelters located on the normal route of Mont-Blanc is possible only by filling in the complete identity of the participants (surname, first name, date of birth and nationality). These details will not be editable. All Mont-Blanc ascent bookings are subject to huts availability. During the last two weeks of March, mountain professionals will be able to make groups' bookings for these shelters: Le Goûter and Tête Rousse. As a result, spaces in Le Gouter and Tête Rousse shelters cannot be insured at registration. The places are very limited in these shelters, so we advise you to register before mid-March! Bookings for huts begin in mid-March for professionals. We will keep you informed throughout the booking process, from March 31, 2020. Please note: this itinerary is an example of a mountaineering course in the Mont Blanc mountain range and should only be used as a guide. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions and participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accommodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities, except at Tête Rousse hut: if no spots are available in the hut, we might use the campground next to the hut. You will need to bring a good sleeping bag with the rest of the equipment detailed in the technical trip page details. Of course, we will keep you informed. In case of bad weather conditions making the ascent impossible, we will reimburse you according to the number of days not used but will offer you an alternative course in another mountain range allowing you to make the most of your time off (most prices are published on our website). There'll be no screw up: you won't pay the Gran Paradiso the same price as the Mont Blanc. In case practices defined by the local guide authorities change (ex: the reasonable number of participants per guide, for safety reasons) we respect such recommendations and rules. We may therefore adjust our rates. » We'd recommend conditioning yourself by jogging for 1 hour at least 3 times a week for 2-3 months before arrival. You'll need to have mastery over the basics of mountaineering. Some snow slopes will be at an angle of 35 -40 °. Class 3 level of rock traversing.

Meeting point

Rocky Pop Hôtel - les Houches or in Chamonix

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome and Rock Training

Get together at our hotel in Les Houches at 2 pm. After a welcome presentation, and handing out the rented gear, we will rapidly head to the rocks of the Gaillands. We will either teach you or simply review mountaineering techniques such as progressing on steep rocky terrain wearing mountaineering boots.

Meal included: dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

Day 2: Col de Balme - refuge Albert 1er (2702m)

We will transfer to Le Tour village where we will catch the Chamarillon ski lifts from where we hike up to the Albert 1er mountain hut (2702 m). On the way up, a glacier workshop will teach you how to safely progress on glaciers with crampons on your feet!

Ascent: + 850 m (up to + 1300 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic, and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

Day 3: Petite Fourche (3520m) or aiguille du Tour (3542 m)

Early morning start for our first summit! The guide will decide on the mountain to climb depending on the group and weather conditions. En route, we will practice the fundamentals of summertime mountaineering.

In the afternoon, we will return to Chamonix and prepare for the rest of the course. In the evening, the guide will give some feedback on this first part of the course and a quick briefing on the next part.

Ascent/descent: + 1100 m / – 1800 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: 3* hotel in the Chamonix valley.

Day 4: Chamonix - Tête Rousse (3167m)

In the morning, we will have an easy-going start. Depending on conditions, we will either leave at the end of the morning or early afternoon for the cable car at Les Houches up to the Bellevue stop (1800 m), followed by the Mont Blanc tramway up to the Nid d’Aigle (2372 m). From there we hike up to the Tête Rousse mountain hut (3167 m). We meet up with the other guides and organize rope teams. Early night and rest to prepare for the big day!

Ascent: + 795 m

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic, and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

Day 5: Summit day!

We will set off extremely early (3 am) and head up to the Goûter hut (3835 m) crossing the Goûter couloir then following the shoulder partly equipped with cables (a 3 hrs climb). After a rest at the hut, we go onto the glacier and head off to the Goûter Dôme (4260 m). After a short climb, we will reach the Dôme mountain pass. As we continue, we will reach the Vallot shelter (4362 m) (a 2 1/2 hrs climb). From there, we will have 2 more hours to go via the famous Bosses ridge to finally reach the roof of the Alps! We will descend via the same route and spend the night at the Goûter hut (2 1/2 hrs).

Ascend/descent: + 1750 m / – 1075 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

Day 6: Goûter hut - Tête rousse (3167 m) - Chamonix

We will set off at 8 am to the Tête Rousse hut and Chamonix. If we don’t reach the summit on day 5, we will have a second possible attempt on day 6 after a night in the Goûter hut (3835 m). Obviously we will only have one real attempt, on either one of these two days.

Descent: – 1463 m

Meals included: breakfast, snack


Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Technical equipment needed: - Clamps, Harness, Ice axe, Helmet, Walking poles (we recommend Z-pole - compact and light. If you don't have the necessary equipment you can rent it from us: Complete Pack (Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness and Shoes)- 150 € Helmet - 35 € Ice Axe - 40 € Crampons - 50 € Harness - 35 € Mountaneering boots - 55 € Walking Sticks - 30 € We recommend you bring the following clothes (Or the closest match that you own): Warm hat or bandana/scarf Ski mask and glasses with UV protective lenses. Glasses with “transition” lenses to adapt to the level of light and Ski helmet Breathable under-layer with long sleeves to conserve heat, a tip: Merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties therefore it’s less likely to smell than synthetic materials. Light polar vest or synthetic vest for an extra layer of heat during stops. A Gore-tex or similar type vest with a waterproof and breathable membrane. Make sure it is lightweight and compact as not to take up too much space. Trousers with a breathable and waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar), trousers that allow an air flow around the legs. Light fitting polar or soft shell gloves with silk gloves to go underneath. Mittens are always a good idea for those of you who feel the cold! Swimming costume or bathing suit: Please avoid “swimming shorts” as these are not usually permitted. Ski socks: Merino wool. Slippers recommended for evening wear. A 1 litre Flask (Thermos or Camelback). A pocket knife. Duct Tape Factor 50 sun cream. A duffel bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel. No suitcases.


About the guide

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We enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.

Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2160 each

Group of 2

EUR 2160 each

Group of 3

EUR 2160 each

Group of 4

EUR 2160 each

Group of 5

EUR 2160 each

Group of 6

EUR 2160 each

Group of 7

EUR 2160 each

Group of 8

EUR 2160 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Price per person to join a group from 4 to 6 people.


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