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7-day Mont Blanc ascent from Chamonix, with training climbs

Join Danilo, an IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide, on this summit of the iconic Mont Blanc, starting from Chamonix. He will guide you through a 4 day training program on nearby peaks before leading you to the summit of the tallest mountain in the Alps!

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodAug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

You don’t need to be an expert mountaineer to summit the highest mountain in the Alps: the legendary Mont Blanc.  We have refined this program through years of experience and, with us guiding the way and several days of practice ahead of the summit attack, even those with limited mountaineering experience can make it!  

Straddling the border between Italy and France, at 4,808 meters (15,774 feet) Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps, and one of the highest mountains in all of Europe.  It was first summited in 1786, and since that time it has become a popular climbing destination for individuals looking to test themselves on a challenging mountain. It is considered a fairly difficult mountain and requires a good fitness level to safely summit.  Ideally, you should be an active hiker or runner, able to walk 5-8 hours per day and ascend 600-800 meters per day with a 8-10kg pack, with pervious multi-day trekking experience.

We have years of experience guiding on this mountain, and we have developed this week-long program with the beginner mountaineer in mind.  We will spend the first 4 days training for the summit on nearby mountains and glaciers, so that you have plenty of time to acclimatize to the altitude, as well as familiarize yourself with climbing equipment such as crampons and ice axes.  We will also give you instruction in proper safety techniques, including for crevasse rescues.

If you would like additional instruction in mountaineering in preparation for this climb, we are pleased to offer a premium service, which includes an 8 week training plan and 8 coaching sessions conducted over Skype.  We want everyone to have the best opportunity possible to reach the summit!

We will be based in Chamonix during this program.  As outlined in the itinerary below, we will spend some nights in mountain huts, and other nights you will be responsible for your accomodation in town.  Equipment rental is included in our premium package, while equipment is not included in our basic package, although we can assist in arranging rentals and provide you with a detailed list of the equipment you will need.  Breakfast is included in both standard and premium packages but other meals and snacks are not.

Imagine yourself taking in the view from one of the highest points in Europe: book now with us and this could be you!

I am happy to offer additional alpine trips throughout Europe: Ice climbing for beginners in Palenk, Logarska Valley, 1-week ski touring in the Southern Alps, and Grossglockner 7-day mountaineering trip.

Accommodation

You are responsible for your lodging in Chamonix. We will spend a night in a refuge on Mont Blanc before our summit attempt.

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Chamonix

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Itinerary

Day 1: Orientation Day: Chamonix

You will meet your IMFGA-certified mountain guide, who will review the upcoming program with you and answer any questions you might have.  You will also have an opportunity rent or check any equipment you need for the climb. You will spend the night at your lodging in Chamonix.

Day 2: Aiguille du Midi: Cosmiques hut

We will head out to the glacier beneath the peak of Aiguille du Midi, where you will practice ice climbing equipment, such as crampons and ice axe.  For a successful summit, is very important that you feel comfortable with this equipment and have solid footwork. We will spend the night on the mountain, in the Cosmiques hut.

Day 3: Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

We will continue our glacier training and familiarity with ice climbing equipment on Mont Blanc de Tacul.  You will further your skills by climbing vertical ice and using ice anchors. We have the opportunity to summit Aig du Midi.  Due to the importance of developing these skills, there will be a max guide ratio of 1:2. We will return to Chamonix where you will spend a relaxing night at your lodging.

Day 4: Mer de Glace glacier: Chamonix

We will continue developing our mountaineering skills using ice axe and crampons as we explore the Mer de Glace, a glacier of 2,000m.  Furthermore, you will receive safety training, including crevasse rescue techniques and emergency systems. There will be a max guide ratio of 1:6.  We will spend the night in Chamonix, so that you can rest before we begin our ascent of Mont Blanc.

Day 5: Mont Blanc: Gouter or Tête Rousse hut

After the previous days of training, we are finally ready to begin our ascent of Mont Blanc.  We will perform a equipment check before setting off to be sure you have everything you may need.  Then, we will ascend to one of Mont Blanc’s high huts, where we will spend the night. The hut may be either Gouter or Tête Rousse, depending on the conditions, as well as the skills and fitness of the group.  Max guide ratio of 1:2.

Day 6: Mont Blanc: Chamonix

We will set out early for our summit push.  We typically try to summit just after sunrise, which is when the best and safest conditions occur.  After we reach the top of the mountain, we begin our descent. We will return to Chamonix by the afternoon.  We then have the evening to celebrate with a group dinner and optional drinks.

Day 7: Departure

After one last breakfast, the program ends.  You can stay in Chamonix and participate in other outdoor activities, or return home, having accomplished a summit of one of Europe’s highest mountains.


About the guide

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I am a Slovenian IFMGA mountain guide with the ZGVS.
It was when I was 12 years old that I first climbed a mountain myself and by the age of 15 I had started rock climbing.
Since then, my ascents count up to around 1000, starting from Mont Blanc in the seventies and Triglav north face to Cho Oyu, and all over South America including 18 of the 6000m+ peaks including a first ascent on south face of Aconcagua.

I have climbed and travelled all over the world, Shivlinga, K2, Mt Everest, Manaslu, Shishi Panama, El Cap and sport climbing in Kalymnos and Cuba.

Skiing powder in great conditions and rock climbing under the sun are my motto!

Contact me if you'd like to have fun safely in the mountains with me! If I am unavailable then my trusted friend guides, Franc and Milan, can take care of you!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1444 each

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• Guiding fee

Price details

• The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Premium: 2,100 euro per person Standard includes: Guiding services and program organization Premium includes: Guiding services, program organization, equipment rental, 8-week training plan, 8 skype training sessions to monitor your progress Not included in either package: Lunch, dinner, or other meals; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; accommodation; transportation; insurance; cable car tickets


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