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Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc

Beginner Mountain Climbing Adventure around Mont Blanc

Join a unique beginner mountain climbing program around Mont Blanc and get a taste of Europe's most emblematic peak as you develop your mountaineering skills with professional, certified guides.


TRIP TYPE

Group

MOUNTAIN RANGES

Alps

DURATION

4 Days

OFFER PERIOD

May - Oct

FITNESS LEVEL

Low

SKILL LEVEL

Beginner

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

3.0

Based on 1 reviews

  • Enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Mt Blanc Range
  • Experience your first hikes on a glacier and learn the basics of alpinism together with a local certified IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Stay in 2 of the most panoramic mountain huts of the Alps (Monzino at 2,580 m and Torino at 3,375 m)
  • Spend time with like-minded people far from the crowds

Description

The mountaineering tour around Mont Blanc is designed for hikers and first-time climbers, groups of friends, and families that wish to take their enthusiasm for the mountains one step further and experience the unique mountaineering and nature environment that the Mont Blanc range is famous for. 

Mont Blanc’s South Face attracts climbers every year and is one of the most famous mountaineering objectives in the world. However, not everyone is ready to tackle its imposing granite pillars, glaciers, and ridges. For those less experienced adventurers, hikers, and even families, that wish to experience this iconic mountain, we offer this 4-day beginner mountaineering tour around Mont Blanc that combines 2 days of hiking and climbing, with rope practices, with some accessible via ferratas and easy climbs in the Monzino Hut area, and 2 days in the Torino Hut, where we will explore the glacier and learn the basics of crampons and rope progression in a glacial environment.

Suitable for:

  • Hikers who want to improve their high-altitude skills

  • Families with a good fitness level

  • Rock climbing and mountaineering beginners who want to prepare for their first 4000 m climbing experience (such as Breithorn, Gran Paradiso, Margherita Hut, Pollux)

Price includes

Price details

-Guiding services (IFMGA mountain guide)

-Liability insurance

-Lift tickets

-Accommodation on days 1, 2 and 3

-Breakfast on days 2, 3 and 4

-Dinner on days 1, 2 and 3

-Loan of the technical equipment (harness, daisy chain with carabiner, ice axe, crampons, helmet, ice axe, trekking poles)

-Loan of common shared mountaineering equipment (rope, etc.)

-Customer care support for logistics and planning

-Photos and video after the trip

-Administrative fees

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Val Veny to Rifugio Monzino

  • Meeting at 9.30 am with the Guide in Courmayeur, trip briefing, and equipment check

  • Transfer to the Val Veny parking area by car (having a private car is needed  for groups of more than 3 participants)

  • Approach to the rifugio Monzino via a hiking trail + easy via ferrata

  • Briefing with the Guide: technical workshop and exercises with rope.

  • Dinner and overnight at the refuge

Included in the price

  • Breakfast

  • Diner

  • Accommodation

 

Not included in the price

  •  Lunch

Day 2: Easy mountaineering around Rifugio Monzino

  • Breakfast at the refuge

  • Easy hiking up to Col Chasseur on equipped rock route

  • Descent on the same way of ascent, with some basic climbing practices

  • Picnic lunch with a panoramic view

  • Back to Monzino Hut for rest and drinks on the terrace

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge

Included in the price

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch (picnic)

  • Diner

  • Accommodation

Day 3: Torino refuge

  • Breakfast at refuge

  • Hiking down to Courmayeur: depending on the group and its fitness level we can decide to take the via ferrata or go on an easier and panoramic trail (great for families with kids)

  • Lunch or short break after the arrival in the parking area

  • Transfer by car to Skyway Mont Blanc cable car (Courmayeur)

  • Go up to the Torino refuge with the last gondola

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge

Included in price

  • Breakfast

  • Diner

  • Accommodation

 

Not included in the price

  •  Lunch

Day 4: Easy mountaineering around Torino refuge & back to Courmayeur

  • Breakfast at refuge and check of the equipment

  • Hiking on the Géant glacier: practices with crampons and rope

  • Easy hike to Col d’Entrèves or Col de Géant and back to refuge 

  • De-briefing with lunch and celebrating drinks on the panoramic terrace

  • Cable car down to Courmayeur parking area 

  • Final greetings

Included in price

  • Breakfast

Not included in the price

  • Lunch

  • Diner

  • Accommodation

FAQs

How fit and experienced do I need to be to join this tour?

To join, you will need good physical fitness and some previous hiking experience (easy trekking, easy via ferrata). Additionally, you will need to be confident in the mountains, be available to share the experience with others, have some flexibility and the capacity to adapt to changes made to the original plans, due to conditions or to guarantee safety and comfort to the whole group.

We have a group already, can we book the tour privately?

Yes, sure: you can decide to share the tour with your friends or your family! This tour can be done from mid-May till mid-October.

What is the minimum age to join this tour?

10 years old (with parents and in a private group). Children should be able to hike 5–6 hours in a day.

What huts will we stay in? How are they organised?

Monzino (2,580 m) and Torino (3,375 m) huts are both managed and comfortable refuges: the accommodation is half board (including dinner and breakfast; veg menu and gluten-free upon request); they have rooms for 6–8 people, with castle bed, and they provide blankets and slippers (crocks or similar); it is necessary to have a headlamp and a sleeping liner (mandatory). The B&B accommodation generally includes only breakfast.

What should I take with me / wear?

Please find here the full list of equipment we recommend. Part of it can be rented in one of the shops in Courmayeur (4810courmayeur or Les Pyramides) if you don't have it.

EQUIPMENT

  • mountaineering boots (waterproof with rigid sole)
  • backpack 28-30 l
  • climbing helmet (provided)
  • crampons (provided)
  • harness (provided)
  • lanyard or daisy-chain (provided)
  • screw carabiner (provided)
  • ice-axe (provided)
  • mineral salts
  • water bottle (1 l min) or thermos
  • energy bars or dried fruit/nuts
  • sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and UV protection lip balm
  • personal first aid kit
  • sleeping liner
  • headlamp with new batteries

CLOTHING

  • wool cap/beanie
  • buff
  • sun hat
  • mountaineering/glacier sunglasses (high protection)
  • down jacket (optional)
  • breathable T-shirt (1st layer) 3x
  • wicking turtleneck (2nd layer) 2x
  • insulating garment made of Windstopper® or Primaloft® (3rd layer)
  • waterproof shell jacket (Gore-Tex®, Paclite®, Conduit, etc.) (4th layer) down jacket (optional)
  • light backup gloves, 1 pair
  • heavy insulated gloves 1 pair
  • climbing pants
  • thermal leggings
  • hiking socks (3 pairs)

What is the best airport to fly into to come and join this tour? From the airport, how can I join the meeting point?

Here are the 3 airports making it convenient for you to reach Courmayeur, the starting point:

  • Milan Malpensa (2 to 2 ½ hours)
  • Turin (1 ½ hour)
  • Geneva (1 hour)

In these airports, you can rent a car, or you can take a bus service (Flixbus for example).

Where is the meeting point, where will we finish?

The starting and ending point is in Courmayeur at "Il Ristorantino", close to Val Veny cable car parking area.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Depending on conditions, the Guide will be available to suggest a plan B, with the same activities and similar logistics.

What’s included in the price ? Which extra costs will/could I have?

The included items are specified in the program (see list “Price includes”); the extra costs to consider are for extra meals and beverages during the tour for both clients and for the Guide (to be shared between the participants) and the costs for extra accommodation before or after the tour.

The following items are included in the price you’ll pay here

  • Guiding services (IFMGA mountain guide)
  • Liability insurance
  • Lift tickets
  • Accommodation on Day 1, 2 and 3
  • Breakfast on day 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Lunch on day 2
  • Diner on day 1, 2 and 3
  • Loan of the technical equipment (harness, daisy chain with carabiner, ice axe, crampons, helmet, ice axe, trekking poles)
  • Loan of common shared mountaineering equipment (Rope, etc.)
  • Customer care support for logistics and planning
  • Photos and video after the trip
  • Administrative fees

The following are not included:

  • Travel costs to and from the starting point
  • Some meals as described: lunch on day 1, 3 and 4
  • Your personal equipment, besides the technical one mentioned above (see ‘provided’)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

I wish to come earlier in the Aosta Valley / stay after the 4-day tour, which accommodation do you recommend me to stay in?

In Courmayeur

  • Hotel La Vallée Blanche
  • Hotel Le Pilier d'Angle
  • Hotel Shatush Mont Blanc

In Aosta

  • Omama Hotel
  • Ad Podium
  • B&B Nabuisson
  • B&B Mu
  • Maison Colombot - Rooms/B&B

In which language(s) will the guide speak?

The guide will speak in English, French and/or Italian.

Is there a risk for altitude sickness? If yes, how can I prepare to overcome this?

Generally, the first day is enough as acclimatisation for the next three ones. In any case, our suggestion is to bring Aspirin just in case you get a light headache: the guide will be available to move plans in case any participant of the group shows a bad response to altitude. Altitude sickness is very unusual on tours like this one: spending the night before in Courmayeur could help you to avoid this risk.

What is the guide to climber ratio?

A guide will take a maximum of 5 persons with him. If you come with a larger group, another guide will join.

What qualifications does the guide have?

All our guides have the UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide certification. It is the international mountain guides federation. Its members are authorised to guide people on glacier areas with rope and technical equipment for mountaineering climbs.

About the guide: -PeaksHunter

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-PeaksHunter

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Mountain Guide

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

Lucas

3.00

We had to cancel on the ascent part as our baggage was lost, I also think we were over charged for the tour we had booked. Climbing with Renzo was fantastic however, really really great guy couldn’t speak higher of him

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