Reaching the summit of Mont Blanc is a classic mountaineering challenge. Kyriakos, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, takes you on a 2-day guided ascent via Cosmique or Gouter route.
Rising at 4810 m over the alpine town of Chamonix, Mont Blanc dominates the Alps and is the highest peak in western Europe.
Every year, hundreds of mountaineers from all over the world strive to stand at its summit. Even though the climb is not very technical, it’s still a great challenge that requires to be physically fit and have a good acclimatization. Plus you’ll need to have some basic mountaineering skills, such as walking in crampons and using an ice axe.
There are different climbing routes to Mont Blanc. This time, I propose a 3-day ascent via Gouter Route.
This is the classic climbing route to Mont Blanc.
We’ll meet at Les Houches and take the cable car. Then, a short train trip will take us to Nid d’Aigle (2372 m). From there, a 2-hour hike will lead us to Tete Rousse Hut, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.
The following day, we’ll walk for 2-3 hours to Gouter Hut. There, we’ll stop for lunch and relax for a while. After lunch, we’ll start our climb towards Mont Blanc’s summit. By climbing during daylight, we’ll enjoy breathtaking views along the way and avoid the usual crowds on this route. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Gouter Hut, have dinner and spend the night.
The last day of our trip, we’ll wake up and descent back to Chamonix.
Would you like to join this 3-day Mont Blanc ascent? Send a request to book this trip! I’ll be glad to be your guide in this classic mountain challenge.
This 3-day ascent is only suitable for experienced mountaineers with previous acclimatisation. People with less experience, should check out my 5-day program: Mont Blanc 5-day ascent with previous training.
If you book and pay your Mont Blanc ascend early (December) I would arrange the hut bookings. Otherwise, you are responsible to book the mountain huts or I would try to get a last minute spot directly with the hut keeper (this is not guarantee and it depends on the availability). In a situation that Gouter Hut is fully booked we would be based in Tete Rousse hut and that means longer days in the mountain. The 120 spots in the Gouter Hut are being distributed via an online booking process with scheduled release dates starting as early as mid December. Once a contingent on available spaces goes online at 8AM Central European Time on the release date, core season spots tend to book out within 15 minutes. Other than that, last minute spots are available 3 days before the scheduled night at the Gouter Hut by calling the hut keeper directly. Hence reserving your Mont Blanc package sooner rather than later is to your advantage! The Tete Rousse Hut is also an online booking process, which we are able to book no earlier than 45 days to your hut date. We can also manage to pick up unconfirmed spots on shorter notice, even inside 3 days prior to your trip date.
Extra Expenses: You can expect to spend around 200 Euros per person for accommodation, meals and other extras during the trip. Please note: Departure time will be arranged the evening before with the guide. Gear List 1. Technical Equipment Leather or plastic mountaineering boots* sturdy with RIGID soles crampon compatible Backpack (30 - 40 liters) Climbing helmet* Ice axe for glacier travel (50-75cm, classic pick)* Crampons that fit your boots or can be easily adjusted* Collapsible ski poles* (One pole is very useful and recommended) 1 harness* 1 locking carabiner** Crevasse rescue equipment, if you are familiar with using it. (Prusik slings, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). ** All items marked ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally. Items marked ‘**’would be provided by the guide. Please bring your own equipment if you have it. 2. Clothing We suggest using the ‘layer system’: Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet. Layers can be put on and taken off fast if weather conditions change during the day. Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar) Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar) Mountaineering pants Fleece or heavy jacket Medium weight fleece sweater Long underwear or running tights Undershirt – preferably long sleeves Warm socks for mountaineering boots (wool/synthetic outers) Warm hat, covering your ears Lightweight gloves (fleece or leather) Warm, waterproof pair of gloves Gaiters (unless pants lock tightly to your boots) Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible Bandana (optional) 3. Hut lodging Spare underwear, socks Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional) Light-weight sleeping bag liner (preferably silk) – wool covers are provided by the hut Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional) Toiletries : only tooth-brush and tooth-paste Alpine Club Membership Card (if you hold membership) Ear plugs (optional but very useful) 4. Other Items Sun glasses (heavy duty – glacier use, with very good UV protection) Sun screen and lip protection Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter Head lamp with spare batteries and bulb Blister kit (optional) Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.) Personal items (prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses, etc.) Pocket knife or Leatherman (optional)
We'll meet the evening before the start of the program at the gondola station in Chamonix or another meeting point of your preference.
Gondola ride to Nid d’Aigle. 2-hour walk to Tete Rousse Hut.
2-3 hours climb to Gouter Hut. Lunch. Mont Blanc summit! Return to Gouter Hut, have dinner and spend the night.
Descent to Chamonix.
I am an IFMGA mountain guide living in Cyprus. I have a passion for exploring the mountains since I was child. Kyperounda, the town where I was born and raised, was my first playground, the place where I started practising different outdoor activities.
First I learnt skiing. Then, I started training and taking part in races and competitions, traveling extensively in Europe. As I am very curious, I kept trying all kinds of sports until I discovered climbing and all its exciting possibilities.
I also developed both my academic and my practical skills in the university, where I studied Outdoor Studies and Sport Science. During that time, I obtained qualifications as a Mountain Leader and a Climber.
Teaching other people is one of the things I like the most. I find a deep joy in helping others to enjoy the mountains as much as I do.
The experience of all these years as well as my technical skills, have taken me closer to my goal: becoming an IFMGA mountain guide.
We made it to the summit eventually. It turned out to be a really nice good trip. Our guided days were great.
Kyriakos is a top guide and a clear expert in his profession. He is a patient mountain guide and Is the best guide I have ever had the pleasure of climbing with. If you’re determined to climb Mont Blanc Kyriakos and his amiable personality will ensure you have fun on the way to the summit! I will seek his services in the future for other climbs around the world.
Group of 1
|EUR 1135 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 928 each|
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