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Mont Blanc 3-day climbing course

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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.

Alps

3 Days

Jun - Sep

High

Intermediate


Description

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.

Gouter route, ‘the normal 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.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Guide expenses (lift cost, hut cost) and transport and accommodation for clients are not included in the price.


Itinerary

Day 1: Les Houches cable car (Chamonix-Mont Blanc)

Gondola ride to Nid d’Aigle. 2-hour walk to Tete Rousse Hut.

Day 2: Tete Rousse Hut / Summit! / Gouter Hut

2-3 hours climb to Gouter Hut. Lunch. Mont Blanc summit! Return to Gouter Hut, have dinner and spend the night.

Day 3: Gouter Hut / Chamonix

Descent to Chamonix.

 

Details

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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.

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

Meeting point

We'll meet the evening before the start of the program at the gondola station in Chamonix or another meeting point of your preference.

FAQs

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

You need to have prior experience using crampons, ice axes, harness and ropes. You also need experience in high altitude mountains (above 4000 meters) and glaciers experience. Fitness wise, you need to be in very good shape!

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will stay in the mountain huts, accommodation in the huts include meals (breakfast and dinner). The price does not include the huts fee. You can book the huts (for you and for the guide) on your own, or we can book it for you if that's easier for you.

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

The maximum ratio on Mt Blanc is 2 climbers per guide. So if your group is a 3 people group, you will need 2 guides.

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
Best Western Plus Excelsior Chamonix Hotel & Spa Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Hôtel Le Morgane Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Hôtel de l'Arve Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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About the guide

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Kyriakos

4.90

(61)

Mountain Guide

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.

Languages

Greek | English

Certificates

IFMGA

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What people are saying about this trip

Logan

5.00

We made it to the summit eventually. It turned out to be a really nice good trip. Our guided days were great.

Will

5.00

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.


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