• Trip duration
    2 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Description

Today I’d like to invite you to conquer the Mont Blanc via its Italian side. It is a demanding but legendary route since it was walked by the first climbers in reaching the summit.

The normal Italian ascent itinerary is also known as La route des Aiguilles Grises. I strongly think it is one of the most challenging ways to get to the Mont Blanc, the main star in Europe.

I have planned this program only for people with some mountaineering background. In addition, you will need to be fit. Take into account that climbing Mont Blanc from the Italian side is the hardest ascent option. Along the way we must face an altitude change of 1800 meters as well as sharp ridges and glacier terrains.

The normal Italian route also leads us across uncrowded trails because it is a seldom-attempted itinerary. The southern side of Mont Blanc is the wildest and most demanding route to reach the top of the mountain. However, the reward is not comparable with anything on earth.

The best months to enjoy this expedition is from June to September. In fact, this route has usually been accessible only in the first part of the summer when there is still enough snow coverage in the lower sections. I will take only 2 people with me in order to provide you a personalized and safe experience.

At the bottom of this description you can find a sample itinerary of the trip. Please keep in mind that the program can suffer modifications according to the snow and weather conditions.

So, if you want to join me in this 2-day adventure, do not hesitate and get in touch with me. Let’s conquer the Mont Blanc through the Italian side, its most demanding and incredible route!

Itinerary

Day 1

Courmayeur - Gonella Hut

We’ll start at the bottom of the Veny Valley where we’ll walk on a paved road until Combal Lake. From there we’ll climb the steep moraine towards the Miage basin. We’ll walk for about 2:30 hours on the glacier’s moraine. During the final stretch, we must face snow and ice terrain. The last part of the ascent will take us to the Gonella Hut (3,050 m), where we’ll have dinner and sleep.

Drop: 1,400 m
Ascent time: 4-5 hours

Day 2

Summit Day

We’ll leave the hut by 1 am in order to attack the glacier. The extremely wild landscape stretches until the plateau under the Col de Bionassay, which we’ll traverse towards the Col des Aiguille Grises. From there, we’ll ascend the sharp and spectacular ridge with narrow stretches giving way to the wide slopes that take us to the summit of the Piton des Italiens. Without further difficulties we’ll reach the peak of the Dôme du Goûter, where our route joins the French Goûter route. From here we’ll pass by the Vallot Hut (4,362 m) and finally, along the amazing Arête des Bosses, we’ll reach the summit of Mont Blanc.
We’ll return down by the same route although it is often convenient to head to Goûter Hut and then to Les Houches, where you can catch the shuttle back to Courmayeur.

Drop: 1,800 m
Ascent/descent time: 12-15 hours

Price per person

1 Person1200EUR
Group of 2700EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

Courmayeur (Veny Valley)

Accommodation

Gonella Hut

More info

- Research and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days. Hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €15 per person.

- Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by they respective owners, without any liability attributable to the mountain guide.