Join expert mountaineering guide Cosmin Andron on this athletic ascent of the world famous Mont Blanc and enjoy a challenge rewarded by stunning views!
Climbing to the top of Mount Blanc is on every mountaineer’s wish list. The iconic peak is the highest mountain in western Europe and attracts adventurers year round. On this private 2-day ascent tour, you get to experience the stunning scenery and challenge of the climb with an experienced mountaineering guide to show you the way.
First, we will meet at 2pm at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station for the final gear check and trip briefing. After thoroughly checking our gear we will take a cable car to the last station. Once there, we will cross the Col du Midi in order to reach the Cosmiques Hut where we will do some exercises for the snow. Finally, we will end the day with a nourishing dinner and spend the night at the hut.
The following day, we will wake up early to make the ascent to the top of Mont Blanc. We will take a more athletic and less crowded route than the usual. We will begin by heading up through the Col du Midi Plateu. Then we will skirt around the north face of Mont Blanc du Tacul and continue towards Mont Maudit. Finally, we will carry on to the summit in direction of Col de la Brenva. On our return, we will take the same route. If we make good time, we will take the cable car from Aguille de Midi back to Chamonix. Otherwise, if it takes us longer than expected, we will spend the night at Cosmiques and descend the next morning. Usually, under good conditions, it takes around 10 hours to the peak and back to the hut.
The climb is challenging and graded PD+, so it is important that you have experience in using crampons and ice-axe, and a good level of fitness level. Also, it is a short tour, so it is best if you are aclimatised with high altitudes.
Because this is a private, individual tour, I will be there every step of the way. Furthermore, although challenging, the climb is well worth the effort and the scenic view, a rewarding plus.
Are you ready to take on this once in a lifetime challenge? Then book your place now and join me on this special 2-day ascent to the renowned Mont Blanc Peak! I will be happy to guide you to the top!
Cosmiques Hut. I will make the reservations for you.
Extra Expenses: You can expect to spend around 200 Euros per person for accommodation, meals and other extras during the trip Recommended Equipment: Technical gear Crampon-compatible mountaineering boot (with protruding shelf at the heel) Crampons, ice axe, helmet, harness 30L backpack Poles Clothing Gore-tex type jacket to protect from wind, snow Light jacket Fleece Breathable Long Sleeve Tee Canvas trousers + tights or warmer mountaineering trousers Gloves x 2 (1 light pair, 1 warm pair) Warm socks Hat or balaclava Glacier Glasses Sunscreen Food and water Water: 2l Cereal bars, dried fruit, cheese, bread, etc. Others Cash to pay at the hut Basic first aid kit: aspirin, blisters, etc.
First, we will meet at 14:00 at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station for the final gear check and trip briefing.
After doing a gear check at our meeting point in Aiguille du Midi, we take the cable car to the last station. Then, we will go through a glacier and spend the rest of the day at Cosmiques hut (3613m) where we will do some snow-craft exercises. In the evening, we will have dinner and spend the night at the refuge.
On the second day, we will start off early for the summit of Mont Blanc. We will cross the Col du Midi Plateau and begin our ascent up by skirting around the North face of Mont Blanc du Tacul. After, we will continue towards the North face of Mont Maudit and just below the Col du Mont Maudit we will encounter the steepest, usually icy, section of our climb. Finally, we will traverse southwards to Col de la Brenva and carry on all the way to the summit. We will then return the same way.
Moving at good pace we will be aiming to catch the cable-car from Aiguille du Midi back to Chamonix the same day. If conditions are difficult or the pace is too slow we might find ourselves in need to either set up a cut-off time or spend another night at Refuge du Cosmiques and descend with the first cable-car the next morning (which will incur extra costs).
I'm an IFMGA guide from Romania and a member of the Eastern European Mountain Guide Association.
With two decades and a half spent doing mountain sports and nearly a decade guiding or teaching climbing my work and passion has taken me from the mountains and crags near home to the greater ranges.
Please feel free to get in touch for trips involving trekking, climbing, skiing or expeditions. I also run climbing courses (rock, ice, mixed and alpine), ski touring and winter safety workshops as well as self rescue in vertical terrain clinics.
Regular climbs from sport to multi-pitch and alpine terrain are charged on per-day rates plus expenses while expeditions are charged on a flat rate based on the size of the group and the destination.
I have a very strict policy on guide-to-guest ratios for all types of terrain and these are clearly explained prior to engagement. For multi pitch climbs it is usually 1:1 and it never exceeds 1:2. For single pitch venues (especially on instructional outings) it never exceeds 1:4. Higher ratios are possible with the hiring of additional guides and only following prior arrangements. For treks and ski tours the ratios are more generous but depending on the terrain and/or the group’s experience.
I am comfortable in using for guiding purposes the following languages: English, Romanian, French and Italian and for teaching purposes English and Romanian.
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• The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Price does not include: Guide and guest's accommodation and meals (https://www.chamonix.com/refuge-des-cosmiques,48-212803,en.html)
The plan was to leave early to ascent Mont Blanc via Trois Monts. As a beginner, Cosmin accessed my performance by timing my ascent to the shoulder of Tacul, else he has to change the plan. I met the timing and proceeded to Maudit. Unfortunately, he made a tough decision to head back as the condition at the foot of Maudit was not great. (We heard serac fell at mid day). Being professional, Cosmin changed the plan to ascent Tacul and we did Cosmique Arete. I would highly recommend this trip!
A Wonderful guide that taking care of everything for the expedition. Had a great mountaineering experience with Cosmin.