trip duration TRIP DURATION
2 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
1 person
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Sustained
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Private

Description

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!

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet-up

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.

Day 2

Mont Blanc Summit

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).

Price per person

1 Person1000EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment
Price does not include:Guest's lift expenses (http://www.montblancnaturalresort.com/fr/) Guide and guest's accommodation and meals (https://www.chamonix.com/refuge-des-cosmiques,48-212803,en.html) Guest's personal equipment Guest's personal insuranceGuide's cost for room and board are at discounted rates from those for the general public.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

First, we will meet at 14:00 at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station for the final gear check and trip briefing.

Accommodation

Cosmiques Hut. I will make the reservations for you.

More info

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.

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