trip duration TRIP DURATION
5 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
Alps
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
2 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
Intermediate
best period OFFER PERIOD
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified

Description

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps. Rising at 4810 m over the charming town of Chamonix, Mont Blanc is also the highest peak in western Europe. Climbing this majestic mountain is a dream for mountaineers from all over the world.

I invite you to join me and reach the summit of this mythical mountain. This 5-day programme includes previous training and acclimatization, which are key to enjoy the program and increase your chances of reaching the summit.

On the first day, we will go over the use of crampons and ice axe techniques. Mer de Glace is a possible location for this first day of training.

The following day, we will have another training session and acclimatization tour at the Aiguille du Midi. We may traverse Pointe Lachenal or ascend the Cosmique Ridge or Tour Ronde. We will spend this night in a hut to improve acclimatization.

On the third day, we will choose an alpine climbing route and spend the night back in Chamonix. Day 4 is the beginning of the actual Mont Blanc ascent! We will take the Mont Blanc Tramway to the Nid d’Aigle station (2372 m) and, from there, we will climb to the Gouter Hut (3815m), where we will spend the night.

Finally, on the fifth day, we will start our climb to the Mont Blanc summit, very early in the morning. Breathtaking views await at the top of this imposing mountain, which towers over the rest of the Alps. We will then descend back to the Gouter Hut and to the Nid d’Aigle train station, and back to Chamonix.

If you want to join me on this guided ascent tour to Mont Blanc, send me a request. Book your trip and we will start planning this unique mountaineering adventure! 

I also offer a 4-day course and ascent to Mont Blanc, which may suit those with less time available.

Itinerary

Day 1

Chamonix-Crampon and ice axe techniques

Introduction and familiarization with crampon and ice axe techniques. Possible location: Mer De Glace.

Day 2

Acclimatization + training

Acclimatization & training day at Aiguille du Midi. Traverse of Pointe Lachenal or Cosmique Ridge or Tour Ronde ascent. We spend the night in a hut in altitude for better acclimatization.
Day 3

Alpine Climbing

Alpine climbing route in altitude. We spend the night back in Chamonix.
Day 4

Chamonix / Gouter Hut

From Chamonix, we take the Mont Blanc Tramway to the Nid dÁigle station and climb to the Gouter Hut (3815 m), where we spend the night.
Day 5

Mont Blanc summit (4810 m)

Early in the morning, we’ll start our climb to the Mont Blanc Summit. We will enjoy a breathtaking view from the top. We then descend to the Gouter hut and to the Nid D’Aigle train station, and finally back to Chamonix.

Price per person

1 Person2150EUR
Group of 21250EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

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.

Accommodation

If you book and pay your Mont Blanc ascent early (December) I would arrange the hut bookings. Otherwise, you are responsible for booking the mountain huts or I would try to get a last minute spot directly with the hut keeper (this is not guarantee and depends on the availability). If Gouter Hut is fully booked, we would stay at Tete Rousse hut and that means longer days on the mountain.

The 120 spots at Gouter Hut are 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.

More info

Extra Expenses: You can expect to spend around 250 Euros per person for accommodation, meals and other extras during the trip.

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)

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