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Classic All-In Mont Blanc Climb with Acclimatization

Reach the Mont Blanc summit, the highest peak in Europe as well as the Alps, via the Goûter Route accompanied by a local and experienced IFMGA/UIAGM-certified guide from the Peakshunter team.


TRIP TYPE

Private

MOUNTAIN RANGES

Alps

DURATION

3 Days

OFFER PERIOD

Jun - Sep

FITNESS LEVEL

Fit

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

4.8

Based on 7 reviews

  • - 3-days ascent guarantees the highest chances to reach the summit!
  • - The extra day gives 2 big advantages: it reduces the risks on the route and gives
  • more opportunities to the summit in case of bad weather!
  • - 3-days ascent is the best option for acclimatization and time management.

Description

Join an expert and local Mountain Guide in this 3-day adventure to the Mont Blanc summit via the Goûter Route. This trip is a good option for customers with proven mountaineering experience (including high confidence in the use of crampons and ice axe on iced and steep slopes) and a good fitness level.

By taking 3 days, you can afford the ascent without stress and time pressure, as well as provide good acclimatization. Most importantly, by choosing this program, you will reduce the risks of rock falling during the crossing of the “Grand Couloir” passage, the most dangerous stretch of the itinerary.

This crossing requires good general conditions in terms of visibility and low temperatures: the 3-day ascent will allow you to hike this part of the itinerary in the safest hours, reducing the stress due to the risks of rocks falling on the route.

This trip starts at Les Houches, near Chamonix. Here we take the cable car to Bellevue station (the Nid d'Aigles train is temporarily closed). On the first day, we climb to the Tête Rousse refuge (3,167 m) in about three hours.

On the second day, we’ll move to the Goûter Hut (3,814m), the final 600 meters will be quite demanding in terms of effort and technical skills.

Regarding the third and most important day, you must be fit enough to walk on a glacier and hike uphill for about 12 hours to finally reach the famous Mont Blanc summit.

Although the Goûter Route is considered the most straightforward way to the Mont Blanc summit, it requires a big physical effort, so a very good fitness level is mandatory. For these reasons, the previous acclimatization is also very important. Prior mountaineering experience and solid confidence with crampons, progression on the rope, and ice-axe technique are necessary before tackling this demanding ascent!

If you are not sure whether your fitness level and experience are enough to climb Mont Blanc in 3-days, we strongly recommend adding an extra 4000m summit as training by joining our Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso 6-day tour.

For more details about the next departures or booking process, please contact us: we will be happy to give you our professional suggestions, to carry out this experience with the highest chances of success and best conditions.

We will be very happy to guide you up to the highest peak in the Alps!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Lift tickets

- Mountain guide expenses

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

We take care of the hut reservations (Tête Rousse and Goûter hut) and of the ticket facilities booking.

We can offer extra services to support you for the planning of accommodations and logistics before and after the trip: these extra fees are not included and have to be paid on the spot.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Hiring of trekking poles - to be paid directly on the spot

- Mountaineering boots (to be rented, paid and collected by customer at rental shops in the area one day before the trip)

- Extra meals, water and beverages/drinks for the clients and the Guide

- Transportation to the starting point

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer and storage during the trip

- Research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days

- Personal Insurance

- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1:  Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m)

Difference in altitude: 1,450 m
Ascent time: 2-3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur for equipment checking and short briefing.

Transfer to Les Houches by car. Then, we’ll take the Bellevue cable car to the rail station and the train to Nid d’Aigle. Ascent to the Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m) in approximately 2 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.

Day 2: Goûter Hut (3,814 m) and Mont Blanc summit

Difference in altitude: 600 m
Ascent time: 3-4 hours

From Tête Rousse refuge we start around 3.00 am: we go up to the Goûter Hut (3,817m) for a short pause. In order to take advantage of the sunlight, we’ll leave the hut around 3.00 am. After that, we will face a glacial plateau before arriving at the Dôme du Goûter, at 4,250 meters of altitude. From there, we’ll keep ascending up to the Vallot Hut, where we usually take a short break to drink something and rest. Resuming the climb, at the end of the stunning Bosses Ridge, we’ll finally reach the summit of Mont Blanc, at 4,810 meters of altitude. Then, we'll descend back to the Goûter hut.

Dinner and overnight at the refuge.

D+ 1,650m

Day 3: Return to Les Houches

Wake up at Goûter refuge: we start early in time to reach the Tête Rousse and have breakfast there, before returning to Les Houches, hiking down on the same itinerary of the first day. The last cable car run from Bellevue to Les Houches is around 5.30 pm.

When we arrive at the parking area, we will have time for a good lunch and a beer to celebrate the summit with the Guide.

We suggest to the customers planning to stay overnight in Chamonix, to avoid the risk of losing transport (train or flight) in case of late arrival back after the trip.

D- 2,050m

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In case of bad weather on the starting day, the extra day of this program allows us to reduce the risks on the route and gives you more opportunities to reach the summit, having the attempt to summit on the third day if needed! In any case, the 3-day ascent is the best option for acclimatization and time management!

In case of last minute changes on plans, due to any unexpected reasons (forecast, changes of conditions, restrictions on the way to summit, closing of way of access and similars) or in case of inadequate technical preparation or physical unfit of anyone of the customers that do not recommend the Mont Blanc ascent, we are available to move the program to Monterosa massif, guaranteeing the ascent (depending on the customers level) of 2 or 3 or all the 4000m summits in that area.

This plan-B (Monterosa 4K summits) could have changes on prices, due to the differences on tariff for the refugees accommodations, transport or lift ticket costs: these changes will be defined before the start and discussed with the customers, to avoid the risks of misunderstandings on the payment of possible extras, not included in the original program.

Keep in mind that:

● The Mont Blanc ascent is NOT SUITABLE for customers without any kind of previous experience in mountaineering with crampons and rope: Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua trekkings ARE NOT CONSIDERED as previous experiences to the Mont Blanc or to any other 4000m mountaineering ascent that requires basic skills with crampons and rope on steep slopes and glacier itineraries.

● Mont Blanc ascent CANNOT BE MANAGED AS A LAST MINUTE BOOKING: reservations must be made at latest by March 30th, to guarantee the refugees availability.

● Rules concerning the reservation and booking of refugees are defined by the huts managers and can differ from one to the other and change from one year to the other. Neither Peakshunter can be responsible for the introduction of new rules concerning limitations or special permissions to be obtained before the trip. Peakshunter will provide the information on the booking modality and will not be responsible for hut rules and general laws concerning the access to Mont Blanc area and glacier: in case of advanced closures, the costs paid as deposit won’t be refunded and must be covered by the customers.

● Peakshunter Mountain Guides can support clients with information and mailing lists, but refuge booking will be guaranteed ONLY BY PAYMENT CONFIRMATION, sending in advance all the participants personal information (NAME, SURNAME, PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH, NATIONALITY, ADDRESS, MAIL, MOBILE CONTACT) and a copy of ID CARD or PASSPORT.

● Search and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage is recommended but not included: the cost of this insurance is €5 per person for 3 days and has to be cover directly by the customers.

● The mountain guide’s expenses for all beverages, extra meals (lunches and breaks) and transfers ARE NOT INCLUDED and must be covered by participants.

● Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by their respective owners, without any liability attributable to Peakshunter Mountain Guide.

Meeting point

Courmayeur

Equipment you will need to bring

EQUIPMENT mountaineering boots backpack 30 l climbing helmet harness ice-axe standard crampons with anti-balling plates collapsible trekking poles sleeping bag liner (mandatory in mountain huts) mineral salts water bottle (1 l min) or thermos energy bars or dried fruit/nuts sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and UV protection lip balm personal first aid kit headlamp (with new batteries plus spares as backup) CLOTHING wool cap/beanie or fleece-lined hat buff sun hat ski goggles mountaineering/glacier sunglasses down jacket (optional) waterproof shell jacket (Gore-Tex®, Paclite®, Conduit, etc.) (4th layer) insulating garment made of Windstopper® or Primaloft® (3rd layer) wicking turtleneck (2nd layer) breathable T-shirt (1st layer) 2x light backup gloves, 1 pair heavy insulated gloves 1 pair shoeller climbing pants thermal leggings or tights hiking socks (2 pairs)

FAQs

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

Mont Blanc ascent could be planned only with experienced mountain climbers, customers with some 4.000 meters ascents in the back, or at least, people with recent previous training on a glacier with rope and crampons. If you want to try the attempt, you should have some high-altitude climbs under your belt (over 3,500meters), solid confidence in using crampons on steep and mixed terrains, the ability to climb in a roped-up scenario, basic mountaineering training, and properly acclimatized for the climb.

Mont Blanc ascent requires a very good physical level and some previous experience on glaciers in mountaineering activities (in particular, confidence in progression with crampons on glacier areas and some climbing ability on rocky terrains, with snow and ice).

If you are not sure about your mountaineering skills, we strongly suggest considering our 6-day program, in which we train by climbing the Grand Paradise before Mont Blanc: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-gran-paradiso-guided-ascent-week-tour/

Keep in mind that having some extra days could mean increasing the summit success rate; you can have a wider window in terms of weather and more flexibility, and when it comes to Mont Blanc, the weather is key in defining whether or not we will attempt the summit. Although this is sometimes an unfortunate fact that we must come to terms with, safety comes first.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

To attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc, you need solid physical and technical preparation that is achieved by training consistently over many years. In particular, your endurance level should allow you to walk at a good pace for about 12 hours a day in order to respect the program timetable, which will be very severe due to safety reasons, in particular during the “Big Couloir” crossing. At the same time, given the limited time, we will not have a chance to focus on the technique; you should already have a good background and be familiar with the high altitude, and the severe conditions of temperatures during the first hours of climbing, without light and on very impregnating terrain, which are very steep to hike even with crampons on. This means that you have had recent mountaineering experiences in which to practice.

Feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to recommend the best option for your level and training.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff; the guide provides it on the day of departure. The gear for rental includes a mountaineering helmet, a mountaineering harness, a straight-hand ice axe, and crampons.

In addition, the guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains, and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, with rigid soles that are warm and comfortable (please avoid bringing new ones, if you have never used them before the ascent!).

After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing. If you need anything for rent, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, and trekking poles are 8-10€/day.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Absolutely no porters are expected for this ascent. Each participant should bring a personal backpack and technical equipment, including thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We take care of the reservation at the Goûter and the Tête Rousse huts, with accommodation in half board formula; this means that dinner and breakfast are included, but not the beverages/drinks or extra meals. For this reason, any other meals or beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot and for guide/guides too.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

On mountains, weather and conditions can change unexpectedly and very fast, especially in recent years, due to climate changes. In general, forecasts and conditions have to be appropriate to try the attempt, but the final decision regarding the ascent belongs to the guide, who is responsible for evaluating the risks and the safety conditions for the team. Safety is our priority, both for the guide/es and for the customers. If the weather is not good and the forecast is not favorable for the attempt, we prefer to plan an alternative ascent to nearby mountains with better conditions and better chances for a safe summit attempt. Please note that confirming the trip you are booking takes the professional’s availability for the duration of the tour. This means that it will not be possible to cancel at the last minute, due to poor conditions or bad weather. The guide fee could not be refunded. For this reason, in case the Mont Blanc is out of reach, we guarantee our availability to arrange an experience that lives up to your expectations. We know very well and totally understand that this may be a frustrating outcome, however, safety is a top priority for our team of professionals, and every mountain has a lesson to teach to all climbers. Customers' and the guides’ safety is more important than any summit.

Some detailed alternatives to replace the Mont Blanc attempt, in case of bad weather or restrictions to the climbing due to safety reasons, are listed in the options below:

  • “Monterosa 4K Seven Summits collection” (Pyramide Vincent, Balmenhorn, Schwarzhorn, Ludwigshöhe, Parrot, Zumstein, Signalkuppe/Punta Gnifetti) - 3 days
  • Pollux + Castor starting from Cervinia (overnight staying at refuge Guide del Cervino) - 3 days
  • Gran Paradiso and Tresenta summits (overnight staying at refuge Vittorio Emanuele) - 3 days

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider before attempting the ascent of Mont Blanc on the classic route (staying overnight at Goûter/Tête Rousse refuge).

Here are some of them; please read them carefully before confirming the booking.

  • Due to French regulations, it is mandatory to show the hut booking confirmation to the authorities before starting the ascent. Peakshunter Mountain Guides will take care of the hut reservation for clients and guides, as a guarantee for the attempt to the summit. In order to give you this extra booking service, the payment confirmation has to be done in advance (even as a deposit of 25% of the total amount) and the submission of your personal information is essential and mandatory to finalize the refuge reservation. You have to share with us your personal info: name, surname, place, date of birth, nationality, address, mail, mobile contact, and a copy of your ID card or passport. By giving this information, you authorize Peakshunter Mountain Guides to use them for the booking process and during all the steps of the tour (planning, reservation, logistics, and contact with guides and professionals involved in the tour).
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for climbing Mont Blanc, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer a need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative test results.
  • We invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to travel from Italy to France, in case they decide to arrive at Milan Malpensa/Turin airport and need to cross the border between Italy and France, by the Mont Blanc tunnel.

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

The maximum number of clients per single guide is 2, thus giving a ratio of 1:2. This is the maximum number in order to ensure safety during the trip and it is established by local regulations. Under any circumstances, we are not going to take more than 2 people for each guide.

If you are a group of more than 2 people, we have more guides available to undertake the adventure. We will be happy to support your group with other professionals on our team!

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to attempt Mont Blanc ascent is between June and September.

Can I join a group?

No, due to guide-to-client ratio (1:2), we can only accept private requests for the ascent. If you are more than 2 participants, you necessary requires to have more than 1 Guide.

Am I ready to climb Mont Blanc if I have only trekking experience in high altitude or have already successfully reach summits, as Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is a beautiful option for trekking in high mountains; it could be a good experience to test your attitude to stay overnight and to hike in altitude, but the climbing conditions and efforts are completely different and really not technical because on Kilimanjaro you don’t need to be confident in using crampons and in a hike on a glacier area with big crevasses and seracs as on Mont Blanc and on Alps in general. Ultimately, summiting Kilimanjaro is not sufficient training to tackle Mont Blanc. If you have climbed Kilimanjaro and would like to climb Mont Blanc, we strongly recommend you take a look at the 6-day course that includes climbing the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc at the following link: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/mont-blanc-gran-paradiso-guided-ascent-week-tour/.

During this stage program, you will properly get acclimatized, you will learn how to use an ice axe and crampons on rope, and you will also practice all the necessary rope progression and basic technical skills on crampons, that you will really need to have for your Mont Blanc attempt.

What extra costs should I consider?

The hiring of the trek poles and the renting of the boots are NOT included.

If needed, the renting of the boots has to be done by the customers before the trip to one of the shops in Gressoney. We will send you more details in case of need.

The costs for beverages and extra meals for the clients and the guide are NOT included and have to be covered on the spots, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

The transfer to the meeting point is NOT included.

How much experience do I need to be carry this program out? What are your requirements to join this adventure?

This Mont Blanc program is designed to give you the highest chance to reach the Mont Blanc summit. If you don't have any particular mountaineering experience, during the first few days, we will focus on the main techniques needed to reach Mont Blanc. Please note that physical effort will be intense, so a good fitness level and serious preparation during the months leading up to the trip is a must. Cardiovascular training is very important, with at least 2 to 3 sessions per week of running, biking, or swimming.

What happens if we are 2 for the ascent and the 2nd climber can't make it to the summit? Will we turn back?

If a climber can't make it to the summit, then all of us will go back. For safety reasons, no one will be left alone on the glacier.

How can I reach the meeting point? Is there public transport to take me there?

The meeting point with the guide is in Les Houches (Chamonix, FR), at the free parking area close to the cable car ticket office. It can be reached by car from Chamonix in about 15 minutes.

If you don't have a private car, the meeting point is reachable from Chamonix by daily frequent bus connections. In any case, we strongly recommend arriving in Chamonix/Les Houces at least 1 day before the trip and staying overnight there.

At what time we will start and at what time will we be back to the Les Houches?

The meeting with the guide on the first day will be around 10:30/11:00 am (please remember to check the bus timetable in case you need to reach the meeting point by public transport).

Time back to Les Houches on the third day is expected around 12:00 am.

Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport to get to Chamonix is Geneva airport. Chamonix is about 100kms and a 1.5hr drive from Geneva Airport, and there are plenty of car hire services, regular transfer buses, and private taxis as well to go from Geneva to Chamonix.

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
Hotel Le Morgane Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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Hotel Mont Blanc Chamonix Mont Blanc France
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About the guide: -PeaksHunter

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Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

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What people are saying about this trip

Luca

5.00

Thanks to David and Alberto from Peakshunter Mountain Guides for this amazing Mont Blanc Summi!

Tomas

4.00

- Guide was hurrying to much. Seemed more worried with making it fast then making a good experience for the team. - During the booking process multiple payment mistakes maken from finance department. - Though we got confirmation of stay in January, apparently we did not have any stay in refuge booked until one week before the trip... Very badly managed... Do not recomend friends to do this trip with Explore Share.

Elaine

5.00

Peakshunters Mountain Guides were great. Great service and very professional. Claudio, my guide was definitely the best and most experienced guide there. All the other American climbers wanted him and commented on how good he was. He was able to adjust to my level of expertise and also learn my personality a bit so as to make the experience perfect. I can not praise Claudio and Peakshunters enough. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Would like to use them again in the future.

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