Learn basic mountaineering techniques and conquer the summit of Mont Blanc during this 4-day course led by Kyriakos, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.
This 4-day Mont Blanc course & ascent will provide you with the basic techniques and training to live a one-of-a-kind experience at this iconic peak in the Alps.
Climbing the highest peak in Western Europe (4810m) is a demanding challenge that requires a very good fitness level. Some experience with walking in crampons or using an ice-axe will also come in handy, although we will have the chance to practice these mountaineering techniques during our first two days together.
In order to maximize your chances of reaching the summit, we’ll spend the first two days climbing nearby routes like the Pointe Lachenal traverse or the Arete des Cosmiques. Then, we’ll approach the Mont Blanc summit in 2 days via Gouter or Cosmiques route.
Gouter route, also known as the “normal route”, is the most popular way of ascending this mountain. The starting point is Nid d’Aigle (2372 m).
Cosmiques route, also called traverse of “Les Trois Monts” (Three Peaks), involves climbing three peaks in the Mont Blanc massif. This climbing route starts at Aiguille du Midi (3842 m).
Would you like to join this 4-day course to the majestic Mont Blanc? Send me a booking request! I will be glad to be your guide on this outstanding adventure in the Alps.
If you are an experienced mountaineer with previous acclimatization, you may also want to consider this 2-day ascent to the Mont Blanc summit.
If you book and pay your Mont Blanc ascent early (December), I will arrange the hut bookings. Otherwise, you are responsible to book the mountain huts or I would try to get a last minute spot directly with the hut keeper (this is not a guarantee as it depends on availability). If Gouter Hut is fully booked, we will stay at Tete Rousse hut. Be aware, however, that this implies a very long summit day. The 120 spots in the Gouter Hut are being 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.
Gear List 1. Technical Equipment Leather or plastic sturdy mountaineering boots with RIGID crampon-compatible soles. 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 it. (Prusik slings, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). ** All items marked ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally. Items marked ‘**’will 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)
We'll meet the evening before the start of the program at the gondola station in Chamonix or another meeting point of your preference.
I am an IFMGA mountain guide living in Cyprus. I have a passion for exploring the mountains since I was child. Kyperounda, the town where I was born and raised, was my first playground, the place where I started practising different outdoor activities.
First I learnt skiing. Then, I started training and taking part in races and competitions, traveling extensively in Europe. As I am very curious, I kept trying all kinds of sports until I discovered climbing and all its exciting possibilities.
I also developed both my academic and my practical skills in the university, where I studied Outdoor Studies and Sport Science. During that time, I obtained qualifications as a Mountain Leader and a Climber.
Teaching other people is one of the things I like the most. I find a deep joy in helping others to enjoy the mountains as much as I do.
The experience of all these years as well as my technical skills, have taken me closer to my goal: becoming an IFMGA mountain guide.
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Group of 1
|EUR 1856 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 1135 each|
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• The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Guide expenses (lift cost, hut cost) and transport and accommodation for clients are not included in the price. You can expect to spend around 200 Euros per person for accommodation, meals and other extras during the trip.
Kyriakos is great, trustful, and one can learn a lot from him! Would do it anytime again, thanks!