Climbing Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Western Europe, is an adventure many aspire to achieve. During this trip, I invite you to take that adventure one step further by descending the mountain with me on a paraglider!
Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps at 4,808 meters, is a classic Alpine climb. Those who reach the summit are rewarded with incredible views of some of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in Europe, as well as the accomplishment of having completed a tough ascent. After reaching the summit, fatigued climbers must typically descend the mountain the usual way, by reversing the route and climbing down. But not us – after we celebrate our summit, the next phase of our adventure begins.
Please note that we cannot offer this program during the months of July and August as flying down the south face of Mont Blanc is prohibited during these months.
Instead of the usual decent, we will soar back to Chamonix in style! From the summit, we will launch our tandem paraglide for the return journey by air. You will have an impressive view of the route you just climbed, as you offer words of encouragement to those still making their way up or down the mountain. Plus, the descent by paraglide is considerably shorter, only taking 1 hour to land in Chamonix. This is an incredible way to experience some of the best alpine landscapes in Europe.
We have two options for the route we could take. The first is considered the “classic” climb, and involves taking a cable car up the side of the mountain, to reduce the distance we have to ascend by foot. At the summit, we fly down. The total trip takes 2 days, with one night spent on the mountain.
If want to take on an even greater challenge, I also offer an alternate 3-day trip starting from Les Houches – the very bottom of the mountain. By skipping the cable cars, we will have a chance to better acclimatize as we ascend. Plus, it is a more difficult option that allows you the accomplishment of completing the entire mountain by foot. This climb will takes 3 days, with 2 nights in a mountain refuge. After 3 days of climbing, we fly down from the summit.
Participants should already be acclimatized to complete this journey. Additionally, previous mountaineering experience, including familiarity with the use of crampons and other tools, such as ice axes, is required.
Paralpinism, like all air sports, is very dependent on weather. So if you like to fly and ski, hike or climb you must be ready to change your target at the last minute. I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to fly, but I promise to do my best to make it happen and have a beautiful and safe journey.
This is how it works :
a) We set a date, a mountain range and what you like to do!
b) Three days before the set date we make a first review of the weather and check if it will be possible. If it is, we continue with our project. If it’s not, we change the destination (as close as possible).
c) On the night before the trip, we organize the last few details
d) We go for it and do our best!
If we reach the summit and it turns out the weather is not suitable for the paraglide descent, we can extend the trip by another day for an additional fee of 300€ (plus accommodations, subject to availability), or we will climb down the mountain without paragliding.
Book this trip now and I guarantee it will be an unforgettable experience on Mont Blanc, one that combines the adventure of achieving a high-altitude summit with the beautiful birds-eye views of mountain from the air!
The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
Price of 1390€ for 2-day trip starting from cable car. Price for 3-day trip starting from Les Houches: 1990€. Price includes: Guide/tandem pilot, pictures of the ascent and descent. Does not include: Cable car fees, climbing equipment, hut accommodation costs, and lifts.