Mont Blanc summit with acclimatization on Gran Paradiso (8 days)

Tal, an IFMGA-certified guide, invites you to join him on a truly epic 8-day mountaineering adventure through snow and ice that climaxes with an ascent of one of the most famous and landmark peaks in the world, the mighty Mont Blanc, high up in the Alps.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Climb the summit of the world-famous and breath-taking Mont Blanc!

  • Ascend The Grand Paradiso, the highest 4000m peak in Italy!

  • Take in some of the most special and mesmerising views across the alps!

  • Stay overnight in cosy mountain huts!

 

If you’ve ever wanted to climb the world-famous and majestic Mont Blanc, but didn´t feel ready for a challenge of this magnitude, I invite you on my guided tour where we will accomplish this goal through days of acclimatization through spectacular ascents and descents amongst the snowy alpine delight of the Alps.

Mont Blanc towers high above the Alps, standing at an impressive 4809 metres, and we will gradually make our way to the summit via days of preparation, including an ascent of The Gran Paradiso, the only mountain whose peak is over 4000 metres high located entirely in Italy.

On the first day we meet in Chamonix/Argentiere, where safety information and gear is dispensed before we spend the night in a hotel.

We set off in earnest the next morning, as we walk together to the Chabod Hut, 2700 metres high. It is here we trial our crampons and harnesses on the rocks surrounding the hut, in order to gain confidence for the routes ahead. We will also be staying in this hut for 3 nights.

The next three days are spent incrementally acclimatizing to the high altitudes, as we practice our snow and ice walks and climbs amongst beautiful scenery, the idyllic surrounds, cold and fresh air and epic views making it a delightful area to train in.

The climax of this initial training is the ascent of the awesome alpine summit of Gran Paradiso, a challenging 10-hour round-trip walk that will give us the ideal preparation for attempting Mont Blanc.

After a day of heading back down the valley and back to Chamonix for a much-needed overnight rest, the 7th day is when we climb up the ambitious and grand Mont Blanc, a 10-12 hour climb that will physically and mentally test you, but give you an enormous sense of well-being and satisfaction once you make it to the top.

We rest our shattered bodies in the Gouter Hut overnight, before descending down the valley where the trip concludes, hopefully with memories to last a lifetime!

Ascending Mont Blanc is on many people´s bucket lists – book to tick it off yours!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1990 EUR

Group of 2
1990 EUR

Group of 3
1990 EUR

Group of 4
1990 EUR

Group of 5
1990 EUR

Group of 6
1990 EUR

Group of 7
1990 EUR

Group of 8
1990 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Transport during the trip
  • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
 The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). Above is price per person. Price includes: - 7 full guided days in the mountains - Planning and guiding by an IFMGA/UIAGM qualified guide/Aspirant - Transportation throughout the activity - Guides expenses - Climbing gear (ice exes, ropes, harnesses, helmets etc.) - Guiding in a in a min/max 1:2 guide-client ratio on the Mont Blanc Price does not include: - Flights and insurances - Cable cars (twice through the week, up to 60 € per day) - Mountaineering boots (rental) - Overnights in a mountain huts and hotel in the valley (1/2 pension estimated 70 € a night) - Total price estimation 2,600 €
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Meet

    Meeting at 17:00 in Chamonix/Argentiere- the exact hotel’s address will be sent to you before the activity – for a briefing and a gear check.

  • Day 2Climb to Chabod Hut

    Today we will travel Valsavarenche in the Italian Aosta valley, after the obligatory Italian coffee, we will walk together to the Chabod hut (2700 meters). After checking in and resting, we will learn how to put on our harnesses and crampons and will do a short round on the rocks around the hut with our mountaineering boots, gaining confidence. (1000 meters elevation gain to the hut, about 3-4 hours walking)

  • Day 3Training

    After Breakfast we will practice walking on snow and ice and the correct usage of ice axe and crampons. Before descending back to the hut we will learn how to arrest a fall on a snowy slope- It is an essential day that serves our acclimatization efforts (450 meters elevation gain, about 3-4 hours walk)

  • Day 4Ascend Gran Paradiso

    An early start and off we go to climb our first alpine summit- The Gran Paradiso. After the climb we will spend our third night in the hut- to maximize our acclimatization! (1100 m elevation ascent and descent, about 10 hours walking round trip)

  • Day 5Descent

    Descend down to the valley and drive back to Chamonix

  • Day 6Go to Mont Blanc huts

    After resting well in the valley, we will head up to our Mont Blanc mountain hut- the Cosmique or the Tete Rousse huts are both good candidates for our Mont Blanc ascent. The destination will be decided about a week before our activity depending on the conditions on the mountain. (1100 meters elevation gain, about 4 hours walking to Tete Rousse hut)

  • Day 7Ascend Mont Blanc

    Mont Blanc ascent and an overnight in the Gouter Hut (depending on the hut between 1400 meters climbing to 1100 meters, the summit day is usually calculated as a 10-12 hours day)

  • Day 8Descent and finish

    Today’s plan is to get back down to the valley where our activity will be concluded! Estimated time to reach the valley- 12:00-14:00

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Meeting at 17:00 in Chamonix/Argentiere- the exact hotel’s address will be sent to you before the activity.

Accommodation

5 nights in mountain huts, 2 night in hotel.

More info

The activity includes:

- Snow and ice gear intro

- How to deal with ropes, harnesses, crampons and ice axes

- The right technique to walk in snow and ice

- Self-arrest techniques

- Basic experience in climbing short sections of moderately steep ice

- Glacier travel ‎

- A long acclimatization

The mentioned timetable is exemplary and may vary due to conditions, ability of the participants, safety & weather limitations.

 

About the Guide

 
 

I am in the mountains all year-round, either guiding a trip or exploring on my own. Mountain guiding is not only my profession and passion but also my inner calling. I am a qualified IFMGA mountain and ski guide.

In 2012, I established my mountaineering school "Mountains" with the motto: Quality guiding on snow, rock and ice. You can count on a low client to guide ratio, reliable gear and high quality programs led by our talented team of guides. We are not adrenaline junkies - we put safety first and strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' needs.

We take great pride in having more than 30% returning clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our "Mountains" family during your next rock, snow or ice adventure!

 
 
 

 

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