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Follow IFMGA-certified mountain guide Edward on a remarkable week climbing to the summit of one of Europe´s most notorious and sought-after peaks – Mont Blanc.
The world-renowned Mont Blanc (4,810m), located in France at the Italian border, is within the Graian Alps. Surrounding the mountain are alpine communities, including Chamonix, which hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924, and some of the most beautiful valleys and countryside in Europe.
The region is popular for skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering, and has become an icon for European winter sports. The mountain itself is a perfect destination for adventurers who want to push their skills to the limit and take on a formidable challenge.
Our program is designed to cross Mont Blanc off of your bucket list! With my expertise and knowledge, we will make the safest and most reasonable ascent of this mountain and have you home in no time with unforgettable stories and lasting memories.
We will have a home base set up in nearby Finhaut, a Swiss village located just outside of Chamonix. From here, we will take acclimitization hikes to get accustomed to the mountains, and from there make our way up the juggernaut of rock and ice just up the valley.
We will take a three-day ascent to allow for more time enjoying the experience, with less hiking time each day. This will help maintain our energy and give us some flexibility in reaching our goal. Our approach allows us to adjust our summit day as necessary, and really dig in to our mountain surroundings.
This is one of my favorite places in the world, and it would be my pleasure to show you the ins and outs of this magical mountain. We will dive into the local culture and experience Mont Blanc in a one-of-a-kind adventure that you won´t be able to have anywhere else.
This is a sustained program, and we should plan on hiking and climbing for an extended amount of time each day. You should be in great physical shape, and have the mental fortitude to take on the challenge of a Mont Blanc summit.
Book this seven-day summit of Mont Blanc and take your mountaineering talents to the roof of the Alps!
We can mix it up with a trip to nearby Gran Paradiso before we summit Mont Blanc. Or we can take the adventure of a lifetime and spend the better part of two weeks skiing in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies!
We will be staying in mountain huts throughout the region, and at a private chalet in the valley.
The guide reserves the right to adjust and / or alter the trip to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the program.
The group size will not exceed six (6) participants, with a guide ratio of 2:1 for the summit ascent. If required, we will adapt the program to the weather as necessary.
We will be meeting at Finhaut, located near Chamonix.
You will arrive at the chalet accommodations in Finhaut.
We will get settled into our chalet and, after going over our itinerary and equipment, have an acclimitization hike to nearby Bel Oiseau. This will allow us time to practice the hiking, climbing, and mountaineering skills for the following week.
The afternoon will be free to visit Chamonix, if desired, and to prepare for the journey ahead. We will stay in the chalet for the evening.
Technical gear will be issued, and we will begin another hike to the Alert Hut after a short cable car ride. This day will be used for further glacier training, particularly with regards to cramponing, ice axe, and rope technique.
We will traverse the glacier and gain more climbing experience as we head to Aiguille du Tour. After appreciating the views of both Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, we will return to the valley to prepare for the next few days.
We begin our day driving to Les Houches and, via lift and train through Nid d´Aigle (2,372m), hiking to the Tete Rousse Hut for the evening.
This will be a challenging day that includes steep technical climbing and a difficult couloir. Once arriving at Gouter Hut, we will enjoy a nice meal and get some rest for the summit the following day.
Leaving the hut early, we will begin our 3 – 5 hour ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc. Via the Vallot Hut, we will climb both glaciers and snow ridges. Our descent will return us down the same route, and will include difficult aspects that should not be overlooked. We will reach the valley after a successful journey.
We will leave our trip and cherish the memories we have made over the course of the past week!
In 1987 I became a certified mountain guide after an intense four-year training program at the Technical University of Munich, thus becoming the first guide from the Netherlands to be IFMGA-certified and probably worldwide one of the first guides not originating from an alpine country. As a guide, I do everything from beginner courses in the Alps to worldwide climbing expeditions to the Seven Summits.
Based in Switzerland, just a few kilometers from the French town of Chamonix, I offer customized programs, tailor-made for each of my clients. As an alpinist and mountain guide, I’ve participated in many succesful expeditions, including Mt. Everest (north and south sides), Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma (Tibet), Aconcagua (Argentina), Yerupaja South Face and Huascaran (Peru), Ojos del Salado (Chile), Mt Hunter and Denali (Alaska), Elbrus (Russia) Carstensz Pyramid (West Papoua) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). I’ve led two UIAA expeditions for talented young climbers: one in China and one in Pakistan. Both were very successful and led to the opening of some new (and sometimes difficult) routes. I’m always looking for new and challenging ski areas and, in recent years, have specialized in ski safaris and ski touring in the Alps, Morocco, Canada, Chile and Scandinavia. Adventure skiing is my passion since a long time and the challenge is to find the best snow and safe skiing and have fun with the group in a remote location. A father of 2, in my spare time, I like to go skiing, mountain biking and climbing with friends and family.
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• The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). This is the price to join one of my group programs. The price includes the guiding fee, accommodation, halfboard, technical climbing equipment, and acclimitization and training. The price does NOT include transfers, lunches, drinks, and anything not explicitly mentioned as ¨included.¨
Fantastic trip with a great group! Edward made the most of the spring conditions. We were blessed with sunny days - touring in shorts and t-shirts. Beautiful views, skiing over fjords, after great ascents! Long descents, all in all an amazing week!!
My first proper ski touring trip and I didn’t really know what to expect...it was amazing In every respect. The scenery was stunning and accommodation perfect at MIT FabLab. Haakon looked after us at FabLab and Edward out on the mountain. I felt safe and exhilarated at the same time. The group were diverse with a sense of fun and a common interest in being out on the mountains. It really was a privilege for me to share the week with them. I look forward to another trip next winter. Bob
Fantastic mountain guide with an incredible singing voice!