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!
We will be meeting at Finhaut, located near Chamonix.
We will be staying in mountain huts throughout the region, and at a private chalet in the valley.
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.
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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