The course starts with an evening meeting with your course leader and the other members of your group. Your guide will go though the itinerary for the week and answer any questions you may have.
Day 1 Crampon & ice axe techniques
We will start the course with the basics needed to climb the Mont Blanc. Mer de Glace glacier is a great place to do so. You will climb steep ladders, scramble over moraine and lose rocks on the way to the ice. Here you will train how to safely move on steep terrain using proper crampon technique, how to use ice screws and basic rope work for climbing. You will return back to Chamonix at the end of the day.
Day 2 Glacier safety skills
Chamonix offers a quick and easy access to high mountain glaciers via the Skyway or Aiguille du Midi lifts. Today we will learn safety on the snow-covered glacier. Understanding the glaciers and the related hazards is crucial for safe climbing in high mountains. We will explain the rope techniques and related safety skills. You will spend the night in Torino or Cosmiques hut for better acclimatization.
Day 3 Introduction to mixed climbing
Today we will climb a mixed route where we can practice climbing with crampons and ice axe on a steep and technical terrain. A traverse of the Marbrees or the Cosmiques ridges, offers amazing climbing on interesting and varied terrain with fantastic views and exposure. You will use all the skills you have learn in the previous two days. We will return to Chamonix after the climb.
Day 4 The Mont Blanc ascent begins
Today is the first day of the Mont Blanc ascent. We will hike up to the Tete Rousse hut (3167m) or the Gouter hut (3815m) where you will stay for the night.
Day 5 Climb to the summit of the Mont Blanc
This is THE day! If the weather is good, you will climb to the summit of the Mont Blanc (4810m). The ascent takes about 6 – 7 hours. We will take the same route to descent to the Gouter hut where we will spend the night.
D6 Descend to Chamonix
If the weather was not favorable to summit the Mont Blanc yesterday, we will summit today. We will return to Chamonix by mid – late afternoon, where we will meet at the Chamex offices. You can then have a good rest and celebrate!