An exceptional course combining our two most popular courses – Our educational alpine climbing course teaching you all the most important mountaineering essentials, followed by a prestigious Mont Blanc summit ascent.

Educational course
This package includes 3 days of technical and safety training
Small guiding ratio
Climb more technical routes and experience more personalized instruction
Mont Blanc hut
We take care of the logistics including the hut reservations for you

ALPINIST’S MONT BLANC COURSE

Learn basic alpine climbing skills and climb the Mont Blanc

From 2,550.00€

Price per person

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Intermediate tech level

 

6 days course

 

June - September

 

4/5 fitness level

 

1:2 guiding ratio for 5 days

 

3 nights in huts

This course have been designed to be educational, teaching all the basic safety skills and techniques involved in summer mountaineering, including a guided ascent of the Mont Blanc as the grand finale of the week. 

The course is divided into two parts: 3 days of instruction, climbing and acclimatization and 3 days to climb the Mont Blanc. If you are looking to get your teeth stuck into some real mountaineering, as well as climbing the Mont Blanc, then this course is for you. 
 

First 3 days mountaineering instruction

The preparation days will teach you the skills needed for Mont Blanc ascent and much more. We will cover, glacier travel safety skills, crampon and ice axe techniques, essential mountaineering knots, and basic mixed climbing skills to name just few. Small guiding ratios from day 2 allow for a personal approach and more technical style climbing.  

As we will climb at high altitude during the preparation days, you will become both more comfortable and acclimatised in readiness for the final big summit push at the end of the week.


Mont Blanc ascent 3 days

We will climb the Mont Blanc via the normal route on the last 3 days of the course. Following your alpine climbing training beforehand, you will now have a better understanding and sense of confidence for the ascent. You should feel comfortable on crampons and be more familiar with the safety techniques and reasoning behind the planning and decisions taken by the guides. 

Dates

Alpinist’s Mont Blanc course dates - 2022

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
May 29, 2022
G
2,550.00€
June 05, 2022
2
2,550.00€
June 12, 2022
2
2,550.00€
June 19, 2022
2
2,550.00€
June 25, 2022
2
2,550.00€
July 04, 2022
2
2,550.00€
July 10, 2022
2
2,550.00€
July 17, 2022
F
2,550.00€
July 24, 2022
2
2,550.00€
July 31, 2022
2
2,550.00€
August 17, 2022
G
2,550.00€
August 21, 2022
2
2,550.00€
August 28, 2022
2
2,550.00€
September 04, 2022
2
2,550.00€
September 09, 2022
2
2,550.00€
September 18, 2022
2
2,550.00€
A
   Spaces available
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Alpinist’s Mont Blanc course dates - 2023

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
June 04, 2023
2
2,550.00€
June 11, 2023
2
2,550.00€
June 18, 2023
2
2,550.00€
June 25, 2023
2
2,550.00€
July 02, 2023
2
2,550.00€
July 09, 2023
G
2,550.00€
July 16, 2023
2
2,550.00€
July 23, 2023
2
2,550.00€
July 30, 2023
2
2,550.00€
August 06, 2023
2
2,550.00€
August 13, 2023
2
2,550.00€
August 20, 2023
2
2,550.00€
August 27, 2023
2
2,550.00€
September 03, 2023
2
2,550.00€
September 10, 2023
2
2,550.00€
September 17, 2023
2
2,550.00€
September 24, 2023
2
2,550.00€
A
   Spaces available
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Alpinist’s Mont Blanc course dates - 2024

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
June 02, 2024
2
2,550.00€
June 09, 2024
2
2,550.00€
June 16, 2024
2
2,550.00€
June 23, 2024
2
2,550.00€
June 30, 2024
2
2,550.00€
July 07, 2024
2
2,550.00€
July 14, 2024
2
2,550.00€
July 21, 2024
2
2,550.00€
July 28, 2024
2
2,550.00€
August 04, 2024
2
2,550.00€
August 11, 2024
2
2,550.00€
August 18, 2024
2
2,550.00€
August 25, 2024
2
2,550.00€
September 01, 2024
2
2,550.00€
September 08, 2024
2
2,550.00€
September 15, 2024
2
2,550.00€
September 22, 2024
2
2,550.00€
A
   Spaces available
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Arrival day

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! 

Level Requirements

Fitness

Mont Blanc is a physically and technically demanding ascent. You should be able to hike on relatively technical terrain (scrambles with steep pitches) for about 8 hours per day without feeling too tired the next day. You should be able to climb 1200 – 1600 vertical meters per day. 

Experience

If you have already climbed some 4000m summits, it is great. Please note that some mountains are significantly less technical (Kilimanjaro or Aconcagua) than Mont Blanc so you have to expect different experience on this course. You have to be fit hiker comfortable moving on steep and technical terrain (scrambles). 

Training and Preparation

Regular hiking, ideally including long uphill climbs (1000vertical meters and more) is great. Add a heavy backpack to it and you will be ready for the course! Any other cardio exercise will help you as well, running, swimming or biking. 

Equipment

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

T-shirts

T-shirts

Long sleeve shirt

Long sleeve shirt

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

Crampons

Crampons

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Trekking poles

Trekking poles

30l backpack

30l backpack

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Antibacterial handwash

Antibacterial handwash

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Face mask

Face mask

Included or not

Included

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide. All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

Mountain huts

3 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

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