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Climb Mont Blanc 3 Days

Mont Blanc Summit 3 Day Expedition

This 3 day Mont Blanc ascent is designed for Chamonix Experience clients who have recently completed one of our preparation courses and are already trained in crampon and ice axe techniques.

We hit the ground running with this trip, heading straight up to the Tete Rousse refuge on day one, so you will need to be ready and acclimatised for high altitude mountaineering before we set off. Spending some time in the Chamonix valley or other high alpine area prior to your Mont Blanc ascent would be ideal.

This trip runs for a maximum of two clients per guide, so you will have an excellent quality of guiding and a truly personal experience.

This is an exceptional trip for experienced climbers who only have a short time frame to schedule in a massive experience - do something different with your weekend and summit Western Europe's highest mountain!

To undertake this trip you must have a good level of physical fitness and sufficient experience in mountaineering. If you are in doubt of your capabilities then consider signing up for our Climb Mont Blanc 6 Day Course instead, which includes 3 days of training and acclimatisation prior to your summit attempt - you'll also get to see a whole lot more of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif!

Description

Mont Blanc Summit Requirements

If you have recently (ie maximum 5 weeks prior to your planned Mont Blanc climb) completed one of our courses listed below, this course is for you: 

  • Haute Route
  • Alpine climbing
  • Climb Gran Paradiso
  • Climb Matterhorn
  • Climb Eiger
  • Any private alpine climbing course of at least 3 days duration

If you are unsure of your level you can check with your mountain guide for advice on whether you are ready to climb Mont Blanc; our guides will be happy to advise you or help you with Mont Blanc specific training. 


This 3 day Mont Blanc ascent can only be organised as a private trip for a maximum of 2 people per mountain guide. Please contact us if you are interested in a private 1:1 trip. 

Price

1390€

Price per person for a group of 2 participants

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fees

3 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Group Equipment

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

Accommodation (half-board)

2 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.

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

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your perdoanlised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Accommodation

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

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.

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.

This itinerary is an example of what could be achieved with good weather and the right conditions. It will be changed by your guide to suit conditions and the group. The course starts with an evening meeting between you and your guide at our office. Your guide will go though the plan for the coming days and answer any questions you have.

Day 1: Hike to Tête Rousse or Cosmiques Hut

On your first day we set off to either the Tête Rousse (3167m) or the Cosmiques (3613m) huts, where we will spend the night.

You will be at the hut by early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the dramatic location and get a good night's sleep before our early start tomorrow.

Day 2: Summit Mont Blanc

The Big Day! Weather permitting, you will aim to summit Mont Blanc today. The ascent takes about 6-7 hours and we have a very early start, you will set off before dawn wearing head torches to light the way - a magical experience.

You will either return by the same route to the Gouter hut or to go down to the Cosmiques hut, where you will spend the night.

Day 3: Descent or 2nd Mont Blanc Summit Attempt

If you have not summited the day before, you will make the attempt today requiring a 1am start.

After summiting, you will descend all the way down to the valley and you should be back down in Chamonix by mid-late afternoon.

Your efforts will be celebrated in our office!

Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days
Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

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

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Crampons

Crampons

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Food

We suggest you bring snacks and packed lunch for each day that you are out in the mountains. Sandwiches, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate and sweets are all good for energy and easy to carry. Don't forget to bring plenty of water - dehydration occurs much more rapidly at altitude, especially when you are burning lots of energy.

You will generally stop for short breaks every hour or so, when you should eat and drink something in order to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

When staying in huts it's best to take supplies for however many days that you are in the mountains, the huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low. If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend that you bring some food to supplement your hut dinners. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs. The huts can provide a small basic packed lunch of bread, salami, cheese and chocolate that you can buy each day but it’s important that you don’t rely on this option only. You do need to carry some snack food for each day.

 

Bad Weather

If the weather forecast is poor, we will follow an alternative programme. Chamonix is right on the border with Italy and Switzerland, giving us lots of options for fantastic climbing routes. Your guide will discuss the possibilities with you at the time and advise on the best itinerary for your trip.

Getting to Chamonix

Chamonix is one of the easiest alpine resorts to get to, being just over an hour's drive from Geneva international airport. Lyon, Turin and Milan airports are also all within a few hour's drive. The best way to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix is by transfer bus, either shared with other passengers or private. You will be met in the arrivals lounge by your driver and dropped at your accommodation in Chamonix, there is no extra charge for your luggage or equipment. We work only with the most reliable transfer companies in the valley and are happy to organise your journey for you, please contact us for prices and booking.

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you wish to book accommodation in Chamonix we would be happy to recommend some local hotels, gites, self-catered apartments, or chalets and advise on the best locations. Please contact us if you would like help finding accommodation in Chamonix.

Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out specific insurance for mountain activities. We can organise this at a cost of 8€ per day for EU citizens and 12€ per day for non-EU citizens. This will cover you for search and rescue services, evacuation by helicopter and emergency medical treatment. You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for the usual things such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, hospital treatment, etc. Please contact us to organise mountain rescue insurance for your trip.

Our Guides

All Chamex mountain guides are fully qualified, highly experienced and passionate about what they do. Everyone who works as part of the Chamex team has been throughly vetting and is trusted by us to give our clients the best experience possible - you are in safe hands! If you would like to know more then you can meet the Chamex team here.

Equipment hire

Please see the list of recommended equipment on the other tab. Most technical equipment can be rented here in Chamonix, please contact us if you would like prices and advice on whatever you need. Chamonix has dozens of outdoor shops selling everything from basic headtorches to expedition standard sleeping bags, so whatever you don't already have you can find it here.

Tête Rousse Hut

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The Tête Rousse refuge is a popular starting point for climbing Mont Blanc; situated at 3167m it is a good place to spend the night prior to your summit for acclimatisation.

Access to Tête Rousse is fairly easy; we start by taking the Tramway du Mont Blanc either from Saint-Gervais or from Les Houches up to Nid d´Aigle. From here it is a hike of 2-3 hours past the Glacier de la Tête Rousse with fantastic views of the Grand Couloir and the Aiguille du Bionassay.

Mont Blanc - The Gouter Route also known as the normal route

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This is the route which you will most likely climb on our Mont Blanc courses. While this is the easiest route to reach the Mont Blanc summit, it still requires good crampon skills, fitness and acclimatisation. We also chose this itinerary because it allows the ascent over 3 days. This is an advantage as you can climb up slowly and so cope better with the altitude and physical effort. Also, the climb is over 3 days giving an extra day to attempt the summit - a valuable opportunity if the weather is unstable. 

We will take the Bellevue cable car from Les Houches and the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d’Aigle (2372 m). From there is a 2 - 2.5 hours hike on a zig zagging, rocky path up to the Tete Rousse hut where you will spend a night. 

You will have an early start the next day to leave the hut at 2:00h AM. Hike towards the Aiguille du Gouter W face and across the Tete Rousse glacier to reach its SE edge. Continue up to reach the ridge which divides the the Tete Rousse and the Bionnassay glaciers and up the ridge to reach the Grand Couloir. The Grand Couloir is the most dangerous place on this climb as it is very prone to rockfalls. You wan to reach it very early in the morning and cross it very quickly. The couloir is only about 30 m wide but the path immediately before and after the couloir is also exposed to the rock falls so make sure that you stop on a safe place to get ready for the crossing. 

After the couloir, the path leads up and right over a south side of the ridge to the Aiguille du Gouter (3863 m) and on to the Gouter hut (3835 m). Today is the first opportunity to reach the Mont Blanc summit so if the weather is good and you have reached this point in a good time, you will continue up the NW face of Dome du Gouter (4303 m). The climb is relatively mellow passing around few crevasses. the path then leads From the Dome down to the Col des Domes (3564 m)to the Bosses ridge. A 100m of a steep snow climb will take you to the Vallot hut and then on over the Bosses ridge to the summit of Mont Blanc (4810 m). 

You will then descent back to the Gouter hut where you spend the night and down to Chamonix the next day. If you haven’t reached the summit on the second day of your climb, you will try on the third day. You will leave the Gouter hut at 1:30 AM, climb up to the Mont Blanc summit as described above and descend down to the Chamonix. The climb from the Tete Rousse hut to the Gouter hut takes about 3 hours and the Mont Blanc summit from the Gouter hut 5 - 6 hours.