An exciting NEW 5 day itinerary to climb Mont Blanc. The itinerary includes training on the Le Tour glacier, climbing the Aiguille du Tour (3540m), the classic Arete des Cosmiques and Mont Blanc (4810m).

Mont Blanc ascent over 2 days
Shorter time spent at high altitude
More technical training and fun preparation climbs
Alternative summits in case of bad weather
You will do some great mountaineering no matter what weather and conditions on Mont Blanc may be

CLIMB MONT BLANC 5 DAY COURSE

Shorter, more intensive Mont Blanc course with more technical climbing

From 2,275.00€

Price per person for a group of minimum 2 participants

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Intermediate tech level

 

5 days of climbing

 

2 nights in mountain huts

 

Fitness level 5/5

 

1:2 guiding ratio last 3 days

 

Available June - September

We created this programme for those with an excellent level of fitness and motivation, who wish to challenge themselves. 

This itinerary includes 3 days of preparation and training and 2 days ascent of Mont Blanc with one night in the Gouter hut.

The first two training days take place in the stunning environment of the Le Tour and Trient glaciers. You will learn all the essential skills for safe travel on glaciers and ice climbing basics. 

We will reduce the guiding ratio to 1:2 on the third training day, allowing for a flexible itinerary. You will climb some fun classic mixed routes such as the Cosmiques ridge, Pointe Lachenal or trek the Vallee Blanche traverse.

The ascent of Mont Blanc will be over two days, reducing your exposure to high altitude.

Dates

Climb Mont Blanc 5 day course dates - 2020

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June 22, 2020
2
2,275.00€
June 29, 2020
2
2,275.00€
July 06, 2020
2
2,275.00€
July 13, 2020
2
2,275.00€
July 20, 2020
2
2,275.00€
July 27, 2020
2
2,275.00€
August 03, 2020
2
2,275.00€
September 07, 2020
2
2,275.00€
September 14, 2020
2
2,275.00€
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Itinerary

Arrival Day - Welcome Meeting

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

We will take the Balme chairlift and hike up to the Albert 1er hut (2702m). The Le Tour glacier offers a great playground for learning ice and snow skills with crampons, ice axe and ropes. You will spend the night in the hut.

Day 2

Today you will practice what you learned yesterday. Afteran early breakfast, you will climb some of the Chamonix classics such as the Aiguille du Tour or Petite Fourche.

Day 3

Today we will reduce the guiding ratio to 1:2 to allow more flexibility between the groups and more fun and technical climbing. We will take the Aiguille du Midi lift and climb from the Vallee Blanche glacier. There are many options of varied technical climbs: Arete des Cosmiques, the Pointes Lachenal or the famous Vallee Blanche traverse to name just few.

Day 4

First day of the Mont Blanc ascent! We will take the first lift and climb up to the Gouter hut for the night.

Day 5

Early start to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc. After spending few moments to admire the view, we will descent back to Chamonix.

Level Requirements

Mont Blanc (4810m) is technically more difficult than Kilimanjaro. While it is not obligatory, we recommend at least one day of crampon and ice axe training prior to the course.

You will need excellent levels of fitness and good endurance to climb Mont Blanc. If you run or trek long distances (10km or more) regularly, or do other cardio and endurance activities you will greatly improve your chances of a successful summit.

Equipment

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

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

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

Optional items

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

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

Mountain huts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Practical Information

Changes to the itinerary and logistics through the summer season

The Bellevue lift and the Mont Blanc train are not operating during the early June and late September. During this time, we organise a 4x4 taxi to drive you to the top of Bellevue lift from where you start the Mont Blanc ascent. Please note that the taxi may not be able to go as far if there is still lot of snow on the route and you may be dropped off before the Bellevue. This will add approximately 1 - 2 hours to the ascent - descent to the Gouter hut. You have to be therefore physically fit and have good stamina.  As a reward, you will have good climbing conditions and less people on the climb. 

Many of the local lifts and huts are closed in early June and late September. Therefore we may have to change the preparation itinerary to climbing in another part of the local mountain (e.g. around the Torino or Albert 1er huts). We may also have to change the course itinerary in case of bad weather, dangerous conditions on the mountain, heavy traffic through the Mont Blanc tunnel or closure of the tunnel or any other circumstances which we can not control.

Food

We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favourite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts it's best to take supplies for the days you are away. 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 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.

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

Staying in Mountain Huts

The high alpine huts are one of the big attractions to mountaineering or trekking in the Alps. They allow us the time to enjoy the mountains with only light packs and without having to worry about meals or finding somewhere to sleep! Most huts have only very basic facilities. Sleeping arrangements are in mixed sex dormitory-style rooms with bunks; there can be up to 20 people in one room.

Washing facilities are limited and generally there is no running water in any of the huts although this may vary in some huts. There are basins in which you can use bottled water to wash and clean your teeth, but they are NOT generally in private cubicles and are mixed sex. Toilets are generally septic-tank type (so non-flushing) and again mixed sex. You need to be prepared for simple living in the huts and appreciate they are located at high altitude and in inhospitable terrain.

The guardian and his/her team serve a 3-course evening meal and breakfast - food is usually nourishing and filling. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are also available. All food and drink in the huts is delivered by helicopter and consequently prices will be high e.g. between 5 -10€ or 10CHF for a 1.5litre bottle of still water.

There are a few basic hut ‘rules’ that you need to follow so that you (and your fellow climbers) have a pleasant stay:

1) On arriving at the hut you must take off your boots and leave these together with your ice-axe, crampons in the foyer. Be sure to store these carefully as the hut is likely to get very busy and you’ll need to find all your kit in the morning rush!

2) House slippers are provided and must be worn in the hut

3) Your guide will register you with the guardian and will assign you your bunk

4) Follow the instructions of your guide and keep requests to the guardian and his team to a minimum – they are usually very busy sorting out groups, cooking meals, keeping the hut clean

5) In the morning your guide will often want to leave early – be sure to have all your kit ready to go the night before. Be organized and everything will be much easier!

6) It is recommended to bring ear-plugs for the nights – but make sure that you wake up on time!

Bad Weather

If the weather forecast is poor, we will follow an alternative programme. From the Aiguille du Midi you can access the Cosmiques or Torino refuges. These are ideal bases to ascend classic mountaineering routes such as Mt Blanc du Tacul, Cosmiques Arete, Point Lachenal, Tour Ronde and the Aiguille d' Entreves. Or we can drive to Italy or Switzerland and attempt the Gran Paradiso or the Weissmies in the Saas valley – please note there will be additional transport costs for options to Italy or Switzerland.

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