An excellent 6 day itinerary to climb Mont Blanc with a UIAGM mountain guide. The itinerary includes Vallée Blanche traverse and summits of Gran Paradiso (4061m) and Mont Blanc (4810m).

3 day ascent of Mont Blanc
more flexibility to maximise your chance of summiting
Two 4000m summits
Climb Gran Paradiso (4061m) and Mont Blanc (4810m)
Pre-reserved places in huts
Guaranteed places in Tete Rousse and Gouter huts

CLIMB MONT BLANC 6 DAY COURSE

An excellent 6 day itinerary to climb Mont Blanc with a mountain guide.

From 2,095.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 2 participants. If you prefer a private course, please contatct us for the price. 

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Intermediate tech level

 

High Fitness level

 

6 days of guiding

 

Guiding ratio 1:2 for the summit days

 

3 nights in huts

 

Groups of 4 maximum

 

Available June - September

Climb Mont Blanc with a guide, one of world’s ultimate mountaineering challenges.

The Chamonix Valley is dominated by the majestic dome of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe at 4810m. Every year the summit of Mont Blanc becomes the ultimate objective for mountaineers the world over, all striving to stand on top of the roof of Europe and look down on the major summits of the Alps.

Our many years of experience guiding in the region have equipped us with the knowledge to give you the best possible preparation and acclimatisation for your Mont Blanc ascent, whose difficulty should not be underestimated.

Chamonix Experience has developed this 6 day itinerary, with 3 days dedicated to the Mont Blanc summit attempt. This allows for more flexibility should bad weather intervene and maximises your chances of reaching the top. The three preparation days offer an exciting itinerary dedicated to perfecting your alpine climbing skills and allowing you to explore some of the most stunning locations in the Mont Blanc Massif. Your trip will include two 4000m peaks, with an initial climb of Italy's highest mountain, the Gran Paradiso 4061m.

During this time, you will be taught glacier travel techniques and have plenty of opportunity to practice your crampon and ice axe skills in preparation for a safe and successful ascent; the final 3 days are for the Mont Blanc ascent itself. The guide to client ratios on this course are 1 guide for 4 clients during the preparation days and 1 guide for 2 clients during the 3 ascent days - this not only ensures a greater standard of safety but also maximises your enjoyment of the trip and your chances of a successful summit attempt.

How we differ from our competition? Why book your climb with Chamex? 

  • More lift passes included - more flexibility & alternatives in case of bad conditions
  • A shorter 2 day ascent of Gran Paradiso, so we can include a valuable preparation day aclimatising from the famous Aiguille du Midi lift 3842m​
  • 3 day ascent of MB - more flexibility to maximise your chance of summiting
  • GUARANTEED pre-reserved places in both the Tete Rousse & Gouter refuges - best tactical method for reaching summit
  • Smaller groups for a more personalised experience
  • Fully UIAGM qualified guides, local to Chamonix with years of climbing experience in the area
  • Locally run and fully registered French business, based in Chamonix

Level Requirements

Fitness

Mont Blanc is a relatively technical and physically very demanding climb. You have to be able to move over uneven terrain with some steep sections and some scrambling pitches. You have to be able to hike and climb over such terrain for about 8 hours at a good and steady pace without being too tired the next day.

Experience

If you have some previous mountain climbing experience, such as Kilimanjaro or Aconcagua, it is great. But you should expect a far greater physical and technical challenge on the Mont Blanc climb.

However, we do accept beginners on this course and the first 3 days are allocated for acclimatisation and alpine training, which is specific for the challenge of climbing Mont Blanc. We will train you in crampon and ice axe techniques, glacier travel, and other important safety skills. As long as you are fit and have good stamina, you should not be disadvantaged by a lack of climbing experience.

Training

Regular hiking and/or long distance running, swimming and/or cycling are great forms of training for this course. Remember that you have to include some uphill hiking and/or running - training on flat terrain will not give you the same kind of fitness, however it is better than no training at all! If you live in a city and have limited access to the outdoors, ask for advice at your local gym as many gyms have mountain climbing specific training programs.

If you need further advice on how to prepare for this course, please contact us on info@chamex.com

Additional Services

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well established airport transfer companies using new and comfortable vehicles, with the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following: 
  • Full name 
  • Mobile phone number 
  • Email address 
  • Your destination address 
  • Flight details (date, time and flight number)
SHARED TRANSFERS: 


This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS: 


Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door to door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

Mountain rescue insurance

We don’t include mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses but we strongly recommend that you have it. Mountain rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us.

However, we can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you. The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents; please contact us for more information.

Equipment hire

We highly recommend that you book any equipment with us at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop:

• Concept Pro Shop that is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

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.

Practical Information

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.

Climb Mont Blanc with a corporate group

We also organise custom made programmes for companies wanting to Climb Mont Blanc as a corporate objective.

It is an excellent goal to reach with your colleagues or your best clients.

We only take small teams with a maximum of 12 clients.

For these specific demands, please visit our events website:

www.chamonixevents.com

Or don't hesitate to email us on info@chamex.com

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 - Hike up to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuelle II

The day will start with a drive to Italy and a hike through the Gran Paradiso National Park forest, with trails up towards the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuelle II hut (2732m).  You will stay overnight at the refuge. Sleeping at altitude is one of the best ways to acclimatise.

Day 2 - Climb Gran Paradiso

Today you will climb the Gran Paradiso, at 4061m the highest mountain entirely within Italy. This is a great way to acclimatise for Mont Blanc and summit a 4000m peak at the same time. Your mountain guide will drive you from Chamonix through to Italy and back again.

Day 3 - Aiguille du Midi & the Vallee Blanche or Crampon Skills on the Mer de Glace

Today we will do 1 of 2 plans, depending on the group and the weather. We will either take the lift up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) to traverse the Vallée Blanche, in order to gain further acclimatisation and continue your practice with ice-axe and crampons. You will walk on a spectacular glacier to reach the Helbronner, taking the lift back to the Aiguille du Midi in the Panoramic gondola. Or, in the case of bad weather or needing to rest before the Mont Blanc ascent, we can take the Montenvers railway up to the Mer de Glace and practise our crampon skills on the glacier there.

Day 4 - Climb Mont Blanc, first day of ascent

Now that your training is completed, you are ready for the ascent of Mont Blanc! You will walk up to either the Tête Rousse (3167m) or the Cosmiques (3613mm) hut. You will be at the hut by early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the dramatic location and spectacular views. Dinner will be eaten at the hut and we will have an early night to prepare for an early start in the morning.

Day 5 - Climb Mont Blanc, summit and return to the Gouter hut

The Big Day! Weather permitting you will aim to summit Mont Blanc today. The ascent takes about 6 to 7 hours and we will set off early to reach the summit. 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 6 - Climb Mont Blanc, second summit attempt if required

If you have not summited the day before, you will make the attempt today requiring a 1am start. After summiting, we will have to descend all the way down to the valley and should be back in Chamonix by mid-late afternoon, where we will meet at the Chamonix Experience office to celebrate!

Dates

Climb Mont Blanc 6 Day Course dates - 2018

Start date Spaces
Price from
 
September 23, 2018
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2,175.00€
September 24, 2018
F
2,175.00€
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Climb Mont Blanc 6 Day Course dates - 2019

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Price from
 
June 02, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 03, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 05, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 09, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 10, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 12, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 16, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 17, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 19, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 23, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 24, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 26, 2019
2
2,095.00€
June 30, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 01, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 03, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 07, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 08, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 10, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 14, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 15, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 17, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 21, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 22, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 24, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 28, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 29, 2019
2
2,095.00€
July 31, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 04, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 05, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 11, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 12, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 18, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 19, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 25, 2019
2
2,095.00€
August 26, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 01, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 02, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 08, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 09, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 15, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 16, 2019
2
2,095.00€
September 22, 2019
2
2,095.00€
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

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. 

Transport

All transport required for the course, including one return trip to Val Paradiso in Italy

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. We will be happy to help you find and book accommodation on request.

Packed Lunches, Snacks & Drinks

The course includes breakfasts and evening meals in huts.

You will need to provide and carry your own packed lunches, snacks, drinks and any additional food that you may wish to bring. On some days we may have the option of buying lunch at a mountain refuge or nearby restaurant.

Insurance

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

Personal 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 personalised kit list.

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

Crampons

Crampons

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

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

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