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Vallee Blanche Traverse

Experience one of the most breathtaking treks in the world on the iconic Vallee Blanche

The Vallee Blanche traverse is one of the most spectacular glacier walks in the Alps, starting from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3842m above sea level.

It is a relatively easy high altitude trek involving approximately 600m of descent and 200m of ascent, which takes you through the spectacular glaciated terrain of the Glacier de Geant over to Pointe Helbronner on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. You will be surrounded by towering alpine peaks, glistening seracs and icy blue crevasses - which you will get to see again from above as you take the Helbronner cable car back across the Vallee Blanche to the Aiguille du Midi!

You will be accompanied the whole time by one of our highly qualified and experienced UIAGM mountain guides, who will not only lead you but will also share with you their expert knowledge on the area, making this a unique and unforgettable experience.

Stunning views of the Chamonix valley and the majestic Mont Blanc provide incredible photo opportunities! This is a great outing suitable for both experienced alpinists and novices alike, as no previous experience of mountaineering or glacier travel is necessary.

Description

Level Requirements 

This glacier trek is suitable for beginners in glacier travel and high mountain climbing. This is a good opportunity to learn alpine skills such as basic rope work and crevasse rescue techniques, all of which will be demonstrated to you by your guide.

You do not need to be extremely fit to complete this hike but please note that it is a full day and you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to cope not just with the hike but also with the effects of high altitude, which can cause fatigue and dizziness.

Price

355€

The price is for a group of maximum 4 participants

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fee

UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide - a fully qualified and experienced Chamex guide will accompany you for the duration of your trip.

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

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.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you 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.

Accommodation

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.

Vallee Blanche Traverse Itinerary

This is a one day trip, you will start early in the morning by taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car from Chamonix up to the summit at 3824m. The trek starts by descending a 150m exposed snow ridge from the lift station to the glacier. You will hike across the Glacier du Geant to the Punta Helbronner lift station on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche. We will take the lift from the Helbronner back to the Aiguille du Midi and down to Chamonix, this panoramic cable car trip offers amazing views of the Vallee Blanche, Glacier de Geant and the Mont Blanc range from above. Expect to be back in Chamonix by early afternoon.

Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Vallee Blanche and Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

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)