Climbing Mont Blanc
A six day course. Guiding Fee: €2700. This fee is for one person alone or can be shared between two.
Mont Blanc at 4810m is the highest and most prestigious summit in the Western alps.
This is a 6 day course, 3 days of training and acclimatisation and 3 days for the ascent of the mountain. I guide the normal route, passing by the Tete Rousse and Gouter huts and finally by the Bosses ridge.
This method of a 6 days: 3 days training and then 3 days for the actual ascent I think gives climbers the best chance of success by having a good preparation and not being rushed on the ascent nor on the descent and plenty of time to absorb the views. Also I believe it is much safer doing it in this manner, you will traverse the grande couloir leading up to the Gouter hut in the cooler hours of the day. Hence less risk of rock fall when traversing and ascending and descending this zone.
Climbing Mont Blanc by the normal route is not technical in itself, but!! One must be sound footed when scrambling on rock and cramponing on snow and ice. A very good fitness level is necessary to climb the mountain. (The fitter you are the less you suffer!!) Remember when you arrive at the summit you will only have gone half way!!
Day 1: On the Mer de Glace Glacier. Learning the use of crampons and ice axe, moving roped together and demonstration of a crevasse rescue.
Day 2: Morning, Basic rock climbing in the Chamonix valley. Afternoon, take the cable car to the Aig du Midi. Followed by a short descent and walk to the Cosmiques hut at 3613m.
Day 3: Traverse the Valleé Blanche. Optional, ascend the Aig du Toule 3534m.
Day 4: After a morning of relaxation, walk into the Tete Rousse 3167m about 2-3 hours.
Day 5: Summit day! It normally takes 7-10 hours to summit. That night will be spent either in the Gouter hut 3817m or again at the Tete Rousse ( This all depends on the availability of places in the mountain huts)
A great feeling to make it to the top.
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Dates: A six day course, available between mid June – mid July and September.
Level: Climbing Mont Blanc by the Normal route is not technical in itself, but!! One must be sound footed when scrambling on rock and cramponing on snow and ice. A very good fitness level is necessary to climb the mountain. The fitter you are the less you suffer!! Remember when you arrive at the summit you will only have gone half way!!
Guiding Fee: Euros 2500. Guide/client max 1/2. This fee is for one person alone or can be shared between two. This fee is for guiding and instruction from the IFMGA certified mountain guide.
- Clients personal equipment
- Accommodation – I can suggest accommodation and will reserve any refuges
- Transport – We may well use my car but fuel and tolls are charged
- Meals and drinks.
- The guide’s accommodation and meals when not based in the Chamonix valley.