Summit the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe.
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You'll meet your guide after breakfast in Chamonix. The day starts off with a skylift up the Monte Bianco Skyway glacier, where you can enjoy perfect views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. In the afternoon you'll begin some mountain training to prepare you for the days ahead. This will include crevasse rescue, glacier travel and acclimatisation. The evening will be spent in the Torino mountain refuge.
You'll be up early today, and after a hearty breakfast, you'll head out onto the glacier for a day of mountaineering skills. Today you'll be looking at rope skills, emergency techniques and avalanche awareness. In the afternoon you'll head over to Chabod Refugio - a mountain hut famous for its stunning views and huge bowls of pasta.
Another early start, and an opportunity to put some of your mountaineering skills into practice. Today you'll head for the summit of the Gran Paradiso. This will give you a great head start when acclimatising for your ascent of Mont Blanc, and give you an opportunity to experience the Italian side of the Alps.
You'll start the day by taking the Bellevue cable car followed by the Tramway du Mont Blanc train to Refuge du Nid d’Aigle which sits at 2372m. From here, you'll hike to the Tete Rousse hut (3,167m) where you'll spend the evening and prepare for the summit the following day.
You'll be up around 2 am today and start to ascend to the summit of Mont Blanc. It can take between 8 - 12 hours depending on the conditions, and your fitness levels. The aim is to arrive on the top of Western Europe's highest mountain by lunchtime. You'll descend back down to Gouter refuge (3,813m). You'll spend the night here, to allow you to cross the Grand Couloir early the following day.
You'll continue your descent to the Refuge du Nid d'Aigle (2,372m), where you can enjoy a coffee before taking the tramway du Mont Blanc down to Les Houches. From here, you'll make the 4 - 5 hour hike back down to Chamonix where your trip comes to an end.
Start: You'll meet the guide in Chamonix at 9 am on day 1.
End: Your trip will end on day 6 in Chamonix. Expect to arrive around 2 pm.
You do not need any prior mountaineering experience to summit Mont Blanc, but we would recommend it. You'll also need a good level of fitness, as Mont Blanc has some long days of hiking and mountaineering. If you are fit and determined though and used to walking/ scrambling then you can be successful on this trip. You must also be prepared for the guide to turn you around if you do not have the relevant fitness or the conditions do not allow.
You'll stay in basic mountain huts in remote locations in the French and Italian Alps. You can expect dormitory-style accommodation, with no access to wifi. The huts have shared bathrooms and some will have access to a shower. You'll stay in the following huts:
Day 1: Torino Rifugio
Day 2: Chabod Rifugio
Day 3: Hotel
Day 4: Tete Rousse Refuge
Day 5: Gouter Refuge
Day 6: NA
The huts are not basic though by any means. They have restaurants and bars, world-class food and the best locations for any mountaineer. Iconic is the only word best to describe them.
When adventuring in the mountains, you need to prepare for any eventuality. The weather can change at any given moment, which is why it is important to follow the equipment list provided. You should prepare for a potential itinerary change should the weather conditions become unsafe during a section of your trip.
On the Mont Blanc ascent 1 guide to 2 climbers. Bring a friend or we will match you with someone to make a new one.
Yes, and ensure you are covered all the way up to the summit.
Tips are not compulsory, but always appreciated.
Yes absolutely! Here is a list of available equipment for rent for the duration:
We don't rent boots. Before a trip like this, you must purchase and wear in your boots, B2 minimum, B3 preferable. You can rent from Chamonix if you have to, but take time to choose them.
18 or less if with a parent and with suitable experience.
The catering is done by the huts and they certainly do their best. However, do not expect London restaurant experiences.
Yes - your full bag should be no more than 8kg (we recommend aiming for 5kg). Pack as light as possible but bring all the items on the packing list.
You can leave items in your hotel in Chamonix.
The hike involves a fair bit of ascent and descent on a mix of trails. This includes – rocky terrain, forest trails, untracked routes, snow and sometimes gravel tracks. There are snowy ridges and peaks. You can expect short scrambles throughout. However, we also use plenty of cable cars to reduce the amount we walk up and save out legs for the interesting bits.
How much spending money you take, very much depends on your spending habits. Breakfast is included with the accommodation, but lunch and dinners are not. Alongside this, you can expect to roughly pay the following whilst on this trip:
Transfers to and from the airport: 100 EUR or 50 EUR if booked in advance.
Fitness, positive attitude, excitement.
We also recommend you take the pressure off your self by arriving in Chamonix at least the day before. You can then have a hotel night to relax and enjoy the town, stay in that hotel on Day 3 and you have time to get an evening flight after the course if you are in a rush or return to your hotel if you are not. You can then leave anything you don't need in that Chamonix hotel.