MONT BLANC CLIMB
Chamonix, France - 7 days
MONT BLANC CLIMB OVERVIEW
The competition to be the first to summit of Mont Blanc near Chamonix back in the late 1700's is when many consider the sport of mountain climbing began. The highest peak in Western Europe is still a worthy achievement for any climber.
Our Mont Blanc program has been refined over many years of guiding Mont Blanc. We do a five day program that includes two days of training and acclimating climbs in the Chamonix area. Then we do a three day ascent of Mont Blanc which is by far the best and safest way to climb the peak. It also allows for some flexibility in the event of weather. We will attempt the well known Gouter Route in a three day climb in which we will stay at the Gouter and Tete Rousse Hut.
Our training and acclimating climbs in the Chamonix are designed to give you a good taste of climbing in the Alps. Chamonix is stacked with many high quality routes in the Aiguille Rouge and the Aiguille du Midi area and others.
The ascent of the Gouter Route on Mont Blanc involves some easy rock scrambling as well as moderate glacier and snow climbing. Summit day on Mont Blanc is a long day of climbing with awesome views. Other route options include the Three Summits Route from the Aiguille du Midi and cosmiques hut depending on group experience and conditions.
The Mont Blanc climbs are designed and led by IAG owner/director and IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide Dave Miller. Dave has many years of experience guiding throughout the Alps.
A great introduction into climbing in the Alps with an opportunity to tick off the famous summit of Mont Blanc. Climbing Mont Blanc & in other Chamonix climbs is truly a classic alpine climbing trip.
MONT BLANC CLIMB SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
No previous technical climbing experience is required. However, you should be in very good physical shape and have had extensive experience with off trail hiking and scrambling up to 14,000 ft. Previous experience with ice axe and crampons is helpful.
MONT BLANC CLIMB GROUND TRANSPORTATION & LODGING
We will arrange and include all the hotel reservations for you with breakfast included in comfortable 3-star hotels. Your guide will travel with you from town to town and we will include travel expenses such as trains and all lift tickets. At the alpine huts, we include all hut fees with breakfast and included. This all allows you to have a worry free trip at an exceptional value.
MONT BLANC CLIMB DATES
Custom dates from July till early September
$5995 for one
$3995 each for two
IFMGA/UIAGM guides and all the guide's expenses at 1:1 guide to guest ratio for the Matterhorn climb and 2:1 ratio for training days
Logistical support throughout the trip
4 nights hotel with breakfast included
2 nights alpine huts with breakfast and dinner
All ground transportation including trains and lift tickets on the normal itinerary.
All group climbing equipment
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MONT BLANC CLIMB ITINERARY
Arrival in Chamonix. The closest airport is Geneva, Switzerland and there are easy shuttle services that will take you directly to yout hotel. We meet in the evening at our hotel in Chamonix.
Warm up climb in the Chamonix area, probably in the Aiguille Rouge area such as the Crochue traverse or the Petite Aiguille Vert. Overnight in town.
Glacier travel and skills practise in the famed Vallee Blance off the famous Aiguille du Midi tramway. Overnight in town.
Travel to the first Hut on Mont Blanc. First involving a small cog-wheel train ride and then a pleasant hike on a trail. Overnight at the Tete Rouse hut.
Summit attempt of Mont Blanc via the Gouter Route. We being just before dawn crossing the rock scrambling section in the cold hours of the morning. Once the rock section is over, it is a long moderate glacier climb to the summit. We will attempt to summit around noon with spectacular views from the top of Western Europe. We descend back to the new Gouter Hut to shorten the day and avoid loose afternoon slopes below the hut.
Descend back to Chamonix in the morning arriving back in the early afternoon.
Travel out of Chamonix back to your airport or your next European destination
Itinerary subject to change