Mont Blanc Ascent
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A major objective on the wish list of any mountaineer...
Mont Blanc at 4810m is the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe and a major objective on the wish list of the aspiring mountaineer.
- Glacier travel
- Exposed ridges
- Snow slope climbing
Our course includes six guiding days where you will learn crampon, rope and ice-axe techniques, before completing some training routes and acclimatisation on subsidiary peaks. Our itinerary is purpose-designed to maximise your chance of a summit ascent, providing contingency time for inclement weather and proper acclimatisation prior to your summit bid.
The peaks included in our itinerary will involve glacier travel, easy scrambling, exposed ridges and snow slope climbing and due to the altitude this trip is a strenuous excursion. However, due to the non-technical nature of the climbing Mont Blanc is a feasible proposition for the novice alpinist with a good level of fitness.
Our week begins with some preparatory training in the Chamonix area using crampons and ice axe as we build up our acclimatisation. On reaching the Albert Premiere and Trient Huts we build up our confidence on snow and rock by ascending two relatively easy peaks; spending two nights at altitude before descending back to Chamonix to rest up and prepare for our Mont Blanc ascent the following day. We allow three days to climb to the summit via the Gouter Route; however, if the weather does not permit a summit bid on Mont Blanc, we have an excellent alternative option climbing Gran Paradiso (4061m) which is a short journey by road using the Mont Blanc tunnel.
The Gouter Route is the most common ascent route on Mont Blanc and gives relatively inexperienced climbers the best chance of success with little technical difficulty in good conditions. This route is in condition more consistently than other alternative routes; however, it is nevertheless physically challenging and requires good fitness and stamina. Our guides will decide the strategy for the ascent subject to prevailing weather and general fitness of the team.
On the Gouter Route we use either the Gouter Hut (3817m) or the Tete-Rousse Hut (3167m) or both huts on the ascent and descent. On leaving the Tramway du Mont Blanc at Nid D’Aigle it usually takes about 5 hours to reach the Gouter Hut and this part of the ascent involves mixed climbing on snow and rock. From the Gouter Hut we ascend moderately angled snow slopes before reaching the Dome du Gouter and the Bosses Ridge before eventually reaching the summit ridge.
It normally takes 5 hours to climb from the Gouter Hut to the summit or 8 hours if we start from the lower Tete-Rousse Hut and our descent is via the same route with an overnight stop at either the Gouter or Tete-Rousse Huts.
Prerequisite: Mountaineering Proficiency
This course is designed for those with previous Alpine or British winter climbing experience and you will need to be physically fit, have a good head for heights and sound technical co-ordination. Mont Blanc is a tough proposition and to maximize your chance of success thorough preparation is essential. It is a strenuous and physically demanding challenge mostly at altitude with a summit day of 12-14 hours. Preparation days are generally 5-6 hours and the summit ascent involves some scrambling and ‘easy’ climbing with and without crampons, traversing exposed ridges and the ascent/descent of steep snow slopes. For those with limited and occasional experience of using crampons and ice axe, we recommend that you enrol on one of our Winter Skills Courses (Jan-Mar) held in the Lake District and/or Scotland as part of your preparatory training for this course. We also recommend that you follow our Fitness Preparation Plan which will be forwarded once you have confirmed your booking.
- Professional planning/organisation
- Experienced Mountain Guides
- 3 night's twin room accommodation with breakfast in Chamonix Valley hotel. 4 night's half board hut accommodation in dormitory rooms
- Technical equipment (crampons, harness + group gear, helmet and ice axe)
- First Aid and safety equipment
- Photographic highlights on complimentary CD
- Completion certificate as a memento of your success
- Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane
- Return flights to Geneva
- Airport Transfers (Geneva to Chamonix)
- Personal insurance
- Cable car fees
- Evening meals / lunch in the valley
- Lunch on mountain days
If you have any questions about this activity please do not hesitate to ask.
Those with previous Alpine or British winter climbing experience who are physically fit with a good head for heights and sound technical co-ordination.
+44 (0)17687 75337