Mont Blanc

Gouter route and the Traverse route July through August

Description

Mont Blanc at 15,780 feet is the highest mountain in the Western Alps. It was on Mont Blanc more than two centuries ago that Alpinism was founded when it was first climbed by the scientist Horace Benedict de Saussure. The history, size and beauty of Mont Blanc has established it as a classic must do on the top of many mountaineers tic lists.

Mont Blanc offers two routes for the beginner to intermediate mountaineer. The Gouter route, which ascends the Northwest ridge is the most direct and moderate. While the Traverse is slightly more technical, passing just below the summits of Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit before reaching the summit of Mont Blanc. Both routes are strenuous high altitude climbs that require stamina, good acclimatization and solid technique.

Mont Blanc can be climbed in two days. The first day is the approach using a combination of trams, trains and walking to reach the hut. The second day is the summit day, beginning at 2 am, followed by the descent back to the Chamonix valley.

Although the actual ascent of Mont Blanc only requires two days, most climbers are better served by adding in some training and acclimatization days. For this reason we offer a couple options.

4 day Mont Blanc

Day 1:

We meet at 9 am for a gear check and to establish our plan for the next few days. At noon we will catch the Aiguille de Midi to the top, do a training and acclimatization hike across the Vallee Blanche and climb the Aiguillie d’Entreves. We will spend the evening at the Torino hut, 11,075 feet.

Day 2:

Hike back across the Vallee Blanch and climb the Cosmiques ridge. This evening will be spent at the Cosmiques hut, 11,853.

Day 3:

Summit day, via the traverse. Descend via the Gouter route and spend the night at the Tete Rouse hut.

Day 4:

Descend to the Nid d’Aigle to catch the Mont Blanc Railway back to the Chamonix Valley.

Cost:
$2,200 for 1 person
$2,600 for a group of 2
$4,800 for a group of 4

Cost Includes:
Professional Certified Guide and all guide expenses and mountain transportation

Does Not Include:
Meals and Lodging in town, Lunches and Beverages, Airfare, Transfers to and from Chamonix

6 Day Mont Blanc

Day 1:

Meet at 9 am for gear check and establish plan for the week. From Le Tour we take the Charamillion-Balme ski lift to it’s top. From the top of the lift, we hike to the Albert Premier Hut, 8,864 feet.

Day 2:

Early morning start to climb the Petit Fourche, followed by a glacier tour to the Trient hut, 10,400 feet.

Day 3:

Climb the Aiguille du Tour and descend back to Chamonix, where will spend the night.

Day 4:

Ascend via train and lift to Nid d’aigle followd by a hike on trail to the Tete Rouse hut, 10,390.

Day 5:

Summit day and return to the Tete Rouse hut.

Day 6:

Descend to Nid d’Aigle, where we take a train and lifts back to Chamonix.

Cost:
$3,800 for 1 person
$4,600 for group of 2
$6,600 for a group of 4

Cost Includes:
Professional Certified Guide and all guide expenses and mountain transportation; Lift, Gondola, Train and Mountain hut including dinner and breakfast.

Does Not Include:
Meals and Lodging in town, Lunches and Beverages, Airfare, Transfers to and from Chamonix.

Explanation:
These are only sample itineraries. As with all our trips we pride ourselves on personalizing each trip. Our daily objectives will change depending on strengths of participants, weather and route conditions.