DESCRIPTION

Is it possible to climb Mont Blanc in only 7 days with minimum experience?

It’s achievable with professional mountain guides if you are fit enough, but 7 days is a minimum time to acclimatise and prepare for Mont Blanc. Our program has been refined over numerous years of climbing/guiding, and we strive to provide the best Mont Blanc experience possible, with 3 days training on the mountains around Chamonix followed by a 2 day ascent of Mont Blanc.

In the realm of the highest mountains in Europe, Mont Blanc, the highest point of the Alps, awaits you!

AREA: Chamonix Valley

BASIC PACKAGE

  • Activities: 3 day’s acclimatisation and skills training accompanied by a UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide and 2 days summit ascent accompanied by a UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide / Ratio: 1:2
  • Includes: Organisation, guiding, 6 nights Budget accommodation (BB), transport for acclimatisation tours and summit ascent
  • Excludes: Lunch, dinner and extra meals, soft drinks, beers etc, insurance, flights, cable car/train ticket, transport from/to Geneva Airport, Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack (individually bookable)

PLANNED TOURS

  • Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248m)
  • Mont Blanc (4810m)

ITINERARY

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CHAMONIX

Individual arrival and check-in.
Your IFMGA mountain guide will welcome you and introduce the program, along with answering any question.

There is time for equipment checks or rental of equipment. Night in Chamonix.

Day 2: AIGUILLE DU MIDI

Acclimatisation. We will spend a day on the glacier below Aiguille du Midi. This is one of your most important days of the course in terms of skill development, as it is essential to have good footwork on Mont Blanc. Day to learn and practice using crampons and ice axes. Night in the Cosmiques hut.

Day 3: AIGUILLE DU MIDI

A second day to further acclimatise and practice using crampons and ice axes on the slopes of Mont Blanc du Tacul. Maybe we’ll even climb to the summit of Aiguille du Midi along the Cosmiques Arête. You’ll also climb vertical ice, make ice anchors, and learn glacier travel skills. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). Night in Chamonix.

Day 4: MER DE GLACE GLACIER

You’ll practice using crampons and ice axes on the Mer de Glace glacier (2000m). Afternoon session on climbers crevasse rescue and emergency systems. Return to Chamonix to prepare for Mont Blanc. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in Chamonix.

Day 5: GOUTER OR TETE ROUSSE HUT

Equipment and backpack checks before you set off to climb to one of the high huts, the Gouter or Tête Rousse, for the night. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max). The choice of route that you take on Mont Blanc, and which hut(s) you stay in, is dictated by the weather, conditions, and your skills and fitness. Night in a hut on Mont Blanc.

Day 6: SUMMIT MONT BLANC (4810 M)

Summit Mont Blanc 4,810m from the high hut and descend to Chamonix. It is usual to reach the summit just after sunrise, to take advantage of the best snow conditions, and to minimise the risks of stonefall or late afternoon storms. Back in the valley in the afternoon, celebrations in the evening. Guiding ratio 1:2 (maximum). In the evening there are optional drinks and a celebratory meal. Night in Chamonix.

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Breakfast, followed by check out until 10:00. You can book a tandem paraglider flight in the morning to celebrate the week’s efforts, with prices around €90 for a 30 minute flight. These flights can be booked in town the day before you wish to fly. Departure home.

ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we shall try to follow this itinerary; however, mountain adventures on the highest mountain in the Alps are weather and conditions dependant. We are occasionally forced to alter our plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this itinerary as a guide to the types of routes.

SELF ASSESSMENT

See Tours Grading and self assess your level:

Fitness Level: B                         Technical Level: 2

Fitness B            Technical 2

KEY INFORMATION

  • Equipment you should bring: See personal equipment list
  • Number of participants: Min 2 persons
  • Meeting point: Chamonix
  • Recommendation: For a great place to stay – La Chaumière Mountain Lodge
  • Gateway Airport: Chamonix – Geneva 62 miles / 1hr 13m
  • Airport transfers: Available subject to surcharge or included in Standard and Premium packages.
  • Insurance: You will require appropriate personal cover for this trip with term or annual insurance and we will need to see a copy of your insurance at time of booking. Recommended insurers – BMCAustrian Alpine ClubSports Cover Direct or Snowcard

BOOKING ENQUIRY

CALL: 017687 75337

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DATES

01/08 – 08/08/2015

PACKAGE OPTIONS

Budget Package Price

£990 pp (4-6 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Budget accommodation (BB)
  • Transport to tour’s starting point

EXCLUDES

  • Lunch, dinner and extra meals
  • Soft drinks, beers, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Cable car tickets
  • Transport from and to airport
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Standard Package Price

£1890 pp (4 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • Budget accommodation (BB)
  • Transfers from/to Geneva Airport
  • Transport to tour’s starting point
  • Cable car tickets

EXCLUDES

  • Lunch
  • Insurance
  • Extra beverages
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack are individually bookable

Premium Package Price

£2990 pp (2 clients / guide)

INCLUDES

  • Organisation
  • Guiding
  • 3 Star hotel / half board
  • Climbing equipment and safety-kit backpack
  • Transport to tour’s starting points
  • Transfers from/to Geneva Airport
  • Cable car tickets
  • Extra beverages
  • Entry fees
  • 8 weeks training plan
  • Coaching – 8 Skype calls

EXCLUDES

  • Insurance

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Mountaineering - gear selection

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Check List:

  • Expedition bag with additional/spare clothes
  • Walking trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over pants
  • Shorts (Optional)
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun cap or headband
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Lip salve
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Light fleece gloves
  • Thermal underwear – short/long
  • Spare underwear
  • Lightweight climbing gloves – optional for Via Ferrata sections
  • Walking socks
  • Base layer wicking top / quick dry thermal
  • Fleece or alternative soft shell mid-layer
  • Rucksack – 30-40 litre capacity
  • 2 or 3 litre Camelbak (or 2 x 1 litre Nalgen bottles or Thermos)
  • Compeed blister pads – min 2 packs
  • Trekking poles (2)
  • Pocket knife
  • Head torch plus spare battery
  • Camera c/w optional waterproof bag
  • Small wash towel for mountain huts
  • Toiletries
  • Money and documents (ID, Alpine club membership card, etc)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT - ALPINE AND SUMMIT

Check List:

  • B1, B2 or B3 Mountaineering boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Extra ice axe for steeper ice
  • Harness with HMS carabiner
  • Climbing helmet
  • Gaiters

AFTER YOU BOOK?

  • We will contact you and discuss the route, equipment and any special needs of your group.
  • We will tailor our trip plan to the fitness level of your group.
  • We will send you our standard contract and payment instructions (credit card, PayPal, cheques, wire transfer).
  • 2 months before the agreed date, we will let you know how to prepare for the track.
  • 2 weeks before the agreed date, we will confirm weather conditions and how to prepare for traveling to the destination.

TESTIMONIAL

“It’s already over and I don’t have enough words to adequately praise our guides!” John Kragelj