Climb Mont Blanc in 6 Days Course

If you are thinking about climbing Mont Blanc, and have little or no mountaineering experience, then this is the course for you!

The preparation for the course is done in the most spectacular environment within the Mont Blanc range, the Tour and Trient glacier.

Our 6 day course is designed to allow people with a good level of fitness and motivation to reach the summit of Mont Blanc - the highest point in Western Europe.

The first 3 days are dedicated to mountaineering and technical preparation (snow, ice and rock), which we do on and around the glacier, and includes the climb of the Aiguille du Tour. These initial days are also designed to help you acclimatise.

Days 4, 5 and 6 are for the Mont Blanc summit bid and the descent. We will normally take the tramway to the Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest), from where we will climb up to the Tete Rousse refuge. We will reach the summit of Mont Blanc either from here or the Gouter refuge.

Mont Blanc 6 day course highlights

  • 3 days of preparation on ice, snow and rock
  • rock climb the Aiguille du Tour (3529m)
  • two windows for the summit bid during your Mont Blanc 6 day course
  • climb Mont Blanc on day 5, then rest at the refuge that night before descending the next day; allowing for a full day for the ascent

Itinerary for the Mont Blanc 6 Days Course

The night before at approx 6.30 pm (will be confirmed based on clients' arrival time), meet with your guide at Hotel Pointe Isabelle in Chamonix for a briefing and gear check.

Your guide will bring the gear you requested, or accompany you if you need to purchase or rent boots or any additional gear. Your night in the hotel, with breakfast, is included.

Day 1: Snow & ice technical skills, Albert Premier hut

From the top of the Balme chairlift, we’ll be learning ice and snow climbing basics on the Tour glacier with crampons, ice axes and ropes. In the afternoon, we hike to the Albert 1er hut at 2702m.
Altitude covered: + 570m
Dinner and night in Albert Premier hut.

Ice training on the Tour glacier, during a Mont Blanc course

 

Day 2: Glacier walking & climbing of Aiguille du Tour, Trient hut

Early start on the Trient glacier, then head toward the base of the Aiguille du Tour practising ice climbing and safety techniques. Steep-slope security and crevasse rescue will be a focus.

We cross the glacial plateau dominated by the Aiguilles Dorées to Trient hut (3170m). Groups of up to four people have the option of climbing the Aiguille du Tour (3529m).

Altitude covered: +820m and –372m
Dinner and night in Trient hut.

Walking on Trient glacier, heading to Aiguille du Tour on Mont Blanc course

 

Day 3: Climbing & acclimatisation, Chamonix

A day of stunning views as we head towards the col Blanc, crossing a 50 degree slope to emerge between the Petite Fourche and the summit of the Tête Blanche.

Following the Fenêtre de Saleina and Fenêtre Supérieure du Tour we descend the Tour glacier and take a chairlift down to the village of le Tour.

Altitude covered: + 530 m and –873 m
Back to Chamonix for a good night's sleep in the Hotel Pointe Isabelle.

Aiguille du Tour summit during a 6 day Mont Blanc course

 

Day 4: Nid d’Aigle to the Tête Rousse hut

Take the tramway up to the Nid d'Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) at 2300m, then a 3 hour hike up to the Tête Rousse glacier.
Dinner and night in the Tête Rousse hut (3167m).

 

Day 5: Ascent of Mont Blanc, back down to the Gouter hut

The longest day of around 10 hours.

A 5am start over the Tete Rousse glacier, to reach the famous Gouter couloir.

Rock scrambling will be required on the aiguille du Gouter until the Gouter hut where we 'll have a short rest.

We climb the Dome du Gouter and then continue to the Vallot Hut where we can stop for a drink and snack.

We then climb the first technical steep slope on the Mont Blanc. The second slope is easier technically, but we will need to be motivated to counteract the effects of the altitude and fatigue before climbing the final ridge to the Mont Blanc summit.

At the summit we generally allow 15 minutes to stand on the top of Europe, look at the view over the Western Alps, catch our breath, and congratulate each other!

The descent of the Mont Blanc is via the same route, to reach the Gouter hut where we'll have dinner and spend the night.

Please note the Gouter and Tete Rousse huts are interchangable, depending on when we are able to get reservations.

Altitude covered: + 1700 m / - 1000 m

Scrambling on Aiguille du Gouter toward the Gouter refuge

 

Day 6: Descent of Mont Blanc

An easy and short day as we are well rested. Breakfast will be at 7am.

We then start our descent of the aiguille du Gouter, which will be straighforward after a good night's sleep.

Brief stop at the Tete Rousse hut for a drink after which we head down to the Nid d'Aigle train. Cable car to les Houches and back to our hotel or wherever you are staying.

Your guide will present you with your Mont Blanc achievement certificate, normally over a well-deserved drink!
Altitude covered: - 2435 m

We have refined this schedule which we genuinely believe is the best way to climb Mont Blanc, for a number of reasons:

  • You are not obliged to wake up in the middle of the night to commence the ascent
  • You will be climbing during the day giving you extra light and warmer conditions
  • You will descend the aiguille du Gouter having rested and recuperated

If bad weather is forecast for day 5, we'll reach the Gouter hut and make our summit bid day 6. This will give an additional chance to reach the summit.

Mont Blanc summit on the sun set during a Mont Blanc 4 day course
A bird eye view of your Mont Blanc route

 

Cost of Mont Blanc Climb in 6 days: 2070€ per person

We need a minimum of 2 persons to run this group course. You can sign up as an individual, and there is no extra charge if the group is not completed.

If you are a private group, please get in touch as we are able to offer tailor-made courses with choice of date and duration.

Cost includes

  • Organisation of the Mont Blanc 6 day course trip
  • UIAGM certified high mountain guide (maxmum ratio of 1:6 on days 1-3, maximum ratio of 1:2 on days 4-6)
  • 6 nights accommodation in Chamonix 3* hotel or mountain refuges, starting from the night before your course
  • All meals, except dinner in Chamonix on day 3
  • All transport within the Chamonix valley
  • Safety equipment provided by your guide (rope, ice screws, etc)
  • Tramway / cablecars

Cost does not include

  • Transport to and from Chamonix before and after your course
  • Dinner in Chamonix on day 3
  • Personal expenses (drinks in the refuges for you and your guide, additional snacks, etc)
  • Personal equipment and clothing (equipment can be hired from CMBG, please ask)
  • Single room supplement
  • Alpine climbing insurance
  • Gratuities

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Mont Blanc 6 day course additional Information

Technical info

We will be climbing snow and ice up to 40 degrees. Basic rock climbing (grade II and III) in some sections. The climb to the Goûter hut can be described as a rock scramble.

Equipment List

Please click here for a link to the equipment list, which includes the rental price list.

Fitness

There will be 6 to 8 hours of walking per day, 12 hours for Mont Blanc summit day, with vertical climbs of between 800 and 1500m.

Excellent fitness is therefore required for this Mont Blanc 6 day course. Please arrive fit; the first three days are not to get in shape!

Changes to the program

Options if bad weather is forecast on day 5:

  • D4: Tete Rousse hut
  • D5: Gouter hut ascent. Sleep in Gouter hut
  • D6: Mont Blanc ascent and descent to Tete rousse and Chamonix valley

Your guide will choose between these options if there is bad weather on Mont Blanc Range:

  • climb Gran Paradiso (4060 m) in Italy (no money refunded)
  • stop the course after the first three days, and receive a credit towards your next attempt
  • postponing the summit attempt 1 or 2 days until better weather. This is dependent on availability of spaces in the refuges

Your guide

  • High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)
  • 1 guide between 2-6 clients for the first 3 training days
  • 1 guide between 2 clients from day 4 to day 6 on the Mont Blanc

Accommodation

In mountain refuges, and a 3* hotel in Chamonix (usually the Pointe Isabelle).

If you require accommodation the night before or after your tour, just let us know.

There is no tap water in the refuges, so please budget for the purchase of bottled water.

For the Gouter and Tête Rousse refuges, due to intense demand the accommodation needs to be reserved in advance, preferably by mid-April.

We may have to be flexible with regards to sleeping arrangement depending on when the booking is made (e.g. 2 nights at the Tete Rousse if the Gouter is full).

Bring a sleeping-bag liner for the refuges.

Meals

Half board (dinner and breakfast) provided in the refuges.

Hearty packed lunches are provided, which you carry yourself.

You can bring your own extra snacks in addition, e.g. energy bars, dried fruit and nuts. Don't bring anything heavy, or food which might squash, leak or spoil.

Vegetarian options available on request.

Documents

You will need to bring an identity card or passport.

 

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