Itinerary for the 3 Days Mont Blanc Course
The night before, meet with your guide at the hotel Pointe Isabelle in Chamonix for a briefing and gear check.
Your guide will bring you the gear you have requested from us, or accompany you if you need to purchase or rent boots or any additional gear.
Your night in the hotel, with breakfast, is included, in a shared twin room with the other participant. single room available with a cost.
Day 0: Informational meeting and gear check with your guide at the reception of your hotel***
PS: Upon clients arrival time and guide's availability, the meeting can also be on the morning of the 1st day of climb around 9 - 10 am. Have no worry, you will have enough time to go over the gear check and leave afterwards in the mountains.
Day 1: Hike up to Tete Rousse glacier
Take the tramway up to the Nid d'Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) at 2300m, followed by a 3-4 hour hike up to the Tête Rousse glacier.
Dinner and night in the Tête Rousse hut (3167m).
Altitude covered: +700 m
Diner and night in Tete Rousse hut (3800m).
Day 2: 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 can have a short rest.
We then climb the Dome de Gouter and continue up to the Vallot Hut. From here we arrive at 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 give you enough time to look at the view over the Western Alps, take photos, catch our breath, and congratulate each other!
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
Diner and night in Gouter hut (3800m).
Day 3: Descent of Mont Blanc
A relatively easy day with breakfast at 7am.
We then start our descent of the aiguille du Gouter; a straightforward descent having well rested the night before.
Brief stop at the Tete Rousse hut for a drink before heading down to the Nid d'aigle train. Cable car to les Houches and back to Chamonix for mid-afternoon.
Presentation of your Mont Blanc achievement certificate over a well deserved drink!
It is also possible to do a second attempt of the Mont Blanc if you have not managed to on day 2 due to weather conditions. This involves a much earlier start (approx 2am) and you will be back in Chamonix late afternoon.
Altitude covered: - 1400 m
We strongly suggest you plan an extra day in Chamonix at the end in case we have to shift our summit day due to weather.