Climb Mont Blanc in 3 Days course

This 3 day climb Mont Blanc course is designed for people who have previous mountaineering experience (alpine grade F/PD), and are very fit (you need to be in good physical shape and practice sports regularly).

Price: starting from 1425 €

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ATTENTION: If you want to secure your place in Gouter and Tête Rousse hut, book before 30 April 2020

You must have previous alpine climbing experience (e.g. Grand Paradiso), or have climbed other peaks (with or without a mountain guide) in order to contemplate choosing the 3 day Mont Blanc course.

It's also possible if you have previously attempted the Mont Blanc and have had to turn around prior to reaching the summit for reasons outside of your control.

We take the classic "Gouter" route, via the tramway to the Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest), from where we will climb up to the Tete Rousse refuge.

The Mont Blanc summit bid will either be from here or the Gouter refuge.

You will need to bring an identity card or passport.

Your high mountain guide:

  • High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)
  • English and French speaking
  • 1 guide between 2 clients
     

Please use the tabs above to read about the day by day itinerary, and other useful information.

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***

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).

Refuge Valot and Mont Blanc summit from the Dome du Gouter

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.

Equipment List for climbing Mont Blanc

Please click here to see the required equipment list, which includes the rental price list.

Climbing experience to book this 3 Day Climb Mont Blanc Course

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. Rock climbing experience is a real advantage.

It is obligatory to have previous moutaineering experience, including use of crampons and ice-axes, in order to choose the 3 day program. If in doubt, choose our 5 days program!

If you don't have the required experience or fitness level, your guide will be obliged stop your course and you will not be refunded.

Fitness level required to climb Mont Blanc

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 1700m.

Excellent fitness is therefore required. Please arrive fit; you cannot get in shape on the mountain!

Changes to the program

Options if bad weather is forecast on day 2:

  • Day 1: Tete Rousse hut
  • Day 2: Gouter hut ascent. Sleep in Gouter hut
  • Day 3: Mont Blanc ascent and descent to Tete rousse and Chamonix valley

Your guide will choose between these options:

  • Gran Paradiso (4060m) in Italy if there is a bad weather on Mont Blanc Range, with no refund (if you have not already previously climbed the Gran Paradiso)
  • Staying in Chamonix a few extra days while waiting for better weather. We highly recommend you to take an extra day in case of bad weather, to be able to move one day. This option is available only if we can get place in the refuges. Extra expenses at Chamonix will be at your charge (hotel, meals, etc)
  • Cancel the course, and receive a credit towards your next attempt.

Accommodation

In mountain refuges, and a 3 or 4* 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. Bring a silk sleeping-bag liner for the refuges. Blankets and pillows are provided.

For the Gouter and Tête Rousse refuges, due to intense demand the accommodation needs to be reserved in advance, usually 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).

Meals

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

Hearty packed lunches are provided, which you carry.

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

Vegetarian options available on request.

Cost and availability of the 3 Days Mont Blanc Climb course

Course Date Price (per person) Status Book
30-01 Aug 20191425€Available - 2 places
06-08 sep 20191425€Available - 2 places
13-15 sep 20191425€Available - 2 places
20-22 sep 20191425€Available - 2 places
07-09 June 20201425€Available - 2 places
14-16 June 20201425€Available - 2 places
21-23 June 20201425€Available - 2 places
28-30 June 20201425€Available - 2 places
05-07 July 20201425€Available - 2 places
12-14 July 20201425€Available - 2 places
19-21 July 20201425€Available - 2 places
26-28 July 20201425€Available - 2 places
02-04 Aug 20201425€Available - 2 places
09-11 Aug 20201425€Available - 2 places
16-18 Aug 20201425€Available - 2 places
23-25 Aug 20201425€Available - 2 places
30 Aug-01 sep 20201425€Available - 2 places
06-08 Sep 20201425€Available - 2 places
13-15 Sep 20201425€Available - 2 places
20-22 Sep 20201425€Available - 2 places
27-29 Sep 20201425€Available - 2 places

 

There will be a 2:1 client to guide ratio for this course.
If you would like a 1:1 client to guide ratio (i.e. a private course) then the additional cost will be €980. In this case you can choose your preferred dates (depending on refuge availability).

The cost includes:

  • Organisation of the trip
  • UIAGM certified high mountain guide
  • All accommodation (2 nights in mountain hut, 1 night in a hotel*** in Chamonix in a shared twin room)
  • All meals (except dinner in Chamonix on Day 0)
  • All transport within the Chamonix valley
  • Safety equipment provided by your guide (rope, ice screws, etc)
  • Tramway / cable cars

The cost does not include:

  • Transport to and from Chamonix before and after the course
  • 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, 65 € per night
  • Alpine climbing insurance
  • Gratuities