Climb Mont Blanc in 5 or 6 Days Course
Want to climb Mont Blanc and have little or no mountaineering experience? This 5 days course is designed 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 5 day course is designed to allow highly motivated people, with an excellent fitness level, to reach the summit of Mont Blanc - the highest point in Western Europe.
Days 1, 2 are dedicated to mountaineering and technical preparation (snow, ice and rock), done on and around a glacier, including the climb of the Aiguille du Tour, 3540m. Sleeping in a high mountain hut also helps you get acclimatized.
Days 3, 4 and 5 are focused on climbing the Mont Blanc, 4810m: tramway up to the Nid d’Aigle, then climb up to the Tete Rousse hut. Upon conditions the summit of Mont Blanc can be done either from this hut on Day 4 or the Gouter hut on Day 5.
You must have an identity card or passport with you.
The night before starting the climb of Mont Blanc, around 6.30 - 7 pm (will be confirmed based on clients arrival time), meet with your guide at the reception of your hotel for a briefing and gear check. Your guide will bring the gear you have requested from us. Night in the hotel (shared twin room) on Bed & Breakfast base. Dinner is at your charge.
From the top of the Charamillon cable car, we head for Albert 1er hut, 2702m. Getting familiar with Ice and snow climbing basics on the Tour glacier with crampons, ice axes and ropes. Steep-snow-slope security will also be covered.
Altitude covered: + 570m
Dinner & night in Albert 1er hut in dormitories.
Wake up early morning, breakfast, heading towards the col Blanc, crossing a 50 degree slope to emerge between the Petite Fourche and the summit of the Tête Blanche. Fenêtre de Saleina and Fenêtre Supérieure du Tour, descend on the Tour glacier, chairlift down to Le Tour village. Upon the group dynamic and conditions climbing the Aiguille du Tour can be an option.
Altitude covered: + 530 m and – 873 m
Back to Chamonix for a good night sleep in the Hotel.
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 & night in the Tête Rousse hut (3167m) in dormitories.
The longest day of the whole course: 10 hours of intense effort. A 5am leaving the Tête Rousse hut, 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 interchangeable, depending on when we are able to get reservations, and of course weather conditions.
Altitude covered: + 1700 m / - 1000 m
An easy and short day as you should be well rested. Breakfast will be at 7am. Descent of the aiguille du Gouter, short stop at the Tete Rousse hut for a drink then following down to the Nid d'Aigle train. Cable car down to les Houches village. Your guide will reward 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:
If bad weather is announced for day 4, we have the option to make our summit on day 5 instead, from the Gouter hut.
A bird eye view of your Mont Blanc route
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.
There will be 6 - 8 hours of walking per day, 10 - 12 hours for Mont Blanc summit day, with vertical climbs of between 800 and 1500m.
Excellent fitness is therefore required for this Mont Blanc 5 day course.
Please arrive fit and mentally prepared. Your guide will not allow you to summit if you do not have the minimum level of fitness required and you will not be eligible for a reimbursement.
Options in case of bad weather forecast predicted on day 4:
Day 3: sleeping in Tête Rousse hut
Day 4: ascent towards Goûter hut and sleeping up there
Day 5: Mont Blanc ascent and descent towards Tête Rousse and Chamonix valley
If bad weather forecast for the Mont Blanc Range: in accordance with you and your guide you have the choice of:
In mountain huts DAY 1,3,4 , and a 3* hotel in Chamonix center DAY 0,2 (usually the Pointe Isabelle). In the hotel you share a twin room with another participant.
There is no tap water in the huts, so please budget for the purchase of bottled water (6 € per bottle)
For the Gouter and Tête Rousse huts, 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 silk sleeping-bag liner for the huts. Blankets and pillows are provided.
Half board (dinner and breakfast) provided in the huts.
Packed lunches are provided, which you carry yourself. Vegetarian options available on request.
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.
|Course Date||Price (per person)||Status||Book|
|27-01 June 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|28-02 June 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|01-05 June 2022||2200€||All places filled|
|6-11 June 2022||2405€||Available - 1 place|
|16-20 June 2022||2550€||All places filled|
|18-22 June 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|20-24 June 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|21-25 June 2022||2550€||All places filled|
|26-30 June 2022||2550€||All places filled|
|27-2 July 2022||2405€||Available - 1 place|
|02-06 July 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|05-09 July 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|11-15 July 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|17-22 July 2022||2405€||All places filled|
|18-22 July 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|19-23 July 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|27-31 July 2022||2305€||Available - 2 places|
|01-05 August 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|09-14 August 2022||2405€||All places filled|
|13-17 August 2022||2550€||All places filled|
|13-18 August 2022||2405€||All places filled|
|15-19 August 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|23-27 August 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|26-30 August 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|29-02 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|30-3 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|5-10 September 2022||2405€||All places filled|
|6-10 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|12-16 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|18-22 September 2022||2305€||Available - 1 place|
|20-24 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
|26-30 September 2022||2305€||All places filled|
**** 2405 € - Mont blanc 6 days course = same itinerary as the 5 days course with 1 extra training day (itinerary sent after booking)
Our planning is changing constantly due to the ongoing health situation - GET IN TOUCH directly by e-mail or phone/what's up +33 6 23 21 46 63 as we have other different dates / program / routes available too.
If you are a private group, or want to summit with a guide with a 1:1 ratio, please get in touch as we are able to offer tailor-made courses with choice of date and duration.
SPECIFIC CANCELLATION COSTS: there is a 40 € per person deposit included in the price for the booking of the huts. In case of cancellation of the course, this amount is non-refundable.