Climb Mont Blanc in 5 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 5 day course is designed to allow highly motivated people with an excellent base level of fitness to reach the summit of Mont Blanc - the highest point in Western Europe.
The first 2 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 3, 4 and 5 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.
You will need to bring an identity card or passport.
Please use the tabs to read about the day by day itinerary, and other useful information.
The night before starting the climb of Mont Blanc, at approx 6.30 pm (will be confirmed based on clients' arrival time), meet with your guide at a Hotel*** 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.
From the top of the Balme chairlift, you'll be learning ice and snow climbing basics on the Tour glacier with crampons, ice axes and ropes.
Steep-slope security and crevasse rescue will also be covered.
In the afternoon, hike to the Albert 1er hut at 2702m.
Altitude covered: + 570m
Dinner and night in Albert Premier hut.
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.
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).
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
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:
If bad weather is forecast for day 5, we have the option to make our summit bid on day 6 instead, from the Gouter hut.
A bird eye view of your Mont Blanc route
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.
Please click here to see the required equipment list, which includes the rental price list.
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 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 Rousee 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 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 silk sleeping-bag liner for the refuges. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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.
|Course Date||Price (per person)||Status||Book|
|06-10 June 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|10-14 June 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|17-21 June 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|24-28 June 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|1- 5 July 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|8-12 July 2019||1680€||All places filled|
|15-19 July 2019||1680€||Available - 3 places|
|22-26 July 2019||1680€||Available - 1 place|
|29 July - 2 Aug 2019||1680€||Available - 1 place|
|5-9 Aug 2019||1680€||Available - 3 places|
|12-16 Aug 2019||1680€||Available - 6 places|
|19-23 Aug 2019||1680€||Available - 6 places|
|26-30 Aug 2019||1680€||Available - 4 places|
|1-5 Sep 2019||1680€||Available - 2 places|
|9-13 Sep 2019||1680€||Available - 6 places|
|16-20 Sep 2019||1680€||Available - 6 places|
|23-27 Sep 2019||1680€||Available - 6 places|
We need a minimum of 4 persons to run this group course.
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.