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!

Price: starting from 1680€

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

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.

Your guide:

  • High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)
  • 1 guide between 2-6 clients for the first 2 training days
  • 1 guide between 2 clients from day 3 to day 5 on the Mont Blanc
     

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.

Day 0: Gear check and briefing with your guide at the reception of your Hotel***

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

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.

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

Day 2: 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.

Aiguille du Tour summit during a 6 day Mont Blanc course

Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 have the option to make our summit bid on day 6 instead, from the Gouter hut.

Mont Blanc summit on the sun set during a Mont Blanc 4 day course
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.

Equipment List to climb Mont Blanc

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

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 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.

Changes to the program

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: 

  • climb Grand Paradiso (4060 m) in Italy (no money refunded)
  • stop the course after the first two days, and receive a credit towards another next attempt
  • postpone the summit attempt 1 or 2 days until better weather. This is dependent on availability of spaces in the refuges and the availibility of the clients in the group

Accommodation

In mountain refuges, and a 3* hotel in Chamonix (usually the Pointe Isabelle). In the hotel you share a twin room with another participant.

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.

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.

Cost and availability for the 5 day Mont Blanc Climb course

Course Date Price (per person) Status Book
02-06 June 20191680€Available - 6 places
06-10 June 20191680€All places filled
10-14 June 20191680€All places filled
14-18 June 20191680€Available - 5 places
18 -22 June 20191680€All places filled
22-26 June 20191680€All places filled
26-30 June 20191680€All places filled
1- 5 July 20191680€Available - 1 place
05-09 July 20191680€All places filled
8-12 July 20191680€All places filled
15-19 July 20191680€All places filled
17-21 July 20191680€All places filled
22-26 July 20191680€All places filled
26-30 July 20191680€All places filled
29 July - 2 Aug 20191680€All places filled
02-6 Aug 20191680€All places filled
5-9 Aug 20191680€All places filled
08-12 Aug 20191680€All places filled
14-18 Aug 20191680€All places filled
16-20 Aug 20191680€All places filled
19-23 Aug 20191680€All places filled
23-27 Aug 20191680€All places filled
25-29 Aug 20191680€All places filled
26-30 Aug 20191680€All places filled
31 Aug-4 Sep 20191680€All places filled
04-08 Sept 20191680€Available - 1 place
06-10 Sept 20191680€All places filled
9-13 Sep 20191680€All places filled
15-19 Sep 20191680€Available - 1 place
18-22 Sept 20191680€All places filled
20-24 Sept 20191680€Available - 6 places
22-26 Sept 20191680€Available - 4 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.

Cost includes:

  • Organisation of the Mont Blanc 5 day course trip
  • UIAGM certified high mountain guide (maximum ratio of 1:6 on days 1-2, ratio of 1:2 on days 3-5)
  • 5 nights accommodation : 3 nights in mountain huts and 2 nights in a  3* hotel  in Chamonix ( shared twin room) 
  • All meals, except dinner in Chamonix on day 3
  • All transport within the Chamonix valley by local bus regular line
  • Safety equipment provided by your guide (ropes, carabiners, ice screw)
  • Tramway / cable cars

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)
  • Equipment can be hired from CMBG, please ask
  • Single room supplement for the 2 night in the hotel : 65 € per night
  • Alpine climbing insurance
  • Personal ski and safety equipment (touring skis, boots, harness, transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Gratuities
  • Any extra expenses due to unforseeable circumstances like ( bad weather, injury, lack of fitness)