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! 

Price: starting from 2200 €

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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.

Your guide:

  • High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)
  • 1 guide for 6 clients for DAY 1+ 2 training days
  • 1 guide for 2 clients on DAY 3, 4, 5  Mont Blanc ascent
     

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

 

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

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.

PS: Upon clients arrival time and guide's availability, the meeting can also be on the morning of the 1st day of climb around 8 - 9 am. Have no worry, you will have enough time to go over the gear check and leave afterwards in the mountains.

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

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.

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

Day 2: Climbing & acclimatisation, Chamonix

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.

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 & night in the Tête Rousse hut (3167m) in dormitories.

Day 4: Ascent of Mont Blanc, back down to the Gouter hut

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

Scrambling on Aiguille du Gouter toward the Gouter refuge

Day 5: Descent of Mont Blanc

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:

  • 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 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

Technical Level required to climb Mont Blanc

Climbing Mont Blanc is a big challenge, mountain conditions are becoming more and more difficult every year due to the global warming (lake of snow, high temperature). Therefore, it's very important, for your safety and to put all chances on your side to summit, that you are used to walk regularly in mountain as well as on rough terrain and even better having some rock climbing knowledge. If you have never been in high mountain, we highly recommend, that you do one of our alpine introduction course or Grand Paradis, before committing yourself to book the Mont Blanc course. These courses open up the doors of the Alps  and also give you a strong experience of high mountain technics.
Keep in mind that Walking with stiff boots change the way you walk, you are constantly searching for balance, and walking with crampons it si not as easy as you would think. The Mont Blanc 5 days course will give you the basic skills of alpinism technics but your fitness, you ability will make a big difference on the terrain!  

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, with the rental price list.

Fitness Level required to climb Mont Blanc

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.

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 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: 

  • 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 huts, the guide and the availability of the clients in the group

Accommodation

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.

If you require accommodation the night before or after your tour, just let us know.

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.

Meals

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.

 

Cost and availability for the 5 day Mont Blanc Climb course

Course Date Price (per person) Status Book
27-01 June 20222305€All places filled
28-02 June 20222305€All places filled
01-05 June 20222200€All places filled
6-11 June 20222405€All places filled
16-20 June 20222550€All places filled
18-22 June 20222305€All places filled
20-24 June 20232305€Available - 5 places
22-26 June 20222305€All places filled
26-30 June 20222550€All places filled
27-2 July 20222405€All places filled
02-06 July 20222305€All places filled
05-09 July 20222305€All places filled
11-15 July 20222305€All places filled
17-22 July 20222405€All places filled
18-22 July 20222305€All places filled
19-23 July 20222305€All places filled
22-26 July 20224000€All places filled
01-05 August 20222305€All places filled
09-14 August 20222405€All places filled
13-17 August 20222700€All places filled
13-18 August 20222405€All places filled
15-19 August 20222305€All places filled
23-27 August 20222305€All places filled
26-30 August 20222305€All places filled
28-01 September 20222305€Available - 4 places
30-3 September 20222305€All places filled
4-09 September 20222405€All places filled
6-10 September 20222405€All places filled
12-16 September 20222305€All places filled
13-17 September 20222305€All places filled
20-24 September 20222305€Available - 2 places
25-29 September 20222550€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.

Cost includes:

  • Organisation of the Mont Blanc 5 days course:   see itinerary
  • UIAGM certified high mountain guide (ratio of 1:6 on days 1-2, ratio of 1:2 on days 3-5)
  • 5 nights accommodation: 3 nights in mountain huts (Day 1,3,4) and 2 nights in a  3* hotel in Chamonix center (Day 0+2 in a shared twin room with another participant) 
  • All meals (vegetarian option available), except dinner in Chamonix on day 0 & 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 0 & 2
  • Personal expenses (drinks in the refuges for you and your guide, additional snacks, etc)
  • Equipment can be hired from CMBG: see  mandatory equipment list   and   equipment list for hire
  • Single room supplement for the 2 nights (Day 0+ Day 2) in the hotel : 75 € per night
  • Alpine climbing insurance - mandatory
  • Gratuities
  • Any extra expenses due to unforseeable circumstances like: bad weather, injury, lack of fitness

 

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.