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Mountaineering Training for Mont Blanc

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1050 €

The Glacier of the Dôme de la Sache is one of the most imposing glaciers of the Vanoise Massif, under the famous Mont Pourri (3779m), we overlook Tignes and its Dam, the view of the Italian Alps at the border and the Gran Paradiso is exceptional. 



This is a week thought for mounaineerers who would like to improve their technical and physical skills, in order to get prepaired for the climb of Mont Blanc.
We have chosen some of the most beautiful 3500 mt summits in the Vanoise National Park and in the Mont Blanc Massif, where the glaciers of the Dôme de la Sache (3588 mt) and the Dôme des Glaciers (3592 m) represent the perfect alpine terrain for a good training week.

DAY 1- MONDAY
ARC 2000 - GLACIER AIGUILLE ROUGE - ECOLE DE NEIGE – REFUGE DE TURIA

Elevation: - 1000 m and + 250 m
Length: about 5 hours

Meeting with the Mountain Guide at the Funicular in Bourg Saint Maurice at 8:30 am, to check the backpacks and get to know each other over a coffee.
You will take the Funicular at 9:00 am and then the shuttle to reach Arc 2000: if the weather is good you take the Varet Gondola and then the Aiguille Rouge cable car to take advantage of the beautiful view up there. You will do a little training with crampons on the small glacier at the Aiguille Rouse. You will then descend off trail at the level of the Génépi Rock to recover the path which leads to the Turia Hut. The place is magic, you sleep in a cozy chalet with Claire who will prepare you a good meal...

DAY 2 - TUESDAY
REFUGE DE TURIA – DOME DE LA SACHE – REFUGE DE TURIA

Elevation: + 1200 m and - 1200 m about 8h of activity
Length: 7 to 8 hours approximately

You leave at night for this beautiful goal, the day is long but beautiful, the glaciers are technically easy, crevasses can be quite large which is quite impressive and the view at the top is amazing! You walk back on the same route to spend a second night in this small and cozy hut.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
REFUGE DE TURIA – LA GURRAZ  - TAXI - LA VILLE DES GLACIERS – REFUGE ROBERT BLANC

Elevation:  - 800m and + 800m
Length: About 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour by car then 2 hours of ascent.

You will walk down to the Gurraz to be picked up by a Taxi, which will bring you back to Bourg Saint Maurice where you pick the Mountain Guide's car and then drive  up to the Ville des Glaciers and the Hammeau des Lanchettes. From there you will walk to the Robert Blanc refuge under the Glacier des Glaciers. The valley is wild and the refuge comfortable.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY
REFUGE ROBERT BLANC – DOME DES GLACIERS – LA VILLE DES GLACIERS –  BOURG SAINT MAURICE

Elevation:  + 900 m and - 1700 m about 9 h of activity

You will leave early in the morning for the ascent of the Dôme des Glaciers, the slopes are not too steep but technically the passages are more difficult than the Dôme de la Sache: the Glacier being well exposed to the sun, you will leave earlier as well. You may be able to make a loop, the ascent by the Arête des Lanchettes and the descent by the glacier or both by the glaciers. The Mountain Guide will decide depending on the conditions and your shape ... Once you are out of the glacier, the descent is quite fast through the moraines. At the end of the day, the Mountain Guide will take you back to Bourg Saint Maurice at the Funicular around 6 p.m.

We advise you to take a transport the next day and take a night in a Hotel in the evening, in order to rest properly.

YOUR BUDGET FOR 4 Days Mountaineering & 3 Nights 

Prices available on request if you wish to privatize a stay.

Included in the price:

  • guiding of a UIAGM Mountain Guide of our Team;
  • the group equipment (rope, carabiners, etc.);
  • half-board at the Huts and picnics;
  • transport during the week;
  • cable car tickets to go to the Aiguille Rouge.

The price does not include:

  • personal technical equipment: crampons, ice ax and harness;
  • lunches, drinks and snacks so that you can eat as you wish during the race;
  • anything that is not mentioned in "the included price".

Dates

Below are some dates we propose, but do not hesitate to contact us at info@espritmontagne.com if you wish to organise the Ascent on a different date.

The Ascent for the dates below is guaranteed with 4 participants.

If the number of participants is not reached 21 days before departure, Esprit des Guides SA will cancel the reservation and refund the payment received (3% will be kept for bank fees).
If you wish and if you agree, Esprit des Guides SA can still offer you to pay the remaining balance based on the number of participants reached (see prices above) and therefore guarantee the departure.

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons
  • walking poles
  • iceaxe
  • helmet.

HOW TO DRESS

First layer on the skin:

  • (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
  • (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
  • woolen warm socks

Second layer:

  • warm technical sweater
  • waterproof & windproof hiking pants

Third layer:

  • thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)

Last layer:

  • waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket

Important Additionals:

  • warm winter hat
  • buff/head-neckband
  • warm winter gloves
  • headlamp
  • suncream (protection factor 50+)
  • sunglasses
  • camera

N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

Access

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

On the first day, the meeting will be at 9:00 am directly at the Funicular car parking next to Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Those arriving by train are 2 minutes walk from the car parking, those arriving by car can leave it in the free parking during the whole week.

Level needed

Well-trained mountaineers of an average level, in search of new perspectives: From Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa provides a great variety of terrain. You will need to have a good level of fitness, good sense of balance and the ability to walk on rough terrain. This is a fairly non-technical excursion apart from some glaciated sections.
It is necessary to have a resistance to about 5/8 hours of walking a day and a good acclimatization to the high altitude as you will be staying at above 3500 mt. It would be advisable for you to properly train and to climb a 4000 peak at least once before leaving for this Tour.

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