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Mont Blanc Massif

Climb of Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa & Mont Blanc

Technical lev. : 5 / 5

Technical lev. : 5 / 5

Physical lev. : 5 / 5

Physical lev. : 5 / 5

  • 6 days
  • Participants : max 4
  • June to September
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

Climbing Mont Blanc in 6 days.
A mountaineering course that will allow you to progress at high altitude in the best possible way, to face the ascent of Mont Blanc in the best possible conditions and increase the chances of reaching the summit!
Two days at Gran Paradiso (4061 mt), two days at Monte Rosa (4554 mt) and finally two days at Mont Blanc (4810 mt).
A high altitude trip to discover the most beautiful summits of the Alps.

From 2300

Mont Blanc ascent in 6 days

This mountaineering course was born from the desire to offer our guests the best chance to climb Mont Blanc, by creating a programme that guarantees an ideal acclimatisation, while discovering the magnificent mountains of the Aosta Valley, known for their grandeur and beauty: Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa.

This mountaineering course, tested and approved by our clients, is very appreciated because it allows to learn basic mountaineering techniques and glacier progression and to improve your mountaineering level, by climbing three of the most famous 4000m peaks of the Aosta Valley region in one week only. 

We will start with the easy ascent of Gran Paradiso (4061 mt) and then move on to the Monte Rosa mountain range, climbing the Punta Gnifetti / Signalkuppe (4554 mt), where we will visit the famous Capanna Margherita. Finally, thanks to the week of training and stay at altitude, we will climb Mont Blanc, which with its 4810 meters dominates the Aosta Valley and the Chamonix Valley. 

Programme Mont Blanc Climbing Course

The programme of the mountaineering course is indicative, in case of bad weather or depending on the availability of the huts at the time of booking, it may be liable to variations.

IMPORTANT

Keep a 7th day free at the end of the programme, to have flexibility in case of bad weather.

Day 1
Valsavarenche - Refuge 2710 mt

Vertical drop: + 890m

Meeting in Valsavarenche at 9am and departure for the Chabod refuge. The afternoon will be dedicated to practicing mountain safety techniques and glacier rescue with the mountain guide.
Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.

Day 2
Refuge - Grand Paradis 4061 mt - Valsavarenche

Vertical drop: + 1350m / - 2200m

Ascent of Grand Paradis - early wake up call - departure between 4:00 and 5:00 am depending on weather and snow conditions, to enjoy a superb sunrise on the glacier.

The day starts with about 40 minutes of walking on the trail to reach the first part of the glacier. After putting on crampons and roping up following the instructions of your mountain guide, the climb continues to reach the shoulder of the glacier in about 2/3 hours. Then the last climb allows us to reach the summit slope, we reach the summit by climbing a small via ferrata in the rocks to access the famous Madonna of Gran Paradiso. The descent from the summit is via the rocky ridge along a small loop, which has made access to the summit easier in the last few years. The descent to the refuge is then made on the same route of the ascent.

Duration: about 6/8 hours - return to the refuge by 12 noon / 1pm depending on the group's fitness and progress.

In the afternoon, descent to the valley and night in a hotel or B&B (night not included in the price, we can help you organise accommodation according to your preferences).

Day 3
Aosta - Gressoney - Città di Mantova Hut 3498 mt

Vertical drop: + 225m

Meeting with the guide in the morning (time to be agreed directly) and transfer to Gressoney la Trinité - cable car ride to Punta Indren and walk of about 40 minutes/one hour to the Rifugio Città di Mantova (3498 m), located in a beautiful and welcoming area, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 4
Città di Mantova Hut - Punta Gnifetti 4554 mt - Gressoney - Aosta

Vertical drop: + 1050m / - 1280m

The climb to Monte Rosa / Punta Gnifetti begins in the early morning. After a substantial breakfast, with the help of headlamps, you will start your ascent along the Lys glacier, which you will follow all the way to the saddle of the Col du Lys (4248 m).

You will reach the Capanna Margherita hut, perched on the top of Punta Gnifetti / Signalkuppe at 4,554 metres, by mid-morning. Once at the top, you can enjoy the panorama from the refuge's terrace and recover your strength by eating a slice of the delicious pizza homemade at 4500 meters of altitude ! The descent will be made by the same route as the ascent. The ascent takes 5-6 hours and the descent takes 3 hours. You will arrive at the Rifugio Mantova in the early afternoon. You can take a break and decide to stop for a good plate of pasta and then head down with your guide to take the cable car back to the village of Gressoney.

Return to Aosta in the middle of the afternoon and transfer to a hotel or B&B in Aosta or Chamonix (night not included in the price, we can arrange accommodation to suit your preferences).

Day 5
Aosta - Chamonix - Mont Blanc Refuge

Vertical drop: + 1450m

Transfer to Chamonix in the morning. You will then reach the village of Les Houches, where you will take the Bellevue cable car and then the Tramway du Mont Blanc in Saint Gervais, to reach the Nid d'Aigle at 2372 meters of altitude.

This day is dedicated to the ascent to the Goûter hut, located at 3817 meters of altitude. It is a 5 to 6 hour walk from the Nid d'Aigle to the hut. After about two hours of walking, you will reach the Tête Rousse hut (3167m) and continue towards the Aiguille du Goûter by crossing the Grand Couloir. Once at the summit, you will continue towards the mythical Goûter hut at 3835 metres.

Dinner and night at the refuge.

The next day, you will finally climb to the top of Mont Blanc!

Day 6
Mont Blanc refuge 3817 mt - Mont Blanc summit 4810 mt - Nid d'Aigle 2372 mt - Chamonix

Vertical drop: + 1000m / - 2440m

Departure around 2 or 3 am, headlamps in position, you will leave the Goûter refuge. You will walk on the glacier in the direction of the Dôme du Goûter, then the Col du Dôme (4250 m), which you will reach at sunrise after a three hours walk. You will continue to the Vallot shelter at 4362 metres, along a short snowy slope. Then, the vertical passage on the Bosses ridge, the Rocher de la Tournette and finally the summit ridge will take you to the top of Mont Blanc. From the summit, you will enjoy the view on the border between France and Italy!

The descent is made on the same route as the ascent until you reach the Nid d'Aigle, then you will take the Tramway du Mont Blanc and the cable car back to Chamonix.

IMPORTANT

Reservation of the huts for climbing Mont Blanc must be made 3 to 6 months in advance.

Normally the preferred hut for the Mont Blanc ascent is the Refuge du Gouter, however the route to the summit may vary depending on the hut booked, but we will always have a spare day (as recommended at the beginning) to ensure flexibility in case of bad weather.

Price of the 6 days Mont Blanc climbing course

  • 2300 € per person, if 4 persons in the group;
  • 2470 € per person, if 3 persons in the group; 
  • 2750 € per person, if 2 persons in the group;
  • 3500 €, if one person in the group.

Included in the price:

  • the guiding of the UIAGM High Mountain Guide of our team: one guide for 4 people for the Gran Paradiso and the Monte Rosa, one guide for one person for climbing Mont Blanc.
  • group equipment (ropes, carabiners etc)
  • the cost of the cable cars required for the programme
  • half board at the refuges for DAY 1, 3 and 5 (see programme details)

The price does not include

  • rental of personal technical equipment: crampons, ice axe and harness
  • lunch in the huts, so that you can eat as you wish, and the snacks that you have to take in the mountains during the route, so that you can eat what you want and digest: everyone reacts differently at altitude
  • nights on DAY 2 and 4 (see programme details - hotel reservations at your own charge and according to your preferences)
  • drinks and personal expenses
  • everything not mentioned in the "price includes".

Necessary equipment for the Ascent of Mont Blanc:

Mont Blanc is a small expedition, it is a difficult summit that should not be underestimated, the ascent is only possible in good weather with little wind, at almost 5000 meters of altitude the weather can change extremely quickly despite a good weather forecast. You must therefore have all the equipment on the list!

Personal technical equipment:

  • mountaineering boots in Goretex and of very good quality, cramponables
  • crampons and ice ax
  • harness
  • 40 liter backpack
  • trekking poles
  • mountaineering helmet

How to dress for climbing Mont Blanc:

First layer on the skin - underwear:

  • thermal and breathable T-shirt (merino recommended)
  • thermal and breathable tights (merino recommended)
  • warm socks

Second layer:

  • warm and breathable technical fleece;
  • windproof and waterproof mountaineering pants

Third layer:

  • fine but warm down

Last layer:

  • quality or similar Goretex jacket, waterproof and windproof

Do not forget:

  • warm winter hat
  • neck warmer
  • two pairs of warm winter gloves or mittens
  • headlamp
  • water bottle and thermos
  • solar cream (+50)
  • sunglasses and ski mask in stormy weather
  • camera
  • your cell phone
  • your first aid kit with paracetamol and your personal medicines

Covid 19 Special:

  • one pair of light shoes or sleepers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sack sheet / sleeping sheet for the Italian huts + a sleeping bag for the Gouter hut (in France blankets are not given, due to Covid 19)
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcolic gel and masks

Difficulty of the 6 day Mont Blanc climbing course:

Level required :

Programme designed for intermediate mountaineers: during the week, you will undertake increasingly difficult climbs, which will train you and allow you to acclimatise in preparation for the final ascent of Mont Blanc.

TRAINING: HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC?

  • Regular physical activity and endurance training throughout the year;
  • Specific training: train in the mountains, on routes with progressive vertical drops (500 m; 1000 m; 1500 m), a few months before your departure date; you must be able to handle a positive and negative vertical drop of 1500 m, without getting too tired.
  • Remember that the weight of your backpack and the altitude can effect your usual level of fitness: don't overestimate your abilities and train to optimise your chances of success and enjoy your ascent of your climbs over 4000 meters and of Mont Blanc!

Useful information to plan your mountaineering course week

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is recommended, as well as an additional insurance policy covering search and rescue in the mountains (approximately 10,000 euros of coverage).

Guiding

4 people per guide for the Grand Paradis and Mont Rose ascents, one person per guide for the Mont Blanc ascent to improve the safety of the group and to increase the chances of success for everyone.

If the group does not reach the summit for any reason (bad weather, bad mountain conditions, fatigue or illness of one of the participants...), no refund or compensation is provided. Check our Terms and Conditions.

Meeting point on the first day

Meeting with the guide in Valsavarenche at 9.00 am.

You can park your car in Valsavarenche at the car parking next to the river and before the bridge. Click on the picture below to see the parking area.

Dispersal

The group will leave Chamonix at the end of the afternoon on the 6th day.

Programme and acclimatisation

This programme has been designed to ensure optimal acclimatisation, with evenings in the valley alternating with stages at altitude, to allow you to rest properly in the hotel, to enjoy the good Italian cuisine and to recover your energy before heading back to the mountains for the next race.

Transfers & travel

All participants in the course are expected to be independent with their own transport to reach the meeting point on the first day and to move from one valley to the other during the week.

It is also possible to arrange common transport with the guide, please mention it when booking so that we can organise this at best.

Accommodation

Nights in mountain hut included in the price: DAY 1, DAY 3 and DAY 5.

Nights on DAY 2 and DAY 4 are not included in the price, to give you the freedom to choose the accommodation you prefer and the place in the region where you wish to stay.

Tips:

On DAY 2 you descend from Gran Paradiso and arrive in the Valsavarenche valley, where you collect your car.

Recommended accommodation:

On DAY 4 you descend from Monte Rosa into the Gressoney valley and the next day you go to Chamonix.
For the night of DAY 4 it is advisable to stay as close as possible to Chamonix or to stay in Chamonix directly.

Recommended accommodation:

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