The easiest route up Mont Blanc extremely popular with mountaineers as it passes along the southern slope. It is less avalanche hazardous and there are no cracks and icing sites. The ascent is quite smooth on the contrary to the Traverse Route which has a number of descents and ascents.
Length: 13 km
Multi-day climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.
5 days - is a standard program, but you can add extra days for better acclimatization and cases of bad weather. Any additional day is €400 per person.
1. Easy 1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.
2. Moderate 1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
3. Challenging Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
4. Strenuous Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
5. Extreme Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.
1. Beginner Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.
2. Intermediate Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.
3. Advanced Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
4. Professional Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.
Albert Premier hut
We will take the Balme chairlift and hike up to the Albert 1er hut (2702m). The Le Tour glacier offers a great playground for learning to use crampons, ice axe and ropes. Overnight in the hut.
Altitude: 2 702 m
Aiguille de Toule
After an early breakfast, we will climb some of the Chamonix classics such as the Aiguille du Tour or Petite Fourche.
Altitude: 3 534 m Vertical gain: 872 m
Today we will take the Aiguille du Midi lift and climb from the Vallee Blanche glacier. There are many options of varied technical climbs: Arete des Cosmiques, the Pointes Lachenal or the famous Vallee Blanche traverse to name just few. Altitude: 3 167 m Elevation loss: 367 m
First day of the Mont Blanc ascent! We will take the first lift and climb up to the Gouter hut for the night. Altitude: 3 835 m Vertical gain: 668 m
Early start to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc. After spending few moments to admire the view, we will descent back to Chamonix.
Altitude: 4 810 m Vertical gain: 975 m
During this climb you will be staying at mountain shelters (Albert Premier hut, Arete des Cosmiques, Goûter Hut). On the first and last days of the tour you are free to choose the most suitable option for you (hotel or apartment). Overnight in a hut will cost approximately €45 per night. Even though the accommodation is not included in the price of the tour, our guide will help you book a place in a mountain hut for your ascent.
Meals are included in the price of the shelter booking on a half-board basis. You will have a basic breakfast and dinner. Please note, that lunches are not included in the price of the hut booking. Make sure you plan your lunches in advance.
Only IFMGA recognized mountain guides are allowed to take you to the summit of Mont Blanc. This is strictly controlled in the Alpine countries. Your guide is a qualified mountain expert with whom you will successfully finish this ascent.
How hard it is
Gouter route requires fitness and acclimatization, as well as basic skills in scrambling and cramponing. The Mont Blanc ascent also presents significant risks of stone and rockfall as well as avalanches, for which you should also be prepared. Although if you are accompanied by a certified mountain guide, you have nothing to worry about.
We recommend you to book your climb to Mont Blanc in advance as sometimes the Prefect of the Haute-Savoie imposes restrictions on the number of people that can ascent on one of Europe's highest peaks.
Medicine & Insurance
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter.
Equipment to bring
Hybrid Ice ax (50-59 cm) Crampons (steel 12-point) Standard carabiners Alpine climbing harness Locking carabiners Trekking poles
Small climbing pack (35-40 liter) Water bottle Thermos Sunscreen Lip-screen
On the first day of your program our guide will check your equipment. In case you didn't bring any of the items on the list, he will help you rent them.
Gouter options to go
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Private climbs - Experience the world of alpine pioneers
A perfect opportunity for a holiday getaway for couples or friends eager to try something new. This option will let you experience the beauty of Mont Blanc and it's surroundings without any additional climbers. During this climb you will hear tons of incredible stories from our guide and our 2:1 climber-to-guide ratio will let you learn all the basic mountaineering skills easily. If you decide to travel as a group is 3 and more people we will add one more IFMGA-certified guide without changing the price.
The price depends on the number of people: 1 climber - €3190 from 2 climbers: €2090 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
You are free to choose every suitable date for you from June till the end of September. Drop us a line and we will send you all the information you'll need.
Services of a certified mountain guide
Huts booking assistance
Only IFMGA certified guides can book a hut, this is why our guide will make all the booking arrangements for you
What's not included
Airplane transfer to France
Transfers from and to the airport
4 nights in huts and accommodation on the first and last day of the tour in Chamonix. The average price of the night in a hut is €45.
Guide's accommodation in huts during the climb is also covered by the client.
Cable cars and mountain tramways
Guide's expenses on cable cars and mountain tramways during the climb are also covered by the client.
Meals are not included in the price of the tour
Good to know
What clothes and gear do I need?
You need gaiters, hiking socks, technical mountaineering boots and hardshell jacket. These are the essentials. Drop us a line in WhatApp or an email and we will send you the full gear list. If you don't have any of the items in this list you can always rent it in Chamonix.
Do I need to apply for a visa?
If you are EU/EEA citizen or a person with a residence permit issued by a Schengen country, you don't need Schengen visa. However, if you have a residence permit issued by a non-Schengen country in the European Union, you need a Schengen visa.
Should I get any training?
Usually it's enough to get cardio twice per week, but the best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk in the weeks leading up to your departure. You should be comfortable walking for four to eight hours a day. If you want a training plan - drop us an email or a line in What's App or send a request.
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