An amazing adventure which will give you an opportunity to see the greatest sited of Mont Blanc's surroundings. The acclimatization in Valsavarenche valley will prepare you for the following days of ascent. You may choose the most suitable climb for you - via the classic Gouter Route or via the Italian side through Gonnela Hut.
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.
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.
Arrival of the participants. The most convenient airport for arrival is in Geneva. Alternatively, consider Milan and Turin Airport. Next transfer is to Courmayeur. Accommodation in a hotel /apartment, meeting with a guide. The group will have enough time to discuss the details of the program with the guide, check the equipment, and if necessary, rent or buy the missing equipment.
Preparation for the upcoming ascents and acclimatization
Acclimatization and preparation of the gear. In the morning we will go on a transfer to Valsevaranche valley to the place called Valsevaranche valley. From here we will head to Vittorio Emanuele 2 hut. After we leave our equipment in the hut and have some rest, we will go out on a glacier to try our equipment and have a training session.
Acclimatization ascent on Gran Paradiso
Our path leads to the top of the tower. Short rocky section and exit to the top. Our path leads to the top of the tower. Short rocky section and exit to the top. Same way we will return to the hut and descent pack to the parking. Transfer to Courmayeur.
This a day before the ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc. You will have an opportunity to rest before the final step on your way to the highest summit in Western Europe.
Chamonix - Tete Rousse
Transfer to Chamonix. From here we will reach Gouter hut, have a breakfast and have a short trip to the french side, where from the town Les Houches we will reach Nid d'Aigle station via the cable way. Here will start our walking part of the way. First not a difficult transition to the Tete Rousse hut, then a more difficult ascent in a rope team to Gouter hut. Overnight in a mountain hut.
The most responsible day of the program. We leave at 3 a.m, while it's still dark. In the beginning, along the wide snowy slope, which will lead us to the House of De Gute (Dome du Gouter, 4304 m). From here there is a small descent and again climb. The final part of the ascent is a narrow and steep snow ridge. The same route goes down to the Gouter hut and further to the mountain tram station, which will lower us to the cable car. And further down into the valley. Transfer to Courmayeur.
Transfer to Geneva
This is the last day of our program. We are convinced that you will remember this amazing trip for a very long time.
After transfer to the airport you will catch a flight on a plane back home.
During this climb you will be staying at mountain shelters. Overnight 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.
We work only with professional and reliable guides in the area. Let the guide take care of all the arrangements and get your back during the ascent, you just need to relax and follow the instructions. All of the guides have a good level of English as well. Your guide is a qualified mountain expert with whom you will successfully finish this ascent.
How hard it is
Although this is not technically the most complicated ascent, you will still face some difficulties due to Mont Blanc's height and the need to move along the glacier and difficult terrain.
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 axe (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.
Mont Blanc from Italian side options to go
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Booking of the huts
We will help you with all the booking arrangements (only a guide can book a place in a mountain hut)
Services of a certified mountain guide
Professional guides and dedicated support crew
All the guide's expenses during the climb are included in the price of the tour
What's not included
Flights from and to Geneva
Accommodation in hotels
Although accommodation in mountain huts is not included in the price of the tour, our guide will help you with booking arrangements.
Although meals are included in the price of the hut booking on a half-board basis, the price dose not imply lunch arrangements. Please make sure you plan your lunches in advance.
Personal gear equpment
Personal gear rentals
Although not mandatory, we recommend to thank your mountain crew and leave tips for them
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 ged 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.
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