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Mont Blanc from Italian side
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.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 13 km
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Multi-day climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
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Duration: 7 days
Attitude gain: 2108 m
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No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.
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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.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
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
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.
Your guide
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
Climbing equipment

Hybrid Ice axe (50-59 cm)
Crampons (steel 12-point)
Standard carabiners
Alpine climbing harness
Locking carabiners
Trekking poles

Personal equipment

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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Group Climbs — Meet New Friends
The best options of our tailored made climbs that prooved high success rate wrapped to be scheduled climbs.
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.
1690 per person
Private Climbs — Enjoy the Retreat
A climb organized specially for you. The dates are flexible (to certain extend) and you will go alone or with you friends or family, without other climbers accompanying you.
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.
2500 per person
Group climbs are available on certain dates:
Show dates
12 Jul - 18 Jul 2020
19 Jul - 25 Jul 2020
26 Jul - 01 Aug 2020
02 Aug - 08 Aug 2020
09 Aug - 15 Aug 2020
14 Jun - 20 Jun 2020
21 Jun - 27 Jun 2020
28 Jun - 04 Jul 2020
05 Jul - 11 Jul 2020
16 Aug - 22 Aug 2020
23 Aug - 29 Aug 2020
30 Aug - 05 Sept 2020
06 Sept - 12 Sept 2020
13 Sept - 19 Sept 2020
What's included
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
Airplane tickets
Flights from and to Geneva
Visa
Schengen visa
Accommodation
  • 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.
Meals
  • 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
Tips
Although not mandatory, we recommend to thank your mountain crew and leave tips for them
Insurance
Mountaineering insurance
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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