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Climb Mont Blanc

6 day trip | June-September 

Details



  • Time & Dates

    • ​6 days

    • June - September

    • Custom Trips: you pick your dates  

  • Itinerary

  • Price

    • ​$3295 per person (based on private group of 2 or more people)

  • FAQs



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Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps at 4810m (15,780 ft).

Climbing Mont Blanc is the goal of many climbers and is still a massive challenge requiring solid mountaineering skills, good fitness, stamina and acclimatization.  The climb of Mont Blanc includes a big summit day where you will travel over everything from scrambling over steep rocky  terrain to cramponing across exposed snow ridges at high altitude. 



 

Time & Dates

This 6 day trip is best done between June and September.  Because we only do trips on a private basis, you can choose which dates work best for you.  However, keep in mind that Mont Blanc can be very busy in late-July and August.  

 

 

Itinerary

Day 0: Equipment Check at hotel in the evening. Hotel night.

 

Day 1: After breakfast in the hotel there will be the opportunity to pick up any last minute gear items, rental gear, etc.  Then, we will drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy.  We will hike up to the Riffugio Chabod at 2750m.

 

Day 2: The next day, we will wake up early and climb the Gran Paradiso, 4061m.  This is the highest peak entirely in Italy and has a spectacular view with a very cool rock ridge on the summit.  We will then descend via a different route to the Riffugio Vittorio Emanuelle at 2732m. 

 

Day 3: We will hike down from the Riffugio Vittorio Emanuelle and drive back to Chamonix.  We will have a bit of time in the afternoon to relax before making our summit attempt of Mont Blanc the next day.

 

Day 4, 5, 6: These days are reserved for our summit climb of Mont Blanc. Having 3 days gives us maximum flexibility and we have the option to change the program based on weather and conditions. Our normal program is to approach the Tete Rousse Hut 3167m on Day 4. Summit Mont Blanc on day 5 and spend a second night at the Gouter Hut or the Tete Rousse Hut. Then descent to Chamonix on day 6 and celebrate! Hut nights on day 4 and 5 and hotel on day 6.  We may also attempt the summit from the Cosmiques hut and climb the 3 Monts route.  This just depends on conditions and abilities of the group.  



*This is a tentative itinerary, and plans may change along the way due to changes in weather, mountain conditions and any other unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

Price Description

Price Inclusions: 

  • UIAGM/IFMGA certified guide (1 guide to 4 clients for days 1-3 and 1 guide to 2 clients for days 4-6))

  • 3 nights lodging on a shared basis in Chamonix

  • All lift tickets during the program

  • All Hut lodging fees (4 nights)

  • Hut dinners and breakfast as per hut menu

  • Ground transportation during program

 

Price Exclusions:

  • Travel to and from Chamonix

  • Meals in town (breakfast will be provided at the hotels)

  • All Lunches

  • Drinks and snacks in huts

  • Rescue Insurance

  • Travel Insurance 

 

If you prefer to have a private room at the hotel in Chamonix, we can arrange that for an additional $360.  The huts are dormitory style, so there is no option for private rooms.

 

 

 

FAQs

Participant Requirements:

You must be fairly fit to climb Mont Blanc.  You should be able to comfortably hike at a descent pace for 6-8 hours.  It is also recommended that you have some experience climbing with crampons and an ice axe as well as having done some rock scrambling.

 

Expected Weather:

Weather in the Alps can vary from hot and sunny to cold and stormy very suddenly.  The temperatures can fluctuate between highs in the 70’s and 80’s (Farenheit) during the day to lows below freezing at night.  It is important to be prepared for all types of mountain weather.

 

Huts:

The mountain huts in the Alps are essentially high alpine hotels.  The huts on this climb are busy, but very nice.  Dinners and breakfasts are included in the hut fee, and there is usually a good selection of drinks and snacks to buy if you wish.  Most of these huts will not have running water, so you will have to purchase any water you need.

 

Groups:

Our pricing is based on groups of 2 or more climbers.  We do not put together groups of climbers who do not sign up together.  We have found that trips are much more enjoyable when you do them with friends.  If you want to do this trip on your own, contact us for more details on pricing options.

 

Insurance:

There are 2 different types of insurance: Travel or Trip Cancellation insurance and Rescue insurance. Typical travel insurance will cover the cost of the trip if you have to cancel before or during for any reason.  There are many companies that offer this type of insurance such as Travelguard and Travelex. You can get rescue insurance through an Alpine Club or your own provider.

 
 
 
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