Mont Blanc (4810m)
Where: Upper Savoy
Technical level: mountaineering level 2
Physical condition: mountaineering level 3
Duration: 2 days
Dates: on request
Period: from mid-June to end of mid-September. The Mont Blanc Refuge reservation has to be made well in advance.
Meeting point: to be agreed on
The Mont Blanc is Europe’s top, a symbol of overwhelming height and magnificence: a dream come true. This emblematic massif ,with its skyline of perfect peaks, encloses a natural area of exceptional beauty and magic.
Every year hundreds of mountaineers from all over the world attempt this prestigious mountain ascent. We propose the two normal routes par excellence.
Normal Goûter Route Programme:
Les Houches, Bellevue cableway – Nid d’Aigle train – Nid d’Aigle (2,372mt) - Tête Rousse Refuge (3,167mt) –Goûter Refuge (3,819mt).
Tot. rise 1,445mt - drop 0mt. TM: 5 h.
Goûter Refuge - Dôme du Goûter – Vallot Bivi\Observatory – Arête des Bosses - Mont Blanc (4,808mt) – Nid d’Aigle.
Tot. rise 996mt - drop 2,436mt. TM: 11 0h.
Normal Three Mountains Mont Blanc Route Programme (Departure from the Cosmiques Refuge): only 1 person per guide
Chamonix - Aiguille du Midi cableway - Cosmiques (3,613mt)
Tot. rise 45mt - drop 200mt. TM: 45mins.
Cosmiques Refuge – Mont Blanc du Tacul spur (4,120mt) – Col Maudit - Col de la Brenva (4,303mt) – Mur de la Cote - Mont Blanc (4,808mt) – descent along the same route or following the normal Goûter route.
Tot. rise 1,423mt. TM: 14h tot. round trip.
Requested technical level: long glacial itinerary that requires good training in high altitude trekking. No particular technical difficulties but some short steep stretches (45°) of rise need good crampon experience. On the normal Goûter route there are no steep stretches but the 600mt mixed ground rise for the refuge should not to be taken lightly.
Cost: € 495 each (group of 2 persons per Guide)
€ 990 private formula (Guide plus client)
Fee includes: Alpine Guide assistance, group materials.
Fee does not include: cableways and Nid Aigle train, participant and Guide refuge full board and any item not specified in “Fee includes”.
The Guide’s refuge full board, train and cableway tickets are at the expense of participants.
If itinerary changes occur which are not attributable to the organisers (e.g. bad weather, inadequate technical ability of participants, etc.) any extra costs incurred will be debited to participants.
The Mont Blanc Refuge reservation has to be made well in advance.
Enrolments are accepted on a non-refundable 30% down payment of total cost. The balance must be paid before the beginning of activities.
a) Goûter normal route – in Les Houches, in front of Bellevue cableway at 8am
b) Cosmiques Refuge normal route - in Chamonix, in front of Aiguille du Midi cableway at 2pm
a) Chamonix around 5pm
b) on request
Monte Bianco, Courmayeur, L’Escursionista ed. 1:25000
Kompass map, Monte Bianco 1/50.000
French map, IGN, Petit Saint Bernard, Mont Blanc, nr.16 1/25000
French map, IGN, St Gervais Les Bains, Massif du Mont Blanc 1/25000
Bring the bare minimum, a backpack is a must!!!!
Backpack max. 40lt
PERSONAL TECHNICAL MATERIALS
Pick 60cm max
Crampons with anti-balling snow plate
High mountain boots adapted to crampons (rigid or semi-rigid sole in Vibram)
WHAT TO WEAR
Glacier/high altitude sun glasses
Transpiring fibre T-shirt
Turtleneck fibre top
Wind-stopper or polar fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit…)
INSIDE YOUR BACKPACK
Extra transpiring fibre T-shirt
Extra pair of mountain socks
Extra pair of light gloves
Head torch with new batteries
Small personal pharmacy (Compeed, aspirin, sun block)
Waterproof over-trousers (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit, k-way)
1lt thermos or flask
Swiss army knife
Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap
Sleeping bag liner