Mont Blanc (4810m) Italian Normal Route
Where: Aosta Valley - Upper Savoy
Technical level: mountaineering level 3
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
Mountaineering - Italian Normal Route “La via del Papa” or " Delle Aiguilles Grises"
The Italian Normal Route from the modern Gonnella Refuge: lovers of wild spaces, this is the perfect itinerary for you!!!
The “ Pope’s route” opened by Achille Ratti, the future Pius XI, is the normal route for those who start out from Italy. The itinerary threads its way over the SW slope though the Dome glacial labyrinth and gives you the rare chance of experiencing dawn on the delicate, razor-sharp Bionnassay ridge.
Courmayeur – private transfer to the Lake Combal in Val Veny (1,950mt) - Gonnella Refuge (3,070 mt)
Tot. rise 1,120mt - drop 0mt. TM: 4 /5 h.
Gonnella Refuge (3,070mt) – col Aiguilles Grises (3,810mt) – Piton des Italiens (4,002mt) – Col du Dome (4,237mt) – Vallot Bivi/Observatory – Arête des Bosses - Mont Blanc (4,808mt) – descent to Aiguille du Midi (3,795mt) or Nid Aigle (2,370mt)
Tot. rise 1,740mt - drop mt
ascent TM 6/ 8 h.
Aiguille du Midi descent TM: 5 h.
Requested technical level:
Technical difficulty grade PD (poco difficile - little difficulty).
A long, isolated and purely glacial itinerary that requires good training in altitude walking. No particular technical difficulties but some short steep stretches (45°) of rise need good crampon experience.
Cost: € 650 each (group of 2 persons per Guide)
€ 1200 private formula (Guide plus client)
Fee includes: Courmayeur/Chamonix - Lake Combal, Val Veny transfer, Alpine Guide assistance and group materials.
Fee does not include: cable cars, participant and Guide refuge full board and all items not specified in “Fee includes”.
The Guide’s refuge full board, train or cableway tickets are debited to 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) in front of the Courmayeur Tourism Office in Piazzale Monte Bianco at 8am
b) on request in front of Chamonix Railway Station at 8am
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