Royal Mont Blanc ascent

Who has never dreamt of reaching the top of Mont Blanc ? This six-day trip will make it come true !  A first three-day training and acclimatisation section, followed by a second 3-day ascent section will really improve your chances of success.

We have planned this itinerary to include a three-day training section during which you will learn ice-axe and crampon skills, ropework, etc ... You will spend most of the time at 3000m (Tour and Trient glaciers, ascent of Tête Blanche 3429m), essential for acclimatization.

Then you will go back to Chamonix for one good and peaceful night before THE ascent.

The climax of the week will be the Mont Blanc ascent, which will take three days too and guarantee a progressive hiking. You will spend the first night in the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m) and the second one to the refuge of Goûter (3835m). The last day is the big moment of the ascent, you start in the night and then you get to the top as the sun rises over the Alps : a hudge moment shared with your guide ...

Itinerary

  • Day 1Meeting and first day's training in snow and ice climbing on Glacier du Tour

    We meet the guide and discuss the trip with him. He will also check our personal equipment (possible rent). We then travel to the village of Le Tour by car, and take a small two-stage cable-car to Col de Balme, where we begin our walk to the Albert Premier refuge (2702m, on Glacier du Tour). Here we spend the afternoon training in snow and ice climbing on the glacier.

    Walking hours : 4h to 5h
    Denivelation + : about 500m
    Altitude Max : 2702m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Albert Premier refuge.

  • Day 2Tête Blanche (3429 m) ascent

    We ascend from the refuge to make an attempt on Tête Blanche (3429m) and reach the Trient refuge through the Col supérieur du Tour.

    Walking hours : 6h to 7h
    Denivelation + : about 850m
    Denivelation - : about 850m
    Altitude Max : 3429m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Trient refuge.

  • Day 3Col Superieur du Tour

    Starting from the Trient refuge, we climb the Col Supérieur du Tour. We then descend, passing en route the Albert Premier refuge (little break), back to the village of Le Tour.
    At the gite of the Club Alpin of the village of the Tour where we will be lodged,, the guide brings you to inform you of the result of the program according to weather forecasts and conditions of the mountain. He will also form the duets for the ascent of Mont Blanc.

    Walking hours : 6h to 7h
    Denivelation + : about 400m
    Denivelation - : about 1000m
    Altitude Max : 3235m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in Chamonix.

  • Day 4Mont Blanc railway to Nid d'Aigle, and walk to the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m).

    This is the first step of the Mont Blanc ascent and it is quite easy. We start from Les Houches with our reinforcement guides, where we take the Bellevue cable-car to reach the Bellevue train station where we catch the Victorian Rack railway train ("Tramway du Mont Blanc") to Nid d'Aigle (2372 m).
    From there we walk up a winding track offering a stuning view over Chamonix valley. After a quick moment walking on North face, we arrive on a snow-covered area landing to the brand new Tête Rousse refuge (3167 m). We spend the whole afternoon relaxing, acclimatising, and contemplating the wonderful sight on Aiguille de Bionnassay's North face.

    Walking hours : 3h to 4h
    Denivelation + : about 800m
    Altitude Max : 3167m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Tête Rousse refuge.

  • Day 5Goûter refuge

    This climb is through the rocky slopes of the Aiguille du Gouter. A wide corridor in the lower slope is exposed to rockfall and it is very important to follow the instructions of the guide. The rest of the rise is effected by a bit marked spur and some passages are equipped with cables or cords, and require the use of hands. The refuge is a great viewpoint of the surrounding mountains.
    Note: in case of bad weather announced for the next day it will be possible to directly mount that day summit of Mont Blanc. The guides will make the decision, depending on the conditions and the level of participants.

    Walking hours : 3h to 4h
    Denivelation + : about 00m
    Altitude Max : 3835m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Goûter refuge.

  • Day 6Mont Blanc ascent

    Wake up at 2 hours, breakfast and departure: we head to the Dome of Goûter. We are moving to the front, the slopes are gentle and you have to take a calm and steady pace. The night the notion of time disappears and we soon reach the Dome of Goûter 4304 m. The day arrives and we are Vallot refuge-bivouac, which is not kept and theoretically shelter serves to climbers in trouble. This is often where the sun joins us and with it a brand new place. The summit nears, the Bosses ridge begins, and for a few hours we will be between earth and sky on a beautiful ridge and sometimes air. The guide will ask you to ensure that the rope is taut. Finally, after a final bump, ridge widens and the top appears large and welcoming. Welcome to 4810 m!

    The descent is via the same route to the Nid d'Aigle where we go in the Tramway du Mont Blanc. A final round of cable and here we are in Les Houches.

    Walking hours : 10h to 12h
    Denivelation + : about 1000m
    Denivelation - : about 2400m
    Altitude Max : 4810m

Possible modifications

Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, individual member's abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed.The guide's main aim will be to ensure your safety and the maximum chances of success of the trip.Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

If unable to attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc, we organize an alternative program for the conditions (Monte Rosa summits, The Bishorn, Le Grand Paradis ...). Except in special cases, the principle of the training and share and exchange a commitment for the duration of the stay, which excludes any possibility of postponement or cancellation on probation.

For security reasons and to ensure a consistent level corresponding to that announcement, coaching and the organization reserves the right to discontinue your participation if your technical and / or physical form do not match those required. In no case the interruption shall not give rise to a refund or compensation payments.

Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € / pers. / night (half-board) on a double room.

Dates & prices

From To Price per person Guaranteed
€1,535.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,595.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Yes Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability
€1,565.00 Ask for availability

Trip reference: ADMB


Price includes :

- The technical organization of the stay
- 6 days of mountaineering with High Mountain guides.
- 5 nights accommodation (full board : all breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals).
- All cable cars (needed for the normal program).

Price does not include :

- All transports around the valley.
- Flights.
- Transfers from/to Geneva airport (see on internet : Cham'Express, Alpybus, ChamVan or others...)
- All the drinks and personal expenses
- Race food: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- Individual equipment : moutaineering shoes, crampons, helmet, harness, ice ax, sticks, backpack, etc...
- Insurance and assistance
- Application fees (17 €).
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes".
.

Private Group Size :              1                    2                      3                    4               5               6              
Price per person (€) :       3275             1975             1995         1645       1695       1565     

Insurance
We can offer you two options (To subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe):
- Cancellation Insurance- 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or event occurring before your departure that could prevent you from caring out with the journey -
- Multi risk Insurance - 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it covers also research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital coast and medical expenses.
- Rapatriation assistance contract -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the journey.


 If you do not wish to subscribe on our insurance, you need to return us, mandatory, the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.
If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please be so kind to verify that a part considering “Research and rescue” is well adapted: coverage area, amount, risks covers.

For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover Research assistance. Cards Credit offer little or not much of desirable guarantee.  


- Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € / pers. / night (half-board).

Equipment

Supplied equipment:

- collective equipment (ropes, compass ...)
- slippers while in huts

Technical equipment: 

- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles)
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/45L)
- Ice axe, crampons, harness with locking carabiner, helmet
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to)
- A water bottle (1.5L )

Individual equipment: 

- A warm hat
- A sun hat and/or a scarf
- Sun glasses for glacier, cat. 4 sun protection that are closing well on the sides + ski goggle
- a pair of warm gloves or mittens
- a pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens
- a pair of silk gloves or mittens
- 2 or 3 breathable undershirts, preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- Fleece or heavy jacket
- Down jacket (optional but highly appreciated the summit day if the weather is very cold)
- wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
- a pair of comfortable mountaineering pants
- wind and waterproof over pants (Gore Tex or similar)
- long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- 2 pairs of socks : a warm one and a lighter one
- gaiters
- light-weight sleeping bag liner, preferably silk (wool covers are provided by the hut)
- Toiletries : only tooth-brush and tooth-paste
- sun cream (face and lips)
- A head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- A rain cover for your backpack (optional)

Luggage: 

- During the training and the climb, you will carry our own personal equipment and packed lunches in your backpack (40-45L)
- The rest of your luggage will stay in Chamonix and can be kept in another bag (travel bag)

Where can you buy your equipment ?

You can buy all your technical equipment (ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet ...) online on www.simond.com

First aid kit

Your Stages Expéditions guide will carry a collective first aid kit.

However, it is important that you brought your individual pharmacy :
- analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- bandages and second skin
- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- sun cream, Biafine cream
- pills to cleanse the water (e.g. Aquatabs). Water in bottles is VERY expensive in huts
- Light sleeping drug (if you need some) and/or Quies ear plugs
- you own medecine... 

Practical information

Passports / visas:

Please contact your ambassy to check the passports and visas rules to come to France.

Staff

This trip is supervised by a qualified High Mountain Guide whose main objective is to train you in basic technics and to enable you to complete a safe and successful ascent of Mont Blanc.

Accommodation

On four nights you will stay in mountains refuges which have mixed, shared, dormitory style accommodation but provide mattresses, pillows, blankets and even slippers. Toilet and washing facilities are basic (no running water).
During one night you will be lodging in the valley, in shared rooms with shared facilities with running water and hot showers.

Carrying

During the training and the climb, you will carry your own personal equipment and packed lunches, plus collective equipment (first aid kid, safety items, etc...) will be distributed among the group members. Your guide will check your backpack and help you to keep it under 10 kg.

Food

Meals :Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious by refuges' keepers.
Lunches : packed lunches.
Drinks :Water is very expensive in refuges. Don't forget euros.

Weather

In the Mont Blanc massif, the weather can change very brutally : the wind can suddenly blow very hardly and the snow can fall abundantly until low in the valley, even in full summer. That is why we do our best to anticipate the evolutions of weather reports and if it is necessary we adapt our programs the weather conditions.

Recommandations : 

For this trip, you must be fit : you can train with other sports such like running, cycling, swimming or sportive walk. To have a reasonable chance of success, a high degree of fitness and stamina, and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended.For more information about our trips' levels, please go to the "Level" section of our website.

Thank you to quickly notify the agency of medical information about you: food allergies, diabetes, heart attacks and vascular old and new, asthma, etc ...

Hygiene : 

In mountain, you will often see water, but be careful, it is not always drinking water ! Ask your guide's advice before drinking, and keep with you pills to cleanse it.

Altitude : 

The summit of the Mont Blanc is at almost 5000m. This height requires a preliminary acclimatization. The ideal is to plan 4 to 8 days to rise gradually between 2500 m and 3500m. Avoid the rough ascents (higher than 4000m, they can provoke Acute Mountain Sickness). A good acclimatization will really change improve your chances of success.

Books / sheets / web :

IGN sheets 1:25000- 3531 ET St Gervais- 3630 OT Chamonix