Vallee Blanche weekend

From the Aiguille du Midi, at 3842 m, you can ski for an incredible weekend at the foot of Mont Blanc on extraordinary glaciers, all the way down to Chamonix.
Almost 3000 m of descent, with the most beautiful powder and a unique high mountain atmosphere.
During the entire descent, our guides guarantee your safety and open the way. They also teach you the secrets of skiing in light and high altitude snow powder. We met each other in Chamonix, at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. We embark to the high mountain and begin with a presentation of the Mont Blanc massif from the panoramic terrace, at 3842 m. After descending the ridge of the Aiguille du Midi, we ski our first vallée blanche ,In order to enjoy the landscape, without stress. Lunch break in the sun then we reach the mythical Mer de Glace and the famous ski trail that goes down to Chamonix. After this first descent, you will have the whole evening to enjoy Chamonix, the world capital of mountaineering. The second day of travel to the Aiguille du Midi with this project to discover more unknown and wild routes. We are getting closer to seracs and crevasses and taking advantage of pristine powder fields. The descent ends once again in Chamonix with the happiness of living unforgettable emotions!

Itinerary

  • Day 1Discovery of the Vallée Blanche

    We have an appointment at 9 am at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. If you wish to arrive the day before, we can offer you an extra night (see conditions in the tab "dates and prices"). After a control of the material by the guide, we go up to the 3842 m of the summit. About 30 minutes later, we discover one of the most beautiful panorama of the Alps. From Mont Blanc to the Aiguille Verte through the Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant, the largest peaks of the massif seem at hand. After taking the time to contemplate, we descend the ridge of the South needle roped and then we put on the skis and start the descent of the classic route of the White Valley. The difficulty is not very sustained and the route passes at the foot of prestigious walls like the spur Gervasutti at Mont Blanc du Tacul. During the descent the guide is always in front and indicates the passages at a good distance from the crevasses. The passage of the seracs of the Giant requires attention and follow the guidelines of the guide before reaching the "Dining Room" where are often held picnics, it is an opportunity to drink a good hot tea to warm up. The end of the descent takes place on the Sea of ​​Ice and we can measure the melting of glaciers to the 100 m climb necessary to cross the shoulder that gives access to the ski trail to Chamonix. If the snow does not allow to take this path, we will join the train of Montenvers to join our starting point.

    Denivelation + : 100m
    Denivelation - : 2800m
    Altitude Max : 3842m

  • Day 2Second route in the Vallée Blanche

    We leave around 10am to take the cable car of the Aiguille du Midi. This time we leave the beaten track to reach more secret routes like that of Petit Envers or Grand Envers. The guide chooses the descent according to the conditions to offer you the best snow and a ski well secured. According to the passages, it is sometimes necessary to go through crevasses following scrupulously the trace of the guide. The adventure is at the rendezvous in a unique high mountain atmosphere ... Return to Chamonix around 16h after a great weekend!

    Denivelation + : 100m
    Denivelation - : 2800m
    Altitude Max : 3842m

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM

This program can be modified by decision of the guide if the conditions of the mountain, the weather or the physical condition of the participants requires it and for the sake of safety.

Dates & prices

From To Price per person Guaranteed
€495.00 Ask for availability
€495.00 Ask for availability
€495.00 Ask for availability
€495.00 Ask for availability

Trip reference: SVBA

The price includes


  • The technical organization of the stay
  • The Aiguille du Midi cable car (days 1 and 2).
  • Supervision by a mountain guide.
  • Loan security equipment: DVA, shovel, probe Collective material (worn by the guide).
  • Picnics for Saturday and Sunday.
  • The descent by the Montenvers train (if there is not enough snow to ski down from the Sea of Ice to Chamonix).
  • Accommodation in the Chamonix Valley on Saturday evening.
  • The harness

The price does not include


  • Personal technical equipment: skis, shoes and poles
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Insurance / assistance:
  • Cancellation, search and rescue costs by helicopter, compulsory hospitalization and repatriation
  • Saturday night dinner in Chamonix
  • Anything that is not stated in "price includes".


 To pay on the spot


  • Saturday evening dinner in Chamonix.
  • Your personal expenses.


Insurance


We can offer you our 3 possible formulas :
- Cancellation insurance 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal, transfer or event occurring prior to departure and preventing you can perform the stay.
- Multi-risk insurance to 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancel" above and also covers you during your stay in search and rescue expenses as well as hospitalization, repatriation, reimbursement of medical expenses, etc. ...
- Repatriation insurance at 2% of the price of the stay: support for search and rescue costs in the mountains, assistance in case of illness, injury during the trip. If you do not wish to subscribe to our insurance you must send us the insurance release sent with your confirmation of registration. If you choose other insurance and assistance contracts, we invite you to check in particular that the search and rescue coverage is appropriate: coverage area, amount, risks covered. For information, a minimum amount of 15 000 € is recommended in the search-and-rescue coverage. Credit cards offer little or no this type of guarantee.

Equipment

Equipment provided

• Collective technical equipment (ropes, carabiners) and the loan of individual safety equipment (DVA, probe shovel) + shoulder belt.
> Equipment for rent We inform you about the rental of technical equipment on Chamonix:
• Nordic skiing
• Hiking ski boots
• Ski touring equipment: seal skins, knives
• Sticks
• Ice ax
• Cleats
• Harness
• High mountain snowshoes (automatic closure and not straps therefore provide adequate shoes)

Technical equipment Skis

• 1 pair of skis
• 1 pair of shoes
• Non-telescopic sticks Other
• Safety equipment: DVA, shovel, probe
• Cleats with "Antibott" system
• Ice ax
• Harness and carabiners
• Blanket
• Pocket knife
• Thermos and water bottle

THE WHOLE MUST BE IN PERFECT CONDITION ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE INTERNSHIP

Personal equipment


Head
• windstopper hat
• Hat or cap
• Scarf and / or "buff" neck
• Sun cream (very high protection index) and labial stick
• Glacier Glasses Category 4 + Ski Mask
Upper body
• Breathable long-sleeved technical underwear type "Carline" (no cotton that dries too slowly)
• 1 technical and breathable sub-pull
• 1 thick fleece jacket
• 1 down jacket or vest
• 1 windproof and waterproof jacket Goretex type
• 1 pair of mittens (fleece or wool) windstopper
• 1 pair of gloves (fleece or wool) windstopper
• 1 pair of silk under-gloves
Lower body
• 1 ski pants windproof and waterproof Goretex type
• 2 pairs of socks: 1 thick
Other
• 1 toiletry bag
• Biafine
• Toilet paper + lighter
• 1 sursac to protect the business and the backpack in rainy weather
• 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity papers, your phone, your money and your insurance / assistance contract with all the emergency phone numbers

Luggage


• In the mountains you will carry all your belongings and equipment in a 40-liter mountaineering backpack.
• Your personal belongings to stay at the cottage can be transported in a second bag (type of travel bag).

Pharmacy


Your guide Stages Expeditions will have with him a pharmacy of relief.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
• personal medications
• pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
• double-skin
• elastoplast
• dressings
• local disinfectant
• anti-inflammatory
• antispasmodic
• anti-diarrheal
• anti-vomiting
• intestinal antiseptic
• eye drops
• earplugs
Non-exhaustive list.

Practical information

Country formalities


no

Passport / Visa Passport:


no

Visa:


no

CNI: Yes

Vaccine:


no

Leading


Our trip is supervised by a mountain guide who will bring you the technical elements necessary for the smooth running of your stay. The guide may need to modify the program to ensure safety according to the weather conditions, the mountain and the physical condition of the participants.

Accommodation


Accommodation is in a hotel or cottage on the Chamonix Valley.

Food Meal

• Picnic lunch,
• Remember to plan food according to your tastes before departure.

Drinks

Personal drinks are not included in the stay.

Additional information


Before your departure it is important to have a physical condition in accordance with the activity envisaged. Regular practice of an endurance sport is very important, even mandatory for mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or walking. If you are not trained at all, it will be difficult to envisage a mountain activity without taking the risk of being confronted with too much physical difficulties. For information on the difficulty levels of our stays, visit the page "Evaluate your abilities". Thank you to quickly inform the agency of the medical indications concerning you: food allergies, diabetes, old or recent cardiac and vascular accidents, asthma, etc ...


Altitude

The climb to altitude is fast and it is important to hydrate well and not to force too much during this stay so that the process of acclimatization is realized. The fact that the route is mainly downhill makes it possible not to have too much effort and thus minimize the impact of this rapid climb to altitude. Adaptation of the body to cold and altitude During a stay in the mountains, is there medical contraindications formally related to altitude and cold ? Answering this question requires all the usual precautions and the advice of the attending physician. However, one can distinguish two types of stay: stays below 1,500m (housing and sports practice included), and stays beyond this altitude. Medical contraindications are only repeated for a stay above 1,500 meters above sea level, except in exceptional cases. The medical contraindications to stay in the mountains can be: - heart Contraindications are mainly related to altitude. These are recent cardiac events, severe heart failure, coronary heart disease, and more generally, all non-treatment-stabilized or progressive heart disease despite treatment. -> why? mainly because of the effect of altitude on oxygen uptake, and the body's reaction called "polycythemia".

- vascular
People with recent stroke can not stay at altitude. Those who have had vascular accidents checked, treated and followed, must seek medical advice before staying at altitude. -> why? because of the oxygen deficit observed as a function of altitude.
- respiratory
Respiratory diseases may be a temporary or relative contraindication depending on their severity; asthmatics should be wary of cold weather and dry air.
- neurological
Unbalanced epileptics can not stay at altitude. Those who are taking treatment and who have not had a significant seizure for some time need to adjust their treatment because of the potential for recurrence of effort and hyperventilation created by altitude. - dermatological
People who are sensitive to cold or sun or who have skin diseases should consult their doctor or specialist before staying at altitude and must protect themselves significantly before any practice at altitude or in the cold.
- pregnancy
Refer to the specialist's opinion according to the course of the pregnancy and personal history.
- the other
contraindications Osteoarthritis, recent trauma, poorly balanced diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, any recent pathology requiring follow-up or treatment, are among the definitive contraindications or relative to adapting with your doctor.

Adaptation to altitude :
- the effects of altitude on the body Altitude is reflected in a drop in atmospheric pressure. This drop has a direct impact on the amount of oxygen available to the human body. In these conditions, the altitude causes a deprivation of oxygen forcing the human body to adapt with a higher than normal ventilation (hyperventilation) and the manufacture of red blood cells creating what is called a polycythemia. On the other hand, the direct effect on the body of increased respiration is the increase in heart rate, ie tachycardia. The oxygen drop is proportional to the altitude. For example, your oxygen ventilation rate at sea level is "100". It will be only 88% at 1,000 meters, 78% at 2,000 meters, 69% at 3,000 meters, 60% at 4,000 meters. The direct effect on man is therefore a relative decrease in what is called VO2max. Its effects are always negative on the body, at least initially because the adaptation to the altitude allows a number of athletes to prepare to perform competitions at sea level, thanks to this polycythemia ( increase of red blood cells), which allows to find for a short time a "natural doping" of the human body. How to react to fight for to fight against the misdeeds of the altitude ? A priori in France, there is no altitude high enough to cause serious and urgent problems of acute mountain sickness. However, the only solution that presents itself to us if it intervenes, is to descend the person affected as quickly as possible to a lower altitude. This is usually done by helicopter, but in the context of acute mild harm, you can go down quickly by car or train.

Conclusion

The effects of altitude are to be taken into account, but the pleasure of practicing a sport in the mountains during the holidays outweighs the disadvantages. You can suffer without knowing it from some disadvantages. However, only pulmonary edema or cerebral edema remains a potentially serious hazard that can lead to death. To go down in altitude is enough. A stay in hyperbaric chambers is also possible. If you have any doubt, consult your doctor before any visit, either for yourself or for your children, who remain more sensitive than you to the sickness of the mountains. Source: article by Dr. P. Bacquaerte on the medical information website for athletes and sport and health professionals: www.irmbs.com

Our Appointment


Early morning in Chamonix.

  • Access By train: SNCF station Saint Gervais les Bains le Fayet then Tourist
  • TER Mont Blanc Express to Chamonix Times and prices on: www.voyages-sncf.com
  • By road, A40 "Autoroute Blanche" to Chamonix.

Dispersion In the late afternoon in Chamonix (74).

Stay before or after the tour

The favorites of the team for the accommodations before-after the stay:
- The CAF Tour from late March (http://chaletdutour.ffcam.fr/), half board from 42 €. Véronique prepares everything herself with organic products. This is our favorite for small budgets (but at the end of the valley, 20 minutes drive from Chamonix).
- The Hotel des Campanules (www.hotel-campanules.com), overnight from 49 €. The hotel is easily accessible by train thanks to the Houches train station (then 10min walk up) . Accommodations close to Chamonix city center:
- Gîte Chamoniard Volant (http://www.chamoniard.com/), night from 20 €.
- The Prieuré Hotel *** (www.prieurechamonix.com/fr/index.php)
- The hotel Heliopic **** (www.heliopic-hotel-spa.com) 50m from the meeting point.
- The Gustavia *** (http://www.hotelgustavia.eu/): opposite the train station Chamonix.

BIBLIO / CARDS / WEB


- "Vallée Blanche, the most beautiful off piste track in the world" by François Damilano, JM Editions, € 19.90: The reference book on the Vallée Blanche, all the itineraries, anecdotes and superb illustration photos. To order on: www.gaia-store.com