Snowshoes : crossing of Vallée Blanche

The descent of the Vallee Blanche remains a special route for the atmosphere and the high mountain landscapes that can approach. After a first day of acclimatization on the side of the Argentiere glacier, we travel in two days glaciers Giant, Tacul and the Mer de Glace surrounded by the most prestigious of the Mont Blanc range highs. An introduction to the mountain without difficulty through easy terrain with little elevation gain for a walk roped in glaciated terrain in the company of a guide experienced mountain.

Before we tackle the famous Vallée Blanche we will acclimatize our bodies through a first day which will take place on the Argentiere glacier. Under the lookof the Aiguille Verte dominating we learn to walk at a leisurely pace on a glacier: identifying crevasses, making his mark in the snow, these are all things we'll find out without too tiring. In the late afternoon we return to sleep in the valley to get a good night before attacking the hight altitude.

After joining in the 3842m cable car to the Aiguille du Midi we descend the glacier du Geant in a glacial world of large scale until warm Requin refuge. The third day, we join the Mer de Glace and we can make a small detour to the glacier Leschaux to contemplate the impressive north face of the Grandes Jorasses.

Itinerary

  • Day 1Hike on the Argentiere glacier

    Go first thing in the morning in Chamonix to take stock of equipment and start thanks to personal vehicles to the Grands Montets in Argentiere village.
    Since the middle station Lognan or the Grands Montets, following snow and snow conditions, we begin the first day of acclimatization to high altitude. Organizations will be sought and the breath will accelerate: the feeling of being in one place is magical! The Argentiere glacier basin is great and it is away from the crowds, ideal to start the holiday. We return late afternoon sleeping in the valley, we must regain strength to make the most of two days in the Valley Blanche.

    No. of hour (s): 5h at 6h
    Max altitude: 3275m
    Accommodation: Overnight lodging in the Chamonix Valley

  • Day 2Descent of the glacier of the Giant (Vallée Blanche) to the refuge du Requin (2516 m)

    Through a network of cracks and impressive seracs, in the heart of a glacial atmosphere of first order, we move forward to roped and the guide so as to always keep us distant crevices. We turn to the left of the area of the giant seracs to reach the refugedu Requin, one of the warmest of the massif where we expected a traditional dinner.

    NB of market time (s): 4h to 5h
    Height difference +: about 100 m
    Height difference-: About 1350m
    Altitude Max: 3842m
    Accommodation: Refuge du Requin (2516 m)

  • Day 3Descent of the glacier du Tacul to reach the Mer de Glace at the foot of les Drus

    From the refuge we reach the upper part of the Mer de Glace. Thence, following the form and the envy of everyone, we can go back up the Leschaux glacier to get closer to the foot of the Grandes Jorasses. And then back to the Montenvers and descent with the Mer de Glace to Chamonix train. We will arrive in the city in mid-afternoon.

    NB of market time (s): 5h to 6h
    Height difference +: about 200 m
    Height: Approx. 1000 m
    Max elevation: 2616m

Important

This program can be change on decision of the guide if the mountain conditions, weather or the fitness of the participants the necessity and for the sake of security. for reasons of security and to ensure a level uniform corresponding to that announcement, coaching, and the organization will reserve the right to terminate your participation if your technical level or your physical form do not correspond to those required. in no case this interruption will not give place to a refund or compensation.

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 from 95 €  to 115 €/ pers. / night (half-board, per person in double-room).

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: RRVB

Price includes :

- technical organizing of the course and reception of the clients
- supervision by a High Mountain guide.
- collective equipment.
- full board accommodation (breakfasts and evening meals while in refuges, and packed lunches while in mountain).
- All cable cars (needed for the normal program).
- loan of individual safety equipment
- avalanche transceivers, probes, shovels ...

Price does not include :

- All transports around the valley.
- Flights.
- Transfers from/to Geneva airport (we can book them for you if you ask us to. The price depends on the number of people).
- drinks and personal expenses.
- Insurance and assistance : 3.8% of the stayTo be paid with your deposit).
- Individual equipment (ice axe, crampons, harness, sticks : you can rent them from us)
- Application fees (17 €).
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section.

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 € to 115€ / pers. / night (half-board, in a double-room).

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 -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the trip.

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 by helicopter” 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. 

Equipment

Supplied equipment:

- collective equipment (ropes) and individual safety equipment (avalanche transceivers, shovels, probes, ...)
- slippers while in huts

Rented equipment

- If necessary, you can rent you the required individual technical equipement : ice axe, crampons, harness, collapsible pole.

Technical equipment:

- Warm and waterproff mountain shoes with semi-rigid soles and a goos maintain of ankles
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40L)
- Snowshoes

Individual equipment:

- 1L thermos bottle
- 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
- a pair of fleece or wool gloves
- 2 breathable undershirts, preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- Fleece or heavy jacket
- Down jacket (optional but highly appreciated during 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 warm socks
- gaiters
- light-weight sleeping bag liner, preferably silk (optional : 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:

You will carry all our personal stuff in your 40L backpack

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 basics technics and to enable you to complete a safe/successful trip.

Accommodation

Mountains refuges have mixed, shared, dormitory style accommodation but provide mattresses, pillows, blankets and even slippers. Toilet facilities are basic and washing facilities are limited to coldwater throughs.

Food

Meals :Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious (prepared in Chamonix or by refuges' keepers.
Lunches : packed lunches.
Drinks :Water is very expensive in refuges. You will appreciate a thermos full of warm tea ... So do not forget to bring one !

More information

Altitude :

Since you quickly ascend to 3842m (cable car) it is important to drink a lot and save your energy (which is quite easy because of the descent : you won't have many efforts to do ...).