Mont Blanc Ascent within 3 days

Reserved for experienced mountaineers and acclimated, this trip offers the possibility to climb Mount Blanc in three days.

The first day is devoted to a quiet climb to Tête Rousse refuge for the body start to acclimatize. Then the second day you climb to the Gouter refuge or, if the conditions are worse on the third day, you go directly to Mont Blanc and you return to sleep at the refuge du Gouter. The third day is the day of the ascent, magical, to the 4810m summit !

Registrations by 2 persons are required for this stay, we will not take a single person registrations.

Itinerary

  • Day 1Mont Blanc railway to Nid d'Aigle, and walk to the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m)

    Quiet first step for our ascent of Mont Blanc. First we take the Bellevue cable car that allows us to reach the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d'Aigle. A first easy part under the edge of Rognes and fast passage north face we came out on a snowy plateau at the end of which is the refuge of Tête Rousse.
    The afternoon is devoted to rest and acclimatization enjoying the magnificent view of the north face of Bionnassay.

    Attention: on the first two departures in June the ski lifts will not work, this will increase the duration of the hike (about 1000m of additional vertical drop) to arrive at the Nid d'Aigle.

    Denivelation + : about 800m
    Altitude Max : 3167m
    Hours of activities : 3h to 4h

  • Day 2Up to the Gouter hut

    Tranquil awakening and breakfast at the refuge. This is to equip at their own pace, then departure to the corridor of Gouter: we will have to follow the instructions of your guide. Arrived on the ridge we see the new Gouter hut : a few meters and it will be a well deserved rest before the big climbing day.

    Walking hours : 3h to 4h
    Denivelation + : about 700m
    Altitude Max : 3835m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Goûter refuge

  • Day 3Mont Blanc ascent.

    Wake up at 2 hours, breakfast and departure: we head to the Dome du Gouter. We are moving to the front, the slopes are gentle and you have to take a calm and steady pace. With the night the notion of time disappears and we soon reach the Dome du Gouter to 4304 m. The day arrives and we are in the Vallot refuge-bivouac, which is not guarded and theoretically serves as a shelter for mountaineers in trouble. This is often where the sun joined us and with it a brand new force. The summit draws closer, the Bosses ridge begins, and for a few hours we will be between heaven and earth on a beautiful ridge and sometimes aerial. The guide will ask you to ensure that the rope is tight. Finally, after a final bump, ridge widens and the summit appears large and welcoming. Welcome to 4810 m!
    The descent is by the same route to the Nid d'Aigle where we go in the Tramway du Mont Blanc. A final round of cable car in Les Houches and here we are where we get cars.

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

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.

Dates & prices

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€1,075.00 Ask for availability

Trip reference: AMBC

Price includes

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

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)
- Insurance
- 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...
- 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 around 95 € / pers. / night (half-board) on 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” 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, carabiners, ...)
- slippers while in huts.

Technical equipment:

- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles)
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L)
- Ice axe, crampons, harness with locking carabiner, helmet
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to)
- A thermos 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 mitten
- A pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens
- A pair of silk gloves or mittens
- 1 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 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 (40-50L)

- 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
- 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 and successful ascent of Mont Blanc.

Accommodation

On two 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.

Carrying

During the training and the climb, you will carry your own personal equipment and packed lunches, plus communal 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 prepared  by refuges' keepers.
Lunches : packed lunches. 
Drinks : Water is very expensive in refuges.

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.

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 Muountain 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