Mont Blanc Ascent within 3 days

Reserved for experienced climbers and acclimatized, this stay offers to climb Mont Blanc in three days in the normal way of Goûter.

Warning ! This program is only for people with high mountains experience who are already acclimatized.

The first day is dedicated to the climb to the refuge of Tête Rousse. The next day, the climbers of the normal way join the Goûter refuge for a new night of acclimatization and the summit is reached on the third day, at sunrise, in a magical atmosphere of high mountains.

Entries by 2 are mandatory for this stay, we will not take registrations of a single person.

Itinerary

  • Day 1From the Mont Blanc train to the Nid D'Aigle , climb to the refuge of Tête Rousse (3167m).

    First quiet stage for our ascent of Mont Blanc. We first take the Bellevue cable car which allows us to reach the Mont Blanc Tramway to the Nid D'Aigle. A first easy part under the ridge of Rognes and a quick passage on the north face we arrive on a snowy plateau at the end of which is the refuge of Tête Rousse. The afternoon is devoted to rest and acclimatization while enjoying the magnificent view of the north face of Bionnassay.
    Warning: on the first departures of June lifts do not work yet, the altitude and travel time are all the more important.

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

  • Day 2Ascent to the Gouter hut

    Departure for the corridor of Goûter : it will be necessary to respect the instructions of your guide. Arrived on the ridge we see the new refuge Goûter a few meters and it will be a well-deserved rest before the big day of ascent.
    Note that if the form of the participants and the conditions allow it is possible to follow the climb of Mont Blanc after a good break at the refuge of Goûter. In any case we sleep in the evening at this refuge and if the climb was made we go down again the next day.
    This formula thus allows to have two possibilities of ascent.

    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 o'clock, breakfast and departure: we head to the Dome of Goûter. We walk with a headlamp , the slopes are gentle and we must take a quiet and steady pace. With the night the notion of time disappears and we soon reach the Dome of Goûter at 4304 m. The day arrives and we are at the Vallot shelter-bivouac, which is not guarded and theoretically serves as a shelter for mountaineers in difficulty. It is often here that the sun joins us and with it a new vigor. The summit is getting closer, the ridge of Bosses begins, and for a few hours we will be between heaven and earth on a beautiful and sometimes overhead ridge. The guide will then ask you to make sure the rope is tight. Finally, after a final hump, the ridge flares out and the summit appears, vast and welcoming. Welcome to 4810 m!
    The descent is made by the same route to the Nid d'Aigle where we climb in the Mont Blanc Tramway. A last cable car ride and here we are at Les Houches where we pick up the cars.

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

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM

Warning ! The success statistics on Mont Blanc with a guide are around 50%. Most of the failures are due to the weather. It should be known that above 4000 m it often happens that the wind or the bad weather makes the ascent impossible or too dangerous. We try to best anticipate these parameters and make the best decisions help you reach the top. But in any case our priority will always go to safety. The mountain guide who accompanies you knows Mont Blanc and will be in the best position to evaluate the feasibility of the ascent. As a last resort he will make the decision to continue or not the climb. For this course we confirm the possibility of attempting the climb three days before departure. However it is possible that the weather is finally different from that expected (unfortunately, alas, in Chamonix). In this case the guide can still make the decision to change the program or cancel the attempt the morning of departure.

FOR REASONS OF SECURITY AND TO GUARANTEE A HOMOGENEOUS LEVEL CORRESPONDING TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THE MANAGEMENT AND THE ORGANIZATION RESERVE THE RIGHT TO INTERRUPT YOUR PARTICIPATION IF YOUR TECHNICAL LEVEL AND / OR YOUR PHYSICAL FORM DO NOT CORRESPOND TO THOSE REQUIRED. IN NO EVENT WILL THIS INTERRUPTION GIVE RISE TO A REFUND OR PAYMENT OF INDEMNITIES

Dates & prices

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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...
- 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

Equipment provided


• Collective equipment (ropes) is provided.
• Slippers (fangs) are available at the shelters
• Blankets / duvets are also provided: no need for a sleeping bag.

Equipment for rent

We can inform you about the following equipment for rent:
• Equipment rental option for 5 days price:
Shoes: 52 euros
Crampons: 47 euros
Piolet: 34 euros
Harness: 34 euros
Helmet: 34 euros
Telescopic poles: 44 euros
Basic pack (shoes / crampons / ice ax): 130 euros
Pack Mt Blanc complete (shoes / crampons / ice ax / helmet / harness): 145 euros
Gore-Tex trousers: 61 euros
Gore-Tex jacket: 70 euros
Down jacket: 52 euros
Backpack: 44 euros
Headlamp: 25 euros
Mittens: 44 euros

If you buy equipment in your registration form, you will benefit from a 10% discount on the advertised rates (do not forget to give us your size if you want shoes).

Technical equipment


• High mountain shoes with rigid and cramponable soles: Trek-type shoes are not enough.
• A comfortable mountaineering backpack of 40/50 liters: it must include the clips for crampons, ax and helmet.
• An ice ax, crampons, a harness equipped with a carabiner screw (no carabiner rental, it is bought), a helmet.
• One or two telescopic ski poles (depending on your habits): we highly recommend them for descents
• A gourd / thermos 1.5 liter minimum.
• A headlamp, with spare batteries and bulbs.
• A pocket knife.
• A bag protector in case of rain (not mandatory).
• 1 waterproof pouch with your money, identity papers (+ if possible blood group / wearer of lenses, etc ...), insurance / assistance contract and emergency phone numbers.
• A pair of gaiters (no rental).
• A sheet type meat bag (mandatory, and there are blankets in refuge): BAG INUTILE SLEEPING.
• A Zyploc bag with medicines and toiletries (minimal: toothpaste + lentil product + hydroalcoholic lotion to clean hands) no running water in shelters in general, plan some non-alcoholic wipes if you wish (attention by weight).
• A small tube of sunscreen index 50 (face and lips) + after-sun at the cottage on Wednesday evening

Personal equipment


• Beanie
• Hat (or cap) for sun and / or scarf.
• Glacier Glasses (category 4 index) + ski mask.
• 1 balaclava (balaclava) very useful in case of cold and wind at the top
• 1 pair of hot mittens and windstopper.
• 1 pair of gloves in fleece or wool.
• 1 pair of undergloves.
• 2 or 3 breathable technical underwear with long sleeves.
• Breathable technical under-pull (carline, light fleece ...)
• Thick fleece jacket.
• A down jacket, warm but not too thick
• 1 windproof, waterproof and breathable jacket Goretex type.
• 1 comfortable mountain pants for approach trails.
• 1 Goretex pants when you are on a glacier.
• 1 breathable technical tights.
• Socks, three thin pairs and two thick and warm pairs for the tops.
• 1 cool outfit for Wednesday night at the cottage 
• 1 nightwear for Wednesday evening

LUGGAGE


• In the mountains you will carry all your belongings, picnics and equipment in a 40/50 liter mountaineering backpack.

Pharmacy


Your guide will have a first aid kit.

Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
• Personal drugs
• Anti-pain (preferably paracetamol)
• Double-skin plasters / Compeed
• Elastoplast
• Dressings
• Local disinfectant
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antispasmodic
• Anti-diarrhea
• Anti-vomiting
• Intestinal antiseptic
• Eye drops
• Light sleeping aid
• Earplugs
• Vitamin C

For everyone: take only a few tablets by cutting the tablets, do not take the boxes that weigh heavily.

Put everything in a zyploc bag (freezer bag), no cloth or shell toilet bag.

Non-exhaustive list.

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