Mont Blanc Summit Week
This program is aimed at providing the framework for success. For the first three days, our primary goal is to spend as much time as possible acclimatizing at altitude. To achieve this we use the surrounding lifts and huts to explore and climb the amazing high mountain terrain of the Mont Blanc massif. We reserve the last three days for the summit attempt. Though it generally takes two days to complete, with unpredictable high mountain weather and conditions, we reserve a third to increase our odds of success.
Training and summit attempt of Aguille Du Tour (3540 meters/11,614 feet)
We begin our climb in beautiful Chamonix, France. Our guides complete a full gear check after our morning breakfast and we head to the nearby peak Aguille Du Tour (part of the Mt. Blanc Massif) to begin our glacier training. Upon completion of our day training, we attempt Aguille de Tour (3540 m). After our summit attempt we return to Chamonix for a complete rest day before attempting Mt.Blanc.
Grand Couloir, Gouter route
Rested from our nighht in Chamonix, we begin our Mt. Blanc ascent boarding the Bellevue Tram from Les Houches and the Mont Blanc tramway car to 7,800 feet. Leaving the train, we hike up the trail to the Tete Rouse hut at 10,400feet. One night is spent in the hut and then we ascend further up Mt. Blanc across the Grand Couloir, where the upper part may require some rock scramble 3rd- easy 4th class. From the top of the Couloir we travel to the Gouter Hut (12,500 feet) for a rest break and hot drink. Leaving the Gouter Hut, we are on glaciated terrain and a spectacular ridge en route to the summit at 15,782 feet. We attempt to reach the summit early morning and then retrace our route back to the Tete Rouse Hut, where we spend the night.
Itinerary and Pricing
Day 1: Meet at 7:30am for breakfast and orientation, followed by a check of our equipment. Afterwards we go into downtown Chamonix and pick up any last minute items along with lunch to go, leaving town by 10:00am. We then head up to Le Tour and ride two lifts to access the trail. After about 2½ hrs of hiking we arrive at the Albert Premier Hut 2700m/8,858ft. In the afternoon we go over our snow school skills. We’ll learn fundamentals of moving safely/efficiently on snow & ice slopes. Lodging will be in the hut with evening review of our future routes.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hut we continue our skills review of knots and glacier travel on the La Tour Glacier. After we have a good understanding of our needed skills, we’ll attempt to summit Aiguille Du Tour 3544m/11,627ft returning to the Albert Premier Hut in the evening.
Day 3: Wake up, have breakfast and leave the hut shortly after. We go over more climbing skills then, descend back into the Chamonix valley retracing our steeps and riding the lifts down to town. We spend this night at Hotel de L’Arve or Hotel Gustavia in Chamonix.
Day 4: We’ll go over our equipment we need in the morning for our summit climb on Mont Blanc. A ride on the Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches accesses a train and drops us at Mont Blanc to the Nid D’Aigle (2372m/7,800ft). We follow the main path that splits Glacier de la Griaz from the Glacier de Tete Rousse, which takes approximately 2½ hrs to reach the Tete Rousse Hut (3167m/10,400ft) for the night.
Day 5: Waking up, have breakfast and leave the hut around 0ne a.m. From the hut we find ourselves ascending the Grand Couloir, which is approx. 500m. The upper part of the Couloir might have moderate scrambling over rocks, hence training on the Aguille Du Tour. A quick tea break at Gouter Hut (3817m/12,500ft) before we travel on glaciated terrain, over a couple of humps to the summit (4808m/15775ft). Our time plan for the summit puts us on top around 9:00am. We descend our route back to the hut and then stay at Tete Rousse Hut (3167m/ 10,400ft) that evening.
Day 6: Descend back down the trail to the Mont Blanc Tramway retracing our steps back to the valley. Dinner is in town that evening, spending the night in Chamonix at Hotel de L’Arve or Hotel Gustavia.
Mont Blanc training & Summit climb
- All group climbing gear
- All hut fees
- Three nights of lodging in Chamonix
- Breakfast and Dinner in the huts
- All transportation once course has started
- All Trams/ lifts, & train fees
- IFMGA Guide fees
Costs Not Included
- Meals not listed above (Meals in Chamonix)
- Lunches during the climb
- International airfare USA – Geneva – USA & Shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix
- Personal gear (see gear list)
- All personal snack food
- Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks (bottled water)
- Any extra nights lodging in Chamonix beyond itinerary
- All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes.
- Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control