France·September 1 - 5 2023

Montblanc (4,810m) and Aiguille du Tour (3,542m) 5 days

Climb Montblanc (4,810m) with previous acclimatization at Aiguille du Tour (3,542m)

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Overview

Mont Blanc or Montblanc, is the highest mountain in the Alps, with a height of 4810 meters. It is the highest point in the European Union and one of the highest in the rest of Europe, surpassed only by several mountains in Russia and Georgia. The ascent to Mont Blanc through the Goûter refuge or the route of the 4000's, is in the bucket list of many mountaineers. It doesn't present major technical difficulties (it is not necessary to climb), but having a good physical condition helps, since there are days with a lot of positive gain, and also, it is necessary to have done a good acclimatization the previous days. «Objective ascent to Mont Blanc» is a 5-day program with a certified guide, designed to make a correct acclimatization and an improvement of focused technique to climb Mont Blanc. During these previous days, we will carry out activities technically comparable to Mont Blanc, although shorter. We will know our body in high altitude while improving the technique day by day.

Highlights

Montblanc an accessible mountain

Montblanc an accessible mountain

Climb the highest mountain in Western Europe and the Alps. The great classic that every climber and mountaineer wants to have in their pocket. Despite not being a technical ascension (it only involves walking), it is necessary to have a good physical shape and motivation.

Certified UIAGM/IFMGA guides

Certified UIAGM/IFMGA guides

Our guides have hundreds of Montblanc ascents in their backpacks, so they are the best choice in Chamonix if you want to climb this classic by Goûter

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Isra Samper

Isra Samper

From Sax, Alicante, he grew up between the sea and the rocks. Soon his passion became climbing. He started doing mountaineering for his own pleasure, going from the Pyrenees to the Alps always looking for heights. One day he decided to move to the Pyrenees, where he began to develop different professional activities linked to the mountain, as a canyoning guide and high altitude mountain guide. He's lived several years in Chamonix and today his base camp is in Briançon. He's climbed Montblac countless times.

Bertrand Brizet

Bertrand Brizet

From Dijon, like mustard, he grew up in this land among vineyards and limestone walls. After a few years working in the field of chemical research and as a teacher, he wanted to turn is life 180 degrees. Make his passion his work. That's why he decided to settle in Briançon and pass the high mountain guide diploma. He's happy working as a guide, being able to accompany you and make you achieve your challenges. He's happy to transmit and teach you everything he know, sharing his knowledge about climbing, mountaineering or skiing. 

Laura Vinyet

Laura Vinyet

She is Catalan but she lived many years in the Pyrenees. It was in the mountains of the Aragon Pyrenees where her passion for the mountains began. From that wish to climb mountains came the need to travel and live in other places. She currently lives in Briançon, at the foot of the Écrins National Park and next to the Queyras Regional Park. Over the years she has made her passion her profession. Today, certified as a mid-mountain guide from the French school, she will be delighted to guide you and pass on her knowledge of the natural environment, giving her best so that you have a pleasant holiday in the mountains.

Schedule

Itinerary

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Gain: +550m -50m / Distance 4km / Duration: 2-3h

Day 1 - Le Tour - Approach to Refuge Albert 1st (2.707m)

We will meet in the morning in Chamonix to go up with the guide by bus to the ski resort of Le Tour. We also have the possibility to meet directly there. After checking the gear, we will take a cable car followed by a chairlift, which will leave us in Les Autannes (2,195m).

There we will begin the approach to the Albert 1º refuge (2,707m), along a beautiful path with views of the entire Chamonix Valley. We will make a long upward journey that will help us to warm up our legs. After turning and contemplating the fabulous views of the Glacier du Tour, we only have to go up the most vertical part of the moraine, but with the refuge already in sight. After about 2 hours of ascent and about 600 meters gain, the refuge awaits us with an unforgettable panorama.

We will arrive at the refuge, where we will leave the things that we are not going to use in the afternoon. Then we will go down to the glacier to do the activity scheduled for this noon: crampon technique, meetings in the snow, use of ice axes, etc. When we finish we will return to the refuge where we will spend the night on a half board basis.

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Gain: +850m -1350m / Distance: 11,5km / Duration: 5-7h

Day 2 - Climb to Aiguille du Tour (3.542m) - Le Tour

After having rested for a few hours, we will get up early to have breakfast and get to work. We will leave the shelter geared up. We will begin by going up a rock path that will take us to the glacier in a short time, where we will put on our crampons and rope ourselves. From here begins a beautiful glacial journey over the Glacier du Tour to the Col Superior du Tour (3,289m) with the last part a little more vertical. This is the passing pass to the immense Glacier du Trient, on the southern slope, where we will go to finish the approach to the base of the needle. From the refuge it will take us between 3 and 4 hours to cover the 850 positive meters of elevation gain to the summit.

An easy climb on rock and snow with grade II steps and a 100-meter drop will take us to the summit of the Aiguille du Tour located at 3,542 meters, with views that we will hardly be able to forget.

We will descend along the same path, passing through the refuge (stop to pick up everything we left behind), and then catch the chairlift again. The descent from the top will take us between 3 and 4 hours, making 1,450 meters of negative elevation gain.

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Gain: +800m -0m / Distance: 3,2km / Duration: 2-3h

Day 3 - Chamonix-Train Mont Blanc - Nid d'Aigle (2.372m) - Refuge de Tête Rousse (3.165m)

We will meet at noon in Chamonix, or in the parking lot of the Bellevue cable car (Les Houches), to go up to the refuge, since we have a short and comfortable approach. In the morning we will have time to prepare the backpack and do some shopping if we need to. Before starting we will check our gear and we will take the cable car that goes up to Bellevue (1,794m), from Les Houches. There we will connect with the Mont Blanc rack railway, which will take us to Nid d'Aigle (2,362m), where our walk will begin.

From here we have between 2 and 3 hours of approach, and about 800 meters of positive gain in altitude to the Tête Rousse refuge, located at 3,165 meters, next to the glacier with the same name.

Depending on the season, we can find snow from where the train stops, or find it all dry until we reach the refuge.

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Gain: +1650m -1000m / Distance: 9,4km / Duration: 10-12h

Day 4 - Refuge de Tête Rousse (3.165m) - Mont Blanc (4.810m) - Refuge du Goûter (3.815m)

After a rather short night, we will get up at 4am to have breakfast and start our climb. It will be a long day. We will leave the refuge with the headlamp on and depending on the conditions, we will use all the gear (crampons, harness, helmet, etc.). Shortly after leaving the refuge we will cross the famous bowling alley (safer at dawn) and ascend the famous path equipped with cables to the Goûter refuge (3,815m), where we will stop and have something to eat. We will continue the day, now through glacial terrain. Right after, we will pass near the Dôme de Goûter (4,304m), from where we will have a beautiful view of the Vallot refuge (4,362m) and the summit of Mont Blanc, with the Bosses ridge joining them. From here, the ascent becomes a bit more technical and exposed, and we will have to hike the beautiful ridge, sometimes quite narrow, passing between the two small peaks of Les Bosses (Humps) at 4,513 meters. From there, a long ridge will take us to the long-awaited summit of Mont Blanc at 4,810 meters.

We will descend along the same itinerary to the Goûter refuge, all on glacial terrain, where we will spend the night.

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Gain: +0m -1470m / Distance: 4,7km / Duration: 4-5h

Day 5 - Ref. de Goûter (3.815m) – Ref. de Tête Rousse - Nid d'Aigle (2.372m) - Chamonix

We are already on the last day and we only have the descent left! Today we'll get up early too, although as much as the previous day. We will prepare everything and begin the descent. It is advisable to go down as soon as possible, to go to the bowling alley early. Once we pass this zone, the objective dangers are minimal. We will pass near the Tête Rousse refuge, where we can make a stop or continue to the train at Nid d'Aigle (2,362m).

In the event that we were unable to reach the summit the day before for whatever reason (altitude sickness, fatigue, weather…), this day we would have another opportunity for one last attempt. We would have to get up early like the day before, and reach the summit very early so that we would have time to get off the train.

The descent will be by the same itinerary as the ascent.

What's Included

What's Included

UIAGM/IFMGA High Mountain Guide during the days of activity.

3 nights at refuges in half board for the participants and the guide

Refuge booking management

Guide half board accommodation in Chamonix

Lift pass for participants and the guide

Transportation through the Chamonix Valley

Group safety equipment (rope, carabiners, first aid kit…)

Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice ax, crampons, poles, frontal and carabiners). We recommend that participants have their own gear

Technical advice prior to the activity

Sheet with the specific training plan

Public Liability Insurance

Travel to Chamonix

Accommodation and food in Chamonix

Water, lunch and drinks at the refuges of the participants and the guide

Everything that does not appear in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"

Personal climbing, travel insurance

Useful info for Montblanc

Get some tips to make sure your goal of climbing Montblanc is achieved

The meeting point will be in Chamonix around 6:00 p.m. the day before. After introducing the program, we will do a check of all the gear and we will finish preparing the backpacks (possibility also going with the guide to rent or buy missing gear in local stores).

The high altitude of Mont Blanc can cause physiological problems such as headaches, nausea, etc. To avoid these symptoms, a good previous acclimatization is essential.

The experience and professional criteria of your guide is very important, if he believes that the level or physical condition is insufficient to face the ascent with the minimum security guarantees, his decision must be respected, the guide may also propose another summit or route alternative that corresponds to your level.

The weather at these heights changes rapidly, which may be the reason why we are unable to carry out the activity and have to turn around at any point of the ascent.

Useful info for Montblanc

Trip Tips

Clothes you need to bring

Clothes you need to bring

- Thermal clothing (tights and t-shirts) - Fleece - Down jacket - Waterproof jacket - Long pants - Long waterproof trousers - Leggings (optional) - Hat, buff and cap - 1 pair of fine gloves - 1 pair of thick waterproof gloves - Sunglasses and goggles

Gear needed

Gear needed

- 30L backpack - B2 boots - Harness - Helmet - Classic ice ax - C2 crampons - 2 walking poles - Headlamp

You'll Be Staying Here

Accommodation insights day by day

Accommodation insights day by day

  • We will spend the 1st night in the acclimatization refuge.
  • We will spend the 3rd and 4th night at the Tête Rousse and Goûter refuges on a half-board basis.
  • There is no running water or showers at the refuges.
  • It is mandatory (for hygiene) to use the sleeping bag at the refuges.
  • It is advisable to bring earplugs, since we will sleep in common rooms.
  • There are slippers for resting in all the refuges.
  • There are many types of accommodation in the Chamonix Valley for the days before and after the activity.

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Montblanc (4,810m) and Aiguille du Tour (3,542m) 5 days

France· September 1 - 5 2023· 4 nights

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