You need to get away from groomed ski slopes? You wish to feel great and fully appreciate life in the mountains? This 2-day tour is a great way to immerse yourself into the majestic Vallée Blanche: a high altitude heaven. Our program is perfectly adapted for the approach of ski touring. You will get acquainted to the use of specific equipment, while privileging the pleasure to be in high altitude.
Day 1: We ride the tram up to the Aiguille du Midi, and ski down the easy slope to Rognon mountain pass. From there we ski under the East face of Mont Blanc du Tacul until Combe Maudite, located between the Tour Ronde and the Aiguille d’Entrèves. The glacier is very chaotic and we must meander through many crevasses on our way up to the high altitude Entrèves pass (3 527 m). We take time to admire the gorgeous view of the mountains above Courmayeur in Italy, with Gran Paradiso in the distance, the Vanoise and Ecrins ranges in the French Alps. We ski down toward the Géant seracs, then get to the Requin hut (2 512 m), perched on a rocky outcrop surrounded by glaciers and splendid granite towers. This is our stop for the night.
Elevation gain: 350 m ± 1 155 ft / Vertical loss: 1 400m ± 4 620 ft.
Day 2 After a short descent towards the famous « salle à manger » (the dining room) and the Tacul glacier, we turn right on the Leschaux glacier, just before Mer de Glace. Then we continue up the glacier until we reach the base of the Grandes Jorasses. The view over one of the most impressive North faces of the Alps is purely breathtaking! Here stands a hardcore mountaineers’ dream! Our alpine adventure ends at the so-called “Cairn 2716m” point, just under the Leschaux peak. On the way down we follow a classic route down Vallée Blanche on Mer de Glace. Snow conditions may allow us to ski down all the way to Chamonix, or stop at the Montenvers. Elevation gain: 600 m ± 1968 ft / Vertical loss: 1 300m ± 4265 ft (Montenvers).
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
Preparing for the trip: Our “Ski touring adviser” is available if you have any question
Guiding policy: The group is composed of 4 to 6 skiers maximum per guide.
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business.
Accommodation: In a catered mountain hut (night in dormitory).
Equipment: See the equipment list.
Documentation: ID or valid passport.
Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory.
Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation for the following countries: France(exclusively metropolitan and Monaco) - Western Europe (Germany - Andorra – Austria –Belgium -Denmark-French oversea departments (Guadeloupe – Guyana- Martinique- Mayotte and the Reunion Island) – Spain, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, The Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Saint Martin-Sweden and Switzerland.
Dates 2018: Saturday & Sunday
February 17th & 18th
March 03rd & 04th – 17th & 18th 31st & April 1st
April 14th & 15th
Meeting: 8:30AM. at the cash desk of the Aiguille du Midi. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).
The tour ends in Chamonix.
Winter 2018 tour price: 370€ per person (4 skiers minimum).
Included in the package:
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
- Personal drinks,
- Personal technical equipment, personal expenses (bring some extra cash: euros)
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure (depending on hut availability).
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Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88