We reach the summit and get back down to the valley in the same day.
Because it is a high altitude climb, a good experience in using crampons on ice is necessary to increase your chances of success.
The climb starts on well-marked trails and finishes on the ice-cap at the summit. It represents a total vertical gain of almost 4000m (13 200ft). In addition to the challenging aspect of the sport, Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix provides the opportunity to live an incredible human adventure.
This ascent is proposed in partnership with Petzl.
Meeting point: we meet in the center of the village of Les Houches, in front of the town hall. We will leave sometime around 21H00 and midnight. More details about the time will be given by the guide at the end of day 1.
Starting point: Mairie des Houches at 1000 m (3300ft): + 0m
From the hike at a good pace from the start.
Point 1, Col du Mont Lachat, 2100m (6930ft) up Arandellys trail : +1100m (3 300ft)
Steep trail sections, with no technical difficulty.
Point 3, Nid d’aigle cogtrain terminal, 2372m ( 7 827ft) + 1372 m (+ 4 527ft)
We hike along the tracks of « Tramway du Mont Blanc » cogtrain: no technical difficulty.
Point 4, Refuge de Tête Rousse, 3167 m (10 450 ft) : 2167 m (+ 7151ft)
We follow the trail leading to the hunters’ cabin “Baraque des Rognes”, and meet Ibexes along the way.
Point 5, Refuge du Goûter, 3850m (12 705 ft) : +2850 m ( 9400ft)
This section is long and technical, and obviously strenuous
Points 6, Mont-Blanc summit 4810m (15 873ft) : +3810m ( 12 573ft)
We follow the normal route (Goûter Dôme, Vallot hut, Bosses ridge, summit at 4 810m/15 873ft). This is the high mountaineering part of the climb, on glacier only with gradually steep and difficult slopes.
Climbing times: 8 to 10 hours up and 5 to 7 hours down
The descent follows mainly the same route.
This program will depend on weather and terrain conditions at time of ascent, as well as group’s mountaineering skills and fitness level. The guide will suggest another ascent if necessary. (Ex: Gran Paradiso in Italy: see product description “Gran Paradiso in a day”).
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY:For people in excellent physical shape
Preparing for Mont Blanc requires several months of training. We recommend regular cardio activity such as biking, running, hiking…, with an average vertical gain of 1000 to 2000 meters (3000 to 7000 feet), or 2 to 4 hours of exercise per training session, alternatively uphill and downhill at a good pace. Due to altitude (> 4000m) this product was designed for people who work out regularly, following a semi-intense program.
Note: climbing Mont Blanc is not recommended under 18.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY: Hiking experience on glacier with crampons is mandatory
People who wish to climb Mont-Blanc should have a good experience of the use of crampons on a glacier at high altitude.
The group will be under the responsibility of a certified and trained mountain guide, who has a good knowledge and experience in alpitrailing.
2 people per guide max. The guiding policy applied by Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
During the ascent breakfast and lunch will be taken at the hut refuge de Tête Rousse (3167 m/ 10 450 ft). Participants must bring energy snacks (dry fruits, energy gel, chocolate…). Water at the huts is NOT drinkable.
Valid ID card or passport.
Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance. Both insurance contracts are available from our office (please refer to registration form).
Meet your guide the previous evening at Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, 190 place de l’Eglise in Chamonix.
2017 COURSE PRICE:
Number of people
Price/pers with a training day
Price/pers without a training day (Only the Mont-Blanc)
- Guiding services
- Technical equipment (see below)
The + of the Guides Company: Loan of Light Petzl Equipment (Crampons – Ice Axe – Harness – Helmet - rope) to pick up at the refuge Tête Rousse.
- Personal mountaineering equipment rental
- Cancellation and repatriation insurance
- Accommodation before and after the ascent
- food at the hut
- Energy snacks and drinks
We recommend an overlaying dressing device in order to adapt to changing temperatures.
Technical Gore-Tex type jacket with a hood,
A couple of fleeces (a thin and a thicker/warmer one)
Technical synthetic underwear (pants and tee-shirt)
A hat/ Beanie
Quality technical gloves or mittens,
A pair of warm socks,
A 30 liter back-pack,
Glacier sun-glasses and snow goggles,
A water bottle,
NOTE: personal trail running equipment is highly recommended to access Tête Rousse hut (3167m/10 450ft)
Very good quality, non-tightening, mountaineering boots (with rigid sole).
Compagnie des Guides ‘special service: we supply light technical PETZL equipment (crampons, ice-axe, helmet and rope). Equipment to be picked up at Tête Rousse hut.
This course is only proposed for consituted group.
To make a booking, be free to tell us your availabilty: Contact Alpi Trail