The refuge of Grands Mulets 3057m is located on the historical access of Mont Blanc, the one that the first ascentsnists took in 1786. Today abandoned, you will discover the first part of this itinerary which is in the heart of grandiose glacial landscapes.
The first day on the Mer de Glace will familiarize you with the techniques of mountaineering. On the second day, by taking the Glacier des Bossons, you will spend one night at the refuge des Grands Mulets. You will climb the next day the Pitschner Dome culminating at 3540m before descending into the valley.
Day 1: Ice-climbing practice on Mer de Glace
- First experience and reviewing session: learning the basic techniques for walking on a glacier.
- Classic cramponing method, using 10-spike crampons, roping up, belaying …
Day 2: Go up to the Refuge of Grands Mulets + 900 m
Departure for the cable car of the Aiguille du Midi - we stop on the first stretch: the Plan de l'Aiguille (2310m). We begin the crossing on the old trail in the direction of the old “glaciers cable car”. We put on the crampons and continue our progress until the junction between the glacier of Bossons and the glacier of Taconnaz. The refuge of the Grands Mulets appears in this majestic setting, nestled on a rocky promontory in the heart of the high mountain. Overnight at the Grands Mulets refuge (3051m), warm welcome guaranteed!
Day 3 : Ascent of Pitschner Dome + 400 m - 1 300 m
Ascension to the aurora of the Pitschner Dome (3450m). Magnificent view on the north face of the Mont Blanc, a real cathedral of snow and ice. Go back in the valley trough the same itineray.
The guide might have to change the itinerary to suit the weather conditions or the group level and fitness
In good shape: Can daily hike and/or climb vertical gain ranging from 700 to 1000 meters, 5 to 6 hours at a moderate hiking pace. Focus is laid on activity discovery and practice. For strong and dynamic hikers, looking for a first experience in multi-day hiking trip.
Approach to glacier hiking: For first timers who wish to learn basic glacier hiking techniques (hiking with crampons, roping up, elementary knots etc.)
Minimum 3 and maximum 4 people per guide.
In terms of group size, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
1 night in dormitory, in catered mountain huts.
Picnics, dinner & breakfast in mountain hut.
Water is not provided in the hut. Bring some cash (Euros) for your drinks.
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 (see booking form).
June 23 to 25 – July 7 to 9, July 14 to 16 & July 24 to 26.
Rendez-vous at 9.00am at the Chamonix Guides Company.
You’ll be back in Chamonix on Sunday at the end of the afternoon.
PRICE : 595 euros per person, based on 3 persons minimum.
- mountain guiding services,
- 1 night in catered mountain hut with dinner and breakfast,
- picnic lunch,
- lift tickets.
Not included :
- personal equipment,
- night of the Day 1,
- mandatory repatriation insurance.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure (depending on hut availability).
Phone: +33 450 53 00 88
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