Climb Mont Blanc with our experienced mountain guides and enjoy Alpine mountaineering at its very best. An ascent of Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe - has been a much sought after goal by mountaineers for centuries. This program gives you the chance to realistically achieve this ambition under the tuition of mountain guides who are not only enthuasiastic about you reaching the summit but teaching you the skills needed to take you there safely. As a ground rule anyone intending to climb this classic mountaineering objective needs to be fit and motivated. Mt Blanc is a major mountaineering objective and our guides take care to ensure that nothing is left to chance. While previous mountaineering experience is desirable it is not essential. The week is tailored to give you excellent acclimatisation and training prior to the summit attempt. By reducing our Guide to Client ratios for the second half of the week we increase flexibility and hence your chance of success by allowing us to bring the summit attempt forward by a day if weather and conditions dictate. The week is based in Chamonix, with accommodation in the luxurious Chalet Annabelle in Les Houches. When not out climbing, you can relax in your en suite room, or maybe you'd prefer to be outside in the hot tub gazing up at your objective: Mont Blanc. We'll give you the best acclimatisation possible, the most thorough training, and highly experienced and fully qualified Mountain Guides. The rest is up to you.
|Departure & Return||Duration||Price (incl. flight)||Price (excl. flight)|
|09 September 201616 September 2016||8 days||£TBC||£1,699 (few places left)|
|23 June 201730 June 2017||8 days||£TBC||£1,699|
|30 June 201707 July 2017||8 days||£TBC||£1,699|
|25 August 201701 September 2017||8 days||£TBC||£1,699|
- Half board accommodation in a luxury chalet in Chamonix Valley. Chalet accommodation is usually sharing in twin rooms. Single rooms can sometimes be arranged (with €150 supplement payable at the chalet). Wine is provided with
- Half Board accommodation in mountain refuges
-Transport to and from training venues
- All guiding and guides expenses
- Celebratory reception on return to the chalet
- Personal equipment for each person ie axe, crampons, helmet, harness, boots. (Equipment Hire can be provided for those that need it at additional cost, paid locally.)
- Airport transfers Geneva airport to Chamonix return
- Mountain cable car / Chamonix mountain trains. If used allow €75 - €125 for cable car and local train fees.
(Mont Blanc )
We’ll meet at the Chalet in the evening. Hire equipment will then be distributed as required. Over dinner there will be an informal discussion about the week to come.
Acclimatisation: Orny Hut (2,831m)
We’ll try and depart for a local store to collect hire boots around 8.45am. After that we’ll drive to a drop off point (usually Champex in Switzerland (1 hr 15). From there we take a lift up and make the two hour walk to the Orny Hut (altitude 2,831m). We will take a good break there and then spend the afternoon rock climbing near the refuge.
Acclimatisation: Trient Hut (3,170)
We usually make an early start from the hut (8am) to spend the morning training on the glacier with crampons and axes. After that we’ll take in a local peak of around 3,500m high. We’ll then head across the glacier to the Trient Hut (3,170m) where we’ll relax for the evening.
Descent back to Chamonix
Following an early breakfast (5am) we’ll cross the border back into France, usually taking in another 3,500m peak (eg Tete Blanche, Petite Fourche or Aiguille du Tour) before descending past the Albert Premier Refuge. We’ll then take the lift down to Le Tour where we’ll be collected and driven back to Chamonix for lunch. You’ll be collected again a little later and taken back to the chalet.
Summit Phase. Depending on the weather and conditions we may
spend either one or two nights in mountain huts to maximise our chances of success. The hut we use most often is the Tete Rousse Refuge (3,167m), but sometimes we use the Refuge Gouter (3,817m) or the Refuge Cosmiques (3,613m). All huts have their advantages and disadvantages (see FAQs). Summit Day: Expect to have breakfast very early morning (1.30 am is quite standard), before setting off using head-torches. After a few of hours it is usually light enough to see clearly. The pace on summit day is not fast, but should be steady and constant. Approximate timings for each route are in the FAQs section. Once back in the valley we will drive back to the chalet where you can enjoy a hot shower and a soak in the hot tub with a glass of champagne.
Depart to UK
The day is yours to relax, and pack up your things before departing. You will have to vacate your room by 10am, however the chalet can store your belongings if not departing until later.
1 * Daysack
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Ski Goggles
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gloves
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
1 * Liner Gloves
1 * Mid Layer
2 * Thermal Top
1 * Softshell Trousers
1 * Thermal Bottoms
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * Mountaineering Boots (B3 Category)
2 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Climbing Helmet
1 * Crampons
1 * Harness
1 * Ice Axe
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Camera
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Packed Lunch & Drink
1 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles