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Climb Mont-Blanc on normal route

Legendary and demanding, Mont Blanc remains as powerful as when the first alpinist set foot on its summit. During 20 years of guiding Mont Blanc we have perfected our program to maximize your chance of success, with the experience and local knowledge of our mountain guides. The number of summiters every year is a testimony to the effectiveness of our program.


Mont Blanc is demanding, challenging, requiring fitness, will and a strong determination to succeed.  We will introduce you to all the technical skills, even if you have no previous mountaineering experience. Whether you're alone or with a group of friends, you will be able to climb at your own pace with our very small guide to client ratio of 1:2. This six day course is designed for fit and determined people with little or no high mountaineering experience.  Nonetheless we strongly encourage you to spend some time in the mountains in advance of this course, whether it be climbing or walking, as basic preparation.

High mountain guide UIAGM qualified - english speaking

1,590.00 €

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1,590.00 €

Duration : 6 days

Size of group : 1 to 6 ppl

Season : Summer

Country : France

Next departure: 15/08/2017

 

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Trip details

Summer - Mountaineering - France

CLIMB MONT BLANC - 4810 m BY NORMAL ROUTE (GOUTER HUT)

Référence : ALFRA007

Program to climb Mont Blanc

Open to change depending on conditions and participants' fitness.


 

Day 1: Albert 1er hut

From the top of the cable car of le Tour "Charamillon" we gently walk up to the Albert 1er hut at 2750 m. Learn ice and snow climbing basics on the Tour glacier using crampons, an ice axe and rope.
Hours: 2

Altitude covered: + 570m
Dinner and night in hut.

 

Day 2: Trient hut

Glacier hiking takes us over three cols. We set foot on the Trient glacier as dawn's first rays strike, then head toward the base of the Aiguille du Tour practising glacier travel and safety techniques. Steep-slope security and crevasse rescue will be a focus.

Turning due east to the Trient hut (3170m), we cross the glacial plateau dominated by the Aiguilles Dorées. Groups of up to four people have the option of climbing the Aiguille du Tour (3529m).

Hours: 4 to 6

Altitude covered: +820m and –372m
Diner and night in hut.

 

Day 3: Chamonix

A day of stunning views as we head toward the col Blanc, crossing a 50 deg slope to emerge between the petite Fourche and the summit of the Tête Blanche. After two passes (the Fenêtre de Saleina and fenêtre supérieure du Tour) we descend the Tour glacier and reach the Albert 1er hut to admire the Argentière north face and the Saleina glacier basin encircled by peaks.
We then take the chairlift down to the village of le Tour.
Hours: 5 to 7

Altitude covered: + 530 m and –873 m
Dinner and night in hotel

 

Day 4: Nid d’Aigle to the Tête Rousse hut
Take the tramway up to the Nid d'Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) at 2300m, then a 3 hour hike up to the Tête Rousse glacier.
Dinner and night in the Tête Rousse hut (3167m).

Day 5: Ascent of Mont Blanc, back down to the Gouter hut
The longest day of around 10 hours. A 5am start over the Tete Rousse glacier, to reach the famous Gouter couloir. Rock scrambling will be required on the aiguille du Gouter until the Gouter hut where we 'll rest for an hour. We then start our climb of the Dome du Gouter through long and easy snow slopes, till the shoulder. A quick drink and we continue to the Vallot Hut. After a snack, we climb the first technical steep slope. The second slope is easier technically, but we will need to be motivated to counteract the effects of the altitude and fatigue before climbing the final ridge to the summit.   At the summit we generally allow 15 minutes to stand on the top of Europe, look at the view over the Western Alps, eat something, and a few high fives!   The descent is by the same way, to reach the Gouter hut where we'll have dinner and spend the night.
Altitude covered: + 1700 m / - 1000 m
 

Day 6: Descent of Mont Blanc
An easy and short day as we are well rested.  Breakfast will be at 7am.  We then start our descent of the aiguille du Gouter, which will be straighforward after a good night's sleep.  Brief stop at the Tete Rousse hut for a drink after which we head down to the Nid d'Aigle train.  Cable car to les Houches and back to our hotel or wherever you are staying.  Your guide will present you with your Mont Blanc achievement certificate, normally over a well-deserved drink!

Altitude covered: - 1435 m

We have refined this schedule which we genuinely believe is the best way to climb Mont Blanc, for a number of reasons:

- You are not obliged to wake up in the middle of the night to start the ascent
- You will be climbing during the day giving you extra light and warmer conditions
- You will descend the aiguille du Gouter having rested and recuperated

If bad weather is forecast for day 5, we'll reach the Gouter hut and make our summit bid day 6. This will give an additional chance to reach the summit.
 

 

 

Additional informations for your Mont Blanc course

 

Technical level

Snow and ice slopes up to 40 deg.
Easy rock climbing (grade II and III) in some sections. If you're used to rock scrambling, you'll be at ease during the climb to the Goûter hut.

Fitness level

6 to 8 hours of walking a day, 12 hours for Mont Blanc summit day, with altitude differences from 800 to 1500m.

Very good fitness is needed. You must arrive fit; the first three days are not to get you in shape.

Changes to the program

Options if bad weather is forecast on day 6 :
D4: Tete Rousse hut.
D5: Mont Blanc ascent. Sleep in the valley.
D6: Free day in Chamonix or at the indoor climbing school.

 

If bad weather is forecast on days 4/5 or 5/6:
D4: Chabod refuge.
D5: Gran Paradiso (4060 m) climbing. Sleep in the valley.
D6: Free day in Chamonix or at the indoor climbing school.

 

Your guide will choose between these options if there is bad weather on Mont Blanc Range:
- Climb Gran Paradiso (4060 m) in Italy. No money refunded.
- Stop the tour after three days and get a credit for next summer.

 

Your guide

High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified).
From 2 to 6 persons
1 guide from day 1 to day 3
1 guide for each 2 people from day 4 to day 6

 

Duration

6 days climbing / 5 nights

 

Meeting point

At 9.00 am in front of the shop SNELL SPORTS in Chamonix.
104 rue Paccard – 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc. Tel 334 50 53 02 17.

 

Accommodation

In mountain huts, and in a lodge in Chamonix. If you wish to stay at the lodge (or in an hotel) the night before or after your tour, let us know when you sign up.

 

Drinking water is only available bottled, to purchase, in huts. You will need cash to buy it.

 

Gouter and Tête Rousse huts: It's important that you book your tour before mid-JAN, when reservations open. Even then, we may not get the number of beds that we wish. People will have priority in booking order.

If we don't get enough beds at the Gouter refuge, we will sleep at the Tete Rousse hut (subject to availability) and climb from there.

 

Meals

Half board in the refuges.
Lunch packs are provided, which you carry.
(Eg: ham, bread, cheese, cake, chocolate).
Bring your own extra snacks, e.g. energy bars, dried fruit and nuts.  Don't bring anything heavy, or things which might squash, leak or spoil.

Vegetarian menu available on request

 

 

Documents

Identity card or passport

 

Gear

The list supplements will be provided to you at the time of the inscription.

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Additional information on the price

Price is based on a group of 6 persons
Extra for 5 persons : 220 EUR per person
Extra for 4 persons : 160 EUR per person
Extra for 2 or 3 persons : 555 EUR per person

On a basis 1 € = 0,99 CHF

 

The price includes

Organisation
UIAGM certified high mountain guide(s)
Full board from day 1 picnic to day 6 picnic

All group safety gear (rope, ice screw...)
All lifts as per the itinerary

The price does not include

Booking fees (17 €/person)

Transports

Personal expenses (drinking water in huts, energy bars, phone calls)
Rental of gear or clothes
Single room supplement
Extra charges arising from program changes (hotels, food, transport ...)
Insurances (for Europeans only):

 


     Prices TTC by person
Price

 Multirisque

(cancellation + repatriation)

Cancellation
up to 350€ 62 € 20 €
from 351 € to 700€ 75 € 29 €
from 701€ to 1200€ 94 € 41 €
from 1201€ to 2000€ 115 € 58 €
from 2001€ to 4000€ 133 € 69 €
from 4001€ to 16000€ 5,5% + 31€ 4,4%
discount family/friends 20% from the 4th to the 9th person

 

Odyssée Montagne provides tailor-made tours and expeditions for private groups of friends, clubs and charity organisations. Contact us!

 

 

 

 

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Une cordée victorieuse au sommet du Mont Blanc
Une cordée victorieuse au sommet du Mont BlancSommet du Mont Blanc au coucher du soleilArête du Gouter depuis le refuge de Tête RousseAscension de l'arête du Gouter, avec odyssée montagne
Ecole de Glace sur un stage Mont Blanc 6 joursMontée au Dôme du Gouter, stage Mont BlancAscension de l'aiguille du Tour, stage Mont Blanc 6 joursArrivée sur l'arête de l'aiguille du Goiuter
Coucher de soleil sur le refuge du GouterRefuge Vallot et sommet du Mont BlancCertifict d'ascension du sommet du Mont Blancarête sommitale du Mont Blanc
Glacier du tour et refuge Albert 1erCordée victorieuse au sommet du Mont Blanc lors d'un stage 6 joursItinéraire d'ascension du Mont Blanc entre les Houches et le refuge du GouterItinéraire d'ascension du Mont Blanc entre le refuge du Gouter et le sommet

Description

Legendary and demanding, Mont Blanc remains as powerful as when the first alpinist set foot on its summit. Its beauty is just as breathtaking, especially after you've dreamt for years and climbed for hours to reach the peak. No route is easy, whether you climb from the Cosmiques or the Gouter hut. All demand fitness and the will to overcome each challenge. During 20 years of training people to climb Mont Blanc we have honed our approch to maximise your chances of success. This course is designed to allow fit people with little or no mountaineering experience to reach the roof of the Alps. Acclimatization and technical basics are covered in the first three days while you absorb the stunning beauty of the Mont Blanc range. Days 4, 5 and 6 are for the ascent to the summit. Whether you do our four- or six-day program, each brings a high chance of success of you adding your own chapter to the Mont Blanc story.

 

Day by day

Day 1: Glacier exercices - Albert 1er hut (2702m)

Day 2: Aiguille du Tour ascent (3288m) - Trient hut

Day 3: Fenêtre de Saleina (3261m) - Chamonix

Day 4: Tête Rousse hut (3167m)

Day 5: Goûter hut (3819m)

Day 6: Mont Blanc (4810m) - Chamonix

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Customer Reviews

23 AUG 2015 by John on 16/09/2015
Myself and fellow climbers of Mount Blanc during August 2015 had a fantastic week with extremely professional Odyssee Mountain guides.
The introduction to mountaineering and acclimatisation period prior to the ascent of Mount Blanc was invaluable and well structured.
The level of expertise and advice delivered by the guides was excellent with the focus on safety, but at the same time allowing for enjoyment and the fostering of an excellent team spirit within the group. I would have no hesitation in recommending Odyssee as a professional operation and would not hesitate to use them again.
Mont blanc normal route 21 JUN 15 by Eddie on 06/07/2015
We had an absolutely fantastic trip. Many thanks for your part in organising it.
Our guide, Bernard, was outstanding. I have nothing but praise for his technical skill, his ability to asses the group and challenge us to our limits, his good humour and willingness to go the extra mile.
On the climb up Mont Blanc... by Paul on 23/09/2014
On the climb up Mont Blanc, the view was absolutely stunning, but the climb was also a real personal challenge. I was fortunate enough to make it to the top and I have to say all thanks to you in providing the first 3 days of acclimatization and technical trainings. The experience gained in these 3 days was most valuable in preparing me for the tough climb up Mont Blanc later on.
Your mountain guides are also most professional in helping their clients to achieve their goals. I highly recommend you and your company to anyone who wish to attempt Mt Blanc.
Thanks to you and your fellow guides by Peter on 30/08/2014
Merci beaucoup !!! Thanks to you and your fellow guides I had a most incredible trek to the summit of Mont Blanc. First, your guidance on the training days was highly invaluable especially to those of us where the use of crampons and ice and snow techniques was an unknown experience. Those days undoubtedly contributed to the success of our ascent
Your guidance and complete attention to my safety on the mountain was outstanding. Not one footstep was missed and I felt completely confident in your care.
I was also particularly grateful for the way you were flexible with the program so we able to miss the bad weather and summit in almost perfect conditions
An adventure I will never forget, we shall be back.
Mont Blanc climb by Alexander on 10/07/2014
The Odyssee team took me on the trip of a lifetime this past week in June. Well organised, and matched with knowledgeable and friendly guides I ticked off a major point on my bucket list. Fantastic views and memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to Eric, Xholt and especially Ervie for a great time. Mont Blanc and Odyssee Montagne I will be back and you guys will be my first choice for any mountaineering activities.
Mont Blanc testimony by James on 16/09/2013
Climbing Mt Blanc has been on my “to do list” for quite some time. Pierre and his team made the trip fun and safe. Not only was this, but they were great company too! I have a huge gratitude to Pierre for this and I would advise anyone who is planning such a trip to go with Pierre if he’s free…”