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Mont Blanc Ascent by the Aiguilles Grises

The route from the Aiguilles Grises to Mont Blanc recaptures the isolation of mountaineering's golden age.  More than merely beautiful, it reveals to you the majestic, Himalayan character of the Italian part of the Miage glacier.

High mountain guide, UIAGM certified, English speaking

1,590.00 €

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1,590.00 €

Duration : 5 days

Size of group : 2 ppl

Season : Summer

Country : France


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Trip details


Summer. Mountaineering. France

Référence : ALFRA006


Subject to change depending on conditions and participants' fitness.


Day 1:  Petit Mont Blanc bivouac

From the car park at the Cantine de Visaille, the path climbs among the grassy slopes of the aiguille de Combal.
The bivouac (3047m) overlooks the impressive Lée Blanche glacier.

Hours: 5 to 6
Altitude covered: +1400m


Day 2:  Petit Mont Blanc

We start on a graceful snowy ridge, then climb the Petit Mont Blanc glacier to the aiguille Oriental de Tré la Tête.  The view is suberb on the Brouillard du Mont Blanc side and across the entire basin of Tré la Tête.  We descend by the same route to the bivouac then into Val Veny.  Night at the Monte Bianco hut.
Hours: 8 to 9
Altitude covered: +880m and -1800m


Day 3:  Climbing in the valley

We relax and recover today in the valley after two gorgeous days in the mountains.  We go climbing on a route that matches your level.
Night in the Monte Bianco hut in Val Veny.

Hours:  all day

Altitude covered:  none


Day 4: Gonella hut

Morning departure to climb to the Gonella hut (3071m).

We follow the moraine on the glacier's right bank, then climb the glacier itself to the base of the Aiguilles Grises.  The path twists across the rocky slopes with some short sections equipped with chains.
The atmosphere is as wild and austere as it is dazzling.  The glacial valley is dominated by ice rivers flowing from the Dôme du Goûter and the sheer rock walls of the Brouilard ridge.

Hours: 6
Altitude covered: +1400m


Day 5: Mont Blanc ascent

We wind between huge crevasses to reach the Aiguilles Grises pass, then the "Piton des Italiens" by a short mixed passage.  We then rejoin the snowy ridge leading to the Bionnassay pass that carries us to the Dôme pass.  The slender ridge makes this section is the route's most technically difficult.  From the Dôme pass, we attack the final climb on the Bosses ridge, the classic Mont Blanc route.
After exultant photos, we descend to St Gervais by the Goûter ridge and the cog train.  We then get our car from the Italian side.
Hours:  12 to 15

Altitude covered:  +1735m and -2700m


Additional information

Technical level

Snow slopes of 45deg maximum
You must have done grade F and PD routes in the Alpes

Physical level

We cover +1700m in altitude on summit day.  Stages are from 6 to 12 hours.  You must be in excellent fitness.

Your guide

High mountain guide, UIAGM certified, english speaking

Meeting point

The eve of day one at the sports shop Snell, 104 rue Paccard, Chamonix centre at 6.30pm. Tel 33 (0)4 50 53 02 17.


By plane: Chamonix is 88km from the Genève-Cointrin airport, 220km from Lyon - Saint - Exupéry airport and 171km from Turin - Caselle airport.  Contact us if you would like us to book an airport transfer for you.

By private transport: contact us

By train: alight at Chamonix station.  If you come by train, book a changeable and refundable ticket.


In mountain huts and unstaffed bivouacs.

If you need accommodation 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.


Half board in the refuges.

For the bivouac we will bring a stove and food.

Lunch packs are provided, which you carry. (daily eg: ham, bread, cheese, cake, chocolate).
Bring your own energy bars and nuts.

Vegetarian menu available on request
Don't carry heavy snacks: avoid oranges, creamed rice. Eggs and bananas crush; salami is inedible after day three.


You carry your personal gear.





The full gear list will be supplied when you book.

Gear list

Add: 1 plastic bowl and 1 large spoon


Additional information about the price

The price is based on a group of 2 people.

The price includes

Supervision by UIAGM certified high mountain guide(s)
Full board from day 1 lunch to day 5 lunch
All the group safety gear (ropes, carabiners etc.)
All lifts for this itinerary (train from the Nid d'Aigle and the Bellevue cable car)

The price excludes

Booking fees (17 €/person)

Transport to Chamonix and in the Chamonix valley (car sharing is possible, splitting costs with your guide)

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 ...)
Insurance (for Europeans only):


     Prices TTC by person


(cancellation + repatriation)

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


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Soleil levant au sommet du Mont Blanc


The Mont Blanc range is for some mountaineers, a by-word for overcrowding and overdevelopment.  But you only need to step aside from the classic routes to rediscover this giant's silence, power and authenticity.
This route from the Aiguilles Grises to Mont Blanc is among the most majestic and wild parts of the range.  It remains quiet, despite its low level of difficulty.  While we climb the Italian Miage glacier we soak up the full breadth of the range's beauty, which echoes the shapes of the Himalaya.  The climb to the Gonella hut will charm you slowly, but surely.
To warm up, we climb the Aiguille de Tré la Tête by the petit Mont Blanc.  This is a stunning snow route in a remote and enchanting part of the range.
For those who want to ascend Mont Blanc far from the madding crowds, this route is a must.


Day by day

Day 1:  Bivouac below the petit Mont Blanc
Day 2:  Aiguille de Tré la Tête by the petit Mont Blanc, Elizabetta hut
Day 3:  Climbing in the valley
Day 4:  Gonella hut
Day 5:  Ascent of Mont Blanc

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Voilà surement le plus belle itinéraire facile pour gravir le sommet du Mont Blanc. Quelle ambiance lorsque l'on remonte le glacier de Miage Italien, on se sent vraiment au coeur du massif, entouré de parois immenses.

C'est un itinéraire qui se mérite, les dénivelés sont long, c'est du terrain "montagne", autant pour rejoindre le tout nouveau refuge de Gonella, que pour gagner le sommet. Nous vous conseillons d'avoir également une expérience alpine dans des ascensions de niveau facile (Dôme des Ecrins etc...)

C'est un itinéraire à faire une fois dans sa carrière d'alpiniste, mais plutôt en début de saison. Atttention à votre équipement, il doit être en bon état et n'en prenez pas trop.