Mont Blanc 4810m is the highest summit in
Western Europe. To get to the 'roof of Europe',
we ascend by either the 'Traverse' route of
the Trois Mont Blanc from the Midi, or via
the classic Gouter route.
For the Mont Blanc ascent you need excellent
fitness, stamina and determination. You do
not necessarily need any previous crampon
or altitude experience, though it would be
a real bonus. Any skills you have will help,
as well as great balance combined with the
ability to move quickly and efficiently over
broken mountain terrain is essential. You
should be confident on steep ridges, but don't
worry as you are taught all the necessary
ropework and skills during the week.
Due to the altitude and the length of the
climb, we never declare the ascent to be easy.
It is an unforgettable experience to reach
the summit, and you will test the skills you
have learnt along the way.
This course is focused on you summitting Mont
Blanc, with other summits and nights spent
at altitude to increase acclimatisation. There
is a dedicated information page for Mont Blanc:
which details the experience and fitness required
for the climb.
principal feature of this course are the evening
theory sessions, where you are taught everything
from knots and ropework, to crevasse rescue
hoist systems, to avalanche prediction. This
means that your climbing time during the daylight
hours with the IFMGA qualified guides is optimised.
are listed in the column on the right, and
they show the live availability from our secure
online booking system. When you book online,
you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine
Information Booklet, course specific kit list
Chris & Joe on the summit of Mont Blanc 4810m, ascent
via Traverse, descent via Gouter.
you should climb with us
only offer honest and ethical ascents of Mont Blanc.
our blog post about it (click
here). Here are our key ethical standards for
these ascents, which incredibly many operators ignore...
only offered when cable cars / trains are operating,
to avoid huge approach walks. In 2016 the dates
for the Tramway Mont Blanc are 11 June - 18 September
and we avoid the first and last weeks of the tramway
open season to allow for delayed opening / early
closure due to snowfalls.
the normal route there are two huts you could stay
in, the Tete Rousse 3167m or Gouter 3835m. To reach
the Tete Rousse takes approximately 2 hours from
the Nid dAigle, and the Gouter is a further
2 hour climb above. All our advertised Mont Blanc
course spaces have spaces booked in the Gouter hut,
to make the summit day shorter, and therefore the
summit more likely.
sticking with our principles, we are making the
summit a more realistic goal for you, and we are
focusing on safety. We believe that for those of
you who really do their research, you will be more
attracted to a company who wants you to succeed
more than the others. It isnt therefore a
case of how often we operate this trip, but when
and how we operate it.
has been offering guided ascents on Mont Blanc for
well over a decade now, and so we have excellent
local contacts and detailed knowledge of conditions
to optimise your summitting chances, not to mention
being highly aware of risks to keep you safe too.
is through these local connections that we can be
very flexible with our itinerary to enable you to
attempt Mont Blanc on almost any day of your course,
as we can arrange spaces in mountain huts or on
cable cars at very short notice, even in the key
the first training day at a 1:6 guiding ratio, you
have four days guiding at a 1:2 ratio. These four
days are more than any other operator provides,
and are essential to give you flexibility for making
a summit attempt on the first weather window.
Jo & Jonathan on the summit of Mont Blanc 4810m,
having climbed via the Gouter Route.
Brief Course Itinerary
note that whilst the itinerary below is an ideal, the
weather and conditions, as well as your skills, fitness,
experience and acclimatisation all play a part too. In
our decade of experience, we have found that hardly two
weeks ever run the same, and even on a particular week
sometimes different summit groups go on different days
from different huts. Whilst the itinerary notes outline
this, it is imperitive that you understand how flexible
this course must be. You are dealing with the high mountains
and extreme altitude, not a prescribed coach tour!
Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in
followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings.
There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment.
Briefings are over by 19:00 and the team accompany
the group to pre-dinner drinks. Many clients opt
to travel out a day or two early to do an acclimatisation
weekend course to provide an extra night of accommodation,
and to ascend a 3000m peak. Night in Chamonix.
to learn and practice using crampons and ice axes
on the Mer de Glace glacier (2000m). You also climb
vertical ice, create ice anchors, and learn glacier
travel skills. This is one of your most important
days of the course in terms of skills development
as it is essential to have good footwork on Mont
Blanc. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max).
Evening theory session on the key safety knots and
ropework. Night in Chamonix.
route to a summit. Continue to a mountain hut for
the night or return to Chamonix. The aim is to develop
your skills at altitude. The choice of the 1 or
2 day routes is made in reaction to which day you
attempt Mont Blanc, as we can alter the itinerary
to maximise your chances. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max).
Evening session on
Alpine weather prediction and the effects of mountains.
Night in Chamonix or hut.
route to a summit. Either an Alpine start from the
mountain hut or a second acclimatisation route.
Typical routes for the last two days include Cosmiques
Arete, Gran Paradiso, Petite Verte, Pointe Lachenal
or Aiguille du Tour. Return to Chamonix to prepare
for Mont Blanc. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max).
Evening session on climbers crevasse rescue and
emergency hoist systems. Night
and bag checks before you set off to climb up to
one of the high huts, either the Cosmiques or the
Gouter / Tête Rousse hut for the night. Guiding
ratio 1:2 (max). The choice of route that you take
on Mont Blanc, and which hut(s) you stay in is a
function of the weather, conditions, and your skills
and fitness. Often different teams suit different
plans to maximise their summit chances. Night in
hut on Mont Blanc.
Mont Blanc 4810m from an Alpine start from the high
hut, and descend to Chamonix. It
is usual to reach the summit just after sunrise,
to take advantage of the best snow conditions, and
to minimise the risks of stonefall or late afternoon
storms. Reach valley afternoon, celebrations in
the evening. Guiding ratio 1:2 (max).
In the evening there are optional drinks and a celebratory
meal. Final night in Chamonix.
Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by
10:00. Most arrange their transfers for around this
time for a flight from Geneva about midday. Some
people opt to book a tandem paraglider flight in
the morning to celebrate the weeks efforts, and
prices for this are from 100€ for a c.30 minute
flight. These flights can be booked in resort up
to the day before you wish to fly. Depart for home.
NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain
adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly
we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case,
suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this itinerary
as a guide to the types of route / activity you attempt.
days guiding, 7 days holiday in total
on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide
for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics
& briefings, 3) Evening technical instruction sessions,
4) Twin / double room B&B accommodation in Chamonix
(inc. linen, bedding & towels) for the whole week,
so you don't move out when in huts, 5) One night half
board in mountain hut / base camp on Mont Blanc for you
and guide, 6) Pre course information booklet, 7) Equipment
discount voucher for our UK shop, 8) Free 36 page technical
Course Instruction Booklet, 9) Road transport in Chamonix
valley, 10) Icicle discounts privilege QR code list for
reductions in local shops and restaurants in Chamonix.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3)
Cable cars & uplift (c. 80 euros depending on itinerary),
4) Optional second or more nights (not normally required)
in a mountain hut / base camp on a half board basis for
you and guide, 5) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches,
evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain
huts / hotels / restaurants, 6) Road transport outside
Chamonix valley (not usually required), 7) Sunday pre-dinner
drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 8)
Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Many clients on this
trip consider upgrading with one or more of
the following course additions...
from shared to
single from £150 in
addition to course price,
depending on week.
day extension; 1:1
for £999, to ascend via
the Hornli Arete or the
Italian (Lion) ridge.
from B&B to
have 3 course evening
meals in Chamonix for
5 nights for £99pp.
night spent in
Chamonix, with choice
of self-guided or guided
on Sunday. From £50.
with Windermere based trip advisors over a coffee
key part of choosing a company is being able to
come and talk about your plans with an experienced
course advisor face to face. In an increasingly
virtual world, we know our clients value speaking
to real people, getting open and honest advice.
The vast majority of our clients are British, and
our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere
in the English Lake District. Arrange a meeting,
and come in for a coffee to discuss your course
in person with a trip
advisor. Many people opt for this
service, and it is an integral part of what we offer,
to ensure that you are prepared as possible.
well as talking though your course, most clients
have queries about the kit they will require, to
avoid expensive mistakes, and we can show you some
examples of that to consider. Others have training
queries, about how to best prepare for your trip,
and we will be able to steer you in the right direction.
No question is too silly, and we'll have heard them
all before! An integral part of booking is the ability
to get good knowledgable advice, and a highly personal
service. Unlike companies that only exist virtually
in cyberspace, we are staffed by real people, in
a real office, who offer real honest advice. Because
we are tangible, we are accountable, and we take
great pride in that and the service that we offer
you. Get in touch to come in for a chat soon.
Course Dates Mont Blanc
[ 1 ] 31 Jul - 6 Aug 2016
[ 2 ] 7 - 13 Aug 2016
[ 0 ] 14 - 20 Aug 2016
[ 0 ] 21 - 27 Aug 2016
[ 0 ] 28 Aug - 3 Sep 2016
[ 2 ] 4 - 10 Sep 2016
course? If your ideal date is showing
as full on the list above, get in contact,
as we also offer private 1:2 and 1:1
trips on any date during the season.
The 1:1 price is £2199, and the
1:2 price is £1599pp. To book
a bespoke 1:1 or 1:2 Mont Blanc trip,
book one place on the 1:1 course (click
for link) and we will
adapt the invoice.