Mont Blanc 4810m 2020

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Summit: Mont Blanc 4810m is the highest summit in Western Europe. To get to the 'roof of Europe', we normally ascend by either the classic Gouter route, or the Gonella from the Italian Val Veny. 1:1 groups sometimes climb the 'Traverse' route of the Trois Mont Blanc from the Midi.

USP:
Our primary focus is on getting you to the summit, no faffing, no discussion, no fuss. If you train hard, are focused, and the weather plays ball, we'll get you up there. If you want us to wave a magic wand, and not put in the training before, this really isn't the mountain for you.

Skills:
You need high fitness, stamina and determination. Previous crampon or altitude experience isn't necessary, though is a 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.

Effort:
Due to the altitude and the length of the climb, we never declare the ascent to be easy. Ideally you should be half marathon fit, and used to long hill days. It is an unforgettable experience to reach the summit, and you will test the skills you have learnt along the way.
Experience: Nearly two decades of ascents, greatt local contacts, detailed conditions and local safety awareness, to keep you safe and maximise summit chances.

Contacts:
Through local connections we are very flexible with our itinerary to enable you to attempt Mont Blanc on almost any day of your course, once you're ready.

Permits:
We adhere to the new permit system on Mont Blanc, where proof of hut bookings is checked on the mountain. All our hut spaces are guaranteed.

Flexibility:
After 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.

Safety:
On our scheduled courses we have a 1:2 guiding ratio (1:1 on Traverse) for safety on the summit days for ascents made by the Gouter or Gonella routes.

Ages:
We insist on a minimum age of 18 if unaccompanied, or 16 if they are climbing with their parent throughout the week. Ages are as per the course start date.
Course itinerary
For the full itinerary of this course, click here to view the trip in greater detail on the main website.
Sun
Travel to Chamonix, course briefing
Mon
Glacier day to build crampon skills, and ice climb on the Mer de Glace (2000m).
Tue
Day route e.g. Cosmiques Arete, or ascend to mountain hut e.g. Gran Paradiso.
Wed
Day route e.g. Petite Verte, or Alpine start for ascent e.g. Aiguille du Tour.
Thu
Ascend to high hut (Gouter / Cosmiques / Gonella / Tete Rousse) on Mont Blanc.
Fri
Summit Mont Blanc 4810m, and descend to Chamonix for last night celebrations!
Sat
Breakfast, check out and depart
N.B. 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.
Course Dates
Mont Blanc
  • [ 1 ] 14 - 20 Jun 2020
  • [ 1 ] 21 - 27 Jun 2020
  • [ 2 ] 28 Jun - 4 Jul 2020
  • [ 1 ] 5 - 11 Jul 2020
  • [ 2 ] 12 - 18 Jul 2020
  • [ 2 ] 19 - 25 Jul 2020
  • [ 0 ] 26 Jul - 1 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 2 - 8 Aug 2020
  • [ 1 ] 9 - 15 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 16 - 22 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 23 - 29 Aug 2020
  • [ 2 ] 30 Aug - 5 Sep 2020
  • [ 0 ] 6 - 12 Sep 2020
Course spaces

The numbers in brackets next to each course date indicate the remaining spaces. Please contact us of you require more spaces, as often we can release extra places, subject to availability.



The Hard Facts

Many of those who are thinking of booking a Mont Blanc trip, find our 'The Hard Facts' booklet a useful and honest reality check. We encourage all climbers to give it a read; click here
Helicopter to the hut? Heli-drops aren't allowed in France, but if you wish to avoid ascending the Gouter couloir, or to save energy, you can now arrange to fly in and out of the Gonella hut on the Italian route. This costs 300€ per flight (not included), and it can carry up to 5 people.

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Price:
£1499 Book online
Guiding: 5 full days mountain guiding
Holiday: 7 days in total, Sunday-Saturday
Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Evening technical instruction / briefing 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.
Exclusions: 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.
Notes: This course assumes 1:2 guiding from Tuesday to Friday, after a shared glacier day of up to 1:6 ratio on the Monday. Note that in the exceptionally rare occasion where is there is just one person booked on a course, less 1:1 guiding days can be offered, however accommodation will be provided for the whole week, and guiding options and locations will be discussed with you within the budget paid.



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