Mont Blanc Gouter

Climbing Mont Blanc by normal route from France with guide

  • Activity: Alpinism
  • Country: France
  • Level: PD (Not difficult)
  • Season: June, July, August, September
  • Max guests: 2

If you are interested in this option, please send me a message through the "Request" button. I will contact you, and we will discuss everything! You can read about my rates by following the link in the "Information" section.

Where?

Mont Blanc is the highest summit in Western Europe. The mountain range includes secondary peaks such as Mont Blanc du Tacul at 4248m, Mont Maudit at 4465m, and Mont Blanc di Courmayeur at 4765m. The classic routes for climbing Mont Blanc are the Les Aiguilles Grises route, the Traverse of the Three Mont Blancs, the Grand Mulets route (the first ascent route in 1861), and the Boss Ridge route (which translates to "ridge with bumps" in English).

The Boss Ridge route is one of the easiest and most popular routes with a high number of ascents per year. No special preparation is required, but experience in hiking or mountaineering is welcome.

Preparation

In order to successfully climb Mont Blanc without unnecessary stress and anxiety, it is highly recommended (either the previous summer or a few weeks prior) to take a course in mountaineering with an ascent of one of the simpler 4,000-meter peaks, such as Grand Paradiso: From rifugio Vittorio Emanuelle II or Spaghetti Express. Such preparation will allow the guide to assess your strength and abilities in advance and recommend a training program or suggest alternatives according to your abilities.

Acclimatisation

To successfully climb Mont Blanc, acclimatization to high altitude is required. Since visitors often come from sea level (plus/minus), it is crucial to adapt to heights of 3-4 thousand meters above sea level. To achieve this, we will gradually gain altitude and spend several nights in mountain huts. In addition to overnight stays, we will climb to a peak at 3500 meters. The first mountain hut will be the Albert Premier refuge (2711 m), from which we will climb the Aiguille du Tour. Then, during the main ascent, we will spend nights above 3,000 meters, which will create a good base for reaching the summit of Mont Blanc.

Includes in price

  • Guide's fee
  • Group equipment
  • Assistance in refuges reservation
  • Accommodation and food for the guide (refuges and Chamonix)
  • Guide's cable cars

Do not includes in price

  • Personal equipment rentals
  • Accommodation and food for guest in Chamonix
  • Accommodation and food for guest in refuges
  • Guest's cable cars
  • All transfers

Details

  • Group is a maximum of 2 guests. You will be with the guide for 6 days, and the guide will adapt the program to your needs.
  • Acclimatization and technical preparation are aimed exclusively at achieving the goal - climbing Mont Blanc. Three days are allocated for acclimatization, which allows for greater flexibility in choosing the climbing day based on weather conditions.
  • Three days are allocated for the ascent, which allows for efficient use of the days based on weather conditions and the condition of the route.
  • In case of unsuitable weather conditions, it is possible to postpone the ascent or climb another 4,000-meter peak in the Alps.

Route

Les Houches (1000 m) - Nid d'Aigle (2700 m) - Téte Rousse (3167 m) - refuge du Gouter (3835 m) - Dome de Goûter (4304 m) - refuge Vallot (4450 m) - Arête des Bosses - Mont Blanc (4810 m).

Itinerary

Meeting point

The meeting point with the group is determined by the guide.

Day 1. Beginning of acclimatization.

In the morning, a short briefing and equipment check are conducted, with equipment rental available if necessary. We then transfer to the village of Le Tour (1450 m) and take the cable car up to almost Col de Balme (2200 m). From there, we hike up a good trail to the Albert Premier hut (2706 m). The trail is mostly easy, with railings in steep areas. After settling into the hut, where we can have lunch or just have a cup of tea, we descend to the glacier for some snow activities. We adjust our crampons, harnesses, ropes, walk on the glacier, and learn how to use ice axes. Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Gaining altitude of 800 m. 3-hour hike on a trail.

Day 2. Acclimatization ascent.

We will start the ascent at 4 am and leave at 5 am. The route to the summit of Aiguille du Tour (3540 m) goes through a closed glacier, and we will be roped up. It will take us 4-5 hours to reach the top. We'll spend 15-30 minutes taking photos and resting. The descent along the same path we climbed will take much less time - we will be back at the hut in a couple of hours. After lunch and a short break, we'll hurry to catch the cable car, as it closes around 5 pm. We'll return to Chamonix by bus.

Gaining 800 meters of altitude. Descending 1600 meters. 10 hours of hiking and alpinism.

Day 3. Rock climbing training.

We meet in the morning and head to the rocks to practise climbing in boots. We spend the rest of the time buying snacks, energy bars and walking around Chamonix. I recommend taking the cable car up to the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3842 m) and spending a couple of hours there for acclimatisation, especially since there is a lot to see there.

Rock climbing for 2-3 hours, difficulty level III-IV.

Day 4. Approach.

Finally, the day has come and from today on we will only be moving up towards our ultimate goal.

Alright, let's meet at the hotel at 8 am, and we'll go (by bus) to the village of Les Houches (1000 m), buy tickets for the funicular, and go up to the Bellevue station (1801 m). We'll then transfer to a train and ride it to the end station, Nid D'Aigle (2400 m). From there, the hiking part of the journey begins. Today we have to reach the Gouter hut (3835 m). The first 3 hours of the ascent are on a good trail, then we'll have to rope up and climb the remaining 600 metres to the hut on a rocky ridge equipped with safety ropes. Once we reach the hut, we'll need to rest well, eat, and sleep. The task is not an easy one, considering the altitude of 3800 m and the number of people around. By the way, here's a life hack - bring earplugs as the likelihood of your neighbour snoring is quite high.

Note: This day can be split into two, and instead of rock climbing (day 3 in the plan), we climb and stay overnight at the Tête Rousse Hut (3167 m), and on the next day, we climb up to the Gouter Hut.

Gain of altitude: 1100 m. 8 hours of hiking and mountaineering.

Day 5. Ascent.

And we will try to climb, not to get tired, and to enjoy the process. The ascent is early. At around 4 a.m. Breakfast, and at 5 a.m. we start. We immediately tie ourselves with a safety rope and do not untie until we descend back to the shelter. Goose step by step, we climb to the summit. Along the way, we will pass through the shoulder of Dome du Gouter (4304 m), stop for a tea break at the emergency hut Vallot (4362 m). 2 hours from the shelter. A couple more hours enduring while enjoying the breathtaking views opening up from the French and Italian sides, and here is the pre-summit ridge. The summit of Mont Blanc is a long ridge. We reach its highest point. It is usually windy here, but if we are lucky and today is a calm windless day, we can breathe the high-altitude air for about 15 minutes, take a photo for memory, or record a message to friends on camera.

Let's not forget that the ascent is only part of the job - we still have to carefully descend from the mountain. We gather our spent strength and start going down. The descent to the refuge will take about 3 hours.

We don't linger in the refuge and, after taking our belongings from the boxes, continue our descent. We still need to make it to the train on time. We quickly descend the ropes and then the trail, losing altitude. First the train, then the funicular, then another bus, and we're in Chamonix.

Ascent of 1080 meters. Descent of 2200 meters. 12-14 hours of hiking and mountaineering on the trail.

Day 6. Extra day for bad weather.

If this day is not used for climbing, guests can spend another day climbing or go on a simple trekking, depending on their preference.

Possible changes

The guide may make changes to the program if the weather conditions, physical and psychological conditions of the guests require it, up to cancelling the program.

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