Mont Blanc Guides



Description

Mont Blanc Guides, Altus Mountain Guides.

Mont Blanc 4810M, the highest mountain in western Europe and one of the most famous peaks in the whole world! Come spend a week in the home land of
alpinism where we will climb some of the best warm up peaks Europe has to offer as we get set for your summit attempt on Mont Blanc. Our European weeks are fully inclusive and with small ratios we guarantee an unbeatable trip.

Who for

For entry level or experienced climbers. A summit of Mont Blanc requires adequate fitness and some mountaineering experience.

What’s included

Transport from Geneva to Chamonix, Valley accommodation (based on double occupancy), Mountain Accommodation, Breakfast, Pack Lunch, Dinner in Mountain huts, Transportation around Chamonix, Guides fee, Group equipment.

What’s Not Included

Travel to Geneva, Dinner while in Valley, Personal equipment rental (contact if you require), Drinks while in mountain huts (no running water in mountain huts, 1.5l
= 5euro/7cnd) Personal climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet), Lunch, Water, Camera *full gear list

Dates

June 30 – September 30

Price

Contact us for current Mont Blanc pricing.

Itinerary

Saturday:

We will have a car pick you up at the Geneva airport to transfer you
to our base in Chamonix. Upon arrival we will check gear and go over the plans for the week.

Sunday:

To shake off the jet lag and to start getting acclimatized we will head up the valley to the Grand Montet lift in the village of Argentiere. A quick gondola lift will take us to 3200m and in perfect striking distance to the Petit Aiguille Verte, a mixed snow and rock ridge in an absolutely wild setting

Monday:

8am we depart for the Aiguille du Midi, where the highest gondola in Europe will take us to 3810m and into the heart of the Mont Blanc massive. The rest of the day will be spend traveling across the Valle Blanch to the Torino hut on the Italian/French border. Expect a 7 hour day of glacier travel, spectacular views and instruction.

Tuesday:

Alpine start – 5am we will head back to the French side of the range and climb the classic rock scrambling ridge, Aiguille des Entreves, or Aiguille du Tourille and back to the Torino Hut,

Tuesday:

Another Alpine start will put us in good position to make an ascent of the Aiguille to Roche-forte and wild snow ridge climb on the border of France and Italy. For those with a rock climbing back ground an ascent of the Dent Du Geant will be possible (5.7 5pitches). Back to Chamonix in PM.

Wednesday:

A civilized start to the day we will head back up the Aigulle du Midi and over to the Cosmiques Refuge for the night. The Cosmiques Refuge is at the base of the Trois Monts Route on Mont Blanc and will provide us the best position to make a summit attempt the next day. This day can be flexible depending on energy levels, There are many peak options along the way to the hut.

Thursday:

1am breakfast! Climbing by 2am. We will ascent the Trois Mont route, first up the Tacul to 4020m, then off the technical crux of the day Mont Maudit 4400m where we will climb a snow/ice face to 70ʼ And finally off the to Mont Blanc summit 4810. You can expect a very long days (10 – 14 h ) Depending on our timing we will either return to the Valley or spend another night at the Cosmiques Refuge

Friday:

Flex day. As it can be very difficult to time your ascent of Mont Blanc with the weather. Our programs build in flexibility on both sides of our scheduled summit attempt. So Friday can be used to summit or for one of the many classic option around Chamonix: index, Cosmiques arête, Midi-plan traverse, Rock climbing in the valley.

Saturday:

Return home. Transportation will be provided to Geneva airport at your convenience.

Mont Blanc Guide EQUIPMENT LIST

Please contact Altus Mountain Guides for any questions or expert advice on the best equipment to have.  Let us know what you need on the list before you purchase any gear.  We can lend you gear free of charge or can advise you on the best gear to purchase. 

 Personal Gear:

  • Boots – full-leather or plastic mountaineering boots. If leather, they should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or equivalent
  • Summit / Day-pack – 15-40 liters capacity (optional your big backpack can also work as a Summit pack)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best ) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses – 1005 UV block (1pr)
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Headlamp with new battaries
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf30
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional for log hikes

 Communal and Technical equipment / Hut Supplies:

  • (Supplied by AMG if required):
  • Compass and map
  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice ax and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Rope rescue cord / webbing
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Ice Ax
  • Gaiters (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, medications, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish soap
  • Pots and Pans
  • Cutlery
  • Cups and Bowls
  • Barbeque
  • 5 inch foam beads
  • In hut Library
  • Games and cards
  • 4 burner gas stove
  • Binoculars
  • Gas lanterns
  • Magical views and sunsets

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.