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Mont Blanc Ascent - Ski Touring

2 days from 895 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 2 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 4810 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 4

Pros

- See the stunning panorama offered by Mont Blanc

- The oppertunity to climb the mountain away from the summer crowds

- A truly breathtaking descent

- Departure  guaranteed by two or more people 

No extra administrative fees

In a nutshell

Our Objective: Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe. Finishing off a skiing season just wouldn't be quite right unless you had a trump card up your sleeve, would it? And climbing Mont Blanc might just be the perfect challenge. The highest of the Alpes standing at 4810 metres, we'll take it on from our base at the refuge des Grands Mulets an oasis of calm amongst the glacial chaos. We’ll climb up the north face of the Dôme du Goûter to reach the arête des Bosses; a long and stunning voyage of more than 4000 metres that will need some preparation to be truly enjoyed. However, the pleasure gained from the  contemplation of Chamonix and it’s valley after the efforts of the ascension are well worth it; all before hurtling down the north face of Mont Blanc! From the summit at Chamonix you will truly be able to savour the sights from 3800 metres amongst the pinacles of ice on the glacier des Grands Mulets! There really is no better way to tackle Mont Blanc.

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)

Day to day

Day 1: Warm up to the refuge

Meet up at 9am at the train station at Chamonix or another previously agreed rendez-vous point. We’ll check the equipment and spend the day getting up to the hostel and going over some security essentials. We’ll take the cable cars at the l'Aguille du Midi to get to the plan de l’Aiguille. We’ll cross the glacier des Pélerins then the glacier des Bossons to the junction before heading up to the hostel.

Altitude difference: + 700m / -1300m

Meals included: pick-nick, dinner

Lodgings included: Hostel

 

Day 2: Mont Blanc ascent

It’s the day of the ascension! We’ll try and ascend Mont Blanc via the north side of the Dôme du Goûter. You will have to carry your skis in their cases before reaching the plateau of the Dôme. Then, we’ll climb up the l'arête des Bosses to finally reach the summit of Mont Blanc! After a short and well earned rest to immortalise the moment, we’ll attack the north face and finally arrive in the valley!

Altitude difference: + 1800m/-3800m or -2600m if there’s not enough snow

Meals included: pick-nick

 

Please note: This itinerary is an example of Mont Blanc ascension  with Azimut and should only be used as a guide: the weather the conditions on the mountain or the competence of the participants could mean that the guide changes the itinerary, the order of the expeditions or their settings.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Chamonix Mont Blanc - Aiguille du Midi cable car

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9am
    Leaving time: mid afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival.

The last day, we try to get back to Oulx by 5 pm to catch the TGV, but we cannot guarantee this (weather, traffic). We recommend you to get tickets that can be changed.

Getting there

Parking

Free public parking can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or just in front of our accomodation.

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep sections. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You should master uphill kick turns without hesitation.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary from 800 to 1000 metres per day. 

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain guide.

All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides just around the corner.

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) clothing, your picnic, a few snacks and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The definite day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. Budget approximately € 70 for ski lift fares.

Pricing

The price includes

  • Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival
  • Minibus transfers upon arrival from one of the indicated meeting points
  • 5 nights accommodation (half-board) and picnics for 6 days
  • Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing
  • Certified and expert mountain guide services for 6 days (all the guide's expenses are included: meals, accommodation, transportation, ski lift fares)
  • Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear
  • Extra fees for Xmas & New-Year
  • AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

  • Transportation to/from the meeting point
  • Ski lift fares
  • Gear rental if required
  • Your personal insurance
  • Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras, and any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity, medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Insurance related to repatriation and research are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is not available.

Poor mobile & 4G coverage.

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

Depending on the size of group, you might end up sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex.

  • Half board in a gite, shared showers and toilets. Bed sheets are supplied, towels are not supplied.
  • Accommodation is possible in a hotel room in the same building as the gite (with private toilets and bathroom), but is subject to availability. Single supplement: € 140 per person, supplement for a double: € 120 per person
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner: breakfasts and dinners are at the gite, and we provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products: ham, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote.
  • Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebars, tasty and top quality energy bars, no additives, coloring nor conservatives.

Before & after ski touring trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accommodation in case you need to book accommodation before or after the trip. All accommodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !

 

Skiing material (all in excellent condition)

  • Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings. We advise freeride type skis so you can enjoy powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow
  • Ski skins
  • Ski crampons (i.e. "couteaux")
  • Ski poles
  • Ski touring boots
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them for free)
  • Backpack: capacity of 40 liters

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides systematically use them and we highly recommend you to opt for high quality and reliable gear. If you don't have an avalanche airbag we rent them out at a very competitive price.

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Glacier Package (full pack+ice axe+harness+crampons)

310 €

Full Pack (ski, boots, skins, ski-crampons, poles)

215 €

Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons) 

175 €

Airbag Backpack

120 €

Helmet

30 €

Ice-axe

30 €

Crampons

35 €

Harness

30 €

 

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

  • Warm hat or buff/scarf
  • Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful
  • Helmet (strongly recommended)

 

Bodywear

  • Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.
  • Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks
  • Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack
  • Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs
  • Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !
  • Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

 

Footwear

  • Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.
  • Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable !

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 suncream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases.

Toiletries and first aid kit

  • Personal toilet bag
  • To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website. 

Need new gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Official partner and service provider for Terres d'Aventure

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

  • Leave contact details with your friends and family
  • Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
  • Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
  • Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr
  • Check that you have the right equipment
  • Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
  • Bring some cash and your credit card
  • Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
  • Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
  • Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

                               See you on the slopes !

                      Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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