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Mont Blanc ascent with preparatory workshop: classic route - 4 days

4 days from 1695 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 4 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 4810 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 4 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

Mont Blanc, the roof of Europe, who has never dreamed of climbing it ?

We take you to climb the Mont Blanc, up the well known classic route via the Goûter hut. The trip starts with a climb to get acclimatised, taking you straight into the beautiful granite, surrounded by glaciers and dominated by spectacular mountain faces. You get familiarised and acquire techniques required for the ascent on day three.

We will attempt the Mont Blanc ascent via the Tête Rousse hut, along the well known classic Goûter route up to the majestic Mont Blanc, rising at the altitude of 4810 metres above level. This route is certainly the most accessible of all. From the top of the Western Europe, the 360° view over the entire Alps is simply stunning. In case of any problem, we have a second chance to attempt the ascent on day 4. These four days will certainly be an unforgettable experience, and definitely a must do !

You've never done any mountaineering but you're a good hiker and wish to climb the Mont Blanc ? Check out our 6 day program ! 

If you're just looking for a course to prepare yourself for the Mont Blanc ascent, why not go for the Gran Paradiso or the Monterosa ?

 

Pros

- One day preparation and 3 days for the Mont Blanc ascent, to have more chance to succeed

- Two possible attempts

- One guide for two participants on summit day

- Accomodation in a 3* hotel in the valley to have a good rest before the ascent (your luggage will be  stored here)

- Classical historical and most famous route

- No worries nor stress: our minibus takes us around & about during the entire trip

- We experience in organising Mont Blanc ascents and dealing with hut booking. Summiteers rate is high...you're in good hands!

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)
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
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  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1795€ per participant
  • 1695€ per participant

Day to day

Preparing for the Mont Blanc ascent

Day 1 - Preparation on the Mer de Glace icefield

Get together at the hotel in Les Houches at 9 am. After welcoming you and giving out rented gear we head off for a day of physical and technical preparation on the Mer de Glace. We review mountaineering techniques and get warmed up and used to mountain terrain. Day's debrief in view of the Mont Blanc ascent.

Meals included: dinner

Accomodation included: 3* hotel in Chamonix's valley.

 

The Mont Blanc ascent - 2 attempts

Day 2 - Chamonix - Tête Rousse (3167 m)

No need to rush today, we have plenty of time to get up to Tête Rousse. Depending on weather conditions we catch the cable car late morning or early afternoon at Les Houches up to Bellevue station (1800 m) followed by the Mont Blanc Tramway up to the “Nid d'Aigle" (2372 m). From there we hike up to the Tête Rousse mountain hut (3167 m) where we meet up with the other guides for the summit and organise groups. Early night, big day ahead !

Ascent: + 795 m 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 3 - Tête Rousse - Goûter hut (3835 m) - Mont Blanc (4810 m)

A 3 am start get us up to the Goûter hut (3835 m) via the Goûter couloir following the shoulder that is partially equipped with cables (3 hrs). After a break at the hut, we put foot on the glacier towards the shoulder of the Dôme du Goûter (4260 m) that takes us up to the Dôme mountain pass. The next stage is to reach the Vallot shelter (4362 m) (2 1/2 hrs). From there we climb up the famous Bosses ridge to reach the roof of the Alps ! Descent via the same route down to the Goûter hut where we spend the night.

Ascent/descent: + 1750 m / - 1075 m

Activity time: 10 - 12 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 4 - Goûter hut - Tête Rousse - Chamonix

We leave the Goûter hut at approx 8 am, down to Tête Rousse, Nid d'Aigle and Chamonix Valley either with the lifts to Les Houches, the Mont Blanc tramway or by 4WD.

If we do not reach the summit on day three we have the possibility to give it a second attempt on day 4. We will obviously make only one real attempt.

Ascent/descent: min. - 1463 m

Activity time: 10 - 12 hrs 

Meals included: breakfast, snack

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SUMMER 2020:

Following the request of the Prefecture of Haute-Savoie, the reservation of shelters located on the normal route of Mont-Blanc is possible only by filling in the complete identity of the participants (surname, first name, date of birth and nationality). These details can not be modified. All Mont-Blanc ascent bookings are subject to huts' availability.

During the last two weeks of March, mountaineering professionals will be able to make group bookings for the following huts: Le Goûter and Tête Rousse. As a result, room in the Gouter and Tête Rousse huts cannot be guaranteed when booking. The places are very limited in these huts, so we advise you to register before mid March ! Bookings for huts begin in mid-March for professionals. We will keep you informed throughout the booking process, as of March 31st, 2020.

Please note: this itinerary is an example of a mountaineering course in the Mont Blanc mountain range and should only be used as a guide. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions and participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accomodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities, except at Tête Rousse hut: if no spots are avaible in the hut, we might use the camp ground next to the hut. You will need to bring a good sleeping bag with the rest of the equipment detailed in the technical trip page details. Of course, we will keep you inform.

In case of bad weather conditions making the ascent impossible, we will reimburse you according to the number of days not used but will offer you an alternative course in another montain range allowing you to make the most of your time off (most prices are published on our website). There'll be no screw up: you won't pay the Gran Paradiso the same price as the Mont Blanc.

This trip has been created in 2018 and in case practices defined by the local guide authorities change (ex: the reasonable number of participants per guide, for safety reasons) we respect such recommendations and rules and may therefore adjust our rates.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Chamonix - Mont Blanc - Les Houches

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
Get together - practical information

You're wearing your mountaineering clothes on day 1.

Trip ends in the afternoon in Chamonix.

The success of this ascent largely depends on weather and mountain conditions. We highly recommend you to purchase train tickets that can be changed or are reimbursable leaving sufficient flexibility. 

Access

Train& TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com

The TGV from Paris to Saint Gervais Les Bains and local train allow you to arrive directly at the meeting point. The closest train station is called 'Taconnaz', you have to make a special request for the train to stop at this station, from where it's a 5 minutes walk to the meeting point. 

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

Parking

Public parking free of charge, unattended can be found in Les Houches (at the Bellevue lift), the guide will tell you where.

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

Skill level ****

A first summit is necessary to do this trip. You need to be able to use ice axe, crampons, understand rope and basic mountaineering techniques... Snow slopes may reach between 35 and 40°. Rock climbing section vary from grade II to III.

To do this course, it's best to have previousmy done another easier 4000 m summit such as the Dôme des Ecrins, the Monte Rosa or the Gran Paradiso or another similar summit.

The guide will review with you all basic mountaineering techniques on the first day of this course and judge your capacities for the rest of the course.

 

Stamina level ****

Good physical condition is required. You regularly train and do endurance sports (cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, swimming) several times a week at least six months to one year before the alpine course. For example, you run twice a week for one hour (10 km/h) and once a week make a longer physical effort for several hours.  

 

Good to know: If you haven't got the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Group size

4 to 6 participants

Guiding

Azimut mountain guide for 6 days.

On ascent day: one guide for two participants.

We have great guide team, and select our guides mainly 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 and instructors just around the corner

Daypack

You will have to carry your personal belongings, mountaineering gear and food supplies for several days. Your backpack will weigh approx 6 to 8 kilos (please leave behind any useless excess baggage).

Ski lifts

Included in the price.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics

- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- Certified and expert mountain guide services for four days (including all his expenses: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares), and any other guides that may leed on the ascent day and all their expenses

- Half board for one night at a 3* hotel in the valley, to get a good night's sleep before the ascent 

Half board for two nights in a mountain hut

- Picnics for 3 days from day 1 until day 3, snack on day 4

- Safety equipment 

- Ski lift passes included in the programme

- Azimut welcome pack

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point

- Drinks, including those with meals, personal costs and personal extras

- Gear rental

- Personal insurance

- Anything else that is not mentioned under the 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 due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

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

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance 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 and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

- Accomodation in a 3* star hotel for 1 night in the valley, in a shared twin or triple room. Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Accomodation in dormitory in a mountain hut for 2 nights, bed linnen and towels not provided, blankets provided, sleeping bag liner obligatory, shared bathroom and toilets. For your personal purchases: only cash is accepted, no credit cards.

- Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel or mountain hut, we have picnics for lunch (3 picnics). Picnics consist of good quality products: meat, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote. If you have a special diet request, please contact us so we can inform the hotel and mountain hut.

- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebar, tasty and great quality organic and vegan cereal bars, all made with excellent quality ingredients, without colour and additives.

- Snack on day 4 : 1 salty bar, 1 cereal bar, 1 energy snack and seeds. According to our guides' feedback most participants prefer a warm meal on the last day, therefore we provide a snack to keep you going.

Before & after trips

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

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.

No wifi available in mountain huts, and remember: cash only.

4G and mobile coverage is very unreliable in the mountains.

Equipment - clothing & gear

Technical gear

- Crampons

- Harness

- Ice axe

- Helmet

- Folding walking poles recommended: those made by Z-pole are compact, light and easy to stow away in your bag

- Gear for the group (such as ropes) is provided 

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):

 

Full mountaineering pack (helmet, ice axe, crampons, harness and boots) € 115
Helmet € 25
Ice axe € 30
Crampons € 35
Harness € 25
Mountaineering boots € 40
Walking poles € 24

 

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.

If you bring your own gear please make sure:

- your boots are suitable and rigid for crampons use, and that they don't bend

- your crampons fit your feet and boots

- your harness and helmet are less than 5 years old

- you have a light ice axe (not a wooden one !) long enough to be used as a support for walking 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands nor the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. 

Headwear

- Light warm hat or buff / scarf / cap for approach walks / sunglasses suitable for glacier (category 4) / ski goggles for the Mont Blanc ascent

Tip for glasses and goggles: photochromic lenses adapt the light intensity and vary from category 2 to 4, they are very useful. 

Bodywear

- Base layer: a few breathable long and short sleeved tops (merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics, don't wear cotton, it will not dry). On a glacier and on snow your arms should always be covered in case you fall or slip.

- Mid-layer: a light fleece or lightweight hooded down jacket to wear during breaks under your Gore-tex or soft shell jacket.

- Outer-layer: it should have a breathable and waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack. 

- Bottom layer: long johns to wear during the ascent, lightweight mountaineering trousers and a pair of trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) - those with long side zips are recommended for climbs.

- Hands: light gloves (fleece or soft shell gloves), and pair of silk liners gloves to go underneath. Waterproof and warm mittens (or a second pair of gloves) for ascent day. 

Footwear

- Hiking socks: merino wool is warm and breathable 

- Rigid mountaineering boots that are crampon compatible

- Gaiters are obligatory if you rent Gore-tex trousers

- Lightweight shoes for your comfort on approach hikes (we can leave gear in the mountain hut during our stay) 

Odds & ends

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Flask - 1.5 liter capacity (Camelbacks are not recommended as water often frozes), small bottles are convenient to put under your clothes to avoid water freezing. No tap water is available, water can be purchased at the Tête Rousse or the Goûter huts.
  • Headlight with spare batteries
  • Pocket knife
  • Duck tape
  • Suncream factor 50
  • Duffle type bag holding up to 90 litres that will be left at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases.
  • Backpack: 35/40 liter capacity with a loop to carry your ice axe as well as a padded hip belt.

To be perfectly well organised we recommend you to put your gear in several small different sized bags.

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag, only take essentials in the mountains

To make up a first aid kit, check out all data on the Ifremmont's website. 

 

In partnership with

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

Black Crows

Arva 

Fitschi swiss bindigs 

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

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 (though not accepted in mountain huts)

- 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!

 

                            We look forward to seeing you !

                           Enjoy your ascent with AZIMUT !