Mont Blanc ascent within 3 days (ascent only)
Day 1 From the Mont Blanc train to the Nid d'Aigle, walking to the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m)
Easy first steps for our Mont Blanc ascent. We start by taking the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches to reach the Tramway du Mont Blanc and enjoy the ride until the Nid d'Aigle (2372m). An easy hike under the edge of Rognes and a small passage on the north face of the Mont Blanc, enjoying a stunning view over the Chamonix valley. We come out on a snowy plateau at the end of which is the brand-new refuge of Tête Rousse (3167m). The afternoon is devoted to resting and acclimatizing, enjoying the magnificent view of the north face of Bionnassay.
Warning: cable cars will not be open for the first two departures of June, this will increase the hiking time (about 1000m of additional vertical drop) to arrive to the Nid d'Aigle.
Ascent : about 800m / Max Alt : 3167m / Walking time : 3 to 4 hours
Day 2 Going up to the Goûter refuge
After a nice breakfast at the refuge, we leave towards the Goûter corridor. You must follow your guide’s instructions. Once you are on the ridge, you can see the Goûter refuge: a few meters more of walking and you will rest your weary feet before the big climbing day.
Walking time : 3 to 4 hours / Ascent : about 700m / Drop : about 700m
Day 3 Mont Blanc Ascent
Today is the day you will reach the top of Europe!
We wake up very early, even before the sun rises, have a big breakfast and we start our hike heading to the Goûter dome. We are moving forward, slopes are gentle and we take a calm and steady pace.
We then start to climb up for a few hours, finding ourselves between sky and ground walking on a magnificent, sometimes aerial, slope. Finally, the peak appears.
Here we are, standing stock-still at an altitude of 4 810 meter, open-mouthed and agog.
After absorbing the breath-taking view of the 360° panorama, it’s time to come back down to the Nid d'Aigle, where we hop back on the Tramway du Mont Blanc. A final round of cable car and here we are back in Les Houches.
Walking time : 10 to 12h / Ascent : about 1000m / Drop : about 2500m / Max Alt : 4810m
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- The technical organization of the stay
- 3 days of mountaineering with high mountain guides
- 2 nights accommodation (full board : all breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals)
- All cable cars (needed for the normal program)
- All transports around the valley
- Individual equipment : crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, mountain shoes, backpack, mountain poles,.. (possible to rent)
- Insurance fees
- All the drinks and personal expenses
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc...
- Individual equipment : mountaineering shoes, crampons, helmet, harness, ice ax, sticks, backpack, etc...
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious, prepared by refuges' keepers.
- Lunches : packed lunches prepared by your guide (please inform us of any allergy or diet requirements).
- Take some snacks according to your tastes before departure (cereal bars, dry fruits, chocolate bars,..).
- Water is very expensive in refuges (5 to 10 euros for one bottle) : bring some money (Swiss francs for Trient cottage on day 2).
- Personal drinks (coffee, beer, coke,..) are not included in the stay's price.
Budget & exchange
- Collective equipment (ropes, carabiners, ...)
- Slippers and blankets while in refuges
- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles)
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L)
- Ice axe, crampons, harness with locking carabiner, helmet
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to)
- A thermos or water bottle (1.5L)
- A warm bonnet
- A hat, cap and/or a scarf
- Sunglasses for glacier, category 4 + ski goggles
- A pair of warm gloves or mitten
- A pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens
- A pair of silk gloves or mittens
- 1 breathable undershirt, preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- Fleece or heavy jacket
- Down jacket (optional but highly appreciated during the peak day if the weather is very cold)
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Goretex or similar)
- A pair of comfortable mountaineering pants
- Wind and waterproof over pants (Goretex or similar)
- Long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- 2 pairs of socks : a warm one and a lighter one
- Light-weight sleeping bag liner, preferably silk (wool covers are provided by the refuge)
- Toiletries : only tooth-brush and tooth-paste
- Sunscreen (face and lips)
- A head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- A rain cover for your backpack (optional)
- During the training and the climb, you will carry your own equipment and packed lunches in your backpack (40-50L)
- The rest of your luggage will stay in Chamonix and can be kept in another bag (travel bag)
- Analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- Anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- Bandages and second skin- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Sunscreen (SFP 50)
- Biafine cream (for sunburns)
- Light sleeping pills (if you need some) and/or Quies ear plugs
- Your own medicine...
- Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
- Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.