Mont Blanc Ascent (8 days)
Day 1 Meet at the group's hôtel in the Chamonix Valley
You’ll fly to Geneva airport and we’ll send a driver to pick you and your luggage up at 2pm and take you to your 3-star hotel for the night in the bustling heart of Chamonix. Meals in town as you please. It’s your first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialities accompanied with some famous Savoie wine.
Day 2 Meeting and training in the snow, ice climbing on the Tour glacier
Lying beneath the stunning north face of Mont Blanc, the views are awesome from the start!
We meet the guide at the rental equipment shop and chat about the days ahead. He also checks our personal equipment (possible to rent). We then lace up our walking boots and hop on a minibus to the village of Le Tour, and take a small two-stage cable car to the Col de Balme, where we begin our walk to the Albert Premier refuge (2702m, on Glacier du Tour). Here, we spend the afternoon training in the snow and ice climbing on the glacier.
Walking time : 4h to 5hours / Ascent : about 500m / Max Alt : 2702m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Albert Premier refuge
Day 3 Tête Blanche ascent (3429m)
Day three, and our second day in the mountain, we will see us ascend from the Albert Premier Refuge towards La Tête Blanche (3 429m). There might be some steep steps to climb on this path, but the view is worth the effort.
Heading downhill afterwards, we will spend the night in the Trient refuge.
Walking time : 6h to 7 hours / Ascent: about 850m / Descent: about 850m / Max Alt. : 3429m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Trient refuge
Day 4 Col Supérieur du Tour
Starting our route from the Trient refuge, we climb the Col Supérieur du Tour. We then head down the slope, passing the Albert Premier refuge (where we offer ourselves a little but well deserved break). Once we are back in the village of Le Tour, the guide will tell us more about the following days program regarding weather conditions in the mountains and he will form the duets for the Mont Blanc ascent (depending on who you’re travelling with and on your level). Rest for the night in a nice and cosy 3-star Hotel Le Prieuré in Chamonix. Diner in town.
Walking time : 6h to 7 hours / Ascent : about 400m / Descent: about 1000m / Max Alt. : 3235m / Accommodation : Chamonix hôtel 3*
Day 5 Taking the Mont Blanc train to the Nid d'Aigle, and walking to the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m).
The Mont Blanc ascent starts pretty easily. We start from Les Houches where we take the Bellevue cable car to reach the Bellevue train station. From there, we catch the Victorian Rack railway train "Tramway du Mont Blanc", France’s highest railway train rack, to the Nid d'Aigle (2372 m).
We walk up on a winding track offering a stunning view over the Chamonix valley. After a short time walking on the North face, we arrive on a snow-covered area leading to the brand new Tête Rousse refuge (3167 m). We spend the whole afternoon relaxing, acclimatising, and contemplating the wonderful panorama on the Aiguille de Bionnassay's North face, giving us the chance to prepare for the summit tomorrow.
Walking time : 3h to 4h / Ascent: about 1300m / Max Alt. : 3167m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Tête Rousse refuge
Day 6 Mont Blanc ascent
Today is the day you will reach the top of Europe! We start climbing very early in the morning through the rocky tracks of the Aiguille du Gouter. A wide passage in the lower slope is exposed to rock fall: it is very important to follow the guide’s instructions. The rest of the rise is affected by a bit marked spur and some passages comparable to climbing walls. We’ll reach the Refuge du Goûter (3 815m) for a refreshment stop around 9am.
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 Refuge du Goûter following our tracks. We spend the night celebrating our victory.
If weather conditions cannot allow our ascent on day 6, we’ll do it in 2 days, climbing to the Refuge du Goûter on the first day and spending the rest of the day there, and ascend and descend Mont Blanc on the second day, but this itinerary is a lot more demanding than the first one. Let’s wish for sunshine!
Walking time : 9 to 12 hours / Ascent : about 1700m / Descent: about 1000m / Max Alt: 4810m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Refuge du Goûter
Day 7 Going back to Chamonix
We descend on the same road until we reach 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.
We’ll check-in to our hotel in Chamonix and have a farewell dinner at your own charge. Treat yourself, you deserve it!
Walking time : 4 to 6 hours / Descent : about 1300m / Max Alt. : 3167m
Day 8 Departure day
Our wonderful week comes to an end. You can spend your final morning exploring the shops, museums, and have a last taste of local food specialties found in Chamonix.
Land Only package services ends after breakfast.
We’ll take you back to Geneva airport for your return flight around 9am.
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: ADMBA
- A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the registration.
- The whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure. ·
- The technical organization of the stay ·
- 6 days of mountaineering with high mountain guides ·
- 7 nights accommodation (full board: all breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals except in Chamonix days 1, 3 and7) ·
- All cable cars (needed for the normal program), except for the 2 first departures of June when cable cars are not opened yet ·
- Safety equipment (ropes…) ·
- Transport in the valley of Chamonix
- All the drinks and personal expenses (one bottle of water costs 5 to 10 euros in shelters)
- Snacks: dried fruits, chocolate bars, energy bars (in case of loosening) etc..
- Individual equipment: mountaineering shoes, crampons, helmet, harness, ice axe, sticks, backpack, etc... (possible to rent)
- Insurance and assistance
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
- Diner day 1, 3 and 7 in Chamonix
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
Changes to travel contract
- Breakfast and diner will be traditional and copious, made by refuges' keepers
- Lunch: home made packed lunch made by your guide (please inform us about any food requirements or allergies)
- Take some snacks according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate, dried fruits…)
- Water is very expensive in refuges (from 5 to 10 euros one bottle).
- Don't forget to bring euros and Swiss francs for the Trient refuge on day 2.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price.
Budget & exchange
- Collective equipment (ropes, compass ...)
- Slippers and blankets while in refuges
- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles) ·
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L) with locks for crampons, ice axe and helmet ·
- Ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness with locking carabineers (you cannot rent locking carabineers, you must buy your own) ·
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to), it is highly recommended for descents in particular·
- A water bottle or thermos (1.5L)
- A warm hat
- A sun hat and/or a scarf
- Sun glasses for glacier (category 4) + ski goggle
- A pair of warm gloves or mittens
- A pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens
- A pair of silk gloves or mittens
- 2 or 3 breathable undershirts, 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, usually no running water in the refuges so bring some wipes if you need
- Sun cream (face and lips) and after sun
- A head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- A rain cover for your backpack (optional)
- Anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- Bandages and second skin
- Elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Biafine cream (for sunburns)
- Pills to clean water (e.g. Aquatabs): water in bottles is VERY expensive in refuges (5 to 10 euros a bottle)
- Light sleeping pills (if you need some) and/or 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.