- duration 8 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 6
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Opportunity to climb to the summit of Mt Blanc, with 2 opportunities for a summit attempt with our carefully planned itinerary
- Learn basic mountaineering skills and acclimatise on our 3 day training course prior to the climb
- Climb the spectacular Aiguille du Tour and Petit Fourche as part of your training
- Exhilarating walking & climbing in the French Alps
A classic ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m) - the highest peak in the European Alps. Anybody with a high level of fitness contemplating a more active visit to Europe could not resist the proposal of climbing the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc (4810m / 15,771 feet). Whilst the range has attracted the attention of world class alpinists worldwide for its challenging routes for centuries, there are also many options available to the novice climber under the guidance of our experienced guides. Please be aware that the training and the ascent of Mont Blanc involve long challenging days at altitude and is only suitable for very fit, strong walkers that are capable of climbing at a consistent speed with short breaks over long periods. If you are in doubt about your level of fitness then please contact your nearest office to discuss.
Acclimatisation and basic technical mountaineering training are our main focus of the first 3 days. This trip is designed with the experienced trekker, winter walker and beginner mountaineer in mind and these days are spent learning or brushing up on the basics of travel on snow and ice to help prepare you for the tough climb ahead. Pre trip fitness preparation is absolutely vital if you wish to get the most out of this expedition and you must arrive in Chamonix on day one in excellent condition as the first 3 days are certainly not fitness training, but demanding preparation for Mont Blanc.
Our summit strategy:
In this itinerary which includes 3 days on Mont Blanc, we have the flexibility in our program to make a longer summit attempt from the Tete Rousse Refuge (on day 6) and staying overnight in the Gouter Refuge on the descent or to make a summit attempt from Gouter (on day 7) and descend to Chamonix. This flexibility gives our groups a significant advantage of 2 windows of opportunity to attempt the summit on either day 6 or day 7 depending upon the weather conditions or forecast. But please note that after attempting & failing the summit it is important to realize that it is not possible to make a second attempt on the summit on the following day. Over recent seasons our preference has been to attempt the summit from Tete Rousse, which means we cross the Grand Couloir early in the morning on both the ascent and descent when it is frozen. Your guides will be well aware of the forecast and will make a decision on when to attempt the summit.
Getting a helicopter back was an excellent decision. Being of a certain age we were all pretty tired having reached Base Camp and then ascending Kala Pattar, and the thought of retracing our steps would have been daunting. Plus, a couple of us are still working, so the days sliced of the trips length was useful. And of course the helicopter ride itself was spectacular and a real buzz. Again, the organisation was impeccable, as we were met at Kathmandu airport, escorted through security, and delivered back to the Radisson hotel. I have nothing but praise for WEs organisation and staff. Huge potential problems raised by our flights there and back being cancelled at short notice were dealt with speedily and without fuss by WE, and everything else went off perfectly. Our local tour leader Samde was quietly efficient, informative, full of encouragement, with a nice sense of humour (and a medicine case full of magic potions) and he worked wonders in rearranging our helicopter flight back for a day earlier, as we trekked back to Lobuche straight after Kala Pattar instead of enduring another night at Gorak Shep. Our trek guide Padam was an engaging character both Samde and Padam helped create a relaxed and positive approach to the treks challenges. All in all (not forgetting sightseeing in crazy Kathmandu) a memorable and rewarding experience.”
Day 1 : Join Chamonix
Day 2 : Introduction to mountaineering, overnight at Albert 1er Refuge
Day 3 : Mountaineering training, overnight at Trient Refuge
Day 4 : Ascend Petite Fourche
Day 5 : Climb to Tete Rousse Refuge (3167m)
Day 6 : Ascend to summit at 4810m and return to Gouter Refuge (3800m)*
Day 7 : Descend to Nid d'Aigle and to Chamonix
Day 8 : Trip concludes in Chamonix
- 3 nights accommodation in a 3-star Chamonix hotel on a twin-share basis (sometimes we would use triple or quad share to avoid single rooms)
- 4 nights full board accommodation in mountain huts
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- Internal transfers in Chamonix Valley
- Qualified UIAGM high altitude mountain guide (ratio of 1 guide to 2-6 climbers from Days 2-4 and 1 guide to 2 climbers on Days 5-7)
- Pre-departure guide to assist you with preparing for the climb
- All common climbing gear (ropes etc)
- Telepherique and ski lifts
- Any flights
- dinners in Chamonix
- Rental of climbing gear or clothes (to be paid directly in Chamonix)
- Bottled water
- Aerated or alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance
- Airport and departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Mont Blanc Ascent tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 07 October 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 October 2021, a deposit of 1 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Mont Blanc Ascent tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Mont Blanc Ascent tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.