Mont-Blanc, Top of Europe
Chamonix Mont-Blanc - France
Period :from June till October
Price :From 1652 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 4 to 4 personnes
Duration :6 jours
Climb Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide, the dream of all mountaineers. During this Mont Blanc training course, created for complete beginners in mountaineering who wish to climb Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide, you will prepare your ascent to the Top of Europe with three days to discover technics of mountaineering in the Mont Blanc group, ascend the summits of Tête Blanche and Aiguille du Tour, you will sleep two nights in altitude to acclimatize carefully. Then, you will have one night and one complete day to recover energy in Chamonix, before to go up on day 4 , by cable-car + mountain train + footpath, to Tête Rousse mountain hut, 10,390 feet asl. After a short night in the hut, you will start your ascent to the Mont-Blanc on the classic route, first climbing Aiguille du Goûter, 12,674 feet, then passing near Dôme du Goûter, 14,114 feet, Vallot hut, 14,311 feet, and finally reaching the summit of Mont-Blanc. Our experience of these training courses has led us to choose the classic route by Le Goûter, which is more often passable than the Cosmiques route (Three Mont Blanc route). The ascent of Mont Blanc will take place on the fith day or the 6th day of the training course, according to the best weather period: the sixth day is one day to rest and relax in the event of bad weather in altitude.
Meeting point at Le Tour cable-car, in Chamonix valley, at 8.30 a.m., ascent by cable-car + footpath to Albert 1er hut, ice climbing school on the Tour glacier, Albert 1er hut / " Tête Blanche " (11,250 feet), Trient hut, training to safety technics in case of a fall on a snow slope / " Aiguille du Tour " (11,621 feet), Tour pass (10,791 feet), footpath and cable-car down to Le Tour. Afternoon rest and night in Chamonix / Morning rest in Chamonix. In the afternoon, cable-car + mountain train + footpath up to Tête Rousse hut /during the night, ascent to "Aiguille du Goûter" (12,674 feet), and then to Mont-Blanc (15,781 feet). Descent by the ascent route, till Tête Rousse hut, night at Tête Rousse hut. Descent to the mountain train and cable-car to Chamonix valley. End of the programme by the end of the morning / one extra day to be used for the ascent in case of bad weather.
* The price includes: - guiding by a Mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers) - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, first-aid kit, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness and of a mountaineering helmet - transfers by car, train or cable car related to the normal course of the program (in case of an ascent of Dômes de Miage on days 4 and 5, or days 5 and 6, the transfer from Chamonix to Les Contamines, and back, is not included in the price) - the reservation of the places in the mountain huts - lodging and half-board in the mountain huts during four nights (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers) * The price does not include: - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks in the huts - lodging and half-board for the nights in the valley (see, further, paragraph " Lodging ") - your personal expenses - the transfer from Chamonix to Les Contamines, and back, in case of an ascent of Dômes de Miage on days 4 and 5, or days 5 and 6 - additional transfers related to a modification of the program - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "
During all the Mont Blanc training course, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness and a helmet. Please, take care of these safety equipments, and, when you do not use them, store them in your mountaineering backpack. You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes. Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses - ski goggles (to be used in case of bad weather or fog) * for your bust : - warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur) - a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket - to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - a warm cleaving - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks - a pair of mountaineering gaiters * for your hands : - a pair of leather gloves (to be used only during the ice-climbing school) - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 15 Fahrenheit degrees - a pair of Goretex or waterproof mitts ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear, and an additional pair of woollen socks - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your bag pack in case of rain (no bag pack is perfectly hermetic) - a head lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your torch light, and bring with you an additional battery and an additional bulb. - to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. Bring a silk sheet (compulsory in Trient hut) - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera, memory cards and batteries, films ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 40 and 55 liters. For your comfort, your bacpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walkikng on footpaths. - a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners. - a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes. Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates". - a pair of mountaineering boots, with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted. Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots, are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers. - telescopic walking sticks, if you are used to bring them when you go hiking. A participant in this training course not equipped with mountaineering boots, or not equipped with "Anti-balling plates" on his crampons will not be authorized to attend the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut. ____________________________________________
4 days in mountain huts, in dormitories.
You are a complete beginner in mountaineering ( but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains ) or you have a little experience in this sport. You wish to put all the chances on your side to achieve the ascent of Mont-Blanc. You practise twice a week long distance running (10 miles) or biking (50 miles). During the three months before this training course, you must either run one hour 3 times a week, bike 8 hours a week, or hike 10 hours each week-end, on routes with a few steep hills. A good test to know if you are fit for this course : you are able to walk up 3,300 vertical feet in 2 hours on good footpaths, with a 5 kilos backpack, without being dead tired. You do not suffer from vertigo.