Domes de Miage ridges
Mont-Blanc group - France
Period :from June till September
Price :From 430 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 2 to 3 personnes
Duration :2 jours
One of the most beautiful ridge of the Mont-Blanc group and of the Alps, for nearly beginners (if you are fit, and if you have attended a ice-climbing school or climbed a first easy summit using crampons, you will appreciate this ascent). On the first day, in the morning, you will follow with your guide the easy footpath going up in the woods of the Cugnon from the village of Les Contamines to Tré-La-Tête mountain hut. From the hut, an uneasy footpath ("Le Mauvais Pas") will lead you to the glacier of Miages. A walk up on the glacier, a footpath crossed by small mountain streams, and you will reach the Conscrits hut by the end of the afternoon. Peaceful evening in the hut, with the warm welcome of our friend Mattel, the hutkeeper. Close to the hut, ibexs come at dusk to lick the salt put on the rock by the hutkeeper. On the second day, you will leave the hut before dawn, going up on the Miages glacier till the Domes pass (11,693 feet), then climb across the 3 main summits of the Domes of Miage (highest point 12,041 feet) till the Bérangère pass (10,984 feet). A very easy rocky ridge will lead you up to the Bérangère summit (11,237 feet). Way down to the Conscrits hut, and then back to Tré-La-Tête hut. Arrival at Les Contamines by mid-afternoon.
ROUTE : Day 1 : ascent from Les Contamines (3,970 feet) up to Tré-La-Tête hut (6,463 feet), ascent (footpath + glacier) to the Conscrits hut (8,563 feet), night in the Conscrits hut. Day 2 : ascent of Dômes of Miage (12,041 feet), Bérangère peak (11,237 feet), Conscrits hut, les Contamines. Arrival at Les Contamines by mid-afternoon. - Elevation on day 1 : from Les Contamines to Conscrits hut : Ascent : + 5,250 feet. Descent : - 575 feet. - Elevation on day 2 : from Conscrits hut to Dômes de Miage, and back to Contamines : Ascent : + 4,480 feet. Descent : - 9,155 feet Your mountain guide will do everything possible to make a success of this programme. But, in high altitude, exceptional risks may exist : storms, avalanches, .... Your guide, responsible for your life, may change the programme for your safety.
* 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, pharmacy, survival blanket, rope, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness - lodging and half-board in the Conscrits hut for one night (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keeper or by the guide) * The price does not include: - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks - your personal expenses - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph "the price includes"
For this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack. You can rent in any mountaineering sports shop 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 * for your upper body : - 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, also protecting your head (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - warm sports skin-tights - 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 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 ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your bag pack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery. - to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. Some mountaineers appreciate to bring a silk sheet. - 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, your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking 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. 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 follow the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut.
One night at Conscrits hut, in dormitory
* to appreciate this ascent, you must have attended a ice-climbing school or climbed a first easy summit using crampons, like the peaks of Breithorn, Aiguille du Tour, Dôme de Neige des Écrins or Vignemale. * your fitness : You practise twice a week either running, biking or swimming. During the two months before the ascent, you must either run 30 minutes 3 times a week, bike 3 hours 2 times a week, or hike through the hills 8 hours each week-end. - Elevation on day 1 : from Les Contamines to Conscrits hut : Ascent : + 5,250 feet. Descent : - 575 feet. - Elevation on day 2 : from Conscrits hut to Dômes de Miage, and back to Contamines : Ascent : + 4,480 feet. Descent : - 9,155 feet