Mont Blanc

(15,782ft/4,808m), France

Day 1: Depart USA evening, fly to Geneva

Day 2: Arrive in Geneva and take shuttle to Chamonix. Spend night in Hotel de L'Arve, Chamonix. Meet at 7pm in hotel lobby for group dinner.

Day 3: Meet at 7:30am for breakfast and orientation, followed by a check of our equipment. Afterwards we go into downtown Chamonix and pick up any last minute items along with lunch to go. We then head up to Le Tour and ride two lifts to access the trail. After about 2 hours of hiking we arrive at the Albert Premier Hut 2700m/8,858ft. In the afternoon we go over our snow school skills. Climbers will learn fundamentals of moving safely/efficiently on snow and ice slopes with crampons on. Lodging is in the Albert Premier hut.

Day 4: After breakfast at the hut we continue our skills review of knots and glacier travel on the Le Tour Glacier. Upon completion of skills review we attempt to summit Petite Fourche 3410m/11,516ft. From the summit of Petite Fourche we descend down across the Trient Plateau into Switzerland. We will be spending the night at the majestic Trient Hut (3,170m/ 10,400ft) in Switzerland.

Day 5: Waking up, have breakfast and leave the hut shortly after. We traverse the Trient Glacier making our way up towards Aiguille du Tour. We make a summit attempt of Aiguille du Tour (3,540m). Afterwards, we walk back down the Le Tour Glacier and make our way to the Albert Premier Hut. Coffee and tarts are eaten at the hut before descending back into the Chamonix valley retracing our steeps and riding the lifts down to town. We spend this night at Hotel de L'Arve in Chamonix. In the evening we go over what equipment we need for the Mont Blanc summit portion of our climb.

Day 6: Before leaving the Hotel L'Arve we do a final gear check. We ride the Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches, once at the top of the tram we board the tramway Mont Blanc to the Nid D'Aigle (2372m/7,800ft). From there we follow a main path on scree, which divides the Glacier de la Griaz from the Glacier de Tete Rousse. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach the Tete Rousse Hut (3167m/10,400ft). This evening we sleep at the Tete Rousse Hut.

Day 7: Waking up, have breakfast and leave the hut for an alpine start to make our ascent up Mont Blanc. From the hut we find ourselves ascending the Grand Couloir which is approx. 600m. The upper part of the Couloir can be melted out involving some moderate and steep scrambling over rocks. From the top of the Grand Couloir we make our way to the Gouter Hut (3817m/12,500ft). We can take a long break inside the Gouter Hut. From the hut we travel on glaciated terrain along a beautiful ridgeline towards the summit (4808m/15775ft). We aim to be on the summit around early to mid-morning. Enjoying the views from the summit of the highest peak in Western Europe here we take a break and enjoy the scenery. We then retrace our route back to the hut and then stay at Tete Rousse Hut (3167m/ 10,400ft) that evening.

Day 8: Descend back down the trail to the Mont Blanc Tramway retracing our steps back to the valley. Dinner is in town that evening. If climbing conditions are poor on day 7 and we can not make a summit attempt, we try to make a summit attempt on day 8,weather permitting, and descend the same day. Spend night in Chamonix at Hotel de L'Arve.

Day 9: Shuttle back to Geneva and fly home, or Continue on to Zermatt for the Matterhorn Extension.
*Guides might change the Itinerary due to safety, weather and climbing conditions on Mont Blanc. While the Gouter hut is excellent it is often difficult for large groups and this is why we use the Tete Rousse.

We also offer a stand alone Matterhorn program: to learn more about The Matterhorn and access the gear list, see our Matterhorn climb

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