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Stage Mont Blanc – 5 days Stage Mont Blanc – 5 days

Stage Mont Blanc - 5 days


A program aimed at fast improving your technical skills. A stage finalized to reaching the 4,810 m of the Mont Blanc in perfect shape. It last 5 days and includes some ascents with progression in terms of difficulties and efforts. The training days guarantee a good acclimatization, necessary for the Mont Blanc summit.
PHOTOS

PROGRAM

If you want to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, this is the program for you. It will allow you to check your training level, assess your technical skills, and improve your overall preparation. This program allows you to check your training level (physical and mountaineering), evaluating your technical skills before tackling the summit. It allows you to improve your preparation in the environment, to reach the highest peak in Europe with less effort and greater awareness. In this way, you could reach the “Top of Europe” with greater relax.
The program includes the ascent of the Gran Paradiso (4.061 m) as a training before the ascent of Mont Blanc. This ascent will considerably increase the chances of success when tackling the final climb to the 4,810m summit.
The goal of this program is to provide adequate technical-physical preparation, in order to make the final ascent as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Throughout the training, you will be developing your mountaineering skills. The stage includes practices to learn techniques for proper crampons and ice axe use, as well as acclimatization at high altitudes, to avoid the risk of altitude sickness.

Note

It is necessary to book the refuge (Tête Rousse or Goûter) a few months in advance of the date scheduled for the summit ascent. From 2019, the ascent to the summit is conditional on the mountaineers having a reservation for the refuge. Free bivouac in private tents is no longer allowed. The booking receipt can be requested by the Gendarmerie at the check point before the Tête Rousse hut.

The Mont Blanc ascent requires a big physical effort so a very good fitness level is mandatory. Previous acclimatization is also very important, as well as having some previous mountaineering experiences, such as walking in crampons and using ropes and ice axes. It is therefore necessary to have an acceptable training in resistance to efforts, continued for several hours and at high altitude.

For all the reasons above, it is recommended to face the internship with at least one previous mountaineering experience or in any case well trained from a physical point of view.
The use of crampons on a glacier must be safe in all conditions and slopes. A very good confidence in the use of crampons on snow or ice is therefore a prerequisite for the climb. To this must be added the ability to walk on the glacier as a rope, using crampons and ice axes without hesitation even on very exposed and very steep slopes.

REFUGE BOOKING
From 2019, the ascent to the summit is conditional on the mountaineers having a reservation for the refuge. Free bivouac in private tents is no longer allowed. The booking receipt can be requested by the Gendarmerie at the check point before the Tête Rousse hut. For these reasons, it is necessary to book the Mont Blanc refuge (Tête Rousse or Goûter) with a very big advance on the date scheduled for the summit ascent. During the last 2 years, the time booking for climbers who desire to try the ascent in Summer has been moved up to December or first January, during the professional booking opening. In this period, it could be easier to find spots available for July or August in both the refuges (Tête Rousse or Goûter hut), but is essential to be supported by a professional (Mountain Guide with professional account).
Our service support for booking can guarantee to all customers more chances to find spots available. In this way, you can avoid the risk of refuge overbooking during the public opening (that could affect the ascent plans, in absence of the requested and necessary reservation at refuge for Guide and clients).

 

If you do not have previous experience in mountaineering, the days of preparation prior to the summit ascent will be dedicated to learning the basic techniques of glacier progression. During the preparatory excursion to the summit of Mont Blanc, the Guide will provide technical information and suggestions on the correct use of the equipment.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 815 m
Ascent time: 2 hours approx
Meeting point: meeting in Pont Valsavarenche for equipment check and a short briefing.

From the Pont Valsavarenche (1,960 m), we follow the path on the way to the Federico Chabod Hut or the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut.
We exit the woods and travel east across the vast moraine hummocks, beyond which we enjoy a view onto the north faces of the Ciarforon (3,642 m) and the Becca di Monciair (3,544 m). Depending on glacier conditions and refuges availability, the accommodation at refuge could change: both the refuges offer half board accommodation (including breakfast and dinner), with dormitories or private rooms (6-8 people for each).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 815 m
Ascent time: 2 hours approx
Meeting point: meeting in Pont Valsavarenche for equipment check and a short briefing.

From the Pont Valsavarenche (1,960 m), we follow the path on the way to the Federico Chabod Hut or the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut.
We exit the woods and travel east across the vast moraine hummocks, beyond which we enjoy a view onto the north faces of the Ciarforon (3,642 m) and the Becca di Monciair (3,544 m). Depending on glacier conditions and refuges availability, the accommodation at refuge could change: both the refuges offer half board accommodation (including breakfast and dinner), with dormitories or private rooms (6-8 people for each).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,300 m
Ascent/Descent time: 10-11 hours

The normal route from the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut (2,735 m) begins on a moraine of large stone blocks, then turns into a narrow valley framed by lateral moraines, and finally heads up an evenly-sloped glacier. At the distinctive “Donkey’s Back” we take a short break, then ascend the col of the Becca di Moncorvé and continue towards the bergschrund. A brief but demanding final ridge is all that separates us from the statue-clad of Gran Paradiso summit. The ascent from the Federico Chabod Hut begins on the moraine then continues up across the Laveciau Glacier. When it reaches the “Donkey’s Back”, this route joins the one from the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut. The descent is via the same route, and allows to the starting parking area of the first day. Overnight can be reserved in Introd village, 20 min driving from Pont Valsavarenche. This little village offers several familiar B&B solutions: most of them are in typical Aosta Valley alpine houses, original architectures of wood and stones. In alternative, it could be possible to move directly to Chamonix, to overnight stay in a hotel or B&B there.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,300 m
Ascent/Descent time: 10-11 hours

The normal route from the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut (2,735 m) begins on a moraine of large stone blocks, then turns into a narrow valley framed by lateral moraines, and finally heads up an evenly-sloped glacier. At the distinctive “Donkey’s Back” we take a short break, then ascend the col of the Becca di Moncorvé and continue towards the bergschrund. A brief but demanding final ridge is all that separates us from the statue-clad of Gran Paradiso summit. The ascent from the Federico Chabod Hut begins on the moraine then continues up across the Laveciau Glacier. When it reaches the “Donkey’s Back”, this route joins the one from the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut. The descent is via the same route, and allows to the starting parking area of the first day. Overnight can be reserved in Introd village, 20 min driving from Pont Valsavarenche. This little village offers several familiar B&B solutions: most of them are in typical Aosta Valley alpine houses, original architectures of wood and stones. In alternative, it could be possible to move directly to Chamonix, to overnight stay in a hotel or B&B there.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,450 m
Ascent time: 2-3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur/Chamonix for equipment checking and short briefing.

Breakfast at the B&B and transfer to Les Houches by car. By the Bellevue cable car, we reach the rail station and we take the train to Nid d’Aigle. Ascent to the Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m) in approximately 2 hours.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,450 m
Ascent time: 2-3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur/Chamonix for equipment checking and short briefing.

Breakfast at the B&B and transfer to Les Houches by car. By the Bellevue cable car, we reach the rail station and we take the train to Nid d’Aigle. Ascent to the Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m) in approximately 2 hours.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 600 m
Ascent time: 3-4 hours

Ascent to the Goûter Hut (3,814 m) early morning in about 2 hours. Depending on weather, temperatures, wind and physical conditions, we can decide to continue directly to the summit. In this case, it is a long day with a considerable elevation gap. The final 800 m of ascent are demanding and at times dangerous. In a few sections, extreme care must be taken due to occasional rockfalls caused by melting snow (especially late in the season or in particularly warm weather conditions). The Guide will suggest the best option to take, to guarantee the safety and the best chances to reach the summit.
Dinner and overnight stay at refuge.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 600 m
Ascent time: 3-4 hours

Ascent to the Goûter Hut (3,814 m) early morning in about 2 hours. Depending on weather, temperatures, wind and physical conditions, we can decide to continue directly to the summit. In this case, it is a long day with a considerable elevation gap. The final 800 m of ascent are demanding and at times dangerous. In a few sections, extreme care must be taken due to occasional rockfalls caused by melting snow (especially late in the season or in particularly warm weather conditions). The Guide will suggest the best option to take, to guarantee the safety and the best chances to reach the summit.
Dinner and overnight stay at refuge.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 600 m
Ascent/descent time: 12 -13 hours

In case we reached the summit on the second day, the third day will be dedicated to descending.
If not, we will leave from the Goûter Hut around 3 am and try the ascend to the Mont Blanc summit (4,810 m) along the Bosses Ridge. Despite a smaller drop than the day before, this leg is equally strenuous since it is entirely on glacier. You can really feel the effects of high altitude, especially in the final 600 meters of ascent, and you must be fit enough to walk on glacier and hike uphill for more than 10 hours.
Ascent and descent will take 12-13 hours total.
We will go back on the same way of first day, arriving to Nide d’Aigle in time to catch the train and the cable car down to Les Houces. Here we can stop there to eat something, before leaving to Chamonix.
It could be recommended to book an accommodation in Chamonix for the last night and to avoid planning transfers or flights on that day.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 600 m
Ascent/descent time: 12 -13 hours

In case we reached the summit on the second day, the third day will be dedicated to descending.
If not, we will leave from the Goûter Hut around 3 am and try the ascend to the Mont Blanc summit (4,810 m) along the Bosses Ridge. Despite a smaller drop than the day before, this leg is equally strenuous since it is entirely on glacier. You can really feel the effects of high altitude, especially in the final 600 meters of ascent, and you must be fit enough to walk on glacier and hike uphill for more than 10 hours.
Ascent and descent will take 12-13 hours total.
We will go back on the same way of first day, arriving to Nide d’Aigle in time to catch the train and the cable car down to Les Houces. Here we can stop there to eat something, before leaving to Chamonix.
It could be recommended to book an accommodation in Chamonix for the last night and to avoid planning transfers or flights on that day.

DETAILS

DURATION
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5 Days
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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
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low
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FITNESS LEVEL
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good
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PERSONS
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Max 2 for each Mountain Guide
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PERIOD
calendario
from 01/06 to 30/09
DURATION
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
FITNESS LEVEL
PERSONS
PERIOD
5 Days
low
good
Max 2 for each Mountain Guide
from 01/06 to 30/09
orologio
stelle
cuori
utente
calendario

RATES

3220 € fee per person with 1 participant
2020 € fee per person with 2 participants
The rate includes
  • the assistance of a UIAGM certified Mountain Guide
  • the Mountain Guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation)
  • liability insurance
  • loan of shared safety material
  • tickets for lift facilities
  • 4 nights accommodation: three nights in refuge in half board (Federico Chabod, Tête Rousse and Goûter) and one night in B&B (on the second day, after the Gran Paradiso ascent)
  • booking service for accommodations and refuges

The rate does not include
  • research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €12 per person for 7 days
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €25/day per person while supplies last
  • transfers
  • extra meals and beverages (for the participants and for the Guide)
  • anything that is not mentioned under "The rate includes"
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
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