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Stage Mont Blanc


A program aimed at rapidly 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 programme for you.  It will allow you to verify your training level, assess your technical skills, and improve your overall preparation. In this way, you could reach the “Top of Europe” with greater ease. The tour will have you climbing at least 2 four-thousanders in the days preceding the Mont Blanc ascent. This training will considerably increase the chances of success when tackling the final climb to the 4,810m summit.
The goal of this programme 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 crampon and ice axe use, as well as acclimatising at high altitudes.

Note

It is necessary to book the refuge (Tete 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 is no longer allowed. The booking receipt can be requested by the Gendarmerie at the check point.

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 a discrete 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 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 exposed and steep slopes.

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 excursions 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: 915 m
Ascent time: 3-4 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Staffal (Gressoney, AO) at 11 am for equipment checking and a short briefing.

With the lifts, we’ll reach the Colle di Bettaforca (2,680 m). Then, we’ll follow the trail to the Colle della Bettolina (3,100 m). We’ll carry on until we reach the section equipped with fixed ropes, which winds its way up through exposed crests. One last slope, of remarkable steepness, will lead us to the Quintino Sella Hut (3,586 m).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 915 m
Ascent time: 3-4 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Staffal (Gressoney, AO) at 11 am for equipment checking and a short briefing.

With the lifts, we’ll reach the Colle di Bettaforca (2,680 m). Then, we’ll follow the trail to the Colle della Bettolina (3,100 m). We’ll carry on until we reach the section equipped with fixed ropes, which winds its way up through exposed crests. One last slope, of remarkable steepness, will lead us to the Quintino Sella Hut (3,586 m).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 780 m
Ascent/descent time: 4-5 hours

From the hut, we’ll ascend onto the Felik Glacier and head east. We will descend slightly at first, then move through the long glacial plateau by the south face of the Lyskamm. We’ll climb the steep slope of the “Nose” (Naso del Lyskamm – 40°) up to its summit (4,272 m), then a steep snowy decline will take us onto the easier Lys Glacier. Once we reach the track to Capanna Gnifetti, we’ll get to the hut without further challenges, enjoying the views of a truly imposing scenery.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 780 m
Ascent/descent time: 4-5 hours

From the hut, we’ll ascend onto the Felik Glacier and head east. We will descend slightly at first, then move through the long glacial plateau by the south face of the Lyskamm. We’ll climb the steep slope of the “Nose” (Naso del Lyskamm – 40°) up to its summit (4,272 m), then a steep snowy decline will take us onto the easier Lys Glacier. Once we reach the track to Capanna Gnifetti, we’ll get to the hut without further challenges, enjoying the views of a truly imposing scenery.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 900 m
Ascent/descent time: 7-9 hours

We’ll wake up at 4, have breakfast, and set out from Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m). Cramponing up the glacier we’ll come to the vicinities of the Vincent Pyramid and the Christ of the Summits (Balmenhorn). Then, via the base of the Schwarzhorn, the Ludwigshöhe and the Parrotspitze, we’ll reach the Lysjoch pass (4,250 m). A descending traverse under Parrotspitze will take us under Punta Gnifetti. An ascending traverse and a brief final stretch will lead us to the Margherita Hut, Europe’s highest building (4,554 m).
We’ll descend via the same route, then return to the parking lot with the lifts.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 900 m
Ascent/descent time: 7-9 hours

We’ll wake up at 4, have breakfast, and set out from Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m). Cramponing up the glacier we’ll come to the vicinities of the Vincent Pyramid and the Christ of the Summits (Balmenhorn). Then, via the base of the Schwarzhorn, the Ludwigshöhe and the Parrotspitze, we’ll reach the Lysjoch pass (4,250 m). A descending traverse under Parrotspitze will take us under Punta Gnifetti. An ascending traverse and a brief final stretch will lead us to the Margherita Hut, Europe’s highest building (4,554 m).
We’ll descend via the same route, then return to the parking lot with the lifts.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,450 m
Ascent time: 6 h
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur for equipment checking and a short briefing.

Transfer to Les Houches; from here we’ll reach the Nid d’Aigle by cable car and rack rail. A long but comfortable trek over moraines and rocky grounds leads to the Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m); from here a steep trail (partly equipped with climbing aids) will take us to the Goûter Hut (3,815 m), where we will eat and stay overnight.

Note: this 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).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,450 m
Ascent time: 6 h
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur for equipment checking and a short briefing.

Transfer to Les Houches; from here we’ll reach the Nid d’Aigle by cable car and rack rail. A long but comfortable trek over moraines and rocky grounds leads to the Tête Rousse Hut (3,167 m); from here a steep trail (partly equipped with climbing aids) will take us to the Goûter Hut (3,815 m), where we will eat and stay overnight.

Note: this 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).

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 m
Ascent/descent time: 10-12 hours

We’ll leave the hut around 3.00 am. We’ll set out on the glacier, through a gently-sloping stretch followed by a steeper one, until we reach the Dôme du Goûter (4,250 m), on a vast glacial plateau. From here we’ll resume ascending until we reach the Vallot Hut (4,362 m). We will finally reach the summit at the end of the airy and amazing Bosses ridge. We’ll descend and be back in Courmayeur after about 12-13 hours total.

Note: Despite a smaller drop than the day before, this leg is equally strenuous since it is entirely on glacier. You can really feel the altitude, especially in the final 600 metres of ascent and you must be fit enough to walk on glacier and hike uphill for about 12 hours.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 m
Ascent/descent time: 10-12 hours

We’ll leave the hut around 3.00 am. We’ll set out on the glacier, through a gently-sloping stretch followed by a steeper one, until we reach the Dôme du Goûter (4,250 m), on a vast glacial plateau. From here we’ll resume ascending until we reach the Vallot Hut (4,362 m). We will finally reach the summit at the end of the airy and amazing Bosses ridge. We’ll descend and be back in Courmayeur after about 12-13 hours total.

Note: Despite a smaller drop than the day before, this leg is equally strenuous since it is entirely on glacier. You can really feel the altitude, especially in the final 600 metres of ascent and you must be fit enough to walk on glacier and hike uphill for about 12 hours.

DETAILS

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

RATES

2300 € fee per person with 1 participant
1300 € fee per person with 2 participants
The rate includes
  • the assistance of a UIAGM certified Mountain Guide
  • liability insurance
  • loan of shared safety material

The rate does not include
  • research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €20/day per person while supplies last
  • tickets for lift facilities
  • the Mountain Guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) to be covered by participants
  • transfers, meals and accommodation
  • transfers from Courmayeur: round-trip Mont Blanc tunnel by car: €54,30 for each vehicle; with Courmayeur-Chamonix bus: €13 per person one-way, €20 per person round-trip
  • lifts: Chamonix/Aiguille du Midi cable car: €58,50 per person round-trip; Les Houches/Bellevue cable car: €17 per person round-trip; Bellevue/Nid d’Aigle rack rail: €23,50 per person round-trip
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €20/day per person while supplies last
  • half-board in mountain huts: Tête Rousse Hut €90 per person, beverages not included; Goûter Hut: €110 per person, beverages not included
  • service fees for Mont Blanc hut booking (15€ per person)
  • 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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