Towering above Chamonix at a height of 4808m, Mont Blanc has been inspiring climbers from all around the world since Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard made the first ascent in August 1786.
The journey to the summit of western Europe’s highest peak starts right here in Chamonix, either from the top of the Aiguille du Midi cable car or by taking the Tramway du Mont Blanc from Saint-Gervais up to the Nid d’Aigle at Les Houches.
Each route comes with its own challenges and potential hazards, as well as spectacular views and magnificent landscapes of alpine meadows, snowfields, glacial crevasses and towering jagged peaks.
The season for climbing Mont Blanc begins around late May or early June and continues through to the end of September. Mountain huts will be booked up long before this though, as will mountain guides, so now is the time to start planning your trip.
You don’t need any previous mountaineering experience to climb Mont Blanc – just a good level of fitness and the ability to learn new skills.
On our 6 day Mont Blanc course you will spend the first 3 days with a fully qualified mountain guide learning how to use ropes, crampons and ice axes to traverse different types of terrain. You’ll spend a night in a mountain refuge to help your body acclimatise to the altitude and learn safety techniques that will be invaluable when picking your way amongst the crevasses and seracs of the high mountains.
You will spend the final 3 days climbing to the summit of Mont Blanc via the Gouter route, stopping over at a mountain refuge along the way and then descending back down to Chamonix having ticked off one of the achievements of a lifetime. During the 6 days you will not only have climbed Mont Blanc but will have explored some of the most majestic peaks in the French and Italian Alps.
Seasoned mountaineers who have already claimed a few peaks and have experience of high altitude alpine terrain can summit via the more technical Trois Monts route, which takes you via the mountains of Mont-Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit along the way.
You’ll be accompanied every step of the way by a qualified and highly experienced mountain guide who will not only prioritise your safety but will teach you invaluable skills and share their passion for the mountains with you.
Mountain refuges are already taking bookings for the summer and it won’t be long before the huts on the Mont Blanc routes are all full up. Likewise, mountain guides are in high demand with their availability becoming more limited as we get closer to spring.
Contact us now to embark on your adventure into a world of ice and snow at the very highest point in the Alps.