French Alps, Mt Blanc (4,810 m)
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The Gouter Route
This is considered to be the normal route up Mont Blanc, and ascends in two stages, but it should not be under-estimated. On the first day the climb takes you up to either the Tete Rousse or Gouter huts. Two hours separate these two huts, and if you are worried about acclimatising the Tete Rousse is preferable, though it is a longer day on the summit climb. From the Aiguille du Gouter, the route ascends over the Dome du Gouter and then to the Vallot refuge. Here the route meets with the Grand Mulets route to the summit. The final ridge is one of the most spectacular snow ridges in the Alps, and anyone who degrades this route by describing it as a ‘slog’, probably hasn’t reached the summit by this amazing summit ridge.
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Requirements & Technicality
Beginners Private Guide Option
A private guide option for beginners is available, enabling members who want to take the big leap between the smaller mountain ranges to the bigger, to do so.
Obviously summiting a 4000+ meter peak for the first time is no easy feat but with our guidance, this can become a possibility. This option is What’s App supported for direct contact with your guide to put your mind at rest, and a bespoke itinerary can sometimes be custom made (at the guide’s discretion, depending on environmental and client requirements).
Minimum group numbers of 2 is required.
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Arrive in Chamonix. Meet the guides to discuss the week’s plan and to check equipment. Stay overnight in Chamonix.
Today we will drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel. A 2-3hr walk through the forests and over moorland takes us to the Chabod Refuge (2750m)Â situated at the foot of the North-West face of the Gran Paradiso. After checking in at the hut you will go out to the glacier for some skills training in crampon work, ice axe arrest and placement and crevasse rescue skills.
After an early start we climb the classic route to the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m), there is an airy rocky scramble along the summit but its worth every step for the magnificent views back to Mont Blanc. You will then descend to the Vittorio Emanuele hut at 2735m where you will spend the night.
Following a short session of technical training at the hut we descend back to the valley and return to Chamonix by car/minibus. Back at the chalet you have time to rest and prepare for the Mont Blanc.
This morning we leave for the first of 3 days on Mont Blanc, we take the Bellevue cable car to the Col du Voza and the rack and pinion railway to the Nid d’Aigle. From there we reach the Tete Rousse hut in around 2hrs of walking. We may ascend further to the Gouter Hut depending on bookings, this adds a further 2 hrs to the days climbing. Overnight in one of the huts.
It will take approximately 6-7hrs of climbing to reach the summit of the Mont Blanc from the Tete Rousse hut. If we leave from the Gouter it will take around 5-6hrs to gain the summit. Once past the Gouter hut the ascent is on reasonably low angled snow slopes. The final summit ridge is steeper and more exposed. We generally return via the same route and stay a second night in either hut.
This is a contingency day in case of bad weather. If the weather on the previous day was not good enough for a summit attempt, the group will begin their summit attempt today. After the climb we descend all the way to Chamonix. If this day is not needed you will descend from the hut and enjoy a celebratory drink in Chamonix and a relaxing evening at the chalet.
Departure after breakfast
The Gouter route is seen as the normal route up Mont Blanc, and is technically one of the easier, so gives relatively inexperienced climbers the best chances of summit success. It is preferable to stay in the higher Gouter hut for the night before, which takes about five hours to reach from the Nid d’Aigle (Eagles Nest) mountain railway station. On the way to the hut you will pass the Tete Rousse hut and then approach the Gouter Grand Couloir, the greatest danger on your ascent. The couloir is about 50 metres wide, and depending on the amount of ice up high, the temperature, and the time of day, some rocks can fall down from time to time. To minimise the risk you cross the couloir when the temperatures are cold such as in the early morning. Once on the far side of the couloir, the next consideration is the rocky ridge leading up to the hut. Although the scrambling is easy, many tired people lose their footing here, so be careful. The Gouter hut is one of the busiest in the Alps, so getting spaces there is difficult. The next morning you should set off early to get the best conditions on your way to the summit. After the long climb to the Dome du Gouter, you quickly reach the Vallot emergency refuge, and after there you can see the final summit ridge. The first consideration are the two domes of the Bosses (Bumps), which are quite broken with crevasses. After the Bosses the ridge narrows and steepens to the summit. The exposure is high, and many turn back before the Tournier Rocks, due to a lack of skill and confidence on ridges. The route is also very exposed to wind throughout, so there are two considerations; winds too high to walk safely, and also exposure. The snow ridge above the Vallot is amazing, and if you are well acclimatised and good on crampons, you will love ascending this crest all the way to the summit.
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- Winter Walking Boots
- Thermal Top and Bottoms
- Walking Trousers
- Waterproof Over trousers/Salopettes
- Water proof/wind proof Jacket
- Thick Fleece or Pile Jacket
- Thermal Gloves and/or Mittens
- Warm Hat/Balaclava
- Walking Ice Axe
- Nalgene Plastic (insulated) Water Bottle
- Plastic Bags or Dry Bags
- Head Torch/Batteries/Bulb
- Toilet paper
- Sunglasses/Snow Goggles
- High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Emergency Whistle
- Pair of telescopic ski poles (very useful)
- Camera, films and batteries
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- Airport Pickup & drop off
Food meals drinks in town
If for any reason out of our control you return early extra night at campsites or hotels/hostels are to be paid separately.
Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions
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Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.
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