🏔️ CLIMB MONT BLANC IN 2025 🏔️

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4.9
| 10 reviews

Climb Mont Blanc (4805m)

7 nights
Tough

Tackle the highest peak in Western Europe during the climb of a lifetime, testing your tenacity on the mountaineer’s mountain

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, qualified mountaineering guides

Hotel & Mountain hut

4 nights in mountain huts and 3 nights in a hotel in Chamonix

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transfers

All transport between locations

Equipment

Blankets or duvets are provided at the mountain refuges

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 6 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 10 reviews
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc Summit
June 2024
Ruth M.
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc

Learn mountaineering skills from expert guides as you cross glaciers and summit Tête Blanche (3429m)

Face off against mighty Mont Blanc (4805m), the highest peak in France and in the Alps, with a guide ratio of 1:2 when going for the summit

Mont Blanc’s legendary mountain huts get booked a long time in advance – so book your 2025 climb by November 2024

Looking for an alternative? Check out our trip to Monte Rosa, the Alps’ second-highest peak – an equally epic climb but without the crowds

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Chamonix!

Chamonix

Fly into Geneva and make your way to your hotel in Chamonix, where you host will be waiting. Meet your fellow explorers (you'll be in a group of up to six people), get briefed on the adventure ahead, then head out in search of dinner.

Day 2

Training: a taste of mountaineering

Hiking

2hrs · 4km · 500m up

Sort out any last-minute kit rentals in Chamonix and then head up the valley by minibus to Le Tour, from where you'll ascend by ski lift to the Col du Balme. Hike up to the Albert 1er refuge, located at an altitude of 2702m, right on the edge of the Glacier du Tour. Enjoy the stunning Alpine views during lunch before an outdoor snow and ice training session with your guides during the afternoon, to prepare you for the challenge ahead.

Day 3

Summit Tête Blanche (3429m)

Aiguille du Tour, Mont Blanc, France. Photo: Host/Altai France

Hiking

9hrs · 8km · 800m up · 400m down

Wake up bright and early, put your crampons on and set out to make the 700m ascent of Tête Blanche (3429m). The route to the summit will a mixture of rock and snow, with a rocky ridge-line section where you’ll need to scramble on the Aiguille du Tour – the perfect warm up ahead of Mont Blanc. You'll then cross the Col Supérieur du Tour and descend to reach the Cabane du Trient hut (3170m), in time for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 4

Up and over the Col Supérieur du Tour (3289m)

Aiguille du Tour, Climb Mont Blanc. Photo: Host/Altai France

Hiking

8hrs · 12km · 400m up · 1200m down

Set out early once again, from the Trient cabin, ascend back up to the Col Supérieur du Tour. Then retracing your steps, you'll return down to the Albert 1er Refuge for a short break. From there, you descend to the village of Le Tour. Back at base in Chamonix, the guide will meet you to inform you of the rest of the programme according to the weather forecast and the mountain conditions. You're one step closer to the big one.

Day 5

Hiking between Alpine peaks

Glacier de Bionnassay and the Tête Rousse refuge, Mont Blanc. Photo: Host/Altai France, Pierre-Antoine Laine

Hiking

2.5hrs · 4km · 800m up

Drive to Les Houches (10min) and ride the Bellevue cable car and Tramway du Mont Blanc to Refuge du Nid d’Aigle. Hike to the Tête Rousse Hut and rest up for the night, ready for tomorrow’s ascent of Mont Blanc.

Day 6

Summit Mont Blanc (4805m)

Hiking

11-14hrs · 10km · 1600m up · 1000m down

Time to test your determination to the full! Rise early and begin your ascent on Monday, the best day of the week to summit this spectacular mountain (due to it being the quietest day). Scramble past the Refuge de Goûter and ascend the Dome de Goûter before tackling the Bosses Ridge, finally topping out on the summit of Western Europe’s tallest peak, the highest mountain in the Alps. Once you’ve sucked in that incredible view, descend to the Goûter Hut for a well-earned rest and the chance to share stories from the day.

Day 7

Return to Chamonix

Chamonix

Hiking

3-4hrs · 5km · 1400m down

Continue your descent and ride the train and cable car down to Les Houches, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Chamonix. You can either leave as soon as you get back (around 17:00), or you’re welcome to stay a final night in the hotel at no additional cost. Usually, guides and guests go for a meal to celebrate and bask in the achievement of a lifetime.

Day 8

Head for home

Chamonix

Chow down on one last breakfast before checking out and making your way back home, or on to your next adventure.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5 – Day 6

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The food in the mountain huts is basic but tasty (three courses in the evening; hot drinks and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast.) You can also buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks, as well as warm lunches, in the huts.

Vegetarians can be catered for, but please let your host know in advance. Vegan and other dietary requirements can also be catered for but it will be basic and we recommend that you bring snacks to bulk out the meals. Whilst in Chamonix, breakfasts can cater for vegan/gluten free and dairy free diets.

What is the accommodation like?

Chamonix
Chamonix

You'll stay in a twin-share, en-suite room at a 3-star hotel in central Chamonix. You'll be close to rental shops, restaurants and bars.

Gouter Hut
The Alps

You'll stay in mountain huts in a mixed dorm with bunk beds where you can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view. Blankets or duvets are provided, so no sleeping bags are needed, but we recommend that you bring a thin sleeping bag liner. There is no running water in the huts on Mont Blanc so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (there are no showers).

Due to Mont Blanc's legendary status, its mountain huts get booked up well in advance. We suggest booking your 2025 climb before November 2024 so that we can secure your space.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for the three nights in the hotel in Chamonix for an extra charge – see Optional Extras for the price. Rates shown are for the 2024 climbing season, 2025 prices will be available soon. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

It is not possible to have private accommodation in the mountain huts.

This trip has been rated as Tough

Previous technical mountaineering experience isn't essential, as training on winter mountaineering skills (such as walking with crampons whilst attached to your guide with a rope and how to use an ice axe) will be provided by your guides during the preparation phase on days 2-4, but realistically the more mountain experience you have the better your chance of making the summit.

Regardless of experience, you do need a high level of cardiovascular endurance, all-round fitness, a can-do attitude and plenty of determination. The summit of Mont Blanc is at 4,805m; the altitude and the amount of vertical ascent and descent demands the respect and preparation of every mountaineer. At a minimum, you need to be able to hike comfortably with a heavy pack - carrying your technical gear plus food, water, and extra clothing - for up to 12 hours at a moderate pace, a good head for heights and good overall balance and awareness. This trip has been rated at the top end of our difficulty scale for good reason.

In short, alpine and prone to change, so you'll need to prepare for all weathers and dress in layers. Put it this way – it’s called the ‘white mountain’ for a good reason. The climbing season runs from mid-June to late September and between those dates there is no better or worse time to attempt the climb. The beginning and end of the season can be snowy/ cold, and the middle months can be busier and the hotter temperatures can cause afternoon storms.

Summit success varies from season to season but remains consistent throughout the months. If the weather shuts you down, your host will endeavour to find the closest mountain in the area with better weather and thanks to their base location they are generally able to find an equally beautiful alternative within driving distance in France, Italy or Switzerland.

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Central Chamonix

18:00 on Day 1

Ends

Central Chamonix

17:00 onwards on Day 7, or any time on Day 8

Transfers

Your host will meet you at your hotel in Chamonix on Day 1. They can arrange a private transfer from Geneva Airport if required – see Optional Extras section for prices). Alternatively, you can get a choice of buses from the airport or the central bus station to Chamonix.

Travel options

You can fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) which is approximately one hour from Chamonix. Alternatively, you can fly into Milan Airport (LIN) or Zurich Airport (ZRH) and travel on to Chamonix from there.

For those who wish to avoid flying, Chamonix is also accessible by train via the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) station at the base of the valley, which connects to Chamonix Mont Blanc train station. For example, you can take the Eurostar from London to Paris and then connect to a number of direct lines (or an overnight sleeper train) from Paris to St. Gervais-les-Bains, then on to Chamonix Mont Blanc station.

You can also travel to Geneva by various train routes from other parts of Europe and travel on to Chamonix from there by bus. Geneva Bus Station is a 5-minute walk or short taxi ride from the central train station. There are various bus services from Geneva Bus Station to Chamonix, with the quickest option taking 1 hour and 8 minutes.

Your return leg at the end of the trip can begin at Chamonix Mont Blanc train station for various onward train travel routes throughout Europe, or you can take the bus from Chamonix to Geneva and travel on by train from Geneva train station.

For those wanting to arrive a day early or extend their trip, your host is happy to help arrange pre- or post-trip accommodation on your behalf. The price and style will depend on availability and your budget. Optional Extra Rates shown are for the 2024 climbing season, 2025 prices will be available soon.

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What's available to hire?

  • Ice axes, hard hats, harnesses and crampons are available to hire locally. See Optional Extras for prices.

What do I need to bring?

Equipment

  • Ice axe for general mountaineering (between 50 and 70cm depending on your height)
  • Mountaineering B2 or B3 Boots and gaiters
  • C2 or C3 Standard, steel mountaineering crampons compatible with your boots (if you're not sure whether your boots are crampon compatible, check out this handy guide).
  • Helmet – standard, hard plastic climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness (adjustable so that it is comfortable over all your layers), with 2 screw-gate carabiners
  • Trekking poles – foldable
  • Rucksack – mountaineering specific, 30-50L. It must have an ice axe strap to stash your ice axe when you are not using it, and a rain-proof cover.

Clothing

  • 3 sets of socks and thermal tops
  • Lightweight hardshell hooded top and bottoms
  • Warm hat and 2 pairs of gloves. One pair should be thick mountaineering gloves and the second a thinner pair suitable for mid-mountain conditions.
  • Insulating layers: we suggest a thin lightweight fleece and a synthetic or down jacket
  • Mountaineering trousers
  • Shorts, hiking shoes and trainers - nice to wear around town and on the approach to climbing days

Other

  • Earplugs
  • Water bottles, up to 2L
  • Sun protection, including: sunglasses (category 4), goggles, sun hat, factor 30-50 high mountain sunscreen, lip salve/block
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag silk liner (you don’t need the sleeping bag itself as blankets/duvets are provided in the huts)
  • Personal first aid – blister kit, aspirin, or paracetamol
  • Cash for extra drinks/snacks in huts
  • ID
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

All items

Payable Before Departure

All items

Per Person

Climbing Harness

Payable Before Departure

Climbing Harness

Per Person

Crampons

Payable Before Departure

Crampons

Per Person

Hard Hat

Payable Before Departure

Hard Hat

Per Person

Ice Axe

Payable Before Departure

Ice Axe

Per Person

Single room - From:

Payable Before Departure

Single room - From:

Per Night

Twin/double room - From:

Payable Before Departure

Twin/double room - From:

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade in Chamonix (3 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade in Chamonix (3 nights)

Private transfer to/from Geneva Airport to Chamonix (each way up to 8 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer to/from Geneva Airport to Chamonix (each way up to 8 people)

Private transfer to/from Geneva Airport to Chamonix (round trip to 8 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer to/from Geneva Airport to Chamonix (round trip to 8 people)

Janis R.(July 2024)
I'm ready for Himalayan Mera Peak.

Massive thanks to our guides Patrick and Fred and my group Jen, Tom, Loui, Graham and Mark for company. My first summit over 4000m. Amazing experience in France, Switzerland and Italian Alps. Hope I'll be ready next year 6476m summit 🙏🫶

Ella H.(July 2024)
Successful summit of Mont Blanc

Experience of a lifetime! The guides were absolutely outstanding getting us to the top of Mont Blanc in 60 kmph winds. The acclimatisation trip provided a great opportunity to practice walking in crampons and the technical skills of using an ice axe, so no prior experience was required. My top tips: you can rent boots there which are crampon compatible, there are crocs at the huts so don't need to pack sandals and bring a thermos for the summit day as the hut will fill it with hot tea!

John H.(June 2024)
Mt Blanc

It’s a good trip. It’s safe, the guides are competent if maybe a little conservative. It is a tourist operation. They do not teach much they basically rope you up and say follow me. As an example, in my group only three of us had ever held an ice axe before but there was no instruction on how to use it or the best way to carry it and not a word about self arrest. They did give my group some basic crampon instruction on a glacier. I would give the company a C- on communication. I had a couple of unanswered emails/ texts or long delays on responses.

Having stated the above I did enjoy the trip. The scenery was magnificent, the huts were comfortable and well stocked. The guides we competent if overly conservative as previously stated. At the end of the day they did deliver on a safe attempt to summit Mt Blanc.

Ruth M.(June 2024)
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I loved this trip and had a successful summit. Be prepared for things not to go to plan and very changeable weather patterns. Make sure you give yourself best chance of success and control what you can. Train hard, don’t just buy the equipment, use it. Get out into the hills if you can. I had a last minute boot hire in Chamonix, to B3’s because weather unseasonably cold. If I had to do it again I would have bought these and worn in myself. Created a bit of anxiety wearing boots never used before. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. The days ahead of summit provided good time to gear check and warm up. Guides were on point.

Chris L.(June 2024)
Review of my trip

Hi, I booked the trip in December 2023 and advised the company I had one leg. It was transparent that this was going to be a first for all of us and it was very much lets see how it goes. I had a call with Dan Moore our guide a few weeks before and he was up for the challenge. an above knee amputee climbing Mont Blanc is not for the faint hearted. When my friend Steve & I arrived at the hotel we were met by the French version of Basil fawlty! Brilliant all added to the experience. We then met the team and Dan and other holiday guests. Lovely people. Dan talked to me at length to gain an understanding of my leg and what we were doing and it was fair that he took me under his wing and the other 3 would be with another guide. On the first night I didnt sleep very well. I had stomach ache as eating the wrong foods on the ferry. Nonetheless, i thought no more of it as we were supposed to only do 500 metres. Unfortunately the lift was closed so we hiked up 1,300 metres to the Premier hut. I could not have been slower as what was only supposed to take a few hours took 8 or so hours. Dan supported me the entire way. He exampled leadership, teamwork, safety and kept up conversation. We were both shattered by the time we got to the hut as there were hours of focus. We had a laugh and it was clear to me that his knowledge of the mountains was second to none. We had dinner and then an early night as I was tired and requested the following morning off. We hiked that day through sun, rain and snow, but we all still had smiles on our faces. Everyone seemed happy and the other guide was a little less confident if not shy. On the second day I said to the other guide, why are you so noisy? He looked at me bewildered, so I explained that he need to come out of his shell. He received the feed back from with grace and I believe dan had a word with him and he actually made a constructive effort to be more communicative. Great. Next day we left early as the bad weather was coming in. The abled bodied went with xandro and i went with Dan. We slid down on my butt for 300 metes and I got down in a fair time. Dan and I had discussions about the realism of me reaching the summit of Mont Blanc. First there was the weather forecast. It looked very poor and it looked as though it would be called off. Then it had to be safe. I accepted that I would not do it this time unless the train suddenly came on and the weather changed, Dan warned everyone and it was accepted that they would try and Dan would monitor the forecasts. When Steve & I got back to the hotel we went to our room. We were buzzing. I established that the other chaps were not happy as their room was not ready - I believe they met Basil Fawlty - it all adds to the experience. We cleaned up and went downstairs to meet Dan. I felt for Dan at this meeting as he was being the go between for the company and the other guides. I was told that I would not reach the summit but I could have a go at getting to Tete Rouse hut or we can go to Monta Rosa. I'd never hear of Monta Rosa before - so a quick call home and we agreed I would do Monta Rosa, safer, still a challenge and my plan had to adapt. I am really grateful to Much Better Adventures and more importantly Dan for making this happen as you could have said stay in Chamonix. I said to my friend that he could go with the others or come with me - the choice was his - he decided to come with me. The others - they were reactive at the news that it was not recommended that they do Mont Blanc due to the forecast. it was explained clearly by Dan that reaching the summit was nominal due to incoming snow, rain and risk of rockfalls etc. He said that he spoken to the other guides of 20 years plus experience and they were adamant that summiting would not happen but they could still try. Dan took a lot of flack from the other three and I think this was unfair on him both in terms of how they spoke to him and that the company expected Dan to deal with it. Nonetheless, dan did deal with it and arranged everything. I know he is not employed by you and I think in the future it would be good practice to have a rep from Much Better Adventures to support the guide if bad news has to be delivered. Quite simply, they were just upset that they were not getting what they had paid for. Dan made it happen and the gratitude he received from them was nothing. Steve & I thought he handled it well, and it was given the go ahead, even against everyone's advice. I recall the chaps saying - i dont care if i dont reach the summit I just need to know I tried. They all agreed to that affect. Dan advised that he'd pick them up first thing take them to the lift and then come back for Steve & I. He collected us outside our hotel and off we went. arriving at Monta Rosa, we got the lifts up to be greeted by another snow storm. Along the way, there was a minor snow slurry. Dan sorted it and got us to the hut promptly. Dan was and is such a compassionate human being. He took the time to explain everything, kept me safe, we talked about everything and anything. The conditions for me were not great. The snow meant that every step collapsed through 4ft of snow. He knew I was struggling and began to walk like me to see how much effort it was taking. I appreciate that as he really took the time to understand my disability so we could adapt. We reached 4,000m and I was done when my friend threw a snowball in my face. I had had a fall and my stump was in a sore way. When I declared this Dan came over, fist pumped me and gave me a massive hug - he was so proud of what we had done. We went back to the hut, tired and relieved but we had all become solid friends. Next morning we left at about 6 am to get back down. The snow was frozen this time and in these conditions I know I would have reached the summit of the peak we didn't. Never mind - its about the journey not the destination. ON the way down there was a problem. The path had been demolished by an avalanche. Dan had to perform an emergency stomper, with Steve going first. Never shit myself like this before, but I am so glad this happened. Dan was in control and explained everything beautifully. We did as he said and being a left leg above knee amputee I went down 7-10 meters on 3 limbs and a prosthetic. This was what this was about. Obviously I was disappointed about not doing Mont Blanc. However, this trip was a learning curve educating me what I need to do to reach the summit. Dan is direct. I asked what I need to do to reach the summit of Mont Blanc and he told me. I love the fact that the does not tell bull shit as this makes him a genuine person, a good friend and an excellent guide. Some people can't handle being told the truth, but if they are not told the truth and live under an illusion they are just setting up the situation to fail. Dan will put in the hours to make sure his entire party is safe. I witnessed him go out of his away to make sure all the parties needs were met, that they were happy and most of all they were safe. In my opinion he went over and above the call of duty. I am that impressed with Dan that I am arranging a team for another go of Mont Blanc in September 2025 and I want Dan to be my guide, because I trust him and i know he will always have my best interests at heart. Improvements - we didn't find out the hotel location until the day we arrived. No drama. I treat this whole trip as a learning curve - i/we learnt a lot. All I can say is thank you and do please look after Dan. He represented your company in a really good manner on the Saturday and unfairly took a kicking from the others on your behalf. He's a great guide and I will certainly recommend you and him to all friends. I will approach you for the next tour but I have only been back a week so still processing that I reached 4,000meters and did an ice wall. I have plenty of photos which I will send via we transfer if you want them. Best, Chris Linnitt PS - when I was exhausted Dan gave me his last plumb and his plumb tasted gorgeous! :)

Kurt T.(June 2024)
Mont Blanc unsuccessful attempt

What an amazing experience! The Alps are beautiful! The guides were fun and encouraging when things got tough.

Due to the Tramway not running we had a very long day to get to the Tete Rousse hut. Then starting that low for a summit attempt is a long very difficult day for an average mountaineer. This itinerary is not set up very well for success unless you are a very strong athletic mountaineer. These distances and elevation gains are tough for an office working, weekend mountaineer.

Lastly as a weekend climber I was hoping to pick up a few tricks of the trade from the guides but they really didn't share much, I learned a few things through observation but not much that I could add to my skills list.

Biff(January 2023)

The people were fabulous! Truly remarkably wonderful!! They made us feel welcome and cared for our needs - truly amazingly awesome!

Gareth(January 2023)

Organisation was great.

John(January 2023)

The huts and organisation was good. Both summits gave perfect timing to learn, rest. Excellent trip

Joel(January 2023)

The level of experience I gained was great.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 173kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Previous technical mountaineering experience isn't essential, as training on winter mountaineering skills (such as walking with crampons whilst attached to your guide with a rope and how to use an ice axe) will be provided by your guides during the preparation phase on days 2-4, but realistically the more mountain experience you have the better your chance of making the summit.

Regardless of experience, you do need a high level of cardiovascular endurance, all-round fitness, a can-do attitude and plenty of determination. The summit of Mont Blanc is at 4,805m; the altitude and the amount of vertical ascent and descent demands the respect and preparation of every mountaineer. At a minimum, you need to be able to hike comfortably with a heavy pack - carrying your technical gear plus food, water, and extra clothing - for up to 12 hours at a moderate pace, a good head for heights and good overall balance and awareness. This trip has been rated at the top end of our difficulty scale for good reason.

In short, no. It is not possible to ever guarantee a successful summit on a high altitude mountain such as Mont Blanc. But it is because the summit is not guaranteed, that it will make it all the more satisfying when you achieve it.

Your highly experienced and qualified guides will strive to get you to the summit, but sometimes the weather or the conditions on the mountain may prevent that. For example, when there is precipitation, high winds or low visibility, or when there are changes to the condition of the snow pack or the risk of rockfall increases due to rising temperatures. Your mountain guides are experts at constantly assessing the conditions and the ability of the climbing party, and will always prioritise safety first. Your guides have the final decision on how far the group will climb up the mountain, and if necessary will adapt the programme to make the most of the conditions during your trip.

For your Mont Blanc summit attempt, days 5-7, the guide to climber ratio is 1:2. This means for groups of 6 people there will be 3 mountain guides.

During the preparation phase of the trip up at Le Tour, days 2-4, the climber:guide ratio is 1:6. The guide who leads this first section of the trip will act as the lead guide for your Mont Blanc summit attempt later in the week. On day 5 they will pair up the climbers in the group for the summit attempt and assign a guide to each pair.

All of the mountain guides are friendly, hand-picked and highly experienced, with many years in the guiding industry. They are of various nationalities but all speak a good level of English and are very attentive. Their primary role is to get you to the summit and back safely, but they also provide a high level of customer service and are very interesting people to spend time with. They like to share their knowledge of the mountains and their experiences, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and pick their brains. Lastly, they know Mont Blanc like the back of their hands and this is the most important thing when it comes to making key decisions in the mountains and providing the safest possible experience.

This trip visits locations at or above 4500m. At this altitude some people may experience symptoms associated with Altitude Sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The likelihood of more severe conditions, such as HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema), increases at higher altitudes. Previous experience at high altitude is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with altitude, by carefully managing the rate of ascent and the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided. Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover up to the maximum altitude visited on this trip as well as emergency medical evacuation by helicopter.

In short, alpine and prone to change, so you'll need to prepare for all weathers and dress in layers. Put it this way – it’s called the ‘white mountain’ for a good reason. The climbing season runs from mid-June to late September and between those dates there is no better or worse time to attempt the climb. The beginning and end of the season can be snowy/ cold, and the middle months can be busier and the hotter temperatures can cause afternoon storms.

Summit success varies from season to season but remains consistent throughout the months. If the weather shuts you down, your host will endeavour to find the closest mountain in the area with better weather and thanks to their base location they are generally able to find an equally beautiful alternative within driving distance in France, Italy or Switzerland.

Sometimes the conditions on Mont Blanc are too dangerous to attempt a summit. If the weather or conditions on the mountain on the day of your summit attempt mean that your guides need to make this call, the group will move to a different mountain range nearby to tackle a substitute ascent.

This trip visits locations where daytime temperatures can be extremely cold and consistently below freezing (0C/32F) during the times of year when this trip operates. Temperatures at night will likely be even colder. Personal care should be taken to keep warm as best possible in the conditions, such as wearing appropriate clothing and proper hydration and nutrition. Very cold temperatures can impair an individual’s physical abilities to perform an activity that they may otherwise be able to do competently at warmer temperatures. In severe cold conditions people may experience symptoms associated with Exposure, Frostbite and Hypothermia. Your guide(s) are trained to mitigate the risks associated with cold temperatures, by carefully managing the intensity of the activity, and to provide the appropriate support response should someone feel ill during the trip. Should you experience health issues during your trip you should inform your guide immediately so the proper care can be provided.

As the climate heats up and Europe experiences hotter temperatures at the height of summer, the conditions in the Alps are worsening, particularly on Mont Blanc. There have been increased rockfalls during August in recent years, leading to unavoidable accidents. In August 2022, the mayor of Saint-Gervais at the foot of Mont Blanc took the decision to close the mountain refuges at Goûter and Tête Rousse due to dangerous rockfalls. For this reason, we have taken the decision not to offer this trips that go for the summit during August in future years.

Yes, your hotel in Chamonix will have a luggage storage facility for any excess luggage you don't need while up on the mountain. There may be a small daily charge for this payable locally.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Much Better Adventures refer to the UK Government’s official travel advice when designing trips and monitoring trip operations. We recommend that all customers are familiar with the practical information provided on the Government’s FCDO website, where current travel advice can be found by searching for the applicable destination(s).

For customers joining this trip from other international destinations – please also read the official travel advice applicable to your country of residence/origin, as this may differ.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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