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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mont Blanc (4810m)

Tackle the mountaineer's mountain and highest peak in the Alps and gain bragging rights that will last a lifetime

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Climb Mont Blanc (4810m)

Tackle the mountaineer's mountain and highest peak in the Alps and gain bragging rights that will last a lifetime

DURATION

7 nights

LOCATION

France, Italy

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 week off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 4 people

MEETING POINT

Chamonix, France

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Mountain hut

DIFFICULTY

Tough

Mont Blanc is a serious challenge and not to be underestimated, so be sure to pack your determination (you’ll need it).

Face-off against the highest peaks in France and Italy, culminating in the mountaineer’s mountain itself – Mont Blanc

Climb in a group of just four people (1:4 guide ratio, 1:2 for summit day) and summit Mont Blanc on a Monday, the quietest and most peaceful day to tackle this legendary peak

Test your tenacity and determination to the limits and accomplish something that you’ll be talking about for years

Included

Guides

Expert, qualified mountaineering guides

Accommodation

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

Meals

Hearty mountain hut meals

Transfers

All transport between locations

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Some equipment

The Area

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 (see Optional Extras section for prices). Alternatively, you can get a choice of buses from airport or 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, 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, 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, with the price and style depending on availability and your budget.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

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 (3-course in the evening, hot drink 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.

What is the accommodation like?

Chamonix

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

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 liner. There is no running water in the huts on Mont Blanc so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). In Gran Paradiso the huts have running water and hot showers are available.

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. 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.

Day 1

Chamonix

Fly into Geneva and make your way to your hotel in Chamonix, where you host will be waiting. Meet your fellow explorers, get briefed on the adventure ahead and head out in search of dinner.

Day 2

Training

Hiking

3hrs · 8km · 900m up

Sort out any last-minute kit rentals in Chamonix and then head for Rifugio Chabod in Gran Paradiso. Eat lunch surrounded by a classic alpine view and then complete an outdoor training session to prepare you for the challenge ahead.

Day 3

First taste of mountaineering

Hiking

9hrs · 12km · 1300m up · 1300m down

Wake up bright and early and make the 1,300m ascent of Gran Paradiso, Italy’s highest peak. The journey to the summit will mainly be over snow, with a final rocky section where you’ll need to scramble. Head back down to the hut in time for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 4

Through the valleys

Hiking

2hrs · 8km · 900m down

Set out early once again, this time on a gradual descent to a gorgeous mountain valley. Stop for a snack and one of Italy’s famous coffees and then drive back to Chamonix one step closer to the big one.

Day 5

Travel between peaks

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 Tete Rousse Hut and rest up for the night, ready for tomorrow’s ascent of Mont Blanc.

Day 6

Mont Blanc

Hiking

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

Time to test your determination to the full. Rise early and begin your ascent on the best day of the week to summit this spectacular mountain. Scramble past the Refuge de Gouter and ascend the Dome de Gouter before tackling the Bosses Ridge, ending on top of Europe’s highest peak. Once you’ve sucked in that incredible view, descend to the Gouter Hut for a well-earned rest and the chance to share stories from the day.

Day 7

Return to 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 talk about what they've just achieved.

Day 8

Head for home

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

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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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)
  • Standard, steel mountaineering crampons
  • 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

  • Mountaineering B2 or B3 Boots and gaiters (if you're not sure whether your boots are crampon compatible, check out this handy guide
  • 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

No previous mountaineering experience is required as full skills and training will be provided. However you do need a good level of cardiovascular endurance, fitness, a can-do attitude and plenty of determination.

You need to be able to hike comfortably with a heavy pack for up to 10 hours at a moderate pace, a good head for heights and good overall balance and awareness. We'll teach you the skills you need during the first 3 days of the trip - such as walking with crampons whilst attached to your guide with a rope.

If you want to develop training before the climb, you can add a 3-day Alpine Skills Short Break course to your trip, however, this is optional.

For the three training days at the beginning of the week we have a 4:1 climber / guide ratio. For your Mont Blanc attempt our ratio is 2:1.

In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the conditions of the mountain don’t play ball. When there is precipitation, high winds and low visibility for example, we cannot guarantee reaching the summit and will sometimes recommend an alternative. We fully trust and back the trip leader to make these final decisions based on their years of experience on the mountain, with safety as a top priority.

However the vast majority of people reach the summit successfully.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

All of our 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.

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.

Yes there will be a place to leave excess luggage at the hotel.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in France, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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