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Itinerary

Mont Blanc 10 Day Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Depature USA evening, fly to Geneva, Switzerland

Day 2

Arrive in Geneva and take shuttle to Chamonix. Spend night in Hotel de L’Arve, Chamonix. Meet at 7pm in hotel lobby for group dinner.
• Altitude of Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395ft
• Travel time climbing: No climbing today, climbers should plan on the shuttle bus from Geneva airport to Chamonix taking around 45mins.

Day 3

Meet at 7:30am for breakfast and orientation, followed by a check of our equipment. Afterwards we go into downtown Chamonix and pick up any last minute items along with lunch to go. We when then head up to the Aiguilles Rouges for some alpine rock and snow climbing training. We will ascend the Flegere cable car to almost 2400m. A short, 40min walk bring us to the snow access gulley at the foot of the Crouches. We will climb on the rocky ridge working on our footwork and movement skills during the day. The descent back down brings us by an alpine lake “Lac Blanc” and a café where we can grab some coffee or the tart d’ jour. This is training day will help set our climbers up for success later in the week on the Mont Blanc. We will spend the evening in Chamonix.
• Altitude of Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395 ft
• Top of Flegere cable car: 2400m/ 7,875 ft
• Top of Crouches Traverse: 2837m /9,307 ft
• Vertical gain during the day: 1802m/ 5,912 ft
• Vertical gain climbing: 437m / 1,433 ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 6-7 hours from cable car back to the hotel.

Day 4

The next 3 days we will spend climbing and working on our skills on the Gran Paradiso (4061m). The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak in Italy and a worthy climb on it’s own. After a gear check in the morning we will take a taxi through the famous Mont Blanc tunnel to Gran Paradiso National Park. Once inside Grad Paradiso National Park and at the trailhead we will start working our way up to the Chabod mountain hut. It is takes about 3-4 hours to reach the Chabod hut at 2750m and we often see Ibex on the trail. Once at the hut there are incredibly scene views of our next day’s climbing objective. In the afternoon our guide team will continue to work on climbing skills and go over the plan for our summit attempt on the Gran Paradiso.
• Altitude of Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395 ft
• Altitude of trailhead Gran Paradiso: 1833m/ 6,013 ft
• Chabod Mountain Hut: 2750m/ 9,022 ft
• Vertical gain climbing: 913m / 2,995 ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 3-4 hours from trailhead to Chabod Hut

Day 5

We will wake up early for an ‘alpine’ start on the Gran Paradiso. We will have breakfast in the hut and depart shortly thereafter. The ascent of the Gran Paradiso is around 1300m from the hut. Along the ascent the guides will continue to work on cramponing, ice axe use, glacier travel, and more skills to help increase our foundation before heading to the Mont Blanc. The ascent to the summit from the hut takes between 4.5-5.5hours. After reaching the summit we will retrace our steps back down to the Chabod hut and spend the night. Spending the second night at this elevation will help with our acclimatizing process. An ascent of the Gran Paradiso really helps our climbers prepare for the summit portion of Mont Blanc. It is a dress rehearsal for the Mont Blanc ascent and the second toughest day of program.
• Altitude of Chabod Hut: 2750m/ 9,022ft
• Summit of Grand Paradis0: 4061m/ 13,323ft
• Vertical gain climbing: 1311m/ 4,301ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 4.5-5.5hrs uphill 2-3hours back to the hut 6-8.5hrs

Day 6

After a semi late breakfast at the hut (7am) we will start making our way back to Chamonix, France. This day is designed to be a rest day and let our bodies recover after our recent ascent of the Gran Paradiso. Our goal is to be back in Chamonix for lunch. In the afternoon we will go over equipment and gear needed for the Mont Blanc ascent.
• Altitude of Chabod Hut: 2750m/ 9,022ft
• Altitude of trailhead Gran Paradiso: 1833m/ 6,013 ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 2-3hours on a trail back to trailhead from Chabod Hut.
• Spend the night at Hotel L’Arve: 1035m/ 3,395 ft

Day 7

Before leaving the Hotel L’Arve we will do a gear check review making sure we have all the adequate equipment and clothing for our ascent of Mont Blanc. We will ride the Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches, once at the top of the tram we board the tramway Mont Blanc to the Nid D’Aigle (2370m/7,775 ft.) From there we follow a main path on scree, which divides the Glacier de la Griaz from the Glacier de Tete Rousse. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach the Tete Rousse Hut (3187m/10,456 ft.) This evening we sleep at the Tete Rousse Hut.

• Altitude: Chamonix: 1035m/3,395 ft.
• Top of Tramway du Mont Blanc: 2370m/7,775 ft.
• Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day: 2152m/7,065 ft.
• Vertical gain climbing: 817m/2,681 ft.
• Travel time climbing: 2-2.5 hours of walking to the hut on a trail.

Day 8

Breakfast and leave the hut for an alpine start make our ascent up Mont Blanc. From the hut we find ourselves ascending the Grand Couloir which is approx. 600m. The upper part of the Couloir can be melted out involving some moderate and steep scrambling over rocks. From the top of the Grand Couloir we make our way to the Gouter Hut (3817m/12,522 ft.) We can take a long break inside the Gouter Hut. From the hut we travel on glaciated terrain along a beautiful ridgeline towards the summit (4808m/15,775 ft.) We aim to be on the summit around early to mid morning. Enjoying the views from the summit of the highest peak in Western Europe here we take a break and enjoy the scenery. We then retrace our route back to the hut and then stay at Tete Rousse Hut (3187m/ 10,456 ft.) that evening.
• Altitude: Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Gouter Hut: 3817m/12,522 ft.
• Mont Blanc Summit: 4808m/15,775 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day: 1621m/5,319 ft.
• Vertical gain climbing: 1621m/5,319 ft.
Travel time climbing: Typical time to reach the summit is between 6 – 7 hours from the Tete Rousse. Descent time is around 4- 4.5 hours back to the Tete Rousse hut. Total climbing time 10-12hours round-trip.

Day 9

Descend back down the trail to the Mont Blanc Tramway retracing our steps back to the valley. Dinner is in town that evening. If the weather and conditions are unsafe on day seven not allowing us to make a summit attempt, we try to make a summit attempt on day 8, if weather and conditions permit, and descend the same day. Spend night in Chamonix at Hotel de L’Arve.
• Altitude: Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Top of Tramway du Mont Blanc: 2370m/7,775 ft.
• Chamonix: 1035m/3,395 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day:
• Vertical gain climbing:
• Travel time climbing: 1.5 hours to descend back on the trail to the Tramway du Mont Blanc.

Day 10

Shuttle back to Geneva and fly home.

*Guides might change the Itinerary due to safety, weather and climbing conditions on Mont Blanc. While the Gouter hut is excellent it is often difficult for large groups and this is why we use the Tete Rousse.

Mont Blanc 8 Day Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Depature USA evening, fly to Geneva, Switzerland

Day 2

Arrive in Geneva and take shuttle to Chamonix. Spend night in Hotel de L’Arve, Chamonix. Meet at 7pm in hotel lobby for group dinner.
• Altitude of Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395ft
Travel time climbing: No climbing today, climbers should plan on the shuttle bus from Geneva airport to Chamonix taking around 45mins.

Day 3

Meet at 7:30am for breakfast and orientation , followed by an check of our equipment. Afterwards we go into downtown Chamonix and pick up any last minute items along with a lunch. We will be riding up the famous Aig d’ Midi cable car to reach 3,842m. After doing a bit of sightseeing will we walk across the valley blanche climbing several summit along the way (Pointe Lachenal, Aig de Toule, Flambeau) before reaching our hut for the night. Along the way we will be review our mountain climbing skills with crampons, ice axe, and rope work. We will be spending the night at the Tornio Mountain Hut on the France/Italy boarder. This hut is at 3450m and helps with our acclimatizing process.
• Altitude of Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395 ft
• Top of Aig du Midi cable car: 3,842m/ 12,605 ft
• Vertical gain during the day: 802m/ 2,624 ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 6-7 hours from cable car to Torino Hut
• Tornio Hut: 3450m/ 11,318ft

Day 4

Having an ‘alpine’ start and breakfast early in the morning before making a summit attempt on one of the many peaks outside of the Tornio Hut. There are two possibilities either the Tour Rhond or the Dent d’Geant. Both are great acclimatizing peaks and will help prepare us for the Mont Blanc. In the afternoon we will return to Chamonix and spend the night at Hotel L’Arve.
• Tornio Hut: 3450m/ 11,318ft
• Vertical gain during the day:1000m/ 3280 ft
• Travel Time Climbing: 6-7 hours from cable hut back to Chamonix
• Altitude Chamonix: 1035m/ 3,395 ft

Day 5

Before leaving the Hotel L’Arve we will do a gear check review making sure we have all the adequate equipment and clothing for our ascent of Mont Blanc. We will ride the Bellevue Telepherique from Les Houches, once at the top of the tram we board the tramway Mont Blanc to the Nid D’Aigle (2370m/7,775 ft.) From there we follow a main path on scree, which divides the Glacier de la Griaz from the Glacier de Tete Rousse. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach the Tete Rousse Hut (3187m/10,456 ft.) This evening we sleep at the Tete Rousse Hut.

• Altitude: Chamonix: 1035m/3,395 ft.
• Top of Tramway du Mont Blanc: 2370m/7,775 ft.
• Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day: 2152m/7,065 ft.
• Vertical gain climbing: 817m/2,681 ft.
• Travel time climbing: 2-2.5 hours of walking to the hut on a trail.

Day 6

Breakfast and leave the hut for an alpine start make our ascent up Mont Blanc. From the hut we find ourselves ascending the Grand Couloir which is approx. 600m. The upper part of the Couloir can be melted out involving some moderate and steep scrambling over rocks. From the top of the Grand Couloir we make our way to the Gouter Hut (3817m/12,522 ft.) We can take a long break inside the Gouter Hut. From the hut we travel on glaciated terrain along a beautiful ridgeline towards the summit (4808m/15,775 ft.) We aim to be on the summit around early to mid morning. Enjoying the views from the summit of the highest peak in Western Europe here we take a break and enjoy the scenery. We then retrace our route back to the hut and then stay at Tete Rousse Hut (3187m/ 10,456 ft.) that evening.
• Altitude: Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Gouter Hut: 3817m/12,522 ft.
• Mont Blanc Summit: 4808m/15,775 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day: 1621m/5,319 ft.
• Vertical gain climbing: 1621m/5,319 ft.
• Travel time climbing: Typical time to reach the summit is between 6 – 7 hours from the Tete Rousse. Descent time is around 4- 4.5 hours back to the Tete Rousse hut. Total climbing time 10-12hours round-trip.

Day 7

Descend back down the trail to the Mont Blanc Tramway retracing our steps back to the valley. Dinner is in town that evening. If the weather and
conditions are unsafe on day seven not allowing us to make a summit attempt, we try to make a summit attempt on day 8, if weather and conditions permit, and descend the same day. Spend night in Chamonix at Hotel de L’Arve.
• Altitude: Tete Rousse Hut: 3187m/ 10,456 ft.
• Top of Tramway du Mont Blanc: 2370m/7,775 ft.
• Chamonix: 1035m/3,395 ft.
• Vertical gain during the day:
• Vertical gain climbing:
• Travel time climbing: 1.5 hours to descend back on the trail to the Tramway du Mont Blanc.

Day 8

Shuttle back to Geneva and fly home.

*Guides might change the Itinerary due to safety, weather and climbing conditions on Mont Blanc. While the Gouter hut is excellent it is often difficult for large groups and this is why we use the Tete Rousse.

Had a fabulous experience. Jonathon is a very competent guide and instructor.

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