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Mont Blanc ski tour

Breathtaking Mont Blanc ski tour with Stefan Gatt

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General info

The area around Chamonix is one of the most magnificent and spectacular mountain regions in Europe. Nowhere else in the Alps can you find such a high number of peaks combined with extraordinary glacier landscapes. All hikes with or without crampons in this area are characterized by the unique panorama and nature. Together with Stefan Gatt, Austrian mountaineer and certified mountain guide, you will experience a breathtaking and safely guided tour to the summit of Mont Blanc.

Travel period

18.05.2023 - 23.05.2023

Seasons

Summer

Minimum age

19

Number of participants

Maximum 8 participants

Skill levels

Steep to very steep rocky terrain and longer or very frequent exposed passages prevail.
The belay consists of wire ropes, chains, iron clamps, step pins and longer vertical or overhanging ladders. Clamps and pins can also be further apart. The difficulties can be mastered without belay elements up to IV (UIAA climbing scale).
Surefootedness and a head for heights, a very good physical condition, strength and endurance in arms and legs, as well as via ferrata equipment is strongly recommended.

Services &
Prices

Stefan and his guides are all state certified mountain and ski guides! The guiding is based on a Ratio 1:2.5, so one mountain guide on two to a maximum of 3 customers.

Included services

Mountain and ski guide
Campsite or shared apartment in Chamonix
Accommodation in the huts

Additional services (exclusive)

Arrival by train
Food & drinks on the mountain & in the valley
Any rental equipment

Prices

Travel price from € 3600

Accommodation
& Catering

Your "basecamp" will be the very nice and clean campsite "Mer de Glace" be in Chamonix. This is also part of the whole adventure. In case of changing weather, we will use a shared apartment nearby. Furthermore, you will spend 2-3 nights in cabins. One night in the Cosmique cottage and one or two more nights in the "Refuge du Grands Mulets". This lodge is open with full service for you.

Equipment

The weather in the Mont Blanc region can be very changeable. Temperatures can drop to (-10° / -20 °C) at the higher elevations of the mountain and strong winds can occur. Like any other large mountain, Montblanc creates its own weather. It is helpful to test your gear before we meet again in Chamonix. Test your clothing system and find out what works best for you.

Destination
& Arrival

Mont Blanc ("White Mountain"), located between France and Italy, is the highest mountain in the Alps and the European Union at 4808 meters.

Interesting spots/trails

The area around Chamonix is one of the most magnificent and spectacular mountain regions in Europe. Nowhere else in the Alps you can find such a high number of needles and peaks combined with extraordinary glacier landscapes. In addition, the rock is a wonderful orange granite that invites beautiful climbs at all levels of difficulty. If you are looking for something special, you will also find interesting long and short mixed climbs in the area. All hikes with or without crampons in this area are characterized by the unique panorama and nature.

Mont Blanc summit

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Insider tips

The Preparation on this unforgettable trip should be essential for you, so that you can also enjoy the climb. The Mont Blanc Challenge is designed for experienced backcountry skiers with average fitness. This means you must achieve at least one of the following fitness benchmarks:
  • Run 10km in 55min or less
  • Hike 900 meters of elevation gain in 120min or less
  • maintain a speed of 5 km/h at 10° on the treadmill for 120min
  • Doing 2 (or more) watts/kg on a bike trainer for 120min.
For preparation, it is important to do cardio-pulmonary training such as 1-2 hours of running or fast hiking (pulse 120-145) two or three times a week (for at least 6-8 months) to get in shape physically. For the technical difficulties, it is essential that you practice skiing in the backcountry in all types of snow.

Packing list

There is no one right way to dress, but multiple layers are important. Make sure your clothes fit and that they provide enough range of motion for strenuous activities. Well received ski touring boots are of great importance. Please take your responsibility to have good, well-tested equipment so that it protects and supports you during the climb and does not cause problems.

Clothing for the mountain:

  • Ski touring pants/trekking pants (ideal if you can zip off the legs) that dry quickly
  • Breathable long merino baselayer
  • 2x Zipnecks (adjustable to different temperatures) & 1x Long John
  • A warm fleece sweater or sweatshirt
  • A very light down jacket
  • Wind and rainproof jacket (with hood)
  • 2-3 pairs of warm socks or stockings
  • Waterproof pants when we are exposed to rain/snow or wind
  • Gaiters for deep snow
  • Two wool hats, a pair of gloves and a pair of mittens!
  • A change of clothes if you sweat a lot

Take more thin layers rather than less thick ones!

A detailed list of the required equipment you get from us on request!

Ski touring skis (all-mountain, medium weight, safe skiing) - recommended pin binding
skins and broken-in ski touring boots (for an easy ascent and an easy descent)
(adjustable) ski poles with large plates
Crampons with snow plate
A large backpack (50-70 liters with compression straps on the sides)
Full harness or abdominal belt & chest strap (UIAA standard) with a piece of rope to connect the two straps (150cm - 7mm).
Balllock carabiner (Petzl) and self-belay harness
Light ice axe (length between 50-75cm)
Avalanche shovel and avalanche probe
Helmet - in colors like yellow, red, green for more beautiful photos (black, white and blue are hardly visible)
Sunglasses (for the glacier) and a hat against the sun
Sunscreen (protection factor 30 or more) + lip balm
Headlamp for the night
A sleeping bag linen for the night in the hut

Program

To have an unforgettable time in Mont Blanc area and have a good chance to climb the main summit, we need two days for acclimatization and 2-3 days for the ascent to the summit. Depending on the weather and the abilities of the participants, the trip will last 5-7 days.

Day 1

We meet between 17:00 and 18:00 at the campsite "Mer de Glace", as we have found this place to be ideal on our 15 tours in the past. The decision when we will be where on the mountain will be made according to the current weather and snow conditions. First we will set goals, establish rules for our time together on the glacier, check equipment and then take the shuttle bus to a nice Dinner & Beer go to the city.

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Day 2

In sunny weather we will leave the campsite around 07:30 and take the cable car to Aguille du Midi ski to reach an altitude of about 3,750 m. After a technical briefing we want to ski on one of the ski routes along the Refuge du Requin and the Mer de Glace to Montenvers. There we take the train to Chamonix and go up a second time to the Aguille du Midi. This time we climb to the Refuge du Cosmique off. To make the acclimatization process as smooth as possible, we will spend the night there without doing anything. This will make it easier for our body to acclimatize.

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Day 3

After the night in the Cosmique hut we will start in the morning with the skis to the Montblanc du Tacul ascend and climb our first 4,000-meter peak. If conditions are good, we will descend back down to the valley via the Mer de Glace.

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Day 4

From now on we are ready to reach the summit via the Route of the first climbers (1785!) to reach. For this we spend the night on the Refuge du Grands Mulets at about 3,100 m, which is fully managed. For the ascent to the hut we need about 4 hours from the cable car Aguille du Plan or about 7 hours without cable car from the valley.

Day 5

On the fifth day we have the whole day to climb the 1,700 meters of altitude to the Summit to cover. On the descent we will encounter all kinds of snow until we reach the hut again in the afternoon to celebrate.

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Day 6

On the last day, we will then continue to the Middle station ski down and from there float down to the valley by cable car.

from 3600€ p. person

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