Climb Western Europe's highest peak - tough but hugely satisfying
For 2013 we have redesigned our itinerary to give you the very highest chance of successfully climbing Mont Blanc (4810m).
The climb is now attempted over three days, by either the Gouter or Cosmiques route depending on departure date. This extra day not only helps with acclimatisation but also offers the guides more flexibility to deal with the prevailing weather conditions that can often force a change in the intended itinerary or route.
Other changes include Thursday departure dates (meaning we will be in the high-altitude refuges at the quietest time of the week) and upgrading to a comfortable hotel in Chamonix to aid your rest and recovery between climbs. We start with a three-day expedition sleeping in mountain refuges, as the guide puts you through your paces in preparation for the challenging terrain ahead.
During the expedition the rewarding peak of Tete Blanche will usually be climbed, teaching snow and ice techniques, building your confidence and helping with acclimatisation.
The week culminates with a memorable attempt on the impressive summit of Mont Blanc itself.
For 2013 all departures include complimentary use of ice axe and helmet.
What makes this trip responsible?
We visit a number of mountain refuges on this trip for drink and snack stops as well as overnight accommodation. Some of these are smaller huts where our visits are helping to support the mountain community. Our leaders work hard to ensure our groups leave minimal impact on the areas where they walk, taking all litter and recycling where possible. In particular the Gouter refuge strives to impact the environment as little as possible (see 'The New Gouter Refuge' section below 'Accomodation' for more details).
Climbers on Mont Blanc