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MONT BLANC SUMMIT COURSE

Outrageous France

Mont Blanc Summit Course

EXPERIENCE THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOUNTAINEERING AND THE SUMMIT THAT INSPIRED IT ALL.

Yes, it’s gorgeous. Yes, it’s the highest summit in the Alps and yes, the Mont Blanc is commonly a first step for many of us seeking to experience the vast world of high-altitude alpinism. Actually, it has become a rite of passage for trekkers readying themselves for the more technical aspects of mountains. The combination of challenging terrain, comfortable mountain huts and an exposure to a diversity of skills and environments make this experience a great overview of the many possibilities and trajectories that we can choose to explore from here. The cherry on the cake is the town of Chamonix, where we stay during this adventure. It’s epic!

Alpine Academy

TRIP TYPE

Alpine Academy, Summit

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

France

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodge, Hotel

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The highest summit in the European Alps.

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This experience focuses on teaching you mountain skills. The summit is the cherry on top.

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You’ll be guided by vetted, LHO-trained and IFMGA-certified guides throughout the experience who care about your progress in the mountains.

Itinerary

This adventure sets the foundation for all mountaineering trajectories because it provides a taste of all the possibilities that alpinism has to offer. There’s a sharp learning curve so a good level of physical fitness, with a focus on cardio and endurance, will enable you to benefit the most from our time together and enable you to truly enjoy climbing the Mont Blanc.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CHAMONIX

Day 1 is arrival day. If you require pick-ups from Geneva airport please let us know otherwise we’ll meet you at the Rockypop hotel or Chamonix central train station. Check-in starts at 3pm but we can store our bags at the hotel and roam around if we arrive early. We highly recommend arriving early in order to rent gear. The gear stores close at 7pm. A team dinner and briefing will take place at 7:30pm with your team leaders and mountain guides at the Little Boxes restaurant in Chamonix Sud

DAY 2: TRAINING

Our first day together will start at 8:00am. We’ll depart from the hotel and head to the Montenvers train station to catch the mountain train to the Mer de Glace glacier. Training starts literally once we arrive as the access to the glacier requires us to immediately learn and demonstrate mountain skills. Training will center around the use of technical gear, crevasse management and confident movement on rock and ice. We’ll catch the 2pm train back to Chamonix giving us plenty of time to recover and make changes to rental gear should we feel the need to. Dinner will be from a local healthy deli and eaten at the hotel.

DAY 3: MOUNTAIN HUT

For our second day together we’ll be grabbing the world famous Aiguille du Midi cable to 3849 meters right from the heart of Chamonix. From there we’ll be exiting onto the glacier for the spectacular Vallee Blanche Traverse. Midway across glacier we will stop to climb Pointe Laschnal before continuing to the Italian side of the Mont Blanc. We’ll be spending the night at the Torino hut. This is a great place to acclimatize and prepare our bodies for the experience to come.

DAY 4: TRAINING SUMMIT

The following morning will be our first summit experience. We’ll depart the mountain hut in the early hours of the morning in the direction of the Glacier du Geant. We will then commence the traverse of the Malbrees ridge that will combine glacier travel skills with ridge and rocky routes. This experience is ideal for training and a great way to ensure that we are ready for the Mont Blanc. We’ll return to the Torino hut and descend the Skyway cable to Courmayeur before taking the tunnel back to Chamonix. The night will be spent at the RockyPop.

DAY 5: THEORY AND ROPES

Our fourth day is dedicated to rope techniques and mountain theory. We’ll also head down to the local crag to practice some climbing with our big mountain boots. This is a great way to gain much needed confidence on rock for the upcoming section between the Tete Rousse and Gouter huts when we head to the Mont Blanc. We will not physically push ourselves too much on this day in order to recover for our Mont Blanc summit window.

DAY 6: DEPARTING FOR THE MONT BLANC

We’ll start our day late at around midday. This gives everyone the chance to rest fully and ready themselves for the big ascent. We’ll first catch the Bellevue cable not far from our hotel before taking the mountain train to Nid d’Aigle. From there we begin our 3 hour trek to the Tete Rousse hut/base camp. This is just a sustained inclined trek and will not require the use of any technical gear. There is a small glacier just outside the hut that we’ll need to cross. The guides will determine if gear is needed to cross it based on the conditions on the day. Once we arrive, the guides and team leaders will determine the best course of action to give the team the highest possible chance of reaching the summit.

DAY 7: SUMMIT WINDOW 1

The team will move from Tete Rousse to the Gouter Hut at 3,812 meters. This should take no more than 3 hours. An early morning move is desirable to avoid the warming of the couloir. It is possible to push directly to the summit and return to the Gouter hut for the evening. Alternatively, it may be desirable to remain at the Gouter hut and push for the summit early the following morning.

DAY 8: SUMMIT WINDOW 2

If the team pushed for the summit on the previous day then this day will be dedicated only to descending the mountain. We usually arrive around 11am. If the summit is still ahead of us then we will make an early departure fromnthe hut to the summit with the aim of returning to Chamonix in the same day.nA team dinner will be held at 6:30pm with the guides in Chamonix.

DAY 9: AU REVOIR!

Our final day together will be dedicated to airport transfers and farewells. Breakfast is included on the day. Please make sure that you provide us with your departure details before the first day of the trip so arrangements can be made.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES

We do our best to ensure your wellbeing on LHO adventures. That's why the facilities we use throughout our trips are required to meet our health and safety standards. We also follow the laws and protocols of every country that hosts our adventures. This extends to national regulations requiring Covid-19 testing, vaccination certificates, mask wearing or any other local guidelines that may apply. Contact us for the most up to date protocols related to your destination.

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Hear From Our Community

I don’t know where to begin, but this trip has been one of the best life experiences I have had. The organization was on point, and I never felt worried about anything as Rami went above and beyond to accommodate all of us. When I read that there will be “professional photos taken” I expected 1-2 photos taken. However, I received tons of beautiful photos taken by Rami. He basically jumped around from team to team to make sure all of our photos were taken, and that ways a lot. The program itself has a great build up, which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the training as much as the journey to the summit of Mont Blanc. The guides were wonderful. My favorite day was the day we pushed to the summit, the feeling of accomplishment is indescribable. If you are thinking of signing up for this trip, do not think twice, you’ll have the time of your life! This will definitely not be my last trip with LHO

Ahmed Al Monsouri

From the moment I landed in Geneva till the last hour of the trip, everything was perfect. Going to the Alps had been a dream of mine for a long time, and LHO made it one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Rami and Ghida greeted us with utmost generosity, and the team bonded with each other in no time! Everything ranging from accommodation to transportation was carefully planned and seamlessly executed. The guides Philip and Fred were very professional and played a big part in our success. I can go on for hours talking about my experience, but to sum it up, I learnt that it’s all about the journey rather than the summit. Learning from professionals like Rami, Fred and Philip was a real blessing as an 18 year old going into the mountaineering world. The team spirit and mentality during this climb truly reflects the real meaning of mountaineering. If you’re looking to get a taste of alpinism, don’t think twice, go with LHO. The experiences and memories will stay with you for a long long time!

Nareg Panossian

I’ve known members of the LHO community since the company was founded and have been wanting to join and be part of that community ever since. And after a long wait, my first and most recent trip with LHO has been to summit the Mont Blanc. Though I’ve hiked several mountains this has been my first alpine climbing experience and definitely not the last one. It has been one full of learnings, exploring and testing my limits on many levels. The team were very accommodating to our needs ensuring that everything ran smoothly including the logistics of the whole trip. I also like the fact that they consider every person a part of the LHO community once you are onboard. I do hope to experience and be part of more adventures in the future!!

Aisha Alnaama

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Top Questions

Will there be training on how to use crampons and other technical gear?

We include training for first-time mountaineers that includes crampons, ice axe and rope skills.

We include training for first-time mountaineers that includes crampons, ice axe and rope skills.

Would it be too hot on summit day to use ski pants or just thin waterproof pants?

Removable layers are generally recommended for summer mountaineering in the Alps. Ski pants may be too thick on warmer days. It's best to bring a thermal base layer, mountaineering pants and a waterproof or Gortex layer as three separate and detachable pants.

Removable layers are generally recommended for summer mountaineering in the Alps. Ski pants may be too thick on warmer days. It's best to bring a thermal base layer, mountaineering pants and a waterproof or Gortex layer as three separate and detachable pants.

Would it be possible to find gear in Chamonix?

Yes. There are many options in Chamonix to rent and buy gear. If you are planning to buy essentials from Chamonix then we recommend arriving a day earlier to have the time to get what you need.

Yes. There are many options in Chamonix to rent and buy gear. If you are planning to buy essentials from Chamonix then we recommend arriving a day earlier to have the time to get what you need.

What hiking boots and mountaineering would be you recommend for this trip?

You don't need hiking boots on this trip. We will be using mountaineering boots throughout. Mountaineering boots are stiffer than regular trekking boots and are designed to fit mountaineering crampons. If you're new to mountaineering, we recommend renting mountaineering boots from Chamonix rather than buying.

If you want to buy mountaineering boots, we suggest La Sportiva GTX Cube. It's best suited for something like the Mont Blanc and you’re likely to use it for most climbs in the f

You don't need hiking boots on this trip. We will be using mountaineering boots throughout. Mountaineering boots are stiffer than regular trekking boots and are designed to fit mountaineering crampons. If you're new to mountaineering, we recommend renting mountaineering boots from Chamonix rather than buying.

If you want to buy mountaineering boots, we suggest La Sportiva GTX Cube. It's best suited for something like the Mont Blanc and you’re likely to use it for most climbs in the future.

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.