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Climb Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso

Starts: Sainte-Foy-l’Argentière, France
Finishes: Chamonix, France

Visit: Sainte-Foy-l’Argentière, Chamonix

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Mountain Climbing

Overview

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If you are looking to climb Mont Blanc, this 1-week Alpine climbing holiday preparing and acclimatising on Italy's Gran Paradiso prior to the ascent, offers the best chance of summit success. After a rendezvous and briefing in Chamonix we drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy, where we have a session of skills training before making an ascent of Gran Paradiso (4061m), the only 4000 metre peak entirely within Italy's borders. The short approach hike to the Refugio Vittorio Emanuele, followed by the classic, easy snow climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso is a great introduction to Alpine climbing. Returning to Chamonix, we have a further day of acclimatisation and snow skills with an excursion from the top station of the Aiguille du Midi across the Vallee Blanche to Point Helbronner in Italy, returning on the scenic Gondola. We have allowed 3 days for the ascent of Mont Blanc, with 2 chances of making the summit via the 'Normal Route' from the Tete Rousse or Gouter huts. Our Mont Blanc trips are based at the extremely comfortable Yeti Lodge Chalets in Argentiere, close to Chamonix, offering all amenities including hot tubs, saunas and a great chef! Key to a successful Mont Blanc ascent are good acclimatisation and experienced, motivated guides. Our Mont Blanc package is fully inclusive of local transport and cable cars and all meals with the exception of lunches. This is a great value package, using a superb valley base and our expert guides will offer you every chance of getting to the summit on Mont Blanc.

Is this holiday for you?

This combination of Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc provides a challenging week of Alpine climbing. Led by professional IFMGA guides using a 1:5 ratio on Gran Paradiso and a 1:2 ratio on Mont Blanc, this trip will provide the opportunity to practice roped glacier travel and guided climbing, using crampons and a single ice axe. The ascents of each of the peaks will be strenuous on account of the altitude and group members should not only have a high level of fitness but also be capable of completing long days in the mountains. The ascent of Gran Paradiso and the ascent of Mont Blanc via the Normal Route (Dome de Gouter) involve little in the way of technical difficulty. However, you can expect to encounter some easy scrambling on exposed ridges at altitude. Ropes, crampons and an ice axe will be used throughout the climb. Previous alpine mountaineering experience is not a pre-requisite and time permitting, full instruction in the various techniques required will be given by the guides prior to the ascents. Participants must have a good level of fitness and previous experience of walking with crampons is useful.

Highlights

    • Traverse the Vallee Blanche to Italy and return on the Gondola
    • Classic route to the top of Mont Blanc
    • Gran Paradiso - the best preparation for climbing Mont Blanc
    • Guide ratio 1:2 during the climb of Mont Blanc

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161829
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Sainte-Foy-l’Argentière, France
Finishes: Chamonix, France
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Challenging

Includes

  • Professional IFMGA qualified guides 
  • Local transport including cable car fees 
  • All accommodation as described (4 nights Chalet, 3 nights Mountain Hut / Refuge)
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan (7 breakfasts and 7 dinners)

Excludes

  • Travel insurance 
  • Airport transfers 
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan 
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks souvenirs etc.
  • Single Supplement $290 - Yeti Lodge nights Only (subject to availability)

Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,030 ($379/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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France Argentiere, Chamonix Valley, Mont Blanc Tunnel, Vittorio Emanuele, Gran Paradiso, Vallee Blanche, Aiguille De Midi, Helbronner, Nid D'aigle, Mont Blanc
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Louise M  

For anyone setting out on such an adventure, particularly for the first time, they need to know that from the moment of booking with them to the achievement of the final objective you could not feel more encouraged, supported and enabled. The sense of achievement that they and the team gave us was matched by the grandeur of our surroundings in the French Alps.For anyone even contemplating such a trip then they can be your only choice.As mentioned the changes to the itinerary - I think all the group seemed to have a different idea of what we were setting out to do prior to arrival. I appreciate that it did state that they were subject to change but perhaps listing a couple of possible options would help.The trip exceeded my expectations beyond all measure - having worked so hard to prepare I was unsure if I would succeed and unsure of how I would manage in conditions I had never been in before - we were all 'alpine virgins' but the ability of the team to elevate us to a level of confidence to achieve our goal was second to none. I could have planned this trip for twenty years and it still wouldn't have been any more perfect.

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Fraser G  

This was a fantastic trip, both guides were very knowledgeable and inspiring mountain guides. The pace was up the mountain was suited to the party and I would definitely recommend a trip with these two guides again.The initial booking and information provided by office staff was also very good.

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Atul  

Flawless planning and arrangements. Extremely helpful staff and great food and other services. For the guides, I couldn't expect any better - great guys, always happy and willing to help.We could not execute the original itinerary of climbing Mont Blanc due to weather concerns but excellent plan B. Will need to visit the area again to complete the planned climb and definitely will choose your company again.

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Albert D  

Our leader is a great leader. He took extra caution with us during the entire trip. He made sure all ropes were securely fastened before scaling the rock faces and glacial traverses. He gave us instructions about how to proceed carefully and encouraged us along the way.Climbing the Cosmique in Chamonix after failing to summit Mt Blanc due to unfavorable weather conditions was the hightlight of the trip. It more than made up for that dissapointment. The Cosmique was extremely challenging and I was outside of my comfort zone, but it was a 5 hour andrenaline surge of climbing rocks, snow and ice. One of my all time favorite alpine experiences.The Yeti lodge was a great place to hang out for a few days. Marine and Jason took good care of us and kept us well fed. Great views from the balcony. Alpine huts are always a nice experience with good company and great views.

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Geoff W  

Yeti Lodge was the perfect location for our Mont Blanc climb. The accommodation was really good, the food wonderful and your people on the ground did you proud, the proverbial well oiled machine.This really is mountaineering with a base of excellent support and organisation. Straight from our collection at the airport the experience shown by all concerned meant that we could concentrate our efforts on the climb. Our mountain guide was very knowledgeable and a great climbing companion putting all of us at ease immediately. He helped us achieve our goal whilst being safety conscious and good natured. His obvious enthusiasm for the area and the task ahead was infectious and kept a smile on our faces throughout. We made it to the summit and were very fortunate with the weather which was perfect right on schedule. There are plenty of companies to choose from and we assessed them all before choosing you, for the most part reading reviews such as this and by the quality of the information they presented. Even before we returned from the trip we were quite happy to choose our next mountain.

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Allan P  

Excellent doesn't do the work of the guides at the Yeti Lodge in Argentierre justice. It was considerably better than excellent! The meals prepared by the guide would have not been out of place in a top flight restaurant and They did a superb job in looking after us.

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