Mont Blanc Ascent
- Duration: 7 nights, 6 days
- Climbs and Mountains
- Top Trips
- Available During: June, July, August, September
About this Adventure
At 4810m, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps. It's an awesome peak in a huge range. Being the highest peak in the Alps it affords great views all the way across to the Matterhorn on a clear day! We have been to the summit of Mont Blanc in all seasons both on foot and on skis. Our experience has qualified us to put together a programme which gives you the optimum chance of summit success. There are six guiding days giving you the chance to learn crampon, rope and ice-axe techniques and complete some training routes on smaller peaks whilst still leaving enough time for the ascent
- 7 Nights' accommodation - 3 in valley hotel, 4 in mountain huts
- 6 days' guiding by experienced mountain guides
- We'll pick you up and drop you off at Geneva Airport
- Great base hotel in Chamonix
- Weather conditions allow us to run this trip between mid June and mid September
- We provide open or bespoke courses for individuals to larger groups
- We have many years' experience in providing these courses
- You need to be fit, have a head for heights and be technically coordinated
- Hire of rigid Mountaineering Boots £75 per person
- Kit Hire (Ice Axes, Crampons, Harness and Helmet) £150 per person
- Single Room Supplement £50.00 per person
- Extra night £75.00 per person per night for twin accommodation (you need two people to book this option)
- Extra night £95.00 per person per night for single room accommodation
Please select from Optional Extras at Checkout. If booking boot hire, please enter your normal shoe size in the group/charity box on the booking form.
Why climb Mont Blanc with Maximum Adventure
At Maximum Adventure we are aware you have a range of options and companies to choose from in terms of organising your adventure. That is why we continually strive to give you the best service possible. Not only in terms of being friendly and informative on the phone when you call us, but also in the content of the actual event itself. Our course contains 6 guided days. With a travel day out and a travel day back it means you are away for 8 days. We do not think it is a good idea to offer a shorter one, even though that will save you and us some money. We feel you need 6 days to practice your skills and most importantly acclimatise in order to maximise your summit chances. It also means you may have more summit chances in the case of bad weather. Furthermore we will pick you up and drop you off at Geneva airport. This takes the hassle out of you getting to the course start.
We can offer hire of your technical equipment for a small supplement of £75. Of course, the group kit (ropes etc) is included. Buying technical kit (crampons, ice axe, helmets and harness) which are the items you are least likely to have, could add another £150-£200 approximately to your bill. For full details of what's in and what's out have a look at the course inclusions.
We know you have a choice of companies to climb Mont Blanc with. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:
- We are an established adventure travel business
- We have been trading since 2002
- We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
- Knowledgeable and available office staff
- Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
- All activities are risk assessed
- We try to give you the best service we can
- We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
- We have many repeat clients stretching back many years
I have never climbed before but I would like to climb Mont Blanc
You're not the only one! And why not? Why set yourself limits? Every year, people ask us this question. 'Back in the day' people would complete an 'alpine apprenticeship' which would consist of many alpine summers spent practising their skills and climber lower, but not lesser, peaks before tackling the big one. People have less time (seemingly, although there are still 24hrs in a day), the boundaries of adventure travel have moved on and with the ready availability of the internet for you to research this information, you can, very quickly, decide to take part in an adventure. Whilst some may think this is a bad thing - we don't. We are, after all, in the business of helping you achieve your goals. So if you decide to have a crack at this you need to know what you are letting yourself in for.
Mont Blanc will maybe be the hardest week you experience in your life. It is high, it is cold and it is exposed. It is also dangerous. Some people say risk is part of the adventure. We don't think so. Risk is something you accept to enable you to achieve what you want to do. We, or anyone, can't eliminate that risk. But we can do our best to reduce it. So, assuming you decide it is for you, you need to get in shape. Get down the gym. Go running. Go cyling or take part in some of our preparation courses. It is physically tiring and you need to be as best prepared as possible. Do plenty of cardio so you have good stamina and strengthen your legs through cycling and hill days. We will send you a fitness training plan, but also have a look at our preparation courses. They are invaluable in giving you the best chance. Once you have done all this, we will do our best to get you to the top. But it won't be easy!
We normally run this adventure twice weekly, Wednesday to Wednesday or Sunday to Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time, then please contact us. A typical itinerary looks like this:
Arrival Day: Transfer from Geneva Airport to accommodation. Arrive and check in at your accommodation. (collect any hired kit)
Day 1: Meet the guide(s). Equipment check. Ascend to Albert 1er hut. Afternoon on glacier practicing skills. Night at hut.
Day 2: Aiguille du Tour and evening descent into Chamonix. Overnight in valley.
An alternative is to overnight at the Trient hut and then return to the valley the next day the decision on this is up to the guide.
Day 3: Acclimatisation and glacier skills Col du Midi. Night in the valley
Day 4: Ascend to Tete Rousse Hut, Gouter Hut or Cosmique Hut or additional high altitude day.
Day 5: Summit attempt and descent back down to Tete Rousse or Gouter Hut, or ascent to Gouter Hut. Overnight at hut.
Day 6: Either summit day of Mont Blanc and descent into valley or just descend into valley if having summit the day before.
Departure Day: Breakfast and return transfer to Geneva Airport.
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason. The day of the summit attempt will be decided by conditions, weather and hut availability.
How to take part for Charity
Pay a £299 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. You can join any of our Mont Blanc Ascents just select the date of your choice opposite and enter the name of your chosen charity in the group/charity section. For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.
- Professional event organisation
- Mountain guiding
- Arrival and departure transport between Geneva Airport and Chamonix hotel
- 3 nights' twin room accommodation with breakfast in Chamonix Valley hotel single rooms available at a supplement of £45 per room per night
- 4 nights' hut accommodation half board dorm rooms
- Group gear - ropes etc.
- Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
- Your personal insurance
- Return flights to Geneva
- Cable cars
- Lunch and evening meals in the valley
- Lunch during the mountain days
Book a bespoke event on any date
We run the Mont Blanc Ascent as an open or bespoke event. Our open events run every Sunday and Wednesday from June to mid September. For bookings of 8 people or more, we also run this as an exclusive event on the dates of your choosing. To book any number of participants on to an event, simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure. You will then receive an automated confirmation and full details will follow from our office in due course.
A Mont Blanc ascent is a physically challenging week. We encourage all Mont Blanc participants to complete the appropriate preparation to ensure best performance on the hill. Ideal courses to take part in before taking part in a Mont Blanc course are a winter course (Dec - March) and a scrambling course around May/June time. This gives you the best combination of practice regarding physical fitness, crampon techniques and scrambling skills. To this end, we offer a discount of £50 off a Winter Ben Nevis course and a discount of £50 off a Snowdonia scrambling course for all those who have already booked on a Mont Blanc course. Please ask the office for details.