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Mont Blanc Ascent

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Mont Blanc Ascent

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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.

Quick Facts

  • 7 Nights’ accommodation – 3 in Chamonix 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 from early June to 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

About & Details

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 an additional supplement. Of course, the group kit (ropes etc) is included. For full details of what’s in and what’s out have a look at the course inclusions.

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!

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified mountain guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers between Geneva Airport and Chamonix hotel
  • 3 nights’ twin room accommodation with breakfast in Chamonix Valley hotel (single rooms available at a supplement of £55 per room per night)
  • 4 nights’ hut accommodation half board in dorm rooms
  • Group gear – ropes etc.
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
Exclusions
  • Your personal insurance
  • Return flights to Geneva
  • Cable cars
  • Lunch and evening meals in the valley
  • Lunch during the mountain days

Optional Extras

  • Hire of Rigid Mountaineering Boots £75 per person
  • Kit Hire (Ice Axes, Crampons, Harness and Helmet) £150 per person
  • Single Room Supplement £55.00 per person in Chamonix Valley Hotel
  • 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. 

Departures

We run the Mont Blanc Ascent as an open or bespoke event over 8 days and 7 nights with 6 trekking/climbing days.  To book any number of participants onto an event, simply select the date in the calendar and follow the booking procedure.

Weather conditions allow us to run this trip from early June to mid September.

Important Hut Information

Mont Blanc huts book up very quickly, therefore, we advise that you book your Mont Blanc Ascent as soon as possible to enable us to secure huts and avoid the risk of beds being unavailable for your dates.

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Itinerary

  • Arrival Day and Introduction

    You will be collected from Geneva Airport and transferred to your hotel in Chamonix.

  • Day 1

    Your guide will meet you at your hotel, they will take you through the planned route and carry out an equipment check before setting out. If you have hired any equipment with us they will also take you to collect this.

    You will ascent to Albert 1er hut, where you will spend an afternoon on glacier practicing skills and a night in the hut.

  • Day 2

    Acclimatisation and glacier skills, Aiguille du Tour and overnight in the Trient Hut.

  • Day 3

    Acclimatisation and glacier skills, potentially a second 3000m+ peak, then descend to the valley for night in hotel.

  • Day 4

    Now that you have completed your acclimatisation days, you are ready for the ascent of Mont Blanc. After breakfast, you will ascent to either the Tete Rousse Refuge, Gouter or Cosmique hut, where you will stay overnight.

  • Day 5

    Summit day! you will make an early start from the Tete Rousse/Gouter Hut. The ascent can take from 5 to 8 hours depending on conditions and your starting point. You will descend to the hut via the same route. Overnight at hut.

  • Day 6

    If you didn’t summit yesterday, we will make the attempt today if the conditions permit and in this case. after summiting, we will descend all the way back down to the valley. If you did summit yesterday, then you have a leisurely descent to the valley.

  • Departure Day

    Transfer back to Geneva Airport, ready for your flight home.

Disclaimer

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.

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Charity Information

How to take part for Charity
To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.  You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10 weeks before departure.  With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge.  This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking 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.  With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £299 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. 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 will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you