Mont Blanc Royal Traverse

Once in a lifetime!

Friyana, United Kingdom 2018
I would 100% recommend Aspiring Guides, it was a once in a lifetime trip for me. 

More Information

The expedition will be based out of Chamonix, France, dominated by the majestic peak of Mont Blanc and surrounding Alps. It provides good access for climbing peaks such as Mont Blanc and many other 4000 + meter peaks.

Clement (Clem) who will be leading this expedition is born in France and has been guiding for 5 years as a fully certified mountain guide. The Mont Blanc area has been his main playground, and he is always happy to do some routes he has never done before. He is now established in New Zealand and part of the Aspiring Guides team.

Getting there:
Fly into Geneva International Airport

Transport from Geneva to Chamonix:
We suggest using Mountain Drop Offs. It's better to book in advance:
www.mountaindropoffs.com/en/geneva-to-chamonix-transfer

General info:
​www.chamonix.com

Equipment hire/purchase:
www.snellsports.com


Available Dates

Trip Dates Status
2019 14-21 June Open


 

 

Difficulty

Technical Difficulty

This trip is designed for people with previous alpine climbing experience. Participant should be competent climbing up to grade 17 on rock and have good belaying skills. Ice climbing grades are notoriously fickle but you can expect sections of near vertical with occasional rock mixed in. A good balance in alpine terrain is required.

Physical Difficulty

No one will ever tell you that alpine climbing is easy. The better shape you are in, the more you will be able enjoy the course. Expect to be pushed hard physically, but there will be time to recharge your batteries. The challenging part of this trip is the very little time off and that it gets harder every day, so you need to know yourself to always have a bit of reserve. It is also an altitude trip, so you must know that the higher we go, the harder it is.

Ice climbing requires strong leg and calf muscles. Steep hills are best to get you up on your toes. Hiking trips in your rigid sole boots will give your calves a workout. Try “front pointing” up steep hills as much as possible. Participants need to be accustomed to regular exercise. You should be able maintain a slow but steady pace up steep hills for an hour or more while carrying a 10-12kg pack. Good balance and a comfort with heights will be required. The good news is that with a little dedication just about anyone can achieve the required level of fitness. Endurance workouts are key to building up stamina. Part of any routine should include pushing your legs and lower body for extended periods of time, preferably with alternating periods of steep uphill and downhill.


Price Details

Guide : Client Ratio 2019 : EU/person
1:1 EU 7500
1:2 EU 5900


 

What's Included
  • Guide/s fees for 7 days
  • Hotel in Chamonix for up to 5 nights
  • 3 nights mountain hut accommodation including all breakfast, lunch and dinners  (one water bottle of 1.5L included)
  • 3 x lift ticket and ground transport during trip
  • For full details see itinerary

Not Included

  • Airfare, transport to/from Chamonix and travel insurance
  • Hotel, transport and food post trip
  • Technical climbing equipment (see equipment list)
  • Alcohol, snacks and additional water in the hut (up to 9€ for 1.5L)
  • Food when not in the mountains

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Pre -Trip

 14 June  The closest international airport to Chamonix is Geneva. It’s easy to take a shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel in Chamonix.  In the evening explore the resort town of Chamonix. There are many local restaurants and bars to dine. There are also shops to make any last minute purchases. 
Stay- Hotel in Chamonix

Day 1

 15 June Clem, your guide, will meet you at the hotel in the morning for a trip briefing and equipment check.  Together you will discuss the plan for the trip and check gear, with time for last minute shopping and supplies before heading out onto the iconic Mer de Glace to practice cramponing skills. The afternoon will be spent brushing up on crevasse rescue and rope work techniques. There will be a lot to cover on the first day! 
Duration- 5-7 hours of activities
Elevation profile- 700 m
Style of climbing- Ice - French technique cramponing

Stay- Hotel in Chamonix

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Day 2

 16 June  Travel just outside of Chamonix for acclimatization training on Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), climbing the Cosmique Ridge or traversing Pointes Lachenal. This peak is a great introduction to climbing at altitude with a variety of route options and amazing summit views. 
Duration- 5-6h of activity
Elevation profile- 300 m
Style of climbing- steep snow, easy mixed climbing and rock climbing
Stay- Hotel in Chamonix

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Day 3

 17 June  We begin by trekking to the Conscrit Hut from Les Contamines, the start of the journey to Mont Blanc. This day is shorter than the other days but still consider, it’s just the beginning of the journey! If there are two people on the expedition another guide will join us so you will be climbing as one climber per guide on Mont Blanc. You will travel in individual teams, moving at each team’s own pace. 
Duration- 8 hrs
Elevation profile- +1650 m/ -250m
Stay- Conscrit Hut 

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Day 4

 18 June Conscrits Hut – Aiguille de la Bérangère – Dômes de Miages traverse – Durier Hut. 
Climb the esthetic ridgeline with views of the summit of Mont Blanc! This is one of the the most striking ridgelines in the alps. Depending on the condition, it will be or a nice easy walk on Tre-la-Tete Glacier, and a finish on the stunning ridge or a never ending ridge (you will not want it to finish ;) ). To finish the day, we will stay in the tiny Durier hut with a beautiful view on the wild SW face of Mont Blanc.
Duration- 5-8 h
Elevation profile- +1300m/ -600m
Style of climbing- steep snow, knife edge ridge, easy mixed climbing maybe a bit of ice
Stay- Durier Hut

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Day 5

 19 June  Durier Hut – Aiguille de Bionnassay – Bionnassay Traverse – Gouter Hut. 
Another amazing ridgeline but higher than the day before! Depending on the conditions it can involve some rock climbing up to the Bionnassay. The view gets more spectacular the higher you go! 
Duration- 6h
Elevation profile- +1100m/ -600m
Style of climbing- steep snow, knife edge ridge, mixed climbing and rock climbing
Stay - Gouter Hut

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Day 6

 20 June  Gouter hut – Mont Blanc – Mont Maudit – Mont Blanc du Tacul – Aiguille du Midi. 
Mont Blanc (4808 m) summit day! We begin with an alpine start around 2am. From the hut the route picks its way across the Dome du Gouter, then passes close by Vallot shelter and after a short break, we will climb the beautiful Arete des Bosses. At dawn you will be on the top. Descending will still be long but beautiful, passing by two peaks over 4000m!
Duration- 11h
Elevation profile- +1300m/ -1600m
Style of climbing- mostly snow ascent and easy mixed climbing. There are sections on sharp ridges in some parts and a steep downclimbing section.
Stay- Hotel in Chamonix

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Day 7

 21June  Rest day in Chamonix or additional weather contingency day. If the weather necessitates, waiting one extra day in the hut or in town may be necessary. We spend this final evening celebrating the completion of the course before saying goodbye. 

Stay- Hotel in Chamonix

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