How can people often with no experience climb Mont Blanc in only 6 days? It's totally achievable if you are fit enough, but 6 days is really only a minimum amount of time to acclimatise and prepare for Mont Blanc. Our program has been refined over 12 years of operation and more than 2500 clients to give what we believe is the finest Mont Blanc experience possible, with 3 days training on Gran Paradiso (4061m) followed by 3 days on Mont Blanc itself. Click on the diagram below to see the program for each day.
You first day will start at 8:00am. All your kit is going to be checked by the guides this morning so you'll get everything you've brought with you including items you're not sure about laid out in your room before sitting down to breakfast.
The guides will arrive at 8:30am and check all your kit thoroughly as we need to make sure you have everything you need, and equally importantly nothing you don't (electric razors and huge blocks of wet wipes are unlikely to pass inspection). Ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness, and boots you can hire from us - anything else you'll need to provide. Don't worry if you've brought the wrong gloves or forgotten something, we have a quick trip round the shops in Chamonix afterwards where there are some good cheap (and not so cheap!) gear shops.
When all this is done and everyone is happy we're off over the border to Italy for our three day training climb of Gran Paradiso (4061m). We just need to get into position today though, so after an obligatory cappuccino it's a two and a half hour steady hike of about 1000m height gain up to the hut. Evening meal, maybe a quick session on how to put crampons and harnesses on, then an early night. You won't sleep too well as it's you first night at altitude, but that's kind of the idea.