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.
This is the second toughest day of the week and a dress rehearsal for the Mont Blanc ascent itself. A 4am start is just what you need when you haven't slept well, but that's how we do it in the mountains so grit your teeth and just get on with it. After a not very chatty breakfast it's kit on and away with as little fuss as possible; though it's painful getting organised this early it's actually a very important lesson as when you get onto Mont Blanc you'll have even less time to waste as it's a bigger day.
The ascent of the Gran Paradiso is 1400m from the hut to the summit, but we keep a steady pace as it's the first climb and build in ice axe and crampon training along the way. It's all about keeping a rhythm and not stopping too much, and the ascent should take about 5 hours in total; there's a scary but easy traverse to get to the summit, but you'll know if you're OK on that (as most people are) there's nothing as exposed on Mont Blanc.
Going back down is harder work than you think, but normally we get back to the hut around 1:30pm. You'll be pretty much spent by now so the rest of the day is spent relaxing in the sun at the hut and taking a siesta before the evening meal. There is in fact plenty of time to get back down to the chalet, but we want to keep you at altitude for another night to maximise acclimatisation.