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.
An important recovery day after yesterday's big effort on Gran Paradiso. After a late breakfast by alpine standards (7am) there's a leisurely descent in the morning sunshine through the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park. To prepare for the technical section between the huts on Mont Blanc we'll do some rock scrambling training on the way down or when we get back to Chamonix; either way we'll stop for an obligatory cappuccino and ice cream before leaving Italy.
Though it's an easy day we do have some important decisions to make as it's the last day we can exercise our limited flexibility with the Mont Blanc hut reservations we've already made. An example of this would be if a day 5 ascent was looking doubtful but the weather was better for day 6, we might choose to cancel our day 4 evening reservation so as not to have to sit around in the hut all day. We could do this at this stage, but any later and we'd risk upsetting the guardian which is something best avoided.
We normally get back to the chalet around 2pm which gives you some time to prepare for the Mont Blanc trip starting tomorrow. Any problems with boots or any other items of kit can be sorted out at this point, and you'll have dinner at the chalet as on the first evening.