The Mont Blanc Specialists
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FAQ

Certain questions about our courses seem to come up all the time and we have tried to answer these as fully as possible below. Click on each title to see the full explanation, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you can't find exactly what you are looking for.




Our philosophy is to provide the most inclusive 6 day Mont Blanc course possible. We pack everything we can into our program, add a margin, and that becomes the price – we do not get our price by looking at the rest of the market then working out what we can afford to include for the money. We do not feel the small economies that come from less hut nights for example, justify the correspondingly lower chances of overall success.


Our course price includes:


  • Exclusive chalet accommodation on a twin share basis, including all breakfasts and evening meals as needed for the duration of the week if the program is not abnormally affected by the weather, this will be three nights. The chalet is at your disposal throughout the week so there is no need to move out of your rooms while staying in the mountain huts. The course finishes officially at 7pm on the last day, but you are welcome to stay the last evening with us at no extra charge. An evening meal is not provided on the last day for those who stay over (clients mostly eat out in Chamonix, five minutes’ walk away), but there is breakfast the following morning. See accommodation page for more details about our summer base “The Castle”, run for us by our partners Nomadic Ski.
  • Four nights in high mountain huts including all breakfasts and evening meals. Spending time in the high huts is very important both for pre-acclimatisation and also flexibility to have the best chance of attempting the summit. Though expensive (€50 - €80 per person/night) especially considering the chalet base is not being used at the same time, maximum hut nights are none the less vital to overall chances of success (see also course program).
  • All cable cars ski lifts and mountain railways. This can vary if the program changes because of the weather, but is usually around €60 – 100€ per person.
  • All in course transportation in private minibuses, and including program changes due to bad weather.
  • All guiding fees with exclusively IFMGA qualified guides.


Not Included:


  • Equipment hire. Not included as a large proportion of our clients have their own. The money we make on hiring ice axe, crampons, boots, helmets and harnesses is part of our profit margin if we did not charge for it the overall course price would need to be slightly higher to compensate, so it seems fairer that those with their own equipment pay slightly less. See equipment page for full information on what you need to bring and what you can hire from us.
  • Travel to and from Chamonix. Full details on how to get to us including arranging airport transfer from Geneva (the best airport to fly to) and driving directions will be sent to you as part of your joining instructions.