How can people often with no experience climb Mont Blanc in only six days? It’s totally achievable if you are fit enough, but six days is only a minimum amnt of time to acclimatise for Mont Blanc so you’ll still need as many other factors in your favour as possible. Our ascent program is the result of 19 years and 4500+ clients on Mont Blanc, we’ve climbed this mountain every which way over the years and have now settled on what we think is the best possible Mont Blanc ascent program.
Booking the various huts on Mont Blanc is extremely competitive which means that the program for the week will not always be the same; we use different combinations of huts to get to the summit but you will always have two nights and therefore two possible summit days reserved for you (see Huts and Routes). You will however need to follow our Fitness Guidelines carefully in order to be able to comfortably summit via any route, even in marginal conditions.
And if despite every effort conditions are so bad it’s not even worth trying Mont Blanc? We’ll go pretty much anywhere in the alps to fill your week with exciting mountaineering (no extra cost, see this FAQ). Click on the diagram below to see the basic program for each day:
Our courses start on various days of the week throughout the summer, for example if your course starts on Wednesday 20th July you would need to arrive with us sometime in the afternoon or early evening of that day. (Please take care to ascertain the date of the first evening of your course, people do sometimes get this wrong.) By far the easiest way to get to us is to fly to Geneva then take an airport transfer with our preferred supplier Mountain Dropoffs who offer a door to door transfer service for around 45€ per person per trip. (By entering the code in your Joining Instructions you can also get a small discount.)
When you arrive at our basecamp chalet “The Castle” (see Our Chalet) you can move into your room (your name will be on the door) and a Mont Blanc Guides representative will meet you. Your first evening meal will be at 7pm on the top floor of the chalet, where you will meet your other course participants and there will be a short welcome talk from your chalet hosts. A nice relaxing start to a week which gets harder and harder!
1st Evening - Dinner and an Early Night