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 amount 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 15 years and 3500+ 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 and even sometimes partially different routes 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:
(The program for days 4,5 and 6 depends on the weather and which huts you are using; please see Huts and Routes)
This day can vary enormously depending on which hut you’re going to and what the weather’s doing, for example it could be an easy 2.5 hours from the train up to Tete Rousse or a tough 5 hour pull to the Gouter or Gonella; alternatively it could be an easy extra acclimatisation day from the Aiguille du Midi lift in preparation for a last day ascent.
If you are going to a hut today we’ll try to get there not too late to give you a bit of recovery time, then we’ll make one last check of the weather and decide the teams for tomorrow. You’ll climb as two climbers per guide on Mont Blanc, in individual teams all going at their own pace. We try to divide the teams up by speed as much as possible, though if you booked with a friend and want to climb together that’s not a problem. Finally it’s dinner and an early night, tomorrow’s going to be a long day….
We can save an hour on the Gouter route when the train to Nid d'Aigle deigns to run...
...which it doesn't always.
The Path below Tete Rousse
Looking back down the long pull to the Gonella hut
The all new Gonella hut (3071m)
Tete Rousse Hut (3165m)
The Tricky Section from Tete Rousse (3165m) to Gouter (3815m)
The Gouter hut (3815m).