Climb Mont Blanc (4810m) the highest peak in Western Europe. It’s an imposing and highly sought after summit that sits at the roof of the Alps on the border of France and Italy. If your adventure juices are flowing, then keep on reading...
June - September
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CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAK IN WESTERN EUROPE
Climb Mont Blanc (4810m) the highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. This beautiful, imposing and highly sought after summit will never disappoint. Its a majestic peak that sits at the roof of the Alps on the border of France and Italy, has magnificent views across the rest of the Alps and entices mountaineers from all over the world year after year.
We've helped hundreds of clients summit Mont Blanc. Our success rate is extremely high largely due to the way we've built the trip, allowing for multiple acclimatisation days and a two day window to summit Mont Blanc. That way we reduce the chances of altitude sickness and bad weather getting in the way of your big climb. Oh, and just for good measure, we'll even through in the summit of Gran Paradiso (4061) in Italy at the start of the week. We're just that kind of company...
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone with a good level of endurance fitness and a sense of adventure. Previous mountaineering experience is a bonus, but not necessary as we teach all required skills during the week. However good physical coordination and an ability to pick up new skills is useful on Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe and therefore the altitude makes it hard work.
Determination is needed to keep you going to the top. While this adventure is open to beginner mountaineers, please note that doesn’t mean it’s physically easy. Make sure you have a good base fitness level before you get here as it will make the week feel less strenuous and maximise your chances of success. Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.
June - September
2:1 summit days
You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!
REAL FOOTAGE FROM PREVIOUS CLIMBS
Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.0:53
We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.
Mont Blanc: THE APPROACH3:19
A quick POV video looking at the approach up to Mont Blanc.
Mont Blanc: THE SUMMIT3:05
It's the main moment. After a night in the hut it's time for a push to the summit.
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB
Certain items can be rented from Adventure Base such as crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness (You are able to add these to your cart at checkout). We use the latest kit from Black Diamond meaning you'll be using quality equipment and our rental options are cheaper than if you were to rent it from a local shop when you get here. Win! (Note: Your kit might vary sightly from the images below)
Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.
Rent for €35
Straight shaft for general mountaineering
Rent for €45
12 point steel mountaineering crampons
Rent for €25
Standard hard plastic climbing specific helmet.
Rent for €30
Standard climbing harness
Foldable poles are best
Available to rent locally
Mountaineering specific 35-40L backpack
You must be able to carry at least 2L of water in your backpack
Factor 30-50 High Mountain sunscreen
For your nose and lips
At least cat 4 and ideally with limited gaps at the sides
Just in case you hit bad weather
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet
Good walking socks are required
Light colours are recommended
Hardshell hooded jacket
GORE-TEX® or similar
GORE-TEX® or similar
Soft shell trousers
Stretchy, durable mountaineering trousers
Something light and thin
Soft shell jacket
Light technical jacket ideally with hood
Lightweight and thin down jacket
Thick and built for the cold
Thinner to be used for mid mountain conditions and glacial walking
Hiking shoes / trainers
Good to have for approaches to the mountain huts.
Good to have for approaches to the mountain huts especially in warmer temperatures
Don't forget to pack spare batteries. They're essential
Sleeping bag silk liner
You don’t need a sleeping bag itself, as blankets are provided in the huts
Highly recommended for the mountain huts
First aid kit
Blister kit, paracetamol, etc
To protect your trousers from crampons and to keep any snow out if it's deep
Cash / credit card
For extra costs such as drinks and snacks
ID and documents
Passport / Drivers license, Visa, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
"I’d recommend Adventure Base 100%. I want to be an Adventure Base guide!"
“The summit was like a dream. It was so overwhelming I began to cry with joy for making it to this magical world at the top of Europe.”
"It is quite possibly the best most rewarding week I’ve ever had pursuing my passions"
"Having no previous mountaineering experience Adventure Base were on hand to help at anytime with answers to my questions. It really was a trip of a lifetime."
I've been going on tours with Adventure Base for 5 years now and fully anticipate signing up with them next year too. The AB team is helpful, engaging, accommodating and professional, with a network of excellent guides. I consider the AB team my trusted friends in the Alps.
YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE
On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre-trip excitement with your group.
- Climb Mont Blanc (4810m)
- 3 Training days and summit of Grand Paradiso (4061m)
- All accommodation and guiding during the trip
- 4 nights mountain huts at half-board (Breakfast and 3 course evening meals)
- 3 nights Chamonix accommodation with breakfast included
- En suite rooms in Chamonix on twin shared basis
- Hand-picked Adventure Base mountain guides
- All of your guide’s expenses
- All transport within itinerary
What's not Included?
- Transport to/from Chamonix
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Lunch when in the huts
- Evening meals when in Chamonix
- Uplifts according to itinerary
This trip is running on the following dates
OUR CHAMONIX ACCOMMODATION
When not climbing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen this mountain lodge with it's super comfortable rooms and warm atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!
The lodge is an excellent base for our Mont Blanc trip. With stunning views of the mountain, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in your stay and is always plentiful. There is also a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely outdoor space to relax in after the climb.
Single and double available
Rifugio Chabod, Italy / Refuge Tete Rousse, France / Refuge du Gouter, France
When heading up the mountain you will be staying in accommodation which boasts views that can't be beaten. The mountain huts of Rifugio Chabod, Refuge Tete Rousse and the Refuge du Gouter aren't going to win any five stars awards for service but will keep you warm, dry and fed. Just don't forget to pack your ear plugs... trust us!
WHAT TO EXPECT
HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY
While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.
We meet in the evening at the accommodation to go through the plan for the week as well as the current weather and mountain conditions. You will meet with your fellow climbers and your guides so you can ask any questions and will have a chance to go through your kit.
Depart for Gran Paradiso National Park
After breakfast we depart for Italy to the Rifugio Chabod in Gran Paradiso National Park (1 hr 30 mins drive). The altitude of the hut is 2750m and it takes 2 ½ – 3 hours walk from the road (900 m altitude gain)In the morning we will sort out any last minute gear rentals / purchases in Chamonix before driving through the tunnel into Italy. Once at the refuge we will rest, have lunch then we have an outdoor session covering crampon techniques, being roped up, using all gear correctly and scrambling techniques.
Climb Gran Paradiso
A big day involving a 1,300m altitude ascent of Gran Paradiso, the highest peak entirely in Italy (4061m). The ascent is all on snow except a final rocky section of scrambling to the summit (5-7 hours). It is a spectacular summit and this is great training for Mont Blanc because a lot of similar techniques are required on both peaks. The climb will put you in good stead for the main summit attempt later in the week.After the summit we go down to the same hut. This gives us the advantage of leaving unnecessary clothing/equipment there to make our ascent as light as possible. Furthermore, staying up at altitude instead of heading all the way down to the valley helps with your acclimatisation process.
Return to Chamonix
Wake up at around 07:00 and by 8.30 after breakfast we descend at a gentle pace (2 hours) to the valley. On our drive back we can have a stop for an Italian coffee and snack and by the afternoon we arrive back to Chamonix (1 hr 30 mins drive).It is very important that you can have a good rest in the afternoon in preparation for the coming days. We can also finalise any equipment changes.
Begin the Mont Blanc Climb
Climbing Mont Blanc takes two days, but we add in a spare day in case of bad weather to maximise your chance of success. We start by driving to Les Houches (10 min) and then taking uplifts on the Bellevue cable car followed by the Tramway du Mont Blanc train to Refuge du Nid d’Aigle which sits at 2372m. From here we hike to the Tete Rousse hut (3167m) for an overnight stay, followed by an ascent of Mont Blanc via the Gouter route the following morning.
On summit day we wake up early and ascend to the summit of Mont Blanc. This will take between 8-12 hours depending on conditions and your physical ability. On the descent from the summit, we spend the night in the Gouter hut (3813m). By having this second night in the Gouter hut we are less in a rush to make it down to the valley or the Tete Rousse hut, and it also means we again cross the Grand Couloir early the following day. These are all carefully considered factors that we’ve analysed over many years guiding this route to maximise your chance of a successful summit.
Spare Summit Day / Return to Chamonix
In the morning we descend from the Gouter hut (3813m) to the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle (2372m) and take the Tramway du Mont Blanc followed by the Bellevue cable car down to Les Houches. The descent normally takes around 4-5 hours. We then drive back to the Chamonix and that signals the end of the climb. This will normally be around 13:00-14:00 in the afternoon.Usually everyone heads out into Chamonix for dinner together on the final evening to round off the week. Our guides join and the atmosphere is always one of celebration, relief, epic stories and future plans.
Depart. Check out is at 10:00, and after one last hearty breakfast we sadly bid farewell. Please note: This itinerary is based on good weather and mountain conditions as well as hut availability. Sometimes we may opt for 2 consecutive nights in the Tete Rousse or Gouter hut. Should an ascent of Mont Blanc not be possible due to dangerous conditions or bad weather, we strive to provide suitable alternatives such as climbing in the Monte Rosa range. During June and July we may opt for the Italian normal route (via Rifugio Gonella) if conditions allow. It is a stunning alternative route to the Gouter route and is often much less frequented.
Are ski/snowboard trousers suitable?
Ski/snowboard trousers aren’t suitable for the conditions on Mont Blanc. You’ll need a pair of mountaineering trousers ( Read more
Ski/snowboard trousers aren’t suitable for the conditions on Mont Blanc. You’ll need a pair of mountaineering trousers (soft shell) as well as a waterproof hard shell pair that are lightweight and not insulated. Conditions can be harsh especially on the summit days so it’s important to have these two layers. We also recommend to bring lightweight thermal leggings. Read through our kit list for a full description of what you’ll need to bring.
Can I store my belongings with Adventure Base when I’m in the huts?
Yes. From when you arrive till when you depart you are able to store your belongings in the Chamonix accommodation. Read more
Yes. From when you arrive till when you depart you are able to store your belongings in the Chamonix accommodation. Please note rooms are usually allocated on a twin share basis, in most cases sharing with others from your course.
Do I need to have previous experience?
This is a hot topic and based on our extensive experience we are confident to say that you do not Read more
This is a hot topic and based on our extensive experience we are confident to say that you do not need any previous experience to climb Mont Blanc, However: You must be in good shape as per the previous FAQ ‘What kind of fitness level do I need’ and you must also be prepared to accept that if you are not fit enough your guide will have no option but to turn you around. Your safety is always our top priority and therefore you must have a good level of cardiovascular endurance in order to keep up with the required pace for a Mont Blanc ascent.
Crucial to success you must also be able to learn new skills quickly and have an ability to develop new skills, such as walking with crampons whilst attached to your guide with a rope. These are skills we will teach during your first 3 days with us, prior to your Mont Blanc ascent. This training period is also an opportunity for your guide to evaluate your skills and capability to climb Mont Blanc.
How many clients per guide?
Is there WiFi in the mountain huts?
No. All mountain huts are fairly basic and do not have access to WiFi. Some huts will have phone signal Read more
No. All mountain huts are fairly basic and do not have access to WiFi. Some huts will have phone signal and some will even have 3g signal but we cannot guarantee this will work at all times.
What are the guides like?
All of our guides are highly experienced and friendly people. They have all been hand picked by us over the Read more
All of our guides are highly experienced and friendly people. They have all been hand picked by us over the many years we’ve been in the guiding industry. Our guides are of various nationalities and all speak a good level of English and are very attentive. Their primary role is to get you to the summit and back safely, but they also provide a high level of customer service along the way and are very interesting people to spend time with. They like to share their knowledge of the mountains and their experiences, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and pick their brains. Lastly, they know the route on Mont Blanc like the back of their hands and this is the most important thing when it comes down to making key decisions in the mountains and providing the safest experience for our clients.
What are the mountain huts like?
The mountain huts we use for our Mont Blanc course are fairly basic but comfortable. You will sleep in dormitories Read more
The mountain huts we use for our Mont Blanc course are fairly basic but comfortable. You will sleep in dormitories on a shared basis, usually 6-8 per room. The huts provide breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner. In Gran Paradiso we tend to use the Refugio Chabod. On Mont Blanc we tend to use the Refuge de Tete Rousse followed by the Gouter Refuge.
What kind of fitness level do I need?
You need to be able to hike comfortably with a heavy pack for up to 10 hours at a moderate pace. Read more
You need to be able to hike comfortably with a heavy pack for up to 10 hours at a moderate pace. Mountaineering is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods. As well as this you will need to have a good head for heights and good overall body balance and awareness.
What size backpack should I bring?
Your backpack should be no bigger than 45l and no smaller than 35l. It is important that your backpack has Read more
Your backpack should be no bigger than 45l and no smaller than 35l. It is important that your backpack has an ice axe strap to stash your ice axe when you are not using it. Your backpack must also have a rain-proof cover. Think light-weight, remember you have to carry it!
What type of boots do I need for Mont Blanc?
You will need a B2 or B3 mountaineering boot for Mont Blanc. All mountaineering boots are graded in a B1, Read more
You will need a B2 or B3 mountaineering boot for Mont Blanc. All mountaineering boots are graded in a B1, B2, B3 system. B3 boots are the most rigid, and therefore most suitable for walking on snow with crampons, and B2 boots are a little more comfortable but less rigid and also less warm. An example of a B3 boot is the La Sportiva Nepal Evo GTX or Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro.
What will we do if the weather is bad?
This depends on a few factors and how bad the weather actually is. Should Mont Blanc be unsafe, we will Read more
This depends on a few factors and how bad the weather actually is. Should Mont Blanc be unsafe, we will study the conditions on other peaks in the Alps, like Monta Rosa. Should conditions be a lot better elsewhere, we will propose this to you as an option.
Strong winds of 50km. This means reaching the summit difficult. High winds on the final ridge to the summit are dangerous and therefore summit success is very unlikely. In the case of high winds all over the high peaks of the Alps, we will look for suitable alternatives in the mid-mountain range. It is also unlikely that a helicopter will be able to fly in a rescue situation if there are high winds, which adds to the decision-making process.
Precipitation. When it snows on Mont Blanc it usually means a summit attempt will be difficult. Route finding in a snow storm is generally quite unsafe. An attempt will depend on the thickness of the snowfall and it will also greatly depend on the wind.
Whiteout. A cloudy whiteout will make a summit attempt difficult. It depends on the thickness of the cloud and we will most likely still attempt a summit but turn back if necessary.
Heat. When it’s been very warm for a long period of time on Mont Blanc the Gouter couloir tends to become unsafe due to regular rock fall. The local authorities are quick to issue warnings when the couloir becomes unsafe and it has been known in recent summers that the Gouter route to Mont Blanc has been briefly closed. We will always listen to and obey local warnings.
Will I definitely make it to the summit?
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the Read more
In short, no. Whilst we will always strive to get you to the summit safely, sometimes the weather or the conditions of the mountain don’t play ball. When there is precipitation, high winds and low visibility for example, we cannot guarantee reaching the summit and will sometimes recommend an alternative. Each Mont Blanc course has a lead guide. The lead guide will always conduct a meeting with the clients and other guides the day before the Mont Blanc ascent is due to begin. During this meeting the latest weather forecast, conditions of the mountain, and the clients own ability to reach the summit will be discussed. Clients and guides will voice their opinions and/or concerns at the time and then decide how best to proceed. We fully trust and back our guides to make the final decision based on their years of experience on the mountain. They are entrusted to make the final call and the client must accept any decision made. All decisions will have client safety as a top priority.
MEET THE GUIDES
Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Brans get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"
Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.
Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.
Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.
Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.
Ben is a UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as our lead Trekking Guide. He has worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance Trek with our clients.
"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"
"I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding. After touring the world following the call of the mountains and human cultures and fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides back home, in the Pyrenees."
"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".
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