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To be eligible for this itinerary you should already:
- have experience with crampons and ice axe
- have a good fitness level (400m height gain per hour for several hours)
- be already acclimatised
If conditions are difficult, the pace is too slow or so we plan ahead we might find ourselves in need to spend a night at Refuge du Gouter or Refuge Tete Rousse or Refuge Nid d’Aigle (all with prior booking) and descend with the first cable-car the next morning. In this case the trip will be billed as a 3 day trip.
The ascent route is exposed in places to avalanche danger from large ice-cliffs (seracs) and on descent to rockfall above Tete Rousse hut. The release of ice avalanches is unpredictable and the avoidance of rock-fall difficult. It is essential that fitness, your ability, and conditions allow you and your guide to move quickly through these hazardous zones. The guide’s appraisal of your competence and route conditions will determine whether the climb can be attempted, or an alternative objective proposed.
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Meet upAfter doing a gear check at our meeting point in Aiguille du Midi, we take the cable car to the last station. Then, we will go through a glacier and spend the rest of the day at Cosmiques hut (3613m) where we will do some snow-craft exercises. In the evening, we will have dinner and spend the night at the refuge.
Mont Blanc summit and descentOn the second day, we will start off early for the summit of Mont Blanc. We will cross the Col du Midi Plateau and begin our ascent up by skirting around the North face of Mont Blanc du Tacul. After we will continue towards the North face of Mont Maudit and just below the Col du Mont Maudit we will encounter the steepest, usually icy, section of our climb. Finally, we will traverse southwards to Col de la Brenva and carry on all the way to the summit. From the summit we will start the descent by the 'normal route' via Dome du Gouter. After a short food-and-drink stop at Refuge du Gouter we will carry on past Refuge Tete Rousse and down to Nid d'Aigle where we will catch the last train towards Bellevue and then last cable-car to Les Houches.
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