Technical difficulty: 2 Endurance: 3 Trip offered: June,July,August,September
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Day 1

Meet up & skills review

After doing a gear check at our meeting point in Argentiere we will take the cable car to last station (Argentiere - Longnan - Les Grands Montets) and then descend to the Col des Grands Montets. Here we will revise the use of crampons and ice axe then ascend Petite Aiguille Verte (3512) by the normal route. Also on this day we will review glacier travel and skills. In the afternoon we return to Chamonix.

Alternatively we can go to the Italian side of Mont Blanc and climb the traverse of the Aiguiles Marbrees.

Day 2

Training climb

We meet in the morning at Aiguille du Midi and we take the cable car to the last station. Then, we will cross the glacier and do the Pointes Lachenal Traverse and descend to Chamonix.

Based on conditions we could choose another suitable objective for the day.

Day 3

Les Houches - Refuge Tete Rousse

We will meet in Les Houches at the Bellevue cable car which we will take to the terminus station; from there we will continue by train to Nid d'Aigle and from there we will hike, about 2 hours, to Tete Rousse refuge where we will spend the night.

Day 4

Refuge Tete Rousse - summit - Refuge du Gouter

We will depart as early as 2 AM. After an initial rock scramble we will travel across the glaciated Dome du Gouter and on the sharp Arete des Bosses to reach the summit of Mont Blanc. We will return the same way and we will spend the night at Gouter Refuge.

Day 5

Refuge du Gouter - Les Houches

We will start early from Gouter Refuge so we can avoid as much as possible crossing the Grand Couloir while the rocks are falling. An easy and enjoyable hike back dow to Nid d'Aigle just in time for the train to Bellevue and the cable car back down to Les Houches and a cold beer.
End of the trip.

  • Guiding fee
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  • Guide's lift and tram expenses in France
  • Guest’s lifts/train expenses
  • Guest’s personal equipment
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  • Guide’s accommodation and meals while on the mountain
  • Guide and Guest's lift expenses in Italy if an acclimatisation day via Skyway is chosen

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Check out this video from 2018 on YouTube (it is not us) which will give you an idea:

Check out here a film shot by TV Mountain during an ascent a while back:

Check out here a film shot by TV Mountain during an ascent a while back: