Mont Blanc is an incredibly popular destination for mountaineers, attracting thousands of visitors each year who aspire to reach the summit of the Alps at 4,810 meters.
The easiest and safest route for climbing Mont Blanc is through the Gouter refuge on the French side, especially considering the increase in danger due to serac falls along the path from the Refuge des Cosmiques.
Although the ascent of Mont Blanc is not technically highly demanding (according to modern mountaineering standards), reaching the summit of Europe’s roof certainly requires excellent physical preparation. With that being said, it should also be noted that many of the climbers we have guided to the summit in these 20 years had little or even no glacier experience when they enrolled in our program.
The program is designed to allow an individual, highly physically fit and with a certain degree of athletic skills, to gradually acclimatize over the first three days, learning the technical skills necessary for the ascent of Mont Blanc.
The most demanding part of the climb is the ascent to the Gouter hut, which involves crossing the famous Grand Couloir and ascending an exposed ridge with safety cables in certain sections.
From the Gouter Hut to the summit of Mont Blanc, the climb proceeds on a glacier. First, you traverse wide slopes to reach the Vallot Shelter and then ascend the Bosses ridge for the final 500 meters. The primary challenge during this second part is the high altitude.
The sunrise view from the summit of Mont Blanc, with its shadow casting on the western French plain, is an unforgettable experience etched into memory.
The first three days will be dedicated to the ascent of Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), spending two nights at the Chabod Hut (2,750 m). This will enable us to achieve a gradual acclimatization and arrive well-prepared for the last 3 days of the program.
The final ascent to Mont Blanc includes 2 nights at the Gouter Hut, which represents the best strategy for crossing the famous “Grand Couloir” when the sun has not yet started to warm its upper part (as it faces west), minimizing the risk of falling rocks. Moreover, having 3 days available, in the event of adverse weather conditions forecasted for day 5, we can decide to shift the summit attempt to day 6 (entirely feasible) and descend directly to the valley on this last day.