As the highest peak in Western Europe, towering over the alpine villages of Chamonix, France and Courmayer, Italy, Mont-Blanc dominates daily life in these quaint European villages and it is considered by many to be the birthplace of climbing in the Alps. An ascent of Mont-Blanc is a big and engaging challenge, and a superb mountaineering expedition to climb to the summit of a fabled and storied mountain. First ascended in 1786, Mont-Blanc maintains the same allure today as it did almost 250 years ago. Given its stunning beauty, the pristine villages located at its base, and its prominence as the Alps’ high point, it is a must on any alpine climbers or mountaineers ‘tick list’.
A uniquely European climbing experience, with relatively easy access due to the trams, lifts, and mountain huts that begin in the Chamonix valley, our 7-Day program run by Colorado Mountain School IFMGA / UIAGM Certified Mountain Guides, allows time for both training and acclimatization, while also getting to climb and enjoy some other great area alpine peaks along the way!!!
High level of cardiovascular fitness and mountain endurance
Experience with ice axe, crampons, and snow climbing
Completion of a CMS Intro to Mountaineering Course or similar
Previous experience climbing a big glaciated mountain like Rainier, Denali, or Aconcagua preferred
OR acceptable personal climbing resume
By the standard routes, Mont Blanc is not an overly technical peak, but it does involve some steep rocky scrambling and high altitude glacier trekking that folks regularly underestimate. In addition, summit day can be up to 12+ hours long and at altitude, so you should be physically and mentally prepared for a very considerable challenge.
Because of this it is imperative that to be successful you will need to arrive for your Mont Blanc climb, rested but fit from months of prior training. Training in a gym does not replicate climbing a mountain, so it is far preferable to spend time mountain hiking, ideally on broken rocky ground with some scrambling and a 15-25 lb. pack on. We can also arrange training courses in both the Colorado Front Range & The Alps to help you prepare. Running, long distance cycling, or any other long endurance events will be a useful addition to the time you spend training in the mountains.
There is a tough physical reality to climbing Mont-Blanc which can not be avoided with a determined mental approach. You will need the latter as well but it’s no use if you simply don’t have the legs. We are aiming to summit with some style, as well as to have a decent margin of safety, and your high fitness level is perhaps the main factor in achieving this.
· 25% deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 90 days before Day 1 of trip
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.