Mont Blanc Turbo

You can do it in just 3 days

If you have a good stamina and you wish to climb faster, the Mont Blanc can be done in 3 days. However, we recommend to choose the normal 6-day climb to everyone, which starts with a 2-day preparation and a basic glacier course. Sleeping at 2,750 meter will also help in the acclimatization.

Mont Blanc Turbo

Thousands of climbers and tourists arrive annually from all over the globe to climb to the hightest point in Western-Europe on one of the dozen routes. Climbing the Mont Blanc always has a special atmosphere around it – you’re climbing from the cradle of modern-day alpinism – the Chamonix Valley – to the hightest point of the Alps.

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Dates

Departure

Arrival

July 27, 2017, Thu July 30, 2017, Sun
August 7, 2017, Mon August 10, 2017, Thu
September 7, 2017, Thu September 10, 2017, Sun

Is this trip for you?

Physical Difficulty
3
Technical Difficulty
2
Cultural Shock
1

Itinerary

Day 1: Saint Gervais, Tete Rousse (3,167 m)

You meet your guide early in the morning in Saint Gervais and join him on a railway ride to 2,500 meters. Above the hundred year old railway station, ibex are peacefuly strolling on the scarce vegetation as aspirants of Mont Blanc start out fresh towards Tete Rousse. The forest disappears quickly and large rocks become dominant. You’re on a comfortable, gently sloping hill and you get the day’s excitement by crossing a 150 meter wide glaciated slope. Today you do a rise of 700 meters vertical and spend the night at Tete Rouse at just about 3200 m. The duration of the hike is around 3 hours.

 

Day 2: Gouitier House (3,817 m)

Today’s target is reaching Goutier house. From a safety aspect, today is the most critical day. You’ll be crossing the infamous Grand Couloir, known for its rockfalls. We set out fairly early so that the Sun doesn’t melt up the ice around the rocks by the time we get to the couloir. Today’s hike is fairly short, but also quite steep. The pace will be again slow in order to give your body a chance to get used to thin air up here.

You’ll get to experience a shorter technical section today – climbing over a rocky ridge – where you’ll need to use your hands.

 

Day 3: Mont Blanc Climb: Going for the Summit

It’s wakey-wakey at 3:00 AM. You have a tough 1000 m of vertical awaiting you. Stepping outside the hut, it’s romantic to see a snake of headlamps heading up the hill ahead of you above the Goutier House. You pick up the rhythm and attack the steep slope with confidence. Now the Sun starts to rise and Vallot Refuge shows itself high above. Good sign, the Vallot just about marks the half-way-point to the summit.

At 4,500-4,600 meters, the route takes you on a quite thin and exposed ridge. On the Italian side of the ridge, a 1,000-meter drop scares the heck out of the less-experienced and signals for caution. You feel you’ve given all you’ve got, your lungs are dead, but the rising Sun gives you strenght and confidence to keep going. Mont Blanc summit, now just a stone’s throw away is too tempting to give up, so you keep going. Then, there’s nowhere to go uphill anymore. That’s it, you’re standing on the summit of the Alps. The euphoria makes you forget the difficulties and the tremendous effort that brought you 4808 meters high. You’re experiencing a small extasy. After a 20-30 minute rest, it’s time to descend back to Goutier. You take the same way you came up.

Equipment and Info

In order for you to get the most out of this climb, we made the itinerary as flexible as possible. As the program depends on you and the weather, we can’t guarantee that you’ll stick to the itinerary you see here.   

90% of our clients choose the normal (6-days long) version of the Mont Blanc climb. After these preparation climbs you have better chances for the summit.

Weather

Alpine summer – you need to prepare yourself for rain, snow and cold; 6-8 degrees below freezing on mornings at 3.000-3.200 m. If you need advice on clothing and equipment, let us know via the form below, your guide will be more than happy to help.

Equipment

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Note that the price does not include technical equipment hire, but you need not worry about it — we can help you if you need to rent any of the gear (like harness, biners, helmet, ice axe, crampons). Climbing equipment, remember, can be hired. It would cost about €135 for 5 days.

Of course, you may bring your own gear if you prefer.

 

Lodging

In the valley, you’ll choose your preferred kind of accommodation. You can sleep in a camping or a guesthouse (for about €12-18/night, or €35-40/night, respectively). We can give you a hand with booking, just let us know.

On the mountain, you will sleep in a room with bunk beds shared by many other mountaineers. Don’t expect a lot of privacy (or fresh air) up here.

 

Food & Drinks

In guesthouses, you can generally get small breakfasts, while on the mountain, you are responsible for your meals. You can buy warm meals at refuge houses as well as hot and alcoholic beverages. During the day, you may prefer high-calorie snacks. Our favorites are granola bars, dried fruits and the like.

Make sure you take in at least 1,5 liters of drinks every 12 hours on the mountain. It’s vital that you properly hydrate. Proper hydration aids acclimatisation, concentration at altitude and actually protects against the cold.

To maximize your performance, read our Top Tips on Mountain Food here.

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