Mont-Blanc ascent (1 day) - Single push
Climb Mont Blanc 4810m high, in a single push up and down from the valley! What a nice challenge!
3800m of ascent, 3800m of descent in a 24hour climb. The objective is not to be faster than Kilian Jornet (less than 5hr from Chamonix up & down) but to reach the summit of Mont Blanc without using the lifts and in a single push from Les Houches (1000m).
The price mentioned below is the price per person for a single person with their guide.
If you are two people, please contact us through the form by clicking on the link here.
Day 0: Meeting in Chamonix
Let’s have a drink in Chamonix to start knowing each other and check your equipment.
Day 1: Acclimatization day
We will go to Aiguille du Midi and walk on the glacier towards Helbronner to get our body used to “work” in altitude. Don’t be surprised, it is an easy day for people planning t climb Mont-Blanc in a single push and it is totally assumed. Altitude acclimatization tires our body enough by itself.
Approx. 5h of easy walking on the glacier to get used to the gear too.
Please note that we are all different and that our reaction to altitude can be very different from one to the other. Acclimatization, even for super-fit trail runners is key to the summit. If you manage to train at least a couple time (walk, hike, …) between 2500m and 3000m it will help.
Day 2: Today's the day
It is actually kind of a rest day. According to the weather forecast, you will decide with your guide at what time you will leave from Les Houches 1000m. It is usually around 8/9 pm, meaning you have all day to rest and prepare your stuff for the ascent.
It takes about 4 hours to get to Tête Rousse hut, where we will change our shoes and get changed from a “trail running” to a more “alpine” style: harness, crampons, mountaineering boots, helmet… We’ll also have a drink and some “breakfast”. From there, it is another 3 hours to get to the Gouter hut at 3800m. This is the most difficult part because it is a mixed terrain, with some easy scrambling but quite tired when you are not used to it. And the altitude starts affecting us too.
After the Gouter hut, we are on glaciers and it is easier to find our rhythm even if we get higher and higher. After the Vallot observatory, at around 4300m, we will follow a snow ridge all the way to the summit. The slope is steeper too, but the summit is getting closer!
From the Gouter hut it takes normally around 5/6hr.
In total, it is a 10 to 15hr effort to reach the summit and another 5 to 7hrs to go down by the same itinerary.
We should get back down the afternoon of day 3.
Be aware that the program can be modified, changed, adapted by your mountain guide according to the weather forecast, mountain conditions and your physical abilities.
We recommend to sleep the night in the valley and not leave right the way back home after a 20hrs climb without any sleep.
We will not organize groups because this kind of ascent is really sensitive to your fitness and from our experience, mixing people that don’t know each other before leads to frustration. A mountain guide will not take more than 2 people on his rope.
For the one push ascent, please make sure you know each other well with ideally the same physical level. You need to know and understand that it won’t be possible to split the group and leave one of you on the side while the others will still climb for safety reason.
- 1 day
- From June to September
- Group size
- From 1 to 2 people per guide
- Ways to travel
Included / Excluded :
- UIAGM / IFMGA international mountain guide. Our guides speak fluent English and besides the safety of your group, they will make your alpine experience unforgettable.
- A breakfast (on the way up) and a lunch (on the way down) at Tete Rousse hut
- Collective mountain equipment (rope, carabiners, …)
- Lift ticket on day 1 (acclimatization day)
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment (link to our partner shop here if you want to rent it)
- Insurances (cancellation and repatriation)
- Accommodation in Chamonix
- Transportation to/from Chamonix
- Personal expenditure
- Anything not indicated in the “included” section
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Transportation to/from Chamonix
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