Who is this for?

Anyone with a good level of endurance fitness and a sense of adventure. Previous mountaineering experience is a bonus, However good physical coordination and an ability to pick up new skills is important on Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe and therefore the altitude and terrain makes it hard work. Determination is needed to keep you going to the top.



When not climbing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen this mountain lodge with it's super comfortable rooms and warm atmosphere. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!


What’s next

Once you’ve climbed Mont Blanc you will have gained the necessary altitude experience to climb higher, bigger, and more challenging mountains, such as Mount Nun, Aconcagua, and Kyajo Ri.

We meet in the evening at the hotel to go through the plan for the week as well as the current weather and mountain conditions. You will meet with your fellow climbers and your guides so you can ask any questions and will have a chance to go through your kit.

Accommodation: 3* comfortable hotel twin rooms ensuite

After breakfast, we depart for Italy to the Rifugio Chabod in Gran Paradiso National Park (1 hr 30 mins drive). In the morning we will sort out any last-minute gear rentals/purchases in Chamonix before driving through the tunnel into Italy. We will likely stop off on the way for a quick Italian lunch before we set off on the trek up to the mountain hut. Once at the mountain hut at 2750m altitude, we will rest, have a bite to eat, and if there is time have an outdoor session covering a basic introduction to your equipment. 

7km / 900m up / 0m down / 3 hours Trekking

Accommodation: Mountain Hut

A big day involving a 1,300m altitude ascent of Gran Paradiso, the highest peak entirely in Italy (4061m). The ascent is mostly on snow except the moraine after the mountain hut, and the final rocky section of scrambling to the summit (5-7 hours). It is a spectacular summit and this is great training for Mont Blanc because a lot of similar techniques are required on both peaks. The climb is a test and will put you in good stead for the main summit attempt later in the week. After the summit we go down to the same hut. This gives us the advantage of leaving unnecessary clothing/equipment there to make our ascent as light as possible. Furthermore, staying up at altitude instead of heading all the way down to the valley helps with your acclimatisation process. 

8km / 1300m up / 1300m down / 6-8 hours Mountaineering

Wake up at around 07:00 and by 8.30 after breakfast, we descend back down to the valley. We arrive back to Chamonix around lunchtime (1 hr 30 mins drive). It is very important that you can have a good rest in the afternoon in preparation for the coming days. We will also finalize any equipment changes. 

7km / 0m up / 900m down / 2-3 hours Trekking

Climbing Mont Blanc takes two days, but we add in a spare day in case of bad weather to maximise your chance of success. We start by driving to Les Houches (10 min) and then taking uplifts on the Bellevue cable car followed by the Tramway du Mont Blanc train to the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle which sits at 2372m. From here we hike to the Tête Rousse hut (3167m) for an overnight stay in preparation for our summit attempt the following morning. 

4km / 700m up / 0m down / 2 hours

On summit day we wake up early and ascend to the summit of Mont Blanc. This will take between 8-10 hours depending on conditions and your physical ability. On the descent from the summit, we spend the night in the Goûter hut (3813m). By having this second night in the Goûter hut we are less in a rush to make it down to the valley or the Tête Rousse hut, and it also means we cross the Grand Couloir early the following day. These are all carefully considered factors that we’ve analyzed over many years guiding this route to maximize your chance of a successful summit. 

10km / 1700m up / 1000m down / 8-10 hours

In the morning we descend from the Goûter hut (3813m) to the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle (2372m) and take the Tramway du Mont Blanc followed by the Bellevue cable car down to Les Houches. The descent normally takes around 4-5 hours. We then drive back to the Chamonix and that signals the end of the climb. This will normally be around 13:00-14:00 in the afternoon.Usually everyone heads out into Chamonix for dinner together on the final evening to round off the week. Our guides join and the atmosphere is always one of celebration, relief, epic stories and future plans. 

7km / 0m up / 1500m down / 4 hours

Depart. Check out is at 10:00, and after one last hearty breakfast we sadly bid farewell. Please note: This itinerary is based on good weather and mountain conditions as well as hut availability. Sometimes we may opt for 2 consecutive nights in the Tete Rousse or Gouter hut or another variety of huts or days allocated to climbing Mont Blanc. Should an ascent of Mont Blanc not be possible due to dangerous conditions or bad weather, we will provide alternative options. During June and July we may opt for the Italian normal route (via Rifugio Gonella) if conditions allow. It is a stunning alternative route to the Gouter route and is often much less frequented.



Weather in Chamonix can be pretty hot and sunny in summer in the valley down below and cooler as you go higher up, while in the winter temperature always drop below zero and can reach -20o c much often on the mountain



On this trip, you will be passing through 3 different countries (Italy, France and Switzerland), all of which are considered from the most culinary delicious countries so your food will be one of the definitive highlights of the trip.



In the villages, you will be staying in small cosy boutique hotels surrounded by the stunning landscape and Alps mountain ranges. On the mountain, you will be staying in mountain lodges with dorms style rooms.



With snow covered rocky-peaks rising over 4000 meters off the valley floor, the terrain in the Chamonix valley is unparalleled, creating the border between France, Italy and Switzerland. Beautifully uneven edged mountains decorate the skyline while glaciers keep many of them white year-round. Crevasses are also found all over the place, adding to the challenge of the terrain. The mountain is completely covered in snow which will give you some experience in with the crampons and ice axe.


Overall Difficulty


Technical Skills




Fitness level



Technical Skills

No experiences is needed: Anyone can join this trip.
Minimal experience: You should probably have some hiking experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have gone on a hike for at least 2 days prior to joining this trip.
Moderate experience: You should have some climbing experience to join this trip. It is advisable to have been on at least a 4-day climb before joining this trip.
Technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience before joining this trip. It is recommended that you have experience with crampons, skis, ropes and belays.
Advanced technical experience: You should have technical climbing experience to join this trip. Depending on the climb, you will need a specific set of skills.

fitness level

Occasional workout, no fixed routine.
Workout routine with at least 2-3 workouts a week, overall in good shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 3-4 hours long each day with little elevation.
Workout routine with at least 4-5 workouts a week, overall in great shape. Trekking days on this trip are around 4-5 hours long each day with moderate elevation.
Workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week. Trekking days on this trip are around 5-7 hours long each day with high elevation.
Specified workout routine with at least 5 workouts a week as well as technical training. Trekking days on this trip are 8 hours long each day with extreme elevation.


1,500m - 2,999m
3,000m - 4,499m
4,500m - 5,999m
6,000m - 7,499m
7,500m - 8,999m

Climbing Days

0 - 4 Days
5 - 9 Days
10 - 12 Days
13 - 15 Days
16+ Days



best time to travel:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


    • Climb Mont Blanc (4808m)
    • Training and acclimatization on Gran Paradiso (4061m)
    • Welcome dinner on the first night
    • All accommodation and guiding services during the trip
    • 4 nights at mountain huts with half-board accommodation ( Breakfast and 3-course evening meals)
    • 3 nights of Chamonix accommodation with breakfast included
    • En suite rooms in Chamonix on twin shared basis


    • Flights
    • Transfers between the Airport to Chamonix
    • Uplifts according to the itinerary
    • Evening meals in Chamonix on Day 4 and Day 7
    • Personal equipment rental
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Snacks and drinks