Dates: March until beginning of June
Skiing Mont Blanc: “A challenging dream came true for me! I always wanted to ski that mountain and my mountain guide was fabulous!”
Ski touring up to the summit of Mont Blanc can be done from end of march until may and is a great spring 2-day adventure!
Very good physical fitness, expert skiing skills and to be well acclimatized to altitude are needed to do this tour.
If you have a solid experience in ice climbing and ski touring, you’re ready to let the dream come true.
Day 1 : Chamonix – Grand Mulets hut 3051m
Afternoon ride with the first part of the Aiguille du Midi – cablecar up to Plan de l’Aiguille (2310m).
Skitour up to the Grand Mulets hut.
+ 800m, Night at Grand Mulets hut (3051m)
Day 2 : Grand Mulets Hut – Summit – Chamonix
Very early ski touring with a technical ascent of the north face of Dôme du Goûter cramponning, slopes up to 40º to reach the normal route, than continuing over to Bivouac Vallot to the great summit of Mont Blanc (4810m). Ski down to Plan d’Aiguille or Chamonix.
+ 1700m / – 2600m or -3500m
(Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA-mountain guide)
(Not included: Overnight stay at mountain hut, Liftticket, Food & drinks, Guide expenses, personal insurance)
- This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the conditions in the mountains and the abilities of the guest, your mountain guide may alter the route.
How it all began, the Mont Blanc first ascent:
1786: The Frenchmen Michael Gabriel Packard and Jacques Palma were the first to reach the top of Mont Blanc.
After hundreds of failed attempts by dozens of aspiring mountaineers, Paccard and Balmat made history when they became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. The mountain rises 4810m/15’711feet above sea level and is ranked No. 11 in the world in topographic prominence. The two Chamonix local ascended the summit on August 8th, starting the climb from the Chamonix valley.
The accomplishment was, and still is, considered historic. Eric Shipton, a British Himalayan mountaineer, described the feat, writing in his book Mountain Conquest:
“Theirs was an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed to be impossible.”
1808: The former maidservant Marie Paradis, in 1808 became the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, joined by guide Jacques Balmat. It was not an easy ascent for Paradis who was in such poor condition by the time the climbing party reached the summit that she actually had difficulty speaking and, reportedly, could not see the view from the peak. Her self designed outfit that she was wearing weighed just over 14 pounds.