Mont Blanc, the 'White Mountain' is the highest mountain in the European Alps, and the second highest in Europe after Mount Elbrus. The first recorded ascent was by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard in 1786. The first woman, Maire Paradis reached the summit in 1808.
Mont Blanc is symbolic in that it is considered the birthplace of modern mountaineering. Today, some 20,000 people summit Mont Blanc each year via several now classic climbing routes.
We provide breakfasts and lunches for the duration of the trip and evening meals on the three hut nights while the trip is running. This is from breakfast on Day 1 until breakfast on your departure day. You will be responsible for your own evening meals on the three non-mountain nights in Chamonix. This allows you to experience the exciting culinary options available in Chamonix as there are many restaurants and bars within close walking distance that provide a variety of foods to suit your tastes. Any additional food, bottled water, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.
We provide nutritious meals and a small supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the programme. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fueled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but 2 per day in addition to the lunches we provide would seem reasonable.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.
Climbing in the European Alps requires you have high quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the climb.
Your Guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. You can rent technical equipment for the climb but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to mountaineering as per the equipment list. Group equipment including ropes and technical hardware will be organised by your Guide.
Accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis from the arrival evening on day 0 through to and including the night of day 5. Accommodation in the mountains is in alpine huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided and no sleeping bag will be required although you will require a sleeping bag liner for personal hygiene under the provided blankets. There are no single supplement or private rooms available in the mountain huts but we can arrange this for you in Chamonix. We can also arrange an upgrade to four or five star hotel accommodation – ask about the hotel options if interested.
Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift and accommodation co-ordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.
Europe has a continental climate which in general encourages more stable weather. However, the weather in the high mountains can be changeable and at times, very severe. It is possible weather conditions may thwart an attempt on the summit of Mont Blanc in the time allotted. However, due to the length of the trip and our focus on the forecasts, we can often change our itinerary to work around frontal systems. Should the weather not allow a summit attempt within the time frame, it is sometimes possible to engage the guide for additional days depending on their availability.
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