MONT BLANC EXPRESS WITH SKIS (3 days)

Day 1 :

Travel and meeting the guide/s in Chamonix, night in Hotel.

 

Day 2 :

Aiguille du Midi (3842m) - Glacier du Géant to Col d'Entrèves (3527m) with skis - Descent to Torino hut (3375m) and next to Chamonix (1035m)

Hours: 6h

Elevation gain/loss: + 450m / - 3234m

 

Day 3 :

Breakfast in Hotel - Cable Car of the Aiguille du Midi to Plan de l'Aiguille (2310m) – Ske ascent to Grands Mulets hut (3051m)

Hours: 5h

Elevation gain/loss: + 741m

 

Day 4 :

Grands Mulets hut (3051m) - Mont Blanc (4810m) - If the conditions are favourable, we will climb with the skis to the top and ski down the north face to Plan de l'Aiguille (2310m) - Cable car from the Aiguille du Midi to Chamonix (1035m) - Night in Hotel

Hours: 10-11h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1759m / - 2500m

 

Day 5 :

Breakfast, farewell and trip

Included:

  • UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide.
  • Personal advises prior the trip.
  • Safety equipment for the whole group.
  • Reservations management services.
  • Half-board huts and hotel accommodation in Chamonix during the program (first and last night also included)

 

Not included:

  • Travelling to Chamonix.
  • Transfers and/or cable cars.
  • Snacks and beverages during the stages.
  • Extra expenses due to program variations of the members and guides.

 

General information:

  • Each group member taking part in the ski route is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Alps.
  • Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on weather and snow conditions, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Touring skis (adjusted bindings)
  • Touring ski boots
  • Telescopic touring ski poles
  • Skins
  • Wax for limiting the snow to build up under the skis
  • Anti snow plate crampons. Preferably made of steel
  • Ski crampons

 

  • Backpack 40l max.
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • Transceiver (batteries in charge)

 

  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+

 

  • Goggles
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Replacement gloves
  • Medium thickness socks + spare
  • Touring ski pants
  • Thermal underpants
  • Gore-Tex ski pants
  • Gore-Tex ski jacket
  • Fleece
  • Primaloft
  • Thermal underpants
  • Thermal undershirt + spare
  • Buff
  • Hat

 

  • Snacks (sandwich, dry nuts, cereal bars...)
  • Water bottle 1.5l or Camelback bag

 

  • Silk sleeping bag
  • Isothermal blanket
  • Watch / altimeter

 

  • Medicines for personal use
  • Mobile phone
  • ID
  • Cash (provide foreign currency)
  • Mountaineering federation license valid for the Alps.
  • Abroad Health insurance
  • Camera

For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

 

Ski touring & Freeride

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
  • 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
  • 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier,  . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
  • 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
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    FITNESS level

  • 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
  • 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.

Next Dates :

April-May 2021

Description

It is well known that the Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the whole Alpine Arch, hence the enormous attraction for getting to the top.

This program is focused on people with a high physical level who wish to face the challenge of ascending to its summit with very little prior acclimatization. We would like to outline that the more restricted in time the more difficult for the program to be accomplished due to possible adverse weather conditions. The latter does not mean that in a window of good weather the goal can be achieved and the experience turns out of great satisfaction far beyond what was expected.

The route is absolutely superb. The impressive view to the Sallanches valley will accompany us during the entire ascent. The colours of the granite during sunrises and sunsets in contrast with the white summits will remain in our memories forever. The endless descent on the north face with the Chamonix valley as a background is without question unparalleled. There are many more details that we could highlight but we leave them to you to discover. Join us for the adventure!

LEVELS :

FITNESS
4
TECHNICAL
4

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