Learning crevasse rescue. MM collection
Approaching the lift station at Aiguille to Midi unger. Geoff Unger photo
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Mont Blanc Mountaineering School

Travel day: Hotel of your choice
Check in to your hotel and get organized for tomorrow’s departure and the beginning of your climb. Mountain Madness service begins in the morning, day one of the itinerary.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1

Ice school

Your Mountain Madness guide will meet you at your hotel in Chamonix for a full equipment check. We’ll ride the scenic Montenvers cog train to the Mer de Glace, then follow a short trail and a series of ladders down a small cliff face to reach the massive “sea of ice.” Once on the Mer de Glace, we’ll cover crampon technique and the basics of self-arrest, then practice our newly developed skills by touring the famous dry glacier. For those who are interested, there will even be the opportunity to try climbing some short vertical ice walls with two axes. This evening, we’ll return to our hotel to rest up for day two.


Day 2

Rock School Hut Approach

Elevation: 8,878 feet / 2706 meters

The morning session will be an introduction to the skills needed to climb rock at the Les Gaillands cliff in Chamonix. You’ll learn knots, belaying, rope handling skills, and other rock climbing technique. After lunch, we’ll make our way from Chamonix to the small village of Le Tour, where we’ll catch the lifts to Col de Balme. From there, it’s a scenic 2 ½ hour approach to the Albert Premiere Hut, where we’ll spend the night.


Day 3

Summit the Petit Fourche, Crevasse Rescue, Ice Axe Arrest

Elevation: 10,400 feet / 3170 meters

From the hut, we’ll head up the Glacier du Tour, then climb and summit the Petit Fourche, which finishes with a short rock scramble. On the descent, a steep rappel on snow will take us over a bergshrund and into Switzerland! While crossing the Trient Glacier we’ll learn crevasse rescue techniques before reaching the Trient Hut, where we’ll grab a snack and perfect our self-arrest technique before bedding down for the night.


Day 4

Summit the Aiguille du Tour

Elevation: 11,614 feet / 3540 meters

We’ll have an alpine start for our ascent of Aiguille du Tour on the French/Swiss border, which will let us practice skills like crossing a bergshrund, rock scrambling, and snow climbing. We will descend back to Chamonix on day 5 via the Col de Balme and Le Tour and spend the afternoon and evening in the hotel to rest and prepare for our ascent of Mont Blanc.


Days 5-7

Mont Blanc Summit Climb

There are a number of different strategies for climbing Mont Blanc, and you and your guide will choose the best based on conditions and the ability of your group. (Options include the Gouter Route and the Three Mont Blanc Route, depending on a variety of factors.) The night of Days 6 will be spent in hut, and by the evening of Day 7 we’ll be enjoying a final dinner at our hotel in Chamonix.

Note on Itinerary: Since many of our climbers are already on business in Europe or on vacation our itinerary does not include travel time to and from your destination like our other international trips. Although we do our best to follow the schedule listed, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.