THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC


Travel dates: 3 - 12 July 2017

Number of participants: 4, 6, 8 or 10 people

If possible, candidates should be registered in pairs, so that two future rope mates with approximately equal physical capabilities are signed up at once.

In any case, the number of participants must be even (together with the accompanying coach). On request, "fans" can join the tour participants: spouses, children, friends, etc. ...

Requirements for participants:

The program is designed for people in excellent physical condition who have been running/ cycling for at least six months, able to withstand up to 12 hours of continuous walking, and easily adapt to the difference in altitude, wind and low temperatures. Experience in mountain trekking would be a great advantage. No special climbing skills are required.
Tour schedule.

Arrival – day of preparation – 3 days of training – day of rest – 2 days of climbing – day of rest (reserve day in case of bad weather) – departure.

Acclimatization.

The program is designed such that the participants have time to acclimatize as much as possible before climbing the highest peak in Europe: it involves living in a mountain hotel at an altitude of 1400 m, and also three nights in mountain shelters at an altitude of more than 2000 m.

Safety.

We work with professional French/English-speaking guides from Saint Gervais Guide Organization. For safety reasons, the size of the group served by 1 guide is limited to 4 people during training and up to 2 people during ascent. Insurance covering the training and ascent period is a mandatory part of the package of services.

Recovery.

Days of training alternate with the rest days.

The Arbois Bettex Hotel *** located at an altitude of 1400 m in the bosom of Alpine nature provides plenty of opportunities for active summer holidays. An outdoor swimming pool facing Mont Blanc, right around the corner – trekking paths, picturesque flat field roads for walks and Nordic walking, and a lift just 100 m away allowing you to ascend to the start of the mountain bike trails or the paragliding site.
Program

July 3rd, Monday

Check-in at Arbois Bettex Hotel *** in Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains.

Accommodation in rooms facing Mont Blanc or Standard rooms.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

July 4th, Tuesday. Preparation

The first half of the day:

Transfer to the Saint-Gervais center (15 min.). Selection of rental sports and technical equipment for climbing, purchase of the missing equipment (see section "Equipment")

The second half of the day:

we recommend simple acclimatization trekking, Nordic walking on level ground, or a mountain bike, if desired. Relax by the hotel's outdoor swimming pool.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

July 5th, Wednesday. The first day of training.

Transfer to Contamin (20 min).

Morning: training in basic climbing skills and rope handling on Rocher du Plan, picnic on the mountain. The second half of the day: Ascent to the Très la Tête mountain hut (1970 m). Overnight stay at the mountain hut.

Altitude difference: + 960 m, about a 2 h 30-min walk.

July 6th, Thursday. The second day of training.

Early rise. Ascent of Mt. Beranger (3425 m) along the Shaborn trail. Learning the technique of moving when roped together, and skills of working with an ice axe and crampons. Overnight stay at the Konskri Mountain Hut (2602 m).

Altitude difference: + 1455 m, - 823 m. About a 9-hour walk.

July 7th, Friday. The third day of training.

Depending on the weather conditions: descend directly through the glacier or along the Konskri trail. Lunch in the Très la Tête mountain hut. Descent to Contamin.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Altitude difference: - 1500 m. About a 6-hour walk.

July 8th, Saturday. Day of rest.

Relax by the pool, mini-golf, quiet hiking or Nordic walking, simple trekking.

As an option: at request of the whole team, training in curling on the indoor ice rink at Saint-Gervais.

We recommend a visit to the thermal springs of Saint-Gervais

(For example, the 3-hour Mont Blanc SPA circuit visiting the thermal pool, hammam, sauna and various recreation areas).

Overnight stay at the hotel.

July 9th, Sunday. The first day of the ascent.

Early rise. Transfer to the Saint-Gervais center, for the first trip of the panoramic mountain train Tramway du Mont-Blanc. Trip on the train to the top point of Nid d'Aigle (2372 m). Lunch in the Tête Rousse mountain hut (3167 m), then ascent to the Goûter hut (3817 m). Overnight stay at Goûter.

Altitude difference: + 1500 m. About a 6-hour walk

July 10th, Monday. The second day of ascent.

Very early rise (at 2.30 am, departure at 3 am).

Ascent to the peak of L'aiguille du Goûter (3863 m), then to Dôme du Goûter (4304 m) and finally at dawn the "storm" of the Bosses mountain ridge leading to the top of Mont Blanc (4808 m).

Return to the valley along the same route. Transfer from the Tramway du Mont-Blanc train station to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Altitude difference: + 996 m/ - 2436 m. About an 11-12-hour walk.

July 11th, Tuesday. Day of rest.

Relax by the pool, mini-golf, hiking and trekking. For the most tireless ones, mountain biking and paragliding.

Recommended visit to the thermal springs of Saint-Gervais.

At the request of the group: instead of a set dinner, an evening of traditional Savoy cuisine (fondue, raclette, tartiflet).

July 12th, Wednesday. Departure.

Departure.

Cost of the tour: EUR 3,195 for accommodation in a double Mont-Blanc room.

Cost of the tour includes:

- 6 days of half board accommodation at the Arbois Bettex Hotel***

(buffet breakfast, set dinner)

- full package of "Mont Blanc Experience" services: services of certified guides during training and ascent, 3 days of accommodation with half board in the mountain huts, 1 picnic and 4 snacks during training and ascent, Tramway du Mont-Blanc return train tickets

On request:

- group transfer from the gathering point in Geneva to the hotel and back

- transfers to/from the route according to the program.

The cost of the tour does not include:

lunches on the days of preparation and rest, equipment rental, visit to the thermal springs, transfers not mentioned in the program, other services not mentioned in the program.

Important questions

What if the weather is bad?

It happens. Let's put it this way: in July, when the weather is already stable in the mountains, your chances of good weather conditions are about 70%.

The training will take place in any case.

If the weather does not allow you to ascend Mont Blanc, but allows you to climb another 4000 m peak (Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa), the guide will suggest that you and your rope mate conquer one of them.

If you cannot ascend these peaks either due to bad weather conditions, the ascent will be postponed until the summer of 2018. You will not need to more training, only the acclimatization course.

What if I'm not prepared enough?

If, after 3 days of training, the guide finds that you are not prepared enough to ascend the Mont Blanc, you will be offered an ascent of another peaks.

What if I change my mind and won't ascend Mont Blanc?

For more convenience, tour participants will retain the hotel rooms for the duration of the trip.

This means that you can leave your things in the room. We do not charge an additional fee for this. We understand that the last thing our guests would want is to unpack their baggage again after returning from the route.

At the same time, we would like to remind you that every extra night spent in the hotel in addition to the 6 nights included in the costs of the tour must be paid additionally.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to count the paid overnight stays and half board in the mountain huts towards the payment for additional accommodation and half board in the hotel, as these services are provided by our partners. Thank you for your understanding.

What if I want to cancel a paid trip?

The cost of the Mont Blanc Experience program, including insurance costs, will not be refunded under any circumstances. These are our partners' conditions. The costs of equipment rental and transfers will not be refunded either.

If for some reason you want to cancel the already paid tour, the Arbois Bettex hotel will suggest you reschedule the trip for the summer of 2018.

You will retain 6 days of stay with half board.

What if I want to come with my family?

Come, of course!

The Arbois Bettex Hotel is an ideal place for family vacations with children.

Fresh alpine air, beauty, silence and an outdoor pool.

At the hotel: trekking paths, picnic areas on the Alpine grass, picturesque smooth roads for hiking through the forest and pastures, a mountain dirt monster (for kids 10+ years of age), mountain bike (including a game track for children), mini-golf, outdoor hotel pool.

Descent on the lift: indoor ice rink.

Within 15-30 minutes by car or taxi: tennis, rope adventure park (for kids 2 + years of age), rafting (for kids 6+ years of age), rock climbing (for kids 6+ years of age), bungee jumping (for kids 13+ years of age).

Children of all ages like the Merle park reserve (45 min).

There are options for family accommodation on request.

Ascent application deadline: if possible, before the end of March.

Later, there may be difficulties with reserving accommodation in the Goûter mountain hut (3817 m) – the last "gateway" before the ascent.

Equipment

    Ice axe
    Crampons
    Helmet
    Boots with solid soles for high-altitude trekking.
    Harness
    Backpack 50L (at least 40L, no more than 65L)
    Telescopic trekking sticks
    Headlamp
    Leggings
    Waterproof jacket with Gortex top layer
    Waterproof trousers with Gortex to layer
    Fleece
    Medium layer padding
    Thermal underwear bottom layer: 2
    Thermal underwear bottom layer: 1
    Trekking pants
    Socks: 3 pairs of trekking socks of medium thickness, 3 pairs of thin socks (as the bottom layer, to prevent calluses)
    Gloves: 1 pair of thick gloves and 1 pair of thin gloves
    Hat, neck face mask, cap
    Sunglasses, fog mask (if any)
    Thermos flask 0.75l
    Sunscreen, personal first aid kit
    A stock of energy bars.

Equipment should be booked in advance, immediately after application for participation.


  • Climate control
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Minibar
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Satellite TV service
  • Electronic/magnetic keys

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