|Mont Blanc is a must for
all wannabee alpinists and a great challenge for trekkers
and hill walkers. It shouldn't be underestimated. Mont
Blanc is a tough trip requiring good endurance and confident
ice axe and crampon work.
Miles recommends allowing six days or more for a Mont
Blanc attempt. This allows for training on lower summits,
hut nights high up for acclimatisation and time to learn
or brush up crampon and axe skills. The normal Mont Blanc
guiding ratio is one guide to one or two clients. However,
it possible to do the acclimatisation routes at a higher
ratio, up to 1:4.
There are two classic routes up Mont Blanc: the Goûter
ridge via the Goûter or Tête Rousse Hut, and
the traverse or Three Mont Blancs via the Cosmiques Hut.
The traverse is the more technical route of the two as
it is on snow and ice, whereas the Goûter route
is less technical and has a rocky scramble to the Goûter
Hut. Our choice of route will depend on conditions, client
fitness and hut availabilty.
Boots, axes, helmet, harness and crampons can be hired
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