Meeting at 11.00 am at Hotel Mercure in Chamonix down town (next to the rail way station), for a briefing on the week's
journey, plus gear check. Transfer by taxi to the village of the Tour to take the cable car.
From the Charamillon station, we climb up to Albert 1er refuge by flanking the mountain and then going up through the
moraine of the Tour glacier.
A stunning view of the Chardonnet needle and the seracs of the glacier.
Night at the refuge.
Hours walking : 3 / 4
Daily altitude range covered : +800m.
Note: Hotel details subject to change, your final documents will confirm the group hotel.
Early morning departure to the col sup rieur du Tour (3281m) reached by climbing the glacier.
Crossing of the pass to set foot on the Trient plateau under the Aiguilles Dor es, towards the Orny col.
Descent via the Orny glacier and its combe, to traverse to the Breya chairlift which will take us down to the village of
Champex. We take the taxi and drive to the Mauvoisin's hotel at the bottom of Mauvoisin's dam.
Night in Hotel.
Hours walking : 5 / 6
D nivel Daily altitude range covered: +600m / -1700m
Another early morning with one of the most wild stages of this tour.
Our taxi drops us at the bottom of the Mauvoisin dam, to start our day walking.
We first follow the trail on the right side of the Mauvoisin lake to climb up the flank of the mountain to reach the col du Mont
The trail is not really well define for this first part of the day but never difficult and steep.
In the Alps we would say that it's a "Sentier Chamois".
Traverse across the flat Gietroz glacier by contouring the north face of the Grande Ruinette up to the Cheilon col (3242m).
A stunning view of the Mont Blanc of Cheilon, which dominates during our descent to the Dix hut (2928m).
Hours walking: 7 / 8
Daily altitude range covered : +850m / -320m
Early morning start to climb up the Cheilon glacier up to the Serpentine col. Traverse towards the Brenay col via a short
slope of ice or snow, depending on the conditions, of the year. We might do a pitche to depending on these conditions.
An easy ascent of the Pigne of Arolla (3796m) our highest point of this tour, offering a unique view of all the alpine giants
such as Cervin and the Dent Blanche.
Descent across the seracs to the Vignettes hut (3194m).
A magnificent glacial stage in one of the most beautiful sites in the Alps.
Hours walking : 7 / 8
Daily altitude range covered : +1100m / -500 m.
Descent onto the Mont Collon glacier.
Climb up to the Ev que col (3392 m) on the border with Italy.
Traverse to the Collon col (3087m).
Descent of the Arolla glacier in its entirety down to 2540m.
An 800m climb to the Bertol hut (3311m) reached by a ladder, perched on its rock.
A striking view awaits us on the plateau d'H rens glacier and the spike of the Matterhorn.
You'll never forget this refuge!
Hours walking : 6 / 8
Daily altitude range covered : +1162m / -980m
It's an early morning start, with the traverse of the Mont Min 's glacial plateau up to the Col d' Herens.
On the way we will climb the T te Blanche (3710m). And enjoy a magnificent view of the Cervin and the Dent Blanche.
Descent to the grand glacial of Stockji, with its gigantic crevasses, and by the moraine we will reach the Sch enbielh tte
facing the north face of the dent d'Herens, and the Tiefmatten side of the Matterhorn. After a short rest in this lovely place,
we'll follow down the moraine and reach the first tree, these beautiful Arolle pine, quicly mixte with larch tree.
As we go down you'll discover the "Raccard" these little wooden houses, made to store grass and graines. They have made
the reputation of the valley. Arrival to Zermatt by mid day, for a well deserve bier!
Back to Chamonix by private transfer. End of our services
Night in Chamonix
Hours walking : 6 / 8
Daily altitude range covered : +400m / -1700m
There is much to see and do in Chamonix, and today is set aside for rest and last minute preparations for our climb of Mont Blanc.
Transfer to Les Houches. Our guide will organise the telepherique and train trip to take us to the Nid d'Aigle at 2300m. From here, a 2 hour hike brings us to a short, and at times exposed and steep path leading to the Tete Rousse Glacier and hut. As we climb higher above the valley we enter an alpine environment of snow, ice and rock. The views as we approach the Tete Rousse Refuge are breathtaking. The Tete Rousse is a new hut perched on the edge of the glacier in a stunning mountain setting. Today is not a long day, but still quite challenging due to the increasingly rugged terrain. We can expect to reach the hut by mid afternoon, giving plenty of time to recover for the climb up to the Gouter Hut the next day. It is important to keep well hydrated. Meals at the hut usually begin with soup accompanied with bread and cheese and followed with hearty and tasty meat casseroles and dessert of fruit puree or similar, normally served around 6.30 pm.
Our summit strategy
If inclement weather conditions prevent us from making a summit attempt on our scheduled day from the Gouter, we have the flexibility in our program to make a summit attempt from the Tete Rousse hut, staying overnight in the Gouter hut on the descent. This flexibility gives our groups a significant advantage.
Schedule: 3 to 4 hours.
By utilising both the Tete Rousse Refuge and the Gouter Hut, we give ourselves the best chance of making a successful summit bid.The route today is steeper and more demanding, and we will be roped up when we leave the Tete Rousse. We soon come to the Grand Couloir and after safely crossing over we continue up through steep terrain. The majority of the route today involves rockscrambling and we will travel roped up until we reach the hut. The Gouter is an older hut and usually very busy, however it's closer proximity to the summit puts us in the optimum position for our summit attempt. The evening meal will be served around 6pm allowing for an early night in order to get some sleep before an early rise for our climb to the summit.
Schedule: 3 to 4 hours, Vertical: + 700 m.
*PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the season there are times when the Gouter hut is overbooked. Availability is controlled by the French Alpine Club and allocation of beds is on a random basis and released in mid April each year. Please note that booking in advance is highly recommended but still ds not guarantee a bed in the Gouter Hut. If we are unable to secure beds in this hut we will use the Tete Rousse Refuge. Although this makes for a slightly longer summit day, a better nights sleep is likely at this lower altitude, as well as a wider variety of good quality food. Your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent will advise with your final documents if the Gouter Hut is not available for your group.
An alpine start this morning (3am), over snow and ice slopes and traversing ridges we ascend to the summit of Mont Blanc. First we will reach the top of the Dome Du Gouter at 4300m. We then pass the Vallot shelter and hike up the Les Bosses ridge and finally after 4 - 5 hours, the summit of Mt Blanc. Weather permitting we savour the stunning mountain views for only a short time before making our descent.The long descent requires concentration and endurance to reach the Nid d'Aigle where we can allow an intermediary rest and quick snack before continuing on to the Bellevue and then by cable car to Les Houches. Overnight at Chamonix hotel.
Schedule: 8 to 12 hours, Vertical: + 1000 m / - 2400 m
The trip concludes after breakfast in the hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: The above route and estimated times must be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to weather, snow conditions, group fitness or other reasons. Your guide will always make a final decision after assessing the situation and liaising with the group members.