THE MONT BLANC ROUTES
Two different ways for climbing Mont Blanc from Chamonix : the normal route by the Gouter hut and the Cosmique route by Mt Blanc du Tacul and col Maudit.
Both routes are equivalent in effort, the difference is : by the Gouter route the second day is shorter (but you have to climb 1500m the first day), and the Cosmique route is little more technically difficult, with a steep slope of 150 m on the Mont Maudit, the second day is longer but the first day is just a small walk.
NORMAL ROUTE by Tete Rousse and Gouter mountain hut
Day 1 : Climbing to Gouter hut (3800m) + 1500 m - 5/6h
Day 2 : Ascent of Mont Blanc by the Dôme du Gouter + 1000 m - 2500 m - 10/12 h
THREE MONTS ROUTE (Tacul, Maudit, Mt Blanc) by Cosmiques mountain hut
Day 1 : Short walk to the Cosmiques hut (3600m) 40 mn. In the evening snow training on glacier and rest.
Day 2 : Tacul, col du Maudit, Mt Blanc : + 1400 m - 2500 m - 10/12 h
The Italian route To climb the Mt Blanc by the Gonella mountain hut and the «Aiguilles grises» route is a must and an authentic challenge. This is a very wild place and a very few people are climbing by this route. This itinerary is not very technically difficult but very long. For well trained alpinists.
Day 1 : from Val Veny in Italy climb to Gonella mountain hut. + 1400 m 6 h
Day 2 : ascent of Mt Blanc by the Aiguille Grises ridge. + 1800 m 12 h
MOUNTAINEERING EQUIPMENT LIST
Warm hat fleece. Should cover the ears
Thermal underwear Fleece layers (several thin layers is better than a thick ones. It’s allow you to adjust your clothing according to weather and temperature)
Wind & waterproof jacket, goretex or similar
Wind & waterproof trousers, goretex or similar
Thick gloves, should be insulated warm gloves or mitts who are warmer.
Thin gloves, fleece wind stopper
Thick mountaineering socks
Gaiters, to keep snow out of the boots
Mountaineering boots : (can be rented in Chamonix)
Head lamp with new battery
40 l rucksack
Water bottle 1,5 l
Thermos, add weight but good for drinking hot on a cold day in altitude.
Sun cream high altitude & lip stick
harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet (can be rented in Chamonix)
PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT
- kit to prevent blisters, compeed and elastic tape - pain killers, aspirin or paracetamol - antiseptic cream - your own medication if necessary
Mountaineering boots, crampons, harness, helmet, gore tex jackets are on rent at our partner shop : SANGLARD SPORTS in Chamonix.
15% discount for our clients. It is better bo book your equipment in advance : rentski.com