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Climb Mont Blanc 🇫🇷 & Gran Paradiso 🇮🇹 Late Sept 2022
September 21 - September 27
An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition. When combined with a late summer season climb of the Gran Paradiso, at 4061m the highest peak entirely in the Italian Alps, this makes for a magnificent and memorable week of high altitude alpine mountaineering. By climbing later in the summer season (or the early autumn season in the high mountains), the mountains are generally cooler and quieter than in high summer.
This 6 day course includes 3 days in the Italian Alps mountaineering, warming up, climbing the Gran Paradiso and spending 2 nights in high Italian Rifugio. This allows a good amount of time for mountainereing training and acclimatisation and thus hopefully means you are able to actually enjoy a successful ascent of Mont Blanc whilst also making some other fine ascents and high mountain & glacier journeys along the way.
There is then a rest day between the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc summit phases.
We understand the balance between preparing well and saving enough energy for the long summit day and because of this, and our first class Mountain Guides, we have an excellent summit success record on Mont Blanc. Despite this good record, our courses are not about dragging people to the summit. We give you a good insight in to general Alpine Mountaineering and have a fun & sociable time along the way.
- Climb Mont Blanc & The Gran Paradiso
- Enjoy 6 good days alpine mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Massif, on both the French & Italian side
- Develop your general mountaineering skills & do some superb high mountain journeys and climb some 3500m peaks as part of the training phase
- Spend 4 nights in high mountain huts sleeping at between 2700m and 3800m
- Get to know how your body reacts to a high altitude mountain environment, good preparation for other expeditions
- Have an enjoyable & sociable week in the mountains
Can You Climb Mont Blanc?
Whilst it is not necessary to be an experienced mountaineer to climb Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide, a very good level of fitness is necessary and at least some strong hill walking experience will be highly beneficial. The summit day could be up to 12 hours long, at high altitude, so you should be physically and mentally prepared for this very considerable challenge. By the standard routes, Mont Blanc is not a difficult technical peak but it does involve some steep rocky scrambling and folk do regularly underestimate it. We highly recommend doing one of our Mont Blanc Training weekend courses prior to your ascent if possible.