14 – 15 MAY (climb on the Italian side from Rif. Gonella)
26 – 27 MAY (Grands Mulets itinerary)
Undoubtedly one of the greatest excursions in the Alps: long and demanding, deep in an untouched mountain environment; it includes a stop-over in the Grands Mulets hut, a true eagle nest sheltered by a rocky spike lost among the glaciers.
First day: In the morning we leave Chamonix and, through the Aiguille du Midi cable car, we reach the Plan de Aiguilles terminal located halfway. We then climb along the Glacier des Pelerins crossing the famous Jonction, the meeting point of two glaciers, and depending on the conditions, it usually means going through a windy path among ice towers and unstable bridges in a wild environment. We follow the footprints of the two Monte Bianco conquerors, Balmat and Paccard: they did a great feat in a period of time in which ski mountaineering was merely considered as a research and exploration method. Estimated climb time: around 4 hours to reach the Grands Mulets hut.
Second day : We leave at 2 a.m. from the hut: we climb the Dome du Gouter northern ridge to reach the Vallot hut at 4.350 m of altitude. We keep going direction Arete des Bosses, a breathtaking and endless ridge that, without great difficulties, allows us to step on the so called Europe’s roof. Difference in altitude: 1.800 m to the peak. Estimated climb time: around 7 hours from the hut. There it begins a wonderful descent with 2.500 m of negative difference in altitude, maybe one of the best in the Alps, along an ample but easy slope. We ski beside the north-side of Séracs, which gives direct access to the Grand Plateau, and finally we go back to the hut. After a short rest we ski to the Plan des Aiguilles and there we get on the cable car to reach Chamonix, tired but certainly fully satisfied after having earned an undoubtedly fascinating ascent, a dream that every alpine skier would like to fulfill…at least for once in their life!
LEVEL difficult ski mountaineering by technical level, itinerary length and altitude
PERIOD from April to June depending from the mountain conditions
What do I need?
ARTVA, shovel, probe. Alpine skis (it’s possibile to hire them in an affiliated shop), climbing skins, ski boots, crampons, ice axe, ski poles, high altitudes suitable ski clothing (gore tex ski jacket and pants, gloves, helmet or ski cap, ski mask and sun glasses, winter coat and first layer). Sunscreen. Sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
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What is included:
– Day with Global Mountain Alpine Guide.
What in not included:
– Rental of skimountaineering equipment
– Transfer, lifts and any overnight stays (the overnight stay of the guide is to be understood by the participants)