The Mont Blanc is a long and tiring ascent, but it gives great satisfaction as it is the most prestigious summit of the homonymous massif. Two of the “Normal” routes are on the French side and one on the Italian side: the easiest one is the route that from Chamonix climbs up to the recently built Gouter Refuge, and then follows the Bosses ridge; the second one, a little more difficult, starts from the Cosmique Refuge and ascends through the 3 mountains Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and finally Mont Blanc. The sequence of the two normal routes creates a wonderful “ring” route to discover the high parts of the massif. The Italian normal route goes up from the Miage’s glacier to the Gonella hut, and is called the Pope’s Route. They are three amazing ways in a high mountain environment, gorgeous and austere at the same time; despite the low technical difficulties, a discreet technique in the use of crampons and good physical preparation are required.
3 “NORMALI” ROUTES
Normal Route from Gouter Hut
Day 1: Early departure from Cuneo, near the Global Mountain office, (or meeting at Ivrea – highway) to Chamonix / Les Houches; from there we will get to Nid d’Aigle by cablecar and by rack railway. In 5-6 hours of walking and easy climbing / via ferrata we will get to the Gouter Hut (3.814 mt.). In the afternoon we will rest for the next day’s climb. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
Day 2: Wake up at 01 am, departure at 01:30-2:00 am for the ascent to Mont Blanc (4.810mt.) along the Ridge of the Bosses. Descent along the same route, the 3 mountains route or the Gonella hut route, depending on the Alpine Guide’s program. Total walking hours 12-13.
Normal Route from Cosmiques Hut
Day 1: In the morning departure from Cuneo at the Global Mountain office (or meeting at Ivrea – highway) to Chamonix; from there we will get to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi by cablecar. Once out of the structure, we will immediately find an exposed ridge and get in 1 hour to the Cosmiques hut. In the afternoon we will rest for the next day’s climb. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
Day 2: Wake up at 00:30, departure at 01:00 am for the ascent to Mont Blanc (4.810mt.) along the route of the 3 mountains. Descent along the same route, the Gouter hut route or the Gonella hut route, depending on the Alpine Guide’s program.
Normal Route from Gonella Hut
Day 1: Departure early in the morning from Borgo San Dalmazzo near the Global Mountain office (or meeting in Ivrea – highway) to Courmayeur; we will go up to Val Veny always by car. We will climb the Miage Glacier and get to the Gonella hut (3.071mt.) in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
Day 2: Wake up at 00:00, departure at 01:00 am for the ascent to Mont Blanc (4.810mt.) along the route passing through the “Piton des Italiens”, the “Dome du Gouter” and the ridge of the Bosses. Descent along the same route, the Gouter hut route or the Cosmiques hut route, depending on the Alpine Guide’s program.
LEVEL Alpinism Medium/Difficult according to the chosen route.
PERIOD From June to September based on mountain conditions and opening of hut.
What do I need?
Alpinism gear: Mountain boots, harness, helmet, crampons and ice axe according to the period. Mountain clothing: mountaineering pants, gore-tex jacket, gloves, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen.
What is included:
– Days with Global Mountain Alpine Guide.
– Any specific equipment missing for the activity (harness, helmet, crampons, ice-axe,…)
What in not included:
– Transfer and overnight stay (the overnight stay of the guide is to be understood by the participants)