Mont Blanc in a Single Push

Climb Mont Blanc 4810 m high, in a single push up and down from the valley!!! What a nice challenge!!! 3800m of ascent, 3800m of descent in a 24hour climb. The objective is not to be faster than Kilian Jornet (less than 5hr from Chamonix up & down) but to reach the summit of Mont Blanc without using the lifts and in a single push from Les Houches (1000m). 

Price from
1495 €
Participants
1 or 2 max
Period
Jun to Sept
Duration
3 days
Climb Mont-Blanc, 4810m in a single push

Mont Blanc was first climbed in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard. This first ascent was the beginning of alpinism and opened the route to new challenges. Today Mont Blanc is not considered as a very difficult technical climb, but altitude and length still make it a committed challenge. The usual and classical time to get to the top is more or less 2 days but the quickest ascent recorded (from the Chamonix church back and forth) is 4h57min by Kilan Jornet of course!!!

No worries, we won’t try to beat it!! But to climb Mont Blanc in a single push up and down from the valley, starting from les Houches. Some people would say, it is the new fashion thanks to trail running, but it is actually how Mont Blanc was also climbed couple decades ago when there was no lifts!!

Don’t misunderstand us, Mont Blanc in a single push is nothing like a classical climb and requires a very good general fitness and a very good acclimatization. Based on our experience, here is what we think is the best programs to achieve this very nice challenge!

Before you sign up for it, please contact us so we can exchange and make sure you are ready for it. Mont Blanc is not trail running, it is mountaineering and even if we ‘ll do it in a “trail running style”, the commitment is very different than a trail running race (no back up, no assistance,…).

Be aware that the program can be modify, changed, adapted by your mountain guide according to weather forecast, mountain conditions and your physical abilities.

We will not organize group because this kind of ascent is really sensitive on your fitness and from our experience, mixing people that doesn’t know each other before leads to frustration. A mountain guide will not take more than 2 people on his rope.

Day 0:

Let’s have a drink in Chamonix to start knowing each other and check your equipment

Day 1:

Acclimatization day! We will go to Aiguille du Midi and walk on the glacier towards Helbronner to get our body used to “work” in altitude. Don’t be surprised, it is an easy day for people planning t climb Mont-Blanc in a single push and it is totally assumed. Altitude acclimatization tires our body enough by itself.

Approx 5h of easy walking on glacier to get use to the gear too.

Please note that we are all different and that our reaction with altitude can be very different from one to each other. Acclimatization, even for super fit trail runners is key to summit. If you manage to train at least a couple time (walk, hike, …) between 2500m and 3000m it will help.

Day 2:

It is actually kind of a rest day. According to weather forecast, you will decide with your guide at what time you will leave from Les Houches 1000m. It is usually around 8/9pm, meaning you have all day to rest and prepare you stuff for the ascent.

It takes about 4 hr to get to Tête Rousse hut, where we will change our shoes and get changed from a “trail running” to an more “alpine” style: harness, crampons, mountaineering boots, helmet…We’ll also have a drink and some “breakfast”. From there, it is another 3hr to get to the Gouter hut at 3800m. This is the most difficult part because it is a mixed terrain, with some easy scrambling but quite tired when you are not use to it. And the altitude starts affecting us too.
After the Gouter hut, we are on glaciers and it is easier to find our rythm even if we get higher and higher. After Vallot observatory, at around 4300m, we will follow a snow ridge all the way to the summit. Slope is steeper too, but summit is getting closer!!! From the Gouter hut it takes normally around 5/6hr.
In total, it is a 10 to 15hr effort to reach the summit and another 5 to 7hrs to go down by the same itinerary.
We should get back down in this afternoon of day 3.

We recommend to sleep the night in the valley and not leave right the way back home after a 20hrs climb without any sleep…

A guide can reasonably take care of 2 people maximum during the Mont Blanc ascent. For the one push ascent, please make sure you know each other well with ideally the same physical level. You need to know and understand that it won’t be possible to split the group and leave one of you on the side while the others will still climb for safety reason.

Prices for 2020:
  • For 1 pers: 2700€
  • For 2 pers: 1495€ /pers
What’s included:
  • UIAGM / IFMGA international mountain guide. Our guides speaks fluent English and beside the safety of your group, they will make your alpine experience unforgettable.
  • A breakfast (on the way up) and a lunch (on the way down) at Tete Rousse hut
  • Collective mountain equipment (rope, carabiners,…)
  • Lift tickets on day 1
What’s not included:
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment (you can rent everything with our partner shop)
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in Chamonix (we can help you with that if you want)
  • Transportation to Chamonix (we can help you arrange your transfer from GVA if needed)

 

There is no other extra hidden cost.

Strenous. Very fit people.
 

"I've climbed Mont Blanc with Nuyama in 1 day on 27th July 2016. It was probably one of the best days of my life. We started at 4am from Le Fayet and after 4200m climb, we reached the Mont Blanc summit in one single push. What a great effort and what an amazing day in the mountains"

Nuno Caetano, Portugal, July 2016

Don’t misunderstand us, Mont Blanc in a single push is nothing like a classical climb and requires a very good general fitness and a very good acclimatization. Based on our experience, this program is the best to achieve this very nice challenge!

Before you sign up for it, please contact us so we can exchange and make sure you are ready for it. Mont Blanc is not trail running, it is mountaineering and even if we ‘ll do it in a “trail running style”, the commitment is very different than a trail running race (no back up, no assistance,…).

And we will check with you the dates and conditions. 

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