Mont Blanc Ascent with Gran Paradiso
France, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,845 (land only) - from €2,395 (land only) - from $2,995 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's chalet accommodation in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley. KE group packages services begin with dinner and overnight at the chalet.
Day 2: Today we will drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel. A 2 - 3 hour walk through forests and over moorland takes us to the Vittorio Emanuele hut (2735m) situated at the foot of the Gran Paradiso. At the hut the guides will run through the technical skills required for the climb.
Day 3: An early start for the classic easy snow climb and rocky scramble to the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m). After the climb we will descend to the valley and drive back through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix where we check into our chalet in Argentiere.
Day 4: Depending on local conditions, we take the lift up to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m) to traverse the Vallee Blanche. This will further assist our acclimatisation and snow skills practice. On reaching Helbronner on the Italian side, we return to the Aiguille du Midi on the panoramic Gondola and from there to Chamonix by cable car. Overnight at the group chalet.
Day 5: We take the Mont Blanc Tramway to the Nid d'Aigle (2372m)) and from here, follow a rocky trail for approximately 2 hours to the Tete Rousse Hut (3167m). If time permits, we will have some basic skills instruction out on the glacier. Overnight in the hut.
Day 6: Making an early start, we cross the Great Couloir and scramble up the rocky ridge to the Gouter hut. Here we can relax and have a break prior to completing the ascen,t which from this point is on low angled snow slopes, except for the final summit ridge where the ground becomes steeper and more exposed. We return as far as the Gouter hut where we spend our second night on Mont Blanc.
Day 7: This is a contingency day in case of bad weather. If the weather on the previous day was not good enough for a summit attempt, the group will begin their summit attempt today. After the climb, we descend all the way to Chamonix. If the contingency day is not needed we have a relaxed descent to Chamonix with time to enjoy the town before a celebratory evening at the group's chalet.
Day 8: KE group packages services end with breakfast at the hotel.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.