- Tour Plan
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- Airport - hotel - airport transfers
- All Transfers
- cableway/chairlift tickets
- Fair wages for the mountain crew
- First aid medical kit (with the guides)
- Hut Accommodation
- Increases in international airfares or unexpected Government imposed taxes
- Local and Tourist taxes
- Romanian Guides
- Success Summit Certificates
- Transport to & from hotel
- Unlimited bottled water
- Visa Invitation
- Personal expenses
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Visa arrangements
The Roof of Europe
Mont Blanc, in the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif, is the tallest peak in the Alps and the highest summit in Western Europe, hence its epithet the “Roof of Europe”. The mountain sits astride the Franco-Italian border, south of Chamonix and northwest of Courmayeur.
Even if conquering Mont Blanc takes less than a week with flights included, it’s a pretty technical ascent for which serious preparation needs to be done. To facilitate this, Extreme Expedition is adding to the package two free courses on winter hiking and technical climbing, organized in Romania’s mountains ahead of the Mont Blanc actual climb.
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
Flight to Geneva, transfer to Saint Gervais
For the ones departing from Romania, we will meet in the Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport (Otopeni), and fly to Geneva (in Switzerland), from where we will depart to the fancy French resort Saint Gervais with a minibus. The journey will take one hour.
For the ones traveling from other countries, we will meet in Geneva from where we will go together with the minibus.
In Saint Gervais, we will stay in a 3* hotel during day 1 and day 6 (upon return).
Train & trek to Tete Rousse Refuge
After breakfast, we will head off to the train station and embark the famous "Tramway du Mont Blanc". We will go up till the end station at Nid d'Aigle (at 2374 m). From this point, we will continue the climbing on foot, for 3 hours, till Tete Rousse refuge (at 3167 m).
This is the first acclimatizing day.
We will stay in shared rooms at Tete Rousse refuge.
Trek to Gouter Refuge
After breakfast, we depart for Gouter refuge (at 3835 m). Shortly after the start of the trek, we will have to pass the first challenge of the hike, crossing the Grand Couloir, a sector well known for its stone falls.
In the evening we will start using our winter equipment. This day is also good for acclimatization.
We will sleep in shared rooms at Gouter refuge.
Summit day - Mont Blanc!
This is the day we will be climbing Alps' highest peak - Mont Blanc, at 4810 m!
We will wake up at 3:00 a.m. to start the hike towards the peak. It will take us around 5 hours to reach the summit, and then approx. 2.5 hours to return to the Gouter refuge.
We will reach Gouter refuge at around 12:00 (mid-day), have lunch, rest a bit and then around 14:00 we will start our descent towards Tete Rousse refuge where we will spend the night.
Return to Saint Gervais
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our descent towards the tram end station, Nid d'Aigle (at 2374 m). The hike will take us around 2.5 hours, and then the tram ride 1 more hour, to reach the French resort, Saint Gervais.
Today we will have time to rest, enjoy the photos we've taken, and even do some shopping for the dear ones that are expecting this for sure.
Return to home countries
We will take the minibus back from Saint Gervais to Geneva, from where we will take the flights back to our home countries.
More about France Alps
More about this tour
Mont Blanc, meaning "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia's Caucasus peaks. It rises 4,808.7 m (15,777 ft) above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence. The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France. The location of the summit is on the watershed line between the valleys of Ferret and Veny in Italy and the valleys of Montjoie, and Arve in France, in the middle of what is generally considered to be the border between the two countries.
In June 2015, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed repeated claims on the territory.
The three towns and their communes which surround Mont Blanc are Courmayeur in Aosta Valley, Italy; and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Chamonix in Haute-Savoie, France. The latter town was the site of the first Winter Olympics. A cable car ascends and crosses the mountain range from Courmayeur to Chamonix, through the Col du Géant. The 11.6 km (7 1⁄4-mile) Mont Blanc Tunnel, constructed between 1957 and 1965, runs beneath the mountain and is a major trans-Alpine transport route.