Itinerary Day one. Arrive Geneva Airport, Transfer to Chamonix. Check into accommodation.
Day two. Spend the day at the top of The Aiguille du Midi via the cable car. No need for climbing gear for this day as you can relax in the café and take in the sights. (this will be your first introduction to altitude).
Day three. Back up to The Aiguille du Midi, gear up for walk down The Aiguille du Midi Arete onto The Vallée Blanche. Here you will learn Ice Axe Arrest, walking while roped up and Avalanche awareness.
Day Four. This is a day of rest with a chance to see Chamonix and take things easy.
Day Five. You will take the Mont Blanc Tramway (TMB) is a mountain railway line in the Haute-Savoie department of France. It is the highest in France and the fourth highest in Europe. The spectacular views of Mont Blanc and adjacent mountains of the Mont Blanc massif provided by the tramway make it a very memorable trip. Mountaineers and hikers use the tramway because its stops provide the jumping off points for many trails, as well as giving access to the Refuge Nid d'Aigle close to the terminus of railway. The normal alpine mountaineering route to climb Mont Blanc starts at the tramway's terminus, Nid d'Aigle, and proceeds either to an overnight stop at the Tête Rousse Hut, or at the higher Goûter Hut. Weather permitting we will hike to The Gouter Hut, spend the night before setting out after midnight for our summit attempt. We will walk under torch light up to The bosses ridge and onto the summit of Mont Blanc. (depending on conditions it is possible a second night could be had at The Gouter Hut before descending).
Day Six. This is a day of rest with a chance to see Chamonix and take things easy.
Day Seven. Check out from Accommodation and transfer back to Geneva Airport.
*Please note because of weather conditions this itinerary is liable to change.
Aer Lingus fly regularly to Geneva Airport. On arrival there are Public and Private Transfer operators willing to take you to Chamonix. Accommodation can be had at one of the many Hotels situated in and around Chamonix or if you prefer you can use one of the many self catering apartments which are probably better value if booked as a group. Included in the price are the following:
1.All climbing gear, Helmet, Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness and ropes. 2.Two nights at the Gouter Hut inc B&B and evening meal.
Not included in the price are the following:
1.Flights to and from Geneva 2.Airport transfers (can be arranged if you wish) 3.Accommodation (can be arranged if you wish) 4.Personal Mountaineering insurance. 5. Personal equipment: Clothing, Boots, Head torch, Rucksack, 6.Collapsible walking poles (One pole is very useful and recommended)
1.We suggest using the ‘layer system’ clothing that has good wicking properties.
2.Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
3.Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar)
5.Fleece or heavy jacket
6.Medium weight fleece sweater
7.Thermals (merino wool or similar)
8.Warm socks for mountaineering boots (wool/synthetic outers)
9.Warm hat that can fit under a helmet.
10.Lightweight gloves (fleece)
11.Warm, waterproof pair of gloves
12.Gaiters (unless pants have snow skirt for your boots)
13.Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible
16.Spare underwear,(Wicking) socks
18.Mountaineering Ireland Membership card
19.Ear plugs (optional but very useful)
20. Misc Items
21.Sun glasses (heavy duty - glacier use, with very good UV protection)