4000 Adventure in the AlpsCharacteristics
An itinerary, tried out and appreciated by many of our friends, that in a week allows you to learn the basic mountaineering skills, progression on the glacier and the new safety systems; whilst the enthusiasm grows, we start the ascent to Gran Paradiso (4061mt), Punta Gnifetti, where we will visit the highest refuge of Europe Capanna Margherita (4554 mt), and finally Monte Bianco (4807 mt.) which dominates the entire Aosta Valley (Italy) and the Valley of Arve (France).
Program - Itinerary
The itinerary here below is only a guide-line: in case of bad weather variations can be made and everything will be agreed upon the participants.
• 1st day: meeting at 9 a.m. in Valsavarenche and departure for Rifugio Chabod. In the afternoon: exercises using ropes and safety techniques. Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.
• 2nd Day: practice with of ice-axe and crampons on the glacier - packed lunch - dinner and overnight stay at the hut.
• 3rd Day: we will start early in the morning to ascent to Gran Paradiso. The descent will be done on the other side and we will arrive at RifugioVittorio Emanuele for lunch time; in the afternoon we will walk down the valley and transfer into a hotel or private lodgings (upon your preferences).
• 4th Day: transfer to Gressoney la Trinité where we will take the cable-car up to Punta Indren - walk to the Rifugio Città di Mantova for dinner and overnight stay.
• 5th Day: ascent to Punta Gnifetti (4559mt) with a light lunch at Capanna Margherita – in the afternoon we descend the valley and we will transfer to a hotel or private lodgings.
• 6th Day: transfer to Chamonix, where we will take the cable-car up to Aiguille du Midi. It will take us a 20 minutes walk to reach the Refuge des Cosmiques. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.
• 7th Day: ascent to Monte Bianco by the "des trois Mont Blanc” route, then descent to the valley.
Prices available on demand
The price includes
• the assistance of an experienced mountain guide of our Team;
• use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).
The price does not include
• mountain huts half board service:
- € 45 per person Rifugio Chabod (cost only for clients),
- € 70 per person Rifugio Città di Mantova (cost for clients + guide),
- € 65 per person Refuge des Cosmiques (cost for clients + guide);
• accomodation in hotels;
• cable-car tickets:
- € 40 per person from Staffal to Punta Indren, round-trip (cost only for clients);
- € 58,50 per person from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi, round trip (cost for clients + the guide);
• all transfer expenses for driving to Valsavarenche, Gressoney and Chamonix;
• technical equipment rental (harness, crampons and ice-axe);
• everything that is not mentioned in "the price includes".
• hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
• walking poles
Clothes and more
First layer on the skin:
• (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
• (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
• woolen warm socks
• warm technical sweater
• waterproof & windproof hiking pants
• thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)
• waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket
• warm winter hat
• warm winter gloves
• suncream (protection factor 50+)
N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).
• Difficulty and level required
Medium level mountaineers or hikers – as the week progresses the level will become gradually more difficult, in the aim to be prepared for the final ascent of Mont Blanc.
7 days / 6 nights
• Group size
Maximum 4 people per Mountain Guide (if there are more than two people in the group, the price includes the assistance of two mountain guides for climbing Mont Blanc, in order to improve safety conditions for everybody).
June, July, August, September.
We recommend to have your own personal travel insurance, covering accident abroad and repatriation.
• How to reach Aosta Valley:
- Via Chamonix.Mont Blanc – you can reach Chamonix by train from the main French airports or from Geneva airport – then you can reach Courmayeur – Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (there are buses connections from Chamonix to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
- Via Geneva or Martigny – you can easily reach Martigny by train from Geneva airport - then you reach Aosta city center via the tunnel of Grand Saint Bernard (there are buses connections from Martigny to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
- Via Milan/Turin airport – rent a car directly to reach Aosta via the highway.
If you are coming only for the climb, we can organize you a taxi to pick you up or the mountain guide can come to pick you up on the road nearby Aosta (organization upon booking).