Domes du Miage Ascent…
Climb the 3666m Domes de Miage with one of our experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides. The Domes de Miage sits high above the Arve valley, nestled on the south-west side of Mont Blanc. It is wild, remote and a great mountaineering challenge for a three day trip.
The Domes de Miage and the Conscrits refuge sit above the Tre la Tete glacier, which is a huge valley that feels himalayan in it's proportions especially with the sweep of Mont Blanc at the back. Combined with the lack of lift access, a long hut walk and soaring snow aretes, the Domes de Miage feels like a big mountain despite its low altitude.
The Domes de Miage is a heavily glaciated mountain, and we spend a lot of our ascent roped up for glacial travel, before the narrow snow arete that leads to the summit. Although technically easy, the Domes de Miage is a big climb and is less suited to absolute beginners that other climbs. You will need a good level of fitness to enjoy the ascent.
The summit day has around 1000m of ascent from the hut, and will take around four hours of ascent, plus the descent.
No previous alpine experience is required, as we will provide you with training on the first day and during the climb. Please do contact us to discuss your previous experience, and also have a look at our Grand Paradiso ascent which with a shorter hut approach and descent can be more suitable for a first big alpine peak.
We can provide you with the technical mountaineering gear, have a read through of our kit list – which is the same as our Mont Blanc kit list. You will need to arrive the evening before in Chamonix, so as to be ready for our morning briefing on day one.
Domes de Miage trip dates and prices 2017
Our Domes de Miage trips are run on a guiding only basis, with ongoing expenses split between the group members. The maximum group size is four guests to one guide. The minimum booking numbers for open courses is two.
2017 price – £645 per person.
We run private courses throughout the summer on request. Contact us with your preferred dates.
Domes de Miage Itinerary:
Our Domes de Miage trip is a three day programme, staying in a high mountain refuge.
Morning briefing in Chamonix and equipment check. There is time to buy snacks for the mountain and a packed lunch. We then jump in the car and drive forty minutes to the village of Les Contamines. The ascent starts right away as we make our way through the lower woods before arriving at the Tre la tete refuge after two hours. After a quick pit stop we climb around the steep gorge and use a series of ropes and even a wire bridge to arrive at the Conscrits refuge. Around 5 -6 hours total time, 1300m of ascent.
An early start is required for the Domes de Miage, so as to cross the glacier when it is well frozen. Breakfast is normally at four am, and we aim to be on the road well before five o'clock. After accessing the glacier, it is a steady ascent into the back of the comb, before turning left and climbing up to the col des Domes. From here the ridge narrows into it's famous whale-back shape and a hundred meters of height gain late we are on the summit.
Depending on conditions, skills and fitness, we might then make a traverse of the mountain or return the same way. A second night in the Conscrit refuge means we have plenty of energy for the long descent the day after.
A more leisurely start from the hut before the walk back to the valley. This typically takes around four hours. We aim to be back in Chamonix for a late lunch. There is opportunity for a quick rock climb in the valley for those with excess energy!
Domes de Miage dates and prices 2017:
Our trips are run on a guiding only basis, with ongoing expenses split between the group members. The maximum group size is four guests to one guide. The minimum booking numbers for open courses is two.
Fully booked for 2017 - please contact us for a private trip
We run private courses throughout the summer on request, which can be tailored to your group. Contact us with your preferred dates.
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