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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.

A small peak with a big mountain character

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.

  • Alpine Grade - PD
  • Height gain - 1150m from Conscrits refuge
  • Time required - 3 days
  • Nature of route - Glacial, narrow snow ridge and easy rocky scramble if traversing.
  • Time of year - May to Mid September

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.

Conscrits Refuge - Domes de Miage

The Conscrits Refuge

2017 price – £645 per person.

We run private courses throughout the summer on request. Contact us with your preferred dates.

The Nepal style wire bridge on the way to the Conscrits refuge

Domes de Miage Itinerary:

Our Domes de Miage trip is a three day programme, staying in a high mountain refuge.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Our prices includes:

  • All guiding fees for your IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Hut logistics
  • Transport whilst on the course.
  • Group safety equipment such as ropes, shelters & first aid etc

Expenses to consider:

  • Accommodation in Chamonix (we can recommend places to stay)
  • Mountaineering equipment - see our hire page.
  • Airport transfer from Geneva
  • Mountain rescue insurance (BMC or SnowCard recommended)
  • A night in the mountain refuge typically costs 65€ per person (half board) and the guides fee (discounted) is split between the group members
  • It’s also worth having some cash on you for drinks and snacks the huts

The final few steps to the summit of the Eiger yesterday.

A wild day out with the weather coming and going, and fresh snow on the route making it much more delicate than normal.

Climber : @gurudave420

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Tough conditions traversing the Eiger today after overnight snow.

We had an extra coffee, took our time and pretended it was Scotland. Slab climbing in crampons is overrated.

Massive kudos to @gurudave420 who took everything in his stride to realise a long held ambition. 💪

Nine hours hut to hut. Currently on the train back through the mountain. Time for 🍺

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“I’m shitting myself already” - @gurudave420 and I in position for the Eiger tomorrow.

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Fun granite climbing on the Pyramid du Tacul today. The early start was tough after yesterday’s climb, but the sun was soon on us and we were in front of the other teams.

So concludes an action packed four days with @tdmullen @aoifestrahan & @gurudave420 with @claphamski guiding too. A varied few climbs, with some proper top 50 classics ticked.

I could do with a lie in, but Dave says we should go to the Eiger tomorrow.

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