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Mont Blanc - Italian Pope (normal) Route PD+

Route:

Italian Pope route (Aiguilles Grises) -  Mont Blanc - Courmayeur - Italy

Category:

Mountaineering

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Route description:

A long but magnificent expedition on the wild side of Mont Blanc, more serious and committing than the Gouter route, the route starts from valley level and involves over 3000m of ascent.

With no lift access, this is a physically demanding way to ascend Mont Blanc. No crowds and with a wild and remote feeling, you will need good crampon skills for the airy snow aretes on the ridge before the Dome du Gouter.

Descending the Gouter route provides a fine traverse of the mountain.

Required experience/skill level:

Intermediate – good crampons skills, fitness and acclimatisation required.

Length (in metres):

1760m from the Gondola refuge

Time/duration:

1 – 2 days, plus acclimatisation.

The route will generally take around 6 - 8 hours from the Gondola refuge.

Starting point/base:

From Chamonix, through the Mont Blanc tunnel and then from Courmayeur up Val Veny. Then a 5-6 hour walk to Gonella refuge.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:2

Normal season:

June - September. Early season is normally best to ensure good snow cover on the Dome Glacier.

Links/ featured courses:

Private Guiding

Read our blog of our 2016 ascent: Mont Blanc Italian Style

Lifts/huts etc:

Comments/notes:

This is a long and physically demanding climb from the valley floor (no lifts) but you will be rewarded by the route being relatively quiet compared with the Gouter route for instance. Good fitness and crampon skills required.

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