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):
1 – 2 days, plus acclimatisation.
The route will generally take around 6 - 8 hours from the Gondola refuge.
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: