So you’re looking from an alternative, or a follow-on from Mont Blanc?
Just because Mont Blanc is the highest, it doesn’t mean it’s the best or the hardest. Like Everest, it attracts a lot of attention due to its height prominence. Although it is highly satisfying to be standing above everything else around you…
So what to do next? Perhaps one of the trickiest questions… as it depends on your fitness, technical ability and ambitions. There is of course a lifetimes worth of mountaineering to be done in the alps, but we’ll try and pick out some classic climbs that would make a logical progression from Mont Blanc.
The mid-altitude classic alpinism trips;
Acclimatising for Mont Blanc typically takes longer than the climb itself. With these classic style alpine climbs that is much less of an issue, and it’s possible to climb them in a three day block.
The traverse of the Weissmies is a great two – three day trip to a 4000m mountain. A traditional hut walk, followed by a moderate scramble to the summit the following day. You can then switch styles back to snow to descend the north side. There are other peaks nearby to complete the trip, including the 4000m Lagginhorn.
The Nadelhorn, also in Switzerland, features a pleasing snow arete which is never too exposed, although good crampon technique is important.
In France, the Domes du Miage just around the corner from the Chamonix valley, lies in the remote feeling Tre la Tete basin, and offers outstanding views of the Mont Blanc massif from a different angle. The snow arete to the summit is a sought-after classic.
Fancy something more technical? If you keep the altitude low, you can climb ridges and routes on the quality Chamonix granite a short walk from the cablecars.
Either valley or hut based, routes such as the Cosmiques arete or traverse of the Entreves will increase your skills and experience, before you tackle longer routes such as the Dent du Geant, the imposing tooth of rock high above Courmayeur and the Vallee Blanche.
Want to get away from it all?
A week in the mountains around the Monta Rosa massif will net you a bunch of 4000m peaks, whilst staying in some friendly Italian mountain huts. Although never super technical, the mountains and huts are high and the terrain big, and you’ll need to be “Mont Blanc” fit to reap the full benefits from climbing here.
Still not sure? Send us a message or give us a call and we’ll put together some climbs for you, tailored to your current level of experience.