Mont Blanc Climb Extension
Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, standing at approximately 15,871 ft. has been the axis on which are Tour du Mont Blanc trip centered for the past 8 years, now we are aiming for the top! Backwoods Adventures is now offering a trip to the summit of Mont Blanc following one of our trips around this world famous peak. Mont Blanc is a technical mountain which requires technical mountaineering experience, but is a great gateway peak to climbing to higher more technical elevations. Join us for our first climb of Mont Blanc and see the view from the top of Europe!
ALL LAND COSTS INCLUDED!
• 2-3 day climb of Mont Blanc (depending on weather)
What’s Not Included
• All airfare to and from Geneva (Inquire to learn more about our flight booking service)
At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers. We aim to please your palate. Since we will be staying at huts or lodges on the entire trip we will have our breakfast and dinner at local restaurants or cafes. Lunches will either be in small towns or villages that we pass through or we will grab some light fare to take with us and enjoy our lunch picnic stile with the Alps to gaze at while we eat.
Our accommodations will vary based on our location. However, all hotels and lodges are among the highest rated in the country both for location and amenities. Most hotels will provide single rooms (double occupancy), however there is the possibility of dormitory arrangements in a couple of locations along the circuit, depending on availability.
Altitude – Our Mont Blanc Climb Trip will be taking you to a relatively high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize whilst on the mountain. While many people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms that require returning to a lower altitude or, in extreme cases, emergency evacuation. We do our best to set a pace at which everyone has a chance to acclimatize appropriately. Listening to your guide will help a great deal. We cannot determine how you will do at altitude, but being in the best shape possible and having a lower body fat percentage will help greatly.
If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Nepal are not reliable or guaranteed though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip.
Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), altitude sickness (Diamox pills), prescriptions you are currently taking.
Backwoods Adventures will require that all participants attempting Mont Blanc have certified and documented high altitude mountaineering experience. This focus should be on glacier travel, crampon and ice axe skills, crevasse rescue, and rope team work. Please contact Backwoods Adventures director Joe Koehly for more information and recommendations.
No Visa is required for travel while in Europe. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.
• Mount Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe
• There is no actual way to get judge the elevation of Mount Blanc exactly from year to year because the snow cap is never the exact same
• The first recorded climb of Mount Blanc was done by Jacque Balmat and Michel Paccard on August 8, 1786, this is said to be the “beginning of modern mountaineering”
• Over 20,000 climbers reach the summit of Mount Blanc every year, with numerous more attempting
• One upon a time, there was a scientific research center at the top or near the summit of Mount Blanc
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