Mont Blanc with its 4810 meter elevation is the highest and most prestigious peak in the Alps. Since when, on August 8th 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard conquered its summit, every mountain lover wants to reach it at least once in a lifetime.

The climb to the summit of Mont Blanc from Gouter Refuge is the French Normal Route. It is an extremely evocative yet demanding path among snow, ice, crevasses, seracs and ridges. The view that this peak offers is spectacular and endless.

  • Mont Blanc
  • 2 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the climb to Mont Blanc Gouter Normal Route

The ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco, 4810) through the Gouter Normal Route, the French Route, from Rifugio Gouter features an exciting, scenic and extremely rewarding climb. It does not feature extreme technical issues but it entails a good physical effort and a certain confidence with elevation and high mountain environments.

Mont Blanc Gouter Normal Route schedule

Day 1
The climb to Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) through French Normal Route from Rifugio Gouter starts in Les Houches, by the Bellevue cable car station. Taking the cable car we will reach Bellevue and riding the little train we will get to Nid d'Aigle. An easy trail leads to Refuge Tete Rousse. At the rifugio there will be a refreshing stop before continuing the exciting climb to Mount Aiguille de Gouter. After crossing the "Grand Couloir" the climbers will reach a rocky spur through which they will get to the summit of Mount Aiguille. Through the snowy ridge, then, they will reach the new Refuge du Gouter where they will get lost in the spectacular views that the vista will give them. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
After breakfast, early in the morning the ascent will start again with a fast horizontal section on the ridge that allows the mountaineers to warm up before climbing the marvelous slopes of Mount Dome de Gouter almost until the summit. After a fast descent to Col del Gouter we will climb back up towards hut Capanna Vallot where we will find the first sun rays of the day. At the hut, within an incredibly evocative atmosphere, a refreshing break will take place. The following section of the climb develops through the ridge of Bosses. The last stretch is really exciting: the ridge gets more and more horizontal and it gets wider towards the top. After submerging in the spectacular views the hikers can start the descent that will take place through the climb route.

Mont Blanc Gouter Normal Route excursion price

€ 1510 - Price for 1 person

€ 1610 - Price for 2 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide (to be confirmed)

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide:
    Télécabine de Bellevue
    77 Place de la Fruitière
    4310 Les Houches - France
  • Meeting time 7.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 45°53'23.0"N 6°47'20.2"E

What to bring

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Descender
  • Carabiners
  • Mountain boots
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Technical apparel
  • Change of clothing
  • Backpack

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Price includes The price shown includes the mountain guide for the days indicated in the program.
  • Price not includes The price does not include: overnight in a refuge, lunches and dinners, tickets, drinks, travel and accommodation expenses, taxi, rental of equipment.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for climbing the Mont Blanc along the French Normal Route from Gouter Refuge, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.

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