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 view that this peak offers is spectacular and endless. The climb to its summit from Rifugio Gonella is the Normal Route from the Italian side (Via Normale Italiana). Compared to the French Normal Route this climb is longer but incredibly charming; it is less popular and it allows to reach the summit without any cable car ride.

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

Information about the Mont Blanc Italian Normal Route climbing experience

The ascent to the summit of Mount Monte Bianco features an exciting, scenic and rewarding climb. The Mont Blanc Italian Normal Route (also called: La via del Papa or Delle Aiguilles Grises) from Rifugio Gonella (Refuge du Dôme) does not feature particularly demanding technical issues but it needs to be faced with good physical training and some confidence with high elevation and high mountain environments.

Climbing experience to the Mont Blanc Italian Normal Route

Day One
The appointment with the alpine guide for the equipment check will be early in the morning in Courmayeur. Car transfer to valley Val Veny. An evocative and very scenic trail leads to the Miage Glacier that the climbers will cross on a wonderful progression. In the early afternoon the mountaineers will reach Rifugio Gonella, at an elevation of 3071 meters after about 5 hours of a spectacular climb. The rifugio gives a marvelous 360° view and it welcomes the climbers that will have dinner and spend the night there.

Day Two
Still at night the climb resumes towards Mount Piton des Italiens and to Mount Dome du Gouter. Crossing the large snowy plateau the progression leads to hut Capanna Vallot, at an elevation of 4262 meters. After climbing the wonderful Arete des Bosses, the hikers will go through the sharp ridge, sometimes rather exposed, all the way to the summit of Mont Blanc. The descent takes place trough the climb route or through other itineraries.

Mountain guide price for the Mont Blanc Italian Normal Route

€ 1410 - Price for 1 person

Where to meet your mountain guide (to be confirmed)

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide:
    Monte Bianco cable car
    La Palud, Entréves
    11013 Courmayeur - AO
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 45°49'06.3"N 6°57'46.6"E
  • Transfer Private transfer from the meeting point to Lake Combal in Val Veny

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 not includes The price does not include: overnight in a refuge, lunches and dinners, 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 Italian Normal Route from Rifugio Gonella, 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.