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 Mont Blanc ski mountaineering excursion from Refuge des Cosmiques follows the French Normal Route. The climb to the summit is an extremely evocative yet demanding experience among snow, ice, crevasses, seracs and ridges. The spectacular and challenging descent along the steep and wild north face is the dream of all off-piste skiers.

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

Information about the Mont Blanc ski mountaineering experience

The ski mountaineering to the summit of Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco, 4810) is an exceptional experience, to be covered in two days following the French Normal Route along the north side.

It is suitable for experienced ski mountaineers used to ski slopes up to 35° on all kind of snow, climbing up to 1800 vertical with backpack and using crampons. It entails a good physical effort and a certain confidence with elevation and high mountain environments.

Mont Blanc ski mountaineering schedule

Day 1
The ski mountaineering ascent to the summit of Mont Blanc starts from Chamonix, by the Aiguille de Midi cable car station where the alpine guide will supervise the check of all the equipment. Taking the cable car the mountaineers will reach Mount Aiguille de Midi from where they will go down through a thin and exposed ridge and through a beautiful glacier until they will reach Refuge des Cosmiques, marvelously fitted on a scenic rocky wall. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
The ski mountaineers will resume their ascent with a comfortable stretch on Mount Col de Midi that will allow the bodies to warm up. The progression, then, gets steeper through the slopes of Mount Mont Blanc de Tacul and it goes all the way to the shoulder. Skiing up, then, on an evocative traverse the mountaineers will keep going under Mount Mont Maudit. Next comes a very steep stretch that leads to Mount Colle della Brenva from where the last climb starts. After climbing up the steep slope of Mount Mur de la Cote the ski mountaineers will overcome the large final hump. They will climb the last stretch that leads to the summit. The view that Mont Blanc offers is absolutely spectacular.

The off-piste skiing descent will take place through the immense north face and the majestic Bosson glacier. Then, the ski mountaineers will traverse under the Refuge of Grand Mulets and they will join the ski line descent to Plan des Aiguille at 2317 meters. Descent to Chamonix by cable car.

  • Elevation gain 1400 meters going up
  • Elevation gain 2500 meters going down
  • Excursion time about 8 hours

Price for the Mont Blanc ski mountaineering experience

€ 1400 - Price for 1 person

Where to meet your mountain guide (to be confirmed)

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide:
    Aiguille du Midi cable car
    100 Place de l'Aiguille du Midi
    74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - France
  • Meeting time 12.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 45°55'05.9"N 6°52'12.5"E

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Ski helmet
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Technical apparel

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.
  • 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, drinks, travel and accommodation expenses, taxi, rental of equipment.
  • Skipass The excursion requires the skipass, which is not included in the price, and may be purchased at the ski-lift ticket offices in the departure area.
  • 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 the Mont Blanc ski mountaineering experience, 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 ski mountaineering trip to Mont Blanc.
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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