"La Dame Blanche" Massif du Mont Blanc by Chiliweenie

Massif du Mont Blanc Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 37 photos

Its more technical and dangerous than you think

You do need a guide to climb Mont Blanc, be in excellent physical condition and have cold expedition clothing and equipment. The ascents are considered Grade 3 scrambles between Tete Rousse and Gouter Refuges. If that won't wear you out, try the ascent the next morn at 2 am to the summit. The round trip to the summit and Gouter Refuge area is approx. 6-8 hours. An ample amount of water is absolutely necessary, 2-3 litres per person. Its not unusual to develope high altitude headaches, nausua and dizziness.
The summit is spectaculer, a 360 degree view of Italy and France alpine peaks.
To obtain a list of equipment required to climb Mont Blanc, there are many web sites that supply them. Don't skimp on equipment, it can save your life.

Happy climbing !

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful views, breathtaking scenery
  • Cons:Rock avalanches are frequent and claim the lives of 60 people anually.
  • In a nutshell:Strenuous grade 3 srambles but worth the view at the top
  • Last visit to Massif du Mont Blanc: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated Dec 13, 2003
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