Dates of trips

  • 02/07/2021-10/07/2021
  • 11/07/2021-19/07/2021

Description

Mont Blanc, theRoof of Europe. Enyone who wants to climb the Seven Summits should stand on its peak. Our expedition is an interesting option for those for whom climbing Mont Blanc by the simplest route from the French side is not enough. For people who already have some mountaineering experience and would like to climb the mountain in a sport style. We are among the few organizers offering an ascent on Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco as it is called in Italy, via so called the Papa Route.

This route to Mont Blanc leads from Aosta Valley in Italy with its famous mountain resort of Courmayeur. It is very varied and picturesque, it leads through the area almost untouched by human. It begins in the charming area of Lake Combal, then leads through an easy and safe Miage Glacier, rich in beautiful mineral specimens. Further, the terrain becomes more demanding. The path, sometimes equipped with artificial facilities, leads us to the Gonella refuge located at about 3000m a.s.l. From there, we climb up to Col du Bionassay pass, via the glacier, which is mostly easy, but full of crevasses. Ascent on the ridge and further climb along it is a real mountaineering adventure. Near Vallot shelter, our route meets the French one and leads further to the top of Mont Blanc. Now just a descent and we can enjoy the Italian wine.

Climbing Mont Blanc via this route may be a big step forward in your mountaineering development. The altitude is not very high, but for its technical difficulties, Papa Route can be a perfect training and self-test before takinh challenges in high mountains.

Group

4-12 persons

Time

9 days

Mountains

Graic Alps

Activity

mountaineering

Teams

2-3 persons

Price

1700 PLN + 750 EUR

Country

Italy

Level

medium

Trip program

Day 1 – late evening meeting at the campsite in Val Veny near Courmayeur in Aosta Valley at the foot of the Monte Rosa massif (it is possible to arrive by car from Poland with the expedition tourleaders). Overnight at the campsite.

Day 2 – breakfast, time to rest after the journey. Early afternoon departure to Courmayeur. Cable car ride to Punta Helbronner viewpoint (3462m above sea level). Reminding the instructions of safe mountaineering. An easy glacier trip. Overnight in tents at approx. 3400m a.s.l. at the foot of the iconic climbing walls of the Mont Blanc massif.

Day 3 – return to the upper station of the cable car, descent by the cable car. Return to the campsite. Time for packing and res. Overnight in tents at the campsite.

Day 4 – ascent to Gonella refuge (3071 m a.s.l.) on the slopes of Mont Blanc. Overnight in the refuge or winter shelter next to the main building.

Day 5 – summit push on Mont Blanc and return to the refuge. Overnight in the refuge or winter shelter next to the main building.

Day 6 – descent to Val Veny and overnight at the campsite. Alternatively, a spare day in case of waiting for the good weather. Overnight in tents at the campsite.

Day 7 – If Mont Blanc was summitted on the previous day, descent to Val Veny and rest. Overnight in tents at the campsite.

Day 8 – free time in Val Veny for packing, or time to return to the valleyr in case the mountaineering activities on Mont Blanc have been prolonged. Overnight in tents at a camping or if time permits, starting the journey back to homes in the afternoon is possible.

Day 9 – spare day for return homes in case of bad weather. Early morning farewell and start of the journey back (it is possible to go by car to Poland with the expedition tourleaders).

The trip price includes

  • service of 1 BluEmu tourleader for each two-person team;
  • 3 nights at the campsite in Courmayeur before and after the mountain activities;
  • breakfasts at the campsite in tourist standard prepared together with the expedition tourleaders. Meals are available in two options: meat and vegetarian (includes fish). Other options (e.g. vegan, gluten-free) are available after early notice and for an additional charge;
  • 2 nights with half board (breakfast and dinner) in Gonella refuge;
    accommodation in tents provided by BluEmu during an acclimatization trip;
  • full board: breakfast and dinner in tourist conditions (including the cost of gas) prepared together with the expedition tourleaders during an acclimatization trip;
  • cable car rides included in the trip program;
  • medical expenses insurance and accident insurance for the entire duration of the trip (on mountaineering days the policy coverc high-risk sports);
  • unique shirt and buff;
  • Polish Tourist Guarantee Fund contribution.

The trip price does not include

  • journey to Val Veny and back as well local transfers (to the Courmayeur cable car station, parking at the beginning of the route to Monte Bianco and back);
  • possible additional attractions and amenities, e.g. additional nights or meals, accommodation in camping cabins or boarding houses (on participants’ request), other personal expenses.

Equipment

Sign up for Mont Blanc from the Italian side