Mont Blanc climbing holiday
Description of Mont Blanc climbing holiday
Starting and ending in Chamonix, this Mont Blanc climbing holiday is spread over a week in order to give you plenty of time to acclimatise, train, and prepare as best you can to take on the highest peak in the Alps, at 4810m. We travel with expert, high mountain guides who can lead inexperienced climbers up to the summit, although it should be noted that this is a very challenging expedition, with long days at high altitude and so a very good level of fitness is required. Climbing and walking at a consistent level of speed, and for long periods of time is something you should feel confident about doing and do please chat with us if you have any concerns.
Our summit strategy:
We have a flexible climbing programme as we will need to decide on the summit route according to the conditions at the time. We will take three days on Mont Blanc itself, the longer final summit route being from Tete Rousse Refuge on day six, and then staying at Gouter Refuge on the descent. The other option is to take the summit route from Gouter Refuge on day seven and then descend directly to Chamonix. This means that we have two options, although it is important to note that if we donít succeed in summiting on the chosen route, it wonít be possible to attempt a second summit the next day on the other route.
In practice, the majority of our mountain guides have opted for the Tete Rousse route which means that we also have the added advantage of traversing the Grand Couloir early in the morning of ascent and descent, which is a very exciting part of the expedition.
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PlanetThe alpine landscapes you will experience on our Mont Blanc climbing vacation are simply stunning so it is essential then, that our small groups of 4-6 climbers minimise our impact on the mountain to ensure that they remain so for future generations. All rubbish will be carried out of the mountains and disposed of sensibly. The mountain huts and their immediate environment are particularly sensitive to degradation and it is up to us to ensure that we use the facilities sensibly and leave them as we would expect to find them.
The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleOur starting point of Chamonix is heavily geared up for tourism but this does not mean that everyone is a tourist or understands our language. It is up to us to make all reasonable effort to communicate in the local language and to fit in with the local way of life.
Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.
We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.
We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.
We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.