This trip climbs the highest mountain in Switzerland in the Monte Rosa region, the Dufourspitze.
You also have the opportunity to extend to climb the highest mountain in France, Mont Blanc
Every climber should stand on this summit at least once in their life. The ascents are long and hard and unique alpine experiences.
On Mont Blanc, we generally take the French routes, either from the Goûter hut or the Cosmiques Refuge.
All of our trips include technical preparation and acclimatisation.
Just climbing Dufourspitze is a 4 day trip. See questions for full itinerary.
The option of adding Mont Blanc makes it an 8 day ascent and is perfect for the body and to maximize the chances of reaching both summits. The few days before the ascent are designed for your body to not only get well acclimatized but also to climb some of the highest mountains in Europe. Mont Blanc and in particular this trip, is not a mountain for beginners. We offer other trips to build your skills and endurance before attempting these. This program also allows you to climb a number of peaks in the Monte Rosa region.
The best time to climb these mountains is usually between the months of June and September.
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18 - 99 Years, Male
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Dufourspitze & Mont Blanc
18 - 99 Years, Male
18 - 99 Years, Female
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What is included in the price
-All guiding fees and transport and technical equipment for the group such as ropes and climbing protection.
- Hotels, lifts and mountain huts (HB)
What is not included
Personal climbing insurance
Personal climbing gear
Lunches and alcoholic drinks (can be ordered in the huts)
Who will be my leader
Sean is your leader and arranges all trips on this website.
He has lived in Dubai for 12 years and splits his time between here and the Pyrenees.
He has led 4 expeditions to the summit of Everest and 15 expeditions to mountains over 8000m as well as many around the globe.
If we employ further western guides they will be qualified and experienced mountain guides or mountaineering instructors.
On other expeditions such as Nepal and Pakistan we also ensure that all of our local porters have a good track record of mountaineering at high altitudes.
Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our porters have the right temperament to lead an expedition comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. To that end, we aim to provide a staff (and clients ) who will make the expedition both successful and enjoyable throughout.
What equipment do I need
When you sign up we go through everything that you will need.
Warm walking boots that are capable of taking a crampon
Gloves Buff, hat
Wind / Water proof outer clothes
High altitude Cat 4 Glasses
We will also check any equipment you have before you depart each morning.
What level of experience do I need
Climbing these peaks is a difficult alpine tour not only the physical aspect but technically.
Good acclimatization, training, and endurance are key to reaching the summit. It’s essential to stay at altitude for at least a few days before, either in Zermatt or in the Mont Blanc Massif in huts at 3000 m to get proper acclimatization
Its also necessary to have some flexibility in case the weather forces us to move the ascent date. If you have more days, then it is also easier fto change the summit day in the short term, depending on the conditions.
As a general rule you should be able to do 300 meters of vertical gain per hour at altitude.
The reason we do the additional classic on previous trips such as Dent du Geant and Cosmiques Arete is to full bring you up to speed with your guide and what we expect from you to ensure a safe climb.
What are your contact details
Sean lives in Dubai and the Pyrenees and as he is guiding the trips he is frequently travelling.
All messages will be responded to as quickly as possible.
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What does the rental equipment package include?
We can help you rent equipment and offer advice on purchases. Purchases should be done a long time in advance and tested before stepping on the mountain.
Equipment can be rented in Chamonix, Grindelwald, Zermatt or other climbing centres but at this level you are probably expected to have the basics. Please allow time for this.
Can you provide other dates?
Yes of course, please contact us directly
Can you take more than 1 person?
The guiding ratio for Mont Blanc, Eiger, Matterhorn is 1:1 but if you let me know in advance I can arrange for other guides.
Other mountains are 2:1.
Day 1: We meet in Zermatt where we check our equipment and practise rope techniques at a local crag and possibly even the famous via ferrata overlooking the Matterhorn and the town of Zermatt.
Day 2: Breithorn
We make use of the cable cars and get an uplift to the Klein Matterhorn station. From here we get magnificient views of the area. The Breithorn and its summits are a great start to the trip and we can collect a number of 4000m peaks here before heading back to the Zermatt Valley.
Day 3: Monte Rosa Hut
We take the train to Gornergletscher before descending to the glacier then ascending to the Monte Rosa Hut in a stunning location.
A good 4 hour easy walk.
Day 4: Dufourspitze
The highest mountain in Switzerland is our objective today and great acclimatisation for later in the week. We start early and the day is long but rewarding and we descend back via the hut.
Day 5: If continuing to Mont Blanc we travel from Zermatt to Chamonix.
Day 6: We ascend to the Cosmique R
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