3 days
Duration
France
Destinations
Spring, Summer
Dates
Advanced, Beginner
Level

BALCONS DE LA MER DE GLACE: DISCOVERY COURSE OF THE GLACIERS

Balcons de la Mer de Glace: at the heart of Mont-Blanc massif and its most famous faces: Drus western face and Grandes Jorasses northern face.  Those 3 days will enable you to change from hiking to mountaineering.

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Dates

From mid-June to mid-September depending on the conditions

Rates

If you are alone or a small group and you’d like to benefit the lowest rate, you can opt for a group session. If you prefer to stay in your private group you can choose the private formula.

Price for the group session:

675 € / person

Price of the private option:

2 participants : 885€ / person
4 participants : 575 € / person

* The price includes

  • Supervision by a mountain guide
  • Half-board in the Victor Emmanuel refuge
  • 3 lunches in the hut
  • The Montenvers train
  • Water during the meals

* Le prix ne comprend pas

  • les boissons, les barres de céréales et autres dépenses personnelles
  • votre assurance personnelle
  • le transport jusqu’au point de départ
  • tout ce qui ne figure pas dans « le prix comprend »

Supervision and participants

Max. 4 people per guide. Guaranteed departure from 3 subscriptions for group sessions.

You’ll be supervised by a mountain guide.

Technical and physical level

It’s recommended to have some experience in hiking (mid-range mountains). The climb requires a good training and is addressed to sports people. You’ll be walking for 4 to 8 hours per day, so you’ll have to prepare and practice cardio during your endurance trainings. (biking, running, …)

Don’t forget that you’ll be walking with a 8 kilograms backpack, this increases the amount of effort needed to walk, be sure to be training with this extra weight. We are available if you have some questions.

Detailed 3-day program

The previous day
Appointment at 6.30 pm at the guides’ office.

Day 1
Departure to Chamonix in the morning where you will take Montenvers tourist train to climb Mer de Glace and Leschaux glacier where you will learn the crampon technique. You will climb the ladders to spend the night at Couvercle refuge (2,687 m).
6-hour walking. Difference in height of + 800 m / – 200 m.

Day 2
You will go on climbing Balcons de la Mer de Glace to Leschaux refuge for a well-deserved meal at the feet of Grandes Jorasses northern face.       Then you will leave Leschaux glacier to climb Tacul glacier to Requin refuge (2,516 m) where you will spend the night. 6/8-hour walking. Difference in height of + 900 m / – 800 m

Day 3
Descent of Mer de Glace to Montenvers famous hotel for a well-deserved meal before going down into the valley with the tourist train. 4-hour walking. Difference in height of + 200 m / – 700 m.

The guides could be led to change the programme depending on the weather conditions, the mountains and the level of the participants.

Booking

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Reservations starting early november

Register by filling the registration form dated and signed and with the 30% deposit, plus the optional insurance coverage amounts. Having a repatriation help service coverage is compulsory to attend our trips. If you do not have one, we can offer you one.

For further information, please contact us by mail or by calling +33 (0)4 50 47 76 55 (Saint-Gervais) or  +33 (0)4 50 47 10 08 (Les Contamines). We can help you to realise your projects.