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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Meet at the group's hôtel in the Chamonix Valley

Pick up at Geneva airport or meet at the group's hôtel  in Chamonix. Meals in town as you please

Day 2Meeting and training in the snow, ice climbing on the Tour glacier - Walking time : 4 to 5 hours / Ascent : about 500m / Max Alt : 2702m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Albert Premier refuge

We meet with the guide at  the rental equipment shop and discuss the trip with him. He also checks our personal equipment (possible to rent). We travel then to the village of Le Tour by minibus, and take a small two-stage cable car to the Col de Balme, where we begin our walk to the Albert Premier refuge (2702m, on Glacier du Tour). Here we spend the afternoon training in the snow and ice climbing on the glacier.


Day 3Tête Blanche ascent (3429m) - Walking time : 6 to 7 hours / Ascent: about 850m / Descent: about 850m / Max Alt. : 3429m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Trient refuge

We ascend from the refuge towards Tête Blanche (3429m) and reach the Trient refuge through the Col supérieur du Tour.


Day 4Col Supérieur du Tour - Walking time : 6h to 7 hours / Ascent : about 400m / Descent: about 1000m / Max Alt. : 3235m / Accommodation : Chamonix hôtel 3*

Starting from the Trient refuge, we climb the Col Supérieur du Tour. We descend then, passing the Albert Premier refuge (where we offer ourselves a little break), then we go back to the village of Le Tour.
. There, the guide will tell us about the program regarding weather conditions of the mountain. He will also form the duets for the ascent of the Mont Blanc. Night in 3* Hôtel in Chamonix. Diner in town

Day 5Taking the Mont Blanc train to the Nid d'Aigle, and walking to the Tête Rousse refuge (3167m). - Walking time : 3h to 4h / Ascent: about 1300m / Max Alt. : 3167m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Tête Rousse refuge

This is the first step of the Mont Blanc ascent and it is quite easy. We start from Les Houches with our reinforcement guides, where we take the Bellevue cable car to reach the Bellevue train station. From there, we catch the Victorian Rack railway train ("Tramway du Mont Blanc") to the Nid d'Aigle (2372 m). We walk up  on a winding track offering a stuning view over Chamonix valley. After a short time walking on the North face, we arrive on a snow-covered area landing to the brand new Tête Rousse refuge (3167 m). We spend the whole afternoon relaxing, acclimatising, and contemplating the wonderful sight on Aiguille de Bionnassay's North face.

Day 6 Mont Blanc ascent - Walking time : 3 to 4 hours / Ascent : about 1700m / Descent: about 1000m / Max Alt: 4810m / Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Goûter refuge

This climb is through the rocky slopes of the Aiguille du Gouter, a wide corridor in the lower slope is exposed to rockfall, and it is very important to follow the instructions of the guide. The rest of the rise is affected by a bit marked spur and some passages are equipped with cables or ropes, and require the use of hands. The night falls and we lose the track of time, but soon we reach the Dome du Goûter (4304m). We get to the Bivouac-refuge Vallot, unmanaged and usually used as a protection for mountain climbers. That is when the sun comes up again. We get closer to the peak, the Bosses slope starts here. For a few hours, we will find ourselves between sky and ground walking on a magnificent, sometimes aerial slope. The guide asks you to make sure your rope is tight. Finally, after one last Bosse, the peak appears, large and friendly. We are now 4810 meter-high !

Day 7Going back to Chamonix - Walking time : 10h to 12 hours / Descent : about 1300m / Max Alt. : 3167m

The descent is from the same road to the Nid d'Aigle where we go in the Tramway du Mont Blanc.  A final round of cable and here we are in Les Houches. A meal is planned at the arrival in Les Houches or right after giving your rented equipment back in Chamonix. Night in your hôtel in Chamonix. Meals in town as you please.

Day 8Departure day

Land only package services end after breakfast. A lift to Geneva will be provided by our team in the morning.

  • Airport transfers
  • Two nights guesthouse accommodation in Longyearbyen
  • Free walking tour of Longyearbyen
  • All technical camping gear
  • All sea-kayaking equipment
  • Full supervision by an experienced professional guide
  • Full board except for a last evening meal in Longyearbyen (day 10)
  • Boat trip across Isfjord,Longyearbyen - Ymerbukta
  • Boat trip Svea Glacier to Longyearbyen
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Evening meal on day 10 in Longyearbyen (kitchen facilities/restaurant options available)
  • Accommodation on day 11 as midnight departure for the airport is required
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for your crew
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear
  • Snacks or personal medicine
  • Entry visa for Norway if required


  • Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious, made by refuges' keepers. 
  • Lunches : packed lunches made by your guide (please inform us about any food requirement or allergies).
  • Take some snacks according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dried fruits,…).
  • Water is very expensive in refuges (from 5 to 10 euros one bottle).
  • Don't forget to bring euros and swiss francs for the Trient refuge on day 2.
  • Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price.


You will spend nights in refuges' dormitories : blankets and sleepers are provided but you will need to bring your sleeping bag. Please only bring very basic toiletrie. You will spend the first the 3rd and the last night in a 3* Hotel in Chamonix 


You will leave two times for three days of hiking : plan to bring a 40 to 50L bag to carry your equipment. One bag with replacement clothes will stay in the CAF du Tour lodge from Monday morning to Wednesday evening when you will get back there to spend the night. On Thursday morning, you will leave carrying your backpack ready for three days of ascent, your other belongings will remain in the back of the car, unless you plan to come back to the CAF du Tour lodge after the trekking.


Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the requirements and activities of the program. Every day activity and the regular practice of a sport with elements of endurance is mandatory for high mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking. For information about the levels of difficulty for our holidays, check the "Evaluate your abilities" sight. Thank you for informing the agency about your medical conditions and particularity concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might had have, asthma, etc...!


- Wind stopper Beanie
- Scarf and / or around the neck 
- Sun cream (high protection index) and lips stick 
- Snow Goggles category 4 + goggle 
- 1 pair of gloves in fleece or wool. 
- 1 pair of warm gloves 
- Breathable technical underwear. 
- Breathable Technical Sub-pull (carline, light fleece)… 
- Fleece jacket. 
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex 
- 1 breathable technical sticky 
- 1 cozy mountain pants 
- 2 pairs of socks a thin pair and tough 
Technical equipment
- Comfortable climbing mountain shoes with crampons
- A comfortable backpack, without reinforcement, anatomic type, with a capacity of 40 to 50 liters
- An ice axe, crampons, helmet, a harness equipped with two screw carabiners (do not hire, lend or borrow carabiners, purchase is mandatory) 
- A pair of telescopic canes
- A pair of gaiters 
- A sheet-type for sleeping bag (there are blankets in the shelters). 
- A small toiletry bag and a small towel fast drying (from specialized stores) 
- A sunscreen (face and lips).
- A headlamp (LED type).
- A pocketknife. 
- Toilet paper + lighter. 
- Two plastic bags (100 liters) to protect the backpack from rain. 
- A waterproof pouch/ carrier for your papers, money, phone, insurance / assistance contract, and all your numbers in case of emergency  
Equipment rental In Chamonix : you can rent equipment like:
- climbing mountain shoes with crampons 
- Ice axe
- Cleats 
- Harness 
- Helmet 
- Trousers 
- Jacket 
- Headlamp 
- Backpack
- Sticks  
How to buy equipment Technical equipment, ice ax, crampons and harness can be purchased online on the company's website SIMOND: 
- The group equipment (ropes, mousquetons) is provided. 
- Slippers are available at the huts 
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