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Mont Blanc classic 2 days ascent


Les Houches


Day 2: Refuge du Gouter - Summit - down to Nid d'Aigle or Bellevue

Alpine Climbing Severe

18 km
1.2 km
3.2 km
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
4.8 km
Mont Blanc classic 2 days ascent Map

This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be severe. It's very remote, it features medium exposure and is typically done between June and September. From a low point of 1.8 km to the maximum altitude of 4.8 km, the route covers 18 km, 1183 vertical metres of ascent and 3222 vertical metres of descent. You'll need ice axe, crampons and glacier kit to complete it safely.


Start from Gouter hut around 3am. The ascent is all the way on glaciers and the final part from Vallot follows a snow ridge. The descent is long and has to be considered as at least half of your day!



Steep, sustained and serious terrain on rock/ice. Routes will be long, exposed and possibly committing. D, D+

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The route features some exposed and/or difficult to protect sections.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between June and September

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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