Mont Blanc Extension

In the 'high season' weeks we can offer this opportunity to climb Mt Blanc as a follow-on to our Summits and Skills 4000m course or any of our other courses of Level 2 and above (please see Summer Mountaineering - Level 2 for other course dates).

Level 2 Guiding & Coaching

3 days, 2 nights

Ratio: 1:1

Prerequisites: Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course) Or equivalent

Price: Call*

It is essential to be fit, fully acclimatised and to have all the necessary skills before taking this 3-day course.

In August the weather can frequently be hot and dry, and in these conditions the standard routes on Mt Blanc sometimes become problematic, making route choice crucial for a successful ascent.

The Gouter ridge is usually our preferred option in good conditions, but we may consider other routes, depending on conditions and ratios.

The course fee is for guiding only.


You cover expenses as they are incurred. Please contact the ISM office for our private guiding rates and more information.

By climbing as a small team and keeping the programme flexible to take account of the weather and conditions, we give you the best possible chance of success on the Mt Blanc and an enjoyable ascent in the process.

Is This Course For Me?

You need to be fully acclimatised from a previous course and have a high level of general fitness (such as that gained beforehand from regular climbing, regular hill walking with a rucksack or strenuous aerobic exercise focused on legs and lungs). Do prepare yourself well for an ascent of Mt Blanc and please don’t underestimate the effort involved; climbing any 4000m peak is physically demanding and Mt Blanc is closer to 5000m!

Sample Programme

The course starts with participants and guides meeting at 6.45pm at Le Grand Chalet hotel in Leysin on the Saturday evening. This is a chance for the guides find out as much as possible about your climbing experience, brief you thoroughly on the plan for the course, sort out any particular equipment requirements and for you to ask any questions that you may have!

After breakfast on Sunday we drive either to Chamonix or Courmayeur to begin our ascent. Sunday evening sees us at our chosen hut with the plan for a summit attempt on Monday if weather permits. We have Tuesday in hand in case of bad weather.

Course Dates

Please call +44 1539 721561 for availability