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4000 meters peak course Gran Paradiso information with a Chamonix mountain guide Guide before climbing Mont Blanc

First 4000 introduction course

Day 1 DRY GLACIER DAY:

In the morning, on the Mer de Glace, the guide will teach the French technique of moving on ice,  front pointing and down climbing. The afternoon,  ice climbing and the guide fix ropes on a steeper wall. You will  climb  more difficult ice pitches. The guide will also show to you the basics of crevasse rescue,  placement of ice screws and of anchor systems.
Descent at the end of the afternoon by the mountain railway to Chamonix.

Day 2 ACCLIMATIZATION and  SNOW SKILLS DAY:  
Grand Montets cable (3300 m) a day on a wet glaciar (covered  by snow)
 Priority on snow skills, the goal is to enable you to travel as a roped Alpine team, to evaluate snowbridges, to learn to traverse safely  crevasses, to move together, and others including the placement of snow anchors, ice axe belays, avalanche prediction, ice axes arrests, and holding falls on snow and exercices of crevasse rescue.

Day 3 ROCK-CLIMBING DAY:
Easy Rock Climbing for learning to belay a second or a leader, how to install a belay, to abseil, to use natural protections. For all levels as second or if you want to lead on easy and well protected routes.

Day 4- Ascent: 700m, Max Altitude: 2700m  MOUNTAIN HUT APPROACH:
Departure in the morning to the Gran Paradiso National Park, arrival to the hamlet of Pont at nearly 2000m for lunch time. We are in a National Park, no cable car helps you to gain altitude, the walk up to the hut is about two hours long through a beautiful untouched landscape. The Vittorio Emmanuel hut is one of the most welcoming  huts in the Alps and. Prepair a light back pack and leave any excess weight in the hut.

Day 5- Ascent: 1361m, Max Altitude: 4061m ASCENT DAY:
Wake up 4am for breakfast. The ascent to the summit takes approximately five hours from the hut, and we reach the top usually about 09:00. The summit of Gran Paradiso provides stunning views on Mont Blanc,  Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa. After a small while on the summit, we descend back along the rocky ridge, and then down the to the hut for resting a bit, rehydrating and eating.  After this, we descend back down  the valley, and then  back to Chamonix.

Because of the conditions of the mountain, the level of the group and others, the guide could organize a different planing and even if this is not realistic and safe he could propose an alternative summit.

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