Mont Blanc, the normal Italian route, via the Dome glacier and the Bionnassay ridge.
Pope Achille Ratti with the guide of Courmayeur Alexis Proment, on 1 August 1890, went down this itinerary for the first time. Among the normal routes of Mont Blanc it is certainly the most suggestive, the environment is grandiose, very wild and the route is not very popular. The ridges that from the Piton des Italien lead to the Dome, although not difficult, guarantee an exceptional panorama. It is recommended for sufficiently trained mountaineers (1800 meters of elevation gain!) And who do not like the crowding of the French routes.


  • Day 1
    From Lake Combal 1959 mt. in about 4.30 walking on the Miage glacier, you reach the Gonnella refuge at 3071 mt. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.
  • Day 2
    00:30 wake up and breakfast. At about 01.15 am departure in the night for the climb. It takes 6-8 hours to reach the top of Mont Blanc. The descent can be done on the same route or on the French side (4-5 hours). For the descent to Chamonix there are several possibilities depending on the mountain conditions.
  • Average times for round trip 14 hours
  • Total height difference uphill +2851 mt.
  • Period from June to September
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The price includes

  • Assistance of the mountain guide, commonly used material.
  • Insurance that covers the emergency intervention in the event of an accident.

The fee does not include

  • Board and lodging at the refuge for the participants and the guide.
  • Possible tickets for the cable cars for the descent to Chamonix.
  • Car transfers and anything not specified in the entry “The price includes”.

Technical difficulty


Physical training


  • harness
  • Maximum ice ax 60 cm
  • Classic crampons with anti-cocoon
  • High mountain boots
  • Helmet
  • Telescopic ski pole
  • Harness, ice ax, crampons, ski pole and helmet missing will be provided by the guide.


  • High mountain / glacier sunglasses
  • Sun cream and cocoa butter
  • Cap
  • High mountain gloves
  • Breathable t-shirt
  • Sweet life
  • Windstopper or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Shoeller mountain pants
  • Mountain socks
  • Leggings


  • A spare T-shirt
  • A tights
  • A pair of spare mountain socks
  • Ski mask
  • Lightweight spare gloves
  • A front lamp with new batteries
  • Small personal pharmacy (compeed, aspirin, high protection sunscreen)
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Camera
  • 1 liter bottle or Thermos
  • Energy bars, dried fruit, chocolate, sandwich
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Paper towels
  • Sun hat
  • Ear plugs (useful in shelters)
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