A wild traverse in the heart of Mont Blanc

The Drus Traverse is a monument of mountaineering. Opened in August 1879, for the little Dru, then in September 1903 for the traverse, it remained a serious ascent or commitment was total. Emblematic, the Drus watch the Chamonix valley, this summit is a veritable granite fortress. No path is simple and all are exceptional. Scent the Drus is a business that overwhelms us with beauty and satisfaction. Considerable while sleeping at the refuge or by bivouacking, this adventure will mark you for life.

Region

France - Chamonix

Duration

2 Days

Months

June, July, August, September

1,500 /personne for 1 person

Difficulties

Mountaineering level 3: Advanced
  • Be in good physical shape

  • Carry a 6 to 8 kg backpack

  • Autonomous knowledge and practice of mountaineering techniques and equipment

  • Technical level required: Quite Difficult (AD) in mountaineering and 5 in climbing

  • Walk between 6 and 12 hours

Itinerary

Day 2

Departure at night to cross the Charpoua glacier and cross the characteristic turn to reach the end of the Flammes de Pierre ridge at the 3361 m high point. The continuation is a granite climb, often physical, in the maximum level of 5c over about 400 metres. The arrival at the summit of the Petit Drus with the Virgin Mary watching over Chamonix is extraordinary. This moment allows you to savour this summit before heading back to the Grand Dru and its famous "Z" passage. The ascent of the Grand Dru is spectacular and a crack in the chimney just below the summit will leave unforgettable memories. The descent is done by abseiling down to the Charpoua glacier, at an altitude of 3250 m.

From there it takes about an hour to reach the refuge. If we keep to the race schedule, we go straight down to take the little Montenvers train to get back to Chamonix. Otherwise it will be one more night at the Charpoua.

D+ 1050 m / D- 2000 m

Included

  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Mandatory individual mountaineering safety equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • Overnight accommodation described in the program
  • Breakfasts, picnics and dinners included in the program
  • The ticket for the ski lifts
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Transportation to the meeting point and from the point of separation

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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