Alpinism: Aiguille du Chardonnet – Forbes Ridge (Mont Blanc Massif)

Aiguille Chardonnet (3,824m) is a beautiful peak of Mont Blanc Massif and the Arête Forbes (Forbes Ridge, AD, III), probably its most popular route.

Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© A. Gatta)
Sunrise on Aiguille Chardonnet and the Arête Forbes on the left (© P. Gatta)

Anna and left the small village of Le Tour at around 3am to climb the Arête Forbes in one long round trip.

Above the Bosse (© A. Gatta)
Above the Bosse (© P. Gatta)

We reached the Albert 1er hut in 2h20 and continued toward the base of the Aiguille du Chardonnet.

Anna and I above the Bosse, photo taken by P. Gabarrou (© P. Gabarrou)
Anna and I above the Bosse, photo taken by P. Gabarrou (© P. Gabarrou)

The route follows a first gully and then a steep glacier called the Bosse.

Aiguille du Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gabarrou)
Aiguille Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gabarrou)

Above the Bosse, continue to a large pinnacle at around 3,700m where the ridge starts.

Aiguille du Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gatta)
Aiguille Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gabarrou)

Follow the ridge to the top, the hardest climb are graded III.

Aiguille du Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gabarrou)
Aiguille Chardonnet, Arête Forbes (© P. Gabarrou)

The descent from the top is quite long.

Summit of Aiguille du Chardonnet (© P. Gatta)
Summit of Aiguille Chardonnet (© P. Gatta)

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