Triangle du Tacul : Goulotte Chéré

Triangle du Tacul : Goulotte Chéré


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durations: 1 day(s)
rock_types: granit
configuration: goulotte

quality: medium


D   4  M3    II    P3 


elevation min/max : 3842 m / 4248 m

height_diff_up: 700 m

height_diff_difficulties: 350 m

slope: 85°


glacier_gear: glacier_safety_gear





Mont Blanc du Tacul is easily accessible from Aiguille du Midi tram, which makes it a very popular summit. On it N face, there is a small rocky bastion where there are several ice gullies including Goulotte Chéré. First climbed by Robert Chéré and Jacques Tranchant on 18 August 1973.

Goulotte Chéré is an ice gully for beginners. You reach it via Aiguille du Midi in less than an hour. There are numerous escape routes and if you climb until Mont Blanc du Tacul, it constitutes a pretty high mountain route (at more than 4000m!).

From the summit of Aiguille du Midi, descend the ridge completely to the E until the altitude of 3670m. From there go completely S, passing the bergschrund and head towards Cosmiques refuge. Pass underneath the refuge and head towards the triangle of Tacul passing near Col du Midi as if starting the normal Mont Blanc du Tacul route. The ice gully, clearly visible from Cosmiques refuge, is located on the right side of the triangle of Tacul. You can reach its foot in 1 hour from the summit of Aiguille du Midi.

Pass the bergschrund and go up the snow cone (45°) to the base of the rocks which border the ice gully on the right bank. The first belay is located here. From this place, the ice gully is really started. You climb its centre part (60°-75°) to pass a throat sometimes in rock (3 pitons) depending on the conditions. The following belay is located on the left bank. The following pitch is the steepest one (85° for 7m then 70° and 50°). At the level of the steep part, there are pitons on the left bank. Then the ice gully becomes less steep, 70° then 50° to arrive at the following belay again on the left bank. The following pitch is still steep, 60-70° then 80°. There are 2 possibilities for making this pitch: either on the right, same slope but rather narrow with pitons (on the right while climbing), or on the left in ice (to be protected). The following belay is again on the left bank. At this spot the difficulties are finished. Many rope parties return by rappelling. Nevertheless, there is another way of escaping: traverse to the right, and via an easy gangway, to reach the top of the first bergschrund of the normal Tacul route.

If you decide to continue, there are 5 more pitches, first in snow (50° to 60°) then mixed to reach the summit of the triangle of Tacul. Then go up the ridge until the shoulder to reach the normal Mont Blanc du Tacul route (2 hours).

Bibliography: - "Neige, glace et mixte" - Publishers Editions Ice Connexion - Itinéraire n° 66b - Guide Vallot "La chaîne du Mont Blanc 1" - Publishers Editions Arthaud - Itinéraire n° 93

The descent is made in different ways depending on the spot where you decide to descend from.

If you descend after the last steep pitch, there are 2 solutions: - either rappel down (2 50 m ropes). From the last belay, there are more than 50m to reach the bergschrund, but the snow cone is not very steep and the bergschrund generally passes well. -or traverse to the right to reach an easy gangway which leads to the top of the first bergschrund of the normal Mont Blanc de Tacul route. Then, there is 1 more bergschrund to pass (which can be steep) and you descend easily until the base of the triangle to take the route used in the morning.

If you decide to go to the summit of Tacul, you descend by the normal route. From the summit, head towards the shoulder of Mont Blanc du Tacul and around 4080m, descend completely N then in the direction of the base of the triangle of Tacul by passing successively 2 bergschrunds which can be steep depending on the conditions or the season. Be careful, in winter, the slopes of the normal Tacul route can be weighted with snow, it is therefore preferable to descend the ice gully by rappelling.


The entire gully faces N and does not get the sun. At the altitude of 3,970m, you arrive on the ridge which leads to the NNE facing summit.

The ice gully itself has 350m of HD; 700m of HD as far as the summit of Mont Blanc du Tacul. It would be a shame not to go there. For that, add 250m for the return to Aiguille du Midi for a total of 950m.

Varied training route, aesthetic and not very run-out. It is extremely popular, but seldom travelled as far as the summit. Be careful of serac falls at the start and ice flow falls in the ice gully due to overlapping rope parties.

Chamonix -Aiguille du Midi tram as far as the summit. Round trip 34 euro.

Cosmiques refuge ( 16). Attended from 15 February to 15 October. Half-board for 42 euro.

Sensitive areas
There are sensitive areas on this route. Please refer to the map.


2 technical ice axes, crampons, helmet, 100m rappel rope, 5 rings, 5 quickdraws, slings. Be careful of serac falls at the start and ice flow falls in the ice gully due to overlapping rope parties.


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