OverviewThe Mont Tondu is situated at the far SW end of the Mont Blanc Massif. It rises above the Tré-la-Tête Glacier on the N side and la Ville-des-Glaciers on the S side. Although it's a rather low summit and fairly insignificant next to his big neighbours in the Mont Blanc Massif, it has several interesting routes on its flanks.
The normal route coming from the Tré-la-Tête Glacier passes over the snowy NE FLank and ends on the Pain de Sucre (3169m), a foresummit of the Mont Tondu. From there the real summit is reached in half an hour over easy rocks. Excellent tour to get back into it at the beginning of the season.
A nice 3-day round trip is to climb the Mont Tondu in combination with the Dôme de Neige des Glaciers, the Aiguille de la Lex Blanche or the Aiguille des Glaciers, starting from les Contamines-Montjoie. The first day, one can hike to the Refuge des Conscrits. The second day is to attempt the Dôme de Neige des Glaciers and the Aiguille de la Lex Blanche or the Aiguille des Glaciers and descend to the Refuge Robert Blanc. The third day leads to the Mont Tondu and back to les Contamines-Montjoie.
- NE Flank from the Tré-la-Tête Glacier - F (half a day)
- NE Ridge from the Col du Tondu - PD (half a day)
- Arête des Chasseurs from the Col des Chasseurs - PD (half a day)
- NW Flank from the Lacs Jovet - F (half a day)
- E Couloir + SE Ridge - AD (half a day)