Day 1 – Join trip in Chamonix.
Arriving in Chamonix the famous Mountain town of the French Alps based at the foot of Mont Blanc, we meet the group at 6pm for a trip briefing with your guide for the trek. Afterwards we have our evening meal.Accommodation: 3* hotel. Dinner included. Luggage availability
Day 2 – Transfer to Les Houches and trek to Les Contamines.
Arriving in Les Houches by private transfer we then take the cable car from the Bellevue lift. Crossing the hanging suspension bridge by the snout of the Bionnassay glacier we head up to the col du Tricot and down to the chalets du Miage for a coffee break before carrying on to Les Contamines. If it is very bad weather we can use a lower route option. Accommodation: 3*, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 15.6km Walking: Approx 6 hrs, Ascent +837 mtrs Descent -1520 mrs
Day 3 – Les Contamines – Les Chapieux.
Trekking up the old Roman road to Notre Dame de la gorge, we then start up hill past the Chalet de Barme and on up to the Col de Bonhomme at 2328 mtrs where we stop to eat our lunch. After lunch we carry on traversing on a gentle climb path to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme at 2478 mtrs. From here it is a two hr descent to Les Chapieux where we stay for the night. Accommodation: Guest house, Breakfast & Dinner included.Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 19km Walking : Approx 7-8hrs, Ascent +1348 mtrs Descent -960mtrs
Day 4 – Les Chapieux – Courmayeur Italy.
After taking a mini bustransfer to miss walking on 5 km of tarmac road, we cross the river at Ville des Glaciers and start heading towards the refuge des Mottets from where we start the climb up to the Col de la Seigne at 2517mtrs which marks the frontier of France and Italy. From the col you look down the awe inspiring Val Veni and into Italy. Descending past the Rifugio Elisabetta we head down to Les Visaille where we take a local bus into Courmayeur where we stay in a central good quality hotel for the night. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 17.2km Walking: Approx 5-6 hrs, Ascent +867 mtrs Descent -1015 mtrs
Day 5 – Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti Val Ferret
Today we start steeply up on lovely forest trails to the Rifugio Bertone and the Mont de la Saxe ridgeline. If conditions are good we can take the lesser-trodden variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge and up to the Tete de la Tronche and then descending steeply to the Col Sapin. A couple more descents and ascents finally bring us to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. Today is quite a long day but with really amazing jaw dropping scenery and not so many other trekkers. Overnighting in the wonderful Rifugio Bonatti with stunning views of the Mountains and glaciers as the sunsets. Tonight is the only night with out luggage availability. Accommodation: Mountain Refuge, Breakfast & Dinner included. Lunch not included. No Luggage delivery.
Distance: 17km Walking: Approx 7hrs, Ascent +1584mtrs Descent -940mtrs
Day 6 – Bonatti Hut Italy – La Fouly Switzerland
Today see`s us cross the Grand col Ferret at 2537mtrs and one of the highest cols of the trek. We get great views of the Grand Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the only mountain in the range to sit with a foot in France, Italy and Switzerland). At the col we cross over in to the Swiss Ferret and it is completely different to the Italian Val Ferret that we have left behind us. Dropping down we arrive at the small alpine village where we stay in a hotel for the night. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner Included. Lunch not included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 20.3km Walking: Approx 6-7 hrs, Ascent +1128 mtrs Descent -1580mtrs
Day 7 – La Fouly – Champex en Lac.
A shorter day today finds us traversing through classic Swiss alpine meadows and small villages. A final climb see us arrive at the alpine resort of Champex that sits beside a picture perfect lake. Staying in a tradition hotel with simple but very clean rooms and great food. Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 17.2km Walking: Approx 5hrs, Ascent: +711mtrs Descent: 855mtrs
Day 8 – Champex en Lac -Trient
Dependant on the weather and the fitness of the group there are two options for today. If the weather is good and everyone in the group is feeling fit enough we might trek up and over the Fenêtre d’Arpette; the highest col on the Tour du Mont Blanc at 2665 mtrs. A fantastic route with great views of the Trient glacier when we reach the top. Otherwise we can take the standard TMB route the Bovine and wind our way up to the col de la Forclaz and then down into Trient for the night. The guide will decided which route is to be taken depending on all the factors involved. Accommodation: Auberage, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 15.4 km Walking: Approx 5-6hrs, Ascent: +1484 mtrs Descent: 1716 mtrs
Day 9-Trient – Argentière
If the weather is good, we do not follow everyone up the normal TMB route but take another variant via Les Grands. With great views and a less travelled path it makes for another great day, if the weather is not so kind we take the normal route up through the forests where both paths bring us to the Col de Balme and the frontier with Switzerland and France. dropping back into France with the Chamonix valley falling away below us, we climb up to the Aiguillette des Posettes before descending through wonderful forests and then following the river into Argentière where we stay in a hotel in the centre of the village. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 18km Walking: Approx 6 hrs, Ascent: +1200 mtrs Descent: 1500 mtrs
Day 10 – Argentière – Chamonix
Returning to Tré-le-Champ we hike up to the Lac des Cheserys, with probably the best views of the Mont Blanc Massif and one of the classic walks of the valley. Using a series of ladders and cables to ascend the cliffs (It is very easy and nothing to fear) we arrive at the Lac des Cheserys we descend to Flégère. Here we start upon another classic walk of the valley the Grand Balcon sud. Arriving at Planpraz we take the cable car down to Chamonix town and our hotel. Accommodation Hotel, Breakfast and dinner included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 15km Walking: Approx 7hrs Ascent: +1260 mtrs Descent: 650 mtrs
Day 11 – Chamonix – Les Houches
Taking the cable car back up to Plan Praz today, we carry on hiking from where we left off yesterday. Up to the Col du Brevent and traversing some wonderful cliff lines and another short ladder ascent brings us up to the summit of the Brevent for great views across the valley to Mont Blanc. Here we drop down on paths into the forest and end up at Les Houches where we pick up our transfer back to Chamonix and our Hotel. Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast and dinner included. Luggage delivery.
Distance: 14.8km Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs, Ascent: +872 mtrs Descent: 1776 mtrs
Day 12 – Departure day
After breakfast our Big Smile Adventures Tour du Mont Blanc finishes. Breakfast included