Tour du Mont Blanc Classic trek Itinerary

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

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

Walking : Approx 7-8hrs, Ascent +1348 mtrs Descent -960mtrs

 

Day 4 – Les Chapieux – Courmayeur Italy.

After taking a mini bus transfer 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 2516 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

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

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

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

Lunch not included

Luggage delivery

Walking: Approx 5 hrs, Ascent +711 mtrs Descent -855mtrs

 

Day 8 – Champex en Lac – Trient

Two options today, depending on the weather conditions and the fitness of the group the guide will make the decision as to which route we take.

One option is to cross over the Fenetre dÀrpette the highest col on the Tour du Mont Blanc at 2665 mtrs. A fantastic but quite long and steep route with exceptional views of the Trient Glacier or if we want to take things a bit easier we can take the normal TMB route by the Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz where we drop down to Trient for the night.

Accommodation: Auberge, Breakfast & Dinner included

Lunch not included

Luggage delivery

Walking: Approx 6 hrs Altitude +1484mtrs Descent -1760mtrs

 

Day 9 – Trient – Argentiere

Today we head up and over the col de Balme and back into the Chamonix valley and France. From the col we have a small climb up to the Aiguillette des Posettes and then descend through lovely forest trails and along the river to Argentiere.

Accomodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner included

Lunch not included

Luggage delivery

Walking: Approx 7 hrs, Ascent +1200 mtrs Descent -1500 mtrs

 

Day 10 – Argentiere via Lac Blanc to Chamonix

Making the short walk back up to Tre-le-champ we hike up to the famous Lac Blanc with the best views of the whole Mont Blanc Massif. This is without doubt one of the finest walks in the whole of the Chamonix valley. Using a series of ladders and chains to skirt around the cliffs (it is really very easy) we gain the great panoramas. From the Lac we traverse over to Flegere and onto the Grand Balcon sud and take the cable car down to Chamonix and our hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast & Dinner Included

Lunch not included

Luggage delivery

Walking: 7-8 hrs, Ascent +1000mtrs Descent -650mtrs

 

Day 11 – Chamonix – Les Houches

Taking the cable car back up from where we descended yesterday at Planpraz we set off climbing up to the col du Brevent and then the Brevent summit with excellent views of Mont Blanc and if the weather is good maybe the chance to see the wing suit fliers jumping off the summit. Descending we go via Merlet to arrive at Les Houches and catch our transfer back to Chamonix and our hotel for the final night of our fantastic trek around the Tour du Mont Blanc.

 

Day 12 – Departure day.

Our trip finishes after breakfast and we depart the world famous Mountain town of Chamonix.

 

 

Included

  • All Accommodation
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • All cable cars and transfers as stated in the Itinerary
  • Luggage transfers except for one night
  • Qualified and experienced International mountain leader

 

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Tips

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