Tour du Mont Blanc (classic version)
The tour around Mont Blanc (meaning “The White Mountain”) is recognized as one of the best of the world’s classic self-guided walks. Faithful to its myth, the Mont Blanc is no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps. Although the route does not bring you to the peak itself, the circuit will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland in order to discover its various faces. The sceneries are stunning with innumerable alpine peaks and beautiful glaciers all around with the impressive Mont Blanc massif constantly in the background. This walk is reasonably demanding, but you only need to carry a light backpack each day and in the evening you will enjoy French and Italian cooking and Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you stay in.
The Tour of Mont Blanc is a very well marked circuit:
– In France: marked with red and white stripes (and at altitude in Switzerland)
– In the valleys of Switzerland and Italy: marked with a black diamond shape on a yellow background.
The markings are in both directions; they are made with paint and are easily visible. These marks are placed regularly on trees, rocks, walls, and fences, etc.
Duration8 Days I Tour Difficulty: 4 (of 5)
What is includedRoadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps - 1 set per reservation); 2 nights in hotels/BBs (incl. breakfast) and 5 nights in very comfortable hotel or gîte incl. breakfast and dinner (all rooms with private bathroom); luggage transfers; bus transfer on Day 3;
What is not includedother meals and transfers (picnic lunches can be ordered on spot in the accommodations the previous evening at the price of 12-15 Euros/person), local bus tickets (appr. 25 Euros per person), lift tickets (appr. 15 Euros per person), personal expenses, mountain insurance, entry fees;
Best periodmid-June, July, August, mid-September
Day 1: CHAMONIX
Day 2: CHAMONIX - ARGENTIERE
Day 3: TRIENT – CHAMPEX
Day 4: CHAMPEX – GRAND COL FERRET - ITALIAN VAL FERRET
Day 5: COL DE LA SEIGNE – LES CHAPIEUX
Day 6: LES CHAPIEUX – LES CONTAMINES
Day 7: LES CONTAMINES - MONTJOIE - LES HOUCHES
Day 8: Departure