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Tour du Mont Blanc (8 Days)

€820 per person

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.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days
  • What is included
    Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps - 1 set per reservation); accommodation and meals as mentioned under Itinerary, luggage transfers; bus transfer on Day 3 (8-day tour)
  • What is not included
    other 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. 20 Euros per person), lift tickets (appr. 20 Euros per person), personal expenses, mountain insurance, entry fees;
  • Best period
    July, August, September
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Day 1: CHAMONIX
Arrival day.
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Day 2: LES PRAZ DE CHAMONIX - LE TOUR
Bus transfer from Chamonix to Les Praz (or beginning of the hike from Planpraz cable car instead of la Flégère). Ascent by the Flégère cablecar to the Balcons du Mont Blanc in order to reach Lac Blanc at 2300m. Descent via the Col des Montets (by the vistors centre of the Aiguilles Rouges). Descent to the village of Argentiere and overnight there. 5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +450 to -1150 m (6.5 hour walk if you start from Planpraz)
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Day 3: TRIENT – CHAMPEX
Bus transfer to Trient (20 min). Crossing through the pastures of Bovine via a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone valley or take a more ‘high altitude’ detour via La Fenêtre d’Arpette. Descent to Champex and overnight there. 6 hour walk / Elevation: + 1100m - 750m (via Bovine) or 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: + 1300m - 970m (via Arpette)
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Day 4: CHAMPEX – GRAND COL FERRET - LA VACHEY
Transfer by local bus to cross the Val Fouly. Climb up through the vast pastures to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) (with possible detour to the Tête Ferret). The crossing of Grand col Ferret takes the Tour of Mont Blanc trail from Switzerland into Italy. After crossing the border, descent to the Italian Val Ferret at the foothills on the opposite side of the Mont Blanc. From here you will enjoy the view of the magnificent Grandes Jorasses. Overnight in La Vachey. 6 hour walk / Elevation: + 850 m -800 m
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Day 5: LA VACHEY – COL DE LA SEIGNE – LES CHAPIEUX
Transfer by local bus to the Val Veny. Climb the Val Veny to Refuge Elisabetta and continue up to the Col de la Seigne. On this stage the Tour du Mont Blanc trail leaves Italy and enters France at the Col de la Seigne, one of the easiest crossings of the circuit, but one which also happens to be among the most scenic. Given reasonable visibility, the view of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Noire from Col de la Seigne is stunning. A short detour takes you to the glacial Lake Miage at the foot of the Miage glacier. Descent to Refuge Les Mottets or a little further on to La Nova hostel (depending on availability). A detour is possible via le Balcon de Chécroui and le Mont Fortin. 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: + 850m - 650m
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Day 6: LES CHAPIEUX – LES CONTAMINES
Climb to the Col des Fours (2665 m) to reach the highest point of the tour. Followed by a descent to the Col du Bonhomme, once frequented by paddlers. If you have spent the previous night at La Nova you can climb directly to the Col du Bonhomme. On this stage the Tour of Mont Blanc goes right to the head of Val Montjoie and crosses over into the Vallée des Glaciers. Descend via the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. From the authentic village of Les Contamines you take the bus to Chamonix and stay overnight there. 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: + 850m -1500m
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Day 7: LES CONTAMINES - MONTJOIE - LES HOUCHES
Transfer (included) to La Gruvaz and climb up to the Bionnassay Glacier through the village of Champel or via the Col du Tricot (2100m) with an very scenic views close to the Dômes de Miage, the Chamonix valley and the Mont Blanc. Descent to the village of Les Houches. Bus transfer to Chamonix and overnight. 5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -800m (via Champel) or 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -1250m (via the Col du Tricot)
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Day 8: Departure

TOUR LOCATION

Price
820 Euro/persons
Group size
min. 2 persons
Tips
For hygiene reasons it is recommended to bring a sleeping sheet for the overnight in the cottages; Two blankets are provided per person in all accommodations; Hot showers are available in all accommodations; During the stages of your tour in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs; Thunderstorms are frequent in summer, especially in the afternoon; Try to leave most of the hiking trail behind you by noon; Trains service the line between Paris (Gare de Lyon) and Chamonix (visit www.sncf.com for more details). See SNCF bus times http://www.chamonix.com/pdf/train-travaux-4-06-8-12.pdf and buses in the Chamonix valley http://www.chamonix.com/pdf/chambus.pdf
Accommodation & luggage transportation
Double/triple private rooms in mountain cottages with sometimes shared facilities and 2-3* hotels with en-suite rooms (rest days); breakfast and dinner are included, except for Chamonix (Days 1, 6 and 7), where only breakfast is included; luggage transfers between the inns is included;

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