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Alps: Tour du Mont Blanc (8 days; private rooms)

€895 per person
This is one of the busiest trails in the Alps. The mountain accommodations along the route are limited in number and capacity. Rooms normally get booked several months ahead in advance. Avoid the dates around the Mont Blanc marathon (end of June) and the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) (end of August), when the trails are overcrowded and accommodations in the area – fully booked a year in advance.

The self-guided hiking tour around Mont Blanc is among the most iconic classic must-do treks. The Mont Blanc massif is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sights in the Alps. Even though the route does not take you all the way to the top of the emblematic summit, it guides you from France to Italy and Switzerland revealing its many faces. Do not let this fool you, the walk is fairly demanding but undoubtedly rewarding. You will contemplate alpine peaks and beautiful glaciers during the day and enjoy French and Italian cooking and Swiss hospitality as you rest in the comfort of your accommodations along the way. The trails are well-marked with red and white stripes in France and higher parts in Switzerland and a black diamond shape on a yellow background in the valleys of Italy and Switzerland. The markings are with good density and facing both directions. Even so, you will be walking under the guidance of a well-elaborated Roadbook to ensure a marvelous experience.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Tour Difficulty: 4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Roadbook (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 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. 25 Euros per person), lift tickets (appr. 15 Euros per person), personal expenses, mountain insurance, entry fees;
  • Best period
    mid-June, July, August, mid-September
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Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CHAMONIX
You start your tour in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, commonly known as Chamonix (France). Accommodation example(s): Hôtel La Vallée Blanche, bed and breakfast basis
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Day 2: CHAMONIX - ARGENTIERE (6.30hrs; +600/-950km)
You take the telecabine to Planpraz to the starting point of your independent walking route. You will gasp in wonder before the iconic panorama of the north face of the Mont-Blanc range, Les Bossons Glacier and the Mer de Glace. You then follow the balcony trail to the stunningly beautiful lakes of Chéserys. You end the hiking day with a descent to the picturesque village of Argentière (France) where your next overnight will be. Accommodation example(s): hotel La Couronne***, half-board basis
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Day 3: TRIENT – CHAMPEX (6hrs; +1100m/-750m OR 6.30hrs; +1300/-970m)
A 20-minute organized bus transfer takes you to Trient there today’s hiking route will begin. You have two options to complete this section of the itinerary. You can cross the pastures of Bovine following a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone valley or take a more challenging détour via la fenêtre d’Arpette. Regardless of the option you choose, you will descend to Champex (Switzerland) where your overnight will be. Accommodation example(s): Le Splendide***, half-board basis
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Day 4: CHAMPEX – GRAND COL FERRET - ITALIAN VAL FERRET (6hrs; +850m/-800m)
After a healthy breakfast, you catch a local bus in order to cross the Val Fouly. Then, your self-guided walking tour continues up though lush pastures to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). A detour to the Tête Ferret is possible at this stage. You will not only cross the Grand col Ferret, but will also be crossing the border between Switzerland and Italy. Descend to the Italian Val Ferret in the foothills on the opposite side of the Mont Blanc and enjoy the view from a different perspective. Accommodation example(s): Chalet Ferret; Hôtel Astoria (private bathroom), half-board basis
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Day 5: COL DE LA SEIGNE – LES CHAPIEUX (6.30hrs; +850m/-650m)
Today you catch a local bus to the Val Veny where the starting point of this section of your independent walking tour will be. Climb the fascinating Val Veny to the Elisabetta Refuge and continue up to the Col de la Seigne (The Seigne pass). You have reached a new part of the route crossing from Italy back to France while you enjoy the unbelievably beautiful scenery in the background. A short deviation brings you to the glacial Lake Miage at the foot of the Miage glacier. Your overnight will be in a gîte or refuge (depending on availability). Accommodation example(s): Refuge Les Mottets; Les Chapieux, half-board basis
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Day 6: LES CHAPIEUX – LES CONTAMINES (6.30hrs; +850m/-1500m)
Today you will reach the highest point of your self-guided hiking tour, the Col des Fours (2665 m). Form there, you continue down through the Col du Bonhomme mountain pass. If you have spent the previous night at La Nova you can climb to the Col du Bonhomme mountain pass directly. Next, you reach the Montjoie Valley and cross over into the Vallée des Glaciers contemplating amazing views along the way. Last, you descend via the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge in the town of Les Contamines-Montjoie (France) where your overnight will be (half-board basis).
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Day 7: LES CONTAMINES - MONTJOIE - LES HOUCHES (5hrs; +750m/-800m OR 6.30hrs; +1100m/-1250m)
The last day of this independent walking tour begins with a (free) transfer to La Gruvaz and an ascent to the Bionnassay Glacier through the village of Champel. The alternative route is via the Col du Tricot (2100m) with an incredible view of the Dômes de Miage, the Chamonix valley and the Mont Blanc. Take the time to observe the beautiful views as you descend to the village of Les Houches (France) and your self-guided hiking tour slowly comes to an end. Take a bus to Chamonix where your last overnight will be. Accommodation example(s): Hotel La Vallée Blanche, bed and breakfast basis
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Day 8: DEPARTURE

TOUR LOCATION

Price
895 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (*30 Euro per person supplement for all arrivals in July/August)
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
2 nights in a hotel/BBs and 5 nights in very comfortable hotel or gîte incl. breakfast and dinner (all rooms with private bathroom)

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