Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premier hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.

 

Is this tour for me?

 

Travel Style: Active

Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

 

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

 

Physical Rating: 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

 

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

   

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 12:00 a.m. on Day 10

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Arrive at any time.

Our circuit begins and ends in Chamonix, France.

This evening is our first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialities in a typical restaurant, such as Cheese fondue, Tartiflette or Raclette accompanied with some famous "Vin de Savoie" wine.

 

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h17:00 Evening

As this is a challenging active trek, demanding good fitness and equipment, it is very important that you arrive on time for this briefing to learn more about the route and to hear your leader's recommendations on equipment. Please make every effort to arrive on time. If you are delayed, your CEO will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet later in the evening or early the following morning.

Accommodation - Hotel Gustavia (or similar)

 

Day 2 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc/Les Contamines-Montjoie

Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 24km (14 mi) hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savour a delicious dinner in the evening.

We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We'll take the bus or train to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue. From here on a clear day you’ll enjoy great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range, before beginning our hike to Les Contamines.

 

Local bus

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – Les Houches

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie 6h30m 24km

Hike past the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot (if weather permits,) afterwards descend into the Valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Then climb up along an old Roman ridge and past an original Roman bridge. Arrive to the Gîte in a valley that leads to the Col du Bonhomme and stop for the night for a well-deserved rest.Accommodation - Refuge Nant Borrant (or similar)

Meals included: Dinner

 

Day 3 Les Contamines-Montjoie/Les Chapieux

Hike the challenging 18km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Chapieux 7h30m 18km

Begin the steep ascent to the Col Du Bonhomme (2329m or 7641 ft), then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme (2483m or 8146 ft) and stop for lunch. While eating your meal, enjoy the amazing view of the Vallee des Chapieux. Descend to Les Chapieux for the night. Today the group will tackle steep uphill and downhill routes on rough terrain, this part of the tour can be extremely difficult but hikers’ feeling of satisfaction after climbing the Col du Bonhomme make the challenges worthwhile.Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 4 Les Chapieux/Courmayeur

Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Les Chapieux – Courmayeur 8h 28km

Climb through open pastures and snowfield to Col de la Seigne (2516m or 8254 ft) and the border with Italy. Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny. A 45 minute descent will bring the group to La Visaille, from this small hamlet take a bus or taxi to the picturesque town of Courmayeur, Italy.

 

Free Time

Courmayeur Evening

Free time to explore what the biggest town in the Italian Mont Blanc circuit has to offer such as restaurants and bistros. Accommodation - Hotel Cristallo (or Similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5 Courmayeur

Opt to ride a cable car to Pointe Helbronner or go for a day hike.

Today we have a scheduled rest day to put up our weary feet or take the opportunity to enjoy the lovely town of Courmayeur and La Saxe.

Enjoy an optional dinner with the group and our leader to taste some of the Italian Alpine specialities offered in Courmayeur's many atmospheric restaurants.

 

Free Time

Courmayeur Full Day

The picturesque mountain town of Courmayeur is an ideal backdrop for a free day. Relax and enjoy the mountain scenery or enjoy one of the optional activities available here.

 

Optional Activities - Day 5

Spa Centre of Pré St Didier

Courmayeur 1h-3h

50EUR per person

Enjoy an indulgent thermal bath or massage to relax those well-worked muscles at the amazing Spa Centre of Pré St Didier.

 

Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner

Courmayeur

52EUR per person

Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back -- the views are stunning.

 

Accommodation

 

Hotel Cristallo (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 6 Courmayeur/Val Ferret

Hike the 14km (8.6 mi) from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret. It's a steep climb but the rewarding views are worth it.

 

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Courmayeur – Val Ferret 5h-7h 14-20km

Lace those hiking boots back up! Start the steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (1970m or 6463 ft) with the best view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Hike along the Mont de la Saxe, taking the balcony path facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view. Descend to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night.

Accommodation

 

Rifugio Bonatti (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 7 Val Ferret/La Fouly

Embark on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Val Ferret – La Fouly 8h 20km

Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the steep climb across the Grand Col Ferret (2537m or 8323 ft), and descend into the hamlet of Ferret (1705m or 5593 ft), Switzerland. Take a quick bus ride to the village of Praz de Fort (1151m or 3776 ft) passing through beautiful forest and some small villages, including charming Les Arlaches. From here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Climb up to the mountain village of La Fouly where you can finally kick those feet up and relax.

Accommodation

 

Auberge des Glaciers Fouly (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 8 La Fouly/Trient

Follow the "Bovine Way" and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

La Fouly – Trient 8h 16km

Taking the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley, we continue along our circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz (800m) and then heading downhill to Trient (600m). Weather and group ability permitting, we have the option of taking the Fenêtre d’Arpette route, a “window” through the mountains offering spectacular views, but only after a very long, technical and steep up and downhill (8hrs, 1200m up and 1200m down).

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

 

Day 9 Trient/Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley. Take local transport back to Chamonix.

 

Mont Blanc Trek

Trient – Montroc 5h 14km

Head back towards the Chamonix Valley and out of Switzerland. Walk uphill through a large forest and then open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme (1000m or 3280.84ft). Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek (1150m).

 

Local bus

Montroc – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. 

Accommodation

 

Hotel Gustavia (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 10 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 
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