The classic high mountain trek around the Mont-Blanc massif, starting in Chamonix, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland. Perfect for those short on time, but still keen to see the highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc with a dedicated IML guide.

visit 3 Alpine countries
Visit France, Italy and Switzerland in 6 days. Experience the varied traditions, culture and food.
selected Highlights
Trek all the best parts of this classic trek in one week.
Trek with comfort
This is a hotel-based trek with transport of luggage and all meals included.
The ultra classic
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one for the most spectacular and famous treks in the Alps.

ONE WEEK TOUR DU MONT BLANC

Tour du Mont Blanc guided trek, the best of the Alps in 6 days.

From 1,495.00€

Groups of minimum 6 and maximum 10 clients.

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Intermediate tech level

 

Fitness level 2

 

6 days of trekking

 

7 nights in hotels & gites

 

Groups from 4 to 10

 

Guiding ratio 1:10

 

Available June - September

 

Transport of baggage

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s classic long distance Alpine treks, or grandes randonnées. In this slightly condensed version of the tour, you'll complete a distance of around 90km (55 miles) and climb over 6500m (21325 feet) over the course of 6 incredible days.

The route makes a complete circuit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe and the highest peak in the Alps, passing through the three neighboring countries of France, Switzerland and Italy.

The start and finish of our Mont Blanc trek is in Chamonix, the European capital of mountaineering and a beautiful destination in its own right.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is not just a journey through and around stunning mountains, meadows and lakes but also a journey to discover different cultures, customs and cuisines. You will learn about the local flora, fauna and geology of three different countries and various diverse landscapes.

We have allowed 8 days for your entire trip, taking care that each of the stages represents a reasonable day’s walk and also ensuring that we have access to a good standard of overnight accommodation. Your luggage will be transported for you each day and will be waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel.

Dates

One Week Tour du Mont Blanc dates - 2019

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June 23, 2019
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1,595.00€
July 21, 2019
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1,595.00€
August 04, 2019
1,595.00€
August 04, 2019
1,595.00€
August 18, 2019
1,595.00€
August 25, 2019
1,595.00€
September 01, 2019
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1,595.00€
September 08, 2019
1,595.00€
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
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Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Chamonix

You will be greeted by the Yeti Lodge team and you can relax at the chalet or go for a stroll round the village of Argentiere. Your guide will come to meet you in the evening to have a chat about the trip, to check your equipment and answer any questions you may have. You'll meet the rest of your group and enjoy dinner together on your first evening.

Day 2: Chamonix, Les Houches, Col de Tricot, Chalet Miage to Les Contamines

We set off from Les Houches, enjoying stunning views of the Chamonix Valley, as we use the cable car to gain a 900m to start the trip. We cross under the Bionnassay glacier and head up to the Col de Tricot, 2120m, before a steep descent to the Miage pastures. From there we have a short climb over another col, before heading down through the forest to the small town of Les Contamines.

Distance: 14km 
Ascent: 680m 
Descent: 1300m 
Time: 7-8 hours 

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Day 3: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux via the Col de Bonhomme (2469m)

Starting along a Roman road, we make the long ascent through mountain pastures to the Col du Bonhomme, 2469m. We then traverse the hillside to another slightly higher col where ibex can often be seen, before a gentle descent to the lovely hamlet of Les Chapieux, where herds of sheep, goats and cows spend the summer grazing.

Distance: 19km 

Ascent: 1340m
 
Descent: 940m 
Time: 8-9 hours 

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Day 4: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur via Col de la Seigne

The day will start by an easy walk (1h) up the valley towards the Refuge Le Mottets, from where we ascend to the Col de la Seigne (2513m). This is an important mountain pass on the border between France and Italy. You will have amazing views of the Val Veny and the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. The path will lead on to Italy, descending steadily along the Val Veny  - we will pass by the restored customs house, La Casermetta, by the Elizabetta refuge and La Visaille where we take the local bus to Courmayeur. Depending on time, we may explore the town of Courmayeur before taking the local bus to Val Ferret where our hotel is.

Distance: 21km 
Ascent: 780m 
Descent: 920m 
Time: 7 hours 

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Day 5: Courmayeur to Champex via Grand Col Ferret (2530m)

We leave the old quarter of Courmayeur and hike up a long ascent to the Grand Col Ferret at 2537m. Here we cross the border from Italy into Switzerland. The change of view and scenery between the two sides of Mont Blanc is quick and remarkable. From there we descend to La Fouly and take a bus to Champex where we will spend the night.

Distance: 15km 

Ascent: 910m 
Descent: 1080 m 
Time: 7-8 hours 

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Day 6: Champex to Trient via the Bovine Trail (2040m). Transfer to Argentiere.

Today we cross from Switzerland back into France via a steepish climb along the Bovine trail, which traverses the mountains through flower filled pastures. We enjoy a picnic lunch at a rustic refuge, with the chance to learn about the famous Swiss fighting cows. We end the day with a transfer to Argentiere where we will spend the night.

Distance: 15km 
Ascent: 825m 
Descent: 770m 
Time: 6-7 hours 

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Day 7: Lac Blanc

On our last day of hiking we take a path up through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to reach the start of our ridge walk, which will lead us upwards to Lac Blanc. En route we often see ibex, chamois, and marmots. It really can be a great chance to get up close to some of the alpine wildlife. At Lac Blanc itself there is an opportunity to visit the refuge and indulge in some homemade tart and a coffee! We then hike down to the mid-station at La Flégère and descend to Chamonix by cable car before returning to Argentière.

Distance: 11km 
Ascent: 1140m 
Descent: 630m 
Time: 6-7 hours 

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Day 8: Leaving day

We enjoy a final breakfast together and say goodbye before checking out of the lodge. The trip package ends after breakfast. If you wish to stay on in Chamonix to relax or explore more of the valley, please contact us to arrange additional accommodation.

Total distance covered over the 6 days trekking : 90km

Total ascent over 6 days trekking: 6560m

Total descent over 6 days trekking: 6570m

Level Requirements

Level

You will hike about 15km per day and there will be a good amount of ascent and descent on this trip. However, the pace will be steady and, if you hike regularly, you should have no problem keeping up with the schedule.

Preparation

We highly recommend some preparation training before coming for the trek. Regular running, biking and swimming are good to improve your stamina. It will be great if you can do few day treks in hilly country before departing for the Tour du Mont Blanc holiday. 

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies which use new and comfortable vehicles and which have the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following:

 

  • Your full name
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address
  • Your destination address
  • Your flight details (date, time and flight number)

 

SHARED TRANSFERS:

 

This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one-way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

 

PRIVATE TRANSFERS:

 

Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door-to-door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one-way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

Equipment

Clothing

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Technical gear

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

6 days of guided hiking by a qualified mountain leader.

Accommodation

All accommodation, as described in the itinerary.

Food & Drink

All meals are included on this trip, including packed lunches. You are advised to bring extra trail snacks and carry plenty to drink each day.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Luggage Transport

Transport of luggage between accommodation.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Practical Information

Accommodation

You will spend the first and the last nights at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere. This is a very nice, newly renovated chalet with sauna, hot tub, secure parking and WiFi. The accommodation here is on a shared basis (twin rooms) with a continental breakfast (freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolate, bread, fruit, cereals, yoghurt, fruit juices and tea/coffee), afternoon tea with homemade cake and 3 course evening meal.

For the remaining nights, we will book comfortable hotels, gites and mountain huts where you can enjoy the spectacular views and sunsets over the mountains. Where possible, we will book rooms with maximum two / three beds but some nights may be in larger dorm rooms. Please note that this is a very popular trek, which passes through small villages where accommodation options are limited, therefore we cannot offer you private single rooms. However we promise you hotels and gites with character, comfort and good food. The limited accommodation availability is also reason why we recommend that you book this trip as early as possible, as it is often difficult to find rooms at the last minute.

Food

Breakfast and dinner are included in this trip, from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on the last day. Lunches are not included in the package, but are very easy to organise at the refuges and gites for the following morning. Your guide will also help you to get organised . We also recommend that you bring additional snacks with you, as these can be expensive to purchase on the way. Dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice, please inform us at time of booking if you have any special requests.

Spending money

All meals on a half board basis, accommodation and transport is included in the trip package. You should however allow some spending money for daily packed lunches, additional snacks, drinks (soft drinks, wine, beer), etc. Estimated 150 - 200€ should cover typical requirements. Please note that majority of places do not accept bank card payments, you will need cash. You will be passing through Switzerland (1 night) where you will need some Swiss francs. There is possibility to withdraw Swiss money from cash points in La Fouly or Champex

Baggage allowance

You can take one piece of luggage (15kg maximum) and a day pack (30l – 40l). During the trek, you will carry the day pack only, the luggage will be daily transported between the hotels/gites. It will be collected at 8:30h each morning and delivered in the next overnight stop at 4:00pm. Please note that there is no possibility to get a ride with the baggage. 

Private Tour du Mont Blanc Trips

If you are traveling with a group of friends or just wish to do this trip on your own, we will be delighted to organise a custom made, private Tour du Mont Blanc itinerary for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can plan your trip!

The minimum age on these trips is 16 years. We have family Tour du Mont Blanc trips for families with children under 16 years old, so please enquire directly for further details.

Map

Additional Services

Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out specific insurance for mountain activities. We can organise this at a cost of 8€ per day for EU citizens and 12€ per day for non-EU citizens. This will cover you for search and rescue services, evacuation by helicopter and emergency medical treatment. You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for the usual things such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, hospital treatment, etc. Please contact us to organise mountain rescue insurance for your trip