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One Week Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc guided trek, experience the best of the Alps in a week

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s classic long distance Alpine treks, or grandes randonnées. 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 neighbouring 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.

Description

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 home made 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 can not 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

All meals are included in this trip, from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on the last day. We provide a large sandwich and 2 trail bars as packed lunches. We 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.

Level Requirements

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.

Your bags will be transported between the hotels / huts by a car so you will only need to carry a small day pack. Please bring only one main luggage (clearly labeled with your name) and one day pack for this trek.

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 planning 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.

Price

1290€

Groups of minimum 6 and maximum 10 clients.

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
G
Jun 25 Jul 02 3
G
Jul 23 Jul 30 3
G
Aug 20 Aug 27 Full
Aug 27 Sep 03 10
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Sep 03 Sep 10 Full
Sep 10 Sep 17 6

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


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

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 perdoanlised kit list.

Insurance

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

Accommodation

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.

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 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: 16km
Ascent: 1020m
Descent: 1700m
Time: 7-8 hours
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/570229088

Day 3: Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Starting along a Roman road, we make the long ascent through mountain pastures to the Col du Bonhomme, 2599m. 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: 1540m

Descent: 1040m
Time: 8-9 hours
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/570230780

Day 4: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

We ease into the day with a short minibus transfer to the valley where cows produce the famous Beaufort cheese - with the opportunity to buy some for a picnic! A steady climb to the Col de la Seigne, 2516m, and into Italy with views of the 'other side' of Mont Blanc. From the col we have a gentle descent to the valley past the famous south ridges of the 'Blanc', such as the Peuterey with its impressive jagged skyline. We take the bus down to the ancient Italian town of Courmayeur. Time permitting, we can explore Courmayeur before catching the local bus along the Val Ferret to Arnouva where we check into our hotel.

Distance: 17km
Ascent: 1200m
Descent: 1350m
Time: 6-7 hours
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/568104182

Day 5: Courmayeur to Champex via Grand Col Ferret

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: 950m
Descent: 1120 m
Time: 7-8 hours
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/570234754

Day 6: Champex to Trient

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: 13km
Ascent: 780m
Descent: 730m
Time: 6-7 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/884515891

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 home made 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: 10km
Ascent: 1070m
Descent: 630m
Time: 6-7 hours
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/553745710

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: 90km
Total ascent: 6560m
Total descent: 6570m

Hiking in Chamonix, Summer in French Alps
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix
Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc guided hike with Chamex mountain guides in Chamonix

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