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

visit 3 Alpine countries
Experience the varied traditions, culture & food of France, Italy and Switzerland in 6 days
selected Highlights
Hike all the best parts of this classic alpine trek in one week
Trek in comfort
Enjoy hotel accommodation, with transport of luggage and all meals included

ONE WEEK TOUR DU MONT BLANC

All the highlights of the ultimate alpine hiking route, a complete circuit of Mont Blanc

From 1,555.00€

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 5 to 12

 

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 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.

Dates

One Week Tour du Mont Blanc dates - 2019

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June 29, 2019
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1,555.00€
July 21, 2019
L
1,615.00€
August 04, 2019
L
1,615.00€
August 18, 2019
L
1,555.00€
August 25, 2019
L
1,615.00€
September 01, 2019
F
1,615.00€
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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One Week Tour du Mont Blanc dates - 2020

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June 21, 2020
2
1,555.00€
June 27, 2020
1,555.00€
July 19, 2020
1,555.00€
August 02, 2020
G
1,615.00€
August 16, 2020
1,555.00€
August 23, 2020
1,555.00€
August 30, 2020
2
1,555.00€
September 06, 2020
1,555.00€
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Day

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 - Les Houches to Les Contamines, via Col de Tricot

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 Col de Bonhomme

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 with an easy walk of about an hour 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, with amazing views of Val Veny and the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. The path will lead on to Italy, descending steadily along the valley of 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

We leave the old quarter of Courmayeur and hike up a long ascent to the Grand Col Ferret at 2537m, perhaps stopping to enjoy a morning coffee at Rifugio Elena. From the top of the pass we cross the border from Italy into Switzerland, surrounded by views of Grand Combin and Mont Dolent, which shares its summit between France, Switzerland and Italy. The change of landscape and scenery between the two sides of Mont Blanc is quick and remarkable, transforming from dramatic rugged terrain to lush alpine pastures. We descend to La Fouly via one of two options; either dropping directly down to the valley floor, or traversing the valley on an undulating trail that brings us back down to a river. Both options bring us back to La Fouly, where we take a bus to the pretty lakeside village of Champex where we 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

Today we cross from Switzerland back into France via a steepish climb along the Bovine trail, a well-named path that traverses the mountains where big Swiss cows graze in flower-filled pastures. We enjoy a picnic lunch at a rustic refuge, with the chance to learn about the famous Swiss fighting cows. Today’s route returns to via a stunning trail with far-reaching views of the Rhone Valley that stretch as far as Lake Geneva on a clear day. We hike back down to Col de Forclaz and 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 follow a winding ridge up to the majestic Lac Blanc. The trail takes us through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve where alpine wildlife such as ibex, chamois, and marmots can often be seen – listen out for the distinctive marmot whistle! We’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch beside the crystal clear waters of Lac Blanc, maybe treating ourselves to a slice of homemade tart from the refuge! From here you can see right across the valley and have panoramic views of the entire Mont Blanc mountain range. We then hike down to the mid-station at La Flégère and take the cable car to the village of Les Praz. From here you can either take the bus into Chamonix to explore the town, or return 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

Learning Outcomes

This trip does not require any prior alpine experience other than hiking and good physical fitness. As well as guiding you along the route, your trek leader will share their local knowledge and mountain expertise with you. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the alpine environment, for a & fauna, mountain safety, weather conditions, etc.

Level Requirements

Physical Fitness

You will be hiking daily for around 6-9 hours, covering an average distance of around 15km, with a good amount of ascent and descent each day.

During the course of your trip you will be hiking to altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Although most people will have no difficulty coping with this level of altitude, you should expect the physical demands on the body to be greater than when exercising at sea level.

The pace will be steady but if you hike regularly you should have no problem keeping up with the schedule.

You will only be carrying a small daypack while you are hiking, as your main trip bag will be transported between the refuges by our vehicle support team - (note, this service cannot be used for passengers).

Technical Level & Experience

We recommend that you have some previous hiking experience in the mountains before you attempt a long and committed multiday trek such as the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Training

Running, swimming and cycling are all good sports to practice in the run-up to your trip in order to increase your stamina. We also recommend that you undertake several long hikes with a decent amount of up and down hill before the trip to prepare yourself for the terrain.

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

Airport Transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies that we trust will provide our clients with a great service. Please contact us for further information regarding either shared or private airport transfers.

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.

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, lunch and dinner are included each day in this trip, from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on the last day. A daily packed lunch will include a large sandwich and two trail bars. We recommend that you bring additional snacks with you and plenty of drinking water, 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

Meals, accommodation and transport are included in the trip package. You should however allow some spending money for 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

Your luggage will be transported between the accommodations so you will have to carry only a small daypack (of around 30-40 litres). Your main bag (maximum weight 15kg) will be transferred between accommodations and you should have this ready for collection by 8:30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 16:00. Please note that the car can’t transport passengers, only the luggage. There will only be space to transport one bag per person.

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 customised 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.

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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

Airport Transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies that we trust will provide our clients with a great service. Please contact us for further information regarding either shared or private airport transfers.