The classic 10 day high alpine hiking tour around Mont Blanc starting and ending in Chamonix, and staying overnight in traditional mountain refuges and Gites on route. The Tour du Mont Blanc passes through France, Italy and Switzerland

Complete Classic Tour
Hike the entire circuit - 165km
Trek with comfort
This is a hotel-based trek with transport of luggage and all meals included.
Visit 3 Alpine Countries
Visit France, Italy and Switzerland in 6 days. Experience the varied traditions, culture and food

THE CLASSIC TOUR DU MONT BLANC

Classic alpine hiking tour through France, Italy & Switzerland around Mont Blanc

From 2,155.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 4 and maximum 10 participants.

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Intermediate tech level

 

10 days of hiking

 

11 nights in huts & hotels

 

1:10 guiding ratio

 

Total distance 163 km

 

Available June - September

This is the complete classic Tour du Mont Blanc which will take you the whole way around the foot of the Mont Blanc massif, covering around 165km (102 miles) and climbing almost 10,000m (32808 feet) during 10 days of challenging but extremely rewarding hiking.

You will visit 3 countries; France, Italy and Switzerland. You will hike across alpine meadows, rugged mountain slopes, high mountain passes and vast valleys. You will visit picturesque villages and taste local food from 3 different alpine regions. 

The highest point of this trip is the Fenetre d’Arpette (2670m) on the border of France and Switzerland, from where you will enjoy stunning views in both directions. You will also hike up to the summit of the Brevent (2525m) right here in Chamonix, which offers magnificent views of the Mont Blanc Massif. 

You will visit two of the legendary Alpine ski resorts; Courmayeur in Italy and Chamonix in France, both of which are just as spectacular in summer as in winter.

This trip will give you an unforgettable experience of some of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the Alps.

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. 

Level Requirements

Physical fitness

You will be hiking daily for around 6-9h covering an average distance of around 17km, 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 meters.  Although most people will have no difficulty coping with this level of altitude, you will need to expect that the physical demands on the body will be greater than those 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 and experience

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

Training

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, swimming and cycling are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

Practical Information

Accommodation in Chamonix

The first and the last 3 nights will be spent in the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere (see the additional information section). The remaining 7 nights will be booked in comfortable but often simple hotels, this is an alpine trek where accommodation options are limited but sufficient. Single rooms are not an option but, where possible, couples will be booked in double rooms. Other participants will be accommodated in same sex shared twin or triple rooms, bathrooms may be shared. One night may be in a mixed dormitory, depending on availability. 

Food

Meals are included on a half board basis, from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on the last day. Daily packed lunches are an additonal expense, but very easy to organise at the refuges and gites for the following morning. Your guide will also help you to get these organised. 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.

Luggage

You should take one piece of luggage (maximum weight 15kg) and a daypack (of around 30 - 40 litres. Your main bag will be transferred between your accommodation and you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm. It is not possible to ride with the baggage transfer vehicle.

Additional costs

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding, and meals on a half board basis. You should make an allowance for daily packaged lunches, additional snacks, drinks etc. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. Approximately 200 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements. Please note that a part of the route is in Switzerland but Euros are accepted in most places we stay.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day

Arrival and check-in to Yeti Lodge in Argentiere. An evening meeting with the group and guide to check your equipment and to discuss the programme. The trip package starts with the evening dinner.

Day 2 Chamonix to Contamines

We set off from Les Houches, taking the cable car to cover the first 900m ascent of our trip, enjoying stunning views of the Chamonix Valley. We cross under the Bionnassay glacier and head up to the Col de Tricot at 2120m, before a steep descent to the Miage pastures. From there a short climb over another col, before heading down through the forests to the small town of Les Contamines.

Walk distance: 16km

Ascent: 800m

Descent: 1450m

Time: 7-8 hours

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Day 3 Les Contamines to Les Chapieux

Starting along a Roman road, we make a long ascent through mountain pastures to the Col du Bonhomme at 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.

Walk distance: 18km

Ascent: 1350m

Descent: 850m

Time: 8-9 hours

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Day 4 Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Today we start by hiking up to the Cole de la Seigne (2513m) on the border with Italy. Then we descend to the Val Veny where we take a bus to the legendary ski resort of Courmayeur. Tonight we sleep in the village of La Palud, above Courmayeur.

Walk distance: 17km

Ascent: 800m

Descent: 950m

Time: 6-7 hours

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Day 5 Monte de la Saxe Ridge

Today we hike up to the Monte de la Saxe Ridge with views of Mont Blanc and Grands Jorasses. There are two options for the rest of the day: either descend to la Vachey or cross the Col Deux Sauts. Either way will take us to Arnouva where we catch a bus back to La Palud for the night.

Walk distance: 21km

Ascent: 1500m

Descent: 1200m

Time: 9 hours

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Day 6 La Palud to La Fouly

Today we take bus to Val Ferret in Italy where we climb up to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m). Amazing views of the Grand Combin (4090m) and Mont Dolent (3823) will be our reward for the effort! We then cross the border back into Switzerland as we descend to La Fouly for the night.

Walk distance: 16km

Ascent: 920m

Descent: 1100m

Time: 7-8 hours

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Day 7 La Fouly to Champex

A relatively easy day with a gentle, mostly downhill walk to Champex for the night. We will experience an incredibly different environment to what we have seen so far, woodlands and picturesque Swiss villages.

Walk distance: 17km

Ascent: 600m

Descent: 730m

Time: 5-6 hours

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Day 8 Champex to Trient

Today we take the beautiful Bovine Trail, through the high meadows where the famous Swiss fighting cows spend the summer months. On this route after a steep ascent to the meadows, we might even have the opportunity to stop at a farm for coffee and a chat with the cowherder. This is a very pleasant walk providing spectacular views of the upper Rhone Valley and tops out at around 2040 metres. We then descend all the way to Trient. Depending on weather conditions and how the group feels, we can take the option of a different route up to the highest point of the trip at Fenetre d'Arpette (2665m), which will be rewarded by a spectacular views of the Trient Glacier and surrounding peaks. The descent via the Col de Forclaz (1572m) will take us to the Swiss village of Trient for the night.

Walk distance: 13km

Ascent: 760m

Descent: 710m

Time: 8 hours

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Day 9 Trient to Argentiere

We leave Trient and take a nice path through the forest up to the Col de Balme where we cross back to France. Then we descend down to the Chamonix valley and back to the village of Argentiere for the night.

Walk distance: 18 km

Ascent : 1200m

Descent: 1450m

Time: 8-9 hours

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Day 10 Lac Blanc

From Argentiere we hike up to Le Chesery and continue to the beautiful Lac Blanc. Here you have the best views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc range. We will hike across to La Flegere, descend to Les Praz and take the bus back to Argentiere for the night.

Walk distance: 10km

Ascent: 1000m

Descent: 550m

Time: 6 hours

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Day 11 Flegere to Brevent

Today we return to La Flegere to hike a beautiful trail along the heights of the valley to the Col du Brevent and the Brevent summit. The descent via Merlet will take us down to Les Houches at the lower part of the Chamonix Valley, from where we will take a bus back to Argentiere. Walk distance: 17km

Ascent: 930m

Descent: 1800m

Time: 7-8 hours

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Day 12 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 travelled: 163 km

Total ascent: 9860m

Total descent: 10790m

Dates

The Classic Tour du Mont Blanc dates - 2019

Start date Spaces
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July 06, 2019
G
2,335.00€
July 20, 2019
2,335.00€
August 17, 2019
2
2,335.00€
September 07, 2019
2,335.00€
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   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

10 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. 

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.

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Technical gear

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 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