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The Classic Tour du Mont Blanc

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

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.

Description

Accommodation

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

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 17km per day and there will be a good amount of ascent and descent each day. The pace will be steady but if you hike regularly you should have no problem keeping up with the schedule.

Your bags will be transported between accommodation so you will have to carry only a small day pack. Please note that the car can not transport passengers, only the luggage. You are allowed one bag only for the transport. 

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

2060€

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

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
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Sep 02 Sep 13 4

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


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

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 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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/585780618

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/391995399

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/391997561

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/585775916

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/585785242

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/585786159

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/884515891

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/392006703

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/391999156

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
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/585791145

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

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

20-30 litres rucksack

20-30 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