The ultimate trekking tour of the Alps, starting and ending in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Alpine hiking at its best, 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 - 3 countries, 165km, 10 days
Trek in comfort
Enjoy hotel accommodation, with transport of luggage and all meals included
Visit 3 Alpine Countries
Experience the varied traditions, culture & food of France, Italy and Switzerland in 6 days

THE CLASSIC TOUR DU MONT BLANC

Circumnavigate the legendary Mont Blanc on a 10 day guided hiking tour through the Alps

From 2,095.00€

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

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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 Fenêtre 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 Brévent (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.

Dates

The Classic Tour du Mont Blanc dates - 2020

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July 04, 2020
2,215.00€
July 18, 2020
2,215.00€
August 15, 2020
2,215.00€
September 05, 2020
2,215.00€
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Arrival and check-in to Yeti Lodge in Argentiere. You can then either relax at the chalet or go for a stroll around Argentiere until the rest of your group arrives. You will meet your group and guide in the evening for a briefing about the itinerary, the weather and conditions. You can check with your guide if you have all the equipment required and ask any questions. The trip package starts with the evening dinner.

Day 2 - Chamonix to Les 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.

Distance: 16km
Ascent: 800m
Descent: 1450m
Hiking 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.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1350m
Descent: 850m
Hiking Time: 8-9 hours
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Day 4 - Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Today we start by hiking up to the Col de la Seigne (2516m) on the border with Italy, saying hello to the donkeys at Refuge des Mottets on the way past. The views from the top of the col are quite incredible, form here you can see the Brenva face of Mont Blanc. The descent into Val Veny is nice and easy, taking us past the Elizabetta Refuge and beneath the formidable Aiguille Noire de Peuterey ridge. After lunch, a short bus ride brings us to the legendary ski resort of Courmayeur, a lively and charismatic little town. Tonight we sleep in the village of La Palud, above Courmayeur. 

Distance: 21km
Ascent: 800m
Descent: 950m
Hiking Time: 7 hours
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Day 5 - Monte della Saxe Ridge

Today we hike up to the Monte della Saxe, a magnificent ridge trail that offers sweeping views of Mont Blanc and Les Grandes Jorasses. Once we’ve passed the Rifugio Bertone we are presented with two options: either descend to La Vachey or cross the Col des Deux Sauts, via the Rifugio Bonatti. Either way will take us to Arnouva where we catch a bus back to La Palud for the night.

Distance: 21km
Ascent: 1500m
Descent: 1200m
Hiking Time: 9 hours
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Day 6 - La Palud to La Fouly

A bus ride to Val Ferret brings us to the start of our hike and a nice coffee break at the Elena Refuge, before we start the long 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 to find more gentle terrain as we descend to La Fouly for the night.

Distance: 16km
Ascent: 920m
Descent: 1100m
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
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Day 7 - La Fouly to Champex

A chance to take it easy today with a gentle, mostly downhill walk through a very different environment to what we have seen so far – fragrant alpine forests and picturesque Swiss villages down to the charming lakeside town of Champex.

Distance: 17km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 730m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
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Day 8 - Champex to Trient

The well-named Bovine Trail gives us a taste of typical Swiss rural farming, as we hike up a steep path to the high pastures where cows graze on lush green grass and meadow flowers during the summer. The farms up here are famous for their traditional local cheeses and if we have time, we might even call in at one for coffee and a chat with the farmer. Today’s route tops out at about 2040m and the descent down to Trient via the Col de Forclaz (1572m) offers wonderful views of the upper Rhone Valley.

Distance: 13km
Ascent: 760m
Descent: 710m
Hiking Time: 8 hours
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Day 9 - Trient to Argentiere

We leave the village and enter the forest, emerging from the trees to enjoy our last views over the Trient glacier as we hike up to the Franco-Swiss border at Col de Balme. Back on French soil, we descend through meadows down to the north end of the Chamonix valley and back to the village of Argentiere for the night.

Distance: 18 km
Ascent : 1200m
Descent: 1450m
Hiking Time: 8-9 hours
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Day 10 - Lac Blanc

From Argentiere we hike up to the lakes at Les Chéserys via a series of cables and ladders that help us traverse the trickier sections. It’s all very safe and quite easy but feels like quite the adventure when you’re so far above the valley floor! From Les Chéserys we continue to the beautiful Lac Blanc, a dramatic expanse of clear water that reflects the surrounding peaks like a mirror. From here you can see right across the valley to panoramic views of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc range. We’ll enjoy lunch beside the lake and then hike down to La Flégère, descend to Les Praz and take either the local bus or train back to Argentiere for the night.

Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1000m
Descent: 550m
Hiking Time: 6 hours
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Day 11 - Flegere to Brevent

The final day of our journey! We return to La Flégère to hike a beautiful balcony trail high above Chamonix town, across to the Col du Brévent and up to the Brévent summit. The perspective that you gain along this route, with the Chamonix valley stretching out beneath you and the iconic view of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille du Midi in front of you is a fitting end to the tour. The descent via Merlet takes us down through the forest to Les Houches at the south end of the Chamonix Valley, from where we will take a bus back to Argentiere. The day ends with a celebration dinner back at the chalet and a relaxing evening.

Distance: 17km
Ascent: 930m
Descent: 1800m
Hiking 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: 9860 m
Total descent: 10790 m

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 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 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 downhill before the trip to prepare yourself for the terrain.

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

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Optional items

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

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 except for lunches. Packed lunches can often be purchased at your accommodation, or we will pass shops and bakeries along the way. There may sometimes be the option to enjoy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours 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 on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

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 in Chamonix

The first night will be spent at Yeti Lodge in Argentiere, enjoy the luxury of the hot tub and sauna before you embark on your adventure! 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

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.

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.