Tour du Mont Blanc (Self-Guided)

Physical rating: Active 

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From 16 years old - Group size: 2-12

Accomodation: Standard 

Passing through France, Switzerland and Italy, The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most prestigious mountain treks in the world. Starting in Chamonix, our custom itinerary will complete the tour in 9 days, 8 nights & 7 days of walking. With luggage transfer and accommodation in mountain huts, hostels and hotels, this itinerary concentrates on the highlights of the circuit, but is less demanding than the more common 11-day itinerart. This makes it both accessible for any reasonably fit hiker, and more affordable than the longer option.

Although this is a challenging trek, one of the most appealing characteristics of the circuit is how accessible it is : the paths are well-marked and well-frequented, so if you decide to pursue the self-guided option you know that people will be nearby and help will be readily available if needed.

At 4808m, the Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Europe and towers over the surrounding Alpine landscape. As there is little forest cover on the circuit, you will be treated to magnificint views of the mont Bland massif and valleys below all the way through your trip.

Tour du Mont Blanc - General Information
- 8 and 11 day options available, contact us for details
- below is a sample 8-day itinerary
- guided and self-guided options also available

Day 1 - Discover Chamonix
Arrive in Chamonix and make your way to the 2 star Hotel in the centre. Explore Chamonix in the afternoon; wander through the town and visit baroque churches and protestant chapels dating back several hundreds of years. There are traditional farmhouses, colossal villas and chalets contrasting with modern constructions. It is this architectural diversity that contributes to Chamonix's unique charm. A welcome pack with all the information required for your trip will wait for you at reception. Maps and vouchers are in this pack. You need to be able to read and use a map to enjoy this trip and not only follow the GR signs.
There are many fine restaurants to choose from for dinner.
Airport transfer on option.

Day 2: France – Chamonix – Trient
 In the morning, join the little village of Montroc by train for this first day walk. Superb climb to Balme Pass to enjoy the spectacular view over all the great picks: Mont Blanc, Aiguille Verte, Drus … Then descent through the forest to the Trient village.
 Stay in a Gite in Trient for the night.
 Ascent: 700 m – Descent: 900 m - Time: 4hrs Breakfast and Dinner incl.


Day 3: Trient – Fenêtre d'Arpette - Champex
One of the most beautiful option of the Mont Blanc Tour, going through the Fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m) will give you an amazing view over the Trient glacier. Walk down to Switzerland to join the village of Champex.
 Ascent: 1300m - Descent: 1000m - Time: 7hrs Possibility to shorter the walk by the Bovine track Ascent: 900m - Descent: 650m - Time: 7hrs Stay in a Gite in Trient for the night.
 Breakfast and Dinner incl.


Day 4: Switzerland – Champex – La Fouly
The walk begins following a pretty path by Champex lake. As you enter the Val Ferret you will pass wonderful alpine villages such as Arlâches and Praz de Fort. You will enter Italy by The Pass Grand Col Ferret. The view over the glacier Pré de Bar will follow you up to the hut.
 Stay in a hut in 'La Fouly' for the night.
 Ascent: 500m – Descent: 600m - Time: 5hrs Breakfast and Dinner incl.

Day 5: Switzerland – Italy – La Fouly – Elena Hut
In the morning you will climb in the direction of the Ferret pass and cross the last of the Swiss pastures where the Heren cows graze (famous for their milk and dairy produce). As you enter Italy, you will have some of the best views of Mont Blanc and of the majestic Triolet and Pre du Bar Glacier. Stay the night in the very comfortable 'Elena Mountain hut'.
 Ascent: 900m - Descent: 900m - Time: 6hrs
 Breakfast and Dinner incl.


Day 6: Italy – Elena Hut – Courmayeur
 Discover the dramatic southern rocky Italian face of Mont Blanc, and end the day in in the mythical town of Courmayeur. Take a nice rest on the afternoon and enjoy the ambience of the picturesque old town keeping the legacy of the middle ages alive. The Malluquin Tower and the medieval church located in the centre of the town are definitely worth a visit.
 Do not forget to taste Italian ice cream …
 Ascent: 0m - Descent: 600m - Time: 5hrs
 Breakfast and Dinner incl.


Day 7: Italy - France – La Ville des Glaciers
From Courmayeur,walk up to to Col de la Seigne (2,516m) overlooked by limestone pyramids and the Estelette glacier. You enter France and through nice meadows you walk down to Ville des Glaciers (1,789m). In the Tarantaise valley, you are in the Beaufort cheese country; do not miss to try it !
 Ascent: 900m - Descent: 650m - Time 6hrs
 Breakfast and Dinner incl.




Day 8: Val Montjoie - Les Contamines
 Descent through nice alpine meadows to join the Roman road that will bring you to Val Montjoie. Finish in Notre Dame de la Gorge, hamlet of Les Contamines Montjoie.
 Breakfast incl.

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