Tour du Mont Blanc Trek
The Tour du Mont Blanc trek links the seven valleys that surround western Europe's highest mountain, offering an unusual variety of spectacular scenery and varied walks in this week long holiday.
The route crosses three borders (from France into Switzerland, then into Italy and back to France), climbs over six passes, traverses beneath huge glaciers, and meanders through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages. Throughout the trek we are rewarded with splendid views of some of the Alps most beautiful peaks; Mont Blanc (4810m), Aiguille Verte (4122m), Les Drus, Grand Jorasses and many more.
This is a great introduction to the Alps and its mountains.
Who is it for?
The Tour du Mont Blanc Trek is well suited to fit hillwalkers, capable of trekking for 8 days in a row carrying a light (5-8kg) rucksack. We follow footpaths each day and the terrain is hilly! We stay in mountain refuges every night during the trek, which provide basic but comfortable lodging and good food. This helps keep our packs light carrying only snacks, clothing and essentials. There will be vehicle support duiring the trip where possible, so a chang of clothes is never far away and this helps to keep the packs light.
Your qualified Mountain Leader is an expert in alpine flora and fauna and a fountain of knowledge of these mountains!
Small group size
Carefully chosen mountain refuges and village hotels provide authentic but comfortable lodging
Spectacular views as you circumnavigate Mont Blanc in just 8 days!
Full vehicle support
This is an ambitious itinerary, covering alot of ground in 8 days. We therefore use several telepherique uplifts and several short local bus 'hops' to facilitate the journey. We do, however, cover on foot the huge majority of the distance and certainly don't miss out any of the real trekking!
Saturday: Arrive Chamonix. We meet in the evening to go through the plan for the week and do a kit check. A final opportunity for kit hire. You meet your Guide and you can ask any questions.
Sunday: We start by taking the telepherique lift system and then trek from Brevent to Vallorcine. This route offers spectacular views of the Mont Blanc range. We return to our Chalet by bus.
Monday: We return by bus to Vallorcine and start the day with another uplift before trekking through the col du Balme, through the Swiss village of Trient and on to the village of Champex (overnight). A long, but rewarding day with spectacular views of the Trient Glacier.
Tuesday: Champex to la Fouly (overnight). A more mellow day after yesturday's effort! We have excellent views of Mont Dolent, the meeting point of the French/Swiss/Italian borders.
Wednesday: La Fouly to Planpinciex (overnight in one of our favorite mountain refuges). We are now on the south side of the Mont Blanc massif, in Italy with good views of the Grand Jorrasses.
Thursday: Planpincieux to Courmayeur, the stylish Italian resort, before a short bus hop to Val Veny and our cosy mountain refuge.
Friday: We trek to Chapiere. This is quite a long day with views of the impressive Miage glacier and then over the col du Seigne (2500m)...
Saturday: Now back in France, we trek from Chapiere to Contamine via the col du Bonhomme, a classic alpine walk.
Sunday: Contamine to les Houches, via the col du Tricot. The final leg of the journey, bringing views of Mont Blanc once again. We return to our chalet in Chamonix.
Monday: Departure. It is possible, at a squeeze, to get a late flight from Geneva on Sunday night, but most like to enjoy a relaxing final evening before going home.
What to expect from mountain refuges
We have chosen some of the more comfortable refuges for this trip. They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Sometimes there is no drinking water and so you have to buy water to drink. Some huts will have showers, but most do not. You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets and/or duvets and so no sleeping bags are required. Huts provide slippers for wearing inside. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
When staying in Chamonix, we stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.