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Tour du Mont Blanc

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The tour of the roof of Europe and its 4810 m. Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 peaks: the Mont Blanc massif fascinates. 
 
Going around it is discovering an incomparable universe, that of the high mountains and the spectacle of the nearby glaciers. From the Chamonix valley to Courmayeur valley, from the Arpette window to the Val Ferret sauvage, along the Swiss, Italian and French slopes, the path winds its way between pastures, glaciers and peaks, crossing passes and valleys. The astonishing theater of nature. After an appointment at the Chamonix station and public transport to join the village of Les Houches: we start this stay on the balconies of Saint Gervais, which leads us to the end of Val Montjoie where we discover the village of Contamines. We climb the Roman road, in the heart of the natural reserve Contamines-Montjoie. Passage by the Col du Bonhomme (2439m), col frequented by peddlers for a long time ... like the neck of Seigne (2516 m) at the French-Italian border. From the Italian Val Ferret we pass in the Swiss Ferret valley by the Ferret col (2537 m): view of the Dolent (3823 m), summit at the intersection of the 3 borders. Hérens cows carillonnant at the entrance of the villages, a style of old habitat, geraniums in the windows: this passage in Switzerland does not leave us insensitive to this nature. We end this adventure with the majestic panorama of the Chamonix balcony in the Aiguilles Rouges reserve: admire the Mont Blanc, which is reflected in the white lake, one of our mountain's jewel.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Les Houches - Les Contamines-Montjoie

Let’s meet at 9am at the Chamonix train station, then we take the bus or the train to the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches village, at the entrance of Chamonix. From the top of the cable car, we enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz chain and the Aravis. Our trek starts in a 1800m-high balcony and leads us to the bottom of the Bionnassay glacier before heading down to the Contamines-Monjoie village. If general conditions allow it, we cross through the Tricot Pass (2120m).

  • Ascent: around 665m
  • Descent : around 1300m
  • Max. Alt : 2120m
  • Accommodation : Lodge
Day 2Les Contamines- Montjoie - Glaciers valley

We leave our lodge today to reach Notre Dame de la Gorge, famous place of Baroque romanticism. A long hike leads us to the Bonhomme pass (2329m). If we look down, we can observe the Beaufortin's region. It is possible to climb up to the Fours pass (2665m), then head down to the mountain pastures to find ourselves among cows of Tarine and Abondance breeds. These cows'milk pleases us with the multiple cheese variety we can produce from it: especially the Beaufort and the Abondance, which we will surely taste during the week.

  • Ascent: around 1350-1550m
  • Descent : around 800m
  • Max. Alt : 2665m
  • Accommodation : Refuge
Day 3Glaciers valley - Monte Bianco refuge

Today, we cross our first border between France and Italy by the Seigne pass (2516m). The view from there is breath-taking: a bunch of snowy peaks appears in front of the Italian side of the Mount Blanc. We enter the Val Veny and see the Aoste valleys . We stop at night in the Monte Bianco refuge at the bottom of the Brenva glacier under the impressive Aiguille "Noire de Peutery".

  • Ascent: around 1000m
  • Descent : around 1150m
  • Max. Alt : 2537m
  • Accommodation : Refuge
Day 4Monte Bianco refuge - Courmayeur - Bonatti refuge

This morning we head down to Courmayeur, then climb up the Italian Ferret valley in the shadow of the impressive Grandes Jorasses peak. After La Vachey, we reach the 2025 meter-high Walter Bonatti refuge (undoubtly the greatest Italian mountain climber in the history) to spend our last night in Italy. No bags that night, vehicles are not allowed near the refuge in order to appreciate pure nature. You cannot remain unmoved by the story of our great guides after this walk in the Ferret valley.

  • Ascent: around 870m
  • Descent : around 450m
  • Max. Alt : 2025m
  • Accommodation : Refuge
Day 5Bonatti refuge - Grand Ferret pass - Champex

Today we continue our ascent towards the top of the Italian Ferret valley to reach the Grand Ferret pass bordering Italy and Switzerland. We walk and admire the Pré-de-Bar glacier, while the Dolent Mount keeps an eye on us: it is the meeting point of the three borders of France, Italy and Switzerland. The Grand Ferret pass is a path linking the Aoste valley and the Valais Canton. Going down, we will meet the mountain climbers of the Peule to enjoy the taste of regional products. From the Ferret village, transfer with local buses, crossing Osières to the charming village of Champex, bordering a beautiful mountain lake.

  • Ascent: around 850m
  • Descent : around 1150m
  • Max. Alt : 2537m
  • Accommodation : Lodge
Day 6Champex - Trient - Argentière

We leave Champex to start the hike leading us to the mountain pasture of Bovine, among Hérens cows, beautiful black cows that the inhabitants of the Valais are so proud of. This balcony-like path with a panoramic view is surrounding the Rhônes valley, the Coude du Rhônes on the Swiss side and the Great Combins massif in the South-East. We go down through a beautiful forest leading to the Forclaz pass. Then, following the Bisses path (Valais word representing a water channel carved in stone or wood), we reach Trient village. From that point, a private vehicle drives us to Argentières through the Montets pass.

  • Ascent: around 850m
  • Descent : around 850m
  • Max. Alt : 1987m
  • Accommodation : Lodge
Day 7Argentière - Blanc lake - Chamonix

For the last day, we will discover the massif and the reservation of the Aiguilles Rouges, facing the Mont Blanc. Hiking to the Chisérys lakes, then the Blanc lake, from where we can enjoy a breathtaking view. We head down by a balcony-like trail, crossing La Flagère and Le Brévent in Chamonix where we separate from each other during the afternoon.

  • Ascent : Around 1150m
  • Descent : around 1400m
  • Max. Alt : 2355m
Included
  • Technical organisation of the trekking
  • Supervision by the mountain accompanist
  • Luggage transportation
  • Accommodation as described in the program (in lodges and refuges)
  • Half board and picnics
  • Transportation as described in the program
Not Included
  • Transfers to the meeting point and from the end point
  • Subscription fees
  • Snacks
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses in the refuges

Staff and Safety

Our trip is supervised by a mountain guide who will give you the technical information needed for the good progress of the tour. The guide may have to modify the program in order to ensure safety depending on mountain weather conditions or participant’s physical conditions.

Nota Bene : Extract from the ethical recommendation code (27.11.2017) of the national syndicate of mountain accompanists :

  • Art. 22 : We must be aware of the physical and technical abilities of our clients according to the itinerary intended, and make sure that they are well equipped. Respecting rules of decency, politeness and discretion, the mountain accompanist has the right to exclude a participant who would threaten his own safety or the one of the group.
  • Art. 23 : He must teach the people he is accompanying how to behave safely and develop their self-control and initiative spirit.
  • Art. 24 : The mountain accompanist must make sure clients comply to his instructions. He also must inform them of the transfer and the responsibilities engendered by the non-respect of those instructions.
  • Art. 26 : The decision of cancelling an activity or modifying the itinerary may be taken by mutual agreement between the accompanist and the clients. However, for safety reasons, the mountain accompanist is the last decision-maker.

 

Food

Lunches and dinners :

Lunch picnics are made of mixed salads, meat, cheese, and fruits. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after : don’t worry if he is leaving you for one or two hours during the evening, he is certainly making you great food for the day after.

At night, dinners are taken in the different accommodations

Please take provisions according to your own tastes before leaving: cereal, chocolate bars, dry fruits,... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions for aperitifs.

Drinks

Drinks are not included in the trip's price : please take some money (Swiss francs and Euros) for coffees, fruit juices, beers, cokes during breaks.. Most of the time, refuges don’t have any card machines!

Accommodation

Rooms and toilets are shared in the floors. Don’t forget to bring your sleeping bag (blankets are provided) and ear plugs. Slippers are available at the entrance of the refuges.

Transportation

You will carry only your daily belongings, except for the day in Bonnatti, when you will need to carry two days of belongings. Vehicles cannot climb up there for more peace and tranquility.

Supplied Equipment

Equipment for the group (altimeter, compass, maps, medicine) is provided by the supervision.

Material

Trekking shoes with Vibram sole, that cover the anckle well. You must have already wore them for several trekking so that they are well suited to your feet. Don’t ever leave for a trekking with new shoes or be prepared to face sore blisters.

Telescopic poles

A sleeping bag

Small toilet bag with a quick-drying towel

 sun screen (face and lips)

Headlamp with replacement battery and bulb

1.5 litter flask or Camelbak

Clasp knife

Toilet paper and lighter

Two or three plastic bags (100L) to protect your backpack and your belongings if it starts raining

A tupperware for lunch salads, with knife, fork and spoon

 

Personal Equipment

Bonnet

Hat (or cap)

Great quality sunglasses (index 3 category)

1 pair of polar or warm wool gloves

Breathable technic underclothing

Technic breathable under-jumper (carline, light polar fur...) with long sleeves

2 technic breathable under-jumper with short sleeves

Polar coat

One anorak or coat/ down jacket

1 windproof and waterproof Goretex-type coat

1 pair of technic breathable tights

1 pair of comfortable trekking pants

1 pair of short or ¾ pants

1 pair of windproof Gore-Tex-type pants

Two pair of socks, one thin and one thick (avoid cotton that engenders blisters)

1 night outfit

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