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Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc

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 1Arrival Day

Our driver will pick you up at Geneva airport and drop you off at the carefully chosen group's hotel, in Chamonix (please note that there is only one lift back to Chamonix around 2pm). You will meet your guide in the evening at your accommodation to learn more about your tour before having diner in town at your own convenience. It is your first opportunity to try out some alpine specialties in typical restaurants surrounding your hotel.

  • Transportation : private minivan 
Day 1Chamonix - la Flégère - Lac Blanc - Argentière

Transfer to Les Praz village (by bus or train) and cable car ride to La Flégére (1813m high). The breath taking view of the valley and the Mer de Glace will amaze you. From there, we start our hike on a balcony path climbing gently up and leading us to the Lac Blanc (2352m) and its spectacular view of the massif: the Drus, the Vert, the Aiguille du midi and the Mont Blanc, obviously. Heading down through one of the most beautiful trails in France bordering the Cheserys lakes (1891m) to Argentière (1250m), where we will spend the night in a peaceful wooded setting hotel. This route features some of the most awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc and its glaciers.

  • Ascent: around 475 m
  • Descent : around 1150 m
  • Max. Alt : 2350m
  • Accommodation : Hôtel
  • Transportation : private minivan 
Day 3Argentière - the Forclaz pass - Bovine - Champex

Transfer Champex-La Fouly in a private minibus. We start our hike from the village of Ferret. We reach Col Ferret where the view is exceptional on the Val Ferret and the Glacier nearby. Italy opens us its doors. Descent to Arnouva where we take a bus to our welcoming hotel in Courmayeur.

  • Ascent: around 500 m
  • Descent : around 650 m
  • Max. Alt : 1980 m
  • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Transportation : private minivan 
Day 4Champex - Issert - Ferret - La Fouly - Courmayeur

Transfer Champex-La Fouly in a private minibus. We start our hike from the village of Ferret. We reach Col Ferret where the view is exceptional on the Val Ferret and the Glacier nearby. Italy opens us its doors. Descent to Arnouva where we take a bus to our welcoming hotel in Courmayeur.

  • Ascent: around 700 m
  • Descent : around  500 m
  • Max. Alt : 2537m
  • Accommodation : Hotel 
  • Transportation : private minivan 
Day 5Courmayeur

Departure this morning for the Skyway Monte Bianco where you can reach the Punta Helbronner (3466m) and you’ll find yourself facing the Mont Blanc and the highest peaks in Europe in just 10 minutes. Lunch in Courmayeur to savour Italian specialties.

Taking a break from our walking, we'll spend this afternoon exploring the lively city of Courmayeur. You can also have fun on a rafting descent or have a relaxing afternoon at the Thermes of Pré-Saint-Didier. Night and diner at a charming and atmospheric hotel in Courmayeur.

 

  • Transportation : private minivan 
  • Accommodation : Hotel
Day 6Courmayeur - Seigne pass - Les Chapieux

Climb aboard the bus, have a seat, and enjoy the ride to Visailles (1659m) at the bottom of Miage glacier from where we stretch our legs climbing up to the Lée Blanche valley, where sheep graze during summer. We reach the Seigne pass (2516m) and cross the border to get back into France. The south face of the Mont Blanc is now behind us. We head down to the Mottets. Transfer to the hamlet of Les Chapieux valley where we spend the night.

  • Ascent: around 950 m
  • Descent : around 490 m
  • Max. Alt : 2516 m
  • Accommodation : Comfortable Gite in Les Chapieux
Day 7Les Chapieux - Bonhomme pass - Les Contamines - Chamonix

Our last day of trekking starts up to the Raja cottage, which marks the beginning of the slopes to reach the La Croix du Bonhomme refuge (2639m). The refuge is a crossing point located right before the Bonhomme pass (2329m), opening on a valley that will lead us to the Balme cottage and the Nant-Borrant refuge. Going back to Notre Dame de la Gorge and its small chapel before reaching the Contamines. Private bus transfer to Chamonix where we’ll spend comfortably our night at the hotel (meals in town as you please).

  • Ascent: around 1100 m
  • Descent : around 1400 m
  • Max. Alt : 2635 m
  • Accommodation : Hotel 
Day 8Departure day

Sadly, our fabulous week comes to an end.. You can spend your final morning exploring the wonderful shops, museums, and local food specialties found in this two-time Olympic village.

We can organize a transfer between Chamonix and Geneva for your return flight in the morning around 9am.

Please be aware of your departure time in Geneva airport to be able to join us for the transfer.

The itinerary may be modified regarding weather or participants physical conditions. At last, the accompanist remains the only judge of the program that he can adapt according to the situation. Trip time is indicative, as are ascent and descent inclines, they can be modified at the moment regarding the decision of the accompanist and the group’s speed. Please don’t pay much attention to that and enjoy your trip in the mountain.

 

Included
  • The technical organization of the stay
  • Supervision by a mountain guide
  • Luggage transportation
  • Accommodation in double rooms in 3 *** hotel or equivalent (except on day 6, which will be in a typical hostel for an unusual night)
  • Transfers planned in the program (Geneva to Chamonix departure from Geneva at 2 pm day 1 and Chamonix to Geneva at 9 am on day 8)
  • Full board every day, except for the first and the last night in Chamonix
  • Cabin pass for Skyway, day 5 in Courmayeur
Not Included
  • Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc..
  • Registration fees
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses during the stay
  • Meals on the first and last evening in Chamonix
  • The flight to Geneva from your hometown (which our air service can however organise for you)
  • Extra activities on day 5 in Courmayeur (Thermes, rafting...)
  • Tips

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.

 

Food

Meals:

  • Lunch picnics are made of mixed salads, fine meat, farm cheese, crusty bread, fresh seasonal fruits and other local sweet pleasures. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after: don’t worry if he is leaving you for a short amount of time during the evening, he is certainly making you great food to give you strength the next day!
  • In the evening, diners are taken in the different accommodations or in restaurants
  • Don’t forget to take your own snacks according to your tastes before departure: cereal, energy bars (chocolate bars can melt), dry fruits... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions for aperitifs!

Accommodation

Hotels in the Chamonix valley. The nights are in minimum 3*** hotels with rooms for 2 people, except for day 6 in Chapieux Valley (Gite). A single room is possible on request according to availability at the time of registration (supplement to provide).

 

Transportation

Supplied Equipment

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

Material

 

  • One hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Bonnet or scarf
  • Tee-shirt (carline-type, quick drying material)
  • Warm shirt or thin polar shirt
  • Warm coat (polar-type)
  • Windproof coat (K-way or Goretex type)
  • A drain cape with sleeves (without any button, in polyamide)
  • Thin pants
  • Windproof pants (K-way or Goretex type)
  • Short Socks (100% wool: heats, absorbs and evacuates humidity, avoid foot warming/synthetic fibres: good resistance, absorbs and evacuates humidity but foot warming if 100% synthetic / cotton: absorbs humidity but doesn’t evacuate it)
  • Trekking shoes: they are the mountain climbers' best friends! They must be: solid, waterproof, and hold the feet and anckles. Choose shoes with griping tread surface, quite rigid, Vibram-type
  • Long gaiters
  • Warm gloves
  • Replacement underclothing
  • Thin pants or replacement shorts
  • Replacement socks
  • Light sandals or sneakers for evenings in refuges
  • Toilet bag (earplugs recommended)
  • Towel

 

Your guide’s advice: « In your backpack, you will put : warm clothes (polar, pants, bonnet and gloves), rain clothes, bottle, camera, solar cream, and your picnic lunch ».

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  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

Suscription

Subscribing to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a registration form, which will be accepted depending on the availability and only after the deposit payment accounting for 30% of the travel’s price. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you by e-mail very soon.

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