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The Kandoo team will meet you at your pre-trek hotel in Chamonix for a pre-trek briefing with your Guide to prepare you for your tour. There are many typical Savoyard restaurants close to your hotel where you can sample some alpine specialities.
We will transfer to Les Praz village by either bus or train, and from here we will ride the cable car to La Flégére (1813m). The view of the Chamonix Valley and the Mer de Glace is breath-taking. We start our hike on a balcony path, climbing gently up and leading us to Lac Blanc (2352m) and its spectacular view of the Mont Blanc massif: the Drus, the Vert, the Aiguille du Midi and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. We head down through one of the most beautiful trails in France, bordering the Cheserys lakes, to Argentière where we will spend the night in a hotel in a peaceful, wooded setting.
After breakfast, we will take a short private transfer to cross the Swiss border via the villages of Châtelard and Trient to the Col de la Forclaz (1527m). From here, we start our trek through a pine and larch forest to reach the grazing pastures at Bovine. We will enjoy views of the valley and the impressive Coude du Rhônes below us, as well as the northern foothills of Mont Blanc. On the eastern side, the impressive Combins massif stays in our sight all day long and leads us to Champex, a charming lakeside village.
Today we transfer from Champex to La Fouly in a private minibus and begin our hike from the village of Ferret. We will cross the Grand Col de Ferret (2537m) from where we can enjoy an exceptional view of the Val Ferret and the Glacier de Pre de Bard. Italy opens its doors to us as we descend from the pass to Arnouva, where we will take a bus to our hotel in Courmayeur.
This morning we will take the Skyway Monte Bianco, which lifts us effortlessly to the Punta Helbronner (3466m). In just 10 minutes, we will find ourselves facing Mont Blanc and the highest peaks in Europe. Returning for lunch in Courmayeur, you will have chance to savour some famous Italian specialities. Taking a break from walking, you will have the afternoon free to explore this lively town. If you prefer, you can have fun rafting in the Aosta Valley or spend a relaxing afternoon at the thermal baths of Pré-Saint-Didier (additional charges apply).
Climb aboard the bus and enjoy the ride to Visailles, at the foot of the Glacier du Miage. We will then stretch our legs, climbing up to the Lée Blanche Valley, where sheep graze during the summer. We will reach the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and cross the border to return to France once more. The south face of Mont Blanc is now behind us as we head down to Les Mottets. We will then transfer down the mountain to Bourg St Maurice where we will spend the night.
Our final day on the trek begins by heading up to the Chalet de la Raja, which marks the beginning of the slopes to reach the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme refuge (2443m). The refuge is located right before the Col de Bonhomme (2329m). From the pass we will descend into a valley that will lead us to La Balme refuge and the Nant Borrant refuge. We continue our descent to Notre Dame de la Gorge and its small chapel before reaching Les Contamines. We will transfer by private bus to Chamonix where we say goodbye to the group and head off on our onwards travels.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is not to be under estimated, there is a lot of steep ascent and descent on this trek, so your legs will be getting a good workout. Yet, whilst a high level of fitness will make the days a lot easier it by no means requires super human fitness. We have reduced the amount of trekking days on this trip and you will have a rest day in the middle of the trip to allow your legs a bit of recovery time. Having a solid training plan in the months prior to departure will allow you to better prepare for the hikes and enjoy yourself when you're on the trail. You will need to reach particular points on the trail each night so you may find the pace of walking to be a little faster than on Kilimanjaro, for example. This is by no means a sprint, and your comfortable accommodation will allow for a good night's sleep at the end of each day, however a good level of fitness will ensure you have a positive experience all round.
Trekking poles are also a lifesaver, especially on the steep Alpine passes! If you are comfortable walking for 6-7 hours with an ascent of 1000m over consecutive days then you are certainly fit enough to succeed on the Tour. Think of it as climbing Snowdon or Ben Nevis three days in a row! If you can do this then there is no reason why you can't complete the trek. We find that all successful hikers share a real Kandoo attitude and that means high levels of grit and determination.
This trip is on a full board basis (except for your night in Chamonix). For your evening meal in Chamonix there is a wide range of local restaurants for you to sample. If you have a dietary requirement or are a vegetarian then just let us know when you book so that your guide can help you to source a suitable menu at the hotels and get appropriate foods for your packed lunch.
The hotels provide hearty, traditional and generous meals. Drinks are not included with dinner, so please make sure you have some Euros and Swiss Francs with you. Hotels in small villages and town may not accept card payments.
Packed lunches will be produced by your guide and include local meats and cheeses, crusty bread and fresh seasonal vegetables. The lunch items will be shared between all of the group for carrying each day. Remember to bring your favourite snacks (cereal or energy bars, dried fruits, chocolate) with you to keep you going through the day.
Tap water is typically safe to drink in France so you can fill up your water bottle each morning at the hotel. On the trek itself, you will be passing many refuges where you will also be able to top up your water if needed.
Accommodation in Chamonix is in a 3-star hotel in twin rooms. You will stay in Chamonix on the first night of the trip. Please note that your evening meal is not included when you are in Chamonix.
You will spend four nights on the trek in 3-star hotels in twin rooms, with evening meal included. Accommodation will differ on day 6 when we spend the night in the Chapieux Valley. Here you will stay in a traditional gite/hostel and you should expect to share a dormitory room with other trekkers.
You will need two bags for this trip. One travel bag for your replacement clothes which will be transferred between locations by vehicle (max 10kg). Please do not lock your bag as it may need to be checked by Swiss customs. Please note: Do not leave computers, tablets, cameras and valuable objects in your travel bag. One 30-40L rucksack with a large chest strap that you will carry during the day. You will carry your own personal equipment (spare warm clothes, waterproofs, water bottle, camera and sun screen) and valuables, as well as your packed lunch in your rucksack.
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