There is something unique about a circumnavigation of the Mont Blanc massif on foot. Perhaps it is a feeling of exhilaration from being immersed in some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on earth while a quaint village is only a few hours away. Or perhaps it’s the daytime forays where you tough it out over a glacial pass to descend to your evening accommodation for a nice quiet ‘local red’ to reflect on the days adventures. This is trekking at its most civilized! The route is always inspiring, ambling through flowering meadows, dipping into old oak forests and breaking out above the tree line into high alpine pastures which showcase the snowy peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. The finishing touch... the opportunity to sample the warm mountain hospitality of the French, Swiss and Italian villages along the way.
DAY 1/3 Walk from Chamonix Valley across mountain passes and villages, through the 'Bonhomme' mountain passage and over high pastures to Italy (6-8hrs per day) DAY 4 Ascend to Berthone refuge (6-8hrs) DAY 5 Continue along the Val Ferret to Elena Refuge (6-7hrs) DAY 6/8 To Switzerland across the Grand Col Ferret and to Trient along the "Fenętre d'Arpette" (5-8hrs per day) DAY 9 Traverse the Balme mountain passage, with excellent views of the Mont Blanc range (6-8hrs) DAY 10 Traverse balcony path to Chamonix , trip concludes (5-6hrs)
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*9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners *9 nights accommodation in mountain refuges/gîte-hostels in dormitories (upgrade to double room available for 5 nights - surcharge applies) *luggage transfer by mule (max 7kgs - early and late season departures use luggage van for transfer) *experienced guide *internal transfers by cable car and local bus