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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided alpine walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in mountain refuges/gîte-hostels
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1195USD

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Overview

Trip Code: UCX

Trip highlights


  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery around the highest peak in Western Europe
  • Experience the exhilaration of trekking through three countries in the European Alps
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Raclette

Specially devised for walkers who like to 'smell the roses' en route to the next comfortable gîte or mountain refuge, this relaxed walk around Mont Blanc still takes in the vistas for which the Tour du Mont Blanc is so famous. The walk traverses high passes, meadows brimming with alpine flowers and wanders through typical mountain villages. There is ample time to stop and take in the stunning scenery, enjoy a picnic of local ingredients and absorb the alpine culture as you make your way to the next accommodation. This is relaxed alpine hiking at its best

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Leaving from Chamonix, there are a couple of options to reach today's destination. You can ascend on the Brevent cable car (not included, allow EUR26 pp) and take the balcony path 2000m above Chamonix town. Alternatively, there is a gentler option following the valley floor. Heading up the valley the trail takes in the huge expanse of the Mont Blanc massif, the Argentiere glacier and the Aiguille du Tour (3542m). It is an exhilarating walk and a fabulous start to the week. Overnight Le Tour.

Meals:  D

Leaving from the village of Le Tour you take the scenic high mountain path of Balme heading towards Switzerland. Weather permitting you will be able to take some wonderful photos of the Mont Blanc chain including the impressive “La Verte”, the Drus and the Needles of Chamonix. You will cross the border between France and Switzerland before making your way down to the village of Trient for overnight accommodation. (9km, +700m/2297ft, -900m/2953ft)

Meals:  B,D

The trail takes you via the Mountain of Bovine which involves crossing the Forclaz Pass (1527m), where there are beautiful lake views. (18.6km, +900m/2953ft, -650m/2132ft)

Meals:  B,D

Today's walk highlights some amazing natural beauty. Dry meadows, pools of fresh water, herds of cows and wonderful chalets surrounded by flower-filled gardens greet you. Swiss village life is all around and whilst the dramatic scenery of previous days is not as apparent, it is a chance to experience the wonderful “Valais des Hommes”. Overnight in La Fouly. (15km, +500m/1640ft, -600m/1969ft)

Meals:  B,D

This morning you walk to the small village of Ferret (1705m). From here the route takes you out of Switzerland and into Italy by the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) pass. It’s a steady climb and at the Col you will be awe-inspired by the sweeping views of the Pre de Bar glacier. After some time drinking in the panorama you can amble down the steep track to your overnight accommodation at the Refuge Elena, which is located at the base of the glacier and a great place to view the changing light on the alps. Alternatively, your accommodation may be a little further into the Val Ferret. (13km, +900m/2953ft, -500m/1640ft)

Meals:  B,D

This morning's walk takes you through the Val Ferret and along a balcony path with impressive views of the Grand Jorasses, Mont Blanc and in the distance the Col de la Seigne marking the border between France and Italy. On reaching Refugio Bonatti there are three options to reach Courmayeur. The newly rerouted TMB trail traverses the north flank of Monte de la Saxe, whilst the former official TMB route takes you along the crest of Monte de la Saxe. Both are high trails with fabulous views of the Brenva face of Mont Blanc and the dramatic Aiguille Noire. The alternative route is via the variant route over the Col du Sapin (2436m) with a quick descent to Courmayeur. This latter route is preferable in poor weather (or take a bus from the roadhead at Arnuva). Overnight Courmayeur. (20km, +800m/2625ft, -1600m/5249ft)

Meals:  B,D

Today can be a relaxing amble or a challenging ascent, the choice is yours. Our recommendation is to take the bus up to the Val Veni roadhead and walk back to Courmayeur along the Val Veni Balcony trail. The views of Mont Blanc, tumbling glaciers and endless wildflowers are worth the effort. The route information provided will detail easier and harder options. Once back in Courmayeur, collect your luggage and return to Chamonix by local bus (45 minutes, EUR15) where the trip concludes. Val Veni balcony trail optional walk: approx 3 hours walking

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which may include regional specialities.
  • 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges / gîte hostels on a dormitory share basis. It is possible to upgrade to 6 nights in a double room – additional cost applies. Please note that for the double room upgrade we cannot guarantee a double room for all 6 nights and at times one night will be in a quad share room. No discount applies.
  • Luggage transfer on days 1-6 (max 15kgs - soft duffel style luggage only)
  • Information pack including Navigational App and TMB hiking map (1:50,000) per group of 1-4 people* – the route is waymarked.
  • Note: if you wish to purchase an extra map (if you plan to walk separately) please let us know. Full IGN maps (1:25,000) and the Cicerone guidebook can also be purchased from our office.
  • *A group is the people in your booking party who you are travelling with, staying in the same accommodation.

  • Travel to Chamonix and from Courmayeur
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of luggage - please ensure your pre tour hotel can store luggage before you book
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Public transport including cablecar (optional on day 1) and bus from Courmayeur to Chamonix on day 7 (allow EUR15)

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 5-6 hours, between 8 and 20 km and maximum ascents of 900 metres per day. The timing provided in the itinerary is a guide only and is for the walking components only – rest breaks are not included. There are some challenging stages during the walk with steep uphills, descents, and many sections of the trail which require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. It is considered suitable for experienced walkers only. You should also be able to navigate in alpine regions using a map and compass. Whilst the route is very well marked and well trodden, adverse weather conditions may make navigation difficult without reference to a map and compass. Early in the season (June) you may encounter snow on the passes which may be quite deep and alter the grading of the trip to challenging. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds.


Departure dates

Daily except Sunday from 19 Jun to 20 Sep

Notes

DN1
A minimum of 2 people travelling together is required when booking the room option. Contact our team for more details. Room upgrade may not be possible on all nights and is always subject to availability - it is possible that one night will be in quadshare - no price reduction is available if this occurs. Please ensure you read the downloadable trip notes prior to booking
DN2
This itinerary is indicative only and will depend on accommodation booked. Hours indicated do not include rest stops.
DN3
Bus from Courmayeur to Chamonix is not included - allow EUR15 pp
DN4
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Total Priceper person from

$1195USD

Options & Supplements*
  • double room supplementUSD$270
*Prices listed are per person

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