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Tour du Mont Blanc • Three Countries
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Jun Jul Aug Sep
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Walking Trekking
price in double room from: € 995
Tour du Mont Blanc • Three Countries

Tour du Mont Blanc • Three Countries

Around Europe's highest mountains

  • Europe’s highest peak, snow-capped Mt Blanc
  • Spell-binding views and wild open spaces
  • Three different alpine countries - Italy, France and Switzerland
  • Warm, comfortable family-run mountain huts and small hotels
  • Rich mountain cuisine, delicious cheese, polenta and mushrooms
  • Friendly locals and unique cultural traditions
  • Rich flora and fauna
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Start:  Chamonix                  Finish: Chamonix

Day 1: Arrive in Chamonix
Day 2: Walk from Chamonix to Les Contamines (20.5 km)
Day 3: Walk from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux (15 km)
Day 4: Walk from Les Chapieux to Val Veny/Courmayeur (14 km, 19 km)
Day 5: Walk from Val Veny/Courmayeur to Val Ferret (5.5 km, 12 km)
Day 6: Walk from Val Ferret to La Fouly (18 km)
Day 7: Walk from La Fouly to Champex-Lac (18 km)
Day 8: Walk from Champex-Lac to Trient (15.7 km)
Day 9: Walk from Trient to Argentière (14.5 km)
Day 10: Walk from Argentiere to Chamonix (19.5 km, 17.5 km)
Day 11: Au revoir Chamonix!

Day 1:    Arrive in Chamonix

Start your trek off in Chamonix with a first day to wander the city’s lively streets, do a bit of shopping or pamper yourself at a local spa.

Day 2:    Walk from Chamonix to Les Contamines (20.5 km)

Jump on a bus to Les Houches then get the Bellevue Cable Car up to 1800m. Rather than take the French normal route up to the Gouter hut at 3800m and summit at 4810m, you hike the mountain’s edge to Col de Voza then saunter down into the valley. Inspect perfectly maintained local rooftops with their large flat stones, as you hike to tiny mountain hamlets with Mont Blanc watching you from a distance. Next your route parallels the rushing River Bon Nant on its way to the friendly alpine village of Les ContaminesPick up an ancient Roman trail, one of Europe's most famous footpaths, traversing flower-filled meadows and striking woodlands to a picture-perfect mountain refuge, a typical colourful chalet with breath-taking views.

Spend the night here in small 6- to 9-person dormitories and enjoy a hearty evening meal served in the chalet's cosy dining room.

Challenge: 7 hours, 20.5 km, 990 m ascent, 1095 m descent

Day 3:    Walk from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux (15 km)

Trek the Plan des Dames up to Col du Bonhomme (elevation 2329m) and press on to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479m). A peculiar combination of stones marks the top of the pass, where you whip out your camera to capture vast valleys stretching out for miles. A long descent dallies through open meadows down to Vallee des Chapieux, where you criss-cross bubbling brooks past sturdy mountain huts to reach the tiny idyllic hamlet of Les Chapieux.

Challenge: 7 hours, 15 km, 900 m ascent, 900 m descent

Day 4:    Walk from Les Chapieux to Val Veny/Courmayeur (14 km, 19 km)

Steel yourself for the longest, most demanding day of your holiday . . . made easier by surprising scenic landscapes all the way. After two days spent walking in France, you zip over the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and hike Val Veny into Italy. All told the route includes a climb through a deep gorge and immense pastures against a bizarre lunar backdrop, while the Aiguille des Glaciers peaks loom large in the distance right on the border with Switzerland. Once on Mont Blanc’s ‘other side’, you’re treated to magnificent views of stunning snow-capped peaks.

Depending on availability you’ll be booked at the ‘rifugio’ in Les Blanche or walk 5,5km further and get the bus to Courmayeur.

Challenge: 5/7 hours, 14/19 km, 1250/1500 m ascent, 1180/1380 m descent

Day 5:    Walk from Val Veny/Courmayeur to Val Ferret (5.5 km, 12 km)

If you stayed at Rifugio Elisabetta, first you trundle 5,5km down the hill to get the bus to Courmayeur. Today’s two-part route traverses this renowned ski resort, where you can pause for an invigorating cup of coffee. Next a steep ascent leads up to a level section and you hike to Val Ferret among meadows, conifer woods and alpine streams beneath the sharp, awe-inspiring silhouette of the Grand Jorasses. For a more relaxed day, spend time strolling the streets of Courmayeur then take a bus to Val Ferret.

Challenge: 2.5/4.5 hours, 5.5/12 km, 300/900 m ascent, 800/400 m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Val Ferret to La Fouly (18 km)

Set off uphill, passing farmhouses in ruins as you begin your journey into Switzerland. Hike the first 4km on a surfaced road or take the SAVDA shuttle from your hotel. A steep but rewarding climb ends at Rifugio Elena then you carry on toward the border via Col du Gran Ferret (2537m). Stop to catch your breath, only to have it taken away again! Literally, as immense imposing vistas sweep across the receding glacier and perpetual snows of Triolet and Pre de Bar. Walking down through open meadows, you find very few signs of human activity. The sole testimony to life lies in a few lone-standing mountain huts near the remote hamlet of Ferret. Ambling onward to La Fouly, the trail cuts through idyllic scenes of fragrant pine forests, crystalline creeks and quaint wooden bridges. Simply to die for!

Challenge: 6 hours, 18 km, 870 m ascent, 920 m descent

Day 7:    Walk from La Fouly to Champex-Lac (18 km)

After a few tougher routes, you take it easy today. The river sets the tone for a long gentle walk where dense woodlands are interrupted by cliff walls and sparkling streams. Stop to rest at Les Arlaches and marvel at its traditional wooden houses built on sturdy stone bases. A lengthy winding climb is thankfully not too steep, and intriguing wooden sculptures pop up alongside the trails to capture your attention. From Orsieres the trail takes off downhill to the ideal alpine village of Champex-Lac, situated on the shores of a serene lake.

Challenge: 6 hours, 18 km, 700 m ascent, 715 m descent

Day 8:    Walk from Champex-Lac to Trient (15.7 km)

Prepare for a spectacular hike over the Fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m) then down the Glacier du Trient to the village of Trient, situated at 1300m on the Martigny-Chamonix pass road. If weather conditions are not the best, do not dismay! The stunning alternative surges up to 2050m linking Arpette and Trient via Champex-d'en Haut and you’ll thrill to breath-taking panoramas, extraordinary cool woodlands and colourful meadows.

Challenge: 7 hours, 15.7 km, 710 m ascent, 1125 m descent

Day 9:    Walk from Trient to Argentière (14.5 km)

Save an enduring mental photo as you linger over the last views of Mont Blanc on your final walk of the week. High above the ski resort of Le Tour you hike toward Lake Charamillon, situated at a stunning 2271m, then wander through the immense Glacier du Tour back into France. An exhilarating rocky crest trail provides astounding views of the glittering icy glacier and nearby valleys. Standing on the very border between Switzerland and France, you’re blinded by the shimmering white of Mont Blanc, especially bright on sunny days. Dazzled by loads of light, you make your way slowly down through pastures into Argentière.

Challenge: 4 hours, 14.5 km, 985 m ascent, 905 m descent

Day 10:    Walk from Argentiere to Chamonix (19.5 km, 17.5 km)

Plan to make an early start on this rather long route and set off for the pretty little village of Les Frasserands, a perfect French alpine array of typical wooden houses. Pause for a few pictures along the botanical path then climb uphill into Aiguilles Rouges Natural Park. From there, start your descent to La Flegere or test your legs on the ascent to Lac Blanc, aided by a metal ladder (reject this option if you don’t like heights). This afternoon’s painfully panoramic route reveals the Mont Blanc Massif dead ahead with the striking summits of Aiguille Verte, the Drus, Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Blanc. In Planpraz you get the cable car down to Chamonix (last departure at 5 pm). If fatigue or waning daylight become a problem, opt to get the cable car from La Flegere.

Challenge: 8/7 hours, 19.5/17.5 km, 1620/1440 m ascent, 970/790 m descent

Day 11:    Au revoir Chamonix!

Your self-guided tour of Mont Blanc comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra nights can be booked in advance.

'standard' hotels

HUTS - DORMITORY VERSION "The real alpine experience"

Overnight in authentic alpine mountain huts surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Mont Blanc massif. 

Accoomodation in dormitory with shared bathrooms. In Chamonix-Montblanc you will sleep in double room with en-suite bathroom.

During high season it is possible that you might sleep in different accommodation to the ones that are indicated below. In choosing alternative accommodation we have tried to maintain the same standards and quality. We have also tried to stay in the same towns and villages, in order to change routes as little as possible.

NOTE: You can book this trip with UPGRADED HOTELS in double room.  

Hôtel La Valée Blanche (Chamonix)
Hôtel La Valée Blanche (Chamonix)

Hotel Vallee Blanche welcomes you all year, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This eighteenth century old mill has kept all its original charm, while also offering modern 3 star comforts. Our 26 rooms (some for up to 5 people) provide a cosy family setting and mountain atmosphere

www.vallee-blanche.com

Refuge Nant Borrant (Contamines)
Refuge Nant Borrant (Contamines)

Situated 45 minutes from Notre Dame de la Gorge, on the Tour of Mont Blanc walking route and the GR5, you will find a warm welcome and convivial atmosphere at the Nant Borrant chalet refuge, whether you stay the night or simply have lunch.

www.refuge-nantborrant.com

Auberge de la Nova (Les Chapieux)
Auberge de la Nova (Les Chapieux)

This hotel was renamed Auberge de la Nova around 1970. Since then the hostel is an essential stopover on the Tour du Mont -Blanc, Tour du Beaufort, Tour du Tarentaise and many other excursions. Now managed by Muriel and Erick, this small hostel nestled in the mountains is a major rendezvous point for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers.

www.refugelanova.com

Rifugio Monte Bianco (Val Veny - Courmayeur)
Rifugio Monte Bianco (Val Veny - Courmayeur)

The refuge, owned by the Italian Alpine Club, has 56 beds in rooms for 2-4 persons, and a 14 beds dormitory. In the nice restaurant you can taste the typical dishes and drinks of the Aosta Valley cuisine.

www.rifugiomontebianco.com

Rifugio Bonatti (Val Ferret)
Rifugio Bonatti (Val Ferret)

Very plush refuge with stunning views back over the Mont Blanc massif. Situated in the Val Ferret valley in Italy at the mouth of the vallee de Malatra. Beds are provided with blankets and pillows but for hygiene reasons you must provide your own sheet or sleeping bag liner (they can also be rented at the refuge depending on availability).

www.rifugiobonatti.it

Auberge Maya Joie (La Fouly)
Auberge Maya Joie (La Fouly)

Maya-Joie is 200 meters from the Fouly station in Val Ferret at an altitude of 1,700 m. Set in a tranquil haven surrounded by lush greenery. This countryside location, facing Mont Dolent, provides a relaxing environment for one or more nights. Accommodation in rooms with 1 to 8 beds. Bunk beds or double beds. Showers and washrooms upstairs. Wifi Room, reading room, conference room, terrace with deckchairs.

www.mayajoie.ch

Gîte Bon Abri (Champex-Lac)
Auberge Gîte Bon Abri (Champex-Lac)
Hotel La Grande Ourse (Trient)
Hotel La Grande Ourse (Trient)

Formerly, la Grande Ourse was a hotel and then it became a country house of the Movement of the Suisse Romande Youth. Today the hotel has been completely renovated. The new owner is Mr. Jasiqi Azem. Would you like to spend a pleasant stay and be welcomed by a warm team?

www.la-grande-ourse.ch

Chalet Alpin du Tour (Argentière - Chamonix)
Chalet Alpin du Tour (Argentière - Chamonix)

The Alpine chalet of the Tour is a small haven of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the mountaineering capital. At the foot of the Tour glacier is the laid-back atmosphere of the highest village in the valley, just minutes from Chamonix. It is an exceptional base for climbing or hiking on Europe's most famous mountains

chaletdutour.ffcam.fr

'Select' hotels

HOTEL - DOUBLE ROOM VERSION

TMB in hotels, and so in double rooms (when available), a more comfortable version of this trail. Some of the accommodation have private bathroom but in some of them has to be shared with other hikers. 

Hôtel la Vallée Blanche (Chamonix-Mont Blanc)
Hôtel la Vallée Blanche (Chamonix-Mont Blanc)

Hotel Vallee Blanche welcomes you all year, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This eighteenth century old mill has kept all its original charm, while also offering modern 3 star comforts. Our 26 rooms (some for up to 5 people) provide a cosy family setting and mountain atmosphere

www.vallee-blanche.com

e Refuge de la Balme (Les Contmaines Montjoie)
Le Refuge de la Balme (Les Contmaines Montjoie)

Private mountain refuge (1706m) located at the bottom of the Aiguille de la Pennaz (2668m) on the paths of T.M.B, GR5, Tour du Beaufortin, Mont-Blanc tour. Rooms 2 or 4 or 6 people and dormitory (12 beds)

www.montourdumontblanc.com/uk/il4-refuge_i32361-refuge-de-la-balme.aspx

Les Chambres du soleil (Bourg Saint Maurice)
Les Chambres du Soleil (Bourg Saint Maurice)

This hotel was founded in 1856 by the Pugin family. For more than 150 years, this accommodation was the rallying point for alpagists, soldiers, hunters, hawkers, dams and hikers. Its activity ceased when its last owner, René Pugin, disappeared. Nowadays, Céline and Pierre will receive you  in their family hotel.

www.leschambresdusoleil-montblanc.com

Hôtel Edelweiss (Courmayeur)
Hôtel Edelweiss (Courmayeur)

Our home, desired and built by our grandparents Silvio and Cipriana, first opens its doors at the foot of Mont Blanc in the summer of 1953.

www.albergoedelweiss.it

 

Hotel Lavachey (Courmayeur Mont Blanc)
Hotel Lavachey (Courmayeur Mont Blanc)

Offers 11 rooms furnished in a mountain style with running hot and cold water. There are 5 shared bathrooms with a shower available for guest use. Most rooms offer an unbeatable view of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey while the remaining ones give onto the green fields and woodland of the high Val Ferret valley.

www.lavachey.com

Auberge Maya Joie (La Fouly)
Auberge Maya Joie (La Fouly)

Maya-Joie is 200 meters from the Fouly station in Val Ferret at an altitude of 1,700 m. Set in a tranquil haven surrounded by lush greenery. This countryside location, facing Mont Dolent, provides a relaxing environment for one or more nights. Accommodation in rooms with 1 to 8 beds. Bunk beds or double beds. Showers and washrooms upstairs. Wifi Room, reading room, conference room, terrace with deckchairs.

www.mayajoie.ch

Hotel Sunways (Champex)
Hotel Sunways (Champex)

Surrounded by nature, the hotel is an ideal starting point for hikes, both in summer and winter. Warm mountain atmosphere. 

www.sunways.ch

La Grande Ourse (Trient)
La Grande Ourse (Trient)

Formerly, la Grande Ourse was a hotel and then it became a country house of the Movement of the Suisse Romande Youth. Today the hotel has been completely renovated. The new owner is Mr. Jasiqi Azem. Would you like to spend a pleasant stay and be welcomed by a warm team?

www.la-grande-ourse.ch

Hotel Olympique (Chamonix)
Hotel Olympique (Chamonix)

A pleasant stay in charming, relaxing surroundings and an exceptional location. We are also happy to propose simple, quality cuisine and our wonderful, sunny terrace looking out over the Chamonix Valley.

www.hotel-olympique-chamonix.com

Hôtel la Vallée Blanche (Chamonix-Mont Blanc)
Hôtel la Vallée Blanche (Chamonix-Mont Blanc)

Hotel Vallee Blanche welcomes you all year, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This eighteenth century old mill has kept all its original charm, while also offering modern 3 star comforts. Our 26 rooms (some for up to 5 people) provide a cosy family setting and mountain atmosphere

www.vallee-blanche.com

practical info

This is a difficult trip to book. Avaliability answer can take more than 48 hours

You can start any day of the week from wednesday till sunday, subject to availability, between the 15th of June and the 30th of September. 

If you travel by plane, the main airport you could flight in to reach the start of the Mont Blanc walking tour is Genève, in Switzerland.

Arrival in Chamonix           

There is a regular bus service from Genève airport (GVO) to Les Contamines (www.sat-montblanc.com), trip can last from 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes; also possible is to prebook a private transfer (www.alpybus.com).

If you travel per train: There are regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away. From there take the connection to Gare Chamonix – Mont Blanc. 

The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine.

Information SNCF:  www.voyage-sncf.com

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 8 nights on a half board basis (*)
  • 2 nights on B&B basis
  • Detailed routes information and maps
  • 24 assistance telephone

(*) For 'hotel version' of this tour 6 nights accommodation on half-board and 4 days on B&B bases

Not included

  • Lunches
  • Tourist taxes
  • Travel insurence
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, etc
  • Luggage transfer 
  • Everything not mencioned as included 

Extra

  • Single room supplement
  • Optional luggage transfer from one accommodation to the next (**)

(**) 1 piece of luggage per person  (max 15kg). 

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