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Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Long Weekend

Hike a 4 day shortened version of this world famous trek. 2 days off work.

I'M UP FOR
Hikes and Treks
DURATION
3 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Rough and Ready
LOCATION
France, Italy
SEASON
May—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous long-distance treks in the world. This 4-day version takes you through spectacular mountain terrain and a variety of villages in Italy, Switzerland and France, ensuring you have a different experience each day of the trek. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 4 full days of trekking around Mont Blanc
  • 3 nights of accommodation at mountain refuges
  • Professional, English-speaking, experienced guide
  • All meals
  • Transfers to and from the trek, and between La Fouly and Champex

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for ambitious hikers who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc but are short on time.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation before or after the trek
  • Hiking gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Soda and alcohol
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 14. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

This trip is suitable for experienced hikers with a reasonable level of fitness who are able to hike 15–20 km each day with as much as 1000m of elevation gain.

Summer at Mont Blanc is generally warm and fair, but the weather can change very quickly, bringing cold rain and wind. Average temperatures range from 6 to 24 °C. It rains roughly half of the days each month, but storms generally pass through quickly.

Breakfasts and dinners will be served at the refuges. Breakfasts always include coffee, bread, jam and butter, and, depending on the refuge, may also include orange juice, cereal, yogurt, fruit, cheese and meats.

Dinners are hearty and served in large portions—just what a hungry hiker needs! Typical meals include a soup starter, a main course of meat and veggies with a side of grains or pasta, and a dessert like vanilla pudding or creme brulee.

Picnic lunches will be provided each day, featuring a large main item like a sandwich or wrap, a salad, and a selection of fruit, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

  • Thermal underwear top and bottom
  • Fleece or merino pullover or sweater
  • Primaloft or down jackets
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
  • Synthetic shirts and trousers (zip-off preferable) for hiking
  • Comfortable shirt and trousers for the refuges
  • 2+ pair wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for around the refuge
  • Warm hat or headband
  • Light gloves
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Cap with brim to block the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • 35 – 50L backpack with waist belt
  • Raincover
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Head torch
  • Sunblock
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Trekking poles
  • Toiletries
  • Medications if necessary
  • Camera (recommended)
  • Earplugs (recommended)

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Location

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Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe at 4810m. The Tour du Mont Blanc circumnavigates this massive mountain on a network of trails and paths that pass through alpine meadows and peaceful valleys, and cross over numerous high peaks. You’ll be rewarded along the way with jaw-dropping views of the Alps, and wildlife sightings including marmots, ibex and mountain goats.

The trail winds through Italy, Switzerland and France, providing a different cultural experience each day. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at remote farms to sample fresh food like milkshakes and omelettes. Nights are spent in remote mountain refuges with the chance to socialize with other hikers from around the world.

Start point

Chamonix Station at 13:00

Your adventure begins at Chamonix Station at 13:00 on Thursday where you will meet your host and fellow adventurers. We recommend you fly into Geneva Airport (GVA). It takes approximately one hour to get from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. You are free to make your own way to Chamonix, or request a return transfer from your host as an optional extra. You can get any flight which fits the start and end times, or indeed stay an extra night in Chamonix before the trip starts.

Finish point

Chamonix at 17:00

Your adventure ends on Sunday at around 17:00 back in Chamonix. If departing that evening you can get any flight leaving Geneva Airport (GVA) after 20:30.

For those wishing to avoid flying, Chamonix is also accessible by train via the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) station at the base of the valley. Trains to St. Gervais-les-Bains include direct lines from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, and overnight sleeper trains from Paris.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrival and hike from Courmayeur to Rifugio Elena

You will be picked up from the train station in Chamonix and driven to Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From there you’ll ascend into the Val Ferret, heading towards Switzerland, enjoying inspiring views of Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants, and the Grandes Jorasses massif.

You’ll reach Rifigio Elena at the end of the valley in time for a hearty dinner.

90 minutes driving, 5 hours walking

Friday: Rifugio Elena to Champex

Start the morning with an invigorating ascent up to Grand Col Ferret (2490m). Your reward is incredible views of Mont Dolent and the Swiss side of the valley. Descend to La Fouly village, stopping at a farm along the way for a fresh milkshake. From La Fouly you’ll be driven to Champex village for the night.

6 hours walking, 30 minutes driving

Saturday: Champex to Trient

There are two options for the day depending on weather and the average fitness level of the group. You’ll hike up and over the mountains either via Fenetre d’Arpette or via Bovine.

Fenetre d’Arpette is the more difficult of the two options, taking you to the highest point of the trek (2665m) via a non-traditional alpine route. It’s a challenging and increasingly steep ascent over boulders and scree, exposed in places but worth every step.

Bovine is a less difficult option featuring views of Switzerland’s Rhone Valley and a stop at a farm that makes the best homemade cakes in the area.

Both options end in Trient where you’ll spend the night at a comfortable refuge or guesthouse.

6 - 9 hours walking

Sunday: Trient to Tré-le-Champ and departure

In the morning you’ll ascend Col de Balme (2190m) to enjoy views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille du Midi. You’ll then traverse to another peak, Aiguilette Possettes, and descend through peaceful glades and forests to Tré-le-Champ. There you’ll be met by your minivan and driven back to Chamonix for around 17:00.

7 hours walking, 15 minutes driving

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying at peaceful mountain refuges or guesthouses high in the mountains. They all feature hot showers, running water, shared dormitory rooms with bunk beds, pillows and blankets, and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics, and even wifi.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Geneva Airport Transfer (Return) Payable Before Departure
Geneva Airport Transfers (Return) €60.00

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