Adventures / Wild Hikes

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
Wild Hikes
DURATION
3 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
France, Italy
SEASON
June—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

4 days. 3 countries. 2 days off work. 1 Epic Weekend. 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 adventure includes:

  • 4 full days of trekking around Mont Blanc
  • 3 nights of accommodation in mountain refuges
  • Professional, English-speaking, experienced guide
  • All meals
  • Transfers to and from Geneva Airport or Chamonix Station

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

Children aged 6 and up are able to join this trip, but only when booked as a private group.

Yes excess luggage can be stored with us for the entire trip. From the season 2020 there is a storage fee of 25.00 EUR per bag which needs to be stored during the hike. This can be paid in cash at the time.

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 15. 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. You will be carrying your pack between the refuges so should be confident hiking with a 35-50L pack for multiple days.

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.

Meals included are:

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

  • 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
  • Sleeping bag liner (very important!)
  • Cap with brim to block the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • 35 – 50L backpack with waist belt
  • Raincover
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries

Optional items: - Trekking poles (can be rented for 10.00 EUR per trip) - Swim suit - 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

Geneva Airport 11:30h or Chamonix Station at 13:00h

Your adventure begins at the airport in Geneva (GVA) at 11:30h 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 if you arrive the day before, otherwise the transfer from Geneva Airport is included. You can get any flight which fits the start and end times, or indeed stay an extra night in Chamonix before the trip starts. Your host can book this for you - see the optional extras section costs.

Finish point

Chamonix at 17:00 or Geneva Airport at 18:30h

Your adventure ends on Sunday at around 17:00 back in Chamonix. A transfer to Geneva Airport is included in the price and the scheduled arrival in Geneva is at 18:30h. 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

Day 1: Arrival and hike from Courmayeur to Rifugio W. Bonatti

You will be picked up from the arrivals hall at the Geneva Airport (at the meeting point in front of the “Montreux Jazz Festival Coffee Shop“) at 11:30h or at the main train station in Chamonix at 13:00h 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 Rifugio W. Bonatti at the end of the valley in time for a hearty dinner.

6.5km hiking, 590m ascent, 150m descent, approx 5 hours, 90 minutes driving. Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 2: 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 cold chocolate milk made with fresh local milk. From La Fouly you’ll be driven to Champex village for the night.

19.8km, 845m ascent, 1293m descent, approx 6 hours, 30 minutes driving, Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 3: 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, with a welcome drink at the Refuge Le Peuty included in the price.

15.4km, 759m ascent, 898m descent, approx 6 - 9 hours, breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 4: 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. From there you’ll be driven back to Chamonix for around 17:00. For those who depart the same day a transfer to Geneva Airport is included. You’re scheduled to arrive the airport in Geneva by 18:30 so we recommend booking a flight departing from 20:00 onwards.

13.6 km, 1200m ascent, 1044m descent, approx 7 hours, 15 minutes driving, Breakfast and lunch provided

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. Accommodation is in mixed (male + female) dormitory rooms (up to 20 persons in one room). There are usually bunk beds or single beds.

They all feature hot showers, running water, pillows and blankets, and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics, and even wifi.

Private rooms / upgrades are not available due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip.

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