Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Long Weekend

Hike a mini version of this world famous long-distance trek. 3 countries, 4 days, one epic adventure

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Long Weekend

Hike a mini version of this world famous long-distance trek. 3 countries, 4 days, one epic adventure

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

France, Italy, Switzerland

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Jun—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 15 people

MEETING POINT

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain hut

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

You’ll need to be in good shape and capable of hiking between 15-20km each day with a pack on your back and gains of as much as 1000m.

Trek through Italy, France and Switzerland in just 4 days with spectacular views across the Alps

Ascend the twin valleys of Val Ferret with its vantage point over Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants and the Grandes Jorasses massif

Tackle the Fenetre d’Arpette, a challenging ascent not found on the traditional trail

What's it like?

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    Jennifer, August 2022

    Photos just don't do the trip justice. The scenery was absolutely stunning. A fab few days with an awesome group.

    Mariella Pearson, August 2022

    A must on your bucket list

    Brendon Norman-Ross, August 2022

    Outstanding experience. A definite bucket list. Grant our guide was excellent. Refuge’s were super, scenery jaw dropping. Tough and exhausting climbs so be clear in your fitness. Get used to sweat! Wouldn’t have missed it!

    Nigel Reid, August 2022

    Such a memorable and enjoyable trip. 37 miles, 3300 metres up - do it! I will remember this for a long time and had such a great group to get to know. Well organised and great value for money - don't hesitate, just book it and go!

    Beatrix Bevernage, August 2022

    Fabulous trip and a great guide. It was just as described on the website.

    Louise, June 2022

    Such a fulfilling 4 days, guided brilliantly by Lea, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Challenging but achievable, I came home feeling uplifted by the experience.

    Sam, June 2022

    Great trip, tough inclines and great views, our host was excellent made sure we had a fantastic time!

    Mick, June 2022

    Challenging and rewarding

    Tanja, July 2022

    his trip was amazing!!! I loved every minute of it. Prior to the trip, communication via email and kit list suggestions were excellent and I felt fully prepared. Organisation throughout the trip was also excellent. Our guide Dave, was very experienced and knowledgable. He did a fantastic job of leading our group over 4 full days of strenuous hiking at times, and ensured all ability levels were met. Our group was obviously the best group ever! :-) I loved meeting everyone and hope to stay in touch. The whole trip was an amazing experience and I will not hesitate to book another one! ❤️

    Anna, July 2022

    Great trip, well organised & definitely great value for money! If you are lucky enough to have a great bunch of people, it will be a truly amazing experience!

    Included

    Guides

    Professional, experienced and friendly English-speaking guides

    Accommodation

    3 nights staying in alpine mountain refuges

    Meals

    Breakfast and dinner will be served up with picnic lunches on the trail

    Transfers

    Transfers to and from Geneva airport or Chamonix train station

    Equipment

    Pillows and blankets are provided at the refuges.

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    Alcoholic drinks

    The Area

    map

    Logistics

    Starts

    Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

    Catch any flight arriving by 10:30 on Day 1

    Ends

    Geneva International Airport, Switzerland

    Catch any departing flight 20:30 onwards on Day 4

    Transfers

    To take advantage of the airport transfers included, you'll need to arrive into Gevena Airport no later than 10:30 on Day 1. Your transfer will depart for Chamonix at 11:30 sharp! It takes around 1 hour to get from Geneva to Chamonix. Your return transfer will arrive at Geneva Aiport at around 18:30 on Day 4, so you'll need to book flights departing from 20:30 onwards.

    You can also make you own way from Gevena to Chamonix via the regular buses which cost around €20 each way. If making your own way - you will need to be at Chamonix SUD Main Bus Terminal at 13:00 on Day 1.

    Private transfers can also be arranged on request - see Optional Extras for prices.

    Travel options

    You can fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) which is approximately one hour from Chamonix.

    For those who wish to avoid flying, Chamonix is also accessible by train via the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) station at the base of the valley which connects to Chamonix Mont Blanc train station. For example, take the Eurostar from London to Paris and then connect to a number of direct lines or an overnight sleeper train from Paris to St. Gervais-les-Bains, then on to Chamonix Mont Blanc station.

    You can also travel to Geneva by various train routes from other parts of Europe and travel on to Chamonix from there by bus. Geneva bus station is a 5 minute walk or short taxi ride from the central train station. There are various bus services from Geneva bus station to Chamonix, the quickest option taking 1 hour and 8 minutes.

    For those wanting to arrive a day early or extend their trip - your host is happy to help arrange pre or post trip accommodation on your behalf, with the price and style depending on availability and your budget.

    Day 1

    Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 3

    Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    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.

    Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be catered for. Just let your host know when booking.

    What is the accommodation like?

    On the trek

    You’ll be staying at peaceful mountain refuges or guesthouses high in the mountains. Accommodation is in mixed dormitory rooms of up to 20 persons, usually in bunk 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.

    Upgrades

    Unfortunately upgrades are not available due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip.

    Day 1

    Hike from Courmayeur to Rifugio Walter Bonatti

    Hiking

    5hrs · 7km · 590m up · 150m down

    After meeting your hosts at either Geneva Airport or Chamonix Sud Bus Station, you'll be driven to Planpincieux just outside 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 the Rifugio Walter Bonatti at the end of the valley in time for a hearty dinner.

    Day 2

    Champex

    Hiking

    6hrs · 20km · 845m up · 1293m down

    Start the morning with an invigorating ascent up to Grand Col Ferret (2536m). 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.

    Day 3

    Hike to Trient

    Hiking

    6-9hrs · 17km · 759m up · 898m down

    Today you’ll hike up and over the mountains via either Fenetre d’Arpette or Bovine depending on weather and the average fitness level of the group. 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. Or depending on guest house availability, you may stay overnight in Vallorcine which is reached by a short transfer of 5 minutes.

    Day 4

    Trient to Tré-le-Champ and departure

    Hiking

    7hrs · 14km · 1200m up · 1044m down

    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.

    Usually the hike is finished around 15:30 and you arrive back in central Chamonix via the bus. There is just time for a quick celebration drink with the group before your transfer departs at around 17:00 for Geneva Airport, for those heading off that day.

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    What's available to hire?

    • Trekking poles (see Optional Extras for prices)

    What do I need to bring?

    KIT

    • 35 – 50L backpack with waist belt (with raincover)
    • Sleeping bag liner (very important!). Pillows and Blankets are provided at the refuges.
    • Cap with brim to block the sun, sunglasses and suncream
    • Towel
    • 2L water bottle(s)
    • Toiletries & personal first aid items
    • Swim suit
    • Earplugs (recommended)

    CLOTHES

    • Fleece or merino pullover or sweater
    • Primaloft or down jacket
    • 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

    Walking Poles

    Payable In Resort

    Walking Poles

    Geneva Airport Transfer, one way, per person

    Payable Before Departure

    Geneva Airport Transfer, one way, per person

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 56kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    Summer around 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.

    Yes. Excess luggage can be stored for the entire trip. 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. Please let your host know in advance if you have excess luggage so that they can plan the logistics accordingly.

    Yes of course! If you decide to make your own way to Chamonix or spend a few days there beforehand you are more than welcome, just make sure you let your host know this in advance. Your host can even book this for you, as well as a private transfer from Geneva Airport - see the optional extras section for costs.

    Otherwise your host will meet you at Chamonix Train Station at 13:00 on day one of your adventure.

    If you are unable to join the included transfer from Geneva Airport at 11:30 on Day 1 due to flight delays, your host can arrange for a private transfer for you for an extra charge, and ensure you join the group later or the following morning. See the Optional Extras section for costs.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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