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Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc

Trek through Italy, France and Switzerland on one of the world’s great hikes

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Adventures / Epic Treks

Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc

Trek through Italy, France and Switzerland on one of the world’s great hikes

DURATION
9 nights
LOCATION
France, Italy, Switzerland
ANNUAL LEAVE
10 days off work
SEASON
Jun-Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 10 people
MEETING POINT
Central Chamonix
ACCOMMODATION
Guesthouse · Mountain hut
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

Make no mistake, with 15-20km a day and some serious alpine ascents, you will need good fitness, but no prior experience required.

COVID-19 Information

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Trek across three countries and through the heart of the Alps as you circumnavigate the Mont Blanc massif

Experience rustic, mountain life - remote and authentic – the perfect first foray into long-distance trekking

Ride the cable car from Les Houches to Bellevue and see the Alps in all their glory laid out before you

Included

Guides

Experienced, English speaking guides

Accommodation

9 nights in remote mountain huts and guesthouses

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from Chamonix

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Chamonix

08:00 on Day 1

Ends

Chamonix

17:00 on Day 10

Transfers

Your adventure will begin at 08:00 on Day 1 when you'll be picked up by your host from your hotel in Chamonix. You should arrive any time the day before the start date, and book a hotel of your choice.

There are regular buses from from Geneva Airport to Chamonix, which take around an hour, or your host can book you a private transfer (see Optional Extras for prices). Alternatively you can also fly into Milan Airport (LIN).

Your adventure ends at Chamonix at 17:00. You are free to make your own way back to Geneva / Milan Airport, and get any flight departing after 20:30, or stay for longer in Chamonix.

Travel options

We recommend that you fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) which is approximately one hour from Chamonix. Alternatively you can fly into Milan Airport (LIN). It is also possible to get to Geneva by train.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Guesthouse · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 7

Guesthouse · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Guesthouse · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The mountain huts offer half-board. Breakfasts are usually continental - think juices, teas, coffee, yoghurts, bread and jams. Dinners, meanwhile, are hearty - expect soups, a main course with meat, vegetables and a side dish (rice, polenta, pasta), and dishes like vanilla pudding, crème brulée and fruit salads for dessert. Please note there is an extra charge for soft and alcoholic drinks.

Your host will also provide healthy packed lunches. They’re big and include sandwiches, wraps or a salad, as well as a selection of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate and nuts (to name a few). All dietary requirements including vegetarian and vegan can be catered for: just let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

The Alps

You’ll stay in remote mountain huts and traditional guesthouses.

  • Day 1: Gite Le Pontet (Les Contamines)
  • Day 2: Refuge des Mottets (Les Chapieux)
  • Day 3: Cabane du Combal (Val Veny)
  • Day 4: Hotel Croux (Courmayeur)
  • Day 5: Rifugio Elena (Val Ferret)
  • Day 6: Hotel Edelweiss (La Fouly)
  • Day 7: Pension en Plein Air (Champex)
  • Day 8: Refuge Le Peuty (Trient)
  • Day 9: Auberge La Boerne (Argentière)

Each is unique but you can usually expect hot showers and running water (often in a shared bathroom with a time limit), bunk beds with a pillow and blankets, and a bar with cold drinks. They're basic but friendly and provide an excellent opportunity to get away from civilisation and reconnect with nature (but you can also charge your phone and access free Wi-Fi at many).

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked (subject to availability). Please note that due to the nature of the Refuges, even private rooms are small room with shared bathroom facilities. See Optional Extra for prices.

Day 1

Chamonix

Hiking

6hrs · 15km · 672m up · 1142m down

Travel to the commune of Les Houches, traditional start point for the Tour de Mont Blanc and get your first view of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Massif. Ride the cable car to Bellevue and hike to Col de Tricot, crossing the famous suspension bridge over the Bionnay glacier. End the day in the French resort of Les Contamines.

Day 2

France

Hiking

8hrs · 15km · 1274m up · 923m down

Take a moment to explore Notre Dame de la Gorge, an ancient church with a fascinating history that dates back to the 14th century. Climb up the the Col du Bonhomme and walk through the nature reserve and mountain pass of Savoie county. See the Roman bridge, beautiful mountain lakes and traditional farmhouses (Le Balme), then after lunch, descend to the village of Les Chapieux, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3

Italy

Hiking

6.5hrs · 15km · 800m up · 1034m down

Follow the river as it winds its way through Alpine valleys and climb up to the Col de la Seigne, 2516 meters above sea level and straddling the French-Italian border. From there, make your way back down to the Cabane du Combal, where you can rest up and take in the views.

Day 4

The high 4000’s

Hiking

6hrs · 11km · 500m up · 1283m down

Experience some of the route’s most beautiful views (and that's saying something) as you trek from Cabane du Combal to Courmayeur. Fall silent as you see the range’s famous 4000-meter peaks and explore the village of Courmayeur before catching a local bus to tonight’s accommodation in La Palud.

Day 5

Refuge Elena

Hiking

7.5hrs · 16km · 1171m up · 612m down

Hike through the Val Ferret on the Italy/Swiss border. See Mont Blanc, the Dent du Géants and the Grandes Jorasses massif in the distance, before arriving at your mountain hut, Refuge Elena with views over two countries.

Day 6

The Grand Col Ferret

Hiking

6.5hrs · 13km · 600m up · 1005m down

Wake up early and climb 500 meters to the Grand Col Ferret and step over the border into Switzerland. It's now time for the final stage of your trek, beginning with a hike to the lovely village of La Fouly where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7

Amble through La Fouly

Hiking

5hrs · 17km · 617m up · 781m down

Enjoy a (significantly) easier day as you walk through rolling, green valleys. See quaint villages and rustic farmhouses, before arriving in the picturesque Swiss mountain resort of Champex.

Day 8

Trient

Hiking

6hrs · 14km · 739m up · 873m down

There are two options today: take the hard route over the Fenetre d’Arpette, or the slightly easier (official) one over Bovine. Both are beautiful, but the harder route takes you to the highest point so far with views to match. Whichever you choose, you’ll end the day in the small village of Trient where your accommodation, Refuge Le Peuty, awaits.

Day 9

The Col de Balme

Hiking

7hrs · 13km · 875m up · 992m down

Travel to the Col de Balme marking the Swiss-French border at an altitude of 2190 meters. Lose yourself in the views of the Aiguille du Midi and Aiguilette de Possettes and finish the day in Tré-le-Champ.

Day 10

Back to Chamonix

Hiking

7.5hrs · 15km · 1041m up

Trek over the Grand Balcon Sud and past the Lac Blanc, before heading to either Flégère or Planpraz. If you’re keen for more, hike back to Chamonix, or alternatively ride the cable car one last time, before your epic trek comes to an end.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

  • 35 to 40-litre backpack
  • Hiking boots (Strong and waterproof with a high ankle)
  • Hiking poles (optional - can be rented from your host)
  • Warm clothes – jumpers, hats, gloves
  • Shorts, tee shirts (bring lots of layers, preferably synthetics)
  • Trainers for the evenings
  • Water and windproof jacket and trousers
  • Sun protection – glasses, sun cream, lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • 2-litre camelback for water or 2 x bottles
  • Small quick-drying towel
  • Sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)

You will be carrying your own kit and lunch so the key is to pack light!

This trek is no easy feat – so you’ll need to be in good physical shape and able to hike between 6-8 hours per day (equating 10 to 16km) with 1000m ascents/descents. That said, it's a great trip for those who are new to long distance hiking with no previous experience required.

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

Warm and sunny, but prone to turn a little chilly in the altitude. Snow is possible, as are thunderstorms (particularly in the late afternoon in August).

Afraid not. You will be carrying all you need for your trek so the key is to pack light!

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. Trains to St. Gervais-les-Bains include direct lines from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, and overnight sleeper trains from Paris.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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