All along towering rugged peaks and the many glaciers flowing from the Mont Blanc massif will surround you. The tour passes through no less than three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland - and you will experience the flora, fauna and cultural heritage of these places along with fascinating mountaineering history. It is easy to understand why the Tour du Mont Blanc is considered one of the most famous trekking trips in the mountainous world.
Day 1: Meeting in Chamonix.
You arrive in Chamonix and meet with your guide and tour leader in our hotel for welcome, equipment check and a briefing on the Tour du Mont Blanc ahead. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Chamonix.
Day 2: Above Chamonix to Les Houches.
Our trip starts with a cable car ride that takes us up to nearly 2000 meters. Here, above the tree line, we begin a stunning high level traverse above the Chamonix valley with exceptional views of Mont Blanc. We descend to the village Les Houches and our hotel for the night. (B+D).
Day 3: From Les Houches to Les Contamines.
We take a cable car up through the ski area of Les Houches. A lovely traverse below the Aiguille du Gouter takes us to the snout of the Bionnassay glacier, which we cross via a suspension bridge. We climb to the Col de Tricot and descent to the Miage mountain pastures for lunch. We have another short climb to the Chalets du Truc before we descend to Les Contamines. (B+D).
Day 4: From Les Contamines to Refuge Les Mottets.
From Les Contamines we climb steadily up an old roman way towards the top of the Contamines valley. A stunning and wild walk takes us over no less than three mountain passes: Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Croix de Bonhomme and Col de Fours. From the last pass we descend to the small hamlet and dairy farm la Ville des glaciers and the final short stretch to the historic Les Mottets mountain hut. (B+D).
Day 5: From Refuge Les Mottets to Courmayeur.
We leave the Mottets hut and ascend to the Seigne mountain pass, where we cross the border into Italy and get the first views of the dramatic Italian side of Mont Blanc. A gentle descend into the beautiful Val Veny,before another short climb takes us to Col Checrouit and, finally, the descend into Courmayeur. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Courmayeur. Night in hotel. (B)
Day 6: From Courmayeur to la Fouly and Champex.
From Courmayeur, a short transfer takes us to the top of the Ferret valley where our hike begins. The trail goes steadily upwards through scenic mountain pastures. A last Italian coffee stop is possible before we reach the Grand Col Ferret mountain pass. We now enter Switzerland and descend through the idyllic Swiss Ferret valley to the village of La Fouly, where we jump on our transfer to the charming lake side village Champex. (B+D)
Day 7: From Champex to Trient.
Leaving Champex, we hike over the notorious Fenêtre d’Arpette - a narrow mountain pass cut into a rugged alpine ridge. This is the highest point of the Tour du Mont Blanc and probably some of the best alpine walking in the world. From the pass we descend next to the impressive Trient glacier to the small village Trient, where we spend the night in a bustling auberge, where we can share our experiences with other hikers. (B+D).
Day 8: From Trient to Argentiere and Chamonix.
We leave our Auberge in Trient for the last leg of the Tour du Mont Blanc. Today’s walk goes up to the Balme pass, where we cross the border back into France. We descend into the familiar surroundings of the Chamonix valley with Mont Blanc and the jagged peaks of the Chamonix valley above us. We jump on our transfer for the last stretch along the valley floor to our hotel in Chamonix. Night in 3 hotel. (B).
Day 9: Departure day.
Breakfast in the hotel and the official end to our Tour du Mont Blanc Express trek. (B).
We'll be on the trail for up to 8 hours a day, covering on average 20 km and 1000 meters of ascent. We'll stay in a mixture of hotels, auberges and mountain huts, which are full of charme. A hardy dinner with local specialities will be served at night.
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