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: Arrive at your leisure in the Chamonix valley. You'll meet with your guide in the evening for welcome and briefing. Overnight in local hotel.
Day 2: We take a cable car from Les Houches in the Chamonix valley and climb to Col de Tricot. From here we descend below the breathtaking Dome du Gouter and Aiguille de Bionnasay to the historic Nant Borrant hut where we spend the night in small dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 3: From Nant Borrant we start the ascend over no less than three cols - Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Croix de Bonhomme and Col des Fours, which at 2665m is one of the high points of the tour. From here we descend to La Ville des Glacier followed by a short ascent to Refuge des Mottets for another night in dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 4: We leave Refuge des Mottets and ascend immediately to Col de la Seigne. We are now in Italy and begin the mainly descending journey along the beautiful Val Veny. We will have great views of the south side of ‘Monte Bianco’, which features some of the most challenging mountaineering routes in the Alps. Night in mountain hut with small dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 5: From our mountain hut we have a short transfer to Courmayeur and a chance for a brief look around the village. We leave Courmayeur and climb steadily until we reach the top of a whale-back ridge over looking Val Ferret and the Mont Blanc massif. The views here are simply breathtaking. We traverse the ridge until we arrive at the Bonatti hut where we spend the night in dormitories. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 6: From the Bonatti hut we continue up the Val Ferret valley. At the top of the valley we climb to the Grand Col Ferret pass and descend into Switzerland on the other side. Idyllic green valleys with cows grasing lie ahead. We arrive in the small village la Fouly where we jump on the local post bus to the lake side village Champex. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 7: Leaving Champex, we have an option of two routes. If the legs are feeling good, we'll ascend the steep and rocky pass known as the Fenêtre d’Arpette, which offers amazing views of the Trient Glacier. The slightly gentler option takes us over the shoulder of the massif to the Bovine high mountain pastures where we enjoy amazing views up the Rhone valley. Both routes will take us to the Swiss village Trient where we stay in a hikers hostel. Breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 8: We leave the hostel in Trient for our final leg of the tour and our final climb. We climb to the Balme pass where we cross back into France and the Chamonix valley. From here it's downhill all the way to the village Argentière, a short transfer by local bus and a well-deserved celebratory drink. You stay the night at our hotel in the Chamonix valley. Breakfast is included.
Day 9: Today is departure day. You will normally need to leave your hotel after breakfast. This is the official end of your trip. Breakfast is included.
This is a true mountain hikers itinerary and therefore a reasonably challenging proposition. We'll be on the trail for around 8 hours every day, covering on average 20 km and 1000 meters of ascent. We'll stay in mountain huts as often as possible and we'll not have support vehicles ferrying equipment up and down the valleys, which means we'll carry our personal equipment for the duration of the tour. Not only is this a more adventurous and satisfying way to complete the tour but it also helps cut down the cost and reduce the environmental footprint.
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