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Tour du Mont Blanc Express, Guided Trekking Tour around Mont Blanc

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination(s): France   Switzerland   Italy  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1150 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1150 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a spectacular circular trekking tour around Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, standing 4810 meters tall. The tour starts and finishes in the Chamonix valley, the world famous mountaineering centre, and travels through a variety of stunning mountain scenery. You will walk through traditional alpine villages and mountain pastures, along deep valleys and rivers and over impressive mountain passes.

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.

Tour Itinerary:

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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Certified English-speaking guide (UIMLA).
- 8 nights accommodation (6 nights 1/2 board and 2 nights B&B).
- All planned transport along the tour.
- Bag transfers
- Storage of additional luggage in Chamonix valley during the tour (ONE bag per person).

Price Excludes:
- Personal insurance.
- Flights and transfers to/from Chamonix.
- Cable cars and busses when used
- Meals not mentioned above.
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses.

About This Supplier
Location: France
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2012

M21225 is a small, independent adventure tour company based in Chamonix Mont Blanc. We offer trekking, walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing with friendly, certified guides and instructors in the European Alps and beyond. Each year, we offer a small selection of our favourite tours as scheduled tours, such as...

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