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Activities
  • guided alpine walk
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in gîte-hostels/hotels
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$1099USD

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Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: MBD

Trip highlights


  • Circumnavigation of Mont Blanc
  • Experiencing the exhilaration of trekking in the European Alps
  • Traversing high passes and walking through three countries
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as Raclette
  • Sharing your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

The beauty and majestic grace of the spectacular Mont Blanc region should be experienced by everyone on foot at some point in their lives. Thanks to this specially crafted walking itinerary, it can be. This trip is hiking at its most civilized combining both comfort and exceptional day walks, where you carry only a light daypack, that will surely increase your appetite for even more walking adventures. The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of Europe's most popular alpine trails and for many good reasons. The extraordinary vistas of snow clad peaks with daily pass crossings, the chance to see playful marmots and chamoix along the trail and the contrasts of walking through three different countries are just some of the memorable aspects of this iconic route. During this delightful introduction to walking in the region you'll gradually ascend high alpine passes, breaking for lunch to absorb the panoramic views stretching from tumbling glaciers to meadows laden with colourful blooms.


Leaving from the village of Le Tour you take the scenic high mountain path of Balme heading towards Switzerland. Weather permitting you will be able to take some wonderful photos of the Mont Blanc chain including the impressive “La Verte”, the Drus and the Needles of Chamonix. You will cross the border between France and Switzerland before making your way down to the village of Trient for overnight accommodation. (9km, +894m/2932ft, -900m/2953ft)

Meals:  L,D

There are two alternative routes between Trient and Champex. The first is via the Mountain of Bovine which involves crossing the Forclaz Pass (1527m) where there are beautiful lake views. The other, is The “Fenêtre d'Arpette” (2665m) route, which is a variant on the Tour du Mont Blanc and is quite challenging. Our aim is to always take this trail except in bad weather. The trail is not as well defined as the lower route but as with many pass crossings, the rewards on a good weather day are the extraordinary views to the Trient Glacier. The descent to Champex is steep though you will have the opportunity to have a hot shower at your lodge. The decision on which path will be taken is always at the discretion of the guide. (18.6km, +1400m/4593ft, -1000m/3280ft or +900m/2953ft, -650m/2132ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you take a bus transfer to the small village of Ferret (1705m). The route takes you out of Switzerland and into Italy by the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) pass. It’s a steady climb and at the Col you will be awe inspired by the sweeping views of the Pre de Bar glacier. After some time drinking in the panorama you can amble down the steep track to Refuge Elena which is located at the base of the glacier and a great place to view the changing light on the alps. A further hour takes you to the roadhead where you are transferred to Courmayeur and your overnight accommodation. (15.5km, +900m/2953ft, -700m/2296ft)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take a transfer to La Visaille from where we ascend the enchanting valley where the enormous Miage glacier flows down into Lake Combal. On the Italian side of Mont Blanc, one gains a completely different perspective of the highest peak in the European Alps. Continue over the Seigne mountain path, which is overhung by limestone pyramids and the Estelette Glacier, until you reach France. The trail then descends across the high mountain pastures to the City of the Glaciers. Today also provides an excellent opportunity to buy Beaufort cheese from the local farmers.

Meals:  B,L,D

This mornings walk takes you up mountain pastures to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2483m) where there are good views southeast to the peaks of the Vanoise. The trail continues down to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) and crosses the Contamines Natural Reserve. A sharp descent through a pine forest fringed gorge takes you to an ancient Roman Road and the church of Notre Dame de la Gorge. Continue walking to the Contamines Valley.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trail takes us along the river valley and heads slowly to La Gruvaz before continuing to Le Champel and a fairly steep ascent via Bionnassay to the Col de Voza. A longer route can be taken following a combination of tracks and trails above Contamines before you ascend to cross a shoulder of Mont Truc followed by an ascent of the Col du Tricot (2120m) which forms the divide between the Miage and Bionnasay Valleys. From here you have some spectacular views of limestone cliffs and the pistes below. The descent follows a combination of gravel roads and tracks past some settlements to reach Les Houches.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch is picnic style. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialities.
  • 5 nights accommodation in mountain hotels /gîte hostels in multishare mixed dorm rooms - upgrade to twinshare, supplement applies
  • Luggage transfer by van (max 15kgs per person, must be a soft bag)
  • Experienced mountain guide
  • Internal transfers by local bus

  • Travel to Les Houches and from Chamonix Valley
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Cable cars

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Notes

Note:
Hours indicated do not include rest stops.
DN2
option to upgrade to double rooms - supplement applies. Single rooms are not available on this trip. We cannot match single travellers so you will instead stay in dormitory accommodation.
DN3
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