Tour du Mont Blanc, the complete

Jun - Sep
9 day itinerary

Tour Du Mont Blanc Complete Guided

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Region: France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Cost per person in SGD: from $ 2018  (6-14 pax)

Tour Code: GAEUR-TDMB-G9

9 Days Guided tour – Carry only your small bag with daily things & picnic
France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Level: Intermediate
Season: Early Jun to Mid September

Discover the Tour du Mont Blanc with this guided hiking trip. A 9-day guided roaming trek to discover the most beautiful glaciers and peaks in the Alps!

True to its myth, Mont Blanc is an unmissable massif in the Alps. During this trek, which will take you from France to Italy, then to Switzerland, you will admire Mont Blanc from all angles, in all its lights!

A complete hiking trip, with all the pleasure of a light bag, in refuges or hotels, for an unbeatable classic of mountain trekking.

 Some Info

1. LEVEL

For good walker. 5 to 7 hours of walking a day, +/- 900 m of altitude difference on average per day. Accessible to children who are good walkers and motivated from the age of 12 (with their parents). Being able to easily walk 12 km (in plain) in 2 hours maximum. If this is not the case, within three weeks before departure we advise you to undertake a little training (2 to 3 times a week): 4 to 5 km of jogging or 2 to 3 hours hiking or biking. Your physical preparation will facilitate your stay and allow you to appreciate it even more.

2. LUGGAGE TRANSFER

You only carry a backpack for the day with the necessary for your hike and the picnic lunch. Your luggage will be transferred by vehicle until the morning of day 7 and kept at the place of dispersion at the parking lot of the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches (shower possible). Max 10 kg per luggage per person.

3. ACCOMMODATION

“Classic” ~ 8 nights in dormitory or mulitple room in a gite and refuge or hotel. All accommodation is equipped with hot showers. 

“Comfort” ~ 6 nights in a refuge, gite or hotel in a 2-person room; 1 night in a gite in a 6-person room (shared bathroom); 1 night in a refuge in a 4-person dormitory. Reservation by two people.

For the comfort version, sheets are provided in each establishment, towels every evening except at the Mottets refuge.

Itinerary

From Chamonix – Les Houches

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, duplication of the groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly because of the guide (weather, group level, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Day 1

Chamonix – Balcony of Mont Blanc – Le Tour / France (LD – O/N Cottage) [5.5 hrs, +450m, -950m]
[Stage: Chamonix, Planpraz, Lake Cornu]
Meet Saturday at 09:30am at Flégère cable car station (les Praz de Chamonix).  
Climb by the Flégère cable car to the balconies of Mont Blanc to reach Lac Blanc at 2300m. Descent to the Col des Montets and to the Aiguilles Rouges reserve house, then towards Montroc and the village of Le Tour. Night in a stopover lodge

Day 2

Col de la Balme – Trient / Switzerland (LD O/N Gite/refuge) [5 hrs, +840m, -920m]
[Stage: Balcony of the Posettes]
Ascend the balcony of the Posettes, until the Col de Balme (2200 m), Franco-Swiss border. View of the nearby glaciers of Argentière, Le Tour and the north of the Mont-Blanc massif. Descend in the Swiss pastures to the village of Trient.

Day 3

Trient – Champex / Switzerland (BLD O/N Gite/refuge)

Depending on the conditions and the shape of the group, cross the mountain pastures of Bovine by a path in balcony overlooking the Rhone valley, or climb along the Glacier de Trient, to reach the mythical window of Arpette via high pass 2665m
[Bovine route: 6 hrs, +1100m, -750m]
[Arpette route: 6.5hrs; +1300m, -970m]

Day 4

Val Ferret Switzerland – La Fouly / Switzerland (BLD O/N Cottage) [5.5 hrs, +600m, -500m]
Cross the Val Ferret in Switzerland, dotted with small typical villages. Each village has its own undeniable charm with its traditional chalets and barns. Possible visit of a mill dating from the 16th century. Along the walk, the spectacle of the glaciers – Saleina and A Neuve can always be viewed.

Day 5

Grand Col Ferret and Val Ferret Italian / Italy (BLD O/N Gite) [6 hrs, +950m, -900m]
[Stage: Bar Meadow Glacier]
The discovery of the Val Ferret continues until the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), going up the pastures of La Léchère to La Peul through the herds of magnificent little black cows – the cows of Hérens. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret, at the foot of the Pré de Bar glacier and Mont Dolent, meeting point between France, Switzerland and Italy. Possible small bus transfer to reach the gite.

Day 6

Mount of Saxony – Monte Bianco – Courmayeur / Italy (BLD O/N Refuge) [6-8 hrs, +500-600m, -500-750m]
Ascent to the alpine chalet of Arminaz for an exceptional balcony crossing along the Mont de La Saxe, offering an unusual view of Mont Blanc, the Aiguille du Triolet and the Grandes Jorasses. Possible to cross by the Sapin Pass and the ridge of Mount Saxony. Descend to Courmayeur and transfer by bus to reach the refuge on the heights of Courmayeur (10-15 minutes).

Day 7

Col de la Seigne – Le Mottets / France (BLD O/N Alpine refuge)
[Stage: Col de Chécroui, Mont Fortin]

Climb the glacier lake Miage then to the Seigne Pass – Franco-Italian border. Detour possible by the large south balcony of Mont Blanc through the Col de Chécroui and Mont Fortin, revealing the unreal Himalayan profile of the southern face of the Mont Blanc.
[Main Route: 6 hrs, +850m, -650m]
[By Col de Chécroui: 8 hrs, +450m, -450m]

Day 8

Le Mottets – Les Contamines-Montjoie / France (BLD O/N Hotel) [6 hrs, +850m, -1500m]
[Stage: Col des Fours (2714m), Col du Bonhomme (2300m), Notre Dame de la Gorge]

Continue the trail to the valley of Beaufortain, ascend in pastures, between torrents and waterfalls up to Col des Fours (2714 m), the highest point of the hike. Descend to Notre Dame de la Gorge via the Col du Bonhomme (2300 m), then to the bottom of the valley by the old Roman road. Short transfer to reach the village of Contamines-Montjoie.

Day 9

Contamines Montjoies – Les Houches / France (BL) [5 hrs, +750m, -800m]

Ascend to Bioassay Glacier through the village of Champel or the Tricot Pass (2120 m). Enjoy the views of the Chamonix Valley, the domes of Miage and Mont Blanc nearby. Descend to the village of Les Houches.
[Champel Route: 5hrs; +750m, -800m]
[Tricot Pass (2120 m) Route: 6.5hrs; +1100m, -1250m]

Price Per Person in SGD

fr $ 2018 (6-14 pax)

Enjoy $100 X-Boundaries Voucher complete with FULL payment.

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LAND Price per person in SGD

Tour Code: GAEUR-TDMB-G9

Departure Dates (Year 2023) Classic Comfort
10-18 Jun, 17-25 Jun, 2-10 Sep, 9-17 Sep  2,018 2,148*
24 Jun-2 July, 1-9 July, 8-16 July, 15-23 July, 22-30 July, 29 July-6 Aug, 5-13 Aug, 12-20 Aug, 19-27 Aug, 26 Aug-3 Sep 2,058 2,218*

* Comfort version supplement for a group registration of  2 people

– All comfort version is subject to availability

 

Cost includes

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation
  • The showers
  • Meals (Day 1 Lunch till Day 9 Lunch), snacks
  • Luggage transfer & ski lift
  • Internal transfer
  • Local guide
  • Tourist taxes
  • Briefing before departure

Cost excludes

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All transfers except those mentioned in “includes”
  • Drinks
  • Visits & Entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Single supplement
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”

More Information

FOOD
Breakfast and dinner are served in the accommodation.
Your guide will prepare the picnic lunch which usually consists of various salads and regional products. Please tell us when you register on any food allergy or special diet; we will do our best to adapt your meals.

GUIDE
A local certified mountain guide.

GROUP
6 to 14 people.

START / END
Start: 1030hrs at Montroc-le-Planet train station
End: 1600hrs approximately at the foot of the gondola Prarion aux Houches

CONFIRMATION NOTICE
You will receive about two weeks before your departure, a confirmation notice specifying the time and place of the appointment, the name and contact information of the guide and the address of the first accommodation.

Extend your stay
You can extend your trip before or after the trek to Les Houches or Chamonix on request.
If you book a hotel night in the Chamonix Valley, you can ask your hotelier for a guest card, offering free public transport in the Chamonix Valley.

DATES
At your convenience, from mid June to mid September. Go out with friends or family at the dates that suit you. Customisation possible from 6 people. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible. Price may differ from the above cost.

Getting There & Away

By train:  SNCF www.voyages-sncf.com 

Chamonix train station

Return by Les Houches railway station. 

IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE 

Geneva Airport (GVA) is the closest one. 

  • Train : Geneva airport -> Chamonix, www.sbb.ch , duration about 3 hrs (not very practical) 
  • OUIBUS https://www.ouibus.com/ 
    • From Geneva airport to Chamonix ; about 19€ 1- way ; with reservation ; duration 2 hrs 
    • From Les Houches, Chamonix to Geneva airport direct ; about 19€ 1- way ; with reservation ; duration 2 hrs.

Chamonix bus lines: http://chamonix.montblancbus.com/fr/ligne-de-bus

Cancellation Terms


Reviews

The trekking trip is well organised. The trails is tough but is manageable for those who trek & hike regularly. The view is amazing when you are at the top of the mountain. Accommodation is satisfactory although some are with very minimum facility. The food is delicious if you are prepared to eat staples food like bread & cheese for all meals.
The only dissatisfaction I want to bring up is the tour guide is not the same person you have mentioned in the circular sent to me. The tour group I am with is a French speaking group & the tour guide communicated in French throughout the trek although he can speak some English. He was not being informed that he need to communicate in English. Luckily some of the tour mates can speak English & assist in the translation. The tour guide occasionally speak English to me. He is however very professional & know his stuff very well so I have no complaint on him. 
Pearl

8-14 Sep 2019

  • Unforgettable in a good way.
  • Martial is an excellent guide. One of the best I’ve met. Totally enjoyed the trek & the company.
  • Big thanks to CK for the detailed coordination as always.”
  • Best Moments: The wonderful team.
  • Least Enjoyed:
    • Shivering in one of the supposedly hot but cold shower.
    • The blisters from day 1. Would have been good to use anti-blister socks or sock liners.
  • Recommendations:
    • Must bring slippers for refuge. Not all provide.
    • Blister plasters a must
  • Finding the Oui bus connection to Chamonix was a mad panic because there were no clear markers or signage. Neither did the bus have the logo printed on it.
Veronica Lim

28/7/19~3/8/19

  • Bucket List for Hiking.

  • The route from Champex to Trient over the Fenetre d’Arpette is quite dangerous at the top. The final climb is over soft snow combs and very loose rocks. Definitely not appropriate for anyone other than expert hikers.

  • Best Moments: The two days between Trient-Argentiere-Chamonix have the most incredible views.

  • Least Enjoyed Moments: Final descent into Chamonix. The cable car at Le Flegere was not operating.

Bruce and Denise

28/6/19 ~4/7/19

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