Tour Du Mont Blanc

Guided tour – Nothing to carry
France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Level: Intermediate
Season: Mid June to Mid September
Days: 7~9 
Cost: from S$ 1298

Discover the Tour du Mont Blanc with this guided hike. A 5- or 7-day guided trek to discover the most beautiful glaciers and peaks in the Alps!

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

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 peaks … the Mont-Blanc massif fascinates …
To go around, is to discover an incomparable universe, that of the high mountain, impressive and magical, and the spectacle of the nearby glaciers descending from peaks to the mountain pastures. From Courmayeur to the Chamonix valley, from the Arpette window to the wild Val Ferret, along the Swiss, Italian and French slopes, the paths venture between pastures, glaciers and peaks, crossing passes and valleys.

The astonishing theater of nature comes out the big game. The forests follow one another on the slopes, beeches, spruces, larches, pine trees, then fade, replaced by juniper trees, mosses and lichens. On the lawn, the flowers blossom: gentians, carnations of the Alps, rhododendrons, sulfur anemones …

A chance meeting with some marmots players, a fearful chamois or an ibex with golden eyes is still possible.
A domain of untamed nature, the massif is also the territory of the women and men who live here. Going around Mont Blanc is also discover through villages and hamlets, a familiar and warm mountain, full of tradition.

A complete trekking trip, with all the pleasure of the light bag, in shelters or in hotels, for an unmissable classic of the mountain trek

7 days 6 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC
From Col de la Balme – Les Houches

Day 1 Col de la Balme – Trient / Switzerland (LD O/N Gite/refuge) [5 hrs, +840m, -920m]
[Stage: Balcony of the Posettes]
Gather 10:30 at Montroc-le-Planet train station, 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 2 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 3 Champex – Elena / Italy (BLD O/N Gite/Refuge) [5 hrs, +840m, -750m]
[Stage: Fouly]
Descend to the village of Champex and bus transfer to the village of Fouly. Ascend to Col Ferret (2537 m), border with Italy. Possible meeting with alpine farmers of the alp of the Peule. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret, under the impressive foothills of the back of Mont Blanc. Continue to Pré de Bar glacier where you will overnight in refuge facing the glacier.

Day 4 Elena – Courmayeur / Italy (BLD O/N Gite/Refuge) [5.5 hrs, +650m, -1200m]
[Stage: Bonatti Refuge]
Ascend to the Bonatti refuge and cross on the balcony of the Saxon mountain, offering an unusual view of Mont Blanc, Mont Dolent, Needle Triolet, Grandes Jorasses … Descend to Courmayeur with short transfer to reach our cottage on the heights of Courmayeur.

Day 5 Courmayeur – Mottets / France (BLD O/N Gite/Refuge) [6 hrs, +850m, -650m]
[Stage: Miage glacier lake, Chécroui pass, Mont Fortin]
Trek to the glacial lake Miage and Seigne, Franco-Italian border. Detour possible by the large south balcony of Mont Blanc through the Chécroui pass and Mont Fortin, revealing unreal Himalayan profiles.

Day 6 Mottets – Les Contamines Montjoies / France (BLD O/N Gite/Refuge) [6 hrs, +850m, -1500m]
[Stage: Col des Fours (2665 m), Col du Bonhomme (2329 m), Notre Dame de la Gorge]
Trek to Beaufortain and ascend in the mountain pastures between torrents and waterfalls to Col des Fours (2714 m), the highest point of the hike. Descend to via the Col du Bonhomme (2300 m) toNotre Dame de la Gorge, which was once great passage of peddlers. Continue by the old Roman road at the valley bottom and a short transfer to reach our night in Contamines Montjoies.

Day 7 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]

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!

9 days, 8 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC
From Charmonix – Les Houches

Day 1 Chamonix – Balcony of Mont Blanc / France (LD – O/N Cottage) [6.5 hrs, +600m, -850m]
[Stage: Chamonix, Planpraz, Lake Cornu]
Meet Saturday at 09:30 at Chamonix SNCF train station. Welcome and collect your picnic lunch. Leave Chamonix and ascend by cable car to Planpraz. Hike to Lake Cornu through the massif of Aiguilles Rouges, or crossing in balcony to the refuge Flégère. The path joins the lakes of Chéserys and continues always in balcony at the foot of Aiguilles Rouges, then down to Col des Montets. Enjoy unobstructed view of the entire Mont Blanc massif for this first day.

Day 2 Col de la Balme – Trient / France (BLD – O/N Cottage) [5 hrs, +840m, -930m]
[Stage: Balcony of the Posettes, Col de Balme]
Ascent by the balcony of the Posettes until the Col de Balme (2200 m) – border of France and Switzerland. View of the nearby glaciers of Argentière, the Tour and the Mont Blanc massif. Descent in the Swiss alpine pastures to the village of Trient in Switzerland.

Day 3 Bovine or Arpette – Champex / Switzerland  (BLD, O/N Cottage)
Depending on the conditions and the form of the group, cross the alpine pastures of Bovine by a path in balcony overlooking the Rhone valley or mounted along the Glacier of Trient, to reach the mythical window of Arpette, through the high mountain pass at 2700 m.
[By the mountain pastures of Bovine: 6 hrs, + 1100 m, – 750 m vertical drop]
[Through the window of Arpette: 7 hrs, + 1300 m, – 970 m of elevation gain]

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 Cottage) [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 cottage.

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 Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Houches / France (BL)
[Stage: Champel, Tricot Pass]
Ascend to the glacier Bionnassay by the village of Champel or the Tricot Pass (2100 m) and be charmed on the views of the Chamonix Valley, the domes of Miage and Mont Blanc nearby. Descend to the village of Les Houches.
[By Champel: 5 hrs, +750m, -800m vertical drop]
[By Tricot Collar: 6.5 hrs, +1100m, -1250m of vertical drop]

End of the hike on Sunday at 16:00 at the foot of the gondola Prarion aux Houches.

We may sometimes have to modify the indicated itinerary somewhat: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of accommodation, duplication of groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly by the guide (weather, group level …). Trust us, these changes are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Tour Du Mont Blanc – Guided
Tour Code: EUR-TDMB-G
LAND Price per person in SGD
Price is subject to changes without prior notice.

DaysDates (2019)ClassicComfort
716-22 Jun, 23-29 Jun, 30 Jun – 06 July
7-13 Jul, 14-20 Jul, 15-21 Jul, 28 Jul – 3 Aug
4-10 Aug, 11-17 Aug, 18-24 Aug
1,3281,528
25-31 Aug , 1-7 Sep, 8-14 Sep, 15-21 Sep1,2981,428
915-23 Jun, 29 Jun-07 July, 06-14 Jul, 13-21 Jul, 20-28 Jul, 27 Jul-04 Aug, 03-11 Aug, 10-18 Aug, 17-25 Aug, 24 Aug-01 Sep, 31 Aug-08 Sep1,7681,918
07-15 Sep1,7181,868

Comfort version: ONLY for a group registration of 2 people and subject to availability
Form your private group is possible from 6 people. Price may differ. Please contact us to get a quote.

Group: 6-14 pax

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Showers for 9-Days package
  • Luggage transfer
  • Internal transfer
  • Ski lifts (for 9-Day program)
  • Local guide
  • Tourist taxes
  • Briefing before departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

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

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.

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.

ACCOMMODATION
“Classic” ~
7 days program: 6 nights in dormitory in a gite and refuge;
9 days program: 8 nights in dormitory or multiple room, Refuge, lodging or hotel.
All accommodations are equipped with hot showers.

“Comfort” ~
7 days program: 4 nights in a gite in a double room (shared bathroom); 1 night in a cabin in a 4-person room(shared bathroom); 1 night in a hotel in a 2-person room (private bathroom)
9 days program: 6 nights in a shelter, lodging or hotel in a room for 2 persons, 1 night in a dormitory for 6 persons, 1 night in a 4-person dormitory refuge.
All accommodations are equipped with hot showers, blankets, and towels are provided except at refuge des Mottets
Reservation by two people.

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: Day 1
7 Days Program ~ 1030hrs at Montroc-le-Planet train station
9 Days Program (Saturday) ~ 0930hrs at Chamonix train station.
End:
Day 7 or 9 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 15 June to 15 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

By train: SNCF www.voyages-sncf.com

Montroc-le-Planet train station
Buses and trains serve all the valley of Chamonix – Regular connection every hour between Houches and Montroc Planet. http://www.chamonix.com/pdf/chambus.pdf

Return by Les Houches railway station.

IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE
Geneva Airport (GVA) is the closest one.
Train :
Geneva airport -> Montroc-le-Planet, 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 then local bus/ train to Montroc-le-Planet
– 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

In your luggage

Equipment

Clothing

Hiking pants
Short (1 swimsuit in case)
Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
“Breathable” or Merino wool long boxer shorts
Fleece or sweater
Windbreaker or Goretex jacket
Raincoat + gaiters or pants Goretex type + a bag cover
A pair of gloves and a lightweight hat
Hat or cap
Hiking socks (double layer, with loops … 1 pair per day)
Hiking shoes (seasoned)
A change of clothes for the evening
Spare shoes for the evening

Miscellaneous equipment

Toiletry bag
Towel (quick drying, sold in specialized shop)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Water bottle or thermos (1.5L minimum)
Knives and cutlery
A hermetic plastic box as a plate for your picnics
Cup for coffee
Personal medications (analgesic, bandages …)
Headlamp or flashlight
A sleeping bag liner (cloth-bag) and a pillowcase (the lodgings provide the blankets)
Two telescopic sticks (highly recommended) / trekking poles
Identity card or valid passport

Baggage

A comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 liters for your day’s necessities (warm clothing, a raincoat, water-bottle, box and cutlery for picnics, sunscreen and identity papers) and a little room for picnics and snacks.