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 Cottage) [5 to 6 hrs, +840m, -920m]
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. Descent in the Swiss pastures to the village of Trient. Night in a cottage in Trient in Switzerland.

Day 2 Trient – Champex / Switzerland (BLD O/N Cottage) [6 to 7 hrs, +1100m, -750m]
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 [6hrs; +1100m, -750m], or climb along the Glacier de Trient, to reach the mythical window of Arpette via high pass 2700m [6.3hrs; +1300m, -970m]. Night in a cottage.

Day 3 Champex – Elena / Italy (BLD O/N Refuge) [5 to 6 hrs, +840m, -750m]
Descent to the village of Champex and bus transfer to the village of Fouly. Ascent to Col Ferret (2540 m), border with Italy. Possible meeting with alpinists. Descent into the Italian Val Ferret, under the impressive foothills of the back of Mont Blanc. Approach of the terminal tongue of the Pré de Bar glacier. Night in a refuge facing the glacier.

Day 4 Elena – Courmayeur / Italy (BLD O/N Cottage) [5 to 6 hrs, +650m, -1200m]
Ascent to the Bonatti refuge. Exceptional crossing on the balcony of the Saxon mountain, offering an unusual view of Mont Blanc, Mont Dolent, Needle Triolet, Grandes Jorasses … Descent to Courmayeur. Short transfer to reach our cottage on the heights of Courmayeur.

Day 5 Courmayeur – Mottets / France (BLD O/N Shelter) [6 to 7 hrs, +850m, -650m]
Mounted by the glacial lake Miage and the neck of Seigne, Franco-Italian border. Detour possible by the large south balcony of Mont Blanc passing by the Chécroui pass and Mont Fortin, revealing unreal Himalayan profiles. Night in a shelter.

Day 6 Mottets – Contamines Montjoies / France (BLD O/N Hotel) [6 to 7 hrs, +1500m]
Meeting with the alpacistes du Beaufortain. Ascent in the mountain pastures between torrents and waterfalls to Col des Fours (2714 m), the highest point of the hike. Descent to Notre Dame de la Gorge via the Col du Bonhomme (2300 m), once great passage of paddlers, then the old Roman road in the valley bottom. Short transfer to reach our hotel in Contamines Montjoies.

Day 7 Contamines Montjoies – Les Houches / France (BL) [5 to 7 hrs, +750m, -800m]
Ascent to Bioassay Glacier through the village of Champel [5hrs; +750m, -800m] or the Tricot Pass (2100 m) [6.5hrs; +1100m, -1250m], belvedere on the Chamonix Valley, the domes of Miage and Mont Blanc nearby. Descent to the village of Les Houches.

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

Day 1 Charmonix – Refuge Flégère / France (LD – O/N Shelter) [3 hrs, +100m, -150-400m]
Meet Saturday at 13:00 at Chamonix train station. Welcome and picnic. 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. Enjoy unobstructed view of the entire Mont Blanc massif for this first day.

Day 2 Refuge Flégère – Le Tour / France (BLD – O/N Cottage) [5 hrs, +650m, -950m]
Ascent to Lake Blanc with beautiful panorama on the north face of the Mont Blanc Massif, the Bossons glacier, the Mer de Glace … Descent through the Col des Montets to the village of Le Tour.

Day 3 Le Tour – Trient / Switzerland  (BLD, O/N Cottage) [5 to 6 hrs, +840m, -920m]
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 Mont Blanc massif. Descent in the Swiss alpine pastures to the village of Trient in Switzerland.

Day 4 Trient – Champex / Switzerland  (BLD O/N Cottage) [6 to 7 hrs, +1100m, -750m]
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: 6h00 of walk. + 1100 m, – 750 m vertical drop.
Through the window of Arpette: 6:30 walk. + 1300 m, – 970 m of elevation gain.

Day 5 Champex – Val Ferret / Switzerland (BLD O/N Alpine chalet) [5 to 6 hrs, +840m, -950m]
Cross to the Val Ferret in Switzerland, dotted with small typical villages with undeniable charm. Possible visit of a mill dating from the 16th century. Along the trek, you can always see the spectacle of the glaciers, with that of Saleina and A Neuve.
Overnight at the alpine chalet of La Peule facing the glacier of Mont Dolent.

Day 6 Grand Val Ferret and Saxon Mountain / Italy (BLD O/N Cottage) [5 to 6 hrs, +840m, -590m]
Ascent to Col Ferret (2540 m), border with Italy. Descent into the Italian Val Ferret, not far from the Pré de Bar glacier. Ascent to the Bonatti hut for an exceptional crossing on the balcony of the Mont de la Saxe offering an unusual view of Mont Blanc, Mont Dolent, the Aiguille du Triolet and the Grandes Jorasses.

Day 7 Col de la Seigne – Le Mottets / France (BLD O/N Mountain Hut) [6 to 7 hrs, +850m, -650m]
Climb the glacier lake Miage then the neck of Seigne, 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.

Day 8 Le Mottets – Les Contamines-Montjoie / France (BD) [6 to 7 hrs, +850m, -1500m]
Meeting with the alpacistes du Beaufortain. Ascent in pastures, between torrents and waterfalls up to Col des Fours (2714 m), the highest point of the hike. Descent to Notre Dame de la Gorge via the Col du Bonhomme (2300 m), once great passage of paddlers, then by the old Roman road at the bottom of the valley. Short transfer to reach the village of Contamines-Montjoie.

Day 9 Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Houches / France (BL) [5 to 7 hrs, +750m, -800m]
Ascent to the glacier Bionnassay by the village of Champel or the Tricot Pass (2100 m), belvedere on the Chamonix Valley, the domes of Miage and Mont Blanc nearby. Descent to the village of Les Houches.
By Champel: 5 hours of walking. + 750 m, – 800 m vertical drop.
By the neck of Tricot: 6:30 walk. + 1100 m, – 1250 m of vertical drop.
End of the hike on Sunday at 16:00 at the foot of the gondola Prarion aux Houches.

Tour Du Mont Blanc – Guided
Tour Code: EUR-TDMB-G

LAND Price per person in SGD

DaysDatesClassicComfort
717-23 Jun, 24-30 Jun
1-7 Jul, 8-14 Jul, 15-21 Jul, 15-21 Jul, 22-28 Jul, 29 Jul – 4 Aug
5-11 Aug, 12-18 Aug, 19-25 Aug
1,3281,528
26 Aug – 1 Sep, 2-8 Sep, 9-15 Sep, 16-22 Sep1,2981,428
916-24 Jun
7-15 Jul, 14-22 Jul, 21-29 Jul, 28 Jul – 5 Aug
4-12 Aug, 11-19 Aug, 18-26 Aug, 25 Aug – 2 Sep
1,7681,918
1-9 Sep, 8-16 Sep1,7181,868

Comfort version: from a group registration of 2 people and subject to availability

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Showers for 9-Days package
  • Luggage transfer
  • Internal Transfer
  • 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”
  • Cableways
  • Drinks
  • 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.
  • Site visits and entrance fees
  • Single supplement
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
More information

LEVEL
Average to good walker, you need to have hiking experience with 4-7h of walk per day (or even 9hrs!) and +400m to +1200m of ascent by day.

CARRIAGE
You only carry a back pack for the day with the necessary for your hike and the packed lunch. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION
“Classic” ~ 6 nights in dormitory and refuge for 7 days program;
7 nights in dormitory, 1 night in room . Refuge, lodging or hotel for 9 days program.
All accommodations are equipped with hot showers.
“Comfort” ~ 4 nights in a cottage in a room for 2 people; 1 night in a refuge in a room for 2 to 4 people; 1 night in a hotel in a room for 2 people; for 7 days program.
2 nights in dormitory, 1 night in a 4-person room, 5 nights in a 2-person room for 9 days program
All accommodations are equipped with hot showers.
Reservation by two people.

FOOD
Picnic lunch, breakfast and dinner served hot. Picnic lunch 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 ~ 1300hrs at Chamonix train station.
End:
Day 7 or 9 1600hrs approximately at the foot of the gondola Prarion aux Houches

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.

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 is the closest one.
Train :
Geneva airport -> Montroc-le-Planet, www.sbb.ch , duration about 3 hrs

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.

Recommended Gears
  • An anorak or a “Goretex” + a fleece
  • A raincoat or a “Goretex” or similar
  • A warm sweater or a fleece
  • 2 comfortable hiking pants
  • 2 shorts
  • A cap or a hat, a pair of gloves, 5 good pairs of socks
  • Good, comfortable, waterproofed mountain hiking shoes with stiffener and notched sole
  • A pair of outdoor shoes: for the evenings or eventually in case your mountain shoes hurt. But
    attention! They do not replace the hiking shoes.
  • A comfortable rucksack (40 to 50 l).
  • A sheet or a sleeping bag sheet (Sleeping Bag Liner)
  • A 1l water flask, a knife, a flash light or a head lamp (+ an extra battery).
  • Good sun glasses, sun screen cream.
  • Your toilet bag and a mini pharmacy
  • Other clothes, personal change, a towel
  • A travel bag or a small suitcase for the luggage transport