Tour Du Mont Blanc

Self-guided tour – Nothing to carry
France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Level: Intermediate
Season: Mid June to Mid September
Departure date at your convenience (subject to availability).
Cost: from S$ 1338

Faithful to its myth, the Mont Blanc is no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps. Our circuit will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland in order to discover its various faces. The sceneries are stunning with innumerable alpine peaks and beautiful glaciers all around with the impressive Mont Blanc massif constantly in the background. This walk is reasonably demanding, but you only need to carry a light back each day and in the evening you will enjoy French and Italian cooking and Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you stay in.

A complete hiking itinerary with luggage transport, an incontestable must of alpine trekking.

8 days, 7 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC
From Les Contamines – Charmonix
Day 01: Arrival in Les Contamines
Day 02: Les Contamines – les Chapieux / France (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 03: Les Chapieux – Courmayeur (rooms) or rifugio Elena / Italy (dormitories) (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 04: Courmayeur or rifugio Elena – Val d’Arpette / Switzerland (Walk ~ 5-7hr)
Day 05: Val d’Arpette – Trient / Switzerland (Walk ~ 5-9hr)
Day 06: Trient – Le Tour or Argentières / France (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 07: Le Tour or Argentières – Chamonix / France (Walk ~ 6hr)
Day 08: Depart Chamonix or extension on own

8 days, 7 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC
From Les Contamines – Charmonix

Hotels and rooms in lodges or Lodges, 1st night in hotel

Day 1 Les Contamines
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines. Check in hotel.
A first walk is possible depending on your arrival time.
Overnight in a nice 2* hotel; half board.

Day 2 Les Contamines – les Chapieux / France [6 to 7 hrs, +1200m, -900m]
A short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Climb over the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme leading to the Chapieux valley. Splendid views over the Aiguille des Glaciers.
Overnight in dormitory or in room in the mountain lodge/hotel “la Nova”; half board.

Day 3 Les Chapieux – Courmayeur (rooms) or rifugio Elena / Italy (dormitories)
[7 hrs, +950m, -1000m or 6 hrs, +700m, -1000m (if overnight in Courmayeur)]

Over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the boarder. A very spectacular walk with panoramic descent with views of Aiguilles de Peuterey and Mont Blanc de Courmayeur. Then, you are going to rifugio Elena, close to the glacier Pré de Bar or you stay in Courmayeur.
Overnight in rifugio Elena in dormitory (half board) or in Courmayeur in a 3* hotel in B&B.

Day 4 Courmayeur or rifugio Elena – Val d’Arpette / Switzerland
[5 to 6 hrs, +600m, -1000m. (If overnight in Courmayeur on D3: +1hrs, +250m)]

Across the Grand Col Ferret and arrival in the splendid village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the East and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Transfer by postal bus to Champex. The lodge-hotel in Val D’Arpette, Relais d’Arpette, is some 45 min fuether by foot.
Overnight in dormitory or in room in Relais Arpette; half board.

Day 5 Val d’Arpette – Trient / Switzerland [4 to 5 hrs, +475m, -930m]
The highest point of the walk is reached today as you climb over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2750 m). The views are tremendous while you go down alongside the Trient glacier.
[7 to 9 hrs, +1050m, -1385m]
In case of uncertain weather, we propose you a shorter itinerary by the Cold de Bovine pass.
[5:30 hrs, + 800m, -1135m]
Overnight in lodge in Col de La Forclaz or in Trient, in dormitory or in room; half board.
If you sleep in Trient, from Col de La Forclaz it’s +20 min, -230m, +1, 5 km. It shortened a little the stage of day 6.

Day 6 Trient – Le Tour or Argentières / France [6 to 7 hrs, +1000m, -1050m.]
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fanstatic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte ; 2 alternative routes for the descent toTour or in the village of Argentières. Overnight in the refuge CAF de Tour, in dormitory or in 3* hotel in Argentières; half board.

Day 7 Le Tour or Argentières – Chamonix / France [6 hrs, +900m, -1100m.]
The wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, before a climb to Lac Blanc. Just enjoy the scenery: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and last but not least, Mont Blanc! Descent to Chamonix by Le Praz. You can also choose to take the cableway of La Flégère or even by bus (transfers not included in the price).
Overnight in Park Hôtel Suisse in Chamonix; B&B.

Day 8 Chamonix
Departure after breakfast.

 

Itinerary

We can be brought to modify the indicated route: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, the modification of the state of the ground, the collapses, the degraded paths, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Tour Du Mont Blanc – Self Guided 8 Days
Tour Code: EUR-TDMB-SG08
Min 2 pax
LAND Price per person in SGD

Room TypeWith Luggage Transport   Without Luggage Transport  Single Supplement
Dormitory1,3381,108+ 168
Room1,5881,338+ 368

5% discount per person for group of 6 and above.
Solo traveler: + $298 (in addition of the single room supplement of the concerning basis)

Extra cost per person per night
In Chamonix, in a 4* hotel, overnight and breakfast, on double/twin room sharing basis : SGD 168 or SGD 218 in a single room.
In les Contamines, in a Hotel La Gélinotte**, halfboard, on double/twin room sharing basis SGD 128 or SGD 178 in a single room.

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation 7 nights as per program
  • Meals as per program
  • Luggage transfer on D2 morning
  • Transfer from La Nova to Seloge (Day 3)
  • The travel pack (maps and walking notes)
  • Tourist taxes
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Bus transfers (Courmayeur, Champex, Chomonix)
  • Cableways
  • 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.
  • Picnics
  • Single supplement
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
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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. It is possible for a single person too.

ACCOMMODATION/ FOOD
“Dormitory” ~ Accommodation in lodges in dormitory with shared facilities (showers and toilettes) except 1st night in hotel in Les Contamines** and last night in Chamonix****.
“Room” ~ Accommodation in double room with en-suite in hotel in Les Contamines**, Courmayeur***, Argentières*** and Chamonix**** and in double room in lodge-hotel in les Chapieux, Arpette and Trient, most of time with en-suite (no reduction if the room don’t have en- suite in the room).
Food:
“Dormitory” ~ Half board with breakfast and dinner at all accommodations except in Chamonix (B&B).
“Room” ~ Half board with breakfast and dinner at all accommodations except in Courmayeur and Chamonix (B&B).
No single room possible, except in the hotels

ORGANISATION
We are in charge of the accommodation reservation, luggage transfers, we supply 1/25 000 maps and road books details, vouchers for the hotels and touristic information.
1 travel documents for 2 or 3 persons.

BOOKING
2 person minimum.

START / END
Start: Day 1 Les Contamines in the afternoon. The walk will start on Day 2
End: Day 8, in Chamonix (after breakfast)

DATES
At your convenience, from 15 June to 15 September.
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: St Gervais – Le Fayet railway station and then taxi or bus to Les Contamines. We can book for you the taxi or inform you on the bus schedules. Bus : SAT Mont Blanc, www.sat-montlblanc.com ; Tel 33 (0) 4 50 78 05 33 ; about 35 mn Taxi Besson www.taxi-montblanc.com ; Tel 33 (04) 50 93 61 47 (Mini – Bus 8 or 6 seats also possible), about 70€ / transfer 1-4 pers (Le Fayet – Contamines or Chamonix – Contamines).Return by Chamonix Mont Blanc railway station. From Chamonix to Le Fayet : by train, about 40 mn SNCF : www.voyages-sncf.comPARK YOUR CAR Free but bewared parking in les Contamines. At the end oft the tour, to go from Chamonix to les Contamines : by Bus SAT Mont Blanc or withTaxi Besson (see above).IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE Geneva Airport is the closest one. Train : Geneva airport -> Chamonix Mont Blanc (and back), www.sbb.ch , duration about 3 1⁄2 hrs, via Martigny & Vallorcines. Bus : SAT Mont Blanc, www.sat-montlblanc.com ; Tel 33 (0) 4 50 78 05 33 ; – From Geneva airport to Les Contamines (and back) with changing in Le Fayet ; about 45€ the way ; with reservation ; duration 2 1⁄2 hrs. – From  Chamonix to Geneva airport direct ; about 40€ the way ; with reservation ; duration 2 hrs.Private transfer : Taxi 2 – 4 persons – From Geneva airport to les Contamines : 220€ per way; on Sunday, bank holidays or after 6pm : 295€ per way
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