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$ 1188

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.

7 days, 6 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC
From Les Contamines – Charmonix

Day 1 Les Contamines (D)
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines. Check in hotel.

Day 2 Les Contamines – les Chapieux / France (BD) [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 at the Refuge-Inn Nova.

Day 3 Les Chapieux – Val Ferret / Italy (BD) [7 to 8 hrs, +720m, -920m]
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. Bus transfer to the bottom of Val Ferret. From there, it will take you an hour to reach the beautiful Elena hut in front of the Pré de Bar glacier. Overnight at Elena Refuge.
Room option: Overnight at the Elena refuge (rooms) or in Courmayeur hotel (night and breakfast in this case).

Day 4 Val Ferret – Champex – Val d’Arpette / Switzerland (BD) [5 to 6 hrs, +600m, -1150m]
By the Grand Col Ferret, we go to Switzerland, to the beautiful village of La Fouly. Remarkable view on the Combins massif to the east, and on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. Transfer by post bus to Champex. From here 3 / 4h walk to reach the beautiful cottage of Val d’Arpette. Night at the Relais d’Arpette.

Day 5 Val d’Arpette – Trient / Switzerland (BD) [7 to 9 hrs, +1100m, -1400m]
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. In case of uncertain weather, we propose you a shorter itinerary by the Cold de Bovine pass. In this case 5:30 hrs, + 800m, -1135m. Night at the Forclaz Pass, mountain inn, or Trient.

Day 6 Trient – Le Tour / France (BD) [6 to 7 hrs, +1000m, -750m]
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fanstatic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte. Direct descent on Le Tour. Overnight at the Alpine Club du Tour refuge (alternative lodging : The Mill or Boerne)
Option room: Direct descent on Le Tour, then to the village of Argentière.

Day 7 Le Tour – Chamonix / France (B) [6 to 7 hrs, +900m, -1300m]
The wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges is a spectacle not to be missed, before a beautiful 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) to the center of Chamonix (very frequent bus).

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

Day 1 Les Contamines (D)
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines. Check in hotel.

Day 2 Les Contamines – les Chapieux / France (BD) [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.

Day 3 Les Chapieux – Elisabetta / Italy (BD) [5 to 6 hrs, +730m, -315m]
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.

Day 4 Elisabetta – Elena Refuge (or Courmayer) / Italy (B) [5 to 6 hrs, +800m, -900m]
Climb on one of the most beautiful balconies of the TMB, until the Col de Chécroui, then descent on Courmayeur on foot or by cable car.Transfer then with the bus to the bottom of the Val Ferret. From there it will take you an hour to reach the beautiful Elena hut, facing the Pré de Bar glacier.

Day 5 Courmayeur or rifugio Elena – La Fouly / Switzerland (BD) [4 to 5 hrs, +475m, -930m]
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.

Day 6 La Fouly – Champex – Val d’Arpette / Switzerland (BD) [5 to 6 hrs, +600m, -500m]
A bucolic stop in one of the most beautiful valleys of Valais, which will allow us to admire the peasant architecture of the typical villages of the Val Ferret valley. Mounted on the village of Champex and its lake until Val d’Arpette.

Day 7 Val d’Arpette – Trient or Col de la Forclaz / Switzerland (BD) [7 to 9 hrs, +1100m, -1400m]
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. In case of uncertain weather, we propose you a shorter itinerary by the Cold de Bovine pass. In this case 5:30 hrs, + 800m, -1135m.

Day 8 Forclaz or Trient – Le Tour / France (BD) [6 to 7 hrs, +1000m, -800m]
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fanstatic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte. Direct descent on Le Tour. Overnight at the Alpine Club du Tour refuge (alternative lodging : The Mill or Boerne)

Day 9 Le Tour – Chamonix / France (B) [6 to 7 hrs, +900m, -1380m]
The wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges is a spectacle not to be missed, before a beautiful 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) to the center of Chamonix (very frequent bus).

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

DaysDormitories + 1 night in room    Room    Without Luggage Transport
71,0381,268– 150
91,3381,588– 150

$ 50 discount per person for group of 6 and above.
Extra cost per person per night
In Chamonix: on double/twin room B&B per person  – S$ 150 (2* Hotel)/ S$ 180 (4* Hotel)
In les Contamines: on double/twin room half board   – S$ 130 (2* Hotel)
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

LAND Price includes

  • Half-board accommodation (except Courmayeur in B&B) in dormitory or in room of two depending on choice
  • Luggage transfer (except for 9-Day Program at the Elisabetta refuge on Day 3)
  • Transfer (Day 2 in the morning)
  • The travel pack (maps and walking notes)
  • 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
  • Lunches & eventual dinner in Courmayeur), 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
  • 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. Except for the night of Day 3 (Elisabetta hideaway in 9-Days Program) you carry your belongings for this night.

ACCOMMODATION
“Dormitory” ~ Accommodation in lodges in dormitory with shared facilities (showers and toilettes) except 1st night in hotel in Les Contamines**.
“Room” ~ Accommodation in double room in hotel, inns, lodges and 1 night in Elisabetta for 9-Days Program). About half of the route, showers and toilets are upstairs and not in the rooms.

FOOD
Half board (except Courmayeur option, night and breakfast).

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 2-5 persons.

BOOKING
2 person minimum.

START / END
Start: Day 1 Les Contamines in the afternoon. The walk will start on Day 2
End: Day 7 or 9, in Chamonix (around 17:00)

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.com

PARK 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