11 Days Tour Du Mont Blanc

11 Days Tour Du Mont Blanc

Self-guided tour – Nothing to carry
France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Date: 06-16 July, 02-12 Aug 2019

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.

Day 01:  St Gervals / France
Day 02:  St Gervals – Les Contamines / France (Walk~ 4.5hr)
Day 03:  Les Contamines – Les Chapieux / France (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 04:  Les Chapieux – Courmayeur / Italy (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 05:  Explore Courmayeur / Italy
Day 06:  Courmayeur – Champex/ Switzerland (Walk ~ 5-6hr)
Day 07:  Champex – Trient / Switzerland (Walk ~ 7.5-9.5hr)
Day 08:  Trient – Argentières / France (Walk ~ 6-7hr)
Day 09:  Argentières – Chamonix / France (Walk ~ 6hr)
Day 10:  Chamonix free & easy / France
Day 11:  Depart Chamonix or extension on own

11 days, 10 nights TOUR DU MONT BLANC

Day 1  St Gervais / France (D)
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of St-Gervais. Discover the village depending on your arrival time. Overnight in a 3* hotel (wifi available), half-board.

Day 2  St Gervais – Les Contamines / France (4.5hr walk, 12km, +750m, – 1220m) (BD)
Take the “little train of Mont Blanc” up to the pass of Voza (Col de Voza). Alight from the train at Voza and hike to Bellevue (1km). From Bellevue, you take the GR Tour du Mont Blanc and start the ascent of the pass of Tricot (Col du Tricot). Descent until the refuge chalet de Miage. You then hike up to the refuge chalet du Truc. From chalet de Miage to chalet du Truc, you enjoy hiking on the alps pastures, and the great views on the Dôme de Miage mountain, as well as the Miage glacier that descent in the valley. You then descent until Les Contamines. Overnight in les Contamines in a hotel 2* (wifi available), half-board.

Day 3  Les Contamines – Les Chapieux / France (6-7hr walk, +1200m, -900m) (BD)
A short transfer (included) 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. Over the Aiguille des Glaciers, you will find be in the midst of splendid sights. Overnight in dormitory/room in the mountain lodge “la Nova” (no wifi, no phone network), half-board.

Day 4  Les Chapieux – Courmayeur  / Italy (6hr walk, +700m, -1000m) (B)
Venture over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the boarder. On this walk, you can expect spectacular views. Descent into Val Ferret and take a bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur (€3.5 per person). A great panoramic view upon the Grandes Jorasses. Then, you are off in Courmayeur. Overnight in 3* hotel (wifi available) in B&B./p>

Day 5  Courmayeur / Italy (B)
Enjoy a rest day in Courmayeur. You can enjoy walking around town, or visit the famous Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea (€27 round trip, €18 one way), the highest botanical garden in Europe, 2173 metres above sea level! It is located at Pavillon du Mont Fréty. The garden can be access by cable car to enjoy an astonishing view from the high peaks of the massif. Overnight in a 3* hotel (wifi available) in B&B.

Day 6  Courmayeur – Champex / Switzerland (5-6hr walk, 1hr by bus, +750m, – 1000m) (BD)
From Courmayeur take a bus to Arpnouvaz (€3.5 per person) for 20 minutes (13km). Start the hike from Amuva. Cross the Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint but beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Enjoy the exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the East and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From la Fouly, transfer by postal bus to Champex (19km, 35 minutes, CHF 13,6 per person). A private transfer is available for €220 for 8 people. Champex is a Swiss village boasting a beautiful lake. Overnight in a 3* hotel (wifi available), half-board.

Day 7  Champex – Trient / Switzerland (7.5-9.5 hrs walk, +1100m, -1385m) (BD)
The highest point of the walk is reached today as you climb over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2750m). Savor the breath-taking views while you go down alongside the Trient glacier.
In case of uncertain weather, we propose a shorter itinerary by the Col de Bovine pass. In this scenario, you may expect 5h30 of walking, +800m, -1135m.
Overnight in dormitory in Col de la Forclaz half-board or room in apartment of 4 persons in Trient half-board.

Day 8  Trient – Argentières / France (6-7hrs walk, +1000m, -1050m) (BD)
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fantastic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte, you will have the option of 2 alternative routes for the descent to the village of Argentières. Overnight in a 3* hotel in Argentières (wifi available), half-board.

Day 9  Argentières – Chamonix / France (6hrs walk, +900m, -1100m) (B)
Enjoy wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, before a climb to Lac Blanc. Take in all the beautiful surrounding 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! Descend to Chamonix by Le Praz. You can also choose to take the cableway of La Flégère to le Praz (€14 per person) or even by bus from le Praz to Chamonix (€1,5 per person / transfers not included in the price). Overnight in hotel 4 **** in Chamonix (wifi available), B&B.

Day 10 Chamonix / France (B)
Enjoy the charming town of Chamonix. Why not take the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi (€31,5 per person, not included) : if the weather is clear, it is an unforgettable experience! Overnight in hotel 4**** in Chamonix (wifi available), B&B.

Day 11 Chamonix / France (B)
End of the tour after breakfast

11 Days Tour Du Mont Blanc – Self Guided with luggage support
LAND Price per person in SGD
Tour Code: EUR-TMB_SG11

Date: 06-16 July, 02-12 Aug 2019

Price Per Person in SGD

4-5 

6-8

Single sup*

06 July – 16 July 2019

2500

2390

+370

02 Aug – 12 Aug 2019

2640

2520

+490

 *Single supplement except in Chapieux and Col de la Forclaz subject to availability

Accommodation
PlaceNightsDepartureHotelType
St Gervais1July & Aug3* Hotel : TerminusEn-suite room for 2 person
Les Contamines1July & Aug2* Hotel : La GelinotteEn-suite room for 2 person
Les Chapieux1JulyMountain lodge : Refuge La NovaDormitory without en-suite
AugEn-suite room for 2 person
Courmayeur2July & Aug3* Hotel : CramponEn-suite room for 2 person
Champex1July & Aug3* Hotel : GlacierEn-suite room for 2 person
Col de la Forclaz1JulyMountain lodgeDormitory without en-suite
TrientAugHotel la Grande OurseApartment for 4 to 8 people with sharing bathroom
Argentière1July & Aug3* Hotel : CouronneEn-suite room for 2 person
Chamonix2July4* Hotel : Park HotelEn-suite room for 2 person
Aug4* Hotel : Aiglons

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation 10 nights as per program
  • Meals as per program
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfer from La Nova to Seloge (Day 3 morning)
  • The travel pack (maps and walking notes): 1 travel pack for 2 persons
  • Tourist taxes
  • Welcome briefing by a local staff in the first hotel
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Eventual bus transfers and cableways, optional transfer by shuttle bus on D4 La Nova – Seloge
  • Any deviation from the program or eventual transfers not planed in the program
  • Optional transfer by shuttle bus on D4 La Nova – Seloge (estimated €2.5 per person)
  • 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.
  • Drinks & lunches
  • Single supplement
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
  • Visits

Payment terms

A deposit of S$ 1000 per person is required for confirmation. Balance payment t0 be paid by 45 days before departure.

 

Cancellation Fees

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing. Upon cancellation, the guest shall be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by X-Trekkers and/or its partners. This is expressed as a percentage of the total price and is calculated as indicated in Table B.

Table B
All administration fees, taxes, charges or levies imposed shall be borne by the guest.

Period of notice                                Cancellation Fee

31-45 days prior to departure              S$ 150

15-30 days prior to departure             75% of total price

1-14 days prior to departure                100% of total price

More information

LEVEL
Average to good walker, you need to have hiking experience with 4-7h of walk per day (or even 9hrs!) and +300m 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. Each person only allows 1 luggage of max weight 15kg for the luggage transport.

LENGTH
11 days, 10 nights,  7 days walking.

ACCOMMODATION / FOOD
Accommodation: (See details in cost)
“Dormitory” for July Departure ~ Accommodation in lodges in dormitories with shared facilities (showers and toilets) on day 3 (Chapieux) and on day 8 (col de la Forclaz).

“Room” ~ Accommodation in double or twin rooms (when available) with en-suite in hotel in St Gervais***, Les Contamines**, Chapieux Mountain Lodge, Courmayeur***, Trient Apartment for 4-8 persons with shared toilet, Argentières*** and Chamonix****.

Food: Half board with breakfast and dinner at all accommodations except in Courmayeur and Chamonix (B&B).

BEGINNING: On Day 1 in the afternoon at the first hotel in St Gervais

END: in Chamonix on Day 11 after breakfast

Getting There

By train: St Gervais – Le Fayet railway station www.sbb.ch
By Bus : SAT Mont Blanc, www.sat-montlblanc.com

Return by Chamonix Mont Blanc railway station.
From Chamonix to Le Fayet : by train, about 40 mn
SNCF : www.voyages-sncf.com

ARRIVE BY PLANE
Geneva Airport is the closest one.
Train :
Geneva airport -> St Gervais les Bains – Le Fayet  www.sbb.ch , duration from 2 1⁄2 to 4 hrs ; 2 transfers.
Chamonix Mont Blanc -> Geneva airport 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  Le Fayet ; about 45€ the way ; with reservation ; duration 2 1⁄2 hrs.
– From Chamonix or Le Fayet  to Geneva airport  direct ; about 40€ the way ; with reservation ; duration 2 hrs.

Private transfer :
Taxi 2 – 4 persons
– From Geneva airport to St Gervais les Bains – Le Fayet: 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