11 Days Tour Du Mont Blanc

11 Days Tour Du Mont Blanc

Self-guided tour – Nothing to carry
France/ Italy/ Switzerland
Date: 15-25 July, 2-12 Aug 2018

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 (Dinner)
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of St Gervais. Discover the village depending on your arrival time.
Overnight in a 3* hotel Terminus Mont Blanc or similar (Wifi available); half board.

Day 2  St Gervais – Les Contamines / France (Breakfast, Dinner)
You start your day in St Gervais where you take the rack “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 (Wifi available); half board
4h30 walk, 12km, +750m, -1,220m.

Day 3  Les Contamines – Les Chapieux / France (Breakfast, Dinner)
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 room in the mountain lodge/hotel “la Nova” (no wifi, no phone network) ; half board.
6 to 7 hrs, +1200m, -900m.

Day 4  Les Chapieux – Courmayeur  / Italy (Breakfast)
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.
Overnight in Courmayeur in a 3* hotel (Wifi available) in B&B.
6 hrs, +700m, -1,000m

Day 5  Courmayeur / Italy (Breakfast)
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, 2 173 metres above sea level ! It is located at Pavillon du Mont Fréty. The garden can be access by cable car or by foot (2h30 min from Courmayeur). From there, you can also venture further by cable car to enjoy an astonishing view from the high peaks of the massif.
Overnight in Courmayeur in a 3* hotel (Wifi available) in B&B.

Day 6  Courmayeur – Champex / Switzerland (Breakfast, Dinner)
From Courmayeur take a bus to Arpnouvaz (€3.5 per person) for 20 minutes (13km, refer to the itinerary in blue on the map below). Start the hike from Arnuva. Cross the Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint but beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Take part in 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 (19 km, 35 minutes, CHF 13.6 per person, refer to the itinerary in blue on the map below. A private transfer is available for XXX), a Swiss village boasting a beautiful lake.
Overnight in a 3* hotel (Wifi available) ; half board.
5h to 6h walk, 1 hour by bus, +750m, -1,000m.

Day 7  Champex – Trient / Switzerland (Breakfast, Dinner)
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.
8 to 10 hrs, +1100m, -1155m.
In case of uncertain weather, we propose you a shorter itinerary by the Col de Bovine pass. In this case you may expect  5.30 hrs, + 800m, -1135m.
Overnight in room in Trient Col de la Forclaz, in dormitory; half board.

Day 8  Trient – Argentières / France (Breakfast, Dinner)
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fanstatic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Argentières (Wifi available); half board.
6 to 7 hrs, +1000m, -1050m.

Day 9  Argentières – Chamonix / France (Breakfast)
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 Park Hôtel Suisse **** in Chamonix (Wifi available); B&B
6 h walk, +900m, -1,100m.

Day 10 Chamonix / France (Breakfast)
Enjoy the charming town of Chamonix. Why not taking 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 Park Hôtel Suisse **** in Chamonix (Wifi available); B&B

Day 11 Chamonix / France (Breakfast)
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-TDMB-11-SG

Date: 15-25 July 2018, 2-12 Aug 2018

Size

4-5 

6-9

10 & above (with Singapore Leader)

Cost 

2300

2190

2700

SGL

+460

+340

+340

 Less $30 for date 2-12 Aug with dormitory in Hotel Col de La Forclaz

Accommodation

Accommodation in twin rooms with en-suite in hotel in St-Gervais***, Les Contamines**, Courmayeur***, Argentières*** and Chamonix****, accommodation in room but not with en-suite, in Les Chapieux and Col de la Forclaz.

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)
  • Tourist taxes
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Bus transfers (Courmayeur, Champex, Chomonix)
  • Cableways
  • 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.
  • Picnics & 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 in the equivalent amount in SGD as per exchange rate of the day.

 

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

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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 +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.

LENGTH
11 days, 10 nights,  7 days walking.

ACCOMMODATION / FOOD
Accommodation:
“Dormitory” ~Accommodation in lodges in dormitories with shared facilities (showers and toilets) on day 3 (Chapieux) and on day 8 (Trien or col de la Forclaz).

“Room” ~ Accommodation in double or twin rooms (when available) with en-suite in hotel in St Gervais***, Les Contamines**, Courmayeur***, 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 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.
Geneva airport -> St Gervais les Bains – Le Fayet (and back), www.sbb.ch , duration from 2 1⁄2 to 4 hrs ; 2 transfers.

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 Geneva airport to Chamonix or Le Fayet (and back), 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