The Mont Blanc-massif with the towering peak of Mont Blanc itself (4,807m/ 15,771ft.) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the Alps. On this tour you will experience the French, Italian, and Swiss face of the Mont Blanc-massif. The scenery is magnificent with countless Alpine peaks and fascinating glaciers that beautifully adorn the panoramic views of the Mont Blanc. In the booking form you can choose to get your luggage transfered on this trip, so you will only carry your daypack between the accommodation sites in the small traditional mountain villages.
This trip is self-guided, and you will receive all relevant information on the date of arrival in Les Contamines. Accommodation will be in mountain lodges with dormitories. We can upgrade the accommodation to doublerooms in 2-3-starred hotels and guest houses - see details under the 'Practical information' tab.
Depending on your arrival time, it is possible to go for a walk that takes you to over 3-600 meters of altitude, which will offer you the first lovely views of the landscape.
You will stay in the traditional and charming French village of Les Contamines, where dinner is included.
The day starts with a short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. From here the walk begins and you will cross over the pass of Col du Bonhomme and Col de Croix du Bonhomme, which leads you through to the valley of Chapieux. On this stretch you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the Aiguille des Glaciers (3816m/ 12,520ft) as it beautifully raises from the green pastures. You will stay in a mountain lodge, where dinner is included.
You will begin the day by trekking over the la Seigne pass, located on the Franch-Italian border. When crossing over the pass you will come face to face with the beautiful rock wallks and icy peaks of the Mont Blanc massif. Here you leave France and head down into the Italian valley of Véni. From La Cantine to Val Ferret, you will take the local bus, before finaly walking the last stretch up to the mountain hut Elena, situated close to the Pre de Bar glacier. - Dinner is included.
The walk of today leads you up to the great Ferret pass, that marks the border between Italy and Switzerland. The beautiful Mont Dolent (3,823m/ 12,543ft) is situated on this border. This mountain is particularly known for having a hillside situated in all three countries; France, Italy and Switzerland. After the pass you will see magnificent panoramic views to various mountain passes in the horizons. From here the trail runs into a steep downhill descent towards the Dranse river where the trek continues through La Fouly, a charming Swiss mountain village. The last stretch is done on a local bus to Champex, from where the final walkingtime is about 45 minutes to the family-run and charming mountain chalet Val d'arpette, where dinner is included.
Today you will reach the highest point on the trip, Fenêtre d'Arpette (2,750m/ 9,022ft.). This pass is like something out of a movie, with dramatic rocky slopes on both sides, and a narrow passage with a winding path that leads over the pass and down the rustic hillside on the other side. The hike is challenging, but the view and the experience is magnificent, as you move down into the valley along the Trient glacier. There is dinner and overnight stay at the mountain lodge Col de la Forclaz which is pleasantly situated in the green hills overlooking the gorgeous snowy peaks.
On the sixth day you will begin the walk with a hike up to Balme Pass, leading you from Switzerland back to France. This ascent creates a good contrast to previous ascents, as this path climbs up through through green pastures in characteristic switchbacks. From the pass the views are beautiful to both the Swiss side and the French side. It will be possible to choose between several scenic routes as you walk down to the village of Argentiére, where you will spend the night in a mountain lodge. Dinner is included.
As you walk with you back to the Mont Blanc massif you will enjoy panoramic views of the Aiguilles Rouges massif. The green shades of the valleys, the white glaicers of Mont Blanc, and the reddish color of the pretty Aiguilles Rouges Massif - words can not justify the picturesque scenery that surrounds you. Remember to enjoy the last 6 hours of walking as it brings you through the stunning landscape around the village of Les Praz before finally arriving in Chamonix. On the last stretch down to Chamonix, it is possible to go on one or two cableways, should you want to have this experience. The final night you will stay in doublerooms at a 2 star hotel in Chamonix. On this night dinner is not included, and it is ideal to go out to enjoy a final french dinner on one of the restaurants in the charming town.
After breakfast, you will check-out for departure.
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The price is based on min. two people travelling together and sharing a hotel room in Les Contamines and Chamonix. Other nights are spent in mountain lodges with dormitories. We can upgrade the accommodation to doublerooms in hotels and guest houses - see details under the 'Practical Information' tab. It is possible to book the tour as a solo traveller.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps.
The hike around the Mont Blanc is a grade 3-4. The daily trips last for 5-9 hours, on tracks that lead you through ascents and descents of about 1000m/3,280ft of altitude a day. The trip requires a good physical condition and we strongly recommend that you bring one or two telescopic hiking poles, for the steeper or possibly icy parts. Read more about our grading system here.
We can arrange this holiday with daily departures from June to September as long as there is availability at the places of accommodation.
The space at the mountain lodge dormitories, as well as the hotels around Mont Blanc, is limited. Therefore we advise booking your holiday well in advance. If you are able to arrive at Les Contamines in the afternoon, then you'll have time to do your first walk in the area already on the first day.
Note: This particular holiday can take extra long to be confirmed. It may take up to 10 days to get the final confirmation of your secured spot on this holiday.
See the price
When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.
Important: Please note that transportation to and from Les Contamines in France is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
There are direct flights to Geneva from most of the European airports.
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
From Geneva Airport to Les Contamines
To determine, how to get from an airport to your first hotel in Les Contamines, visit Rome2Rio. The link takes you to a search from Geneva Airport (Station) to Les Contamines-Montjoie, but you can choose whichever airport or station as the starting location.
The easiest way to get from Geneva airport to Les Contamines is by a direct transfer, which can be arranged by fx www.resortrides.com. You can request a quick non-binding price offer directly on their website.
From Geneva airport there are also trains to St. Gervais les Bains - Le Fayet and Chamonix (www.sbb.ch).
It is also possible to take a bus from Geneva Airport to Les Contamines, changing in St. Gervais les Bains - Le Fayet (www.sat-montblanc.com)
The easiest way from Chamonix back to Les Contamines is by train or bus via St. Gervais Les Bains - Le Fayet.
(A taxi for this drive costs about 80€)
Drive on your own
Depending on your departure location, it can also be a solution to drive to Les Contamines, where there is free parking (not guarded parking).
You can let us arrange your transportation with a private transfer. You'll be met at Geneva airport and driven directly to the first hotel in Les Contamines. The same applies for the way back, where you'll be picked up at your hotel and driven to Geneva airport, arriving at least two hours before your flight.
You can order the transfer, either one way or both ways, when you book the holiday.
See the prices below.
Geneva Airport to Les Contamines
1-4 people: 200€ in total for the car
Chamonix to Geneva Airport
1-4 people: 200€ in total for the car
Here are some of the questions we often get asked about the trip around Mont Blanc. We're updating the list continuously.
Question: Which altitude levels is the trip at?
You'll be trekking at altitudes between 1300 to 2200 meters (4,265 - 7,220 ft) above sea level. On average, the hike is at a 1800 meter (5,900 ft) altitude. The trip's highest point is at 2700 meters (8,860 ft), and the highest-placed accommodation is at 2000 meters (6,560 ft).
Question: When do we receive the material for the hike?
The material is handed to you when you arrive at the first hotel. Before arrival you'll receive a voucher and a list of the tour accommodation places.
Question: Will we receive a Packing List?
When you have ordered the holiday, you'll get access to your "my holiday"-page on our website. There you'll find all the practical information related to the holiday - including the packing list.
Breakfast and dinner are included in the price, and served at the lodges (except Chamonix and Courmayeur B&B). There is fresh water at the lodges, and it is possible to purchase soft drinks, etc.
The first overnight stay in Les Contamines as well as the last one in Chamonix are spent in double rooms at 2-3-star hotels. All nights on the trek are spent at dormitories in small charming mountain lodges.
Breakfast and dinner are included throughout the entire holiday (except in Chamonix and Courmayeur if you're in a double room, and therefore only served breakfast).
Most lodges provide the possibility to purchase a lunch box to bring along (ask about these options when you check in). You can also stock up at the small village shops before you set off on the day's trek. The possibilities for purchasing anything during the day will be scarce as the stores will be far away.
It is possible to upgrade the accommodation, to stay in double rooms at 2-3 star hotels, guest houses and Mountain lodges. This option includes half board on all days except Day 3 in Courmayeur and Day 7 in Chamonix B&B, where only breakfast is included. However, both of these cities offer plenty of nice restaurants to dine at. Note: Even if you stay at a double room, it is not guaranteed that you'll have access to a private bathroom, but we aim to include it wherever possible.
The price for the upgrade is €173 p.p
It is possible to book an extra night before or after the trip. The price for an extra nights is:
For a double room at a 2-star hotel in Les Contamines incl. breakfast €100 p.p / per night
For a double room at a 3-star hotel in Charmonix incl. breakfast €110 p.p / per night
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.