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France, Italy, Switzerland - Tour du Mont Blanc

The massif of 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 ans 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 massif. Your luggage will be 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. The hike on this trip is for experienced trekkers and require a good basic physical shape, as the terrain is hilly, and most days the hike goes on ascents and descents of 800-1200 meters altitude (2,630 - 3,950 ft). Accommodation will be in mountain lodges with dormitories. We can upgrade the accommodation to doublerooms in hotels and guest houses - see details under the 'Tour info' tab.
 
  • Self-guided walking holiday from lodge to lodge around Mont Blanc
  • Discover the Mont Blanc massif from three different countries
  • The gigantic rock walls in Italy
  • The rolling valleys of Switzerland 
  • The great glaciers of France 
  • Half board (except in Chamonix B&B)
  • A possible upgrade to double rooms in hotels and guest houses 
 
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Day 1 Arrival, with the option to do the first short walk.
Depending on arrival time, it is possible to go for a walk that takes you over 3-600 meters of altitude, which will bring you the first nice views of the landscape. 
You will stay at a 2 star hotel in the traditional, charming French village of Les Contamines, where dinner is included. 
Day 2 Walking over the Bonhomme Pass

Walking time: about 7 hours, +/-1200 m/ +/-3,950 ft.)

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. 

Day 3 From France to Italy

Walking time: about 6 hours, +/-700 m / +/-2,300 ft.

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. 

Day 4 Over the Ferret Pass and into Switzerland

Walking time: about 6 hours, +/-1100 m/ +/-3,600ft

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. 

Day 5 Over Fenêtre d'Arpette and along the Trient Glacier

Walking time: about 8 hours, +/-1100 m / +/-3,600 ft.

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. 
 
Day 6 Over the Balme Pass and back to France

Walking time: about 6-7 hours, +/-1000m/ +/-3,280ft.

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. 

Day 7 Along the Aiguilles Rouges massif and down to Chamonix

Walking time: about 6 hours +/-900m/ +/-2,953ft.

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.

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast, you will check-out for departure.

Prices includes

  • 8 day/7 night walking holiday with accommodation in dormitories at mountain lodges
  • Luggage transportation between accommodations
  • Transfer the morning of day 2
  • Breakfast and dinner (except in Chamonix B&B)
  • Maps and detailed walking descriptions, and other relevant information
Not included
  • Transportation to the destination
  • Bustransfers (These are easily done on local buses for a few euros - remember that in Switzerland they use Swiss Francs)
  • Cableways (tickets purchased directly at the cableway, if you wish to have this experience - It is also possible to walk without the use of cableways)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
  • Transfer from La Nova to Seloge (day 3)
EUR 795.00

Practical info

Price info

Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room in Les Contamines and Chamonix. The rest of the tour you stay in dormitories in the mountain huts. - it is also possible to upgrade to double rooms on the full tour, see more under the tab of "accommodation".

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organise your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Departure dates 
We can arrange this trip to start on a date of your choice between June 15 and September 11 2016 (subject to availabilty).
Transportation

Please note that the journey to the destination in France is NOT included, and you must arrange this yourself. You can easily search, order and pay for your flights online. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy plane tickets. 

There direct flights to Geneva from most of the European airports. From Geneva airport there there are 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)
From Chamonix to Geneva Airport there are also several suttles a day with www.easybus.com
Depending on your home location it can also be a solution to drive to Les Contamines, where there is free parking (not guarded parking).
 
Accommodation

The first and last night are spend in doublerooms at 2-star hotels, and on the trek all nights are spend in dormitories in small charming mountain lodges. There are halfboard included on the tour except on the final night in Chamonix (B&B). It is possible to purchase a packed lunch from most lodges (ask about the opportunities at check-in). Alternatively, you can purchase food in the small villages, before heading out for the trek. During the day you will not see many shops.

Upgrade
It is possible to upgrade the accommodation, to stay in double rooms at 2-3 star hotels, guest houses and Mountain lodges . This solution includes half board all days except day 3 in Courmayeur and day 7 in Chamonix (B&B). Both these places there is plenty of nice restaurents to chose from.

The price for the upgrade is € 150,- p.p

It is possible to book an extra night before or after the trip.
The price for extra nights are:
For a double room at 2-star hotel in Les Contamines incl. breakfast € 85,- p.p / per night
For a double room at 2-star hotel in Charmonix incl. breakfast € 100,- p.p / per night

 

 

Food and beverage

Breakfast and dinner are included in the price, and is served at the lodges (except Chamonix B&B). There is fresh water in the lodges, and it is possible to purchase soft drinks, etc.

Trip grading

The hike around the Mont Blanc is a grade 3-4. The daily treks are 6-8 hours, on tracks that leads you through ascents and descents of about 1000m/3,280ft of altitude a day. The trip requires good physical condition and we strongly recommend that you bring one or two telescopic hiking poles, for the steeper or possible icy parts. Read more about our grading system here.

 
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

 
Travel insurance

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.

 
Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

 
Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

 
Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate, see data below:

Statistics for Chamonix as seen on World Weather Online:

 
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