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Trekking Mont Blanc

10 days, Chamonix to Chamonix

 

Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys, and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world's premiere hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Active. Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 5 - Challenging. Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Trip Type: Small Group. Small group experience; Max 12

Itinerary

Day 1 Chamonix - Arrive at any time.

Our circuit begins and ends in Chamonix, France. This evening is our first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialties in a typical restaurant, such as Cheese fondue, Tartiflette or Raclette accompanied by some famous "Vin de Savoie" wine.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, 17:00 Evening

As this is a challenging active trek, demanding good fitness and equipment, it is very important that you arrive on time for this briefing to learn more about the route and to hear your leader's recommendations on equipment. Please make every effort to arrive on time. If you are delayed, your CEO will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet later in the evening or early the following morning.

Accommodation

Below is an example of a hotel we may use in this city.

Pointe Isabelle (or similar)

 

Day 2 Chamonix/Les Contamines-Montjoie

Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 24km (14 mi) hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savor a delicious dinner in the evening. We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We'll take the bus to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue. From here on a clear day, you’ll enjoy great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range, before beginning our hike to Les Contamines.

- Local bus - Chamonix – Les Houches. Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

- Mont Blanc Trek - Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie.

Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie 8h 30m 24km. Hike past the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot (if weather permits,) afterward descend into the Valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Then climb up along an old Roman bridge and past an original Roman bridge. Arrive at the Gîte in a valley that leads to the Col du Bonhomme and stop for the night for a well-deserved rest.

The approximate hiking time is 8.5hrs. 900m - 2952ft ascent, 1300m - 4265ft descent

Accommodation - Refuge Nant Borrant (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 Les Contamines-Montjoie/Les Chapieux

Hike the challenging 18 km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux.

Mont Blanc Trek - Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux

Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Chapieux 7h 18km

Begin the steep ascent to the Col Du Bonhomme, then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme and stop for lunch. While eating your meal, enjoy the amazing view of the Vallee des Chapieux. Descend to Les Chapieux for the night. Today the group will tackle steep uphill and downhill routes on rough terrain, this part of the tour can be extremely difficult but hikers’ feeling of satisfaction after climbing the Col du Bonhomme make the challenges worthwhile.

The approximate hiking time is 7 hours. 1300m - 4265ft ascent, 900m - 2952ft descent

Accommodation - Auberge de la Nova (or similar) Hostel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 Les Chapieux/Courmayeur

Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur.

Mont Blanc Trek - Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Les Chapieux – Courmayeur5h 23-28km

Climb through open pastures and snowfield to Col de la Seigne and the border with Italy. Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny. Continue on a 45-minute descent to Rifugio Elisabetta, then a further 45-minute descent will bring the group to La Visaille. From this small hamlet take a bus or taxi to the picturesque town of Courmayeur, Italy.

The approximate hiking time is 5hrs. 750m - 2460ft ascent, 800m - 2625ft descent

Free Time, Courmayeur Evening

Free time to explore what the biggest town in the Italian Mont Blanc circuit has to offer such as restaurants and bistros.

Optional Activities

- Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner, Courmayeur, 52EUR per person

Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back -- the views are stunning.

- Spa Centre of Pré St Didier, Courmayeur 1h-3h, 50EUR per person

Enjoy an indulgent thermal bath or massage to relax those well-worked muscles at the amazing Spa Centre of Pré St Didier.

- Rafting, Courmayeur 2h-4h, 30-95EUR per person

Raft down the scenic Dora Baltea River in the Aosta Valley.

- Aosta Visit. Aosta 5h-6h, 7EUR per person

Get to know this charming bilingual city nestled in the Italian Alps. It offers many sights to explore, including the ancient town walls of Augusta Prætoria Salassorum, still preserved almost in their entirety and an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Accommodation - Hotel Cristallo (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Courmayeur

The picturesque mountain town of Courmayeur is an ideal backdrop for a free day. Opt to ride a cable car to Pointe Helbronner or go for a day hike. Today we have a scheduled rest day to put up our weary feet or take the opportunity to enjoy the lovely town of Courmayeur and La Saxe. Enjoy an optional dinner with the group and our leader to taste some of the Italian Alpine specialties offered in Courmayeur's many atmospheric restaurants.

Free Time, Courmayeur Full Day

Relax and enjoy the mountain scenery or enjoy one of the optional activities available here.

Optional Activities

- Spa Centre of Pré St Didier, Courmayeur 1h-3h, 50EUR per person

Enjoy an indulgent thermal bath or massage to relax those well-worked muscles at the amazing Spa Centre of Pré St Didier.

- Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner, Courmayeur, 52EUR per person

Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back -- the views are stunning.

Accommodation - Hotel Cristallo

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Courmayeur/Val Ferret

Hike the 14km (8.6 mi) from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret. It's a steep climb but the rewarding views are worth it.

Mont Blanc Trek - Courmayeur to Val Ferret

Courmayeur – Val Ferret 5h 14-20km

Lace those hiking boots back up! Start the steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone with the best view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Hike along the Mont de la Saxe, taking the balcony path facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view. Continue to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night.

The approximate hiking time is 5hrs. 850m - 2789ft ascent, 700m - 2297ft descent

Accommodation - Rifugio Bonatti (or similar) Refuge

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 Val Ferret/La Fouly

Embark on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly.

Mont Blanc Trek - Val Ferret to La Fouly

Val Ferret – La Fouly 6h 20km

Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the steep climb across the Grand Col Ferret, and descend into the hamlet of Ferret, Switzerland. Continue the descent into the Alpage at La Peule before reaching a high traverse above the valley; from here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Continue downward on a the final passage, finishing in the mountain village of La Fouly, where you can finally kick those feet up and relax.

The approximate hiking duration is 6hrs. 900m - 2953ft ascent, 1400m - 4593ft descent

Accommodation - Auberge des Glaciers Fouly (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 La Fouly/Trient

After a short bus journey to the picturesque village of Champex, follow the "Bovine Way" and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient.

Mont Blanc Trek - La Fouly to Trient

La Fouly – Trient 5h 16km

Taking the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley, we continue along our circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz and then heading downhill to Trient.
The approximate hiking duration is 5hrs. 750m - 2460ft ascent, 950m - 3117ft descent

Accommodation - La Grande Ourse (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9 Trient/Chamonix

Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley.

Mont Blanc Trek - Trient to Montroc

Trient – Montroc5h 14km

Head back towards the Chamonix Valley and out of Switzerland. Walk uphill through a large forest and then open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme. Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek.

The approximate hiking duration is 5hrs. 900m - 2952ft ascent, 750m - 2460ft descent

Accommodation - Pointe Isabelle (or similar) Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 Chamonix

We suggest booking your flight no earlier than 12:00 if you would like to leisurely enjoy your last morning in Chamonix. Please keep in mind that Geneva is several hours away. Please note that most international flights depart from Geneva Airport, and you will need to allow at least 3 hours prior to your departure time to travel from Chamonix to Geneva. For this reason, our suggested 12:00 flight departure time is not mandatory but recommended to allow a leisurely final morning on tour.

Departure Day

Meals included: Breakfast

What's Included

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Challenging mountain hikes led by an International Mountain Leader (IML) (8 days). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included - 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

For the hiking portion of this tour, meal options are limited to those available in the refuges that we stop in along the way. Here, you will enjoy delicious food made with local ingredients.

Transport - Local bus, walking, cable car

About our Transportation

Transport on this trip will mainly be on foot, but there will be some short journeys by public bus or train to get to the start/finish points of walks.

Accommodation - Hotels (4 nts, possibly multi-share), mountain refuges (5 nts, multi-share).

Pricing

Price: $1949

Deposit: $350, Deposit Due Date: April 17, G-Adventures will contact you about payment.

RSVP fee: $25 refundable deposit for those who went to the Trip. After the Trip, we will make this amount to BCO Credits and you can use it for pre-paying BCO Events.

Cancellation Policy

* Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure = Loss of deposit

* Cancellation between 30 and 59 days prior to departure = 50% loss

* Cancellation within 30 days of departure = 100% loss 

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When traveling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

 

What to Take

Please note that this trip is rated Physical Grade 5 and is a backpacking trekking trip from start to finish. Passengers are required to carry their own packs and there are no support vehicles. It is possible to leave some gear at the hotel in Chamonix as the trip begins and ends here. Night stops and routes may vary depending on weather conditions, daily group progress, and availability. Flexibility is very important. Please see the equipment list for essential information on what to take. You may leave some extra gear or a piece of luggage at the start hotel and get it back on Day 10 at the end of the trip (check with your CEO or hotel front desk about the luggage storage policy).

 

Important Notes

1. Please note that this trip is rated Physical Grade 5 and is a backpacking trekking trip from start to finish. Passengers are required to carry their own packs and there are no support vehicles. It is possible to leave some gear at the hotel in Chamonix as the trip begins and ends here. Night stops and routes may vary depending on weather conditions, daily group progress and availability. Flexibility is very important. Please see the equipment list for essential information on what to take

2. Please note that this trip travels through remote and rugged Alpine terrain. Extremes of heat and cold may be encountered and the route involves some long and demanding trekking days carrying all your own gear. The CEO will accompany you on the treks; however, there are up to 12 people in a group and the trip is self-supported. There are no luggage transport, porters or guides. Therefore it is important that you are a fit and confident walker over mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents and cross streams by yourself. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trip.
Please note that on most days there is no possibility of continuing by public transport; taxis may sometimes be possible if you are not able to continue walking but these cannot be guaranteed and will be at your own expense

 

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