A legendary hiking trip, Tour du Mont-Blanc is an absolute must and the ideal hiking tour to discover the alpine diversity and the rich heritage of three countries.
Designed for families and all ages, this program is perfectly adapted to the youngest and eldest hikers in search of fun discoveries and emotions. Daily hikes are selected to fit all levels. We will discover the natural treasures of the Contamines-Montjoie preserved area. We will also meet farmers at the alpine meadows to taste and enjoy their local products. We will spend the night at the Bonhomme hut at 2430m to immerse ourselves in this unique and beautiful environment! This program is a selection of the best mountain activities to enjoy unforgettable exciting holidays.
Luggage are transported to accommodations along the trip (except for the night of day 2). Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunches are taken care of by our mountain leader team. Our assistance minivan is driven by a mountain leader all along the hike. We only carry hiking essentials and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - CHALET DE BIONNASSAY
We start our Tour from the village of Les Houches. After a beautiful and pleasant climb, we reach Col de Voza from where we can admire the Chamonix valley and its beautiful granite peaks. Then we continue on and hike to Tête de La Charme (1870m), our highest point for today. The 360° panoramic view of the Mont-Blanc range, Mont Joly, the Aravis range, Désert de Platé, the Fiz and Aiguilles Rouges ranges is a pure a pleasure for our eyes! Our look-out point offers a great view of the Pays du Mont Blanc region. Finally, we hike down to the hamlet of Bionnassay. We spend the night in a mountain inn.
Up : 650 m / Down : 340 m
Day 2 : VAL MONTJOIE - REFUGE DU BONHOMME
We follow a comfortable trail down to Val Montjoie and the hamlet of Tresse, where we meet the shuttle that will drive us to the village of Les Contamines and the trailheads at Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge. This is the start of a gradual and splendid climb to Col du Bonhomme. We hike across the preserved natural area of Les Contamines-Montjoie and its beautiful alpine setting. We gradually gain altitude, leaving behind trees and isolated farms, replaced by alpine meadows, rocks and cliffs, as we get closer to Col du Bonhomme. Not far, we can see Ibexes grazing or enjoying the warm sunny hours of the day! Soon we reach the welcoming hut, just over Col de la Croix du Bonhomme! No access to our luggage.
Up : 1 280 m / Down : 250 m
Day 3 : VALLÉE DES GLACIERS - COL DE LA SEIGNE - COURMAYEUR (Italy)
Our day’s hike starts with a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux, through alpine meadows of the Beaufortain region, among herds of goats and the local and graceful-looking Tarine cows. We take the shuttle to reach the hamlet of Ville des Glaciers to set foot on the trail to Col de la Seigne (2516m), on the French-Italian border. The climb to the pass is very nice, and the view opens up to new peaks and alpine valleys, along the impressing south face of Mont-Blanc. The view is absolutely spectacular! Sheer faces, glaciers and lakes …We hike down to Lac Combal and the Italian hamlet of La Visaille in Val Vény, where we meet our minivan to drive to Courmayeur, where our hotel awaits us for the night.
Up : 730 m / Down : 1 600 m
Day 4 : LE GRAND COL FERRET - CHAMPEX (Switzerland)
After we transfer to the foot of Grand Col Ferret (2537m) and the hamlet of Arnuva. A steeper and demanding hike on well-marked trails leads to the pass and the Italian-Swiss border. Once again, the panorama is sumptuous. We discover the impressive faces of Grandes Jorasses, those of the Triolet, and the emblematic Mont Dolent, at the top of which 3 borders meet. On the way down we hike by the Alpine inn of La Peule (2070m) and to the village of La Fouly. There we ride our minivan to the alpine resort of Champex where we spend the night in a hotel.
Up : 760 m / Down : 940 m
Day 5 : BOVINE (Switzerland)
In the morning, we leave Champex lake (1482m) and hike a comfortable and moderate trail through the forest to Plan de l’Au. Little by little, we gain elevation up the forest to reach the alpine grazing fields of the Bovine alpine pastures (1987m). The trail that leads to farm looks over the Rhone valley and the town of Martigny. We continue our TMB to Col de la Forclaz and spend the night at the Forclaz mountain inn.
Up : 600 m / Down : 500 m
Day 6 : COL DE BALME - CHAMONIX
This is already the last leg of our tour ! We begin our hike up the spruce forest to the alpine pastures of Les Herbagères and soon after we reach Col de Balme (2191m). We hike across the border between Switzerland and France, and then down to Balme grazing meadows upstream from the Chamonix valley. We‘ve hiked the complete loop and finish our TMB at the village of Le Tour !
Up : 890 m / Down : 900 m
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2017 DATES : Sunday to Friday. July 09th to 14th - August 06th to 11th.
2017 PRICE : 700€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut, and basic hotel (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Minivan assistance throughout the trek
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- Assistance from a private minivan and driver to allow more logistic flexibility if necessary (weather changes, or change of program)
- Our minivan driven by a mountain leader who will reveal his knowledge and help with guiding if necessary
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : Tour du Mont-Blanc Family hiking trip is a moderate trek. . A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience. Minimum age recommended 10 years old.
ACCOMMODATION : 2 nights in mountain inns, 2 nights in hotels and 1 night in a mountain hut (in dormitory).
Please note : No access to your luggage on Day 2 (no road access to the hut). The bag should weigh around 17 to 22 pounds.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 13 people.
MEETING PLACE : 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm. On last day, returning to Chamonix is expected early evening.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.