Discover another version of Tour du Mont-Blanc !
When hiking takes you to hidden quiet places, with longer, wilder and seldom hiked trail sections. The best way to satisfy your thirst of adventure and pleasure at the end of a day’s hike.
We will reveal to you some of the unique places of our alpine secret garden.
The route is often very demanding and requires a solid experience of all terrain hiking.
The type of hike made to suit an adventurer’s desire to discover the beautiful alpine wilderness of the Mont Blanc region.
Each hiker carries his personal belongings, and the picnic in his backpack each day.Accommodation in mountain hut or basic hotel, in dormitory.Transfers with public transportation. Pack lunches bought at the hut or at the store when available.
Day 1 : LES CONTAMINES - REFUGE ROBERT BLANC
Our hiking adventure starts at Notre Dame de la Gorge in Val Montjoie (4000ft). The ancient Roman road, used as an old trading passage between Savoya and the great Roman territories, leads to the pastures higher up. Above La Balme hut, we head south towards Col de l’Enclave and reach Robert Blanc hut (9075ft) via the Passage of La Grande Ecaille (8910ft). From this high belvedere, the panoramic view over the Vanoise mountain range and region is stunning !
Up : 3 135ft / Down : 2 145ft
Day 2 : REFUGE ROBERT BLANC - COL DE LA SEIGNE - COL CHECROUIT
This recently upgraded trail section leads to Col de la Seigne (28303ft), across a rather demanding terrain, taking hikers just below the final section of the Glacier des Glaciers. At the pass, the border between France and Italy, we briefly meet the regular TMB route, and soon head southeast towards Col Chavanne (8680ft). Then we hike down the green side above Col du Petit St Bernard. We hike across the gentle alpine fields and soon get to the summit of Mont Fortin (9075ft). The steep and impressive south face of Mont-Blanc is rising high above Val Vény, Just across from us ! We hike down the steep trail until the high Arp-Vielle balcony trail. We follow it until Col Chécrouit (6455ft).
Up / Down : 3 300ft
Day 3 : COURMAYEUR - MONTAGNE DE LA SAXE - REFUGE BONATTI
We start the day hiking down to the lovely town of Courmayeur. After a deserved gelato, we carry on and up through the forest to Bertone hut (6460ft). From there, we follow the grassy ridge and hike to Testa Bernarda (8360ft), while admiring the so close South face of Grandes Jorasses. A short and steep section takes us to Col Sapin and Vallon d’Armina before hiking uphill again to reach Pas d’Entre Deux Sauts (8380ft). The trail heads down Malatra alpine bowl and its grassy alpine pastures and to the welcoming Bonatti hut (6680ft), undoubtedly the nicest refuge in the Northern Alps… Welcome to paradise !
Up : 4 600ft / Down : 4 600ft
Day 4 : REFUGE BONATTI - GRAND COL FERRET - LES PLANFINS - LA FOULY
To begin with we warm our legs up gently on the balcony trail until we reach the bottom and end of the Italian Val Ferret. At Arnuva (5 900ft), we start our climb up to Grand Col Ferret (8 370ft). We leave the classic TMB route to head off trail and reach the beautiful Planfins alpine pastures just under Mount Dolent (connecting 3 borders at the peak). Then we hike down to La Fouly (5260ft) where we take a bus to Champex.
Up : 2 300ft / Down : 3 630ft
Day 5 : CHAMPEX - FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - TRIENT
This is a TMB common alternative leg. It is the most famous section of the TMB, which makes this day very special. It follows the rocky Arpette alpine bowl up on the one side of the pass, and down the Trient glacier on the other side. Needless to describe in many words : it is just spectacular! The hike ends at the Trient village (4225ft).
Up : 3 800ft / Down : 4 620ft
Day 6 : TRIENT - AIGUILLETTE DES POSETTES - TRÉ LE CHAMP
We follow the trail into the forest and hike up to chalets des Tseppes from where we carry on hiking the beautiful balcony trail to the Catogne alpine pastures. The border between Switzerland and France runs over the ridge just before the Posettes alpine farms (7260ft) and offers an incredible view of Mont-Blanc. Finally we hike down the Posettes ridge that separates the valleys of Vallorcine and Chamonix. Our trip ends in Tré le Champ, from where we transfer back to Chamonix with our minivan.
Up : 4 300ft / Down : 3 630ft
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 23rd to 28th - August 20th to 25th.
2017 PRICE : 650€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut, or gites (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Transfers 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
- Local products for our take-out lunches
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : The Secret TMB hiking trip is a strenuous and demanding trek. More than 1000m (3350ft) vertical gain and about 7 to 9 hours of hiking daily. Some days may be long and demanding, involving altitudeand high mountain passes (min.2800m). Hiking on mountain trails and terrain showing exposed and difficult sections. These trips generally require carrying a backpack with personal belongings throughout the trek. For expert hikers only. For very active, well-trained people with a solid experience in alpine trekking.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
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.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
MEETING PLACE : 8am 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 6H00 pm. On last day, returning to Chamonix is expected late afternoon.
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 any 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.