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 : Tré-la-Tête – Nant Borrant Elevation gain : 3 117ft. Elevation drop 1 476ft.
Our hiking adventure starts at les Contamines Montjoie village, and more precisely in the small valley of Armencette under the Aiguille de la Bérangère. The “Claudius Bernard” path leads us to Tré-la-Tête mountain hut and his beautiful glacier. We stop this first warm-up hiking day at Nant Borrant mountain hut.
Day 2 : Robert Blanc mountain hut Elevation gain : 5 413 ft. Elevation drop 2 132ft.
Our day start with a first ascent to the Enclave pass. We continue our hike on a wild path above the “Vallée des Glaciers”. A scenic and aerial path via the Grande Ecaille pathway (8 858ft.) leads us to Robert Blanc mountain hut ( 9 022ft.). The panoramic view over the Alps is stunning.
Day 3 : Chécrouit pass Elevation gain : 2 295ft. Elevation drop : 3 610ft.
On our way to the Col de Seigne (8 255ft.), the Italian border, our path is ingeniously passing under the terminal tongue of the glacier “Des Glaciers”. After reaching the Italian side we heading to the Chavanne pass (8 540ft.) before reaching the verdurous side of the “Petit Saint-Bernard’” pass. From the top of Mont Fortin (9 020ft.), our route is leading us to Chécrouit pass and its mountain hut (6 420ft.).
Day 4 : Montagne de la Saxe – Bonatti mountain hut Elevation gain : 4 595ft. Elevation drop : 4 595ft.
We start this day by a hike down to Courmayeur for a quick visit of this lovely and typical village. Back on the path we are now heading to la Testa Bernarda (8 315ft.), a remarkable viewpoint over the Grandes Jorasses. After walking by the small valley of Armina, we will cross the “Pas d’Entre Deux Sauts (8 345ft.)” to reach the small valley of Malatra and Bonnatti hut (6 645ft.), one of the most beautiful mountain hut in the Northern Alps. Welcome to paradise !
Day 5 : La Fouly Elevation gain : 2 295ft. Elevation drop : 3 610ft.
After a walk down to the hamlet of Arnuva (5 870ft.) we start our ascent to the “Grand Col Ferret” pass (8 325ft.). The beautiful and long off-track hike “Les Planfins”, under glaciers and the famous Mont Dolent leads us to la Fouly village (5 230ft.) in Switzerland. Transfer by bus to Champex village (4 920ft.) where we will spend the night.
Day 6 : La fenêtre d’Arpette Elevation gain : 3 770ft. Elevation drop : 4 595ft.
One of the TMB alternative path. The Arpette “Window” (8 740ft.) is one of the most famous part of the TMB loop. It is a mineral path in the small valley of Arpette along Trient glacier. No needs for long talk, it is one of the most beautiful step of this tour. We spend the night in Trient village (4 035ft.).
Day 7 : Aiguillette des Posettes Elevation gain : 4 265ft. Elevation drop : 3 610ft.
Our day start with a hike up through the forest to the Tseppes chalets (6 340ft.) followed by a nice crossing over the Catogne alpine pasture (6 600ft.). We will cross the French border few step before the Posettes alpine pasture before heading down to the Posettes pass (6 550ft.). We finally reach the Aiguillette des Posettes (7 220ft.), astounding panoramic viewpoint over the Mont-Blanc. Our tour stop at Trélechamp (4 595ft.). Transfer to Chamonix at the end of the afternoon.
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
2018 DATES : Sunday to Saturday. July 29th to August 4th - August 19th to 25th.
2018 PRICE : 730€ per person (6 people minimum)
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Bus transfers
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- 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 10 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Local products for our take-out lunches
LEVEL : 5/5
The Secret TMB hiking trip is a strenuous and demanding trek. More than 1000m (3350ft.) vertical gain and about 7 to 9 hours of daily hiking. Some days may be long and demanding, involving altitudeand High Mountain passes (min. 9 190ft.). 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 : 6 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 10 people maximum.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
MEETING PLACE : 8.00 am 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 6.00 pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Repatriation insurance is mandatory.
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office.
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 Anaïs at 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 Anaïs :
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org