Few words about the trekking…
The Tour du Mont Blanc, also called the ‘TMB’, is a hiking tour at mid-altitude. It crosses three countries and offers three different views of the Mont-Blanc massif :
- The Italian side and its giant cliff faces
- The Swiss side with its rolling valleys
- The French side with its huge glaciers
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunches are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
A "Comfort" option is available at an extra cost of 100€/person.
Day 1 : VAL MONTJOIE
Our TMB starts from the the top of the Bellevue cable car, where we will have panoramic views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz and the Aravis massifs. We will cross the suspended bridge over the Bionnassay torrent. A short uphill leads us to Col du Tricot overlooking the alpine hamlet of Miage. Descent towards Les Contamines to reach the Val Montjoie.
Up : 570m / Down : 1200m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 2 : BEAUFORTAIN
Departure is from Notre Dame de la Gorge with its romantic baroque church. At the Col du Bonhomme, we leave Val Montjoie behind us and head to Beaufortain towards the southernmost tip of the Mont-Blanc massif. The trail rolls down to the hidden valley of Les Chapieux.
Up : 1270m / Down : 930m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 3 : VAL VENY
We head northeast and cross the French/Italian border at Col de la Seigne. From here, one can admire the breathtaking rock faces and the ice-covered summits of the south side of the Mont-Blanc mountain range.
Up : 720m / Down : 840m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 4 : SWISS VAL FERRET
After a transfer to Arnuva, the trail gives access to the Grand Col Ferret, the border between Italy and Switzerland. Hikers can enjoy welcoming alpine meadows, and in the distance, snow-covered summits of the Dolent or l’A Neuve. Descent to the Swiss Val Ferret, and transfer to the charming village of Champex and its lake. Night at a mountain chalet nested in the low valley of Champex.
Up : 770m / Down : 850m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 5 : COL DE LA FORCLAZ
We hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley. It will take us to the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards, allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys.
Up : 700m / Down : 670m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 6 : CHAMONIX VALLEY
A final hike up will take us to the Swiss/French frontier. From there, one can enjoy the Mont-Blanc and its magnificient glacier covered north faces. This fantastic background escorts our afternoon hike as we make our way down to the hamlet of le Tour. End of the trek. Transfer back to Chamonix.
Up : 910m / Down : 800m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
Download the trip description
More pictures on our Blog :
Le Tour du Mont-Blanc, c'est parti pour l'été 2011 !
Le TMB du 12 au 17 juin
2017 DATES : Sunday to Friday. Departure every Sunday from June 04th until September 17th.
2017 PRICES : (6 people minimum)
- TMB Light Pack : 805€ per person, nights in dormitory.
- TMB Light Pack w Comfort option : 905€ per person, nights in double share room.
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in simple hotel and inn
Mandatory repatriation insurance
Minivan assistance throughout the trek
Luggage transportation 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 Light Pack 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.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory or double share room according to the chosen option).
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 : 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.
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 Anaïs:
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org