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
Enjoy the authentic way to hike the Tour du Mont-Blanc.
We carry all our belongings for the week and stay in dormitory, in mountain inns or huts. We use public transportation for transfers and get food supplies from villages or from the huts.
Hike around Mont-Blanc clockwise, whereas most tours follow a counter clockwise direction.
Day 1 : Chamonix – Col de Balme Elevation gain: 3 000ft / Elevation drop: 3 300ft
Our hiking adventure starts from the village of Le Tour. Once at Col de Balme, our first hiking goal, we will say goodbye to the king of the Alps, Mont Blanc, and the nearby needles, and discover the Swiss Alps and pastures. We follow the trail down to Alpages des Grands and lower down to the Trient glacier creek. Col de la Forclaz and our hotel are only 2 miles away.
Day 2 : Croix de Bovine – Champex – La Fouly Elevation gain & drop: 3 300ft
As we hike up to the alpine pastures of La Giète, the Swiss Herens cow breed welcomes our arrival with a typical cowbell melody. While we leave behind us the busy cheese maker, the trail leads to Croix de Bovine. There the panorama rewards our efforts with an incredible view over the upper Rhone valley. The Bernese Oberland and the Penian Mountains border the Swiss Wallis region. It is time to hike down to the charming alpine village of Champex, from where we transfer to the hamlet of La Fouly by bus. After a few more minutes of hiking, we reach La Léchère mountain inn where we stop for the night.
Day 3 : Grand Col Ferret - Refuge de Bertone Elevation gain: 4 900ft / Elevation drop: 2 300ft Today we are on our way to Grand Col Ferret, the border between Italy and Switzerland, and the pass with a view : the southern side of the Mont-Blanc range ! Mont Dolent, the peak with a face in Italy, in France and Switzerland, is just on our right. As we hike back down, the Glacier of Pré de Bar seems so close, and in the distance the Miage Glacier looks so imposing ! Once we’ve reached Arnuva we continue uphill again and hike to Bertone hut, our home for tonight.
Day 4 : Courmayeur – Col de la Seigne Elevation gain: 3 000ft / Elevation drop: 2 650ft
We hike downhill all the way to the alpine town of Courmayeur. After a quick visit of the coble-stoned and narrow streets of the town, we ride the public bus into Val Vény and to the start of our trail. First, we hike past Lac Combal and Elisabetta hut, and finally up to Col de la Seigne, the border between Italy and France. As we hike down into the green pastures of the Beaufort region, the grazing goats, and herds of light brown velvety-eyed Tarine cows liven up this remote and uninhabited landscape. We spend the night at the mountain inn of La Nova.
Day 5 : Col du Bonhomme – les Contamines Elevation gain: 2 310ft / Elevation drop: 4 300ft
We hike up to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and to Col du Bonhomme. The trail runs across both passes and offers splendid natural terraces for us to enjoy our picnic under the indifferent eyes of ibexes. The descent down into Val Montjoie is gradual all the way to Notre Dame de la Gorge. We stop for the night at the campground of Le Pontet, just before the village of Les Contamines.
Day 6 : Col du Tricot – Bellevue – les Houches Elevation gain: 2 900ft / Elevation drop: 1 200ft
In the morning, we walk across the small alpine town of Les Contamines and soon head up to Le Truc and the alpine pastures of Miage. The views that surround us are stunning ! Then we will test our calves on the steep switchbacks up to Col du Tricot, one of the reasons why we trained for this trip … Our loop ends at the summit of Bellevue. Happy to see the Chamonix valley again, we ride the tram down to the valley bottom and meet civilisation again ! We transfer to Chamonix in 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 Friday.
July 01st to 06th – July 22th to 27th - August 26th to 31th.
2018 PRICE : 675€ per person (6 people minimum)
Included in the package:
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, and basic hotel (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Minivan transfers during the trek
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- ID or valid passport.
- Having repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
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
LEVEL : 4/5
TMB Hut to Hut hiking trip is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
GUIDING : For maximum safety and quality guiding, each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
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.
MEETING PLACE : 8.00am 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.
Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
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.
N'hésitez pas à contacter Anaïs à la Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix pour toutes informations complémentaires.
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