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
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.
Up : 3000ft / Down : 3300ft / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 2 : CROIX DE BOVINE - CHAMPEX - LA FOULY
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.
Up : 3300ft / Down : 3300ft / Hiking Time : 7 H 30
Day 3 : GRAND COL FERRET - REFUGE DE BERTONE
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.
Up : 3000ft / Down : 3000ft / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 4 : COURMAYEUR - COL DE LA SEIGNE
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.
Up : 3000ft / Down : 2650ft / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 5 : COL DU BONHOMME - LES CONTAMINES
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.
Up : 2310ft / Down : 4300ft / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 6 : COL DU TRICOT - BELLEVUE - LES HOUCHES
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.
Up : 3000ft / Down : 1200ft / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
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 02nd to 07th - July 30th to August 04th – August 27th to September 01st.
2017 PRICE : 670€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut, or basic hotel (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 : 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 : 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.
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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.