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 !
Day 1 : CHAMONIX VALLEY
The TMB starts at the summit of le Brevent from where Mont-Blanc reveals itself in all its majesty. We reach this trailhead hiking first to the Col du Brevent. From this unforgettable view point, the trail heads down towards Bellachat mountain hut and on to the Merlet animal park. A short transfer brings us down to the valley to Les Houches where we will spend our first night.
Up : 525m / Down : 1025m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 2 : VAL MONTJOIE
Today we start 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 3 : 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 4 : VAL VENY
At la Ville des Glaciers, a visit to the local cheese factory is a must where Beaufort cheese is the king ! At the Col de la Seigne we reach the Italian border and the Val Veny. From there we have many route choices to rejoin the Elisabetta mountain hut. No access to your luggage.
Minimum ; Up : 720m / Down : 320m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00
Day 5 : AOSTA VALLEY
The day begins with a descent towards Lac Combal. The uphill to Arp Vieille takes us onto a magnificent balcony trail facing mythical peaks such as the Noire de Peuterey, the Dent du Géant and the Grandes Jorasses… Descent to Courmayeur, a picturesque village of narrow streets and typical Valdotaine architecture.
Up : 460m / Down : 990m / Hiking Time : 4 H 30
Day 6 : ITALIAN VAL FERRET
From the hamlet of Villair Superior we follow the direction of the Bertone mountain hut from where we head onto an impressive balcony trail. Here, the aerial view of the peaks of the Mont-Blanc massif is quite simply exceptional. According to weather and group conditions the guide has a choice of many different ways down to Lavachey.
Minimum : Up : 800m / Down : 500m / Hiking Time : 4 H 30
Day 7 : 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 30
Day 8 : TRIENT VALLEY
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 9 : TRÉ LE CHAMP
A steady climb up takes us to the French/Swiss border from where the views on the north face of the Mont-Blanc range are breathaking. This fabulous décor will escort us until the listed hamlet of Tré le Champ.
Up : 910m / Down : 800m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 10 : CHAMONIX VALLEY
From Tré le champ we head up towards the Lacs de Chéserys, with the Mont-Blanc massif reflecting in their waters, a magical place to share a final picnic. The trek ends at La Flégère and we return to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Up : 810m / Down : 330m / Hiking Time : 4 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 : Departure on Tuesday. July 18th to 27th and August 08th to 17th.
2017 PRICE : 1395€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut and basic hotel (4-bed room & dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Minivan assistance throughout the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek, except on Day 4
- 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 Complete hiking trip is a strenuous trek due to the length of the trip. 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. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
ACCOMMODATION : 9 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (4 nights in 4-bed room & 5 nights in small dormitory).
Please Note : no access to your luggage on Day 4 (no road access).
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.