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 lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
You can combine 2 half tours to complete the loop around Mont Blanc : here is the southern half
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. The hut is not reachable by the minibus. No access to your luggage.
Minimum : Up : 720m / Down : 320m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00
Day 5 : AOSTA VALLEY
Our last 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, end of the trek. Transfer back to Chamonix through the Mont-Blanc tunnel in the afternoon.
Up : 460m / Down : 990m / 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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Les Tours du Mont-Blanc
Demi-Tour Sud du Mont-Blanc
2017 DATES : Tuesday to Saturday. July 18th to 22nd - August 08th to 12th.
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
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 : TMB Southern Half 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 : 4 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory).
Please note : No access to your luggage on Day 4 (no road access to the hut).
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 : At 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. 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 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.