The Tour de Mont Blanc takes us on a journey around the valleys which are crowned by Western Europe’s highest peak. This challenging, light-backpacking trek takes six days to cover the highlights of the world famous Tour De Mont Blanc hiking through France, Italy and Switzerland. Taking the higher, less travelled paths and walking the steepest parts of the tour, we traverse high above the valleys, through pine-scented forests and high plateaus bejewelled with alpine flowers. Mont Blanc will be our constant companion as we cross cols which take us from France into Italy and then into Switzerland, stopping en route to marvel at the glaciers and heart-stopping valley views. Accompanied by marmots and ibex with birds of prey and vultures circling above us this is a trek which delights all the senses.
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- International Mountain Leader as guide.
- Secure excess gear storage at the hotel in Chamonix during the trek
- All accommodation on the trek
- All meals on the trek and welcome meal in Chamonix
- Private transport throughout
- Professionally edited video of your trip!
- Airport transfers to and from Chamonix
- Baggage portage during the tour
- Drinks and snacks
- Final night dinner in Chamonix
- Any optional cablecars you might choose to take in addition to the final day descent from the Brevent mid-station (eg from the Brevent top station!)
Fly to Geneva and fly to Chamonix
Fly to Geneva and transfer to Chamonix where we meet the rest of the group and our guide. Overnight in hotel.
Chamonix to Refuge des Mottets
After an early breakfast we transfer from Chamonix to Les Contamines, then begin our climb over a succession of 3 cols: the Col de Bonhomme, the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme , and finally the Col des Fours before continuing on a little-used high variant of the tour, descending steeply at times, to rejoin the main trail just before the Refuge des Mottets, our overnight stop.
Refuge de Mottets to Bonatti Hut
From the Refuge we climb over the Col de la Seigne, the frontier into Italy, and get our first good view of Mt Blanc. We descend the beautiful Val Veny to the road head, for vehicle transfer to Val Ferret on the other side of the Aoste Valley. A final short climb on foot is rewarded with dinner and a night in the Bonatti hut, with its fabulous views of the imposing south face of the Grandes Jorasses.
Bonatti Hut to Champex
We traverse and then descend to the head of Val Ferret, before climbing to the Grand Col Ferret and the Swiss frontier. A picturesque descent takes us to the Swiss ‘chocolate box’ village of La Fouly, and a vehicle transfer to the charming lakeside village of Champex where we overnight in a gite.
Champex to Col de la Forclaz
Today, weather permitting, we make the unforgettable crossing of the Fenetre d’Arpette, a demanding day which rewards us with unparalleled views of the Trient glacier and the western aspect of the Mt Blanc massif. Weather not permitting, we take the historic, ‘normal’ route of the Tour, before arriving at the Col de la Forclaz, with it’s quirky old gite standing right on the col, where we overnight.
Col de la Forclaz to Lac Blanc Refuge
Vehicle transfer to Vallorcine in France, from where we commence one of the most famous days of the tour, the climb to Lac Blanc. We stay and savour the lake while the crowds gradually drift back to Chamonix and we spend the night in the iconic Lac Blanc Refuge.
Lac Blanc Refuge to Chamonix
We finish with a connoisseur’s hike as we traverse the Aiguilles Rouges from Lac Blanc to the summit of Le Brevent, enjoying breathtaking views of Mt Blanc. After our picnic lunch at one of Chamonix’s most iconic beauty spots, we pick our way down a steep trail before taking a cablecar into Chamonix, the comfort of our waiting hotel, and a well-earned celebratory dinner in town.
Transfer back to Geneva for return to UK.
1 * Daysack
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Ski Goggles
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gloves
1 * Hard Shell
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
1 * Liner Gloves
1 * Mid Layer
2 * Thermal Top
1 * Softshell Trousers
1 * Thermal Bottoms
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * Mountaineering Boots (B3 Category)
2 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Climbing Helmet
1 * Crampons
1 * Harness
1 * Ice Axe
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Camera
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Packed Lunch & Drink
1 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
Do you enjoy sweat breaking out on your forehead and your heart racing like mad as you find yourself half suspended in the air with the few thousand meters beneath your feet? I bet you are an avid climber looking for just another dose of thrill.