Tour Du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland)

Tour Du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) 1125 , 8 Days

Faithful to its myth, the Mont Blanc is no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps. Our circuit will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland in order to discover its various faces. The sceneries are stunning with innumerable alpine peaks and beautiful glaciers all around with the impressive Mont Blanc massif constantly in the background. This walk is reasonably demanding, but you only need to carry a light back each day and in the evening you will enjoy French and Italian cooking and Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you stay in.

Tour du Mont Blanc - a Classic circuit of the Mont Blanc massif (with highest summit 4807 m a.s.l.) and "must-do" for every mountain hiker;
Three countries, three cultures, three cuisines - all on one great trip;
♦ Among other areas you'll be hiking in Chamonix - one of Europe’s most aftersought hiking destinations - with views of spectacular peaks and glaciers.


Day 1. Les Contamines
Arrival in the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines. 1st walk possible depending on the arrival time. Overnight in a very nice 2* hotel. 
Walking distance (optional walk): 0:45hrs; +300m/+600m

Day 2. Les Contamines - Notre Dame de la Gorge - Les Chapieux valley / France
A short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Climb over the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme leading to the Chapieux valley. Splendid views over the Aiguille des Glaciers. Overnight in dormitory in a mountain lodge.
Walking distance: 6-7 hrs; +1200m/-900m

Day 3. Les Chaipeaux - Col de la Seigne - Courmayeur / Italy
Reach Ville des Glacier to start the hike (45mn walk), in summer free public shuttle are available. Venture over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the boarder. On this walk, you can expect spectacular views. Descent into Val Ferret and take a bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur. A great
panoramic view upon the Grandes Jorasses. Then, you are off to rifugio Elena, close to the glacier Préde Bar or you may stay in Courmayeur.Overnight in refuge Elena in dormitory.
Walking distance: 7 hrs; +950m/-1000m 

Day 4. Courmayeur - Val d’Arpette / Switzerland
Exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the East and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Transfer by postal bus to Champex. The lodge-hotel in Val D’Arpette, Relais d’Arpette, is some 45 min. further by foot.
Overnight in dormitory.
Walking distance: 5 -6 hrs; +600m/-1000m

Day 5 Val d’Arpette – Trient / Switzerland
The highest point of the walk is reached today as you climb over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2750 m). The views are tremendous while you go down alongside the Trient glacier. Walking distance: 7-9 hrs, +1050m/-1385m. In case of uncertain weather, we propose you a shorter itinerary by the Cold de Bovine pass. In this case walking distance is 5:30 hrs; + 800m/-1135m. Overnight in a lodge in dormitory.

Day 6. Trient – Le Tour / France
Over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fanstatic views on the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte ; 2 alternative routes for the descent to Tour. Overnight in the refuge CAF de Tour, in dormitory.  
Walking distance: 6-7 hrs; +1000m/ -1050m.

Day 7. Le Tour – Chamonix / France
The wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, before a climb to Lac Blanc. Just enjoy the scenery: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and last but not least, Mont Blanc! Descent to Chamonix by Le Praz. You can also choose to take the cableway of La Flégère or even by bus (transfers not included in the price). Overnight in a 2* hotel in Chamonix (B&B).
Walking distance: 6 hrs; +900m/-1100m.

Day 8. Chamonix
Departure after breakfast

Practical information:  ► Thin sleeping bags are required in the huts and a sheet or a sleeping bag sheet. It is usually best to leave early in the morning, thereby putting any mountain passes behind you before midday. This will help you to avoid any problems associated with stormy weather, leave you the afternoon to recover from your exertions, and ensure that you're in fine form to carry on the day after. Up until the 15th of July, we strongly advise you to include telescopic walking poles in your equipment. If there are névés (patches of snow of varying depths and dimensions) always approach these with extreme caution, especially if they are frozen hard. Wear mountain boots with good grips on the soles, long trousers and a pullover (no bare legs or arms on steep névés!). If you don't possess an ice axe, descend slowly using the 'steps' already made by someone who has. Avoid running or sliding, as a névé always ends up in a scree, and without an ice axe it's almost impossible to stop.The way marks everywhere are very good; signposts with tables are available on the biggest crossroads en-route. Although the uphill/downhill walks exceed normally 1000m per day, the paths are tourist-friendly – not very steep, making serpentines where needed in order to gain height as easier as possible.

We recommend trip in the period:   July - August

Warning: Be aware when booking around 27 to 30 June and from 28 august to 04 September 2024, there will be disruptions because of Marathon of Mont Blanc and the Ultra Trail of Mont Blanc.

From 15/06 to 30/06 and from 01/09 to 15/09, there is a strong risk of snow and snowdrifts. Some buses do not work, and it is necessary to replace them by a cab: D3 from Chapieux to the Ville des Glaciers (possibility to do it on foot, 5km) (85€ for 1-3 people). And on D3 from the Cantine de visailles to Courmayeur, possibility to take a cab (75€ for 1-3 people).

Price Includes:
Accommodation in lodges and dormitories with shared facilities (showers and toilets) except the 1st night in hotel in Les Contamines** and last night in Chamonix*** (option for hotels for all nights below)
half board in all the accommodation except in Chamonix (B&B)
transfer in the morning of day 2 and luggage transportation every day - You only carry a small rucksack with the necessary for the daily hike. Luggage (15 kg per person) transported by vehicle
maps and detailed road book in English

Not Included:
Flight tickets
drinks and meals,not mentioned in the program
bus transfers (Courmayeur,Champex,Chamonix)
the transfer on D3 La Nova – Seloge
other personal expenses

Additional Services:
price for the same tour with accommodation in hotels for all the days: 1200 EUR(without luggage transfer)
price without luggage transfer: on request
additional nights: on request


Tour Du Mont Blanc (France, Italy, Switzerland) (Rated 4.75 / 5 Based on 405 Reviews.)
1125 EUR
8 Days
Single Supplement
170 EUR
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.


 For rather good hikers. From 4 to 7 hrs (or even 9 hrs!)) of walking by day, from 300 to 1200m of ascent by day.

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