Location

Departs Chamonix

Difficulty

4

Length

8

Trip Cost

$2390
twin share

Overview

  • Trek Highlights of Europe’s most classic walk.
  • Spectacular mountain scenery.
  • Walk with an experienced English speaking guide who will bring the trail to life with stories and information.
  • Trek through three countries: France, Italy & Switzerland.

The Highlights trek is a condensed version of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit trek. Our trip passes through France, Italy and Switzerland with magnificent views of Mont-Blanc massif:the side French with its huge glaciers, Italy and its sheer cliff faces and the Swiss side with its rolling valleys truly are a delight.

This is a supported trek so that you carry just your daypack and stay in accommodation where your main luggage meets you at the end of each day. Having an experienced Mountain guide and luggage transfer vehicle means maximum flexibility during bad weather days. This trip is different from the full circuit as you will take vehicle transfers along some of the valley sections but still take in all the passes and highlighted sections of the route.

This trip lives up to its name of being a good challenge! We cross passes above 2500m walking an average of 6 to 8 hours a day so you need to be in good physical condition.

What makes our TMB trip different?

  • Detailed advice from our destination Specialist who has trekked the TMB
  • Experienced IML guides with local insights – English speaking
  • Private RAW luggage transfer
  • Fully catered on trekking days
  • Our own Mont Blanc operations and leader team
  • Small groups maximum 12 people
  • Guaranteed to depart with just 4 people
Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

Read more about our city breaks.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Chamonix

The afternoon is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surroundings. Take a cable car up the famous Aguille de Midi for spectacular views over the Alps or relax in the many street cafes offering excellent cuisine. You will meet with your leader at 5pm in the hotel for a briefing to go over the trip, you then have a chance to purchase any last minute items you may have forgotten.

Day 2: Transfer to Les Houches. Trek Les Houches to Les Contamines (18km)

Starting by the Col de Bellevue, from where there are great views of the Aiguille du Gouter. A charming traverse passes right at the foot of the Bionnassay Glacier. A bridge across a river and we then ascend up to the Col du Tricot (2120m). From where a zigzagging path leads us down to the Chalets de Miage before descending down to the Val Montjoie. In poor weather your guide may decide to use another route via Bionassay instead. Overnight in Les Contamines.

6 hours walking – Ascent 1478m / Descent 1318m
Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Les Contamines to Les Chapieux (19km)

From the village of Les Contamines, we will walk up to the Col du Bonhomme. The path at this stage leads gently up the valley to the beautiful church of Notre Dame de la Gorge, which will be a picturesque rest stop. The track that was originally constructed by the Romans is roughly paved with large slabs and flagstones. Once past the church the path winds steeply through pines beside a narrow gorge, where the blue-tinged waters of the Torrent de Tré la Tête boil and thunder between smooth rock walls. We leave the Val Montjoie to cross over to the Beaufortain Valley via the high Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. We arrive at les Chapieux via the petit Mont Blanc pasture.
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and as a result, bathroom facilities will be shared.

7 hours walking – Ascent 1316m / Descent 929m
Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek Les Chapieux to Italian Val Ferret (14km)

We take a short transfer by shuttle bus to the end of the Vallée des Glaciers, then enjoy a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and down a long open descent into Italy to La Visaille. From Val Visaille we transfer by vehicle to Courmayeur where we spend the end of the afternoon exploring this small Italian resort town spectacularly situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier. Here the views of the Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale – the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit over 3000m above. After some time exploring we transfer to the Italian Val Ferret, where we’ll spend the night in a small and comfortable inn.
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and as a result, bathroom facilities will be shared.

6 hours walking – ascent 850m / descent 900m
Meals: B L D

Day 5: Trek Italian Val Ferret to La Fouly (20km)

This day starts with an easy walk up the valley to Refugio Elena where the more demanding climb to the pass begins. The ascent to the Col Ferret (2537m) is steep but enjoyable. Crossing the Grand Col Ferret takes you out of Italy and into Switzerland along the eastern edge of the Mont Blanc Range. A few streams to cross today. The walk down into the Swiss Val Ferret is through pastureland and on a mixture of paths, tracks and through lush pastures to the charming village of La Fouly (1595m) where we stay over night.

7 hours walking – ascent 895m / descent 1410m
Meals: B L D

Day 6: Transfer La Fouly to Trient, Trek to Argentiere (13km)

We transfer this morning to Argentiere. We head towards the Col de Balme (2131m) via les Herbageres. It is a long and gradual ascent up to the Col De Balme with its picturesque refuge on the pass that marks the border with France. Superb Views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley stretched before you. Returning to the Chamonix Valley from here is a very pleasant walk. Col de La Balme is the furthest point from the summit of Mont Blanc enjoy panoramic views of lovely snow domes that will remain in sight for most of the descent into Argentiere.

6 hours walking – ascent 1069m / descent 1778m
Meals: B L D

Day 7: Trek Argentiere to Grand Balcon to Chamonix (13km)

Grand Balcon Sud takes you on a spectacular walk above the Chamonix Valley with stupendous views of the Mont Blanc massif opposite. It is one of the most scenic walks imaginable and a fantastic way to end your Mont Blanc hiking adventure. All those rewards require a little effort though and there is a steep climb on a zigzagging path from the valley up to reach the trail. Walking along the Grand Balcon Sud is your best chance of seeing ibex which are common in this area. In good conditions you may choose to walk up to the refuge at Lac Blanc with its cerulean blue waters and fabulous viewpoint for a great lunch in the cafe. At the end of the afternoon descend to the cable car at either La Flegere or Plan Praz (dependent on group wishes and ability) and then descend to Chamonix.

5 hours walking
Meals: B L

Day 8: Depart Chamonix

The trip finishes today and you are free to stay on or we can help arrange a transfer by private vehicle or shared transfer this morning from Chamonix to Geneva airport ( not included in trip price).

Meals: B

Important note: The Tour du Mont Blanc is a very popular walk and refuges sometimes get overbooked. This is just a guide to route & details may change and the actual hotels & refuges booked may vary from what is written here, dependent on client numbers, wishes, and availability. This adjustment with refuges may alter the exact distance walked in a day so the above itinerary should be used as an indication to overnight stops/distances.

Accommodation: We use long-established family run 2 star (equivalent) rustic hotels and refuges which are chosen for their stunning location and most offer spectacular mountain views. Whilst representative of the country, culture and environment in which they are located, all are clean, well run and set up with the trekker in mind. The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as hikers from many nationalities gather to spend the night. Please be aware that room sizes (twin, double or very occasionally triple or quadruple rooms) and facilities will vary from hotels to hotel and sometimes from room to room in the same hotel. On some nights, facilities are ensuite whilst others have the possibility, depending on availability and group size, of shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Some nights you may be in triple or quad share dependent on tour selected, please refer to itinerary for full details.

Dates

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14 Jun 2017
End date
21 Jun 2017
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20 Jun 2017
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27 Jun 2017
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22 Jun 2017
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29 Jun 2017
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30 Jun 2017
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07 Jul 2017
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08 Jul 2017
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15 Jul 2017
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11 Jul 2017
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18 Jul 2017
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01 Aug 2017
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08 Aug 2017
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29 Aug 2017
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05 Sep 2017
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04 Sep 2017
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11 Sep 2017
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06 Sep 2017
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13 Sep 2017
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12 Sep 2017
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19 Sep 2017
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16 Jun 2018
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23 Jun 2018
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27 Jun 2018
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01 Jul 2018
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05 Jul 2018
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16 Jul 2018
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24 Jul 2018
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27 Jul 2018
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31 Jul 2018
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07 Aug 2018
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28 Aug 2018
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04 Sep 2018
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05 Sep 2018
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12 Sep 2018
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08 Sep 2018
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15 Sep 2018
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$2390
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16 Sep 2018
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23 Sep 2018
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Inclusions

  • 2 nights in comfortable Chamonix hotel with breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation in small hotels & auberges with private rooms
  • An experienced & qualified English speaking mountain leader
  • Small group max 12 people
  • Most meals included – breakfast and dinner in refuges or inns when trekking
  • Midday picnics for lunch
  • Lift passes
  • Transportation where needed in the tour
  • Daily luggage transportation on trek
  • Guaranteed to depart with 4 people
  • Prices quoted are per person twin share

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Dinner in Chamonix

Airport Transfers

“Mountain Drop Off’s” is our preferred partner and bookings can be made via their website: www.mountaindropoffs.com  Choose the super saver option and use promo code ‘RAWTR’. This is pick up and drop off at the airport in Geneva to our base hotel in Chamonix.

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Reviews

Loretta Basei, NSW – September 2016

Incredible scenery, awesome accommodation and a sense of achievement are my take home memories of this fantastic trip.

 

Andrew Antonopoulos, Melbourne – September 2016

Best scenery I have ever seen – magic place – a must for everyone.

 

Mike & Christine Thorby, Sydney – August 2016

I just had to write and tell you what a wonderful trip my husband and I had on our recent Mt Blanc highlights trek. Gary, our tour guide, was excellent and made sure everything went smoothly. The trip was more enjoyable than we could have hoped for. We have booked a self guided tour of the Camino with you guys next year. Thanks again and a special shout out to Gary.

 

Linda Martin, Colorado, USA – July 2016

The spectacular scenery as well as the sense of accomplishment from completing such a challenging trek made this a trip of a lifetime for our family. This wouldn’t have been something we would have attempted by ourselves. RAW Travel’s planning and our wonderful guide made it all possible.

 

Kerry-Ann Higginson, SA – July 2016

The scenery was stunning, the villages were gorgeous, the cow bells were ringing and our guide made us feel comfortable and took our group at a good pace.

 

Carol, NSW – July 2016

Dave, our guide, was a fantastic and skillful man. The sights were beautiful and the hiking was challenging.

 

Clare, Melbourne – July 2016

An epic guided journey through the French Alps! What can I say? My luggage was moved each day for me and a hot shower, hot meal, cold beer and comfy bed was supplied at the end of each day of amazing mountain trekking! Thank you! Would not know where to start organising this myself! It was all done for me! I just had to get myself to the starting point!!!

 

Laurine Symington, Melbourne, VIC – June 2016

Diane McGuinness was a fantastic guide, always encouraging and helpful while our safety was paramount. She was very knowledgeable about the area, the plants and the path. And then great company to relax and socialise with when we arrived at our destination each night.

 

Rosemary & Peter, NSW – June 2016

We are experience trekkers and this trek was our best by far. Late snow and bad weather made this a challenging trek. We have never experienced trekking in these winter conditions before and thanks to Gary’s (our guide) expertise, we ended up charging through the snow and having a great time. Spectacular scenery, great food and accommodation, plus a top group made this a memorable trek and we could do it all again.

 

Caitlin, Victoria – June 2016

What an awesome trip! Not quite what I expected but still amazing. Our guide was brilliant and the views everyday were incredible.

 

Sharon, Victoria – June 2016

Garry was a fantastic guide. The whole experience exceeded expectations.

 

Deb Nicol, U.A.E. – August 2015

There are simply no words to wrap this trip up…..we all saw things that blew us away, my body is feeling terrific even though it’s not an easy trek, and I just have to say whilst our group gelled so well (which was fabbo) one of the highlights had to be Ben…..he was so calm, easy going, yet clear what he wanted when it came to safety and well being. He left his mark on me and many of us.

 

Frances, WA – September 2015

We enjoyed the challenge, the variety of terrain, fabulous views and the company of the group. Clean and adequate facilities at all venues. Food was good and plentiful everywhere.

What our Clients Say

Gary, our tour guide, was excellent and made sure everything went smoothly. The trip was more enjoyable than we could have hoped for. We have booked a self guided tour of the Camino with you guys next year.

Mike & Christine Thorby, Sydney - August 2016

The scenery was stunning, the villages were gorgeous, the cow bells were ringing and our guide made us feel comfortable and took our group at a good pace.

Kerry-Ann Higginson, SA - July 2016

Dave, our guide, was a fantastic and skillful man. The sights were beautiful and the hiking was challenging.

Carol, NSW - July 2016

An epic guided journey through the French Alps! What can I say? My luggage was moved each day for me and a hot shower, hot meal, cold beer and comfy bed was supplied at the end of each day of amazing mountain trekking! Thank you!

Clare, Melbourne - July 2016

What an awesome trip! Not quite what I expected but still amazing. Our guide was brilliant and the views everyday were incredible.

Caitlin, Victoria - June 2016

There are simply no words to wrap this trip up.....we all saw things that blew us away. One of the highlights had to be Ben.....he was so calm, easy going, yet clear what he wanted when it came to safety and well being. He left his mark on me and many of us.

Deb Nicol, U.A.E. - August 2015

We enjoyed the challenge, the variety of terrain, fabulous views and the company of the group. Clean and adequate facilities at all venues. Food was good and plentiful everywhere.

Frances, WA - September 2015

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