Location

Departs Chamonix

Difficulty

4

Length

13

Trip Cost

$3650
twin share

Overview

  • Trek Europe’s most classic mountain walk.
  • Experience 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.
  • Small groups with a maximum of 12 people.

The European Alps offer some of the most spectacular and enjoyable walkings in the world and this adventure offers the chance to combine three countries into one trip as we cross the rugged Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland. The trek around Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s best mountain walks and you’ll get a chance to appreciate the different cultures, foods, and people whilst you hike through glorious Alpine scenery. We operate with small groups, maximum 12 walkers and guaranteed to depart with just 4 people.

The spectacular Mont Blanc circuit trek is one of the world’s classic hikes and demands some respect. From the massif of Mont Blanc (4810m – the highest mountain in western Europe), seven valleys extend into France, Italy, and Switzerland. Each valley retains its own unique culture, architecture, and landscape and it’s through these valleys you will hike. Each day we hike up to the ridges and descend into valleys below, with time to enjoy views of glaciers, green mountain meadows and snow-capped peaks.

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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 and you then have a chance to get any last minute items you may have forgotten that evening.

Day 2: Trek Chamonix to Les Houches

To start the tour what better viewpoint than the Brevent. We get there via the Col du Brevent having taken the cable car to Planpraz. From the summit (2525 m), the view of the Mont Blanc in incomparable. However we have to descend and we go via Bel Lachat and Merlet.

5 hours walking – Ascent 525m / Descent 1400m
Meals: B L D

Day 3: 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 4: 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 bathroom facilities will be shared

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

Day 5: Trek Les Chapieux to Val Veny (16km)

A short shuttle bus transfer brings us to Ville des Glaciers (1789 m). We reach the Val d’Aosta via the Col de la Seigne (2516m) and from there we see a most imposing view of the south face of the Mont Blanc. A path leads us around the Limestone Pyramids to reach the moraine of the Estelette Glacier and the nearby Refugio Elizabetta. From here we continue onwards down the valley to our overnight stop, by the glacial Lacs de Miage (a well-known local beauty spot). If the weather is very hot you may like to take a dip before dinner!

For today only, there is no luggage transfer possible. You will be self-supporting for this one night and will be reunited with your baggage in Courmayeur tomorrow. Travel as light as possible – just a change of clothes and a toothbrush!
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and bathroom facilities will be shared.  Basic dorm style rooms will be singel sex and offered on a triple or quad share basis.

8 hours walking – Ascent 1004m / Descent 520m
Meals: B L D

Day 6: Trek Val Veny to Courmayeur (17km)

Today is a slightly shorter day to Courmayeur and a chance to relax and take in the views from the terrace in the morning. We start with an ascent to the Arp Vielle and then on to Col Chercrouit (1956m) and descend from there to the village of Dolonne and then Courmayeur.

5 hours walking – ascent 400m / descent 1300m
Meals: B L

Day 7: Rest Day in Courmayeur

Today you have a full day to explore this Italian Alpine town, enjoy an espresso in one of the street cafes or take the incredible cable car ride from Le Palud to the point Helbronner at 3470m. There is also an excellent thermal baths and spa at Pre St Didier, just 5km away (regular buses). Or you could take a trip to the provincial capital of Aosta (1hr by bus) with its Roman remains and medieval streets. Your leader will be able to offer some suggestions.

Meals: B

Day 8: Trek Courmayeur to Italian Val Ferret (12km)

Leaving from the hamlet of Villair (1340m) is a charming forested ascent to the Bertonne refuge, then over a crest dominating the Val Ferret we get to Tete Bernada (2534m), we are at the summit of one of the most beautiful lookouts on the whole Tout du Mont Blanc. There is also an alternative path which runs on the flank of the mountain to Refuge Bonatti on a glorious contouring trail with flower meadows, milky streams and clanging cowbells while descending into the Italian Val Ferret.
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and bathroom facilities will be shared

6 hours walking – ascent 860m / descent 700m
Meals: B L D

Day 9: Trek Italian Val Ferret to La Fouly (20km)

This day starts with an easy walk up the valley to Refugio Elena where the most 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 valaisan pastures to the charming village of La Fouly (1595m) where we stay overnight.
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and bathroom facilities will be shared

7 hours walking – Ascent 895m / Descent 1410m
Meals: B L D

Day 10: Transfer La Fouly to Champex, Trek to Trient (16km)

From La Fouly we will take an early morning private transfer to Champex, which is famous for its lake and the distant views of the Grand Combin. The classic Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route. This part of the trail passes near meadows, forests and high alpine pastures up to the simple alp building of the working dairy farm Bovine that overlooks the Rhône Valley. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest and we are hanging over the Rhone valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous balcony and views of far-ranging mountains.

Take a moment to enjoy spectacular views across to the Bernese Alps before a very pleasant and mostly downhill woodland walk that will take you to Col de La Forclaz.

There is a possible variation via the Fenêtre d’Arpette d’Arpette (2671 m). This is the highest pass of the Tour du Mont Blanc at (2665m) and a tough climb up a valley and rocky slopes to reach the pass – reckoned by many to be the hardest part of the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a remote location and bathroom facilities will be shared

5.5 hours walking – Ascent 742m / Descent 682m or 6.5 hours walking 14km – Ascent 1199m / Descent 1139m

Meals: B L D

Day 11: Trek Trient to Argentiere (13km)

The walk up to the Col de Balme (2131m) via les Herbageres brings us back into France. A long but 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.

5 hours walking – Ascent 1069m / Descent 1778m

Meals: B L D

Day 12: Trek Argentiere to Chamonix (13km)

From Argentiere we climb up to Cheserys, a balcony offering grandiose views; the glaciers of le Tour, Argentiere, the Mer de Glace, the Aiguille verte, the Drus , the Aiguilles de Chamonix and of course Mont Blanc dominating all these mountain marvels. We expect to add a slice of wildlife to this day as a reward for our efforts, as ibex are common here. The tour ends at Flegere, where we return to Chamonix by cable car in the afternoon. The guide or mountain leader may modify the itinerary if conditions necessitate.

4.5 hours walking – Ascent 1069m / Descent 1178m
Meals: B L

Day 13: Depart Chamonix

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

Meals: B

Important Note: The Tour du Mont Blanc is a very popular walk and refuges sometimes get over booked. This is just a guide to route & details may change and the actual 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 stars (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 hotel 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.

Dates

Start date
16 Jun 2017
End date
28 Jun 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
Limited Places Available
Start date
01 Jul 2017
End date
13 Jul 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
Sold Out
Start date
15 Jul 2017
End date
27 Jul 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
Sold Out
Start date
28 Jul 2017
End date
09 Aug 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
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Start date
28 Aug 2017
End date
09 Sep 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
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Start date
06 Sep 2017
End date
18 Sep 2017
Price
$3650
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart
Start date
18 Jun 2018
End date
30 Jun 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
Available
Start date
02 Jul 2018
End date
14 Jul 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart
Start date
14 Jul 2018
End date
26 Jul 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
Available
Start date
28 Jul 2018
End date
09 Aug 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart
Start date
26 Aug 2018
End date
07 Sep 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
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Start date
09 Sep 2018
End date
21 Sep 2018
Price
$3650
Availability
Guaranteed to Depart

Inclusions

  • 2 nights in comfortable Chamonix hotel with breakfast
  • 10 nights accommodation in hotels & mountain refuges with private rooms (limited allocation of rooms in one refuge)
  • 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
  • 2 lift tickets where needed
  • Daily luggage transportation on trek (expect 2 transfers)
  • Guaranteed to depart with 4 people
  • Prices quoted are per person twin share

Not Included

  • Dinner in Chamonix
  • Lunch & dinner on rest day in Courmayer
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement

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.

Map & Guide

Reviews

Jodie Turner, Sydney – August 2016

A very well organised adventure. Listening to others who were doing similar trips I felt that we were definitely the best looked after in relation to accommodation and guidance.

 

Julie Rea, Sydney – August 2016

Hard work but certainly awesome views – just magical at times.

 

Trevor Guymer, Sydney – August 2016

A very big thank you to Diane and Julian who both showed tremendous patience and good humour. Lots of great scenery too.

 

Max Gentle, Tasmania – August 2016

I enjoyed the trip, walking through amazing countryside. Whilst there were always mountains in the background, the range of vegetation and landscape each day surprised me. The ability to walk at my own pace suited the way I like to work.

 

Michele Beard, USA – July 2016

Simply amazing. I am really not that enthusiastic about outdoorsy travel but this was an awesome trip. Our guide (Dave Barber) was outstanding. He was the best of all worlds, professional, while being laid back, organized without being too rigid, and very motivational. We had 3 teenage girls and he did a great job keeping them interested.

 

Judith Watson – July 2016

We were fortunate to have Gary as our guide. His breadth of knowledge and caring nature contributed to the success of the trip. Also loved the variety of accommodation from refugio to 4 star hotel. Having our own room was a bonus.

 

Iza Davies – July 2016

Walking in the Alps is unbeatable, stunning views and challenging with the comforts of B&B accommodation at the end of the day.

 

Donald Munro, Sydney – July 2016

The scenery of Mont Blanc was amazing, and the fact it was a “tour” from village to village added some history in a strange way. The people I shared the trip with were fabulous and added so much to the richness of the experience.

 

Julie Nixon, Christchurch, NZ – July 2016

I was told about the Tour du Mont Blanc trek by a work colleague and after a fair bit of research we decided to do this trip through Raw Travel. I was so pleased we went with them and totally recommend them for this trip.

 

Michael Deura, NSW – July 2016

Breathtakingly beautiful and challenging trek through the alpine regions surrounding the picturesque Mont Blanc peak. The accommodation and food was excellent. The experience and diligence of the guide to the safety of the group was exceptional.

 

Jane Postle, QLD – August 2015

A truly awesome destination, nature at it’s grandest and a feeling of elation to know that we completed the 10 day circuit through 7 valleys and 3 countries.

 

Monica, South Africa – July 2015

Our hike leader was amazing! The accommodation and meals were really good – a good mix of hotels, refuges etc. The Mont Blanc is stunningly beautiful!

What our Clients Say

We were fortunate to have Gary as our guide. His breadth of knowledge and caring nature contributed to the success of the trip. Also loved the variety of accommodation from refugio to 4 star hotel. Having our own room was a bonus.

Judith Watson - July 2016

Walking in the Alps is unbeatable, stunning views and challenging with the comforts of B&B accommodation at the end of the day.

Iza Davies, Melbourne - July 2016

The scenery of Mont Blanc was amazing, and the fact it was a "tour" from village to village added some history in a strange way. The people I shared the trip with were fabulous and added so much to the richness of the experience.

Donald Munro, Sydney - July 2016

I was told about the Tour du Mont Blanc trek by a work colleague and after a fair bit of research we decided to do this trip through Raw Travel. I was so pleased we went with them and totally recommend them for this trip.

Julie Nixon, Christchurch, NZ - July 2016

Breathtakingly beautiful and challenging trek through the alpine regions surrounding the picturesque Mont Blanc peak. The accommodation and food was excellent. The experience and diligence of the guide to the safety of the group was exceptional.

Michael Deura, NSW - July 2016

A truly awesome destination, nature at it's grandest and a feeling of elation to know that we completed the 10 day circuit through 7 valleys and 3 countries.

Jane Postle, QLD - August 2015

Our hike leader was amazing! The accommodation and meals were really good - a good mix of hotels, refuges etc. The Mont Blanc is stunningly beautiful!

Monica, South Africa - July 2015

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