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9-day Tour du Mont Blanc highlights

Join Emma, UIMLA mountain leader on this inspiring 7 day tour du Mont Blanc during which you'll discover the highlights of this stunning mountain region.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration9 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Description

Mont Blanc has been a source of inspiration for many of its visitors.  Mary Shelley situated her novel Frankenstein in this beautiful region.  Percy Shelley wrote an Ode called “Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni”. It is no wonder that this famous mountain even has a pen named after it. But it is not only writers and poets that find inspiration in the snow-capped peaks of Mont Blanc. This is probably why every year, travelers and adventurers like yourself join us to explore the breathtaking landscapes, mountain villages, and ancient Roman towns in the area.

The Mont Blanc Tour is one of the most famous treks in the world. Although the full tour takes ten days, not everyone can carry it out in this time span. Consequently, for those that want a shorter trip, we have selected the best spots to tour in a shorter version of 7 trekking days.

We will begin our tour of Mont Blanc highlights at Chamonix, which is at the foot of Mont Blanc. At this famous mountain town, we will meet and share a wonderful dinner so that we have the energy to start hiking the following morning. Every day, we will walk around six to eight hours in order to explore the highlights of the Mont Blanc region. Consequently, a good fitness level is a must.

Highlights of the tour include the Lac Blanc lake, Col de la Seigne, Mont de la Saxe ridge, and Refugio Bonatti, just to name a few. Plus, we get the chance to explore three countries by foot in just seven days! Join us on this 9 Day Tour du Mont Blanc highlights and visit France, Italy, and Switzerland!

Book your place today and follow me on this inspiring journey to discover one of the world’s most stunning mountain regions!

Or, if you’d like to do a shorter version of the TMB, take a look at our 5-day program.

Meeting point

Chamonix

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting Point at Chamonix

We meet at this famous mountain town at the foot of Mont Blanc at 6pm for a trip briefing and dinner.

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included.

Luggage access.

Day 2: Hike to Lac Blanc

First, the Mont Blanc Express’ train takes us to the hamlet of Montroc. From there, we hike up to the famous Lac Blanc lake and visit the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. Then, we begin our return to Argentière.

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included.

Luggage access.

Walking: approx 6 hrs.

Distance: 9km.

Altitude gain / loss: +1000m / -550m

Day 3: From Argentière to Les Chapieux

After taking a transfer to Notre Dame de La Gorge, above Contamines, we trek up the old Roman road from the chapel. We then pass the Chalet de Balme and head up to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) for  lunch. After lunch, we have a climbing traverse to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479m).  From here, we then have a 2 hour descent to Les Chapieux.

Accommodation : Auberge/Chambre d’Hôte, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +1348m / -960m

Day 4: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

A newly cut path takes us up to Ville des Glaciers. After passing the Refuge des Mottets, we start a steep climb towards the Italian border at Col de la Seigne (2516 m), the 2nd highest pass on the Tour du Mont Blanc. From this point,  we descend past the Rifugio Elisabetta to La Visaille, where we take the bus to the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 6 hrs

Distance: 21km

Altitude gain / loss: +1004m / -850m

Day 5: Courmayeur to the Rifugio Bonatti

The day begins with a steep walk up to the Rifugio Bertone and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. If the weather is good, we can take the lesser-travelled variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge by ascending the Tête de la Tronche, followed by a steep descent to the Col Sapin. Then, we climb again to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. Finally, we stay  at the Rifugio Bonatti, where we can catch a scenic view of the sunset behind Mont Blanc.

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +1584m / -940m

Day 6: Rifugio Bonatti to Champex

First, we start with a rising traverse, before descending to the head of the Val Ferret at Arnuva. Then, we climb the Grand Col Ferret. After, we stop for a break at the Rifugio Elena, then climb to the col. At the top of the col, we cross the border into Switzerland. We then leave the signposted TMB and after, we head to La Fouly which is a lovely alpine village with traditional ‘chocolate box’ chalets, via a higher balcony path. A taxi transfer then takes us to the Swiss lakeside town of Champex.   

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hrs

Distance: 20km

Altitude gain / loss: +1128m / -1580m

Day 7: Champex to Trient (or Col de la Forclaz)

2 options are available for day 7:  If we are feeling fit and the weather is good, probably, we can take the Fenêtre d’Arpette. It is the highest col on the TMB at 2665m. Furthermore, we have stunning views of the Trient glacier. Otherwise,  we can take the normal route, via Bovine, to the Col de la Forclaz. Finally, we descend to the Swiss valley of Trient.

Accommodation: Auberge, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: depends on route

Walking: approx 6 hrs

Altitude gain / loss: +1484m / -1760m

Day 8: Trient (or Col de la Forclaz) to Argentière

Unless the weather is bad, we can take a lesser travelled route via Les Tseppes. Otherwise, we take the normal route to Col de Balme, and back into France. From this point,  we either do the Aiguillette des Posettes, and descend into the Chamonix valley at Tré-le-Champ, from which point it is an hour’s walk to Argentière along the river and through the old town. Or,  we can descend directly to Le Tour, and take the Petit Balcon Nord into Argentière. 

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 7 hrs

Distance: depends on route

Altitude gain / loss: +1200m / -1500m

Day 9: Departure from Argentière

The tour finishes after breakfast.


About the guide

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I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.

I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).

Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.


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Jul 03, 2021 - Jul 11, 2021

GBP 1748 per traveller

Jul 10, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021

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Jul 31, 2021 - Aug 08, 2021

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Aug 07, 2021 - Aug 15, 2021

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Aug 28, 2021 - Sep 05, 2021

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Sep 04, 2021 - Sep 12, 2021

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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 1748 each

Group of 2

GBP 1748 each

Group of 3

GBP 1748 each

Group of 4

GBP 1748 each

Group of 5

GBP 1748 each

Group of 6

GBP 1748 each

Group of 7

GBP 1748 each

Group of 8

GBP 1748 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Included: All accommodation. All breakfasts & evening meals. All transport as detailed in the itinerary. Luggage transfers on all but 1 night. Qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader. Not Included: Flights. Travel insurance. Airport transfers. Lunches. Personal drinks & snacks. Tips. The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).


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