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9-day Tour du Mont Blanc highlights

Mont Blanc
Chamonix
Chamonix 2
Mont Blanc

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.

Group

Alps

9 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


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.

Prices per person

Price last updated by the guide on: Nov 9, 2022

Group of 1

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 2

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 3

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 4

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 5

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 6

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 7

GBP 1965 Each

Group of 8

GBP 1965 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Luggage transfer

- 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).


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.

 

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Details

Meeting point

Chamonix

About the guide

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.

Languages

Russian | French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

Residence

Les Houches, Chamonix


What people are saying about Emma Jack

Jill Seabrook

5.00

July, 2022

AMAZING! This was a last minute decision and my first multi day trekking tour and it far exceeded my expectations. The communication and preparation was comprehensive and accurate. Our guide (Lindsay) was phenomenal. The route was the perfect mix of challenge and comfort. I will definitely be booking my next hiking trek thru Emma.

Frank Van Nieulande

5.00

January, 2022

Emma is a very humble guide in a good way. Always in a good mood full of laughter who puts safety first and in for a good story about her previous adventures. We enjoyed her company a lot! Thanks Emma we had a wonderful time. Greetings Frank

Piyush Yawalkar

4.00

September, 2019

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Paul Connolly

5.00

March, 2019

Emma was very easy to communicate with (once we we able e in the same time zone, of course!). Our guide Phil was fabulous. Thanks to all.

Jule Mansfield

5.00

January, 2019

We booked 3 full days of private showshoeing in Chamonix. Emma Jack was very responsive to our inquiry during booking and our emails leading up to our trip. We were paired with a local guide, Sebastian, who was very knowledgeable about the Chamonix area and picked the perfect spots for us to snowshoe each day based on the weather and snowfall accumulation. I highly recommend booking your trip with Emma Jack and would use her again if we return.

Heather

5.00

September, 2018

Your service was wonderful - it was easy to use and put me in touch with my hiking guide Suze through Cloud 9 Adventure! I couldn't have asked for a better guide or day of hiking in Chamonix.

Vijay and Rosheen

4.00

March, 2018

Excellent start for us in snow shoeing with Phil our guide who kept things nice and easy - an enjoyable activity to redo.

Siti Aminah Othman

5.00

December, 2017

We had fun on that day!! The sun was shining all the way the there’s a lot of snow ? my kids enjoy the trip. All of the arrangement up to the guide is very professional handled & we enjoy the company..and will definitely booked with explore share again..keep up the good work guys!! ?

Virginie Poulin

5.00

August, 2015

Emma is a very nice and attentive guide. She is super healthy and energetic, always smiling. She has a great enthusiasm in general. Very knowledgeable about nature, she shares and teaches with care. Also, she always pays attention to each and any person, and especially adapts pace so that the hike remains a pleasant adventure and memory for all. Plus, she is very cautious of weather and mountain conditions, and has a lot of resources and ideas to adapt to the situation and hikers. In short, very nice and professional! You feel in good hands.

Mariann

5.00

June, 2015

Emma was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide. She was adaptive to the different personalities and skill level of our group. Easygoing, talkative, friendly and pleasant to be around! Couldn't be happier with our guide!




 

 

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