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8-day Chamonix-based “Tour du Mont Blanc” trek in the Alps

Join Emma, a UIMLA-certified mountain leader, for an unforgettable 8-day version of the Tour du Mont Blanc, based out of Chamonix in the stunning scenery of the Alps.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration8 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunningly beautiful scenery around Mont Blanc.

  • Get the chance to hike in three different countries in one week.

  • Experience various different walks in this stunning locale.

Description

While it is known mostly for its skiing and mountaineering, Mont Blanc is also the perfect spot for a hiking adventure!

Based out of Chamonix, we will spend a week exploring some of the beautiful scenery in this intoxicating place.

After getting the chance to explore the hamlet upon your arrival, we will get cracking on the adventure the very next day.

We warm up with a hike up Aiguillette des Posettes, enjoying stunning views of Mont Blanc and exploring several mountain villages along the way.

As the week progresses, we will head out of our base in Chamonix to climb various mountains and ridges, enjoying the area’s stunning scenery.

Among the highlights of the trip will be crossing a spectacular suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier; climbing up to the summit of Tête de la Tronche and enjoying a different perspective on the Alps; exploring Courmayeur;  hiking up to the stunning Lac Blanc; and concluding the trip with an ascent of Aiguillette des Houches.

You will also have a free day with which with to explore Chamonix a bit more. Regardless of the day and what we do, the action is non-stop and the scenery is always simply stunning.

By the time the trip is over, you will already be thinking about how to get back here.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this incredible 8-day hiking tour around Mont Blanc!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you will also enjoy my 15-day Corsica GR20 trek!

More info

Please be sure to bring the following on this trip: Rucksack – approx. 30-40L Kit bag or suitcase (will be transported) Hiking boots Waterproof jacket and trousers Socks Underwear Trekking trousers Shorts T-shirts Mid layer Warm jacket Warm hat Gloves Sun Hat Sunglasses Suncream (small bottle ) Lip balm (with sun screen) Water bottles / camelback Walking poles Sheet sleeping bag Travel towel Toiletries Head torch Plastic bags / dry sacks to keep essentials dry. Passport Cash and Credit card Basic first aid kit

Meeting point

Chamonix, France

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Chamonix

On this day you will arrive in Chamonix and we will meet at your accommodation to discuss our plan for the week. If you arrive early, spend some time exploring the lovely little city.

Day 2: Aiguillette des Posettes

After taking the train to the far end of the Chamonix valley, we will hike up to a ridge line with great views out over Mont Blanc.

We then follow this ridge on to the summit of Aiguillette des Posettes (2,201 m).

From here, we will take a different route back down, hiking through the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve.

Distance: 10.2 km
Ascent: 930 m
Descent: 930 m

Day 3: Les Houches to Les Contamines

We begin the day with a cable car journey on the Bellevue. From the top, we cross a spectacular suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier.

Depending on the weather, we will either cross the Col de Tricot or a lower route through several villages until we reach Les Contamines.

We transfer back to Chamonix by bus at the end of the day.

Distance: 15 km
Ascent: 837 m
Descent: 1,520 m

Day 4: Val Ferret and the Rifugio Bonatti

We begin our day with a 45 minute transfer to Arnouva in the Val Ferret.

Once we get there, we ascend to the top of the Val Ferret via a spectacular trail.

We can then either hike up over the  Col Entre Deux Sauts and the Col du Sapin to reach the Tête de la Tronche summit, before descending down to Bertone via the Mont de la Saxe ridge.

Or, we can continue along the path we will have just climbed all the way around to Bertone.

From Bertone, we will hike down to Courmayeur.

Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 1,584 m
Descent: 1,140 m

Day 5: Rest day

Spend a free day in Chamonix.

Day 6: Lac Blanc Hike

We begin the day by taking the famous Mont Blanc express to Montroc. From here, we hike up to Lac Blanc, using a series of ladders and chains.

After exploring around the lake and seeing a bit of the natural area, we descend to the Flégère and take a cable car to Les Praz, before returning to Chamonix.

Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 1,000 m
Descent: 550 m

Day 7: Aiguillette des Houches

Depending on the weather, we will head up to the top of Aiguillette des Houches, enjoying stunning views out over Mont Blanc.

Day 8: Departure

Sadly, our trip ends after breakfast and we say goodbye.


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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