Italy, Switzerland, France

Tour du Mont Blanc – 7 days – Self Guided

Private Hotel Accommodation

Tour du Mont Blanc – 7 days – Self Guided

Private Hotel Accommodation

This trip allows you to hike as close as possible to this legendary alpine giant without actually climbing Mt. Blanc.

Each day, you will get to explore and enjoy so many places, cultures, and landscapes in this range: first through France, and then Italy and Switzerland. These well-marked trails and circuits were once used for trade and communications since Antiquity. This is hands down one of the world’s most classic multi-day mountain hikes!

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Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival day in Chamonix

You will start your adventure when you arrive in Chamonix. You will check into your hotel and be given your travel pack which has all the information that you will need for your trip.

Accommodation: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 star)
Meals included : None – dinner on your own in town

Day 2 : Chamonix to Les Contamines Montjoie

Hiking time: 5 hours (11km - 6.8 miles)
Vertical gain: 650m (2132.5 ft)
Vertical drop: 1300m (4265 ft)

Route: Chamonix – Les Houches – Les Contamines Montjoie

First transfer (depending on were you staid the night before) to Bellevue cable car. Trailhead is at the top of the lift. Take in the amazing scenery as you stand at the foot of the standard route for climbing Mt. Blanc. Start with a traverse to the Bionnassay Glacier. Next, after a “nepali hanging bridge crossing”, hike through the alpine pastures that lead up to Col de Tricot Pass (2120m). After a short break to admire the views of Contamines-Montjoie Valley, hike down a steep trail to the quaint rural chalets in Miage (1559m). Hike up to Chalets du Truc (1750m) and finally, contour around Mt. Truc (1811m) and then hike down into the village of Contamines-Montjoie, where you will spend the night.

Please note: If you are interested in shortening this hike you can bypass the ascent to Col du Tricot Pass. This alternate route is described in your roadbook.

Accommodation : Hotel 4* - Meal: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 : Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux

Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours (14.5km - 9 miles)
Vertical gain: 1300m (4265 ft)
Vertical drop: 950m (3116.8 ft)

Route: Les Contamines-Montjoie - Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme pass - Les Chapieux

After a short transfer in the morning to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210m), take the time to visit the renowned baroque church that marks start of the Roman road, the historic trade route used to travel from one mountain valley to another. The steady climb to Col du Bonhomme Pass (2329m) presents a beautiful section of hiking along the far southern end of the range. The trail marks the boundary between the Mt. Blanc Range and the Beaufortain Mountains. The ascent continues to Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme Pass (2433m), which offers spectacular views of Mt. Pourri (3779m). On the descent, hike through alpine pastures to the small hamlet of Les Chapieux (1549m). Transfer to your hotel in the small village of Bourg St Maurice.

Accommodation: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 star)
Meals included : breakfast and dinner

Day 4 : Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Hiking time: 5 hours (17km - 10.5 miles)
Vertical gain: 750m (2460.6 ft)
Vertical drop: 900m (2952.8 ft)

Route: Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

Start the day’s hike from Ville des Glaciers (1800m), making sure that you stop at the local farm along the way to learn about how Beaufort cheese is made. Continue your ascent through the beautiful alpine pastures to Col de la Seigne Pass (2516m) and the Italian border. From here, admire the jagged and steep side of the Mt. Blanc Range; the views are simply breathtaking! Legendary summits like Mt. Blanc de Courmayeur, Noire de Peuterey Spire, and the Grandes Jorasses appear close enough to be able to reach out and touch them. The descent takes you through Val Veny to the foot of the Miage Glacier with its peaceful lake and unique alpine flora. Short transfer to Courmayeur (1226m), capital of the Italian Alps.

Accommodation: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 star)
Meals included : breakfast only, dinner on your own in town

Day 5 : Courmayeur to Champex Lac

Hiking time: 5 hours (15.5km - 9.6 miles)
Vertical gain: 800m (2624.7 ft)
Vertical drop: 950m (3116.8 ft)

Route: Courmayeur to Champex Lac

Start the day’s hike with an ascent to Grand Col Ferret Pass (2537m), where you cross from Italy into Switzerland. Take one last look back down the Italian side before descending through Switzerland’s gentle alpine meadows as you hike all the way down to the small hamlet of Ferret (1740m). Bus transfer to Champex- lac the charming village along a small lake.

Accommodation: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 star)
Meals included : breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Champex Lac to Trient

Hiking time: 6 - 8 hours (15km - 9.3 miles)
Vertical gain: 750m to 1200m (2460.6ft - 3937ft)
Vertical drop: 900m to 1400m (2952.8ft - 4593.2ft)

Route: Champex Lac to Trient

From Champex you hike through the Swiss mountain pastures and alpine meadows known for the grazing cows that produce famous swiss cheese. From Bovine, enjoy incomparable views of the Rhône River Valley. We also offer an alternate hike: please be aware that this option presents a much longer and more committing adventure. Finish the day in the village of Trient (1280m). Private transfer to your Hotel in Argentière.

Accommodation: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 star)
Meals included : breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Argentière to Chamonix

Hiking time: 5 hours (11km - 6.8 miles)
Vertical gain: 900m (2952.8 ft)
Vertical drop: 600m (1968.5)

Route: Argentière – Col des Montets pass - Lac Blanc – Chamonix

On the last day of your trip, enjoy a truly unforgettable hike. You will get to scramble through the Aiguilles Rouges, with the Mont-Blanc Range just across the valley. There will be incredible views of the many glaciers and summits high above Chamonix. From Col des Montets Pass (1461m/4793.3ft), follow the balcony trail to Cheserys Lakes, known for reflecting in their clear blue waters some of the Alps’ most famous peaks. Continue to Lac Blanc (2352m/7716.5ft). Take in the view and observe your surroundings, remembering to look for one of the area’s many alpine ibex. From here, walk down to La Flégère were a gondola takes you down to the valley floor in Les Praz.

Transfer out to airport or rest for the evening in Chamonix (not included - both options can be added at an additional cost)

Accommodation: None (this night can be added for + $65usd per person)
Meals included : breakfast only

Additional Trip Info

  • Accommodation: 6 nights (3 Star Hotels - Private room)
  • Meals : 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • The roadbook (as well as a maps and reservation vouchers) for a 2 to 4 person group
  • Transporting your bags (if you choose this option)
  • Private transfers days 3 and 4 to and from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, and day 6 from Trient to Argentière
  • Emergency hotline 24/24 and 7/7
  • Mobile app including GPS

  • Transportation to the meeting point at the start of the trip and from the point where the trip officially ends.
  • Local public transportation
  • Dinner in Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Pack lunch
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Insurance for trip cancellation/interruption, lost/stolen baggage, or assistance.
  • Anything that is not specified in the “included in the price” list.
  • $300usd extra for luggage transport
Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Map
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