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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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 - Bellevue - col du Tricot pass - Les Contamines-Montjoie

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

You will start the day after your transfer at the trailhead, at the top of the lift. This will be a great opportunity to take in the amazing scenery as you stand at the foot of Mt. Blanc. You will start with a traverse to the Bionnassay Glacier. After,  a “nepali hanging bridge crossing”, you will get to hike through the alpine pastures that lead up to Col de Tricot Pass (2120m/6955.4 ft). This is a great place for a short break to admire the views of Contamines-Montjoie Valley, hike down a steep trail to the quaint rural chalets in Miage (1559m). Then, hike up to Chalets du Truc (1750m/ 5741.5 ft) and finally, around Mt. Truc (1811m/5941.6 ft) and 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: Private double/twin room in hotel (3 stars)
Meals included : breakfast and dinner

Day 3 : Les Contamines-Montjoie - Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge - col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme pass - Les Chapieux – Bourg-Saint-Maurice

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

In the morning you will have a short transfer to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge (1210m/3969.8ft), make sure and take time to visit this renowned baroque church which marks the 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/7641ft) presents a beautiful section of hiking along the far southern end of the range. This 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/7982ft), which offers spectacular views of Mt. Pourri (3779m/12398.3 ft). On the descent, hike through alpine pastures to Les Chapieux (1549m) here is where you will take a private transfer to the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice to find a hotel.

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

Day 4 : Bourg-Saint-Maurice - La Ville des Glaciers - col de la Seigne pass - Val Veny - Courmayeur

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

Start today's hike from Ville des Glaciers (1800m/5905.5ft), make 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/8254.6ft) and the Italian border. From here, you will get to admire the jagged and steep sides of Mt. Blanc Range; the views are simply breathtaking! From there you will begin your descent which takes you through Val Veny to the foot of the Miage Glacier, with its peaceful lake and unique alpine flora. From there you will have a transfer to Courmayeur (1226m/4022.3ft), 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 – Rifugio Elena - Grand Col Ferret pass - La Fouly or Champex

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

This is a short day right at the  halfway point of your adventure.  This gives you the opportunity to take it easy and recuperate. After a short morning transfer to Val Ferret, at the foot of Pré-de-Bar glacier,  you will hike to Grand Col Ferret Pass (2537m/8323.5ft), here you will cross from Italy into Switzerland. Take one last look back down the Italian side before descending into  Switzerland’s gentle alpine meadows as you hike all the way down to Ferret (1740m/5708.7ft). 

If you’re staying in Champex, a bus will transfer you to the charming village along a small lake.

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

Day 6: La Fouly or Champex - Bovine (Fenêtre d’Arpette in option) – Trient - Argentière

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)

From Champex, you will start by hiking through the Swiss mountain pastures and alpine meadows, known for the grazing cows that produce some of the Alps’ most famous cheeses! 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). Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m/8743.4ft) is absolutely spectacular and located near the Grands Glacier. You will finish the day in the village of Trient (1280m/4199.5ft), where you will eat dinner and spend the night in a guest house. 

In Trient, you will have a private transfer back to France to Argentière village at the top of Chamonix valley.

Please note: If you’ve stayed in La Fouly you will start your day with a bus transfer.

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

Day 7: Argentière – Col des Montets pass - Lac Blanc – Chamonix

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

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.

Accommodation: None
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

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