Experience the fresh air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the To Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with amazing views of glaciers, steep valleys and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, experiencing night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges, chat with local guides and more travellers. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world’s premier hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible stunning adventure.
The Chamonix Valley shows the Alps at their most dramatic. Acording to Lonely planet Chamonix was First ‘discovered’ as a tourist destination by Brits William Windham and Richard Peacock in 1741. You will experience the authentic mountain life with modern facilities. Town has great vive and history.
Arrival Evening is our first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialties in a typical restaurant, such as Cheese fondue, Tartiflette or Raclette accompanied with some famous “Vin de Savoie” wine. Arrive at any time accordingly where you flying to best and close distance International Airport is Geneva Switzerland.
Day 1: Arrival day and welcome meeting (1h 17:00) evening.
As this is a challenging alpine trek, demanding good fitness and proper equipment, it is very important that you arrive on time for this briefing to learn more about the route and to hear your leader’s recommendations on equipment and suggestions verious. Please make every effort to arrive on time. If you are delayed, your tour leader will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet later in the evening or early the following morning.
Day 2: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc/Les Contamines-Montjoie
Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 24km (14 mi) hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savour a delicious dinner in the evening in tea house. We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of trekking. We’ll take the bus to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue. From here on a clear day you’ll enjoy great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range, before beginning our hike to Les Contamines. Hike past the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot, afterwards descend into the Valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Then climb up along an old Roman ridge and pasan original Roman bridge. Arrive to Col du Bonhomme and stop for the night for a well-deserved rest dinner.
Day 3: Les Contamines-Montjoie/Les Chapieux
Mont Blanc Trek Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Chapieux 7h30m 18km Begin the steep ascent to the Col Du Bonhomme (2329m or 7641 ft), then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme (2483m or 8146 ft) and stop for lunch. Today the we will experience steep uphill and downhill routes on rough terrain, this part of the tour can be extremely difficult but hikers’ feeling of satisfaction after climbing the Col du Bonhomme make the challenges worthwhile. Dinner in the evening.
Day 4: Les Chapieux/Courmayeur
Mont Blanc Trek Les Chapieux – Courmayeur 8h 28km Climb through open pastures and snowfield to Col de la Seigne (2516m or 8254 ft) and the border with Italy. Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful valley. About an hour descent will bring us to La Visaille, from this small hamlet take a bus or taxi to the picturesque town of Courmayeur, Italy. Free time to explore what the biggest town in the Italian Mont Blanc circuit has to offer such as restaurants and bistros.Dinner is your own today. You choose what you like.
Day 5:Courmayeur rest day
Ride a cable car to Pointe Helbronner or go for a day hike. Today we have a rest day give a brake to our sore feet or take the opportunity to enjoy the lovely town of Courmayeur and La Saxe. Enjoy an optional dinner with the group and our leader to taste some of the Italian Alpine specialties’ offered in Courmayeur’s many atmospheric restaurants with music. The picturesque mountain town of Courmayeur is an ideal backdrop for a free day. Relax and enjoy the mountain scenery or enjoy one of the optional activities available here.
Day 6: Courmayeur/Val Ferret
Hike the 14km (8.6 mi) from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret. It’s a steep climb but the rewarding views are worth it. Lace those hiking boots back up! Start the steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (1970m or 6463 ft) with the best view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Hike along the Mont de la Saxe, taking the balcony path facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view. Descend to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night.
Day 7: Val Ferret/La Fouly
Challenge on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Foully. Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the steep climb across the Grand Col Ferret (2537m or 8323 ft), and descend into the hamlet of Ferret (1705m or 5593 ft), Switzerland. Take a quick bus ride to the village of Praz de Fort (1151m or 3776 ft) passing through beautiful forest and some small villages, including charming Les Arlaches. From here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Climb up to the mountain village of La Foully where you can finally kick those feet up and relax.
Day 8: La Fouly/Trient
Follow the “Bovine Way” and trek from La Fouly to Trient. Taking the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley, we continue along our circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz (1526m) and then heading downhill to Trient (1297m).
Day 9: Trient / Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Enjoy a final day of trekking over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley. Take local transport back to Chamonix. Head back towards the Chamonix Valley and out of Switzerland. Walk uphill through a large forest and then open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme (2201m or 7221 ft). Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek.
Day 10: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Departure day. Or you can extend you tour for couple of days as you may already fall in love with this heaven in the earth trekking of Mount Blanc.