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Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Comfort

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Comfort

Overview

Mont Blanc is by no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps, and the Tour du Mont Blanc has become one of the most iconic walks in the world.

On the Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights in Comfort itinerary, you will walk in the standard counter-clockwise direction and use lifts and public transport to skip some parts of the complete trail so that you can take in the very best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc within 6 days of walking.

The majestic beauty of the area is best appreciated on foot as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in nice 2 and 3-star hotels and mountain lodges with private rooms on all nights. Your main baggage is transported and using our comprehensive route notes, you will follow the well-marked trails across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious French and Italian meals, paired with a hearty serving of Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you will stay in.

If you prefer to spend most nights in dormitories, you should consider our Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Les Contamines

Welcome to the charming, traditional village of Les Contamines.  A short warm-up walk is possible, depending on your arrival time.

Day 2: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux | 6-7 h

A short car transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Climb over the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme leading to the Chapieux valley. Over the Aiguille des Glaciers, you will enjoy some splendid sights.

  • Walking for the day:  6-7h ↑1,200m ↓900m
  • Accommodation: Mountain lodge Auberge La Nova (private room), half-board

Day 3: Les Chapieux – Courmayer | 6 h

Walk over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the border. On this walk, you will again take in some spectacular views. Descent into Val Ferret and take the bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur. Enjoy the great panoramic view over the Grandes Jorasses.

  • Walking for the day: 6 h ↑700 m ↓1,000 m
  • Accommodation: Hotel Bouton d’Or*** (or similar) in Courmayeur, breakfast

Day 4: Courmayer – Champex (Val d’Arpette) | 6-7 h

Cross the Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint but beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Take in the exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the east and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Short transfer by postal bus to Champex, a Swiss village boasting a beautiful lake. The lodge-hotel in Val D’Arpette, Relais d’Arpette, is some 45 min further by foot.

  • Walking for the day: 6-7 h ↑850 m ↓1,000 m
  • Accommodation: Le Relais Arpette, private room, half-board

Day 5: Champex (Val d’Arpette) – La Forclaz (or Trient) | 8-9 h

The walk’s highest point is reached today as you climb over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2,750 m). Take in the breath-taking views while you go down alongside the Trient glacier. There is an alternative, shorter itinerary via the Cold de Bovine pass in case of bad weather.

  • Walking for the day: 8-9 h ↑1,050 m ↓1,385 m, or 5-6 h ↑800 m ↓1,135 m (shorter option)
  • Accommodation: Mountain hut La Forclaz (or similar), private room, half-board

Day 6: La Forclaz (or Trient) – Argentière | 6-7 h

Walking over the Col de la Balme and back to France with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte, you will have the option of two alternative routes for the descent to the village of Argentière.

  • Walking for the day: 6-7 h ↑1,000 m ↓1,050 m
  • Accommodation: Hôtel de La Couronne*** (or similar) in Argentières, half-board

Day 7: Argentière – Chamonix | 6 h

Enjoy the wonderful Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges, before a climb to Lake Blanc. Take in all the beautiful scenery that follows: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and last but not least, Mont Blanc iself! Descend to Chamonix by Le Praz. You can also opt to take the cableway at La Flégère or even by bus (transfers not included in the price).

  • Walking for the day:  Choice of 24, 16 or 8 km with ↑900, ↑ 500 or ↑400 m elevation gains
  • Accommodation: Hotel du Clocher*** (or similar), breakfast

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Chamonix is a great base to spend a couple of days, and we would recommend that you add some extra nights here. You can enjoy some fabulous walking in the Aiguilles Rouge Park, take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi at 3795 m or the train to the Montenvers on the Mer de Glace.

What to expect

Accommodations

Accommodation is in lodges (3 nights) and 2 and 3-star hotels (4 nights) in private rooms, most of them with en-suite facilities (however this cannot always be guaranteed for the three overnights in the mountain lodges). We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation. As Mont Blanc tours are very popular while the accommodation options are very limited, please be prepared that the standard accommodation might be fully booked and the alternative options we may propose will require additional payment.

Meals

Breakfast is included on 7 days and dinner is included on 5 days. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your accommodation the night before.

Difficulty & terrain

This holiday is appropriate for experienced walkers (no high mountain experience required) and requires a very good level of fitness (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

This trip is available on any date from 15 June till 15 September (last starting date). Regularly updated weather forecasts for the area are available here and here. Detailed month-by-month climate info is available here. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking. Please note that availability may be limited during big events such as the UTMB trail running event at the end of August.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this holiday is Geneva (GVA).

By train or bus
  • By own/rental car: Free but not guarded parking in Les Contamines. At the end of the tour, to go from Chamonix to Les Contamines: Bus SAT Mont Blanc or Taxi Besson.
  • By train: St Gervais – Le Fayet railway station and then taxi or bus to Les Contamines. Please inform us if you would like us to book you a taxi or need up-to-date information about the bus schedules.
  • By Bus: SAT Mont Blanc (+33 (0) 4 50 78 05 33) – about 35 min. Taxi Besson (+33 (04) 50 93 61 47) (Mini-buses with 8 or 6 seats are also available), about € 135 / transfer 1-3 pers (Le Fayet – Contamines or Chamonix – Contamines).
  • Return via Chamonix Mont Blanc Railway Station. From Chamonix to Le Fayet: by train, approx. 40 min.
  • By taxi: From Geneva airport to Les Contamines about €330 one way on weekdays and before 6 pm. Taxi 2 – 4 persons.

Inclusions

Included

  • 4 nights in 2/3-star hotels in private en-suite rooms and 3 nights in lodges, most of them with en-suite facilities (please note that this cannot be always guaranteed for the three overnights in the mountain lodges)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days
  • Private transfer on Day 2
  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (IGN TOP 25 maps 1:25 000, N° 3630 OT Chamonix and 3531 OT St Gervais-Les Bains)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners on Day 3&7, drinks and snacks
  • The bus transfer on Day 3 La Nova – Seloge
  • Eventual bus transfers and cable cars to shorten the walks (Courmayeur, Champex, Chamonix)
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room – not available on Days 2&4
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers
  • Upgrade to 3* hotel in Les Contamines and 4* hotel in Chamonix is possible on request
  • Extra nights in Les Contamines or Chamonix
  • Luggage Transfers Opt-Out: if you prefer to carry all your luggage rather than have it transferred by us, this will reduce your price. Please note this option has to be selected for all travellers in the booking.

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Reviews

Average rating:  5 stars  from 4 reviews

Anonymous5 stars

The most memorable walk was Arpette to Forclaz-boulderfield into the pass, and then the glacier! outstanding!
Bring trekking poles and an evening slipper/flip flop type shoe. the booking process was fine. the info back was well considered and complete-but late in arrival to my hands! local reps were good-taxi service of luggage was flawless. the accommodations were good- the hotel in Courmeyer (Buton d’Orr) was outstanding. the trails were interesting- the ability to climb into each Col by midday is genius. [...] i did happen to lose my bagged raingear- the weather was so nice i am not sure when it was left out of my pack. we attempted to contact the local agent and i think they tried but, alas, my waterproofs were not recovered. Some sort of process for reporting lost items would be useful, especially for forgetful people like me. All in All we enjoyed the tour very much and would recommend to others.

Russell M5 stars

Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed my tour. The views and the majesty of the mountains as a first time hiker took my breath away, literally an figuratively. Everything went as planned, virtually no issues at all. The only advice I would give is to be in great shape. Be able to climb 125 flights of stairs before you get there. My group and myself underestimated the difficulty of the hike, especially the first day. Lesson learned.

Patrick S5 stars

We had a great time, very lucky with the weather. it rained intermittently the day we arrived, a sprinkling the next day, then had sunshine for nearly all of the rest of the week, culminating in temperatures of 44 degrees in Chamonix! There were many memorable moments; seeing the first snow slope at the first col (de bonhomme), seeing Mont Blanc from the col on the second day ( col de la  seigne). Champex lac was beautiful and lac blanc was wonderful, getting up the iron ladders and the snow slope was  a moderate challenge.  Our favourite overnight stay was les Chapieux at the Chambres du soleil, where the reception from the proprietors and the food (nettle soup) was wonderful, the most wonderful place to stay. Your advice to take micro crampons prior to the trip was invaluable. We would have been in difficulty without them. Overall I would give the holiday a 5/5! Thanks for a great holiday!

Melinda L5 stars

This was our first alpine self guided holiday, and it exceeded our expectations. Our only regret is that we didn't book the complete TMB.

Average rating:  5 stars  from 4 reviews

Anonymous5 stars

The most memorable walk was Arpette to Forclaz-boulderfield into the pass, and then the glacier! outstanding!
Bring trekking poles and an evening slipper/flip flop type shoe. the booking process was fine. the info back was well considered and complete-but late in arrival to my hands! local reps were good-taxi service of luggage was flawless. the accommodations were good- the hotel in Courmeyer (Buton d’Orr) was outstanding. the trails were interesting- the ability to climb into each Col by midday is genius. [...] i did happen to lose my bagged raingear- the weather was so nice i am not sure when it was left out of my pack. we attempted to contact the local agent and i think they tried but, alas, my waterproofs were not recovered. Some sort of process for reporting lost items would be useful, especially for forgetful people like me. All in All we enjoyed the tour very much and would recommend to others.

Russell M5 stars

Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed my tour. The views and the majesty of the mountains as a first time hiker took my breath away, literally an figuratively. Everything went as planned, virtually no issues at all. The only advice I would give is to be in great shape. Be able to climb 125 flights of stairs before you get there. My group and myself underestimated the difficulty of the hike, especially the first day. Lesson learned.

Patrick S5 stars

We had a great time, very lucky with the weather. it rained intermittently the day we arrived, a sprinkling the next day, then had sunshine for nearly all of the rest of the week, culminating in temperatures of 44 degrees in Chamonix! There were many memorable moments; seeing the first snow slope at the first col (de bonhomme), seeing Mont Blanc from the col on the second day ( col de la  seigne). Champex lac was beautiful and lac blanc was wonderful, getting up the iron ladders and the snow slope was  a moderate challenge.  Our favourite overnight stay was les Chapieux at the Chambres du soleil, where the reception from the proprietors and the food (nettle soup) was wonderful, the most wonderful place to stay. Your advice to take micro crampons prior to the trip was invaluable. We would have been in difficulty without them. Overall I would give the holiday a 5/5! Thanks for a great holiday!

Melinda L5 stars

This was our first alpine self guided holiday, and it exceeded our expectations. Our only regret is that we didn't book the complete TMB.