Connecting the two capitals of Alpinism, along with the two most famous mountain of the Alps, this legendary route between Mont Banc and the Matterhorn is on the bucket list of every mountaineerer since its creation in 1903. Ski touring, hiking, mountaineering, this itinerary has been adapted to every discipline and level, and now to trail running!
Departure from Chamonix, the route goes from valleys to passes, at the foot of the alpine giants! A spectacular journey with altitudes often close to 3000m, through the most beautiful valleys of the Swiss Valais.
To enjoy this journey even more, travel light everyday with daily luggage transport!
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7 day tour. Departure from end of June to mid September 2020
With luggage transport
Group of 2-3 persons: 1195€ per person
Group of 4-5 persons: 1045€ per person
Group of 6-10 persons: 955€ per person
6 days tour. Departure from end of June to mid September 2020
With luggage transport
Group of 2-3 persons: 1045€ per person
Group of 4-5 persons: 915€ per person
Group of 6-10 persons: 855€ per person
Information and bookings by phone or email.
The price includes:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Depart from the train station at Montroc-le-Planet.
LE TOUR - COL DE BALME - FENÊTRE D’ARPETTE - CHAMPEX
Depart the Chamonix valley from the village of Le Tour, climb to Col de Balme leaving France to cross the Swiss border. Balcony trail to reach the alpine pass Fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m). Descend to the village of Champex and its lake. Night in a gîte.
Distance: 22km / Elevation: +1850m -1950m
LE CHÂBLE - COL DE LA LOUVIE - COL DE PRAFLEURI - GRANDE DIXENCE
Transfer to Le Châble then take the gondola. The path rises gradually above the Val de Bagnes and under the impressive Bec des Rosses before passing the Col de Louvie. A beautiful stage of altitude lakes and mountain passes, finally arriving at the Prafleuri pass to descend to the Grande Dixence dam, the largest gravity dam in the world. Night in a hotel.
Distance: 17km / Elevation: +1150m -1000m
LAC DES DIX - PAS DE CHÈVRES - VAL D’HÉRENS
Climb along the Lac des Dix then at the foot of Mont Blanc de Cheilon to reach the famous Pas de Chèvres and its ladders. Enter the Val d'Hérens, kingdom of the famous "Queen" cows. Cross the village of Arolla and descend along the river to reach Les Haudères, a charming small town with typical Valais architecture. Night in a gîte.
Distance: 25km / Elevation: +650m -1550m
COL DE TORRENT - LAC DE MOIRY - SOREBOIS - ZINAL After a short transfer to the hamlet of Villaz, climb to Col de Torrent (2916m) in order to enter the Val d'Anniviers. The route passes through alpine pastures to sparkling Lake Moiry before going up towards the Col de Sorebois to join Zinal in the valley on the other side. The stage can be extended further with a superb balcony path facing the great 4000s of the Valais. Night in a hotel. Distance: 21km / Elevation: +1750m -1900m
VAL D’ANNIVIERS - MEIDPASS - GRUBEN
Beautiful stage on the balcony trail above the Val d'Annivers. After passing the famous Weisshorn hotel at 2300m, a magnificent period establishment overlooking Saint-Luc, climb to the Meidpass, Swiss linguistic border and entry into the German-speaking part of Valais. Night in a hotel.
Distance: 23km / Elevation: +1300m -1150m
AUGSTBORDPASS - SCHWARZHORU - ST NIKLAUS
Nice climb to the Augstbordpass to finally reach the Zermatt valley. Possibility to make an ascent of the Schwarzhorn (3200m) before descending towards the village of Saint-Niklaus. Night in a hotel.
Distance: 17km / Elevation: +1050m -1700m
RANDA - EUROPAWEG - ZERMATT
Short train transfer to reach Randa. Climb through the alpine pastures to reach the famous Europaweg, the trails of Europe. Cross the Charles Kuonen footbridge, the largest suspended pedestrian footbridge in the world. Continue on the balcony facing the Matterhorn to finally join the legendary town of Zermatt.
Distance: 20km / Elevation: +1400m -1200m
End point in Zermatt during the afternoon.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +/-1400m approximately per day.
Walking/running time: 6 to 8 hours approximately per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult but the stages are too long for the average hiker. Intented for adults who regularly practice trail running (or trekking at a fast pace) and have an excellent fitness level. You must be capable of easily walking 40km (on flat trails) or running a half-marathon in less than 130 minutes.
In your road book, you will find all the possibilities to shorten stages if necessary by bus or with cablecars. *Note this itinerary is feasible at a good steady pace without running.
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
- 2 topographical maps with the route highlighted;
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the tour;
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accomodation list.
In France: red and white marks on the path
In Switzerland: black and yellow diamond signs in the bottom of the valleys, red and white at altitude.
It is crucial to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.
Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our vehicle.
You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
4 nights in gîtes or hotels, in double/twin bedrooms (shared bathrooms)
2 nights in dormitories
Option comfort (Night 1 and 5 in double/twin bedroom): +75€ per person
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening or you may stop at mountain refuges on your route.
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops along the way.
Plan to have some Swiss Francs for your personal expenses and for the transport along the way (bus, train...)
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
Federal Office of Cartographie: Grand St Bernard 5027 T, Monte Rosa 5028 T.
Departures from mid-June to mid-September.
Departures on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Departure at TBC from the train station of Montroc-le-Tour
Inbound: depart Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:45pm arrive in Chamonix at 7:48pm.
There are regular buses throughout the whole Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Montroc-le-Planet.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or on the SNCF website.
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, follow the main road towards Argentière and Switzerland to the village of Montroc (1km after Argentière).
There is ample parking at the meeting point in Montroc-le-Planet or in the village of Le Tour 1km away.
If you wish to leave your car in a covered garage, contact:
Chamonix Auto Park: 04 50 53 65 71 (40 to 50€ per week).
The easiest option for your return, is to leave your car at Montroc-le-Planet.
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 journey (40-45€ pp return)
7 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix / 5-6 hour journey (80-120€ pp return)
End point during the afternoon at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.
From Zermatt, the return to the departure point in Le Tour is by train.
Option possible by taxi (please contact us)
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 50 to 60 litres for your personal belongings (clothes, waterproofs, water, etc.).
Possible on request.