The TMB Haute Route is an original circuit, away from the classic walked routes. Intended for experienced hikers, it takes place in a wild setting whilst keeping the character of the tour of Mont Blanc with an exceptional panorama and a mix of comfortable gîtes and mountain refuges.
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Meet Sunday at 8:45am in front of the Prarion cable car in les Houches
LES HOUCHES - REFUGE DE TRE LA TETE
First easy ascent via the Bellevue cable car! Traverse the Bionnassay glacier tongue, then climb to Col du Tricot (2120m). Descend to the beautiful Miage pastures, traverse above the Contamines valley via the Armancette valley and the beautiful Claudius Bernard trail. Night at the Tre-la-Tête refuge at the foot of the glacier with your head in the stars at an altitude of almost 2000m. *Night without baggage.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1350m -1150m
REFUGE TRE LA TETE - REFUGE ROBERT BLANC
The day begins with a nice descent to the Combe Noire waterfall. Cross the Tré la Tête river then climb up through the Bonhomme valley before leaving the classic TMB route for the Jovets lakes and the Enclave pass. A wild and technical route with a few cabled passages to reach the refuge on the mountain balcony. Night at altitude at the Robert Blanc refuge *Night without baggage.
8 hour walk / Elevation: +1700m -900m
REFUGE ROBERT BLANC - REFUGE MONTE BIANCO
Wild and technical traverse with cabled passages to reach Col de la Seigne (2516m). Here we rejoin the classic TMB route and immediately leave it and cross to the Mont Fortin. Crests dotted with fortifications dating from WW2 with breathtaking views into the Val Veny below and the southern slope of the Mont Blanc massif. We leave these sumptuous landscapes to reach the mountain pastures and the accommodation for the evening. Night at the Monte-Bianco refuge in a room for 4 to 6 people. 8 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -1300m
REFUGE MONTE BIANCO - RIFUGIO BONATTI
Transfer by local bus to Courmayeur to start othe day. Ascend to Col du Sapin (2436m) via the Sapin valley and discovering views of the peaks of the Italian side of Mont Blanc. A second mountain pass, Entre Deux Sauts, before descending through the beautiful Malatra valley to the comfortable Bonatti Refuge (2026m) opposite the impressive south face of the Grandes Jorasses. *Night without baggage.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1350m -650m
RIFUGIO BONATTI - CHAMPEX
Depart along a panoramic balcony path in the heights of the Italian Val Ferret. Climb to the beautiful altitude pass of the Ban d'Array (2695m). Off the beaten path route away from the classic TMB circuit. Nice gradual descent into the Ferret alpine pastures and transfer by bus to Champex, with a last short forest shaded ascent to reach the refuge in Arpette.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1300m
Elevation: +/- 600 to 1250m approximately per day. Walking time: 7 hours average per day. Type of trek: mountain route for experienced hikers with sections of technical trails. The final day's glacier crossing requires specific equipment but does not present any technical difficulties.
Maximum 10 people in a group supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader and high mountain guide.
6 nights in dormitory, in gites and refuges
All accommodation offer hot showers (included in the tour price) except the Robert Blanc and Trient refuges.
For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation, here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader and guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3531 ET - Saint Gervais (1/25 000)
Meeting point Sunday at 8:00am infront of the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches.
Inbound: departure from Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:18pm (or 2:18pm), arrival in Chamonix at 7:32pm (8:32pm)
Return : departure from Les Houches at 3:57pm (or 5:57pm), arrival at Paris-Gare de Lyon at 9:42pm (11:42pm).
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on www.oui.sncf
There are regular buses throughout the Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Flégère.
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix.
There is ample parking at chemin du Biolay, opposite the Montenvers train station in Chamonix.
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 the end point of the tour in the free parking in the village of Le Tour and take the bus to the meeting point in Les Houches.
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 Saturday at 4:00pm at the bottom of the Charamillon gondola in Le Tour.
At the end of the tour the way back to the departure point in Les Houches or to Chamonix is easy via bus.
By request we can book a bedroom for you before and/or after your trek.
Les Houches - Hôtel St Antoine: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 10
Chamonix - Hôtel de l’Arve: +33 (0)4 50 53 02 31
Chamonix Tourist Office : +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
If you book a night in the Chamonix valley, ask the hotel reception for a bus/train pass to use public transport for free in the Chamonix valley.
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: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
*Crampons, harness and mountaineering equipment will be supplied.
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
Your baggage will be transported (except Day 1, 2, 4 and 6) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You will have your baggage on Day 3 and 5 only. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg. 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!
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.