TMB TRAIL RUNNING self-guided

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level **** Level ****
From 475 € From 475 €

The classic... a bit faster on your feet!

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits… The Mont-Blanc range is fascinatingly beautiful, like a diamond, from every angle.
Discover a world of unique and impressive high mountain with a breath-taking show of summits and glaciers everywhere!
You wish to take on a Tour of Mont-Blanc but are more inclined to see your feet move faster. This version orientated towards trail running should keep your pulse racing. Daily stages of approximately 30km (warning... those are 30km in the mountains at altitude!) enabling you to set yourself a challenge or for those who are seasoned runners who wish to take in the views! Each evening your baggage will await you, lunch spots are listed on your route enabling you to run light. If you wish to shorten a stage and make an easier day, all route options will be given to you. 

You will like

  • The full tour of this mythical destination
  • Your proximity to the fabulous display of glaciers
  • Choice of accommodation style, vegetarian/gluten free diets catered for
  • ​Tips to shorten stages if necessary

TMB TRAIL RUNNING self-guided

From 475 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from 14 June to 13 September 2020

5 days TMB trail with baggage transport:
485€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 75€
575€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)

6 days TMB trail with baggage transport:
570€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 100€
680€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)

7 days TMB trail with baggage transport:
650€ per person, classic accommodation (2 pers. basis)
Single departure supplement: 135€
785€ per person, accommodation in twin or double bedrooms (or triple if odd number of people)

Depart Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day;
  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€);
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation;
  • Touristic taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • The gondola on day 1 (approx 15€ per person);
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Bus transfers if necessary;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting at 9:00am at the Planpraz cable car in Chamonix.

PLANPRAZ - COL DE BALME - TRIENT
Use the Planpraz gondola and traverse on the balcony trail via La Flégère then Tête aux Vents with a magnificent view of the numerous surrounding glaciers and the whole Mont-Blanc range (detour possible to Lac Blanc). Descend to Col des Montets and climb via the balcony trail of Posettes to the Col de Balme (2200m) on the French-Swiss border. Descend into Swiss pastures to the village of Trient, Switzerland.
Elevation: +1150m -1800m / 23km

Day 2

BOVINE / FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - CHAMPEX - LA FOULY
Cross through the pastures of Bovine via a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone valley or take a more ‘high mountain’ route along the Trient Glacier to reach the mythic Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m). Descend to Champex and traverse the Swiss Val Ferret, dotted with traditional elevated wooden chalets. (Possibility of taking a bus at the end of the day)
Elevation: +1550m -1200m (via Bovine) / 32km
Elevation: +1900m -1600m (via Arpette) / 30km

Day 3

GRAND COL FERRET - COURMAYEUR
Climb up through the vast pastures of La Peule to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). Possible detour to the summit of Tête Ferret. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret in the impressive foothills on the opposite side of the Mont-Blanc. Exceptional views of the Grandes Jorasses. Take the balcony trail traversing the Mont de la Saxe facing the Italian side of the Mont-Blanc and descend to Courmayeur. Night in Courmayeur or in a gîte above Courmayeur.
Elevation: +1400m -1300m / 30km

Day 4

COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES CHAPIEUX
From La Visaille, climb to the Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France and descend via the Ville des Glaciers to the village of Les Chapieux (possible to go via the Col de Chécroui starting from Courmayeur).
Elevation: +900m -950m / 20km (27km from Courmayeur)

Day 5

LES CHAPIEUX - COL DU BONHOMME - LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE
Climb to the Col du Bonhomme once frequented by peddlers and descend via the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge and carry on to Les Contamines.
Elevation: +950m -1250m / 14km

Day 6

COL DU TRICOT - LES HOUCHES
From Les Contamines climb to the Col du Tricot and descend under the Bionnassay glacier with an unmissable view close to the Dômes de Miage and the Mont-Blanc. Descend to the village of Les Houches.
Elevation: +1400m -1650m (via the Col du Tricot) / 16km

End point in the afternoon at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.

OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY

LE BREVENT - CHAMONIX
From Les Houches climb to the Merlet animal park and then to the Brévent lakes and the Brévent summit. Descend to Chamonix.
Elevation: +1500m -1450m / 17km

Optional 5 day tour instead of 6 days: DAY 4 and DAY 5 can be adapted into one day.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ****

Elevation: +/-1400m approximately per day.
Walking/running time: 5 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.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 1 IGN map TOP 25 with the route highlighted;
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek; 
- 1 waterproof map holder.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

The tour of Mont-Blanc is a very well indicated trek:
In France: marked with red and white stripes for Grande Randonnée (in both directions).
In Switzerland and Italy: a black dot on a yellow diamond (in both directions).

It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 4, 5 or 6 nights in dormitory in a refuge or gîte.

COMFORT: 4, 5 or 6 nights in gîte, refuge or hotel in a twin/double bedroom.

All accommodation offers hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening or stop at mountain refuges on your route. 
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops along the way.

CURRENCY

During the stages of your tour in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3531 ET - Saint Gervais (1/25 000) Michelin map n° 244 folded with 10 and 11 in the centre.

Practical information

DEPART

Departures from mid-June to mid-September.
Departures on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting at 9:00am at the Planpraz cable car in Chamonix to collect your baggage               OR your luggage can be collected on request at your hotel in the Chamonix valley allowing you to depart freely without meeting.                                                                                         Option "without luggage transport" no meeting required at departure point.

BY TRAIN
Inbound: departure from Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:45am, arrival at Chamonix at 6:48pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf
There are regular buses throughout the whole Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Chamonix

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix.
Free parking : chemin du Biolay, in front of the Montenvert railway 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 at the Prarion cable car in the village of Les Houches and take the bus to the meeting point at the Brévent Gondola
.

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                                Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:  https://www.blablacar.fr https://covoiturage-libre.fr https://www.laroueverte.com  https://www.roulezmalin.com

CLOSEST AIRPORTS
Geneva (GVA)
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
Lyon (LYS)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 journey (40-45€ pp return)
Paris (PAR)
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.

RETURN TO DEPARTURE POINT

At the end of the tour the return to the departure point in Les Praz is easy via bus.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

On 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
Hôtel Vallée Blanche: +33 (0)4 50 53 04 50
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
www.chamonix.com

If you book a night in the Chamonix valley ask your hotel reception for a bus/train pass so you can use public transport for free in the Chamonix valley. 
https://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines

INSURANCE

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.

CONTACT US

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

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers or running tights
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a breathable hat
  • Sun hat/ baseball cap or headband
  • Running socks (1 pair per day)
  • Trail running shoes, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon (if required for your picnic)
  • Plastic lunch box/plate (if required for your picnic)
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 25 to 30 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics 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 the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! Luggage 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.

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