THE COMPLETE TOUR OF MONT BLANC Comfort

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Level *** Level ***
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The Mont-Blanc from every angle

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits…
The Mont-Blanc range is fascinatingly beautiful, like a diamond, from every angle.
Discover a world of unique impressive and magic high mountain with a breathtaking explosive show of summits and glaciers in all directions...
From Courmayeur to the Chamonix valley, the Fenêtre d’Arpette to the wild Val Ferret, the trails meander along the Swiss, Italian and French mountain sides and valleys, through pastures, over mountain passes, below tumbling glaciers and imposing peaks.
The Mont-Blanc range is inhabited by warm friendly people, hardy to mountain life, keeping pastoral farming and local mountain traditions alive.
This is an enormous playground of untamed natural wilderness waiting to be discovered.

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  • The complete tour of this mythic destination
  • An original route in the opposite direction along less frequented trails enabling you to enjoy a more serene "off the beaten track" mountain experience
  • Your proximity to major glaciers
  • The balcony trails from Chamonix with impressive views of the Mont-Blanc
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation

THE COMPLETE TOUR OF MONT BLANC Comfort

Next date Next departure 13/06/20

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation;
  • Cable cars and bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.);
  • Touristic visits;
  • Airport taxes;
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting on Saturday at 9:30am at the Flégère cable car in Les Praz, Chamonix.

LES PRAZ DE CHAMONIX - LAC BLANC - LE TOUR
Ascend in the Flégère cable car to the Balcons du Mont Blanc to reach the Lac Blanc at 2300m. Descend via the Col des Montets and the visitors' centre of the Aiguilles Rouges, then to Montroc and the village of Le Tour. Night in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: + /-450m to 950m

Day 2

COL DE BALME - TRIENT
Climb through the balcony trail Les Posettes to the Col de Balme (2200m), border between France and Switzerland. View over the very close glaciers of Argentière, Tour and the Mont-Blanc range. Descend through the Swiss pastures to the village Trient. Night in a gite.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -930m

Day 3

BOVINE OR ARPETTE - CHAMPEX
Depending on conditions and the fitness of the group, 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). Night in a gîte.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -750m (via Bovine)
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m -970m (via Arpette)

Day 4

SWISS VAL FERRET - LA FOULY
Pass along the Swiss Val Ferret, dotted with charming small villages. The sight of the glaciers is present, even from the valley, with the glaciers Saleina and A Neuve. Night in a gite in La Fouly.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -500m

Day 5

GRAND COL FERRET - ITALIAN VAL FERRET
Climb up to the Col Ferret (2537 m), border with Italy and crossing the pasture La Peule. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret in the impressive foothills on the opposite side of the Mont-Blanc. Here you will be facing the terminal point of the Pré de Bar Glacier. Possible short transfer to get to the gite. 
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -900m

Day 6

MONT DE LA SAXE - MONTE BIANCO
Climb to pasture chalet of Arminaz for an exceptional balcony traverse along the Mont de la Saxe, offering a great view over the Mont-Blanc, the Mont Dolent, the Aiguille Triolet and the Grandes Jorasses. Possible variation through the Col Sapin and the ridge of the Mont de la Saxe. Descend to Courmayeur. Bus transfer to arrive the refuge nestled over Courmayeur (10-15 minutes lift). Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -750m
8h hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -1250m

Day 7

COL DE LA SEIGNE  -  LES MOTTETS
Climb the Val Veny via the glacial Lake Miage to Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France. Possible detour via the Balcon de Chécroui and the Mont Fortin, unveiling another angle of the impressive Mont-Blanc range. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -650m

Day 8

COL DES FOURS  -  COL BONHOMME  -  LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE
Meet the local dairy farmers of the Beaufort region at work. Climb through pastures and by waterfalls to the Col des Fours (2665m) the highest point of the tour. Followed by a descent to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m), once frequented by peddlers. Descend via the old Roman road to the chapel in Notre Dame de la Gorge. Short bus transfer to the hotel in Les Contamines-Montjoie. Night in a hotel.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -1500m

Day 9

GLACIER DE BIONNASSAY  -  COL DU TRICOT  -  LES HOUCHES
Climb up to the Bionnassay Glacier through the village of Champel or via the Col du Tricot (2120m) with an unmissable view close to the Dômes de Miage, the Chamonix valley and the Mont-Blanc. Descend to the village of Les Houches.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -800m (via Champel) 
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -1250m (via the Col du Tricot)

End point Sunday at 4:00pm at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.

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.

Personnalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 900m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to children from 12 years.

GUIDING

Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in a 2-person bedroom in gite, refuge or hotel.
1 night in gite in dormitory of 6 persons.
1 night in refuge in dormitory of 4 persons.
Bedding is providing in all accommodation (a sleeping bag liner is always handy just in case!) Towels are providing, except at the refuge des Mottets.

All accommodation offers hot showers.

Booking possible for 2 persons.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3531 ET - Saint Gervais (1/25 000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting on Saturday at 9:30am at the Flégère cable car in Les Praz, Chamonix.

BY TRAIN / BUS
Timetable for 2020 in progress. For information, 2019 timetable:
Inbound: depart Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:45pm arrival in Chamonix at 7:48pm.

Night bus: departure Paris Bercy Gare at 11:20pm, arrive at Lyon Perrache at 5:15am, connection at 6:00am, arrival in Chamonix at 9:38am.
There are regular buses throughout the Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Chamonix https://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines
Return: in progress...
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix. Or exit at Les Houches, Bellevue/Prarion. 
Free parking: 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 at the Prarion cable car in the village of Les Houches and take the bus to the meeting point in Chamonix.

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 Sunday at 4:00pm 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 Chamonix 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 us as soons 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
  • 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 warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, 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
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • 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 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.

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 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag upstairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).

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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