THE COMPLETE TOUR OF MONT BLANC self-guided

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9 days 9 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic or comfort
Level *** Level ***
From 625 € From 625 €

You, your hiking shoes and your map, we take care of the rest...

You have never hiked around the Mont-Blanc? If the idea of our group tours does not tempt you, go self-guided! We organise your stay and provide a map and a guidebook detailing the route. For the rest, you have total freedom. 7 days in the mountains, facing the giant of the Alps...

Trekking at medium altitude in a setting of high mountains, magnificent peaks and impressive glaciers. From mountain passes, the balcony trails crisscross the natural wonders of three countries geographically linked by "the roof of Europe", by their traditions and history: the Swiss Valais, the Italian Aosta Valley and the French Savoies. 

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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 of Mont-Blanc in the Chamonix valley
  • Crossing 3 countries with lively mountain traditions

THE COMPLETE TOUR OF MONT BLANC self-guided

From 625 €

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from 13 June to 14 September 2020

Without baggage transport
625€ per person classic accommodation.
800€ par person comfort accommodation in bedroom (2 pers.).
Daily departures.

With baggage transport
745€ per person classic accommodation.
920€ per person comfort accommodation in bedroom (2 pers.).
Departure Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Hotel version (5 nights in hotel, 2 nights in confortable gîte with private bathroom, 1 night in gîte with bathroom on the landing, in a twin/double bedroom) : 1070€ per person.

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day;
  • 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€);
  • The transfer of day 9 between Les Contamines-Montjoie and la Gruvaz;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Bus transfers (approx 20€ per person);
  • The cable car on day 1 (approx 15€ per person);
  • 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 on Saturday at 9:00am at the Flégère cable car in Les Praz, Chamonix (to collect your baggage).

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

Day 2

LE TOUR  - COL DE BALME - TRIENT
Climb via the Chalets de Charamillon or via the balcony trail of Posettes to the Col de Balme (2200m) on the French-Swiss border. Magnificent view of the surrounding glaciers of Argentiere, Le Tour and the north face of the Mont-Blanc range. Descend into Swiss pastures to the village of Trient. Night in a gîte.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -920m

Day 3

BOVINE or FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - CHAMPEX
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. Night in a gîte.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -750m (via Bovine)
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m -970m (via Arpette)

Day 4

SWISS VAL FERRET -  LA FOULY  
Descend to the village of Champex and pass along the Swiss Val Ferret, dotted with small charming villages. Possiblilty to take a bus to La Fouly to have a half-day rest. Night in a gîte.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -700m 

Day 5

GRAND COL FERRET - ITALIAN VAL FERRET
Climb up through the vast pastures of La Peule to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). Possible detour to the summit of the 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. Night in a gîte or refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -750m

Day 6

MONT DE LA SAXE - COURMAYEUR
Ascend to the hamlets of Sécheron and Armina. Follow the exceptional balcony trail of the Mont de la Saxe facing the Mont-Blanc or climb to the Col Sapin. Descend to the bus station in Courmayeur for a short bus transfer to refuge Monte Bianco. Night in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1200m

Day 7

COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES MOTTETS OR LES CHAPIEUX
Climb the Val Veny to refuge Elisabetta. Possible detour to the glacial lake Miage. Continue climbing to the Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France. Higher mountain detour possible via le Balcon de Chécroui and the Mont Fortin. Descend to refuge Mottets or on to les Chapieux (depending on availability). Night in a gîte or refuge.
6,5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -650m

Day 8

COL DES FOURS - COL DU BONHOMME  -  LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE
Climb to the Col des Fours (2665m) the highest point of the tour. Followed by a descent to the Col du Bonhomme, once frequented by peddlers. If night spent at La Nova, climb directly to the Col du Bonhomme. Descend via the old Roman road to the chapel in Notre Dame de la Gorge. Short free bus transfer to Les Contamines-Montjoie. Night in a hotel or a gite.
6,5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -1500m

Day 9

CHAMPEL or COL DU TRICOT -  LES HOUCHES
Short free transfer to La Gruvaz and 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 during the afternoon at the bottom of the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 600m to 1200m average 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.

ROAD BOOK

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

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

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 8 nights in dormitory, in refuge or gîte.

COMFORT :
8 nights in gîte, refuge or hotel in a twin/double bedroom (triple possible)
All accommodation offers hot showers.

HOTEL VERSION : 
5 nights in hotel
2 nights in confortable gîte with private bathroom,
1 night in gîte with bathroom on the landing, in a twin/double bedroom.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation in the evening. 
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops (days 1,2,3,4 and 6).

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)

Practical information

DEPART

From mid June to mid September.
Departures every Friday, Saturday or Monday for the option with baggage transport.
Daily departures for groups of minimum 6 persons, option with baggage transport.
Daily departures, option without baggage transport.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point on Saturday at 9:00am at the Flégère cable car in Les Praz, 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: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:45pm arrive in Chamonix at 7:50pm. Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf
There are regular buses throughout the Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Flégère.
https://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to 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 
Flégère cable car (20 minutes lift). 

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)
2.15 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4.15 hour 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 at the Planpraz cable car is easy via bus or train.

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, you can ask to your hotel reception a bus/train pass so you can use public transports 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
  • 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 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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