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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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.).
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 email.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meeting at 10:00am at the Flégère gondola in Les Praz, Chamonix (to collect your baggage).
LES PRAZ DE CHAMONIX - LAC BLANC - LE TOUR
Ascend in the Flégère gondola 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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
CHAMPEL or COL DU TRICOT - LES HOUCHES
Possible 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 gondola in Les Houches.
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.
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.
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.
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle.
CLASSIC: 8 nights in dormitory, in refuge or gîte.
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.
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).
During the stages of your tour in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN Top 25 - 3630 OT - Chamonix and Top 25 - 3531 ET - Saint Gervais (1/25 000)
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.
Meeting point at 10:00am at the Flégère gondola 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.
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
There are regular buses throughout the Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Flégère.
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 gondola in the village of Les Houches and take the bus to the meeting point at the Flégère gondola.
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2.15 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4.15 hour 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.
At the end of the tour the return to the departure point in les Praz de Chamonix is easy via bus or train.
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
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 on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
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 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 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.