TOUR OF MONT BLANC 6 DAYS SELF-GUIDED IN 3*HOTEL

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Accommodation Hotel ***
Level *** Level ***
From 790 € From 790 €

A selection of 6 stages and 5 very comfortable (almost luxurious) hotels. The best of the tour!

A tour of Mont Blanc accessible to anyone in good shape... but we have also selected the most comfortable accommodation for you, the best food and the warmest welcomes. Benefit from adaptable stages, easy to really sporty enabling you to discover some of the most beautiful panoramas of the TMB.

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits... the impressive, magical high mountains and the striking display of glaciers descending from summits to alpine pastures... viewed from the track, no risk and no height induced fears!

You will like

  • The choice of stages at this mythical destination
  • The spectacular views and proximity to large glaciers
  • The Mont-Blanc balcony trails of the Chamonix Valley
  • The transport of your baggage each day
  • The easy level of the tour
  • The choice of accommodation

TOUR OF MONT BLANC 6 DAYS SELF-GUIDED IN 3*HOTEL

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from mid June to mid September 2020
Departure on Sundays or Tuesdays.

Comfortable accommodation with baggage transport
From 790€ per person 6 days/5 nights (based on twin/double bedroom)

On request:
Picnic lunch supplement
Extra nights accommodation before/after departure
7, 8 and 9 days options possible
Rest day possible
Single occupancy 1020€ per person
Single supplement 80€

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or email.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration, additional road book  supplied for groups of more than 4 people. Supplementary road book 10-25€);
  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option;
  • Taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Bus transfers (approx 20€ per person);
  • The gondola on Day 1 (approx 15€ per person) and the possible gondola on Day 6 to go down to Les Houches;
  • Travel to and from your home;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting at 9:45am at the Flégère cablecar in les Praz, Chamonix.

Possibility to walk via les Balcons with a departure from Chamonix.

LES PRAZ DE CHAMONIX - LAC BLANC - ARGENTIERE
Ascend in the Flégère cablecar to the Balcons du Mont Blanc to reach Lac Blanc at 2300m. Descend on the path which winds through the forest to the village of Argentière. Night in a hotel.
Possibility to go back down to the valley with the same cablecar and then take a bus to Argentière.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +450m -1100m

Day 2

BOVINE or FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - THE SWISS VALAIS BALCONY
Transfer to Switzerland and traverse through the mountain pastures of Bovine via a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone Valley or climb alongside the Trient Glacier to reach the mythical Fenêtre d'Arpette, a more "high mountain" route. Night in the village of Champex.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -750m (via Bovine)
6 hour walk / Elevation: +980m -970m (via Arpette)

Day 3

THE GRAND COL FERRET - STRADDLING SWITZERLAND AND ITALY
From the village of Champex, transfer by bus to the village of La Fouly. Ascend to the Col Ferret (2537m) on the Swiss/Italian border. Possible meetings with alpine pasture farmers at the Alpage de la Peule. Descend into the Italian Val Ferret under the impressive towers of the south face of the Mont-Blanc range. Approach the foot of the Pré de Bar glacier. Transfer by bus to Courmayeur.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -750m

Day 4

COL DE LA SEIGNE - THE HIMALAYAN PROFILE OF THE MONT BLANC
Transfer to La Visaille and climb via the glacial lake of Miage and continue to the Col de la Seigne on the French/Italian border unveiling the unreal Himalayan profile of the south face of the Mont-Blanc range. Possible detour by the south balcony of the Mont-Blanc passing by the Col de Chécroui. Descend the Vallée des Glaciers into France.
Possible bus from Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux in July and August.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -750m (Ville des Glaciers)
additional -250m if descent to les Chapieux is on foot

Day 5

THE COL DU BONHOMME - THE TRAIL OF MOUNTAIN HAWKERS
Climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and on to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m), a passing place of the hawkers of old. Descend to Notre Dame de la Gorge passing by the old Roman road at the end of the valley. Small transfer to your hotel in the village of Les Contamines.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1300m

Day 6

LE GLACIER DE BIONNASSAY... IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS
Climb to the Bionnassay Glacier passing via the village of Champel or by the Col du Tricot (2120m) with a magnificent panorama of the Chamonix Valley, the domes of Miage and the Mont-Blanc close up. Descend to Bellevue then by cable car to Les Houches village.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -200m (via Champel)
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -650m (via the Col du Tricot)

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 600m -950m average per day.
Walking time: 4 to 6.5 hours per day. Possible route options to add to elevation and walking times are listed in the road book.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to everyone. Some physical preparation is necessary for your own enjoyment.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 2 IGN TOP 25 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

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

ACCOMMODATION

COMFORT:  3* Hotel or gîte  
Day 1 - night in 3* Hotel in Argentiere.
Day 2 - night in 3* Hotel in Champex.
Day 3 - night in 3* Hotel in Courmayeur.
Day 4 - night in a very comfortable gîte in Les Chapieux, bedroom with private bathroom.
Day 5 - night in 3* Hotel in Les Contamines-Montjoie - very comfortable hotel.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accomodation 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

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

BY TRAIN
Inbound: Departure from Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:45pm, arrival at Chamonix at 7:50pm.
Return: Departure from Les Houches at 4:15pm, arrival at Paris Gare de Lyon at 9:50pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
www.oui.sncf

BY CAR      
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, 
FREE PARKING: There is ample parking at Chemin du Biolay, opposite the Montenvers train station, 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 free parking at the Prarion telecabine in the village of Les Houches and take the bus to the departure point in Chamonix.
www.chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                                Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:   www.blablacar.fr www.covoiturage-libre.fr www.laroueverte.com 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 Saturday at 4:00pm at the bottom of the Prarion telecabine in Les Houches.

RETURN TO DEPARTURE POINT

At the end of the tour the return to 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 Les Campanules: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 71
Chamonix - Hôtel de l’Arve: +33 (0)4 50 53 02 31
Hôtel Le Labrador: +33 (0)4 50 55 90 09
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
www.chamonix.com

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.

www.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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