TOUR OF MONT BLANC 7 days Comfort

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With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Comfort (room)
Level *** Level ***
From 890 € From 890 €

The classic... in a cosy version

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, from 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.

You will like

  • An original route in the opposite direction along less frequented trails enabling you to enjoy a more serene "off the beaten track" mountain experience
  • The breathtaking landscapes of the Mont-Blanc from the Col de Chécroui
  • Your proximity to major glaciers
  • Accommodation in gîtes, mountain refuges and small friendly hotels
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation

TOUR OF MONT BLANC 7 days Comfort

Next date Next departure 31/05/20

From 890 €

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From 31/05/20
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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;
  • 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.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting on Sunday at 10:30am in front of the train station in Montroc-le-Planet.

COL DE BALME  -  TRIENT
Climb 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 2

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). 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 3

GRAND COL FERRET  -  ARNOUVA
Descend to the village of Champex, also known as the 'little Canada'. Bus transfer to the village of La Fouly. Climb up through the vast pastures of La Peule with unavoidable encounters with local farmers to the Col Ferret (2537m). Descend into the Italian Val Ferret in the impressive foothills of Pré de Bar Glacier and Mont Dolent, meeting point between france, switzerland and Italy. Night in a gite in Arnouva.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +840m -750m

Day 4

MONT DE LA SAXE  -  COURMAYEUR
Ascend to Refuge Bonatti. Follow the exceptional balcony trail of the Mont de la Saxe facing the Mont-Blanc, the Mont Dolent, Aiguille du Triolet, the Grandes Jorasses and more. Descend to Courmayeur for a short bus transfer to refuge Monte Bianco nestled above Courmayeur. 
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -750m

Day 5

COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES MOTTETS
Climb the Val Veny via the glacial lake Miage to the Col de la Seigne forming the border between Italy and France. Possible detour via the Balcon de Chécroui and Mont Fortin, unveiling another angle of the impressive Mont-Blanc range. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -650m
8h00 de marche / Dénivelé : +/- 450m (via the Col Chécroui)

Day 6

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. 
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -1500m

Day 7

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 on Saturday 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.

Personalised 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

Reservation for 2 people.
4 nights in a gîte in a double/twin bedroom (shared bathroom)
1 night in a refuge in a bedroom for 4 people (shared bathroom
1 night in a hotel in a double/twin bedroom (private bathroom)
Bedding is provided in all accommodation (a sleeping bag liner is always handy just in case!)
Bring your own towel.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

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 a 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

Meet Sunday at 10:30am in front of the train station of Montroc-le-Planet.

BY TRAIN / BUS
Inbound: depart Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:45pm (or 12:11pm) arrive in Chamonix at 7:48pm (6:48pm).
Night bus: departure Paris Bercy Gare at 11:20pm, arrive at Lyon Perrache at 5:15am, connection at 6:00am, arrival in Chamonix at 9:35am.
https://www.oui.sncf
There are regular buses throughout the whole Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Montroc-le-Planet.
https://chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or on the SNCF website.

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, follow the main road towards Argentière and Switzerland to the village of Montroc (1km after Argentière).
There is ample parking at the meeting point in 
Montroc-le-Planet or in the village of Le Tour 1km away.
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 train station of Montroc-le-Planet.

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 Saturday 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 at Montroc-le-Planet is easy via bus.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

On request we can book a room for you before and/or after your trek.

Les Houches - Hôtel St Antoine: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 10
http://hotelsaintantoine.com/accueil

Hôtel les Campanules: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 71
http://www.hotel-campanules.com/

Hôtel les Mélèzes: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 09
http://www.hotellesmelezes.com

Le Tour - Chalet Alpin: +33 (0)4 50 54 04 16

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.
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 Gore-Tex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Gore-Tex 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 in 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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