TOUR OF MONT BLANC self-guided

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7 days 7 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic or comfort
Level *** Level ***
From 495 € From 495 €

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. 

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 proximity of major glaciers
  • The breathtaking landscapes of the Mont-Blanc from the Chécroui Pass
  • Accommodation in gites, mountain refuges and small friendly hotels

TOUR OF MONT BLANC self-guided

Next date Next departure 20/06/20

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Dates Status Prices
From 20/06/20
to 26/06/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 21/06/20
to 27/06/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 24/06/20
to 30/06/20
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From 27/06/20
to 03/07/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 01/07/20
to 07/07/20
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From 11/07/20
to 17/07/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 18/07/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 15/07/20
to 21/07/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 18/07/20
to 24/07/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 19/07/20
to 25/07/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 22/07/20
to 28/07/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 25/07/20
to 31/07/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 26/07/20
to 01/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 29/07/20
to 04/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 01/08/20
to 07/08/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 05/08/20
to 11/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 08/08/20
to 14/08/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 12/08/20
to 18/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 15/08/20
to 21/08/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 16/08/20
to 22/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 19/08/20
to 25/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 22/08/20
to 28/08/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 29/08/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 26/08/20
to 01/09/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 29/08/20
to 04/09/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 30/08/20
to 05/09/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 02/09/20
to 08/09/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 05/09/20
to 11/09/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 12/09/20
Full 710 € Book online
From 09/09/20
to 15/09/20
Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online
From 12/09/20
to 18/09/20
Guaranteed departure 575 € Book online
From 13/09/20
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Guaranteed departure 710 € Book online

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from 13 June to 13 September 2020

If you wish to enjoy a self-guided Tour of Mont-Blanc, classic or comfort version including luggage transportation, feel free to register online.
Regarding other self-guided versions, please contact us by e-mail or by phone.

Without baggage transport
495€ per person classic accommodation.
635€ per person comfort accommodation in bedroom
Daily departures except Saturdays and Sundays.

With baggage transport
575€ per person classic accommodation.
710€ per person comfort accommodation in bedroom
Departures Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
Hotel version with private bathroom (4 nights in hotel and 2 nights in confortable gîte): 825€/pers. 2 person basis > slightly adapted itinerary, ask us.

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

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€);
  • Transfer of day 7 from Les Contamines to la Gruvaz;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option;
  • Tourist taxes;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Bus transfer (approx 20€ per person);
  • The cable car on Day 1 via the Lac Blanc (approx 15€ per person);
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

​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 at 10:30am in front of the train station in Montroc-le-Planet (for the luggage picking)

LE TOUR  - COL DE BALME - TRIENT
From the village Montroc, short walk to reach the village of le Tour to start an easy 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 2

TRIENT  -  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 Glacier of Trient 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 - ITALIAN VAL FERRET
Bus transfer to the village of La Fouly. 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.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -800m

Day 4

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 south face of  the Mont-Blanc range or climb to the Col Sapin. Descend to the bus station in Courmayeur for a short bus transfer to the refuge nestled above Courmayeur.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -1200m

Day 5

COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES MOTTETS or LES CHAPIEUX
Climb the Val Veny to refuge Elisabetta. Detour possible 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 the Balcon de Chécroui and the Mont Fortin. Descend to refuge Mottets or to Les Chapieux (depending on availability). Night in a gîte or refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -650m

Day 6

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 in les Chapieux, 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 7

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.

 

ON REQUEST
ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY VIA THE LAC BLANC ON DAY 1

Ascent in the Flégère cable-car to the Balcons du Mont Blanc to reach the Lac Blanc at 2300m. The path leads to the lakes of Cheserys and keeps going on balcony to the foot of les Aiguilles Rouges. Then, descent to the Col des Montets. Breathtaking view on the whole Mont Blanc chain. Night in a gite at the village Le Tour.
6,5-hour walk / Elevation: +600m; -850m.

D2    LE TOUR - COL DE BALME - TRIENT

D3   BOVINE or FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE - CHAMPEX

D4   GRAND COL FERRET - COURMAYEUR

D5   COL DE LA SEIGNE - LES MOTTETS or LES CHAPIEUX
If night at La Vachey, transfer by bus to Mont Bianco. Ascent through the Val Veny to Elisabetta refuge. Possible detour to the Lac de Miage. Ascent to the Col de la Seigne, border between Italy and France, view on the other side of the Mont-Blanc. Descent to the refuge Les Mottets or Les Chapieux ( depending on availabilities). Night in gite or refuge.
6,5-hour walk / Dénivelé: +850m; -650m

Alternative itinerary, more "high moutain", via the balcony of Chécroui and the Mont Fortin.

D6   COL DES FOURS - COL DU BONHOMME - LES CONTAMINES

D7   CHAMPEL ou COL DU TRICOT – 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 necessary information 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 in both directions for Grande Randonnée.
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: 6 nights in dormitory, in a refuge or gîte.

COMFORT:  5 nights in gîtes in a twin/double bedroom.
                     1 night in gîte in a 4 person bedroom.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

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 Saturday and Sunday, option with baggage transport.
Daily departures for groups of minimum 6 persons, option with baggage transport.
Daily departures (except Saturday and Sunday), option without baggage transport.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 10:30am at the Montroc-le-Planet train station 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: departure from Paris-Gare de Lyon the day before at 12:45pm, arrival at Chamonix at 7:48pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
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

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, follow the main road towards Argentiere and Switzerland to the village of Montroc (1km after Argentiere).
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 in 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 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 Montroc-le-Planet 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
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, 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 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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