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 13 September 2021
Without baggage transport
515€ per person classic accommodation.
680€ per person comfort accommodation in bedroom
Daily departures except Saturdays and Sundays.
With baggage transport
595€ per person classic accommodation.
750€ per person comfort accommodation in bedroom
Departures Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
Hotel version (4 nights in a hotel and 2 nights in a comfortable gîte): 825€ per person. Price based on 2 person with a slightly adapted itinerary, please ask us for details.
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 10:30am in front of the train station in Montroc-le-Planet (to collect your baggage)
LE TOUR - COL DE BALME - TRIENT
From the village of 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
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)
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
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
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
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
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 cable car in Les Houches.
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
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 necessary information 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 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.
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle.
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.
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).
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
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 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.
Meeting point at 10:30am at 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 baggage transport" no meeting required at departure point.
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
There are regular buses throughout the whole Chamonix valley - with an hourly bus service between Les Houches and Montroc-le-Planet.
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.
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 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 at Montroc-le-Planet is easy via bus.
By request we can book a bedroom for you before and/or after your tour.
Les Houches Hôtel St Antoine: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 10 www.hotelsaintantoine.com Hôtel les Campanules: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 71 www.hotel-campanules.com Hôtel les Mélèzes: +33 (0)4 50 54 40 09 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. www.chamonix.montblancbus.com/en/bus-lines
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.