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Tour du Mont Blanc (8- and 11-day programs)

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France Italy Switzerland
8 days
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€ 760

The tour around Mont Blanc (meaning “The White Mountain”) is recognized as one of the best of the world’s classic self-guided walks. Faithful to its myth, the Mont Blanc is no doubt one of the most beautiful massifs of the Alps. Although the route does not bring you to the peak itself, the circuit will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland in order to discover its various faces. The sceneries are stunning with innumerable alpine peaks and beautiful glaciers all around with the impressive Mont Blanc massif constantly in the background. This walk is reasonably demanding, but you only need to carry a light backpack each day and in the evening you will enjoy French and Italian cooking and Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you stay in.

A circuit around Mont Blanc that is a “must do” for every hiker; Different parts and valleys of the Alps in 3 different countries – Italy, France and Switzerland; Green meadows, huge glaciers, rugged peaks, stunning panoramas, rare alpine wildlife (marmots, ibex, chamois); Chamonix - one of Europe’s most aftersought hiking destinations

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Arrival day in Chamonix.
Board the Flégère cable car for your first walk in the area. A balcony trail will lead you to the Lac Blanc (2300m), facing Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace. This trail adopts the highly acclaimed Grand Balcon Sud, one of the most scenic of all alpine belvedere paths, which runs along the mid-height slopes on the northern side of the Vallée de l’Arve to provide an almost uninterrupted panorama of the Mont Blanc range. Descent to the visitors centre at the Col des Montets in the nature reserve of the Aiguilles Rouges. Walk further to the village of Argentiere, where you spend the night. Picturesque alpine walking and mountaineering village, Argentière is located near the head of the valley of Chamonix.
20km; 5.5 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: +450m /-1000m
self-guided walk tour du mont blancDay 3: ARGENTIERE – TRIENT
From the village of Argentiere continue up to Le Tour. An easy climb brings you to the Chalets de Charamilllon and the Col de Balme or you can take a detour and climb up to the Balcon des Posettes for a stunning panorama of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of Le Tour and Argentiere. Descent into Switzerland and enjoy the first landscapes with Swiss pastures as you go to the village of Trient, where you spend the night.
16-18km; 5,30 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: + 890m /- 970m
Today you have the options to cross the high alpine pastures of Bovine via a balcony trail overlooking the Rhone valley or take a more ‘high mountain’ detour via the Fenêtre d’Arpette. Descent to Champex. The Fenêtre d’Arpette, highest point reached on the Tour of Mont Blanc, is a true mountain pass and one to enjoy for the extraordinary vision of the upper Trient glacier. An idyllic retreat high up in the Swiss mountains, Champex is an ideal location to escape from the pressures of the modern world.
14km; 6 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: + 1100m /- 750m (via Bovine)
16km; 6.5 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: + 1300m /- 970m (via Arpette)
Transfer by local bus to cross the Val Fouly. Climb up through the vast pastures to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) (with possible detour to the Tête Ferret). The crossing of Grand col Ferret takes the Tour of Mont Blanc from Switzerland into Italy. After crossing the border, descend to the Italian Val Ferret in the foothills on the opposite side of the Mont Blanc. From here you will enjoy the view of the magnificent Grandes Jorasses.
16km; 6 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: +850m /- 800m
independent trekking in the alps, tour of mont blancDay 6: LA VACHEY/REFUGE MONTE BIANCO - REFUGE LES MOTTETS/LA NOVA
Climb the Val Veny to Refuge Elisabetta and continue up to the Col de la Seigne. On this stage the TMB crosses out of Italy and enters France at the Col de la Seigne, one of the easiest crossings of the circuit, but one which also happens to be among the most scenic. Given reasonable visibility, the view of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Noire from Col de la Seigne is stunning. A short detour takes you to the glacial Lake Miage at the foot of the Miage glacier. Descent to Refuge Les Mottets or a little further on to La Nova hostel (depending on availability). A detour is possible via le Balcon de Chécroui and le Mont Fortin.
16km; 6.5 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: + 850m /- 650m.
Climb to the Col des Fours (2665 m) and reach the highest point of the tour. Followed by a descent to the Col du Bonhomme, once frequented by peddlers. If you have spent the previous night at La Nova you can climb directly to the Col du Bonhomme. On this stage the Tour of Mont Blanc goes right to the head of Val Montjoie and crosses over into the Vallée des Glaciers. Descend via the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. From the authentic village of Le Contamines you take the bus to Chamonix for your last night.
17km; 6.5 hour walking; uphill/downhill hiking: + 850m /– 1500m.
Departure day.

inn to inn trekking franceAccommodation and luggage transportation:
Double/triple rooms in mountain cottages (days 3, 4 and 6) and 2-3* hotels (days 1, 2, 5 and 7); WC/shower are shared in the mountain cottages; hotels are with en-suite rooms; breakfast and dinner are included, except for Chamonix (Day 1and Day 7), where only breakfast is included; luggage transfers between the inns is included;

Group size: Min. 2 persons
Single supplement: -

The price includes: Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); accommodation and meals as mentioned, luggage transfers;

The price does not include: other meals and transfers, local bus tickets, lift tickets, personal expenses, mountain insurance, entry fees;

Tips: The tour runs from mid-June until mid-September! For hygiene reasons it is recommended to bring a sleeping sheet for the overnight in the cottages; Two blankets are provided per person in all accommodations; Hot showers are available in all accommodations; During the stages of your tour in Switzerland, Euros are widely accepted and it is not essential to carry Swiss Francs; Thunderstorms are frequent in summer, especially in the afternoon; Try to leave most of the hiking trail behind you by noon; Trains service the line between Paris (Gare de Lyon) and Chamonix (visit www.sncf.com for more details). See SNCF bus times http://www.chamonix.com/pdf/train-travaux-4-06-8-12.pdf and buses in the Chamonix valley http://www.chamonix.com/pdf/chambus.pdf

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