TOUR DU MONT BLANC TREK

Experience European trekking at its finest with our exhilarating trek through the Alps from Switzerland to France, then Italy. The challenging Tour du Mont Blanc Trek features captivating views of glaciers, crystal lakes, waterfalls, steep valleys, and pristine mountains. After you travel through alpine meadows and across high passes during the day, you can recharge at night with savory mountain cuisine in cozy refuges. Challenge yourself, conquer this ‘bucket-list’ hiking route, and encounter Europe’s alpine heart on this extremely active adventure.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 10 days/9 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12

TRIP COST: From $4,995/person/double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek through one of the most trekking locations in history
  • Experience world-class hiking by day, four-star living at night
  • Escape crowds as you explore beautiful Alpine villages and scenic woodlands
  • Ascend to the steep and challenging Col du Bonhomme mountain pass

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival day

  • Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Meet your WWTrek representative at the airport for the transfer by private coach to Chamonix
  • Check-in at the hotel and attend an orientation about your upcoming adventure of the Tour du Mont Blanc
  • Welcome dinner and overnight in Hôtel Gourmets et Italy, Chamonix
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Les Houches l Les Contamines-Montjoie l Col du Bonhomme

  • Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 14 mile hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savor a delicious dinner in the evening
  • We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We’ll take the bus or train to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue
  • On a clear day, you’ll enjoy great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range, before beginning our hike to Les Contamines
  • Hike past the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot (if weather permits,) afterward descend into the Valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie
  • Then climb up along an old Roman ridge and past an original Roman bridge
  • Arrive to the Gîte in a valley that leads to the Col du Bonhomme and stop for a well deserved rest
  • Overnight: Chalet refuge de Nant Borrant
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Les Contamines-Montjoie l Les Chapieux

  • Hike the challenging 11 miles from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
  • Begin the steep ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641′), then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme (8,146′) where we stop for lunch and enjoy the amazing view of the Vallee des Chapieux
  • Descend to Les Chapieux for the night
  • Overnight: Refuge des Mottets
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Refuges des Mottets | Courmayeur | 14 miles

  • Pass glacial lakes on the 14 mile trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur
  • Climb through open pastures and snowfields to Col de la Seigne (8,254′) and the border with Italy
  • Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny
  • A 45-minute descent will bring the group to La Visaille. From this small hamlet, take a bus or taxi to the town of Courmayeur, Italy
  • Overnight: Hotel Cresta et Duc
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Courmayeur Free Day

  • Spend the day at your leisure
  • If the weather is nice, the cable car ride up to Pointe Helbronner is highly recommended
  • *Optional – walk across the massive Glacier du Geant from Point Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi (additional cost)
  • Overnight: Hotel Cresta et Duc
  • Meals included: B

Day 6: Courmayeur | Val Ferret | 9 miles

  • Hike the 9 miles from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret
  • Start the climb up to Rifugio Bertone (6,463′) with the best view of the Mont Blanc Massif
  • Hike along the Mont de la Saxe, taking the balcony path facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorassess
  • Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view
  • Descend to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night
  • Overnight: Rifugio Alpino Walter Bonatti
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Val Ferret | La Fouly | 12 miles

  • Embark on a 12-mile hike followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly
  • Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the climb across the Grand Col Ferret (8,323′), and descend into the hamlet of Ferret (5,593′), Switzerland
  • Take a quick bus ride to the village of Praz de Fort (3,776′) passing through beautiful forests and some small villages, including charming Les Alarches
  • From here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains
  • Climb up to the mountain village of La Fouly where you can finally kick those feet up and relax
  • Overnight: Relais d’Arpette
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: La Fouly | Trient | 9 miles

  • Follow the “Bovine Way” and trek from La Fouly to Trient
  • Taking the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley, we continue along our circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz (5,010′) and then heading downhill to Trient (4,265′)
  • Weather and group ability permitting, we have the option of taking the Fenêtre d’Arpette route, a “window” through the mountains offering spectacular views
  • Overnight: Relais du Mont Blanc
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Trient | Chamonix-Mont-Blanc | 9 miles

  • Enjoy a final day of trekking over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix Valley
  • Take a local transport back to Chamonix
  • Head back toward the Chamonix Valley and out of Switzerland
  • Walk uphill through a large forest and open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme (7,221′)
  • Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek
  • After returning by local bus to Chamonix, check into your hotel, and enjoy a farewell dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Gourmets et Italy
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures

  • After breakfast, transfer to Geneva Airport to catch your international flight home
  • Meals included: B

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our favorite times to visit are from early July through mid-October, when the warmest with the least rain. The days are long, but this timing avoids the intense snowmelt season.  The trails will be buzzing with life and the views will be full of beautiful vegetation.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Geneva, Switzerland. You will fly into and out of the Geneva Airport (GVA).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options from global airports to Geneva Airport (GVA). Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Geneva. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Europe in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801-943-0264

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group during the trek. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL COUNTRY INFORMATION

Switzerland:

Population:  ~8.3 million

Capital City: Bern

Currency: Swiss Franc

Overview: 

Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe sharing boarders with five countries; France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein. From the influence of these neighboring countries, Switzerland claims four official languages; German, French, Italian, and Romansh. This peaceful and prosperous country possesses one of the most stable economies in the developed world. Switzerland has a large diversity of landscapes for its size, with beautiful valleys separated by large mountain ranges. The Swiss Alps cover 60% of the country, where glaciers speckle the area. In contrast to this climate, a Mediterranean climate can also be found in Switzerland, just south of the Alps.

France:

Population:  ~66 million

Capital City: Paris

Currency: Euro

Overview: 

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, France is comprised of plains and rolling hills in the north and west and numerous impressive mountain ranges in the south and east, including the Alps and Pyrenees. France is among the globes oldest nations. It is historically and culturally one of the most influential nations in the western world, due to its colonial era which brought French colonies to every corner of the globe.  With picturesque villages, world famous gastronomy, an art scene that continues to thrive, beautiful coastlines, and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, its no wonder that France is the world’s most popular tourist destination.

Italy:

Population: ~62 million

Capital City: Rome

Currency: Euro

Overview:

Starting with the awe-inspiring Italian Alps in the north, Italy cuts deep into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has a very rich culture and history. Considered the birthplace of western civilization, the starting point of the roman empire, and the Renaissance, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. There is no shortage of impressive architecture, art, cuisine, and vistas throughout the country. With the Vatican City nestled in the heart of Rome, it is no surprise that the majority of Italians belong to the Roman Catholic church.