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

Double Occupancy

From $ 4,995

per person

Single Occupancy

From $ 5,795

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek through one of the most beautiful trekking locations in history
  • Experience world-class hiking each day
  • 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 or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Les Houches l Les Contamines, France

  • We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We will 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 Bionnassay 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 or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Les Contamines l Les Chapieux, France

  • This morning, stop and explore the Baroque Chapel Notre Dame de la gorge
  • 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 and transfer to the hotel for the night
  • Overnight: Refuge des Mottets or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Les Chapieux, France | Courmayeur, Italy

  • We will make our way from France to Italy
  • Hike through open pastures and snowfields to Col de la Seigne (8,254′) and the border of Italy
  • Pass beautiful glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny, ending in La Visaille
  • From this small hamlet, take a bus or taxi to the town of Courmayeur, Italy
  • Overnight: Hotel Cresta et Duc or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Courmayeur Free Day

  • Free time to explore Courmayeur or other activities around the mountain resort.
  • This is also considered a rest day which allows individuals to choose what they desire for their activities.
  • If the weather is nice, the cable car ride up to Pointe Helbronner is highly recommended.
  • Or, visit the hot springs of Pre St Didier.
  • These activity options are an additional cost
  • Overnight: Hotel Cresta et Duc or comparable
  • Meals included: B

Day 6: Courmayeur | Val Ferret, Italy

  • 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, Italy | La Fouly, Switzerland

  • Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the hike to Pre de Bar, across the Grand Col Ferret (8,323′), and descend into the small village of Ferret (5,593′), Switzerland.
  • Enjoy view of the beautiful forests and charming villages of Les Alarches.
  • Climb up to the mountain village of La Fouly where we will enjoy dinner and relax for the evening.
  • Overnight: Relais d’Arpette or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: La Fouly | Argentiere, France

  • Take a private transfer to Champex and hike along the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley.
  • Continue along the route as we pass the Col de la Forclaz (5,010′)
  • Transfer to Argentiere for the evening
  • Overnight: Argentiere, France
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Argentiere | Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

  • On our final day of hiking, we will head back towards Chamonix Valley as we pass Lac Blanc. Located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve.
  • Famous for its panoramic views facing the Mont Blanc Massif
  • Descend into the upper station of the Flegere cable car to les Praz.
  • After returning by local bus to Chamonix, check into your hotel, and enjoy a farewell dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Gourmets et Italy or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures

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

What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • 9 nights lodging
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 1 coffee or tea with dinner
  • Transportation throughout
  • Services of local English-speaking local guides and staff throughout
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • All mountain lifts, trains, etc.
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • WWTrek Lead Professional Western Guide(s)
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan

Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare other than as described in itinerary
  • Passports and visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of World Wide Trekking’s control
  • Gratuities for guides

Add-On Adventures

Begin or end your scheduled trip with a little extra adventure!

Chamonix Exploration – Extended Stay

Activity Options: Chamonix offers may activities for travelers who desire to know the area better. Options include but are not limited to:

  • Privately guided hikes
  • Tandem Paragliding
  • Mont Blanc (17,442′) summit climb (2 days)
  • Explore on your own
  • Mer de Glace ice cave tours, and much more.

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.

TREK DETAILS

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:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. There are many flight options to Geneva Airport (GVA).

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. 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 copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

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 communicators 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 us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

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. 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:

Please note that Switzerland’s currency is the franc, which differs from the Euros used in Italy and France. $500 should be sufficient for your incidentals. There will be multiple exchange opportunities, as ATM’s are common in the area. Cards are widely accepted in the areas we will be visiting.

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 with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

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.