France·August 2024 - September 2024

Tour of Mont Blanc trek comfort

We've got the ultimate Alps adventure lined up for you: the classic Tour of Mont Blanc, guided over 7 days. Luggage transport covered!

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Overview

Mont Blanc, towering at 4810m, stands as the Alps' highest peak! Our itinerary lasts 7 days, guiding you through diverse alpine valleys, with breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc's majestic glaciers and peaks. It's all about comfort here – we've got luggage transport covered, so you'll trek with just a day backpack while your gear awaits at each day's stop. Join us for the Mont Blanc Tour with Laura, our experienced UIMLA mountain guide, ensuring you immerse in every landscape safely. Starting from Les Houches in Chamonix valley, we'll journey through Courmayeur, Val Veny, Val Ferret, fenêtre d'Arpette, Trient, and back to France, closing with stunning views from les Aiguilles Rouges. You'll traverse green alpine meadows, contrasted by the white of glaciers and granite needles. Crossing hills and exploring valleys in France, Italy, and Switzerland, this tour is more than just trekking – it's a cultural odyssey, immersing you in local traditions and showcasing alpine flora, fauna, and increasingly rare glacial landscapes. With small groups capped at 10 participants, our focus is on ensuring you have an unforgettable mountain experience. Come join us for an adventure you won't forget! Go to BOOK NOW and select your starting date!

Highlights

Your luggage sorted

Your luggage sorted

We handle luggage transport between gîtes, allowing you to fully immerse in the hike and savor the vast landscape. All the hostels where you will stay are classic gîtes or mountain huts with a lot of history and personality. Here, you'll meet fellow hikers and mountaineers, swapping tales and forging connections throughout your stay.

One hike, 3 countries

One hike, 3 countries

Our journey spans across three countries: France, Italy, and Switzerland, offering a diverse vision of cultures and landscapes. The Tour du Mont Blanc encircles the massif of Mont Blanc, offering the most breathtaking sights in the region. It's no wonder it has become the most popular trek in Europe.

Hosts

Laura Vinyet

Laura Vinyet

Laura, an experienced UIMLA mountain guide, possesses extensive experience in traversing the Mont Blanc massif and guiding groups on the Mont Blanc Tour for the past few years, accommodating groups of up to 10 participants.

During the trek, Laura will be equipped with a radio and/or telephone for seamless communication and the ability to contact the mountain rescue team if necessary. Additionally, she will carry a comprehensive collective first aid kit.

Schedule

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Elevation: +680m | -1300m | 12km / Time: 5h

Day 1 - Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie

The meeting and kick-off point for our adventure is at the Bellevue cable car station, situated in the charming village of Les Houches. Here, you'll gather with the guide and the rest of the group. After boarding the cable car, we'll ascend to 1800m, marking the starting point of our journey on foot. As we trek, we'll pass by the majestic Bionnassay glacier before ascending to the Col de Tricot at 2120m, eventually reaching the picturesque Miage chalets. Continuing onwards, we'll make our way to Contamines-Montjoie, our overnight stop for the day.

Included

dinner

Night at: Gîte les Pontet. Contamines (France)

Not Included

Lunch

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Elevation: +1400m | -800m | 17km / Time: 7h

Day 2 - Les Contamines-Montjoie - Refuge plan Mya

In the morning, a taxi will transport us to the trek's starting point in Bourg d'Arud, nestled in the valley carved by the river Veneon. Although today's stage isn't particularly lengthy in distance, it does involve a considerable ascent until we reach the La Muzelle refuge, our overnight stay at 2102m. Upon reaching the refuge, for those interested, there's the option to undertake an additional ascent of 400m.

Included

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Night at Refuge Plan Mya (France)

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Elevation: +880m | -1100m | 17km / Time: 7h

Day 3 - Refuge des Mottets - Rifugio Monte Bianco

We'll journey through the Muzelle Pass at 2613m, crossing over to the Béranger valley. A satisfying descent will lead us to Valsenestre (meaning "valley on the left"), our overnight stop nestled at 1280m in a quaint village tucked away in this enchanting corner of the Écrins. The initial ascent is striking, particularly the trail on the Valsenestre side, but fear not—it's well-marked with no need for cables or iron supports.

Included

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Night at Refugio de Monte Bianco (Italy)

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Elevation: +960m | -650m | 13km / Time: 6h

Day 4 - Rifugio Monte Bianco – Val Ferret

We'll start the day with a stroll along the valley floor, but before long, we'll ascend the Col de Côte Belle at 2290m. Prepare for breathtaking panoramas and a captivating ascent through the limestone terrain, where very interesting geological formations await. Our evening will be spent at a gîte nestled in the charming village of Le Désert in Valjouffrey, situated at 1250m altitude.

Included

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at: Hotel Funivia, Val Ferret (Italie)

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Elevation: +1000m | -850m | 13km / Time: 6h

Day 5 - Val Ferret – Arpette

We'll push onwards towards the southeast, with the path gradually steepening until we reach the Vaurze Pass at 2500m. As we descend, we'll traverse an ancient glacial cirque nestled just below the Souffles peak. Our evening will be spent at 1968m, in the contemporary refuge that shares the same name.

Included

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at: gîte relais d'Arpette (Suisse)

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Elevation difference through Bovine: +810m | -1150m | 16km/ Time: 6h. / Elevation difference through the fenêtre d’arpette: +1150m | -1450m | 13km/ Time: 6h

Day 6 - Arpette – Trient

Today's itinerary offers a great mix: two cols, a glacial lake, and a stunning high-altitude trail winding through rocky terrain. Following the picturesque l'Olan Pass, we'll catch sight of the refuge nestled at 2344m. Our night's rest awaits us at the foot of Olan, a majestic peak soaring to 3564m. This refuge is a popular haunt for mountaineers embarking on various routes to summit the peak. Expect a magnificent and challenging day surrounded by the high mountains.

Included

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at: CAF le Tour refuge (France)

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Elevation: +1050m | -650m | 12km / Time: 5h

Day 7 - Lac Blanc et les Aiguilles Rouges – Chamonix

After a night spent among the rocks, we'll descend to the valley floor, leaving behind the rugged terrain. After a few bends, we'll reach the quaint town of La Chapelle in Valgaudemar, sitting at 1080m. Here, we'll have time to wander its streets, admire the traditional architecture of its houses, and maybe even pay a visit to the Écrins National Park museum. Our journey carries on as we ascend alongside the Severaisse River to reach the refuge where we'll spend the night.

Included

Breakfast and lunch

Not Included

Dinner

Night at refuge

What's Included

What's Included

UIMLA certified mountain guide

Full board accommodation and meals: from dinner on day 1 to the picnic on day 7, provided for both participants and the guide

Trekking poles loaned for the duration of the trek

Arrangements for luggage transportation, transfers, and ski lifts required for the tour

Coordination of accommodation reservations

Pre-activity technical guidance and advice

Transportation to the activity's starting point

Picnic on the first day

Snacks during the activity (such as bars, nuts, gels...)

Additional drinks and meals at accommodations. Plus, any showers incurring a fee (approximately €3/shower)

Accommodation and dinner on the last day

Mountain, rescue, repatriation, and cancellation insurance

The Package

Tour of Mont Blanc comfort

Tour of Mont Blanc comfort

Experience the timeless Tour du Mont Blanc over 7 days, hassle-free with just a day pack. We handle luggage transport between gîtes, allowing you to fully immerse in the hike and savor the vast landscape. This is one of Kookoo's favorite programs. Only 2 dates available. Don't miss out!!

FROM$1,516.86/pp

TMB: One route, three countries

Hike the most classic trek in Europe

The Tour du Mont Blanc, commonly known as the TMB, holds a special place as one of Europe's favorite long-distance hiking routes. This classic trail forms a circular route around the Mont Blanc massif, spanning approximately 165 kilometres (103 miles) and involving roughly 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) of ascent and descent. Winding through Switzerland, Italy, and France, it offers a captivating journey through varied landscapes. Celebrated for its stunning scenery and demanding terrain, the TMB typically takes hikers 9 to 14 days to complete in an anti-clockwise direction, however it can be done in less time. Moreover, it serves as the course for the annual Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc ultramarathon, where participants aim to cover the entire distance within a strict time limit of 46 hours and 30 minutes.

TMB: One route, three countries

Trip Tips

Accommodations

Accommodations

- Accommodation will be provided in comfortable mountain huts, gîtes, and/or hotels on a half-board basis. Rooms typically feature shared bunk beds (earplugs are advisable for a restful sleep). Facilities include hot water, showers, and duvets/blankets. Note that some refuges may charge an additional fee for hot water showers (€3/shower), so it's recommended to bring cash. - Essential items to bring include a light blanket and a quick-drying towel.

Meals

Meals

- Start your day with a good breakfast and end it with dinner at the shelters or gîtes. During our activities, we'll have a picnic provided by the accommodation. - It's a good idea to bring along some snacks for energy during our adventures: energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate... - Drinks and soft drinks (excluding water) aren't included in the price, so make sure to have cash on hand for your purchases.

Transport in/out Chamonix and around

Transport in/out Chamonix and around

- The journey to Chamonix isn't covered by the price. - If you're flying, Geneva is the nearest airport. Various companies provide shuttle services at a nominal fee to transport you to Chamonix. - The local public transport within the Chamonix valley is efficient. - Alternatively, you can drive your own vehicle. While there are some free parking spots in town, they're becoming harder to secure.

What gear do I need to bring?

What gear do I need to bring?

Clothing - Short and/or long-sleeved t-shirts - Fleece - Down jacket - Waterproof jacket - Shorts - Long trousers - Cap - Sunglasses Technical Gear - 30L backpack - High boots - 2 telescopic poles

Info

Outstanding organization for the Mont Blanc Tour in Chamonix. Our guide Laura was incredibly attentive throughout, a true professional. We'll definitely be back for more! - Jose

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FAQs

Participants can cancel their booked services, subject to the following charges:

- 10% of the total amount if canceled up to 3 months before the activity's start for management and reservation costs, in addition to the advance payment for shelter or other services.

- 50% of the total amount if canceled between 3 months and 30 days before the activity's start.

- 100% of the total amount if canceled within 30 days before the activity's start or during it.

- Non-appearance of the participant at the agreed time and location for the activity results in the total loss of the paid amount.

- The activity commences upon the guide's arrival at the designated meeting point.

- In case the guide cancels the activity due to safety or weather concerns, an alternative activity will be arranged if feasible. If not, a refund will be issued (excluding shelter reservation costs), or a date change agreement will be reached.

- It's highly advisable to obtain a cancellation insurance to cover expenses if the participant needs to cancel the activity.

You don't have to be a super athlete to walk the Tour du Mont Blanc, but it's essential to have a reasonable level of fitness beforehand. While walking is the ideal preparation, simply strolling for an hour on flat terrain three times a week won't be enough. Aim for at least 4-6 hours of walking once a week, preferably on hilly ground. Additionally, incorporate some low-to-moderate intensity gym workouts, or engage in jogging, cycling, or swimming.

It's advisable to start your fitness regimen at least three months, and ideally six months, before your trek. Avoid leaving your training until the last month before your holiday. Remember, you're preparing for a trekking holiday.

Tour of Mont Blanc trek comfort

France· August 2024 - September 2024· 6 nights

FROM$1516/pp

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