The Mont Blanc-massif with the towering peak of Mont Blanc itself (4,807m/ 15,771ft.) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the Alps. On this walking holiday you will experience the French, Italian, and Swiss face of the Mont Blanc-massif. The scenery is magnificent with countless Alpine peaks and fascinating glaciers that beautifully adorn the panoramic views of the Mont Blanc. Your luggage will be transfered on this trip, so you will only carry your daypack between the accommodation sites in the small traditional mountain villages.
This trip is self-guided, and you will receive all relevant information on the date of arrival in Les Contamines. The hikes on this trip is for experienced trekkers and require a good basic physical shape as the terrain is hilly, and most days the hike goes on ascents and descents of 800-1200 meters altitude (2,630 - 3,950 ft). Accommodation will be in mountain lodges with dormitories. We can upgrade the accommodation to doublerooms in hotels and guest houses - see details under the 'Tour info' tab.
Depending on arrival time, it is possible to go for a walk that takes you over 3600 meters of altitude, which will bring you the first nice views of the landscape.
You will stay at a 2-star hotel in the traditional, charming French village of Les Contamines, where dinner is included.
Hotel (example): La Gelinotte
The day starts with a short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. From here the walk begins and you will cross over the pass of Col du Bonhomme and Col de Croix du Bonhomme, which leads you through to the valley of Chapieux. On this stretch you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the Aiguille des Glaciers (3816m/ 12,520ft) as it beautifully raises from the green pastures. You will stay in a mountain lodge*, where dinner is included.
Duration: approx. 6-7 hours
+1200m / -900m
Hotel (example): Auberge de la Nova (dormitory or double room)
*In cases where double rooms in Les Chapieux are sold out, we will book a double room in a 2-star hotel in Bourg St Maurice instead.
From 1 July to 25 August there is a shuttle bus from Les Chapieux to Bourg St. Maurice. It costs about €6 per person each way. and takes about 25 minutes.
On other dates, a private transfer T/R will be necessary. This costs € 185 per booking, and will be necessary for the trip to be possible.
Hotel (example) in Bourg St. Maurice: Hôtel Arolla** (double room)
You will begin the day by trekking over the la Seigne pass, located on the Franch-Italian border. When crossing over the pass you will come face to face with the beautiful rock walls and icy peaks of the Mont Blanc-massif. Here you leave France and head down into the Italian valley of Véni. From La Cantine to Val Ferret, you will take the local bus, before finaly walking the last stretch up to the mountain hut Elena, situated close to the Pre de Bar glacier.
Note: If you stay in Dormitories then dinner is included this evening. If you stay in double rooms then dinner is not included. Courmayeur has several restaurants to choose from.
The walk of today leads you up to the great Ferret pass which marks the border between Italy and Switzerland. The beautiful Mont Dolent (3,823m/ 12,543ft) is situated on this border. This mountain is particularly known for having a hillside situated in all three countries; France, Italy and Switzerland. After the pass you will see magnificent panoramic views to various mountain passes in the horizons. From here the trail runs into a steep downhill descent towards the Dranse river where the trek continues through La Fouly, a charming Swiss mountain village. The last stretch is done on a local bus to Champex, from where the final walkingtime is about 45 minutes to the family-run and charming mountain chalet Relais d'Arpette, where dinner is included.
Today you will reach the highest point on the trip, Fenêtre d'Arpette (2,750m/ 9,022ft.). This pass is like something out of a movie, with dramatic rocky slopes on both sides, and a narrow passage with a winding path that leads over the pass and down the rustic hillside on the other side. The hike is challenging, but the view is magnificent, as you move down into the valley along the Trient glacier. There is dinner and overnight stay at the mountain lodge Col de la Forclaz which is pleasantly situated in the green hills overlooking the gorgeous snowy peaks.
Duration: approx. 7-9 hours
+1050m / -1385m
Hotel (example): La Forclaz (dormitory or double rooms)
*If you are staying in Trient, it's another 20 minutes walk from La Forclaz (-230m and 1,5 km). This distance is deducted from the hike on day 6. (Example in Trient): Auberge du Mont Blanc (dormitory or double room)
On the sixth day you will begin the walk with a hike up to Balme Pass, leading you from Switzerland back to France. This ascent creates a good contrast to previous ascents, as this path climbs up through green pastures in characteristic switchbacks. From the pass the views are beautiful to both the Swiss side and the French side. It will be possible to choose between several scenic routes as you walk down to the village of Argentiére, where you will spend the night in a mountain lodge. Dinner is included.
Dinner is included in dormitory accommodation.
For double rooms, only breakfast is included - and you must buy your own dinner locally.
As you walk with you back to the Mont Blanc-massif you will enjoy panoramic views of the Aiguilles Rouges-massif. The green shades of the valleys, the white glaciers of Mont Blanc, and the reddish color of the pretty Aiguilles Rouges - words can not justify the picturesque scenery that surrounds you. Remember to enjoy the last 6 hours of walking as it brings you through the stunning landscape around the village of Les Praz before finally arriving in Chamonix. On the last stretch down to Chamonix, it is possible to go on one or two cableways, should you want to have this experience. The final night you will stay in doublerooms at a 2-star hotel in Chamonix. On this night dinner is not included, and it is ideal to go out to enjoy a final french dinner on one of the restaurants in the charming town.
Duration: approx. 6 hours
+900m / -1100m
Hotel (example): Hôtel du Clocher**
After breakfast you will check-out for departure.
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