The “Tour du Mont-Blanc” has acquired a fame which exceeds the borders of the countries it crosses like Switzerland, Italy and France. That attraction can be explained by the variety of the landscapes which move from the high mountain pastures and typical villages to the high glaciers and snow summits.
It will take a 7-day walking at least to enjoy this magnificent rambling hiking. We offer you an original route for which we have carefully chosen each stage and selected the refuges, sometimes private for the authenticity they offer.
The programme includes: unusual routes rather than the classic route, detours “for the beautiful view ” rather than the motorway, the conviviality of a group of 10 hikers maximum.
Departure every Sunday from June 24 to September 9. Except for the Guides’ festival weekend: departure on Monday August 5 instead of Sunday August 4. Other dates possible if you are an already established group.
Price of the group session:
815€ / person
Price of the private sessions:
Groups of max. 12 people per guide, contact us for more information.
* The price includes
- half-board in refuges or lodges
- bus transfers, cable cars or taxi transfers
- luggage transfers (every day)
* The price doesn’t include
- Drinks, cereal bars and other personal expenses
- Your personal insurance
- Your hiking equipment
- Everything that isn’t mentioned in « the price includes »
- You’ll only be carriing your day pack
- Departure confirmed at 6 participants
- Transfer back to starting point at the end of the trip is included
- Special itinerary to stay away from the crowds
- Meeting and briefing with your guide the day before departure
- Groups limited to 10 participants to the maximize exchange
The previous day
Meeting with the group and your guide at 6.30PM at the office in les Contamines
Day 1 Contamines – Col du Beaufortain and its valley.
From the summit of Contamines Montjoie cable-cars (Le Signal 1,875 m) you will go towards Roselette crest (2,110 m) from where the point of view on Mont-Blanc and Beaufortain massifs is splendid. You may meet more marmots than hikers for the first two days. Difference in height of + 510 m / – 680 m – 5-and-a-half-hour walking.
Day 2 Vallon en Beaufortain – Col de la Croix du Bonhomme – Vallée des Glaciers.
Ascent to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. Via the secret passages of alpine hikers you will enter the mineral setting of the gorges of Curé path. The green high mountain pastures contrast with the snow peaks of Mont-Blanc massif, and the cowbells of the herds of Vallée des Glaciers will lead you to the refuge. Dinner and night at the refuge. Difference in height of + 1,050 m/Difference in height of – 876 m – 6-hour walking.
Day 3 Col de la Seigne – Vallon de la Lée Blanche – Val Veny.
Ascent to Col de la Seigne (2,516 m), then easy descent of Vallon de la Lée Blanche to Lac Combal (1,970 m). From there a narrow mountain road and a logging track will lead you to Monte Bianco refuge. Col de la Seigne is the border with Italy. The impressive southern face of Mont-Blanc gradually appears beyond, which overlooks Val Veny and its forests of soft green larches. The terrace of the refuge where you will spend the night has a splendid view on the nearby Aiguille Noire de Peuterey and La Brenva glacier (Eastern slope of Mont-Blanc). Dinner and night in Val Veny.
Difference in height of + 690 m / – 816 m – 7-hour walking.
Day 4 Entrèves – Mont de la Saxe – Pré de Bar.
A car will drive you to Planpincieux (1,627 m), small village from where you will go to Armina on foot (2,000 m) and to Malatra, before going down to Val Ferret. This magnificent and not very crossed scenic point has a splendid panorama which stretches from the summit of Mont-Blanc to Grandes Jorasses. You will see in front of you rocks, snow summits over 4,000 meters high and glittering glaciers. The refuge stands in front of Pré de bar glacier, whose final spur of ice laps the depths of the small valley. Dinner and night in the Italian Val Ferret. Difference in height of + 700 m / – 550 m – 5-hour walking.
Day 5 Grand Col Ferret – Border – Swiss Val Ferret.
Discovery day off the beaten track, crossing of Col Ferret (2,537 m) which is the Italian-Swiss border. You will go down to Val Ferret by crossing pleasant high mountain pastures, and you will leave the steep-sided reliefs of Vallée d’Aoste to get to the Swiss round nature, a drastic change of landscapes. Transfer to Champex.
Difference in height of + 550 m / – 550 m – 5-hour walking.
Day 6 La Fouly to Champex – Trient valley.- Chamonix valley.
Depending on the conditions and your level, the guide will choose between making you benefit from the spectacular scenic point on Rhône valley or reaching Arpette window via a tiring and more delicate way to the rocks, before getting to Col de la Forclaz. From there a bus will drive you to the nice Moulin lodge. Difference in height of + 1,100 m / – 1,385 m – 6-and-a-half-hour walking.
Day 7 Argentière – Cheserys – Chamonix. After a pleasant ascent towards Cheserys lakes (attractive and neighbouring lakes of Lac Blanc). In front of you you will see the imposing Mont-Blanc, surrounded by the famous summits of Aiguille du Midi, Aiguille Verte, Aiguille des Drus and Glacier du Tour, Glacier des Bossons and Mer de Glace… You will get to Chamonix valley and will come back to St Gervais/les Contamines-Montjoie by taxi. Difference in height of + 1,000 m, – 900 m – 6-hour walking.
Reservations starting early november
Register by filling the registration form dated and signed and with the 30% deposit, plus the optional insurance coverage amounts. Having a repatriation help service coverage is compulsory to attend our trips. If you do not have one, we can offer you one.
For further information, please contact us by mail or by calling +33 (0)4 50 47 76 55 (Saint-Gervais) or +33 (0)4 50 47 10 08 (Les Contamines). We can help you to realise your projects.