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Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek
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Walk the classic circuit through France, Switzerland and Italy
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 10 picnic lunches
  • 12 hotel/restaurant dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Included in the trip are all breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 12 hotel/restaurant dinners. On free days 7, 11, 14 and both transfer days lunch is not provided. On the free days 7 and 14 dinner is also not included and needs to be bought locally. We take our evening meals in the hotel in which we are staying or in a nearby restaurant. These meals are usually arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group and as they are based on special negotiations made by us represent better value than eating independently. Please note that should the times of flights change to arrive earlier, or depart later, additional meals will not be included. Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated. Typical Meals Continental Breakfast: Will normally include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, French bread, croissant and conserves. Picnic-Style Lunch: Generally include bread, cold meat, cheese, tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit. Evening meal: a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, a dessert course. Beer, wine, bottled water, other drinks, coffee or tea are not included in the price of evening meals taken in restaurants. Vegetarians: Although vegetarianism is not common in this part of Europe and most meals are based on meat and fish there are no problems catering for vegetarians as long as they are prepared to be flexible. Drinks: Please note that drinks are not included and you will be expected to pay directly for any wine/tea/coffee taken at dinner.

Day 1
Fly to Geneva
Fly to Geneva; transfer to Chamonix.
Day 2
Follow Grand Balcon Sud, excellent views of Mont Blanc; return to Chamonix.
From Chamonix we walk to Les Praz and take the téléférique to La Flégère (1,900m – 6230ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to our south. Initially we contour and then climb to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2352m - 7715ft). The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before a final climb down to the hamlet of Montroc (1,371m - 4500ft) from where we take a short scenic train journey back to Chamonix. In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.
Day 3
Over Col de Balme into Switzerland; night at Col Forclaz.
We travel back to Montroc at the top of the Chamonix valley where we begin our ascent to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m – 7200ft), descend a little and then climb towards the Col de Balme (2,191m – 7190ft) from where we follow one of the paths across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we walk through to the small Swiss hamlet of Trient (1,296m – 4250ft). Good views of the Trient Glacier. A sting in the tail today as we finish with a steep climb from Trient to our hotel at the Col de la Forclaz (1527m – 5010ft).
Day 4
Follow Bovine Route to Champex.
We leave the Col de la Forclaz, where we can look directly down into the Rhône valley and the Swiss town of Martigny and follow an historic path used to take the cows to high pasture, the 'Bovine route' (2049m – 6720ft). Our trail takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before we descend to the charming town of Champex (1486m – 4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.
Day 5
Along Val Ferret to La Fouly.
Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc Massif we walk south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m/3460ft) and other small, pretty, alpine farming villages. This is quite a good day for flowers, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village of La Fouly (1600m/5250ft). This is at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit is at the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.
Day 6
Follow river La Drance; climb to the highest point of the tour at Grand Col Ferret and into Italy. Overnight at La Palud.
Still following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m/8320ft), the highest pass of the tour. Now in Italy, the valley is also called 'Val Ferret'. The mountain views from the Col are stunning with the Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m/5800ft) then travel by bus to our hotel in La Palud near Courmayeur.
Day 7
Rest day.
The nearby ex-spa towns of Courmayeur and Entreves have picturesque older sections, which are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. There is a cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3,461m/11350ft) and on across the glacier to Aiguille du Midi (and in fact on down to Chamonix). This is a splendid (optional) excursion, which gives close-up views of all the big peaks. Alternatively you might wish to relax and recover in the Spa bathes at Pre Saint Didier a short bus ride from Courmayeur.
Day 8
Return by bus to Planpincieux and then climb steeply from the valley to Mont de la Saxe.
We start with a short bus ride to pick up the TMB and from the road (1675m – 5500ft) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2025m – 6640ft). Today we follow beautiful contouring path around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional as are those of the towering, cliffy peak of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1,230m – 4030m) (superb ice creams!) from where we take a short bus ride back to our hotel.
Day 9
Cross the Col de la Seigne back to France, descend through la Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux.
Today we are heading for the Val Veny and the start of our walk at La Vissaille (1660m/5450ft). We'll reach this by bus to then start climb gently along good paths beneath the massive glacier de Miage and pass Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road and head for today's pass: the 'Col de la Seigne' (2,516m/8250ft), which marks our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through la Ville des Glaciers (1,789m/5870ft) and finally after quite a long walking day to Les Chapieux (1,553m/5090ft), a small remote hamlet inhabited only during the summer months.
Day 10
Ascend to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, then contour across to the Col du Bonhomme.
We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. First we make a steep sustained climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,478m/8130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2,328m/7640ft). We then start the proper descent on a steep path, through meadows and over a Roman bridge and finally to the village of Les Contamines (1180m/5900ft). A short bus ride down the valley takes us to the pretty village of St Gervais, the perfect place for a day off.
Day 11
Rest day.
A well-earned rest day. There are many options to fill your day including taking the cog railway to Le Nid d'aigle, the Eagles Nest, a popular start point to climb Mont Blanc, or browsing around the local market of Les Contamines. There are plenty of optional walks in the area or one can simply relax around the pleasant town of St Gervais or even treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa.
Day 12
Over Col de Tricot to the Chamonix Valley; overnight at Les Houches.
Today is a challenging day with plenty of ups and downs. From St Gervais we have a 10 min transfer to re-join our route before ascending to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m/5120ft). From here we take a trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m/6950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. Good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Eventually we make another ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1,652m/5418ft) where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and make our final descent to the village of Les Houches (993m/3225ft).
Day 13
Best views of Mont Blanc today; long ascent to the Brevent, descend to Chamonix.
We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb steeply through pine forest and then on open mountainsides to reach the high point of the day at Brevent (2,525m/8290ft). This is a long walking day but will probably afford the best views of the French side of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks that we shall have on the whole trek. We descend to Plan Praz (1970m/6460ft) and take the cable car to Chamonix (1,061m) for a well-deserved beer.
Day 14
Free day in Chamonix.
Free day in and around Chamonix. There are several good walks around Chamonix, and also spectacular (optional) excursions by cable car or mountain railway.
Day 15
Fly to London
Transfer to Geneva, fly to London.
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Tour du Mont Blanc - hotel / Colin Courtney 5/5

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Throughout the trek we use small family run hotels, village inns, pensions, and auberges that vary from unclassified, to 2 or 3-star. All are clean and well run and set up with the needs of the trekker in mind. Please be aware that room sizes (twin, double or triple rooms) and facilities will vary from hotel to hotel and sometimes from room to room within one hotel. On 9 of the nights facilities are ensuite whilst the others have shared bathroom and toilet facilities 'on the landing'. Couples will always have their own room but we cannot say whether this will be twin or double. Single clients must be prepared to share with one or two other members of the same sex. We are unable to accept bookings for single rooms due to the small size of the hotels used and the fact that we are usually staying only one night in each hotel. The Auberge does not provide soap and you may wish to bring a towel, as those provided by continental hotels are sometimes small.

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