Mont Blanc Trek from Dubai
Mont Blanc Trek from Dubai

Mont Blanc Trek

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    • Activity Level Challenging
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    • Group Size Medium Group
      15
    All about the Mont Blanc Trek.

    Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps from France to Italy and Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc. This challenging hiking circuit will reward you with mesmerizing views of glaciers, steep valleys, and, of course, Mont Blanc itself. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows, recharging at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple refuges. Challenge yourself to conquer one of the world’s premiere hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Challenging mountain hikes led by an International Mountain Leader (IML) (8 days).
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities, local bus, walking, cable car
    • Meals Included 9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 5 dinners
    • Qualified International Mountain Leader
    • Taxes
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Flights
    • Airport Transfers From Geneva to Chamonix
    • Optional activities

    Looking to book an arrival transfer from the Geneva Airport to your joining hotel in Chamonix? Contact us for private transfer or Alternate to private transfer:

    A public bus runs 4 times per day between GVA airport & Chamonix. Cost is 20 EUR each way. See www.ouibus.com for more information.

    Please note that all recorded trekking durations and altitudes are approximations.

    Please note that for departures during June there may be variations on this itinerary, depending on season & weather conditions. There have been unseasonably heavy snows in the region, so there may be changes to this itinerary. Our expert Leader will always put your safety first and in extreme cases of heavy rain, storms or snow, they may cancel a days activity at their discretion. An alternative will be offered where possible to do so.

    1. Day 1 Arrival to Chamonix

      Arrive at any time.

      Our circuit begins and ends in Chamonix, France.

      This evening is our first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialities in a typical restaurant, such as Cheese fondue, Tartiflette or Raclette accompanied with some famous ”Vin de Savoie”.

      Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h 17:00 Evening

      As this is a challenging active trek, demanding good fitness and equipment, it is very important that you arrive on time for this briefing to learn more about the route and to hear your leader’s recommendations on equipment. Please make every effort to arrive on time. If you are delayed, we will leave you a message detailing where they can be contacted and when to meet later in the evening or early the following morning.

      Chamonix trekking Mont Blanc

    2. Day 2 Chamonix/Les Contamines-Montjoie(Breakfast | Dinner)

      Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 24km (14 mi) hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savour a delicious dinner in the evening.

      Les Contamines Trekking mont blanc

      We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We’ll take the bus to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue. From here 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.

      Local bus
      Chamonix – Les Houches

      Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie
      Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie8h30m 24km

      Hike past the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot (if weather permits,) afterwards 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 the night for a well-deserved rest.

      Approximate hiking time is 8.5hrs. 900m – 2952ft ascent, 1300m – 4265ft descent

      Les Contamines Trekking mont blanc

    3. Day 3 Les Contamines-Montjoie/Les Chapieux(Breakfast | Dinner)

      Hike the challenging 18km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux
      Les Contamines-Montjoie – Les Chapieux 7h 18km

      Begin the steep ascent to the Col Du Bonhomme, then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme and stop for lunch. While eating your meal, enjoy the amazing view of the Vallee des Chapieux. Descend to Les Chapieux for the night. Today the group will tackle steep uphill and downhill routes on rough terrain, this part of the tour can be extremely difficult but hikers’ feeling of satisfaction after climbing the Col du Bonhomme make the challenges worthwhile.

      Approximate hiking time is 7 hours. 1300m – 4265ft ascent, 900m – 2952ft descent

      Les Chapieux Trekking mont Blanc

    4. Day 4 Les Chapieux/Courmayeur(Breakfast)

      Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Les Chapieux to Courmayeur
      Les Chapieux – Courmayeur5h 28km

      Climb through open pastures and snowfield to Col de la Seigne and the border with Italy. Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny. Continue on a 45 minute descent to Rifugio Elisabetta, then a further 45 minute descent will bring the group to La Visaille. From this small hamlet take a bus or taxi to the picturesque town of Courmayeur, Italy.

      Approximate hiking time is 5hrs. 750m – 2460ft ascent, 800m – 2625ft descent

      Free Time
      Courmayeur Evening

      Free time to explore what the biggest town in the Italian Mont Blanc circuit has to offer such as restaurants and bistros.

      Optional Activities

      Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner
      Courmayeur

      52EUR per person

      Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back — the views are stunning.

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      Spa Centre of Pré St Didier
      Courmayeur 1h-3h

      50EUR per person

      Enjoy an indulgent thermal bath or massage to relax those well-worked muscles at the amazing Spa Centre of Pré St Didier.

      Rafting
      Courmayeur 2h-4h

      30-95 EUR per person

      Raft down the scenic Dora Baltea River in the Aosta Valley.

      rafting-courmayeur - trekking Mont Blanc

      Aosta Visit
      Aosta 5h-6h

      7EUR per person

      Get to know this charming bilingual city nestled in the Italian Alps. It offers many sights to explore, including the ancient town walls of Augusta Prætoria Salassorum, still preserved almost in their entirety, and an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

      Roman-Theatre-aosta- Mont blanc trek

    5. Day 5 Courmayeur(Breakfast)

      The picturesque mountain town of Courmayeur is an ideal backdrop for a free day. Opt to ride a cable car to Pointe Helbronner or go for a day hike.

      Today we have a scheduled rest day to put up our weary feet or take the opportunity to enjoy the lovely town of Courmayeur and La Saxe.

      Enjoy an optional dinner with the group and our leader to taste some of the Italian Alpine specialities offered in Courmayeur’s many atmospheric restaurants.

      Free Time
      Courmayeur Full Day

      Relax and enjoy the mountain scenery or enjoy one of the optional activities available here.

      Optional Activities

      Spa Centre of Pré St Didier
      Courmayeur 1h-3h

      50EUR per person

      Enjoy an indulgent thermal bath or massage to relax those well-worked muscles at the amazing Spa Centre of Pré St Didier.

      Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner
      Courmayeur

      52EUR per person

      Enjoy a magnificent cable car ride to Pointe Helbronner and back — the views are stunning.

    6. Day 6 Courmayeur/Val Ferret(Breakfast | Dinner)

      Hike the 14km (8.6 mi) from Courmayeur to the Italian Val Ferret. It’s a steep climb but the rewarding views are worth it.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Courmayeur to Val Ferret
      Courmayeur – Val Ferret 5h 14-20km

      Lace those hiking boots back up! Start the steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone 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 Jorasses. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view. Continue to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night.

      Approximate hiking time is 5hrs. 850m – 2789ft ascent, 700m – 2297ft descent

    7. Day 7 Val Ferret/La Fouly(Breakfast | Dinner)

      Embark on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Val Ferret to La Fouly
      Val Ferret – La Fouly 6h 20km

      Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the steep climb across the Grand Col Ferret, and descend into the hamlet of Ferret, Switzerland. Continue the decent into the Alpage at La Peule before reaching a high traverse above the valley; from here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Continue downward on a the final passage, finishing in the mountain village of La Fouly, where you can finally kick those feet up and relax.

      Approximate hiking duration is 6hrs. 900m – 2953ft ascent, 1400m – 4593ft descent

    8. Day 8 La Fouly/Trient(Breakfast | Dinner)

      After a short bus journey to the picturesque village of Champex, follow the ”Bovine Way” and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient.

      Mont Blanc Trek – La Fouly to Trient
      La Fouly – Trient5h 16km

      Taking the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley, we continue along our circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz and then heading downhill to Trient.
      Approximate hiking duration is 5hrs. 750m – 2460ft ascent, 950m – 3117ft descent

    9. Day 9 Trient/Chamonix(Breakfast)

      Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley.

      Mont Blanc Trek – Trient to Montroc
      Trient – Montroc 5h 14km

      Head back towards the Chamonix Valley and out of Switzerland. Walk uphill through a large forest and then open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme. Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek.

      Approximate hiking duration is 5hrs. 900m – 2952ft ascent, 750m – 2460ft descent

    10. Day 10 Chamonix(Breakfast)

      Depart at any time.

    Accommodations

    NOTE: Accommodations vary per departure and are subject to change until tour start date; they are not final and should be used as examples only.

    Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts, possibly multi-share), mountain refuges (5 nts, multi-share).

    About Accommodation

    As this trip has a “Basic” Service Level grading, and uses mountain refuges,some accommodation on this tour is multi-share. This may involve 3-4 group members sharing and often in the mountain gites dormitory style rooms for the whole group. Rooms will not be en-suite and will have shared bathroom facilities.

    We will be staying at a mixture of mountain refuges and small local hotels on this trip. Most nights will be multi-share and with basic, shared facilities.

    Accommodation by Day

    Day 1

    Hotel Gustavia (or similar)

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    Day 2

    Refuge Nant Borrant (or similar)

    Day 3

    Auberge de la Nova (or similar)

    Day 4

    Hotel Cristallo (or similar)

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    Day 5

    Hotel Cristallo (or similar)

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    Day 6

    Rifugio Bonatti (or similar)

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    Day 7

    Auberge des Glaciers Fouly (or similar)

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    Day 8

    La Grande Ourse (or similar)

    Hôtel

    Day 9

    Hotel Gustavia (or similar)

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    1. Please note that this trip is rated Physical Grade 5 and is a backpacking trekking trip from start to finish. Passengers are required to carry their own packs and there are no support vehicles. It is possible to leave some gear at the hotel in Chamonix as the trip begins and ends here. Night stops and routes may vary depending on weather conditions, daily group progress and availability. Flexibility is very important. Please see the equipment list for essential information on what to take

    2. Please note that this trip travels through remote and rugged Alpine terrain. Extremes of heat and cold may be encountered and the route involves some long and demanding trekking days carrying all your own gear. The Tour Leader will accompany you on the treks; however, there are up to 12 people in a group and the trip is self-supported. There are no luggage transport, porters or guides. Therefore it is important that you are a fit and confident walker over mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents and cross streams by yourself. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trip.
    Please note that on most days there is no possibility of continuing by public transport; taxis may sometimes be possible if you are not able to continue walking but these cannot be guaranteed and will be at your own expense

    Max 12, avg 10

    9 breakfasts, 5 dinners

    For the hiking portion of this tour, meal options are limited to those available in the refuges that we stop in along the way. Here, you will enjoy delicious food made with local ingredients.

    Please note that this trip is rated Physical Grade 5 and is a backpacking trekking trip from start to finish. Passengers are required to carry their own packs and there are no support vehicles. It is possible to leave some gear at the hotel in Chamonix as the trip begins and ends here. Night stops and routes may vary depending on weather conditions, daily group progress and availability. Flexibility is very important. Please see the equipment list for essential information on what to take.

    You may leave some extra gear or a piece of luggage at the start hotel and get it back on Day 10 at the end of the trip (check with your Leader or hotel front desk about the luggage storage policy).

    Mont Blanc Trekking:
    • Day pack (required) (Max 40 litres capacity – it is essential to pack light as you will be carrying your own gear.)
    • Rain gear (required) (Jacket and pants, must be windproof and waterproof. We recommend using a jacket with a hood made of Gortex or similar fabric, and advise against bringing pac-a-macs or ponchos.)
    • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet (required) (Cotton or silk liners are essential to use at the refuges.)
    • Clothing (We recommend bringing 1 outfit to wear during the evenings and days off, preferably lightweight top and bottoms.)
    • Fleece jacket or warm layer
    • Gloves (We recommend packing warm gloves in case of cold and wet weather.)
    • Hat (For cool weather, a warm beanie is most appropriate. For sunny weather, a wide brimmed hat or cap. We recommend preparing for both weather conditions.)
    • Hiking boots (We recommend hiking boots instead of hiking shoes, as boots provide better ankle support on rough terrain and protection from snow early in the season.)
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended. We recommend 2 pairs of trousers, and 1 pair of shorts.)
    • Lightweight wicking shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt for hiking
    • Pack liners to waterproof bags (A rucksack liner or large Ziploc bags/dry bag(s) to keep clothes and equipment dry inside your backpack in case of rain.)
    • Quick-dry socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton). We recommend packing 2-3 pairs.)
    • Shoes/sandals (Sport sandals, flip-flops or light sneakers to wear at the refuges is optional, as most refuges have crocs available to wear during your stay.)
    • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets. You will be able to purchase these along the way.)
    • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.)

    Note: This is a mountain trek going up to over 2500m/8000ft, therefore it is important that hikers are prepared for changing weather conditions (especially in the June and September).

    When choosing your gear please bear in mind that the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as these are quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing system for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.

    Hiking poles are strongly recommended, especially for departures in June and early in the season. Hiking gear is not available for rent in Chamonix. If you require additional items (poles, rain gear etc.) it may be purchased.

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