Experience the rarified air of Europe as you trek the Alps with a guide 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 premier hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.
Day 1: Chamonix
Arrive at any time.
Day 2: Chamonix/Les Contamines-Montjoie
Travel to Les Houches and enjoy a 24km (14 mi) hike through the stunning countryside to Les Contamines and savor a delicious dinner in the evening.
Day 3: Les Contamines-Montjoie/Les Chapieux
Hike the challenging 18km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux.
Day 4: Les Chapieux/Courmayeur
Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur.
Day 5: Courmayeur
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.
Day 6: Courmayeur/Val Ferret
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.
Day 7: Val Ferret/La Fouly
Embark on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly.
Day 8: La Fouly/Trient
After a short bus journey to the picturesque village of Champex, follow the "Bovine Way" and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient.
Day 9: Trient/Chamonix
Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley.
Day 10: Chamonix
Depart at any time.
Sleeps up to 2, Contains 2 twin beds
Two nights in standard hotels, two nights in basic hotels including sharing rooms with multiple guests, and five nights in mountain refuges with multiple guests sharing space.
A combination of standard hotels, basic hotels, and mountain refuge accommodations. This trip has a "Basic" Service Level grading, and uses mountain refuges, with some accommodation on this tour as multi-share. This may involve 3-4 group members sharing and often in the mountains dormitory style rooms for the whole group. Rooms will not be en-suite and will have shared bathroom facilities. Please note that the Hotel Chamonix is affiliated with the nearby Hotel Crete Blanche and that in some cases the group could be divided between the two hotels. These two lovely hotels in the centre of Chamonix have everything we need to enjoy the area and get a good rest before and after our trek. The interior of the hotels are all in wood, giving them a very typical Alpine atmosphere. 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.
Our guide, Ian, was amazing!! Loved every minute of this trip!