9 nights in France
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 premier hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.
|Hotels (2 nightts), basic hotels (2 nights, possibly multi-share), mountain refuges (5 nights, multi-share).|
|7 breakfasts, 5 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
All prices are per person, in Euro amounts. Chamonix : - Aiguille du Midi (cable car + summit lift) - 57 EUR + 3 EUR - Mer de Glace (alpine train and visit ice cave) - 27 EUR - Transglacial crossing Aiguille du Midi to Pointe Helbronner (return) - 27 EUR - Tramway du Mont Blanc - 30.50 EUR Courmayeur: - Pointe Helbronner (bus + cable car) - 6 EUR + 36 EUR - Transglacial crossing Pointe Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi (return) - 17 EUR - Spa Centre in Pré St Didier - 50 EUR All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
Transport on this trip will mainly be on foot, but there will be some short journeys by public bus or train to get to the start/finish points of walks.
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" wine. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
We set off this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We'll take the bus or train 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. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek Transport: Local bus
Hike the challenging 18km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek
Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek
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.
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. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek
Embark on a long, steep hike of 20km (12 mi) followed by a stay in the Swiss mountain village of La Fouly. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek
Follow the "Bovine Way" and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek
Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley. Take local transport back to Chamonix. Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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. 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.
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