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 premiere hiking routes, uncovering the alpine heart of Europe on this incredible active adventure.
|Hotels (2 nts), basic hotels (2 nts, possibly multi-share), mountain refuges (5 nts, multi-share).|
|9 breakfasts, 5 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Courmayeur - Cable Car Ride to Pointe Helbronner (52EUR per person) - Spa Centre of Pré St Didier (50EUR per person) - Rafting (30-95EUR per person) Aosta - Aosta Visit (7EUR per person)
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 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 - Les Houches to Les Contamines-Montjoie
Transport: Local bus
Hike the challenging 18km (11 mi) from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux.
Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek - Les Contamines-Montjoie to Les Chapieux
Pass glacial lakes on the 23km (14 mi) trek from Les Chapieux to the Italian town of Courmayeur.
Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek - Les Chapieux to Courmayeur
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 - Courmayeur to Val Ferret
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 - Val Ferret to La Fouly
After a short bus journey to the picturesque village of Champex, follow the "Bovine Way" and trek 16km (10mi) from La Fouly to Trient.
Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek - La Fouly to Trient
Enjoy a final day of trekking 14 km (8.6mi) over the Col de la Balme to the Chamonix valley.
Included Activities: Mont Blanc Trek - Trient to Montroc
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. 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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