Tour of Mont Blanc
Hello everyone! Some friends and myself are going to do the Tour of Mont Blanc this summer.
There are only a very few places left for anyone interested.
Below is the detailed itinerary.
DAY 1 - Fly in to Geneva, transfer to Chamonix.
DAY 2 - Chamonix – Col de Balme
Our hiking adventure starts from the village of Le Tour. Once at Col de Balme, our first hiking goal, we will say goodbye to the king of the Alps, Mont Blanc, and the nearby needles, and discover the Swiss Alps and pastures. We follow the trail down to Alpages des Grands and lower down to the Trient glacier creek. Col de la Forclaz and our hotel are only 2 miles away.
DAY 3 - Croix de Bovine – Champex – La Fouly
As we hike up to the alpine pastures of La Giète, the Swiss Herens cow breed welcomes our arrival with a typical cowbell melody. While we leave behind us the busy cheese maker, the trail leads to Croix de Bovine. There the panorama rewards our efforts with an incredible view over the upper Rhone valley. The Bernese Oberland and the Penian Mountains border the Swiss Wallis region. It is time to hike down to the charming alpine village of Champex, from where we transfer to the hamlet of La Fouly by bus. After a few more minutes of hiking, we reach La Léchère mountain inn where we stop for the night.
DAY 4 - Grand Col Ferret - Refuge de Bertone
Today we are on our way to Grand Col Ferret, the border between Italy and Switzerland, and the pass with a view : the southern side of the Mont-Blanc range ! Mont Dolent, the peak with a face in Italy, in France and Switzerland, is just on our right. As we hike back down, the Glacier of Pré de Bar seems so close, and in the distance the Miage Glacier looks so imposing ! Once we’ve reached Arnuva we continue uphill again and hike to Bertone hut, our home for tonight.
DAY 5 - Courmayeur – Col de la Seigne
We hike downhill all the way to the alpine town of Courmayeur. After a quick visit of the coble-stoned and narrow streets of the town, we ride the public bus into Val Vény and to the start of our trail. First, we hike past Lac Combal and Elisabetta hut, and finally up to Col de la Seigne, the border between Italy and France. As we hike down into the green pastures of the Beaufort region, the grazing goats, and herds of light brown velvety-eyed Tarine cows liven up this remote and uninhabited landscape. We spend the night at the mountain inn of La Nova.
DAY 6 - Col du Bonhomme – les Contamines
We hike up to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and to Col du Bonhomme. The trail runs across both passes and offers splendid natural terraces for us to enjoy our picnic under the indifferent eyes of ibexes. The descent down into Val Montjoie is gradual all the way to Notre Dame de la Gorge. We stop for the night at the campground of Le Pontet, just before the village of Les Contamines.
DAY 7 - Col du Tricot – Bellevue – les Houches
In the morning, we walk across the small alpine town of Les Contamines and soon head up to Le Truc and the alpine pastures of Miage. The views that surround us are stunning ! Then we will test our calves on the steep switchbacks up to Col du Tricot, one of the reasons why we trained for this trip … Our loop ends at the summit of Bellevue. Happy to see the Chamonix valley again, we ride the tram down to the valley bottom and meet civilisation again ! We transfer to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Here are some additional important information
Accommodation : 5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory). Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
Included in the package:
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, and basic hotel (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Minivan transfers during the trek
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
What's not included in the package
- Accommodation on the day before and after our trek
- Airport Transfers
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
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