Tour Du Mont Blanc Guided Trail

La Blanc, Chamonix-Mont Blanc
Duration: 10 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 5
from £2,199pp with flights

Relish awe-inspiring panoramas of glistening glaciers, snow-covered summits and majestic Mont Blanc itself. The trail traverses the Alpine passes and pastures of France, Italy and Switzerland with stunning views and picturesque villages throughout. Being the most popular long distance trail in Europe, this famous alpine circuit circumnavigates the majestic Mont Blanc massif, Western Europe’s highest mountain at 15,781 feet (4,810m). Our holiday takes a comparatively leisurely 10 nights with time to soak up the spectacular scenery, flora and fauna and you will be left with no doubt that this is Europe's top trail.

Holiday Highlights

  • Soak up the spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on Europe’s top trail
  • Circumnavigate the majestic Mont Blanc massif
  • Look out for marmots, ibex and chamois

What’s included

  • Transport and luggage transfers on all walking days*
  • Experienced IML Guide
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Full Board en-suite accommodation** 
    • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 evening meals 

*luggage transfers on 8 days **non en-suite accommodation on 2 nights

Trip Notes

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Transfer to our hotel in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley in 1 hour 30 mins. Argentiere is a small village 7km from Chamonix and has a few restaurants, bars and outdoor equipment shops. If you want to visit Chamonix town, it takes 20 minutes by public bus or train.

Hôtel de la Couronne - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel La Couronne is situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif in the alpine village of Argentière. The hotels wooden frame rooms are furnished with TV and private bathroom with shower or bathtub and free WiFi access.


After breakfast we begin our journey. We take the short bus ride to Chamonix (20 minutes) and then walk along the river to the pretty village of Les Praz. We take the Flegere cable car and continue our walk to Lac Blanc. We walk through open countryside with incredible views of the whole Mont Blanc range and may hear the occasional whistle from a marmot. Our decent follows a beautiful path, through the forest, descending to Argentiere and back to our hotel for a second night. 

12 miles (19km), with 1460 feet (450m) of ascent, and 4,264 feet (1,300m) of descent.

Hôtel de la Couronne - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel La Couronne is situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif in the alpine village of Argentière. The hotels wooden frame rooms are furnished with TV and private bathroom with shower or bathtub and free WiFi access.


From the hotel we hike through old Argentiere and up to the Col des Posettes for superb views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. From here, we traverse to the Col de Balme and look directly into Switzerland. We descend through open country with views of glaciers to Trient and then a short climb to the Col de la Forclaz where we spend the night.

11 miles (17 ½ km), with 3,820 feet (1,180m) of ascent, and 2,932 feet (894m) of descent.

Hôtel du Col de la Forclaz - Tour du Mont Blanc

Set on the Col de la Forclaz mountain pass this is a relaxed, family-run hotel first constructed in 1830. Rooms are simply decorated. There is no internet access available.


From Forclaz we hike along the ‘Bovine Route’ to Champex. The route winds its way through meadows, forests and open country with views of the mountains of Verbier and the great Sion Valley. There are no great ascents today and we arrive at the hotel located in central Champex overlooking the beautiful lake. 

9 miles (14km), with 1,512 feet (461m) of ascent, and 1,781 feet (543m) of descent.

Hotel du Glacier - Tour du Mont Blanc

This is a traditional hotel that dates back over 100 years. The hotel offers well-furnished rooms with shower or bath, WC, radio, telephone and TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and also in bedrooms.


From Champex it is a gentle 6-7 hour trek to La Fouly along the Val Ferret. We start our walk from Champex Lac and then descend to the valley floor and follow the river through forests and meadows to Praz-de-Fort. We then ascend in similar surroundings with wonderful views of Mt Dolent and the surroundin mountains.

12½ miles (20km), with 1,804 feet (550m) of ascent, and 1,443 feet (440m) of descent.


Please be prepared to carry overnight clothing with you in your day sack on Day 5 (La Fouly) and Day 8 (Les Chapieux), when you will not have access to your luggage. The remainder of your luggage will be transferred on to the next evening’s accommodation.

Hôtel Edelweiss La Fouly - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel Edelweiss La Fouly is situated under the Grand Col Ferret and is one of the most authentic valleys of the Valais region. There are 20 rooms in this small family run hotel with private bathrooms and cable television. The hotel benefits from free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and private tennis courts.


We continue from La Fouly along the Val Ferret and cross into Italy via the impressive Grand Col Ferret. From here, the descent is slightly steeper but rewards us with outstanding views of two of the Alps most iconic mountains – Les Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc. Our hotel is in La Palud - a small hamlet 3km outside of the centre of Courmayeur (45mins walk / 10mins bus ride).


This is a long day if the entire walk is done, and many choose to take the bus from Arnuva to the hotel. You will have the choice of both options. If you take the bus the total distance for the day is 14 miles/ 22km. 18 miles (29km) or 14 miles (22km) if you take a bus ride, with 3,181 feet (970m) of ascent, and 3,837 feet (1,170m) of descent

Hotel Astoria - Tour du Mont Blanc

The Astoria Hotel is located in La Palud, a few meters from the entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel and 3km from Courmayeur town. The hotel has 34 rooms furnished in wood with typical mountain taste; all equipped with telephone, private bathroom, satellite TV and hairdryers. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.


Courmayeur is one of Italy’s premier ski resorts and is full of pretty shops, cafés and restaurants. Close by, there is the new Skyway cable car, the spa at Pre St Didier and lots of walking options.

Hotel Astoria - Tour du Mont Blanc

The Astoria Hotel is located in La Palud, a few meters from the entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel and 3km from Courmayeur town. The hotel has 34 rooms furnished in wood with typical mountain taste; all equipped with telephone, private bathroom, satellite TV and hairdryers. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.


We travel to Val Veny under the spectacular South Face and ridges of Mont Blanc. We trek along a wide glacial valley surrounded by glaciers and high peaks to the Col de la Seigne which marks the border between France and Italy. We then descend to Les Chapieux. Today is quite a long day, although it is not steep.

13 miles (24km), with 2,829 feet (860m) of ascent, and 3,171 feet (967m) of descent.

Auberge de la Nova - Tour du Mont Blanc

Auberge de la Nova is a small hostel nestled in the mountains. The hostel consists of 15 rooms and 4 dormitories with hot showers, hand basins and toilets. A drying room is available for clothes and shoes (slippers can be borrowed). There is no internet access. Please be aware that there may be occasions where you will need to share a triple room, rather than a twin.


We make a steep ascent above Les Chapieux through marmot country and on through open meadows to more barren scenery. We cross two cols in wild surroundings with fabulous Alpine flowers and marmots, weasels and chamois. We then head down through open country and on to a narrowing valley. Our destination is Les Contamines – a pretty ski village with an interesting church. The hotel is located 1km outside of the centre of Les Contamines.

13 miles (21km), with 3,050 feet (930m) of ascent, and 4,329 feet (1,320m) of descent.

Chalet Hôtel La Chemenaz - Tour du Mont Blanc

This family-owned chalet style hotel is located in a peaceful spot, just ten minutes walk from Les Contamines. It has 27 spacious, soundproof rooms that have separate bathrooms with bathtub or shower, hair dryer, satellite TV, direct telephone, safety deposit box & free WiFi. This hotel also features a sauna, hot tub and heated outdoor swimming pool.


We follow the Bon Nant river for approximately 4km and then head into the hills near la Gruvaz. We pass the pretty villages of le Champel and Bionassay and then make our final climb of the holiday to the Col de Voza (1653m). This is a fitting end to our trek with the most outstanding views of the Chamonix Valley, the Chamonix Aiguilles and the Mont Blanc massif. We descend by cable car to Les Houches. From here you can elect to take the bus back to the hotel in Argentiere (40 minutes) or continue on foot to Chamonix town – a further 7km – to complete the circuit. From Chamonix it is 20 minutes by bus or train to our hotel.

9 miles (14km), with 2,625 feet (800m) of ascent, and 650 feet (200m) of descent.

Hôtel de la Couronne - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel La Couronne is situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif in the alpine village of Argentière. The hotels wooden frame rooms are furnished with TV and private bathroom with shower or bathtub and free WiFi access.


Free leisure time until your transfer to the airport.


Tour Du Mont Blanc Itinerary Map

Hôtel de la Couronne - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel La Couronne is situated at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif in the alpine village of Argentière. The hotels wooden frame rooms are furnished with TV and private bathroom with shower or bathtub and free WiFi access.

Hôtel du Col de la Forclaz - Tour du Mont Blanc

Set on the Col de la Forclaz mountain pass this is a relaxed, family-run hotel first constructed in 1830. Rooms are simply decorated. There is no internet access available.

Hotel du Glacier - Tour du Mont Blanc

This is a traditional hotel that dates back over 100 years. The hotel offers well-furnished rooms with shower or bath, WC, radio, telephone and TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and also in bedrooms.

Hôtel Edelweiss La Fouly - Tour du Mont Blanc

Hôtel Edelweiss La Fouly is situated under the Grand Col Ferret and is one of the most authentic valleys of the Valais region. There are 20 rooms in this small family run hotel with private bathrooms and cable television. The hotel benefits from free Wi-Fi, a sauna, and private tennis courts.

Hotel Astoria - Tour du Mont Blanc

The Astoria Hotel is located in La Palud, a few meters from the entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel and 3km from Courmayeur town. The hotel has 34 rooms furnished in wood with typical mountain taste; all equipped with telephone, private bathroom, satellite TV and hairdryers. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

Auberge de la Nova - Tour du Mont Blanc

Auberge de la Nova is a small hostel nestled in the mountains. The hostel consists of 15 rooms and 4 dormitories with hot showers, hand basins and toilets. A drying room is available for clothes and shoes (slippers can be borrowed). There is no internet access. Please be aware that there may be occasions where you will need to share a triple room, rather than a twin.

Chalet Hôtel La Chemenaz - Tour du Mont Blanc

This family-owned chalet style hotel is located in a peaceful spot, just ten minutes walk from Les Contamines. It has 27 spacious, soundproof rooms that have separate bathrooms with bathtub or shower, hair dryer, satellite TV, direct telephone, safety deposit box & free WiFi. This hotel also features a sauna, hot tub and heated outdoor swimming pool.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Walking boots are essential on the Tour du Mont Blanc as they provide the best ankle support and grip. Because there are stream crossings and occasionally snow on the route we do not recommend Approach shoes - however, if desired, they can be worn on days with no snow or stream crossings.
  • Walking socks suitable for warm weather – major sock manufacturers such as Bridgedale make socks specifically designed for warm weather – just ensure that your footwear fits correctly if you’re used to wearing thicker socks.
  • Good quality windproof/waterproof jacket (with hood) and waterproof trousers are essential at all times of the year.
  • Shorts and T-shirts - lightweight wicking materials are best.
  • Warm fleece, trousers and lightweight hat and gloves.
  • For sun protection please bring a sunhat, sunglasses and suncream.
  • Fleece or other purpose designed synthetic tops give good lightweight insulation and nylon or cotton trousers can provide unrestricted movement. A layering system is better than one thick top.

Optional Equipment

  • Rucksack - this needs to be large enough to carry your picnic lunch, drink, waterproofs and spare clothing. A size of 35-40 litres is best: a smaller rucksack is not adequate. A waterproof liner as well as a rucksack cover will keep the contents dry. On two separate days (day 5 and 8) we do not provide a luggage transfer and so you will need to carry kit for an overnight stay (the rest of your belongings will be transferred to the next day’s accommodation). For the two nights without luggage you just need to take spare underwear, socks, T shirt and toiletries. You do not need bedding or towels as these are provided. This is light back-packing.
  • Water bottle - 2 litres is recommended
  • First Aid Kit - containing plasters, insect repellent wipes, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, blister kit, and medical tape
  • Spare food - Leaders cannot carry emergency food for the whole party. As this walk crosses remote areas it is essential that you take some high energy food. Energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate etc are not included in your picnic so please take supplies, or pick up some en route.
  • Camera and charger.
  • Small head torch.
  • Trekking poles aid balance and take some of the strain off your knees during steeper descents. They are useful for early-season treks when we may encounter patches of old winter snow.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
24 Jun - 04 Jul 2020 Itinerary £2,199 Available Book Now
05 Aug - 15 Aug 2020 Itinerary £2,199 Available Book Now
26 Aug - 05 Sep 2020 Itinerary £2,199 Available Book Now
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2020
24 Jun - 04 Jul 2020 Itinerary £1,999 Available Book Now
05 Aug - 15 Aug 2020 Itinerary £1,999 Available Book Now
26 Aug - 05 Sep 2020 Itinerary £1,999 Available Book Now

Important Information

  • Single room: contact us for details
  • Flights from London Heathrow are included.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh.   £139
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer - contact us for details
Duration:
10 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
5

10 nights from £2,199pp with flights

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