Tour Du Mont Blanc

Guided Trail

Code: XMLDW

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains

Level

  • Harder
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From £1,725.00 - 10 nights

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Holiday overview

The most popular long distance trail in Europe, this famous alpine circuit circumnavigates the majestic Mont Blanc massif, Western Europe’s highest mountain. The trail traverses the alpine passes and pastures of France, Italy and Switzerland, with stunning panoramas and picturesque villages throughout.

Holiday highlights

  • Treat yourself to comfortable accommodation on Europe’s most popular long distance trail
  • Awe-inspiring panoramas of glistening glaciers, snow-domed summits and the majestic Mont Blanc
  • Explore the Italian resort of Courmayeur

What's included

  • 10 nights’ Full Board* accommodation
  • The services of an IML qualified and experienced British walking leader
  • Transport as required on walking days
  • Group transfer to/from Geneva airport
  • Luggage transport**
  • Two cablecar journeys and two minibus transfers en route

*with the exception of the picnic lunch and evening meal on your free day in Courmayeur. On this day you can explore independently and choose where you wish eat in the resort.

**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.

Accommodation

Our accommodation is at comfortable partner hotels, gites and mountain huts, where you should experience a friendly welcome and, in many instances, great views. Your evening meal will generally be a set menu, and may incorporate local specialities. Should you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance and we will do our best to cater for you. 

Our first night is spent just outside Chamonix. We follow the circuit in a clockwise direction.

The Hotel de la Couronne (3 night, Days 1, 2 and 10) is in Argentière, an authentic Savoyard village in the heart of the Chamonix Valley situated at the bottom of some of the most beautiful ski descents of the Alps. It is also a part of many hiking trails, including the famous Tour du Mont-Blanc. The village benefits of a superb panorama of the Chamonix Aiguilles and Mont Blanc Massif and its glaciers. The Hôtel de la Couronne has been welcoming alpinistes, skiers, hikers, travellers and other Alpine passionates since 1860.

The Hotel Col de la Forclaz (1 night, Day 3) was first constructed in 1830, and it’s now run by the 6th generation of the same family. The Swiss entry point to the Mont-Blanc region, le Col de la Forclaz (1,527m/5,010ft) connects Martigny (Switzerland) to Chamonix in the Haute-Savoie (France). Located at the northern tip of the Massif du Mont Blanc, Col de la Forclaz provides access to the Haute Vallee du Trient, a vast and unspoilt wilderness and an alpine hiking paradise in both summer and winter.  

 

The small family run Hotel du Glacier, Champex (1 night, Day 4) dates back over 100 years and offers well-furnished and spacious rooms traditionally decorated throughout. Ideally located in the heart of the village of Champex, the hotel has a number of facilities, including a restaurant and bar. A firm favourite with HF Holidays' guests.

 

The Hôtel Edelweiss La Fouly Sàrl‎, La Fouly (1 night, Day 5) has quiet rooms, many with great views. There’s cable TV if you have any energy left to watch it, and free WiFi. There’s a sauna, tennis, library with DVD and videos. With a reputation for good food, you’ll enjoy a good stay here.

 

Opened in 1957, and since then managed by the family Berthod, the Hotel Astoria, Courmayeur, (2 nights, Day 6 & 7) is located at the slopes of Mont Blanc, at the beginning of the Val Ferret. 

The Auberge de la Nova (1 night, Day 8) refuge is set on its own in Les Chapieux. Our reservations are for private twin or double rooms, with sink, when possible. Very occasionally we may find ourselves in a triple. Rooms are basic but comfortable, all with shared bathrooms. If these rooms are not available you will stay at the Refuge des Mottets, which includes basic but comfortable private en-suite rooms.

La Chemenaz Chalet Hotel (1 night, Day 9) is located in Les Contamines-Montjoie. Cosy bedrooms have magnificent views of the Mont Blanc massif, are spacious and airy with a balcony and large windows, and with all the comforts that you would expect. This is perfect for re-energising after a hard day out on the mountains, you’ll find great food and a relaxed atmosphere.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Geneva

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.

Day 2: Chamonix – Lac Blanc – Argentiere

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.

Day 3: Argentiere – Col de Balme – Col de la Forlcaz (Switzerland)

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 (17.5km), with 3,820 feet (1,180m) of ascent, and 2,932 feet (894m) of descent.

Day 4: Trient – Bovine Route – Champex

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.

Day 5: Champex – La Fouly

From Champex it is a gentle 5-6 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 South Face of the Mont Blanc range. 12½ miles (20km), with 1,804 feet (550m) of ascent, and 1,443 feet (440m) of descent.

Day 6: La Fouly – Grand Col Ferret – La Palud, Courmayeur (Italy)

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.

Day 7: Rest day in La Palud, Courmayeur

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.

Day 8: Courmayeur – Val Veny – Col de la Seigne – Les Chapieux

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.

Day 9: Les Chapieux – Col du Bonhomme – Les Contamines

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.

Day 10: Les Contamines – Les Houches

We follow the Bon Nant river for approximately 4km and then head into the hills near la Gruvaz. We cross 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 our hotel. 9 miles (14km), with 2,625 feet (800m) of ascent, and 650 feet (200m) of descent.

Day 11: Departure day, Les Houches – Geneva

Free leisure time until your transfer to the airport.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

Chamonix
A bustling Alpine town in a superb position beneath the Mont Blanc massif. Huge range of shops and other facilities including cable car access to the Aiguille du Midi and the Brevant. The Musee Alpin tells the story of Alpine climbing and other sports in the area, while the Musee des Cristeaux is all about the area’s rocks, minerals and geology - the Chamonix valley has always been a major centre for crystal hunters.

Mer de Glace
A popular rack and pinion railway winds a way up through the forests above Chamonix to reach Europe’s second longest glacier - the Mer de Glace. A coveted winter ski descent, the glacier has shrunk over the last couple of hundred years and the previous glacier levels are recorded on the steps that lead down to the Grotte de la Mer de Glace – an ice cave complete with sculptures that is carved out annually.

AIguille du Midi
A formidably steep rocky summit overlooking the town and a famous landmark. The cablecar journey in two stages to the summit is superb, and there is a huge development of tunnels and attractions in the summit area. Stunning views all round.

Courmayeur
This attractive alpine town’s picturesque mountain scenery and healthy mountain air make it an attractive destination. It is one of Europe’s most famous ski locations.

Giardino Botanico Alpino Saussurea
Described as Europe's highest botanical garden.

Therme di Pré-Saint-Didier

Relax and unwind in the thermal waters of the Mont Blanc Massif. This architectural monument, with its spa, is well worth the trip if you choose to do so on your free day.

Champex
​The Alpine Garden Flore Alpe is an enchanting place with paths winding through the rocks and across small bridges over mountain streams. Four thousand species flourish here, both species of local flora and those of mountain ranges in Europe and other continents. "Flore-Alpe" is one of the richest and most prestigious gardens of the Alps.

There are countless other attractions in this area and you could easily justify some extra holiday time to explore and enjoy this wonderful Alpine region.

Travel

A group transfer is included in the price for those who have booked the “with flight” option. If you are travelling independently but would like to use this transfer, please contact our Reservations team for details.

Start: For those who have booked our “with flight” holiday, a coach transfer from Geneva Airport direct to your first accommodation is automatically included. A representative of our partner agent will meet you upon arrival and direct you to your transfer.

Finish: Similar arrangements apply. A coach transfer to Geneva Airport will be arranged to connect with the HF Holidays flight.

Please note that these transfers will be timed to connect with the HF Holidays’ flights. We cannot make separate arrangements for guests arriving/departing at different times.

Transfer times:

Arrival day - transfer departs from Geneva Airport (details to be confirmed )

Departure day - transfer arrives at Geneva Airport  (details to be confirmed)

If you are travelling independently, please re-confirm these timings, 2 weeks prior to departure.

Leaders

Susie Amann

Susie is an International Mountain Leader who has loved journeys in the mountains since she did her first 'expedition' on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, aged 14. Since then she has spent 30 years exploring on all five continents and has a taste for deserts as well as mountains. Susie speaks French and Spanish and enjoys learning about the local culture wherever she is, especially the food and drink of an area. In the winter she loves to continue journeying through the mountains on skis, seeking adventure in the back country. Susie has been leading trekking groups for the last 10 years, in India, Nepal and South America as well as in the Alps and Dolomites. 

 

Luke Emms

Luke is a qualified International Mountain Leader with 10 years' experience leading groups around the world, including the Alps, North Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East. With a background in Outdoor Education and Development Training, he enjoys teaching people about the natural environment and helping them to achieve their goals in the outdoors. Besides trekking, Luke enjoys any other adventures that can be had in the mountains. He is a keen trail and mountain runner and is always training for the next big race.

 

Reviews

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26 Jul 2016, 2:32 p.m.

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Aside from an issue with the name on my airticket, everything was very smooth.

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There was some confusion at the airport upon arrival in Geneva regarding the meeting point. Aside from that, the trip was well organised, the guide was very professional and very competent, the hike was spectacular and the weather was beautiful
12 Jul 2016, 12:20 p.m.

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Service good, emails received informative. Need to improve clarity of information on airport meeting provision at holiday destination

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Excellent tour leader, good awareness of client capabilities and provision of reassurance
27 Aug 2015, 12:55 p.m.

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Great service historically and on this trip

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An iconic trip that fulfilled a long held dream
18 Jul 2015, 7:58 p.m.

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Initially had issues with the fact that the flight was from Gatwick and we live near Manchester Airport. No help given when faced with trying to arrange travel. Could be more helpful.

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It would have been excellent but for the 'sub-contracted' team leader who was the worst leader we have ever come across. Shame as the walking tour is fabulous.
16 Jul 2015, 7:17 p.m.

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Confusion and incorrect information from HF on transfers caused inconvenience. The trek is subcontracted to a local company and HF are fairly hands-off.

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An excellent long distance walk with a very knowledgeable and competent guide..hotels generally ok or good. The TMB has several alternative routes but the HF approach doesn't allow sufficient flexibility to accommodate the needs of the whole group.
Thank you for your feedback and your helpful comments. These will be followed up by our Operations team.

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
16 Jul 2015, 9:39 a.m.

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All in all, an excellent hiking holiday. Our leader was was very competent and personable. Some of the members of the group tended to go far ahead of the others and I would have preferred that the group stay closer together. The group purchased and made the lunches. It would have been more convenient if the hotels/guesthouses would have provided the lunches. These are but minor
criticisms. The trip was outstanding.

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All in all, an excellent hiking holiday. Our leader was was very competent and personable. Some of the members of the group tended to go far ahead of the others and I would have preferred that the group stay closer together. The group purchased and made the lunches. It would have been more convenient if the hotels/guesthouses would have provided the lunches. These are but minor
criticisms. The trip was outstanding.
15 Sep 2014, 7:43 a.m.

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Tou responded quickly to special requests

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Guides did a great job.
5 Aug 2014, 1:57 a.m.

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The company is very professional and the associates with which I dealt were extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful. It is a real pleasure doing business with HF Holidays.

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A wonderful trip with a superb guide, fine accommodations and delicious meals.
7 Jul 2014, 1:17 p.m.

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First time user of HF - won't be the last. Everything very straightforward with no hidden costs.

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Just a total joy - mountains, alpine flowers and pretty good weather. I'll be back.
Thank you for your holiday feedback. Great to hear your first break with us was so enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
28 Jun 2017 XMLDW - Tour du Mont Blanc - Without Flights 10 £1,725.00 Book Now
9 Aug 2017 XMLDW - Tour du Mont Blanc - Without Flights 10 £1,725.00 Book Now
30 Aug 2017 XMLDW - Tour du Mont Blanc
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Aug 2017, 11:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Aug 2017, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Geneva Cointrin

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 3:15 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Depart from: Geneva Cointrin
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £1,875.00 Book Now
30 Aug 2017 XMLDW - Tour du Mont Blanc - Without Flights 10 £1,725.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: please contact us for information

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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