Tour Du Mont Blanc Guided Trail
Take on the challenge of Europe's most popular long-distance trail
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
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.
Hotel de la Couronne (Day 1, 2 & 10)
285, rue Charlet Straton, Argentière, 74400 Chamonix. Tel: + 33 450 54 00 02. www.hotelcouronne.com
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 (Day 3)
Fam. J.C. Gay-Crosier; Ch-1929 Trient, Tel: +41 27 722 26 88. www.coldelaforclaz.ch
Set on the Col de la Forclaz mountain pass this is a relaxed, family-run hotel first constructed in 1830. Rooms are simply decorated with en suite shower & WC. There is no internet access available.
Hotel du Glacier (Day 4)
1938 Champex-Lac. Tel: +41 27 782 61 50. www.hotelglacier.ch
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 (Day 5)
Orsières ; Suisse. Tel: +41 27 783 26 21. www.lafouly.ch
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 (Day 6 & 7)
Strada La Palud, 23; 11013 Courmayeur (AO). Tel: +39 0165 86 9730 / 40. www.hotelastoriacourmayeur.com
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 (Day 8)
73700 Bourg Saint Maurice ; Les Chapieux. Tel: +33 (0)479 89 07 15. www.refugelanova.com
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 (Day 9)
BP 17 Hameaux du Lay ; F 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie ; France. Tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 02 44
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 swimming pool.
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.
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 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 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 South Face of the Mont Blanc range. 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.
Day 6: La Fouly – Grand Col Ferret – 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 – 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 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 our hotel. 9 miles (14km), with 2,625 feet (800m) of ascent, and 650 feet (200m) of descent.
Day 11: Departure day
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
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.
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.
Simon has lived in the French Alps for over 15 years, spending most of that time exploring, walking, climbing and guiding. He works all year round guiding treks and snow-shoeing. Simon is an accredited guide for the Reserves and Espaces Naturelles of the Mont Blanc region. During winter he is an Avalanche Safety instructor for the French avalanche research association and during his spare time a trainer for the local ski race club.
Tour du Mont Blanc - Simon is leading our 7th August and 28th August departures in 2019
Dolomites Traverse - Simon is leading our 8th September departure in 2019
Peter Myers has been drawn into the mountains by a love of nature. He has been working as a trekking guide for the best part of a decade, a role which has taken him from the Highlands of Scotland to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and ultimately back to Europe where he has made his home. Aside from trekking Pete is a climbing instructor, a canoe guide and a kayak coach. He also works with young people in the outdoors.
In his free time, Pete enjoys nothing more than travelling through wild places under human power. He has enjoyed canoeing through northern Norway and Sweden, climbing on high altitude peaks in equatorial Africa and cycling across the southern United States.
Tour du Mont Blanc - Peter is leading our 26th June departure in 2019
Amalfi Coast Path - Peter is leading our 6th April depature in 2019
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- 10 nights’ Full Board* accommodation
- The services of an IML qualified and experienced walking leader
- Transport as required on walking days
- Group transfer to/from Geneva airport
- Luggage transport**
- Two cable car journeys and two minibus transfers en route
*with the exception of the picnic lunch on the free day in La Palud (Courmayeur) and 2 evening meals in La Palud (Courmayeur). On these occasions you can chose to eat with the Mountain Leader or 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.
Prices are per person
- 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