Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

Switzerland

4 day circuit-trek around Mont Blanc, passing incredible glaciers and mountain lakes along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1: Courmayeur to Val Ferret

You will be picked up from Geneva airport at 11:15 am, or Chamonix Sud Bus Terminal at 13:00 pm, and then driven to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. From here you hike up the Val Ferret valley, enjoying incredible views of Mont Blanc along the way.

In the evening you’ll arrive at the remote Rifugio W. Bonatti (mountain hut) at 2,025m of altitude.

Accommodation, guides, transfers, breakfasts and dinners are all included on this trip.

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A steep start up the slopes to the Switzerland border. As you ascend, you will see beautiful views of the south face of the Mont Blanc range. Stopping along the way for a well-deserved rest, you will get your energy back before heading up to the highest point on your trek at 2,881m. In the afternoon, you will trek into Switzerland and head back down the mountain. Along the way, you will pass through a local farm where you can sample some local cheeses before you reach La Fouly. A short transfer takes you to Champex-Lac where you'll spend the night. You may even get a chance to swim in the lake if there is enough time.

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The day starts with quite a challenging hike to Bovine (known for incredible cake!). In the afternoon you will head back down through the world-famous Col de la Forclaz, which is an important part of the Tour De France cycle race. The day ends with a nice trek down to the picturesque Swiss village of Trient and its pink church and our hotel.

In late season we may have the option of climbing via the Fenetre de Arpette past the Trient glacier.

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Today is your final day of hiking, trekking back into France. It's an early start as you make your way up to Col De Balme, boasting some of the most incredible views of Mont Blanc. The afternoon is then a pleasant hike down the mountain, and through meadows to Le Tour. From here you will be transferred back to Chamonix for 5:00 pm, or Geneva airport for 6:30 pm.

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FAQs

It depends what you want. 

In Late May and June there will be more snow - which often means we may need to adapt the route away from what is advertised here, or use snowshoes. 

In Late June/ July the flowers are at there best but there is a risk of thunderstorms in the late afternoons (normally we watch these from the Bar/ Terrace of our accomodation). 

In August its warmer and the trails are harder. 

In September its cooler and the trail is quieter. 

Included:

  • Qualified mountain guides
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in mountain huts/ hotels in dormitories / shared bedrooms
  • Food (Day 1: Dinner, Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner, Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner, Day 4: Breakfast)
  • Any planned transport 

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance 
  • Lunches
  • Bar drinks and snacks
  • Souvenirs 

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx. 

This is a long-distance trek for sporty and fit people who want to do their first multi-day hike. A typical day in the mountains can be trekking for up to 8-9 hours with a rucksack, so you need a very good level of physical fitness and endurance. We recommend a good and intensive training with any sport (endurance sport) that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis). Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 10kg rucksack. Follow the guidance you are given and be strong mentally to enjoy your trip. 

The minimum age for this trek is 18. 

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travellers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people. If you want, we can also put you in touch with some of the other trekkers in a Facebook group. 

Yes, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies. You must inform your guide via your dashboard about your dietary requirements at least 30 days prior the trip. We will inform the accommodation to prepare for you. 

Yes, the guide can either pick you up at Chamonix train station or at the airport in Geneva. Please inform your guide via your dashboard at least 30 days prior the tour. 

Yes - your full bag should be no more than 8kg (we recommend aiming for 5kg). Pack as light as possible but bring all the items on the packing list. It is very important that you follow this advice. If you need to have other luggage arrange to leave it at your hotel in Chamonix.

This is part of the full Tour Du Mont Blanc, which otherwise takes 10 - 14 days in total. We believe these are 4 of the best days on the full route! 

You stay in mountain huts, in remote locations, on each of the nights. The huts are dormitory-style with shared bathrooms. Electricity, warm showers, snacks are available. Most accommodations do not generally have wifi, but some are in 4G areas. Bedding will be provided for you in each hut - you just need to bring a sleeping bag liner, which you can buy from the provider if you need to.

The trek involves a fair bit of ascent and descent on a mix of trails. This includes – rocky terrain, forest trails and sometimes gravel tracks. It is important that you are steady on your feet and have experienced walking on mountain paths. Do try and get some practice in before you come. 

Start:

On day 1 of your itinerary, pickup details are as follows:

11:30 at Geneva Airport (the group cannot wait for delayed flights so please fly in with enough time spare). The guide will meet you in the arrivals hall (next to the Montreux Jazz Coffee Shop).

13:00 at Chamonix Sud Main Bus Station (The pickup time here will be +- 15 minutes depending on traffic. You will be informed by SMS when the group leaves the airport).

It is important that you do not miss your start time as you will not be able to meet up with the rest of the group until the evening of Day 1 or even the morning on Day 2 on your itinerary. Please note that you'll have to cover any costs resulting of a delayed arrival.

End:

You will be dropped off in Chamonix at 5 pm, or Geneva Airport at 6:30 pm on day 4 of your itinerary. Feel free to take any flight leaving the airport at 8 pm or later. 

The currency used in France and Italy is Euro’s. In Switzerland they use Swiss Franc. We recommend changing your money before you arrive as it is not possible once you've left the airport. Credit cards are in most of the places along the way not accepted. 

Day 1:

Distance: 8km

Ascent: 550m

Descent: 50m

Max altitude: 2056m

Day 2:

Distance: 20km

Ascent: 870m

Descent: 1290m

Max altitude: 2536m 

Day 3:

Distance: 16.5km

Ascent: 810m

Descent: 1000m

Max altitude: 2050m 

Day 4:

Distance: 15.1km

Ascent: 875m

Descent: 1192m

Max altitude: 2202m  

During the summer in the Alps (June – September) you can experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach 30° Celsius. The weather in the mountains can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. On a rainy-day, temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and sometimes even a hat and a pair of gloves. See the kit list for full details. 

It is not mandatory but is expected. In the Alps, there is no fixed amount and it really depends on what you would like to give to show your satisfaction. 

At the moment that is not available. If you intend to stay before and after the trip then you can usually leave things in storage in your hotel in Chamonix. 

Water

During the summer it can be quite warm in the Alps so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend taking between two and three litres of water. The tap water at the accommodations you will stay is usually drinkable but there are limited resources along the way to fill up your bottle. Your guide can give you advice on this for each day.

Food

Whilst trekking, you will have the chance to taste a great variety of local specialities. The breakfast is continental, often with a variety of juices, tea and coffee. The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big. During the day, you can purchase lunch along the way or pay for a packed lunch from the hut. Your guide will help you order if you take that option.

If you have any food allergies (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc) please make us aware of this when completing your registration form, found on your Skyhook dashboard. 

Your transfers are included to Chamonix. However if you are travelling on a different day, you can also take a shared transfer from the Airport up to Chamonix. You can book a transfer directly with one of the companies below:

  • www.mountaindropoffs.com DISCOUNT CODE "AlpAdCH"  

Your host recommends the following accommodation in Chamonix:

  • Vert Lodge
  • https://www.vertlodge.com
  • Choice of different rooms and pods, fully serviced, awesome restaurant, free parking and bar and luggage storage.

Yes - you must have travel insurance including search and rescue, with hiking up to 3000m. Popular providers include the British Mountaineering Council, Snowcard and the Austrian Alpine Club.  

These do require organising before you leave so that you get all the details. 

Yes - you can leave your car at the free car park here - https://goo.gl/maps/86zgSUK7kYx5Z5Wu7 . Please note that we are not affiliated to this car park and you do leave your car at your own risk here. 

Alternatively, you can leave it at your hotel if you stay there before and after the trip to fully enjoy Chamonix. 

Additional Items for Travel during Covid-19

The following additional items must be brought by all participants, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing:

  • Face mask for use in the huts
  • Personal hand sanitizer

Documents

• Passport  

• Travel insurance details  

• Boarding passes for flights  

• Cash – Euro’s and Swiss Franc  

• Credit/Debit Card  

Sleeping

• Sleeping bag liner 

Footwear

• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight  

• Light weight shoes for the evenings (such as house shoes, flip flops, sandals etc.) 

Clothing  

Please make sure that you have non-cotton fast-drying clothing for trekking.  

 • 1 x pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (Long johns or similar)  

• 2 x t-shirts for the hike  

• 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening  

• 4 x socks for hiking  

• 3 - 4 x pairs of underwear  

• 1 x fleece  

• Light down or Primaloft jacket  

• Rain and windproof jacket with hood  

• Rain and windproof trousers  

• 1 x pair of hiking trousers: We recommend a pair that zip off into shorts.  

• Comfortable trousers for the evening  

• Hat and gloves

• Buff or scarf  

• Swimming shorts/Costume  

 

Other

• A daysack: 35 - 45 litres – All your kit should fit in this bag  

• Travel towel  

• Dry Liner or Dry Bag  

• Water bottle: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.  

• Sunglasses  

• Suncream and additional sun protection such as baseball cap or similar

• Personal medication – Inhaler, Blister pads etc  

• General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)  

• Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger  

• Lipsil  

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes  

Walking poles are available for rent. The cost is 10 euro’s and these must be requested on your registration form, at least 1 week before departure. These are highly recommended and all your guides use them. 

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