Tour du Mont Blanc - Western Highlights

Switzerland

Trek through the spectacular French and Italian Alps, with this iconic 4-day route!

Itinerary

Day 1: Trek to Val Veny

You will be picked up from Geneva airport at 11:30 am, or Chamonix Sud bus station at 13:00 pm, and then driven to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. It is here that you will begin your trek! Spend the afternoon hiking up towards the mountain refuge, enjoying incredible views of Mont Blanc.

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An easy, but short ascent brings you up to the spectacular Col de la Seigne mountain pass in France. Stop along the way for coffee and soup, before heading up the rocky terrain to Col des Fours. You will even have an opportunity to try some local cheeses. The final part of the day takes you up to the Col des Fours pass, where you will rest for the night in your mountain hut.

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A slightly easier day today as you move along the mountain tops, over rocky paths and through open meadows. You will reach Les Contamines, which is a small village in the French Alps, and the location of your accommodation. The homemade sausages and local cheeses are amazing here!

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The last day of your trek, brings you back to Chamonix. The steep hike up the Col de Tricot is challenging, but short. The views of Mont Blanc from the top are incredible! In the afternoon, you will make your way down the mountain, crossing a suspension bridge, and taking the cable car down to Chamonix. From here you will be transferred back to Chamonix for 5 pm or Geneva airport for 6:15 pm.

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September 2021
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4 Sep
11:00AM
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7 Sep
6:30PM
€568.75

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FAQs

Included:

  • Qualified mountain guides
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Food
  • Any planned transport 

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance

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 beginners. You could be trekking for up to 8-9 hours with a rucksack, so you need a good level of physical fitness. We recommend training with any sport that you enjoy (e.g. running, swimming, tennis) at least 2x per week, for three months before your trek. Training hikes will also help, ideally for a full day with a 5kg rucksack.

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

Absolutely! We also put you in touch with the other trekkers in the group before you go, with a Facebook group, if you want.

Yes, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or have allergies. Just let us know before you go.

Yes, the guide can either pick you up at Chamonix Sud bus station or at the airport in Geneva.

Yes - your full bag should be no more than 8kg (we recommend aiming for 5kg).

Yes. Once you book, you will have access to discount codes with Dogtag insurance.

This is part of the full Tour Du Mont Blanc, which otherwise takes 2-3 weeks 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 have wifi.

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.

Yes, you can leave anything you don't need at the start of the trek, and pick it up again at the end.

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.  

Additional Items for Travel during Covid-19

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

  • Thin summer sleeping bag (e.g. rated for 20C)
  • Face mask for use in the huts
  • Personal hand sanitizer 

Documents

• Passport  

• Travel insurance details  

• Boarding passes for flights  

• Driver’s license (if needed)  

• 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  

 

Clothing  

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

 

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

• 3 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  

• 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/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.  

• Sunglasses  

• Suncream  

• Personal medication – Inhaler, Blister pads etc  

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

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

• Lipsil  

• Book  

• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes   

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, a pack lunch will be freshly prepared for you. 

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. 

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

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. 

Start:

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

11:30 at Geneva Airport (please try to arrive earlier to avoid delays). The guide will meet you in the arrivals hall (next to the Montreux Jazz Coffee Shop).

12:30 - 12:45 at Chamonix sud 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 on your itinerary.

End:

You will be dropped off in Chamonix at 5 pm, or Geneva Airport at 6:15 pm on day 4 of your itinerary. 

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