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Mont Blanc Tour on the Southern Side

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950 €

Mont Blanc Southern Balcony is the Italian side of the Tour du Mont Blanc, to discover Italian gastronomy, its hospitality and the magical and wild Aosta Valley. Expect great surprises and variants!
We will leave from Bourg Saint Maurice, to reach the Courmayeur valley at the feet of the imposing Mont Blanc glaciers, to reach Switzerland by crossing the wild Grand Saint Bernard valley.



Mont Blanc Tour on the Southern Side

We invite you to discover the Southern Side of the Mont Blanc Massif, the wildest side, we'll take superb paths.
The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, is the most famous Trek in the Alps: a tour to discover Europe's highest Massif.
We will discover the Italian culture, its gastronomy and hospitality and the magic Aosta Valley.
We cross three countries, France, Italy and Switzerland. We will leave from Bourg Saint Maurice, to reach the Courmayeur valley at the feet of the imposing Mont Blanc glaciers to reach Switzerland by crossing the wild Grand Saint Bernard valley.
We will take our time in the mountains, we will discover the most beautiful places and summits, a Tour far from the valley bottoms.
With your AMM you will leave classic routes to discover the most beautiful landscapes in the wide open spaces of the Alps.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY
LES CHAPIEUX - LA VILLE DES GLACIERS - REFUGE ROBERT BLANC

Meeting point at 8:30 am at the Funicular parking in Bourg Saint Maurice.

Bus transfer at 9:30 am to Les Chapieux, then Shuttle to La Ville des Glaciers.

Vertical drop: +1200m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We will start from Les Chapieux on a new path to access the Ville des Glaciers (Glaciers City), the path runs along the stream and the great Sèloge cliffs are in front of us. Once at the Ville des Glaciers we will pass by a farm to buy some cheese for the Trek and if we are lucky we will have the chance to assist the local cheese making process.
We will then keep going up to the Robert Blanchut, looking at waterfalls and glaciers from afar. We will arrive at the refuge by the Red Rocks.
DAY 2 - MONDAY
REFUGE DE ROBERT BLANC - COL DE LA SEIGNE - MONT FORTIN - COURMAYEUR

Vertical drop: + 750 m and - 1050 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We will pass under the Glacier of Glaciers thanks to a new path where the way is facilitated by chains and ladders to reach the Col de la Seigne.
We will then reach the Col des Chavannes and the Mont Fortin: one of the most beautiful lookouts on the Southern Face of Mont Blanc, it is one of the only places in the Alps where you can get a bit of Himalayan air! The gigantic Mont Blanc Southern Face is between 3000 and 4000 mt high. The Miage glacier starts from the summit of Mont Blanc and gets down to 1700 mt above sea level.
A magical day which ends in the beautiful city of Courmayeur, its gastronomy and the Dolce Vita we will fullfill us!
Free evening, you have dinner where you wish.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
COURMAYEUR - MONT DE LA SAXE - HOTEL ENTREVES

Vertical drop: + 1100 m and - 800 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours

A superb climb above Courmayeur awaits us, with the Italian side of Mont Blanc in front of us with the Grandes Jorasses, the Aiguille Noire and the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey ... We arrive at Mont de la Saxe before walking down to the bottom of the magnificent Val Ferret .
We will reach by bus our comfortable hotel in Entreves, at the feet of the Grandes Jorasses.

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
HOTEL ENTREVES - COL DE MALATRA - COL DU GRAN SAINT BERNARD

Vertical drop: + 1500 m and - 950m
Walking time: 7 to 9 hours

We take a bus to reach the bottom of the Val Ferret, to start on the path we left yesterday. Here we head off direction the Col de Malatra, where the famous Tour des Géants passes through.
Today we are extending the stage a bit and we will therefore leave early in the morning to reach the Col du Grand Saint Bernard. The Giants of the Alps are in the background along the whole path, the Dent du Géant, the Aretes de Rochefort and the Mont Dolent (summit that borders with three countries: Switzerland, France and Italy).
After the Pass the path crosses the slope in direction of the Col du Grand Saint Bernard, we will sleep at the Hotel Italia: the desserts should stay in your memories ...

DAY 5 - THURSDAY
COL DU GRAND SAINT BERNARD – FENETRE DE FERRET – REFUGE ELENA/HOTEL

Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 1350 m
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours

After a night at the Grand Saint Bernard between Italy and Switzerland, we will cross the Fenêtre de Ferret to reach Switzerland. A very wild valley opens up to us with the Fenêtre Lakes. We will then head towards the Bari Darray Pass to return into Italy and walk down to the Elena refuge. Val Ferret and Val Veny are green at the feet of the Mont Blanc Massif: an impressive 30 kilometer long wall extends between the Col de la Seigne and the Grand Col Ferret.
Night at the Elena Hut.

DAY 6 - FRIDAY
REFUGE ELENA/HOTEL - RIFUGIO DALMAZZI - COURMAYEUR - TRANSPORT BOURG SAINT MAURICE

Vertical drop: + 700 and - 1000 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours and 2 and a half hours back by bus

To conclude the week with style, we let you enjoy the morning in Entrèves: if you wish, you can take the SkyWay, the famous Italian cable car, an  architectural masterpiece recently renovated, which goes up to the Punta Helbronner at the feet of the Mont Blanc at 3462 mt of altitude.
The view of Mont Blanc is breathtaking!
Bus transfer to return to Bourg Saint Maurice at 2:00 p.m. (2 hours drive).

END OF THE TRIP: see you next time for a new adventure!

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* Preis pro Person (ohne Versicherung)

The price includes

  • assistance of a certified mountain guide from our Team;
  • Half board accommodation as described in the program (6 guided days and 5 nights);
  • Picnics, every day;
  • Mandatory transports along the program.

The price does not include

  • Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;
  • Free evenings where you can choose the restaurant of your choice on DAY 2 (look at the program detail);
  • Cable car tickets (optional on free time);
  • Drinks and personal expenses;
  • Additional nights outside the program;
  • All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

Your expenses on site

  • Drinks;
  • Out-of-program visits and transfers;
  • Tips.

The backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.

Backpack for 5 to 6 days:

 
Leters:
  • Small people: 40 liters max
  • Tall people : 50 liters max

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for picnics that you will carry for lunch.

Kilos to carry - It is better to wash than to carry:
  • Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
  • Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food

Count 2 liters of water and 1 kg of food for the day.
Count an extra kilo for 10-day treks.

Head-to-toe material for the Trek:

  • 1 cap or hat for the sun
  • 1 Hat for the cold
  • 1 optional buff or choker but very pleasant in bad weather
  • 1 Jacket Type Gore Tex or similar windproof and waterproof
  • 1 pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • 1 additional pair of ski warm gloves for altitude treks
  • 1 warm fleece or thick down to withstand negative temperatures
  • 2 sweater: a light one and a warmer one, if it's cold you can put all the layers on
  • 3 Technical T-shirts
  • 3 underwear and 3 - 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the torrents near the shelters (1 solid soap to wash)
  • 1 Warm pant
  • 1 Tight
  • 1 Lighter pant, there are pants that you can zip off to make shorts
  • 1 Short
  • 1  waterproof over-pant  (Gore tex or other) for Trek with altitude passes around 3000m.
  • 1 light rain hood or waterproof bag protector
  • 1 waterproof bag to keep items dry inside your backpack
  • 1 bag for dirty things
  • 1 light sheetbag for sleeping at the huts
  • 1 pair of light slippers for the refuge, in case you do not want to wear the hut' slippers or a pair of light Trail shoes.
  • 1 pair of mountain shoes with Vibram type sole of good quality or similar: if possible try ans wear your shoes before the trek, watch out for old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the mountains.

Do not forget  :

  • Sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • one pair of sunglasses category 3
  • one front lamp
  • cash money for huts and documents

Special Covid 19:

  • a pair of light shoes for the Hut
  • 1 light sleeping bag for the night at the Hut (comfort about + 10 ° C)
  • an inflatable pillow
  • hydroalcollic gel and two washable masks

Toiletries  :

  • 1 Lightweight Quick Dry Toilet Towel
  • 1 Body soap
  • 1 Toothbrush with small toothpaste or a started one
  • 1 small shampoo (small format - specialized stores sell small bottles that you will keep your hiker's life).
  • 1 pair of earplugs to better sleep at night in a refuge

Pharmacy & others:

  • Your Usual or Personal Treatments
  • 1 Light Survival Blanket
  • 1 nail clipper
  • What to make small dressings
  • Some compresses and plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a larger accident.

For realx time: A small book or Card game (less than 150 grams)…

Necessary for meals:

  • 1 TuperWare large enough to contain a nice salad for lunch
  • 1 light knife: Opinel type
  • 1 Fork and 1 Spoon
  • 1 nice specialty to share with the rest of the Team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or soaked hiker is a hiker without pleasure, so take the time to properly pack your bag.

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

Access

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

On the first day, the meeting will be directly at the Funicular car parking next to Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Those arriving by train are 2 minutes walk from the car parking, those arriving by car can leave it in the free parking during the whole week.

Last day - departure

You will be back at the Funicular car parking around 5:00 p.m. Do not take any transport before 5.30 p.m.

Accommodation throughout the stay:

Given the situation after Covid 19, in order to guarantee you a better standard, we have decided to offer you a stay with accommodation in 3 or 2 star hotels, where you will be accommodated in double to quadruple rooms, with the other members of your group.
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