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Tour du Mont Blanc Route on 10 days

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France, Italy and Switzerland: three Alpine countries, separated by borders but linked by the same mountain culture.
We have chosen the most beautiful alternative paths of the Tour, to walk in the footsteps of the Ibex and Chamois, and to find the most beautiful viewpoints and peaks.
The Tour du Mont Blanc Sauvage is designed for those who want to do the Tour du Mont Blanc but otherwise: we leave the classic route to discover the most beautiful and off-trail variants that our team knows.

 



Tour du Mont Blanc - the Best Hiking in Europe

The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, is the most famous Hiking in the Alps: a tour to discover the highest Massif in Europe.
The Alpine people make the charm of this famous Tour: between France, Italy and Switzerland, separated by borders but linked by the same mountain culture, traditions and gastronomy will alternate.
The Wild Side of Mont Blanc Tour is designed for those who want to do the Tour du Mont Blanc but otherwise: we leave the classic route to discover the most beautiful and off-trail variants that only our team knows.

We will walk in the footsteps of smugglers, guides and shepherds.
A breathtaking route, for very good walkers only: we may cross chamois and ibex and it will be necessary to have a little of their agility to be comfortable on their paths. A wild Trekking Tour, around the giant of Europe, Mont Blanc and its Massif.

Trekking Program:

DAY 1 - SUNDAY
SAINT GERVAIS - MONT ARBOIS - MONT JOLY - AIGUILLE CROCHE - COL DU JOLY - REFUGE

Vertical drop: + 1000 mt and - 800 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours

Meeting point:

In front of the Saint Gervais Le Fayet SNCF Train station at 8:00 am, to get to know each other and have a coffee together near the start of the Mont Blanc Tramway. You can park your car in the Parking de la Gare, which is free; for those who take the train, you will arrive directly at the meeting point.

For those arriving the day before, several hotels are located around the station: Hôtel du Terminus - Hôtel des 2 Gares - Hôtel de la Chaumière

We ask you to prepare your backpacks very well before leaving (do not hesitate to call us for an advice), your Guide will do a quick checklist before leaving, but we trust you: 10-day Trek participants are used to it!

We will start on the path to the Thermes de Saint Gervais and then take the Mont d'Arbois cable car and then take the ridge that leads to Mont Joly and then the Aiguilles Croches, the view on Mont Blanc, we leave immediately on a Variant of the Tour du Mont Blanc is great all along, as we will be walking in the upper valley instead then staying in the valley floor where the regular route goes.

DAY 2 - MONDAY
ROSELETTE REFUGE - JOVET LAKE - COL D'ENCLAVE - REFUGE

Vertical drop: About + 1000 mt and - 1000 mt.
Walking time:  about 7 hours walking 

We will leave the refuge to reach the Jovets Lakes first in the morning, then the climb to reach the Col d'Enclave will become steeper. We will have a beautiful view of Mont Blanc and the Vallée des Glaciers, a beautiful valley at the southern end of Mont Blanc. Depending on the hut reservations, we will stay at altitude or descend into the valley to sleep.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
REFUGE - COL DE LA SEIGNE - COL DES CHAVANNES - MONT FORTIN - VIZAILLE - COURMAYEUR

Vertical drop: +1000 mt and -1000 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks - 30 min by bus

if we will be staying at altitude and sleep at Refuge Robert Blanc, this is one of the possible variants to reach the Col de la Seigne; if we will be descending into the valley, we will take the regular path to the Col de la Seigne, to then head direction Col des Chavannes (2603m) and Mont Fortin (2750m): the Mythical South Face of Mont-Blanc is in front of us, with the Miage Glacier and its Lake, all we will have to do will be making a nice descent to reach them! In the village of La Vizaille, we will take a shuttle that will drive us to Courmayeur, where we will sleep in a nice Hotel.

We will enjoy the Italian gastronomy, its fabulous ice creams and all other Italian wonders ... Free evening, you dine wherever you wish.DAY 3 - TUESDAY

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
COURMAYEUR - TESTA BERNARDA - BONATTI

Vertical drop: + 850 mt - 1100 mt
Walking time: 6 to 7 h

We will start from Courmayeur to reach the Rifugio Bertone, then the Mont de la Saxe where we will have a magnificent view on the famous Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant. We will eat our picnic on top of Testa Bernarda: after this steep walk, a little break on the grass will be well deserved.
We will then go to Col Sapin and Combe d´Arminaz, to find the bottom of Val Ferret and reach the Rifugio Bonatti.

DAY 5 - THURSDAY
RIFUGIO BONATTI - PETIT COL FERRET - LA FOULY (CH)

Vertical drop: +1500 mt and - 1150 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours with breaks

In the beginning we will be following a balcony path to reach the Elena Hut, where we can have a short coffee break.
The path then becomes steeper to reach the Grand Col Ferret, we will then cross over to the Petit Col Ferret to enjoy its wild valley which descends to the Ferret village.
Here we will sleep in Switzerland for the first time.
Depending on the reservations we will sleep either in Ferret, La Fouly or Praz de Fort.

DAY 6 - FRIDAY
LA FOULY – CABANE de SALEINA  – CHAMPEX LAC

Vertical drop: +1450 mt and - 1200 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks

While walking up the Saleina Valley, we enjoy a breathtaking view on the East Face of the Aiguille d'Argentière and the Saleina Glacier.
The path leads us to the Clocher du Portalet, a vertiginous peak that has made a generation of climbers dream. If you are in good shape, we can go for a piece of cake at the Cabane d'Orny, a well known stop on the Chamonix - Zermatt Route.
We will then keep going towards the Col de la Breya to reach Champex Lac, walking along some magnificent granite cliffs.
We’ll come back to rock climb here for sure… In case of bad weather, we will reach Champex via a forest path.

DAY 7 - SATURDAY
CHAMPEX LAC – FENETRE de L'ARPETTE  - ARGENTIERE

Vertical drop: - 1200 mt and + 1000 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks

It’s the last day in Switzerland and you may remember it: direction La Fenêtre d'Arpette facing the Glacier de Trient.

Global warming is here, but there is still a beautiful glacier. We will then take the path to get to the Col de Forclaz, where we will take a shuttle and a small train to reach Argentière.

DAY 8 - SUNDAY
ARGENTIERE - TRE LE CHAMP - LAC BLANC

Vertical drop: + 1200 mt and - 150 mt 
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours of walking with breaks

Today it will be a short day but in one of the most beautiful and fascinating corners facing Mont Blanc: we will climb the ladder path passing next to the famous Aiguillette d'Argentière and the lakes of Chéserys, where we can take a short swim. We will sleep at Lac Blanc, surely one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Alps, in the Aiguilles Rouges Natural Reserve. In the evening we may go for a walk to the lake above the refuge, with a bit of luck we will be able to admire some ibex with the sunset over the Mont Blanc Massif in the background: the view of the Mer de Glace, the Aiguilles de Chamonix, the Aiguille Verte and the Drus is magnificent.

DAY 9 - MONDAY
LAC BLANC - COL DE LA GLIERE - COL DU LAC CORNU - PLANPRAZ - CHAMONIX

Vertical drop: + 1200 mt and -150 mt
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours with breaks and 2 to 3 hours at the Aiguille du Midi

After spending the night above Chamonix, we will leave after sunrise to go towards the Index. We will then climb to the Col de la Glière which is a bit aerial with a cable passage. From the Col we will be able to observe the Chaine des Fiz, we will surely climb a little more off-trail, to have an even more superb view. After a nice break, we will resume our way to arrive at the Col du Lac Cornu. The descent is then quite fast with a sometimes vertiginous path and we quickly arrive at the Plampraz Gondola at the feet of the Brévent cable car. We will take the cable car to reach Chamonix. We will spend the evening and the night in the capital of Mountaineering, in a good hotel five minutes from the city center.

DAY 10 - TUESDAY
CHAMONIX - LES HOUCHES - COL DE VOZE - NID D'AIGLE - SAINT GERVAIS

Vertical drop: + 700 m and - 800 m
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours with breaks

We will take a free shuttle to Les Houches, where we will take the Bellevue cable car to approach Mont Blanc. We will then walk on a path that runs alongside the Bionnassay Glacier, to access the Eagle's Nest (Nid d'Aigle). From there, we will take the path along the Regular Route for Mont Blanc to reach the Rognes hut: the view of the Mont Blanc normal route is magnificent. On the descent we will surely meet Alpinists who are setting out for the ascent of Mont Blanc. We will take the Mont Blanc Tramway to the Nid d'Aigle, to come back down and finish the day early enough to allow you to plan your return trip in time. We will come back to our starting point in Saint Gervais: depending on your desires and transports plans, you can enjoy the thermal baths and sleep in the city.

END OF THE TRIP, everyone resumes its way… see you soon for new adventures!

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YOUR BUDGET for 10 days & 9 nights

The price includes

  • guiding of a certified UIMLA Trekking Guide of our Team;
  • Half board accommodation as described in the program;
  • 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 3 (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.

Equipment for 10 days Trekking

The backpack

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

Backpack for 10 days:

  • Small people: 45 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

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.

Useful Info to plan your TMB

Insurance

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

How to reach Saint Gervais les Bains

  • By train, access by TGV to Saint Gervais les Bains - Le Fayet;
  • By car from Annecy or Geneva, access by expressway to Saint Gervais les Bains - Le Fayet, which is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day:

In front of the Saint Gervais Le Fayet SNCF Train station at 8:00 am, to get to know each other and have a coffee together by the Mont Blanc Tramway. 

For those arriving by car, there is a free parking where you can leave your car for the week right next to the train station. 

For those arriving by train, you will find your Trekking Guide waiting for you in front of the SNCF Train Station. 

For those who would like to arrive one day earlier or leave one day later in order to enjoy the Thermal baths, here below some links to some Hotels in Saint Gervais to organise your trip as you prefer: 

Hôtel Le Terminus

Hôtel Des Deux Gares

Hôtel de La Chaumière

For les Thermes de Saint Gervais

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