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Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc 10 days

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Difficult trekking, there are several vertiginous, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to help the progression, it is not a Via Ferrata but we are obliged to use them. You must master the activity, you are independent in the mountains in easy passages, the guide will help you in difficult passages.

Weather forecast learning and learning of walking progression techniques with a mountain rope.

 

Physical lev. : 3.5 / 5

Physical lev. : 3.5 / 5

Intermediate stage, between 3 and 4 stars. Effort corresponding to approximately 1000 to 1400 meters of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 10 days & 9 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10
  • PROGRAM FULL
  • All Inclusive in Mountain Hut

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.

 

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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 - COL DES FOURS - LAC DE MYA - HUT

Vertical Drop: Approximately + 1000 m and - 1000 m.
Walking time : About 7 hours of walking.

We start from the refuge to access the Col du Bonhomme and Col des Fours, which is the classic Tour du Mont Blanc route. We will have a beautiful view of Mont Blanc and the Vallée des Glaciers, a beautiful valley at the southern end of Mont Blanc. We descend on an off-piste route to Lac Mya where we will have a swim if the weather is good and then the descent through the beautiful alpine meadows back to the valley. We'll pass by a mountain pasture in the Ville des Glaciers to see how Beaufort cheese is made. Night in a refuge.

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!

How to prepare your backpack for your hiking trip

The hiking backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 6 days:

  • Small size: 45 liters
  • Large size: 50 liters

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

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 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or slippers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  •  a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget  :

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers

Toiletries  :

  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

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

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

TECHNICAL LEVEL

Difficult trekking, there are several vertiginous, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to help the progression, it is not a Via Ferrata but we are obliged to use them. You must master the activity, you are independent in the mountains in easy passages, the guide will help you in difficult passages.
Weather forecast learning and learning of walking progression techniques with a mountain rope.

PHYSICAL LEVEL

Intermediate stage, between 3 and 4 stars. Effort corresponding to approximately 1000 - 1400 m of elevation gain in trekking.

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

Budget for the Tour du Mont Blanc

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;

. Tips

. All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

 

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