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.
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.
Vertical drop: + 1000 mt and - 800 mt
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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* Price per person (without insurance)
If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.
Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for picnics that you will carry for lunch.
Count 2 liters of water and 1 kg of food for the day.
Count an extra kilo for 10-day treks.
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)…
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.
Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).
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: