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Tour du Mont Blanc on Wild Trails

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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 variants of the Tour to walk in the footsteps of the Ibex and Chamois, 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 on Wild Trails


The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, is the most famous Trek 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.
TheMont Blanc Tour on Wild Trails 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, of guides and shepherds.
A breathtaking route, for very good walkers, we may cross chamois, ibex and it will be necessary to have a little of their agility to be comfortable on their paths. The wolf will watch you from afar ... A wild route, closer to the giant of Europe, Mont Blanc and its Massif.

DAY 0 - SATURDAY

Night at the hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice. In order to get prepared and ready for the start of your trek, we include the first night in the hotel: you will have the time to arrive in the afternoon, check in at the hotel and have a good night of rest.

Check-in possible from 2:00 pm.
Meeting with your trekking guide at 4:30 pm for the week briefing and backpack check.
You will still have time to go for last minute shopping before dinner, in case you forgot something.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY
Les Chapieux – TETE NORD des FOURS - REFUGE ROBERT BLANC

Vertical drop: + 1500m - 500m
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks - 1 hour of transport

Bus transfer at 8:00 am to Les Chapieux, then Shuttle to La Ville des Glaciers.

We start from Les Chapieux, at first we walk on the regular path before leaving off the trail to reach Lake Mya and the Tête Nord des Fours (2756 m). Here begins our variant which evolves on a ridge and on a path sometimes exposed (La Grande Ecaille). In case of bad weather or too snowy conditions ... We will take the lower altitude paths to reach the Robert Blanc refuge, named after the guide who launched the idea of Les Arcs ski resort. We sleep at the feet of the Aiguille des Glaciers (3816m).

DAY 2 - MONDAY
REFUGE ROBERT BLANC - MONT FORTIN - COURMAYEUR

Vertical drop: -1500m and +700 m
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks - 30 min by bus

We leave for the second day on the path reaching the feet of the Glacier des Glaciers, we are at the southern end of the Mont Blanc Massif.
We take a path with chains and ladders to reach the Col de la Seigne, where we cross the classical Mont Blanc Tour, and from there we take another Variant.
Direction the Col des Chavannes (2603m) then the Mont Fortin (2750m) and the Mythical Southern Face of Mont Blanc is in front of us while the Miage Glacier and its Lake is at our feet; only a nice descent is left in order to reach the end of the path and therefore get picked up by the shuttle Bus in La Vizaille.
A 10 miutes drive will take us to Courmayeur where we will sleep in a Hotel.
We will have the chance to enjoy the Italian gastronomy, ice cream and other Italian marvels ... Free evening, you have dinner where you want.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
COURMAYEUR - TESTA BERNARDA - ENTREVES

Vertical drop: + 1250 m - 600 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 h

We start from Courmayeur, to reach the Bertone Refuge, then the Mont de la Saxe where we will have a magnificent view on the famous Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant. We eat our picnic on top of Testa Bernarda: after this steep walk, a little break on the grass is well deserved.
We will then leave for Col Sapin and the Combe d'Arraz to find the bottom of Val Ferret and reach our hotel in Entrèves by shuttle.

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
ENTREVES - PETIT COL FERRET - LA FOULY (CH)

Vertical drop: +850 m and - 1100 m
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours with breaks

We will take the shuttle in the morning to reach the path departure. We will first follow 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 5 - THURSDAY
LA FOULY – CABANE de SALEINA  – CHAMPEX LAC

Vertical drop: +1500 m and - 1150m
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 6 - FRIDAY
CHAMPEX LAC – FENETRE de L'ARPETTE  - CHARAMILLON CHALET

Vertical drop: + 1650m and - 1350m
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking with breaks

This is the last day in Switzerland and we might remember it: direction La Fenêtre d'Arpette, we will cross the pass opening in front of the Trient Glacier.
Global warming is there but there the glacier is still beautiful.
We will then take the shortcut of the shepherd, which will take us to the Col de Balmes, where we discover the Chamonix valley and the French side of Mont Blanc. Overnight at the Chalet de Charamillon.

DAY 7 - SATURDAY
CHARAMILLON CHALET - LAC BLANC - CHAMONIX

Vertical drop: - 1000 m and +1000 m and a little gondola on the descent
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours of walking with breaks

We leave for a short day, it will be good to take some time at the Chéserys Lakes facing the Mont Blanc. A small descent to Tré le Champ, then the ascent to the Lakes to finally arrive at the Lac Blanc: there it will probably be more crowded but we cannot avoid this magical place, we will find a quiet lake to have lunch, we keep it secret ;)
Descent on the Flégère and to the cable car to arrive at the Praz in Chamonix.
Night in the Chamonix Valley.

DAY 8 - SUNDAY
CHAMONIX VALLEY - MER DE GLACE - AIGUILLE DU MIDI - CHAMONIX

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

Possible rest day for those who wish.
Mer de Glace and Aiguille du Midi by yourself (cable car ticket not included in the price).

We start from the valley where the Mer de Glace glacier was in 1825, when the inhabitants of the valley called the bishop to stop the glacier which was going to destroy the houses of the villagers during the Little Ice Age.

We will then go in search of the Mer de Glace by a moraine path which will take us to the Mottet Hut, where a small pancake will be welcome!
We will begin to see the Mer de Glace at the feet of the Drus West Face and of the Aiguille Verte. Once at the Mer de Glace and thereafter at the Signal Forbes, the view opens on the magnificent Grandes Jorasses North Face and on the Aiguilles de Chamonix. We will then follow a balcony path to reach the mid statio of the Aiguille du Midi cable car: if the cable car is open, we will take it to the top, without having to queue in Chamonix. On the way down, who wants can stay in the cable car to reach back Chamonix, otherwise we will walk from the middle station.

Here it may be crowded but this place is unique in the world, that's where we understand the cable car motto "the inaccessible becomes possible".

DAY 9 - MONDAY
LES HOUCHES – COL de TRICOT - CHALET du MIAGE

Vertical drop: + 1200m and - 800m
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours with breaks

We start walking from Les Houches towards the Col de Voze through the woods, then a small descent will take us to the famous Tibetan footbridge which spans the Torrent de Bionnassay.
The path then climbs up to reach the Col de Tricot where the view over the Aiguille de Bionnassay and the Domes de Miages is magnificent.
Night at the Chalet de Miage

DAY 10 - TUESDAY
CHALET du MIAGE - GLACIER TRE LA TETE - REFUGE DE TRE LA TETE

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

We leave the Alpine pastures where we spend the night to cross the forest a bit, we take the Clauduis balcony path in the Armancette valley to reach  the Tré la Tête Hut, where we eat - short break. For those who want to go up see the Tré la Tête Glacier, it will take us about an hour round trip without backpacks.
Descent to the Refuge de Tré la Tête, where we will spend the night.

DAY 11 - WEDNESDAY - LAST DAY
REFUGE DE TRE LA TETE - REFUGE DU BONHOMME - RETOUR BOURG SAINT MAURICE

Night at Hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice
Vertical drop: + 1200 m and -1200 m
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours with breaks

Today we walk up to the pastures to reach the Col du Bonhomme and then the Col Croix du Bonhomme: the path is quite fast, the slope is regular, between the two passes the trail is a bit rocky but wide. We will eat our picnic towards the Refuge du Bonhomme, where you can take a little pastry. We will then head direction the Cretes des Gites to then reach the Cormet de Roseland or Les Chapieux, where we will be pickep up by the taxi.
Return to Bourg Saint Maurice by bus. Last night in Hotel in Bourg Saint Maurice

DAY 11 - THURSDAY

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

The price includes

  • assistance of a certified mountain guide from our Team;
  • Half board accommodation as described in the program (11 guided days and 12 nights);
  • Picnics, every day;
  • Mandatory transports along the program.

Night before the trip and last night after the activity

We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning and the night after the end of the trek, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.

You will be given specific information about the hotel and how to reach it at the time of booking.

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 10 to 11 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

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 - the hotel will be reachable by shuttle;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

Night before the trip and last night after the activity

We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning and the night after the end of the trek, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.

You will be given specific information about the hotel and how to reach it at the time of booking.

Further information
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