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Mont Blanc Paths in Chamonix

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825 €

The week itinerary evolves at the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif between the imposing Bionassay glaciers, the Mer de Glace and the most beautiful peaks in Chamonix such as Les Drus,  the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguille de Chamonix and the Buet "Mont Blanc des Dâmes ". We will beautifully end the week with its ascent. 



Mont Blanc Tour - Balcony on Chamonix


The Tour du Mont Blanc, or TMB, is the most famous Trek in the Alps: we will do a half Tour of Mont Blanc on the French side.
The TMB on Chamonix is a variant with base point in a ** hotel, to discover the most beautiful trails in the Chamonix valley.
The week itinerary evolves within exceptional panoramas at the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif between the imposing Bionassay glaciers and the Mer de Glace and the most beautiful peaks in Chamonix such as Les Drus, l'Aiguille Verte, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc des Dames etc ...
Every day we will leave from our Hotel, located in Les Gaillands, next to its lake and its cliff well known to mountaineers around the world, a quiet corner 5 minutes walk from the Chamonix center . We will take shuttles and the city train to reach the daily path departure …

DAY 1 - MONDAY
BIONASSAY GLACIER – NID DE L'AIGLE

Hike in the morning at the Hotel la Chaumière in Chamonix at 8:30 a.m.

Night: Hotel Chamonix
Vertical drop: -900m and + 1000m
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours and 1 hour RM

After having dropped off your luggage into the hotel room, we will catch the cable car towards the Mont Blanc Normal Route until the Col de Voze. Once there we  will take the ladder path, it is a bit steep, your guide will help you if necessary.
We arrive at the Eagle's Nest then at a small summit near the Rognes hut, the view is magnificent on the Aiguille de Bionnasay and the Aiguille du Gouter. We will then go back down with the Mont Blanc tram and then by the Bellevue cable car.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY
PARC DU MERLET - AIGUILLETTE DES HOUCHES - LE BREVENT

Night: Hotel Chamonix
Vertical drop:+1700 m and - 150 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours and 1 hour RM

We start from the Gaillands climbing cliff on the Petit Balcon path, we follow the Merlet Park where, if we are lucky, we can see animals. We keep going to reach the Aiguillette des Houches, where the view on Mont Blanc is magnificent. We will eat our picnic in the pastures to then finish our climb arriving at the Brévent. We will descend to Chamonix with the cable car.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
ROCHER DES MOTTES - MER DE GLACE - AIUGUILLE DU MIDI

Night: Hotel Chamonix
Vertical drop: + 1200 and - 150 m
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours and 2 to 3 hours with the needle

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.

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 4 - THURSDAY
WHITE LAKE - LAKE HEAD - TRE LE CHAMP

Night: Hotel Chamonix
Vertical drop: + 700 m and - 1100 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours

We take the cable car in Flégère in order to reach the magnificent Lac Blanc, we continue a little to arrive at another lake where we will eat quietly. We will  then head down towards the Lakes of Chéserys, to Tré le Champs and finally to Montroc.

DAY 5 - FRIDAY
LE TOUR - COL DES POSETTES - LE BUET

Night: Refuge de la Pierre à Bérard
Vertical drop: + 1150m and - 700m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours

Today we pack our backpack for a night out. We will climb up to the Col de Posette, a wonderful balcony path at the top of the Chamonix valley, from there we see very clearly tomorrow's goal: "Le Buet, Mont Blanc des Dames". It’s a superb 3000 which is quite impressive.
We will walk back down to the village of Buet and therefore reach the refuge of Pierre à Bérard. It is a very specail place in the Chamonix valley with no lights around: we will take advantage of the night to look at the stars and dream.

DAY 6 - SATURDAY
PIERRE A BERARD REFUGE - ASCENSION MONT BLANC DES DAMES 3096 m - BACK

Vertical drop: + 1200 m and - 1800 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours

After the night at the refuge and the good meals, we leave for the summit of the Buet: the path is quite fast and on the beginning of the grassy path we should meet some marmots; little by little the trail climbs up between the rocks, to later improve again on the final part  where there can be some snow.
We eat at the top with a fantastic view before our eyes to beautifully end this superb week in the Chamonix valley. Along the descent we can take a short break at the refuge again, to finally head back down into the valley and take the little train to return to Chamonix.

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

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* Price per person (without insurance)

The price includes

  • assistance of a certified mountain guide from 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;
  • 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

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 Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • By train to Chamonix Station, TGV possible to Annecy; the hotel is accessible with free shuttles;
  • By car, by highway to Chamonix, by Annecy or Geneva.

Meeting on the first day and your hotel

The meeting on the first day will be directly at the hotel in order to allow you to drop off your stuff and leave directly from there with the rest of the group. The detailed information on the hotel and the meeting will be given to you at the time of booking.

Further information
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