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Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc 7 Days Hiking

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 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.
Maximum 10 people per Guide.

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 7 days & 6 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10
  • PROGRAM FULL
  • All Inclusive in Mountain Hut

A hiking Tour around Mont Blanc in 7 days to cross the mountains over Italy, Switzerland and France. We have chosen some of the most beautiful trails and alternative routes to gain a few days on the full Trekking Tour. We have shortened some parts because Esprit Montagne wants to take you off the classical hiking route, your Trekking Guide will make you discover beautiful trails and off trails that you would not dare do alone, he will also give you some tips to improve in Mountain terrain and gain autonomy on easy routes.

From 890

Hiking Tour du Mont Blanc 7 days

7 hiking days around the Mont Blanc Massif, discovering the most beautiful variants of the TMB apart from the classical Trekking Route. Esprit Montagne will guide you between France, Italy and Switzerland. The Italian part with its Mont Blanc Southern Side is for us the most beautiful part of the Tour. We will therefore follow the ridge lines to admire the South Face of Mont Blanc, which is worthy of the Himalayas with its gigantic walls of more than 3000 meters of vertical drop. In Switzerland we will discover the Trient Glaciers at the Fenêtre d'Arpette, then in the Chamonix valley we will head in direction of the wonderful Lac Blanc, to end this Trek in beauty.

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

Vertical Drop: + 1000 m and - 900 m
Walking time: 7 hours

Meeting point: in front of the Saint Gervais Le Fayet SNCF station at 7:30 am, to get to know each other and have a coffee together near the start of the Tramway du Mont Blanc. You can park your car in the Parking de la Gare which is free or for those who take the train you will be directly there.

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

We kindly ask you to prepare your bags well before leaving, your guide will do a quick check list before leaving.

We will be taking take the path of Saint Gervais Thermal Baths, to then catch the Mont d'Arbois cable car. The path will then take us to the ridge that leads to Mont Joly and the Aiguilles Croches, the view on Mont Blanc is great: we will see very well the track going up Mont Blanc normal route, which goes up to the Dôme du Goûter and on the ridge of Bosses: we may see mountaineers from afar. This first Variant of the Tour du Mont Blanc, on a great ridge line with an easy path is perfect for starting the Trek.

DAY 2 - MONDAY
REFUGE - COL DU BONHOMME ET DES FOURS - GLACIER VALLEY

Vertical Drop: +1000 m and - 1200m
Walking time: approximately 7 hours

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
VALLEE DES GLACIERS - COL DE LA SEIGNE - COL DES CHAVANNES - MONT FORTIN - COURMAYEUR

Vertical Drop: + 1000 m and - 1100 m
Walking time: about 8 hours

We will be walking at the feet of the Aiguille des Glaciers: we will be at the southern end of the Mont Blanc Massif, the path to reach the Col de la Seigne is fast. From up there we will get a beautiful viewpoint on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Once at the Pass, we will go off for one of the most beautiful Variants of the Tour.
Direction Col des Chavannes (2603m) then Mont Fortin (2750m), the Mythical South Face of Mont-Blanc is in front of us! The Miage Glacier and its Lake are at our feet, all we have to do is make a nice descent to reach them and pick up a shuttle which will take us to Courmayeur, where we will sleep in a Hotel. We will enjoy the Italian gastronomy, its ice creams and all other Italian wonders ... Free evening, you dine wherever you want.

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
COURMAYEUR - BERTONE - TESTA BERNARDA - VALLON BETWEEN TWO JUMPS - REFUGE

Vertical Drop: +1250 m and - 600 m
Walking time: about 7 hours

We will leave Courmayeur, to reach the Bertone Refuge, then the Mont de la Saxe where the view of the Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant is magnificent. We will eat at the top of Testa Bernarda and a little nap in the grass will be very pleasant after the great climb we made in the morning. We will then head in direction of the Col Sapin and Combe d´Arminaz to find the bottom of the Val Ferret and reach the Bonatti refuge. It is a beautiful Italian refuge, where the welcome is always warm and the view of Val Ferret and Val Veny is impressive (40 km of valley at the feet of Mont Blanc with so many peaks and summits standing in front of us).

DAY 5 - THURSDAY
REFUGE - GRAND COL FERRET - PETIT FERRET - CHAMPEX LAC

Vertical Drop: +850 m and - 900m
Walking time: approximately 7 hours of walking

We will leave quite early to follow the balcony path and enjoy the sunrise over the Mont Blanc Massif. We will be arriving at the Elena Refuge, where the path then becomes steeper to reach the Grand Col Ferret. We will cross the Italian Border at the Petit Col Ferret and enjoy its wild valley, which goes down until the Ferret village. We will be here in Switzerland in the magnificent Val Ferret. We will then take a shuttle to reach Champex Lac, where you can have a nice swim if you wish and temperatures allow it, the village of the resorts is made up of many typical chalets. We will sleep in a small chalet above Champex.

DAY 6 - FRIDAY
FENÊTRE d'ARPETTE - COL DE FORCLAZ - ARGENTIERE

Vertical Drop: +1250 m and 1150 m
Walking time: approximately 7 hours of walking

Today we will be walking from Switzerland to Chamonix, along a great variant if the weather allows it. We will be leaving for the Fenêtre d'Arpette, which is the northern end of the Mont Blanc Massif with the Trient Glaciers and the Aiguilles Dorées. We are close by the famous Chamonix Zermatt Hauteroute, in winter there are many cross-country skiers on this glacial route, which is worldwide known for its magnificent beauty. We enjoy the view after a fairly steep climb and the descent will also be quite fast to reach the Col de Forclaz. If the group is in great shape, we will reach Argentière by feet via a beautiful balcony path, but it might be possible that we will take a few shortcuts to reach Argentière more easily, where we will sleep with Mont Blanc on our background. The Chamonix valley with its beautiful glaciers is in front of us, the sunset is often magnificent.

DAY 7 - SATURDAY

We will be leaving our Hut early enough to surprise the ibex in the cliffs of the Aiguillette d'Argentière. We will climb by the ladder path to access the Lacs des Chéserys and the Lac Blanc. The walk will be beautiful with all the summits of the Chamonix Valley in front of us: the Aiguille Verte with the Drus overlooking the Mer de Glace, more to the right the Aiguilles de Chamonix and a great line of summits which leads our gaze towards the Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit and finally Mont Blanc. The North side of Mont Blanc is magnificent with its many glaciers, the walls are less vertiginous than the Italian side but the atmosphere is more glacial. Your Trekking Guide will take you to some beautiful lakes towards the Col de la Glière, then to the Col du Lac Cornu, before descending to the Plampraz gondola and to Chamonix. We will be enjoying the city of Chamonix together to have a last drink together and end our hiking week.

END of the trekking, everyone can resume their journey from 5.30 p.m.
See you soon for new adventures!

Those who want to return to Saint Gervais, the starting point of the Trek, can easily take a Train to Saint Gervais. Departures are regular every hour or so at a cost of around 15 euros. For those who wish to stay in Chamonix for an extra night, here are some addresses:

La Chaumière which is located 3 minutes from the center, La Pointe Isabelle a stone's throw from the train station and Plan B a stone's throw from the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Bus station.

Arrival

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Price *

Status

Du 10/07/2022 au 16/07/2022

au 16/07/2022

890

FULL

Du 07/08/2022 au 13/08/2022

au 13/08/2022

910

FULL

Du 04/09/2022 au 10/09/2022

au 10/09/2022

890

FULL

* Price per person (without insurance)

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 7 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.
Maximum 10 people per Guide.

Physical Level

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.

Useful information to prepare your Tour du Mont Blanc 7 days Trekking

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

Your Budget for the Tour du Mont Blanc Hike 5 days & 4 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);

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Additional nights outside the program;

. Out-of-program visits and transfers;

. Tips;

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

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