Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights: 7 Day Trek

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

 

  • Visit 3 countries - France, Italy and Switzerland 

  • Stay in the fabulous Rifugio Bonatti

  • Challenging hiking

  • Day hike to Lac Blanc for stunning views of Mont Blanc

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

 

  • Fully qualified and expert guide

  • 7-day version perfect for those short on time

  • Full luggage support

  • Good quality accommodation throughout

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights Trek: Dates and Prices

AT A GLANCE

 

8 nights

7 days' trekking

Luggage delivery

 

Group size 4-10

 

Price: £1695

 

Join: Chamonix

Nearest airport: Geneva

 

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights in hotels

1 night in a hut

DIFFICULTY GRADING

8

Challenging

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights Trek: Overview

For this 7-day trip we have selected the best daily stages of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek. Our trip starts and ends in the world class mountaineering town of Chamonix. After a scenic day hike to Lac Blanc, we will trek through France, Italy and Switzerland, tackling mountain passes such as the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) and the Col de la Seigne (2516m). Highlights include the stunning Mont de la Saxe ridge, and a night at the famous Rifugio Bonatti, named after the mountaineer Walter Bonatti.  our trip takes us through beautiful mountain villages, remote farms and ancient Roman towns. 

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights: What to expect

 

As well as the best stages, this trek also incorporates the more difficult variants where possible. If you are looking for a challenging trek but are short on time, then this 7-day trip is a great alternative to the classic 10-day Tour du Mont Blanc. Participants must have a good level of fitness. 

If you are looking for something less strenuous than the classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek, or the Highlights Trek then we also run our Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek, which is less challenging and doesn't include the night in the Bonatti hut. The different options are detailed below but if you need any help at all deciding which Tour du Mont Blanc trek is best for you please don't hesitate to ask us, and we will be happy to help. 

Which Tour du Mont Blanc trek shall I book?

 

We offer the Tour of Mont Blanc in a number of different options:

 

Classic Tour du Mont Blanc - The classic itinerary completes the circuit over 10 days' trekking and uses cable cars and occasional transfers to offer the most comfortable version of this trek. We take variants whenever possible in order to leave the crowds behind - and it is for this reason that we start on a weekday rather than at the weekend - it makes a huge difference.

 

Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc - we use vehicle transfers to link up the Highlights of the TMB, enabling you to complete the circuit over 7 days. Perfect for those who are short of time but who don't want to compromise the best bits - our Highlights version still does some of the exciting variants, and we also stay in the Bonatti hut, a true highlight.

"Best of" the Tour du Mont Blanc - shorter and easier than our Highlights Trip, this version stays in hotels only, and takes 6 days. We use vehicle transfers to shorten some of the days.

 

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc - for fit, experienced trekkers only. This is the most challenging version of the Tour du Mont Blanc that we offer. We take little-known variants and climb optional summits on this truly exceptional 10 day itinerary.

Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc - we book all your accommodation and provide suggestions on the best places to eat, buy your lunches, and our favoured route options and recommendations. We can provide anything from Every Step of the Way over 10-12 days, our 10 day Classic trip with a couple of bus transfers, a 5-9 day Highlights trip, a Tour du Mont Blanc East, or West, or even a 3 or 4-day mini TMB from Chamonix to Courmayeur. We can add rest days to your itinerary wherever you like.  And we can cater for all budgets - anything from luxury hotels, to a more budget trip staying in mountain huts, or a comfortable mix. You can choose whether or not to have luggage delivery, whether you'd like your meals included, and we can arrange airport transfers if need be.

Private Tour du Mont Blanc - If you would like an independent trip on dates to suit you, then just let us know. We can offer any number of itineraries for groups of all sizes and budgets from a luxury Tour du Mont Blanc to a budget trip staying entirely in huts, or a trek with a good mix of hotels and huts. You can travel clockwise or anti-clockwise, and take anything from 5 days to 2 weeks, with or without a rest day in Courmayeur, and be guided or self-guided.

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in the Chamonix Valley

The trip starts in the famous mountaineering town of Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc. We meet the group at 6pm for a trip briefing, followed by our evening meal. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel or chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

 

Day 2 - Hike up to Lac Blanc

We start our day with a trip on the historic 'Mont Blanc Express' train to the hamlet of Montroc. From there we hike up to the famous Lac Blanc; a beautiful mountain lake with spectacular views of Mont Blanc. This is one of the top walks in the Chamonix valley, and was even voted "Best Short Walk in the World". We will be in the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, and can often be lucky enough to see ibex, chamois and marmottes. After a well-earned break at the Lac Blanc refuge we descend to Flégère, take the cable car back down to Les Praz, then hop on the train or bus back to Argentière. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel or chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6 hrs

Distance: 9km

Altitude gain / loss: +1000m / -550m

 

Day 3 - Transfer to Les Contamines. Hike to Les Chapieux

We start early with a transfer to Notre Dame de La Gorge, above Contamines. We trek up the old Roman road from the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge, which is thought to have been a route taken by Hannibal. It is a steep uphill to start with, but we soon get into our stride! We pass the Chalet de Balme, which is a perfect coffee stop if we are making good time. We then head up to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) for a well-earned lunch break. After lunch we have a climbing traverse, often with snowy patches until mid-July, to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479m).  From here we enjoy great views towards the Vanoise National Park, before a 2 hour descent to Les Chapieux. We stay either in an auberge or a chambre d'hôte, depending on availability. 

 

Accommodation : Auberge/Chambre d'Hôte, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +1348m / -960m

 

Day 4 - Trek from Les Chapieux to Courmayeur

We take a newly cut path up to Ville des Glaciers. If the farmer is on hand at Ville des Glaciers we might even be able to try the Beaufort cheese that is produced here. After passing the Refuge des Mottets we start to climb more steeply towards the Col de la Seigne (2516m), which is the 2nd highest pass on the Tour du Mont Blanc. We have now reached the Italian border! From here we descend past the Rifugio Elisabetta to La Visaille, where we take the bus to the vibrant Italian mountain town of Courmayeur. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 6 hrs

Distance: 21km

Altitude gain / loss: +1004m / -850m

 

Day 5 - Trek from Courmayeur to the Rifugio Bonatti

We start the day with a steep walk up to the Rifugio Bertone and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. If the weather is good and there is not too much snow, we can take the lesser-travelled variant to the Mont de la Saxe ridge, by ascending the Tête de la Tronche, followed by a steep descent to the Col Sapin. We descend, then climb again to the Col Entre Deux Sauts. This is a fairly long day, but it is truly stunning - the route is usually fairly quiet and the scenery is breathtaking. We stay overnight at the delightful Rifugio Bonatti, from where you can watch as the sun sets behind Mont Blanc; definitely one of life's special moments. 

 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +1584m / -940m

 

Day 6 - Trek from Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly. Transfer to Champex

We start our day with a rising traverse, before descending to the head of the Val Ferret at Arnuva. From here our climb up the Grand Col Ferret begins. At 2543m, it is the highest col on the official TMB route. We stop for our last Italian coffee at the Rifugio Elena, then climb steadily to the col. We are rewarded with stunning views of the Grandes Jorasses, the Grand Combin and Mont Dolent (the summit of which is on the border of France, Italy and Switzerland). At the top of the col we cross the border into Switzerland, where the scenery changes yet again. If we are doing well for time we may stop at for coffee at La Peule. We then leave the signposted TMB and head to La Fouly via a higher balcony path (if we are early in the season and the gullies are still full of snow we will stick to a more straightforward track). La Fouly is a lovely alpine village with traditional 'chocolate box' chalets. We then take a taxi transfer to the pretty Swiss lakeside town of Champex.   

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 6-7 hrs

Distance: 20km

Altitude gain / loss: +1128m / -1580m

 

Day 7 - Trek from Champex to Trient (or Col de la Forclaz)

We have 2 options today. If we are feeling fit and the weather is good we can take the Fenêtre d'Arpette; this would be the highest col of the trip, at 2665m. It's a fantastic route with stunning views of the Trient glacier. Alternatively we can take the normal route, via Bovine, to the Col de la Forclaz. Your guide will make the final decision, according to the weather conditions and the fitness of the group. We then continue down to the valley of Trient, our Swiss base for the night. 

 

Accommodation: Auberge, dinner included

Luggage access

Distance: depends on route

Walking: approx 6 hrs

Altitude gain / loss: +1484m / -1760m

 

Day 8 - Trek from Trient (or Col de la Forclaz) to Argentière. Train or transfer to Chamonix.

Today we will take another variant from the official Tour du Mont Blanc - a lesser-travelled route via Les Tseppes. The views from this route are spectacular, and there are usually less people, so it is worth the extra effort. If the weather is bad we can take the normal TMB route. Both routes lead us to the Col de Balme, and back into France. From this point, at the top of the Chamonix valley, we have some more choices. If the group is strong and the weather good, we might do the Aiguillette des Posettes, and descend into the Chamonix valley at Tré-le-Champ, from which point it is an hour's walk to Argentière along the river and through the old town. Alternatively we can descend directly to Le Tour, and take the Petit Balcon Nord into Argentière. We then transfer back to Chamonix.

 

Accommodation: Hotel or chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 7 hrs

Distance: depends on route

Altitude gain / loss: +1200m / -1500m

 

Day 9 - Depart Chamonix

Our trip finishes after breakfast. 

Included

 

  • All accommodation

  • All breakfasts & evening meals 

  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary

  • Luggage transfers on all but 1 night

  • Qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

Not Included

 

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport transfers

  • Lunches

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights Trek: Book Online

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