Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc

 

  • One of the best treks in the world

  • A circuit of western Europe's highest mountain

  • High-level variants wherever possible

  • Visit France, Italy & Switzerland

  • Stunning scenery every day

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

 

  • We are the TMB experts

  • Outstanding fully-qualified guides

  • Authentic refuges and local hotels

  • Stay in the wonderful Bonatti hut

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Trek: Dates and Prices

AT A GLANCE

 

11 nights

10 days' trekking

 

Partial luggage delivery

 

Group size 4-10

 

Price: From £1795

 

Join: Chamonix

 

Nearest Airport: Geneva

 

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in hotels

4 nights in a chalet

1 night in a guest house

3 nights in refuges

 

 

DIFFICULTY GRADING

9

Extremely Tough

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Trek: Overview

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the classic trekking journeys in the world, covering 166km with 10,000m of ascent and descent.  Standing on the border of France, Switzerland and Italy, at 4810m above sea level, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe. For this trip we have designed a route that incorporates the most exciting variants and takes high-level options wherever possible. We will cross the Col des Fours (2665m) and the Col de la Breya (2401m), and walk the stunning Mont de la Saxe ridge. As well as comfortable hotels and guests houses we will also stay in fabulous mountain refuges, such as the Rifugio Bonatti and the Cabane d'Orny. We will have partial luggage support during the trek, with just 2 nights without our luggage. On this Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Trek we will enjoy stunning scenery, alpine meadows, pretty mountain villages and authentic mountain refuges. 

 

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.

Ultimate Tour du Mont Blanc Trek: Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Chamonix

Our trip begins in our chalet in Argentière, at the higher end of the Chamonix Valley. We meet the group for a trip briefing, followed by our evening meal.

 

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

 

Day 2 - From Argentière to Les Contamines 

Our trek today starts with a climb up through the forests, on our way to the Col de Vosa. There is a restaurant at the top where we should be able to stop for lunch. This is followed by a short descent to the beginning of the Bionassay Glacier, with the Aiguille de Bionassay above us. We take the suspension bridge across the torrent, followed by an easy climb to the Col de Tricot. We can see the Dômes de Miage as we descend to the Chalet de Miage below, where we can stop for a drink. A further 30-minute descent takes us down to the pretty village of Les Contamines, and our hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 8-9 hrs

Distance: 22km

Altitude gain / loss: +1500m / -1350m

 

Day 3 - Trek from Les Contamines to the Refuge des Mottets

We leave the hotel and take a pleasant route, alongside the river, to the Notre Dame de la Gorge church. A little further on is a Roman bridge, and evidence of a Roman road, as we make a steady climb to the first of today's 3 cols; the Col du Bonhomme (2329m). A further climb takes us to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2483m) and, if the weather is good, we can now take a less-travelled path up to the Col des Fours (2655m). We then drop down into the scenic Vallée des Glaciers, and on to our base for the night at the Refuge des Mottets. 

 

Accommodation : Guest house, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8-9 hrs

Distance: 22km

Altitude gain / loss: +1600m / -940m

 

Day 4 - Trek from the Refuge des Mottets to Courmayeur

We start with a short but steady climb along a series of switch backs, to the Col de la Seigne (2513m). This is the border with Italy, and we can enjoy excellent views of Mont Blanc from here. We have an easy descent past the Rifugio Elisabetta, and down into Val Veny, with the Miage Glacier on our left. Our Ultimate TMB then takes a variant route high along the northern slopes of Mont Favre, for more fabulous views of Mont Blanc. After the Rifugio Maison Vieille on the Col Checrouit (1960m) we then have a quick descent on a narrow path, amongst the ski slopes and forests of Courmayeur. If legs are weary there is the option to take a ski lift down from here (not included). From the centre of Courmayeur we catch a bus up to La Palud, and our hotel. 

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8-9 hours

Distance: 24km

Altitude gain / loss: +1200m / -1850m

 

Day 5 - Trek from La Palud to the Rifugio Bonatti

We leave our hotel and head up to Leucheney, then on to the Monte Saxe ridge itself. It is a beautiful grassy ridge with stunning panoramic views from Mont Blanc across to the Jorasses, and is certainly one of the highlights of the whole trip. As we reluctantly leave the ridge we traverse to the Tête de la Tronche (2584m), then drop to the Col Sapin. We now take another variant up to the Col Entre Deux Sauts (2521m). A high valley descent brings us back down, as far as the Rifugio Bonatti, where we will spend an evening on the terrace and a night in this fabulous hut. 

 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking: Approx 7-8 hrs

DIstance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +1580m / -940m

 

Day 6 - Trek from the Rifugio Bonatti to La Fouly

Today we trek over the Grand Col Ferret, which is one of the highest cols on the trip at 2537m.  We start the day with a mid-height traverse above Val Ferret, before dropping down to the head of the valley. We will pass the Rifugio Elena mid-morning, which is usually the perfect time to stop for one of their famous cappuccinos. From here a stunning climb takes us to the Grand Col Ferret, and 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, Switzerland and Italy).  At the top of the col we cross over into Switzerland, where the scenery changes yet again.  We descend past the Refuge de la Peule, where we leave the signposted TMB route and head to La Fouly via a higher balcony path. La Fouly is a pretty alpine village with traditional Swiss “chocolate box” chalets, and will be our base for the night.

 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking- approx 7-8 hrs

Distance: 20km

Altitude gain / loss: +1040m / -1500m

 

Day 7 - Trek from La Fouly to the Cabane d'Orny

Today is the most physically demanding of the trek, but is a little shorter than previous days, and starts with a gentle stroll along the valley, to the village of Praz-de-Fort. Our Ultimate TMB then takes a variant route, starting with a sharp left into the Val Saleina. The Glacier d'Orny lies ahead of us, and above it is the dramatically located Cabane d'Orny (2831m). We have around 1700 metres of ascent to the refuge, but a series of well-placed switch backs eases the pressure of the climb. The last section is a spectacular path on the moraine above the glacier. At the hut we have the rest of the afternoon to settle in and enjoy our unique surroundings.  

 

Accommodation: Mountain refuge, dinner included

No luggage access

Walking - approx 6-7 hrs

Distance: 16km

Altitude gain / loss: +1720m / -500m

 

Day 8 - Trek from the Cabane d'Orny to Trient

This is technically the most difficult day of the trek, as we begin with a descent of the moraine, followed by a lovely balcony path to the top of the Breya cable car. From the Brenva station we take a rugged road down to the pretty Val d'Arpette, followed by another climb up through the rocks and boulder fields to the spectacular Fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m), where we enjoy fabulous views of the Trient Glacier. We descend to the Chalet des Glaciers for a well-earned drink, before a pleasant and relaxed descent through the woods to our base for the night in Trient. 

 

Accommodation: Auberge/guest house, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: approx 9-10 hrs

Distance: 21km

Altitude gain / loss: +1020m / -2500m

 

Day 9 - Trient to Argentière

We have a few options for different routes today, and the guide will make a decision depending on the conditions on the day. A less-travelled trail leads up through Tseppes to the Col de Balme, at the top of the Chamonix Valley. We enjoy Mont Blanc views as we descend to the Col des Posettes, followed by a relatively easy ascent of the Aiguille des Posettes; a small ridge with epic views of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille Rouge mountain ranges. We descend into Argentière and back to our chalet, where we will be based for the next 2 nights. 

 

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 8 hrs

Distance: 19km

Altitude gain / loss: +1300m / -1350m

 

Day 10 - Day hike to Lac Blanc

Today is a great day, with stunning views of the highest peak in western Europe, and some interesting technical sections. We take a route from Argentière that climbs steadily up through the larch and spruce trees, to the cliffs of the Chéserys. At the Aiguillette d'Argentière we have an easy Via Ferrata section with short ladders and cables. We then take a meandering path to the 'hidden' lakes beneath the Aiguilles des Chamois. A final short ladder brings us to Lac Blanc; a beautiful mountain lake with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We descend back to our chalet via a different route. 

 

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 7 hrs

Distance: 14km

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

 

Day 11 - Day hike to Brévent

Today we return to the end point of the previous day's hike, using the cable car to get back up to Flégère. We then take a great trail up to the Col de Brévent, and on to the summit of Brévent (2525m). The views from here of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley are spectacular. Our descent takes us to les Houches, via Merlet. From here we take a transfer back to our chalet for our last dinner together, and the end of our adventure. 

 

Accommodation: Chalet, dinner included

Luggage access

Walking: Approx 7 hrs

Distance: 17km

Altitude gain / loss: +870m / -1780m

 

Day 12 - Depart Chamonix

Our trip finishes after breakfast.

 

 

 

Included

 

  • All accommodation in the itinerary

  • All meals in the itinerary

  • All cable cars and transport as detailed in the itinerary

  • Luggage transfers on all but 2 nights

  • Qualified & experienced International Mountain Leader

Not Included

 

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Airport transfers

  • Packed lunches

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

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