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TOUR DU MONT BLANC TREK

Challenging France

Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

THE WORLD-FAMOUS TREKKING EXPERIENCE CROSSING FRENCH, SWISS AND ITALIAN ALPS.

The Tour du Mont Blanc is the trail that spoils you for every other trail and the best part is that we don’t need to camp to experience it! Actually, the picturesque hotels and mountain lodges we stay in are very much part of what makes this trail phenomenal. The trail itself goes around the Mont Blanc and passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. Yes! We’ll be eating the best Fondue, Pizza and Croissants all in the same week and against the backdrop of the most impressive mountain views in the alps. This one is certainly a challenge but a very doable one, great for first timers and experienced trekkers alike.

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

France

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodge, Hotel

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The world-famous 170 KM trek that circles the Mont Blanc through France, Switzerland and Italy.

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Stunning views and carefully selected accommodation make this experience truly one of a kind.

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Dinners aren’t just for sustenance on this trail. Think tartiflette in France, fondue in Switzerland and pizza in Italy!

Itinerary

LHO’s most popular trail bridges the gap perfectly between a challenging trekking expedition, insanely stunning scenery and the comforts and amenities of alpine accommodation. Working on cardio and endurance training will give you that extra level of confidence and make this adventure even more enjoyable.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CHAMONIX

Day 1 is arrival day. If you require pick-ups from Geneva airport, please let us know otherwise we’ll meet you at the Rockypop hotel or Chamonix central train station. Check-in starts at 3pm but we can store our bags at the hotel and roam around if we arrive early. Chamonix is a beautiful village and we highly recommend taking the time to explore it. A team dinner and briefing will take place at 7:30pm with your team leaders and mountain guides at the Little Boxes restaurant in Chamonix Sud.

DAY 2: BREVENT TO ARGENTIERE

Our first day together will start at 8:00am. We’ll depart from the hotel in the direction of the Bellevue cable car to park the cars for our return leg. From their we’ll catch the bus to the Plan Pras cable in the middle of Chamonix. Yes, the first day won’t include any big ascent. We’ll be catching the cable to the Brevent and making a gradual descent towards Argentiere to ease ourselves into the experience. The first moments on the trail are actually amongst the most spectacular from the French side of the mountain with clear views across the valley of the entire Mont Blanc massif. As we descend the trail, the environment will shift towards deep forest before arriving to the town of Argentiere. The town itself is quite vibrant and worth checking before dinner. We’ll be staying at the Le Dahu hotel for the night.

DAY 3: LE TOUR TO TRIENT

We’ll be catching an early bus from Argentiere to Le Tour to skip a boring road section and get ourselves straight onto the trail for our first big ascent of the trip. From Le Tour we’ll be trekking up to the Col du Trient, the natural border between France and Switzerland. It’s usually a great spot for lunch and there’s a cute little hut with a coffee shop for those of us who’d like a little java or some tea. From the Col we’ll descend to the Swiss town of Trient, a picturesque mountain village with an iconic pink church. We’ll be staying at the mountain lodge Auberge du Mont Blanc. Dinner will be at the accommodation.

DAY 4: TRIENT TO ARRPETTE

The following morning we’ll head out in the direction of Col de la Forclaz. Depending on the team’s progress we may choose to follow the trail to Bovin or Col d’Arrpette. Both are spectacular and the choice of trail will depend on the conditions of the team, the weather and the pace. Arriving to Arrpette is beautiful. The accommodation itself is at the foot of the valley in a meadow surrounded by forest. Dinner will be at the accommodation. The nearest village to us will be Champex-lac however it’s a bit far to visit after a long trekking day.

DAY 5: VAL FERRET TO COURMAYEUR

The day will start with an hour private van transfer to La Fouley. We avoid walking this section as it is largely by the roadside and would necessitate adding another trekking day to the trip that we feel is unnecessary. From La Fouley we’ll ascend the trail to Col de Val Ferret. This is the natural border with Italy and is one of the most spectacular valleys on the planet. The descent to the valley is a little steep but easily walkable. Once at the valley floor we’ll walk along the forest trail until we reach the main road where we’ll be catching the local bus to downtown Courmayeur, Italy’s version of Chamonix! We’ll be staying at a comfortable hotel in the town with plenty of free time to roam around. Dinner will be a la carte at a trendy local restaurant.

DAY 6: VAL VENY TO LES CHAPIEUX

We’ll be catching the bus once again to leave Courmayeur but this time in the direction of France via the beautiful Val Veny. On the trail we’ll be able to see the Italian side of the Mont Blanc summit including the route that mountaineers take to go to the top. The trail starts flat as we pass two beautiful lakes. From their we’ll begin a gradual ascent to the top of the pass which forms the natural border between Italy and France before descending to Les Chapieux, a tiny farming community at the western top of the Mont Blanc massif.

DAY 7: COL DE LA CROIX BONHOMME

Our last big ascent of the trip starts just outside the hut as we make our way up to Col De La Croix Bonhomme on our way to Nant Borrant. The trail is clear and the views are spectacular. Before reaching the top, we can see deep into the adjacent Vannoise massif. As we descend from the top, we’ll have views of the Mont Blanc from the French side. Our accommodation is the most picturesque mountain hut of the trail.

DAY 8: LES HOUCHES

Our last day starts with a descent to the valley floor where we’ll link up with a road. From there we’ll be catching a bus to Les Contamines and rejoining the trail for our last brief ascent. Once we reach the top, we’ll be having lunch and grabbing the Bellevue cable back down to where we started. The afternoon is for shopping and free time in the town before our last team dinner altogether in the evening.

DAY 9: AU REVOIR!

Our final day together will be dedicated to airport transfers and farewells. Breakfast is included on the day. Please make sure that you provide us with your departure details before the first day of the trip so that arrangements can be made.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides & Permits
  • Indicated Team Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Hear From Our Community

Doing the Mont Blanc Tour with LHO was a great experience, thanks to Rami, one of the most enthusiastic and encouraging people you could hope to have along with you on a trek :) I highly recommend this trip (and LHO in general)!

Racha Mourtada

I did the TMB circuit and it was a life time experience. LHO team was amazing and exceeded my expectation by putting our needs first. The whole trip from the minute I was picked up from the airport to when I left was full of care, love and excellent service. For me personally, this trip was on my radar since years and LHO made it happen easily and smoothly. LHO had a dynamic way in communicating with the group and keep us posted. I strongly wish and recommend this experience to all my friends and loved ones. Thank you Jad, Rami, Ghida for your service of excellence.

Hala Salha

Best thing I have ever did in my life. Never regret it!

Zainab Alnajar

One of the best experiences I've ever done. A great way to fall in love with mountaineering. LHO was not only a great facilitator of the experience, but the most wonderful company to have on this trip. To more adventures together!

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Top Questions

Are there porters on this trip? What do we need for our backpacks?

There are no porters on the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. Each person will be carrying what they need for the week in their own backpacks. The backpacks should not be more than 30 liters and should not exceed 5 KGs in weight. The best way to avoid over packing is to stick to the gear list we provide. Anything you don't need for the trail, such as your travel luggage, can be kept in Chamonix.

There are no porters on the Tour du Mont Blanc trip. Each person will be carrying what they need for the week in their own backpacks. The backpacks should not be more than 30 liters and should not exceed 5 KGs in weight. The best way to avoid over packing is to stick to the gear list we provide. Anything you don't need for the trail, such as your travel luggage, can be kept in Chamonix.

Is altitude a concern on this adventure and what’s the highest altitude we’ll reach?

We'll be well below the usual threshold for exposure to altitude related to become a concern. The highest point in this trail is 2665 meters.

We'll be well below the usual threshold for exposure to altitude related to become a concern. The highest point in this trail is 2665 meters.

Can we skip parts of the trail?

3. Can we skip parts of the trail? Yes you can. The majority of the accommodations we use on the trail are accessible by car. If you'd like to skip a day you can just meet us at the next accommodation. There is only one day where it is impossible to reach us by car when we stay in Nant Borrant. This will be something we will brief on during the adventure so that everyone is aware what days can be skipped.

3. Can we skip parts of the trail? Yes you can. The majority of the accommodations we use on the trail are accessible by car. If you'd like to skip a day you can just meet us at the next accommodation. There is only one day where it is impossible to reach us by car when we stay in Nant Borrant. This will be something we will brief on during the adventure so that everyone is aware what days can be skipped.

Any specific backpack brand?

Forget about the brand. Consider the fit. Backpacks should sit comfortably above the hips and on the shoulders with the weight dispersed equally between the two. You should also feel comfortable with the compartments and the ease of accessing your things. Brands we love include Osprey, Deuter, Marmot or Forclaz.

Forget about the brand. Consider the fit. Backpacks should sit comfortably above the hips and on the shoulders with the weight dispersed equally between the two. You should also feel comfortable with the compartments and the ease of accessing your things. Brands we love include Osprey, Deuter, Marmot or Forclaz.

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