Tour du Mont Blanc

The tour of the roof of Europe and its 4810 m.

Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 peaks: the Mont Blanc massif fascinates.

Going around it is discovering an incomparable universe, that of the high mountains and the spectacle of the nearby glaciers. From the Chamonix valley to Courmayeur valley, from the Arpette window to the Val Ferret sauvage, along the Swiss, Italian and French slopes, the path winds its way between pastures, glaciers and peaks, crossing passes and valleys. The astonishing theater of nature. After an appointment at the Chamonix station and public transport to join the village of Les Houches: we start this stay on the balconies of Saint Gervais, which leads us to the end of Val Montjoie where we discover the village of Contamines. We climb the Roman road, in the heart of the natural reserve Contamines-Montjoie. Passage by the Col du Bonhomme (2439m), col frequented by peddlers for a long time ... like the neck of Seigne (2516 m) at the French-Italian border. From the Italian Val Ferret we pass in the Swiss Ferret valley by the Ferret col (2537 m): view of the Dolent (3823 m), summit at the intersection of the 3 borders. Hérens cows carillonnant at the entrance of the villages, a style of old habitat, geraniums in the windows: this passage in Switzerland does not leave us insensitive to this nature. We end this adventure with the majestic panorama of the Chamonix balcony in the Aiguilles Rouges reserve: admire the Mont Blanc, which is reflected in the white lake, one of our mountain's jewel.

Itinerary

  • Day 1Les Houches - Les Contamines-Montjoie

    Appointment at 9am at Chamonix station. We join the Bellevue cable car in the village of Les Houches by train or bus. From the top of the cable car, magnificent panoramic view of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguilles Rouges, the chain of Fiz and the Aravis. Our hike begins in balcony at 1800m and leads us to the foot of the Bionnassay glacier before descending on Contamines-Montjoie. Passage through the Tricot Pass at 2120m, if conditions permit !

    Elevation + : Approximately 665 m
    Altitude difference - : About 1300 m
    Altitude Max : 2120 m
    Accommodation : Bed and breakfast

  • Day 2Contamines- Montjoie - Vallée des Glaciers

    We leave our accommodation to join Notre Dame de la Gorge , high place of baroque romanticism. A long climb leads us to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) This pass has been used for ages by shepherds and their herds, but also, soldiers, pilgrims, hawkers and hikers of the Mont Blanc tour. The view then opens on the Beaufortain at our feet. Ascent to Col des Fours (2665m) then descent into the pastures in the middle of race's cows Tarine and Abondance . The milk of these cows allowed us to produce a high varitety of cheeses: notably Beaufort and Abondance that we will taste without any doubt during the week.

    Elevation + : from 1350 m to 1550 m
    Altitude difference : Around 800 m
    Altitude Max : 2665 m
    Accommodation: Refuge

  • Day 3Vallée des Glaciers - Refuge Monte Bianco

    We cross today our first border between France and Italy, at the Col de la Seigne (2516m): frequented since ancient times, it is marked by a large cairn and is placed on the watershed of the Mediterranean and the Adriatic! The show is stunning: a palette of snow-capped peaks stand out on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. We enter Val Veny and the valleys of Aosta. This night we stop at Monte Bianco hut at the foot of the Brenva glacier, under the impressive Aiguille de Peuterey.

    Elevation + : About 1000 m
    Altitude difference : Approximately 1150 m
    Altitude Max : 2537 m
    Accommodation : Refuge

  • Day 4Monte Bianco - Courmayeur - Refuge Bonatti

    We descend this morning on Courmayeur, time to savor a small ice cream before continuing our hike up the Italian Val Ferret under the shadow of the impressive Grandes Jorasses. After La Vachey we reach the refuge Walter Bonatti (undoubtedly the largest Italian mountaineer in history) at 2025 meters for our last night on the Italian side. No bag that night, the vehicles do not go up to the refuge to better appreciate nature in the true state. This passage in Val Ferret will not leave you indifferent about the history of our great guides ...

    Elevation + : Approximately 870
    Altitude difference : Approximately 450
    Altitude Max : 2025m
    Accommodation : Refuge

  • Day 5Refuge Bonatti - Grand col Ferret - Champex

    Today we continue our climb to the top of the Italian Val Ferret to join the high Ferret Pass, which borders Italy and Switzerland. We walk admiring the glacier Pre-de-Bar, while Mount Dolent observes us: it is the meeting point of the three borders France, Switzerland and Italy. The pass is a passage used since antiquity between the Aosta Valley and the canton of Valais. On the descent we will meet the farmers of La Peule: why not take the opportunity to stop and taste regional products ?
    It may be interesting to regain strength ... From the village of Ferret, transfer by local bus via Orsières to the charming village of Champex, at the edge of a pretty mountain lake.

    Elevation + : about 850 m
    Altitude difference : Approximately 1150 m
    Altitude Max : 2537m
    Accommodation : Gîte

  • Day 6Champex - Trient - Argentière

    We leave Champex to attack the climb that takes us to the mountain pastures of Bovine, among Hérens cows, these beautiful blacks cows that are the pride of the Valais people. This balcony path, with panoramic views embraces the Rhone Valley, and the Swiss side of the Rhône bend and the Grand Combins massif in the Southeast. Descent through a beautiful forest that leads us to the Forclaz's pass. Then by the way of the Bisses (term Valaisan designating a channel of water carved in the rock or wood) we reach the village of Trient. From there a private transfer takes us to Argentière via the Col des Montets.

    Elevation + : about 850
    Altitude difference : Approximately 850
    Altitude Max : 1987m
    Accommodation : Bed and breakfast

  • Day 7Argentière - Lac Blanc - Chamonix

    For this last day we will discover the massif and the Aiguilles Rouges reserve facing Mont Blanc. Climb to the lakes of Chéserys then to Lake Blanc where the panorama is breathtaking. Descent by a path in balcony via Flégère and Brévent on Chamonix. We separate in the afternoon.

    Dénivelé + : Environ 1150 m
    Dénivelé - : Environ 1400 m
    Altitude Max : 2355 m

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM The itineraries can be modified according to the weather conditions or the fitness's level of the participants. As a last resort, the guide remains the only judge of the program that he can adapt according to the various imperatives that may ocure.

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: RTMB

Equipment

Equipment provided


Collective equipment (compass, altimeter, maps, pharmacy, ...) is provided by the management.


Technical equipment

• Trekking shoes with Vibram sole, and holding ankle well, which you will have previously worn on some hikes to make them at your feet. You must never leave with new shoes, otherwise beware of bulbs ...
• Telescopic sticks • A sheet type meat bag
• A small wash bag with a quick drying towel.
• A sun protection cream (face and lips)
• Headlamp, with batteries and spare bulb
• 1 water bottle or camel-back of 1.5 liters
• A pocket knife
• Toilet paper + lighter
• Two to three plastic bags (100 liters) to protect the backpack and business in case of rain
• a tupperware for midday salads, with knife, fork and spoon. > Personal equipment
• Bonnet
• Hat (or cap) for sun and / or scarf
• Sunglasses of excellent quality and category 3
• 1 pair of fleece or wool gloves
• Breathable technical underwear
• Breathable technical under-pull (carline, light fleece ...) with long sleeves
• 2 breathable T-shirts with short sleeves
• Polar jacket
• 1 anorak or jacket / down vest
• 1 windproof and waterproof jacket Goretex type.
• 1 breathable technical tights
• 1 comfortable hiking pants
• 1 shorts or cropped pants
• 1 pants Goretex type windbreaker
• 2 pairs of socks, a thin pair and a thicker one (avoid the cotton that causes blisters)
• 1 nightwear

 Luggage


A 30L backpack with wide ventral strap and chest strap. Think of a garbage bag to insulate the laundry from moisture.

Guide Council: "In your backpack you will slip in: Warm clothing (fleece, pants, hats and gloves) Rainwear Gourd Camera Solar cream and your picnic of the day ".

The baggage that will follow you by carrier: 'Maximum 9 kg, avoid suitcases. Any excess weight can be charged to the owner The morning before your departure you must deposit the luggage on the ground floor of the shelter for their support by our driver. The inside of the bags must be accessible by Swiss customs officials, do not put padlocks. It is forbidden to have in the bags:
• Computers, tablets, computer hardware
• Camera
• Valuable object

Taxis will not take the bags containing these objects. '

Pharmacy


Your guide will have a pharmacy of first urgency. Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
• Personal drugs
• Anti-pain (preferably paracetamol)
• Double skin
• Elastoplast
• Dressings
• Local disinfectant
• Anti-inflammatory
• Antispasmodic
• Anti-diarrhea
• Anti-vomiting
• Intestinal antiseptic
• Eye drops
• Light sleeping aid
• Earplugs
• Broad spectrum antibiotic
• Vitamins C Non-exhaustive list.

Practical information

Country formalities


No

Passport


Visa / Passport: No


CNI: Yes

Vaccine

no

Leading :

 Our trip is supervised by a mountain guide who will bring you the technical elements necessary for the smooth running of your stay. It may be necessary to modify the program to ensure safety according to the weather conditions of the mountain or the physical condition of the participants. NB: Excerpts from the Code of Ethical Recommendations of the National Union of Mountain Guides dated 27.11.2010: Article 22 It inquires about the physical and technical capabilities of its customers in view of the planned route and ensures that they are properly equipped. Respecting the obvious rules of decency, courtesy and discretion, the Mountain Guide is entitled to exclude from the activity a person whose stay in the group is likely to expose his or the safety of third parties. Article 23 He teaches those he accompanies safe behavior and develops the spirit of self-control and initiative in hikers. Article 24 The Mountain Guide ensures that customers comply with its instructions and instructions. They must respect these instructions and instructions. The mountain guide must inform his clients of the transfer of responsibility that would result from non-compliance with instructions and instructions. Article 26 The decision to give up an exit or modify the itinerary may be made by mutual agreement. However, for safety reasons, the mountain guide decides in the last resort.

Accommodation

The rooms are shared and the toilets are common on the floor. Do not forget to provide sleeping cloth (blankets are provided) and earplugs. Slippers are available at the entrance of the cottage.

Portage

You carry your belongings by the day, except the day in Bonatti where you will have your business for 2 days: indeed the vehicles do not go up to above = tranquility assured.

Food Meal

• Lunch picnics consist mostly of mixed salads, cold cuts, cheeses and fruits. They are done by the guide in the evening for the next day: do not worry if he disappears 1h or 2h in the evening, it's just that he prepares good things for the next day ...
• In the evenings, meals are served at the accommodation
• Do not forget to provide food for your tastes before departure: cereal bars, chocolate bars, dried fruits ... and do not hesitate to bring small specialties from your region for aperitifs ! Drinks Drinks are not included in the price of the stay: do not forget to take change (Swiss francs + euros) for coffees, juices, beers or coca during stops ... often shelters do not have blue card machine!

Additional information

Before your departure it is important to have a physical condition in accordance with the activity envisaged. Regular practice of an endurance sport is mandatory for mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or walking. If you are not at all trained it will be difficult to consider an activity in the mountains without taking the risk of being faced with too great physical difficulties that penalize you and the group.
An endurance sport is mandatory to make the most of this circuit. Three months before the departure plan to do if possible 2 to 3 sessions of endurance sport of a minimum hour per week and a hike during the weekend of at least 6 hours with a difference of 350m / hour. The best training for a trek is obviously hiking. Knee problems remain the main concern on this type of trek: talk to your doctor before departure.
Thank you to quickly inform the agency of the medical indications concerning you: food allergies, diabetes, old or recent cardiac and vascular accidents, asthma, etc ...

Our rendez vous


9am at Chamonix train station.

Access By car : Direct access by the Autoroute Blanche connected to the European motorway network to Chamonix.

By train : Saint Gervais les Bains railway network Fayet, then take the correspondence Le Fayet - Martigny, stop at Chamonix-center station Information and times: 3635 or you can visit the website www.voyages-sncf.com.

From Les Houches train station: about 20min walk to Bellevue, or 5min walk to the bus stop of line 01 (stop Le Tourchet) towards Prarion: get off at Bellevue stop, ticket: 1.50 € . Dispersion In the afternoon at the train station in Chamonix center, where you find your luggage.

Stay before or after the tour:

On Les Houches: - Tupilak cottage 1474 Route de Coupeau, 74310 Houches (The) Telephone: 04 50 54 56 66 -

Hotel Les Campanules ** 450 Coupeau Road 74310 Les Houches / France Such. +33 (0) 4 50 54 40 71 Parking during the tour Free

Parking Planards in Chamonix, near the Montenvers train station and 5 minutes from the train station.

Biblio / Maps / Web


Topo Guide IGN: "Mont Blanc" "In the country of Mont Blanc" 1/50000.

MAPPING: IGN CARD: 3530 AND / CHAMONIX