Integral Mont Blanc Tour

Around the king Mont Blanc. When you arrive there the shock remains whole. We offer you a journey through 3 countries, to show you the most beautiful lanscapes of a single mountain: Mont Blanc. You will really enjoy yourself between cathedrals of ice, the peace of high mountain pastures and the meeting of mountain inhabitants and alpinists.

From Chamonix we start with a very famous balcony: the Lac Blanc, mirror of Mont Blanc and  its beautiful needles. Hérens cows chime at the entrance to the old style villages where geraniums drowning windows: we are in Switzerland. Then the mountain, with its sharp peaks and glaciers cascading, took possession of the decor. We spend the large Col Ferret (2537 m). We comb the Aosta Valley mountains with balcony in paths where the soft light of a larch forest sieved crystalline reflections of these ice foothills we Unveils Mont Blanc on its Italian side. Back in France via the Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we stroll in the pastures Beaufortain ephemeral pleasures. The Bonhomme Pass (2439 m) we enter the nature reserve of Les Contamines, table hosted by the beauty of the flaming colors of miles and flowers. This is where marmots, chamois and ibex watching us! We end our tour in Les Houches.

Itinerary

  • Day 1Chamonix - Argentière.

    To start this tour we start in the famous valley of Chamonix. Nature has done well to admire the multitude of peaks and glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif, it has erected an ideal lookout: the chain of Aiguilles Rouges. Hike to Lac Blanc: the 'mirror of Mont Blanc'. As scenery we will be entitled to cathedrals of 4000 m: the Aiguille Verte, Drus, Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc.

    Walking hours : 5h to 6h
    Denivelation + : 600m
    Denivelation - : 1200m
    Altitude Max : 2352m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the gîte : Le Moulin

  • Day 2Argentière - Trient.

    Ascent to the Col de Balme (2191 m). On the right, the Aiguilles Rouges massif, on the left the Mont Blanc massif, with the center reigning supreme: the Chamonix valley. Descent on the characteristic village of Trient at the foot of the glacier of the same name.

    Walking hours : 5h to 6h
    Denivelation + : 850m
    Denivelation - : 930m
    Altitude Max : 2191m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the gîte : Auberge of Mont Blanc

  • Day 3Trient - Champex

    Today we have an appointment in the Swiss alpine pastures in Bovine. Hiking between larch forest and pastures, among these little black cows the 'Hérens', which are the pride of the Valaisans. View of the valley of Martigny that crosses the still young Rhône.

    Walking hours : 6h to 7h
    Denivelation + : 950m
    Denivelation - : 750m
    Altitude Max : 2049m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a gîte.

  • Day 4Champex - la Fouly.

    Since Champex, with its lake remnant of the ice age, we discover the Swiss Val Ferret. This is an opportunity to stroll in these typical villages, still beautifully decorated with their geraniums.

    Walking hours : 4h to 5h
    Denivelation + : 600m
    Denivelation - : 450m
    Altitude Max : 1500m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a gîte.

  • Day 5La Fouly - Bonatti hut

    Meeting with the alpine pastures of La Peule ... We enter Italy by the Grand Col Ferret (2537 m) with a view of the Pré de Bar glacier and the Dolent (3823 m): summit at the intersection of 3 borders. Descent into the Italian Val Ferret. No carry bag that night, to better appreciate the nature to the true state (be careful in your backpack you will carry picnics and your equipment for 2 days). This passage to the Bonatti refuge will not leave you indifferent about the history of these great guides who have marked history ...

    Walking hours : 7h to 8h
    Denivelation + : 1350m
    Denivelation - : 900m
    Altitude Max : 2537m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a hut

  • Day 6Bonatti hut - Monte Bianco hut

    The Italian Val Ferret offers a incredible balcony, where the light sweetness of a larch forest contrast with the panorama of the stiffness of the high crystalline and icy peaks of the Grandes Jorasses to current Dolent. walk down to Courmayeur, where we take the opportunity to quickly visit the Aosta Valley mountaineering capital. We leave Courmayeur through a small shuttle ride to enter the Val Veny. From there we will go back on foot to refuge of Monte Bianco: panoramic view of the Italian Val Veny.

    Walking hours : 6h to 7h
    Denivelation + : 650m
    Denivelation - : 1050m
    Altitude Max : 2125m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a hut

  • Day 7Monte Bianco hut - Vallée-des-Glaciers

    Always on a trail in panoramic balcony: the Val Veny is the Italian side of Mont Blanc to the stolen bones, to forgotten valleys where glaciers are flirting with valley bottoms. This trail leads to the Col de la Seigne (2516m): the French-Italian border. Then descent on glacier valley where we will take a shuttle bus to our accommodation the day ...

    Walking hours : 7h to 8h
    Denivelation + : 900m
    Denivelation - : 1100m
    Altitude Max : 2516m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a gîte

  • Day 8Vallée-des-Glaciers - Contamines-Montjoie.

    Since Glacier valley we travel some of Beaufortain pastures to the Bonhomme pass (2439 m). Then descent on Contamines and nature reserve: a true garden where the violet-blue gentians, anemones bright yellow and bright pink rhododendrons are a real fireworks.

    Walking hours : 7h to 8h
    Denivelation + : 950m
    Denivelation - : 1300m
    Altitude Max : 2479m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a gîte.

  • Day 9Contamines-Montjoie - Les Houches

    Contamines we hike to the Col de Voza (1653 m) through the hamlets amid high mountains. Which reminds us that men have adapted to this land for millennia.
    Tour ends in Les Houches.

    Walking hours : 6h to 8h
    Denivelation + : 700m
    Denivelation - : 950m
    Altitude Max : 1673m

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM


The itineraries can be modified according to the weather conditions or the fitness level of the participants. As a last resort, the accompanist remains the only judge of the program that he can adapt according to the various imperatives that may arise.

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Trip reference: RTMBI

The price includes

  • The deposit of 30% is payable at the time of registration, the balance of the stay must be paid 30 days of departure.
  • The technical organization of the stay
  • Supervision by a mountain guide
  • Baggage transport (except at the Bonatti refuge)
  • Dormitory accommodation in cottages and shelters.
  • All half-board and picnic.
  • The transfers provided for in the program.


The price does not include

  • Transfers to the rendezvous point and from the place of dispersion
  • Return transfer from Les Houches to Chamonix
  • Registration fees
  • Food supplies insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • To pay on the spot
  • The drinks.
  • Personal expenses.


Insurance

We can offer you our 3 possible formulas:
- Cancellation insurance 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal, transfer or event occurring prior to departure and preventing you can perform the stay.
- Multi-risk insurance to 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancel" above and also covers you during your stay in search and rescue expenses as well as hospitalization, repatriation, reimbursement of medical expenses, etc. ...
- Repatriation insurance at 2% of the price of the stay: support for search and rescue costs in the mountains, assistance in case of illness, injury during the trip. If you do not wish to subscribe to our insurance you must send us the insurance release sent with your confirmation of registration. If you choose other insurance and assistance contracts, we invite you to check in particular that the search and rescue coverage is appropriate: coverage area, amount, risks covered.
For information, a minimum amount of 15 000 € is recommended in the search-and-rescue coverage. Credit cards offer little or no this type of guarantee.

Equipment

Equipment provided


Collective equipment (compass, altimeter, maps, pharmacy, rope ...) 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 pair of leggings
• Category 3 sunglasses
• A meat bag type sheet (there are blankets in a shelter)
• A small wash bag with a quick drying towel.
• A sun protection cream (face and lips) + after-sun
• Headlamp, with spare batteries
• 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 gloves • Breathable technical underwear
• 1 Breathable technical sub-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
• Socks: Thin and thicker (avoid cotton that causes blisters)
• 1 nightwear

Luggage


• In the mountains you will carry all your belongings and equipment in a 40-liter backpack.
• The second luggage that follows you in the refuge: information given by the carrier: 'Maximum 6 kg, avoid suitcases. Any excess weight may be charged to the owner by the carrier. In the morning before your departure you have to leave the luggage on the ground floor of the refuge for their care by the driver. ' Do not have in the bags:
• Computers, tablets, computer hardware
• Camera
• Valuable 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
Visa: 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. this guide may need to modify the program to ensure safety according to the weather conditions of the mountain or the 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.

Lodging

In the mountains, overnight stays usually take place in small dormitories. For this purpose, provide the usual defenses against the risk of snoring. The dormitories are equipped with blankets. Take a sleeping sheet and a pillowcase to make your nights sweeter ...

Food Meal

• Lunch picnics consist mostly of mixed salads, cold cuts, cheeses and fruits. They are taken to the shelter or prepared 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 evening, meals are served in the different accommodation.
• Remember to provide food to your tastes before departure (possibility of refueling during the stay): cereal bars, chocolate bars, dried fruit ... and do not hesitate to bring small specialties from your region to appetizers !
Drinks Personal drinks are not included in the price of the stay: think of taking change for coffees, juices, beers or coca during the halts ... often the refuges do not have a credit 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 trained at all 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 get together Appointment Early morning at Chamonix train station (74).
Access By car : Direct access by the Autoroute Blanche connected to the European motorway network to Chamonix.
By train : Saint Gervais les Bains-le Fayet railway network, then take the correspondence Le Fayet - Vallorcine, stop at Chamonix station. Information and times: 3635 or you can visit the website www.voyages-sncf.com.
Dispersion At the end of the afternoon in Les Houches (regular bus lines for Chamonix)
Stay before or after the tour Tourist Office of Chamonix: tel: 04.50.53.00.24

Parking during the tour : Les Planards: near the Montenvers train station, 5 min walk from the train station.
Biblio / Maps / Web 25,000th
CARTOGRAPHY: IGN MAP: 3531 OT Megeve IGN MAP: 3632 OT Beaufortain Massif
CARTOGRAPHY 50,000th: Hiking map 'Rando Editions A2': Beaufortain