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.

    We start in the famous valley of Chamonix. Nature has done things to admire the myriad peaks and glaciers of Mont Blanc, she erected a gazebo ideal: the Aiguilles Rouges chain. Hiking in Lac Blanc : the 'mirror of Mont Blanc '. As decorations we will have cathedrals at 4000m: Aiguille Verte, the Drus, the Aiguille du Midi and the 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.

    Climb to the Col de Balme (2191 m). Right the Aiguilles Rouges, left the Mont Blanc, the supreme ruling center: Chamonix valley. Descent to 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 go in the Swiss Alps in Bovine. Hiking between larch pastures, amid these small black cows the Hérens', which are the pride of Valais. View Martigny Valley that crosses the Rhone still young.

    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 relic of the Ice Age, we find the Swiss Val Ferret. This is an opportunity to stroll through these villages, always 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

    Meet the mountain farmers of La Peule... We enter in Italy by the Grand Col Ferret (2537 m) overlooking the glacier Pré de Bar and the Dolent (3823 m) summit at the intersection of 3 borders. Descent into the Italian Val Ferret. No carrying bag that night, to better appreciate nature to true (note in your backpack you wear picnics and business for 2 days). This passage to the refuge Bonatti will not leave you insensitive to the history of these great leaders who have marked the 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

program change

The itineraries can vary depending on weather conditions or the level of fitness of the participants. Ultimately, the guide remains the only judge of the program that can be adapted according to different requirements that may arise.

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Trip reference: RTMBI

The price includes
- The technical organization of the stay
- Supervision by a trek guide
- Luggage transportation (except Bonatti Refuge)
- Accommodation in a dormitory gites and hut
- The set of half-board and picnics.
- Transfers included in the program.

The price does not include:
- Transfers to the point of appointment and from the place of dispersion
- Transfer back from the Houches to Chamonix
- Application fees (18 €)
- The food of race- Insurance / Assistance: research costs, relief and repatriation in the Swiss and Italian territories
- Drinks and personal expenses


Insurance
We can offer you two options (to subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe):
 - Cancellation Insurance- 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or event occurring before your departure that could prevent you from caring out with the journey
- Multi risk Insurance - 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it covers also research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital coast and medical expenses. 
- Rapatriation assistance -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the trip.

If you do not wish to subscribe on our insurance, you need to return us, mandatory, the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please be so kind to verify that a part considering “Research and rescue by helicopter” is well adapted: coverage area, amount, risks covers.For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover Research assistance. Cards Credit offer little or not much of desirable guarantee. 


Equipment

Technical equipment

- Trekking Shoes Vibram and holding well ankle, you have previously given on a few hikes to make your feet. Never leave with new shoes, or else watch the bulbs ...
- Telescopic sticks
- A pair of gaiters
- A sleeping bag-type sheet (there are blankets refuge)
- A small toiletry kit with a towel dries quickly.
- A sunscreen (face and lips) + after-sun
- A headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
- 1 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 lunch for salads with knife, fork and spoon.

personal equipment

- Cup
- Hat (or cap) for the sun and / or scarf
- Excellent quality sunglasses and Category 3
- 1 pair of gloves fleece or wool fur
- Technical underwear breathable
- Breathable Technical Sub-pull (carline, light fleece ...) long sleeve
- 2 breathable t-shirts with short sleeves
- Fleece
- 1 anorak or jacket / vest Down
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex.
- 1 breathable technical sticky
- 1 comfortable hiking pants
- 1 shorts or capris
- 1 pants windproof Gore-Tex
- 2 pairs of socks, a thin and a thicker pair (avoid cotton, which produces blisters)
- 1 night gown

baggage

- In the mountains you carry all your belongings and your gear in a backpack 30/35 liters.
- The 2nd baggage behind you in the refuge:
Entries by carrier: 'Maximum 9 kg avoid suitcases. Any weight exceeding can be billed to the owner by the carrier. The morning before your departure you must deposit the luggage on the ground floor of the shelter for their care by the driver. Inside the bags must be accessible by Swiss customs, not to lock. It is forbidden to have in the bags: - Computers, tablets, computer equipment - Camera - Valuable objects '

First aid kit

Your Stages Expéditions guide will carry a collective first aid kit.

However, it is important that you brought your individual pharmacy :
- analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- bandages and second skin.- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- sun cream, Biafine cream
- pills to cleanse the water (e.g. Aquatabs). Water in bottles is VERY expensive in huts
- Light sleeping drug (if you need some) and/or Quies ear plugs
- you own medecine...

Practical information

Passports / visas

Please contact your ambassy to check the passports and visas rules to come to France.

Staff

Our trip is supervised by a trekguide who will bring you the technical elements necessary for the proper conduct of the stay. this guide may need to modify the program to ensure safety in the weather conditions of the mountain or the condition of the participants.

Accommodation

In mountain hut: the nights usually spend in small dormitories. Provide for this purpose the usual defense mechanisms against existing risks of snoring. The dormitories are equipped with blankets. Well take a sleeping sheet and a pillowcase to make your soft nights.

Food

Meals :Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious (prepared in the refuges or gites). Your packed lunches are usually composed of salad, delicatessen, cheese and fruits.
During the trek, your guide will offer you some energetic snacks (dried fruits, chocolate bars, ...)
Drinks :Water is very expensive in refuges.

Recommandations :

For this trip, you must be fit : you can train with other sports such like running, cycling, swimming or sportive walk. To have a reasonable chance of success a high degree of fitness and stamina, and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended.
For more information about our trips' levels, please go to the "Level" section of our website.

Hygiene :

In mountain, you will often see water, but be careful, it is not always drinking water ! Ask your guide's advice before drinking, and keep with you pills to cleanse it.

Books / sheets / web :

IGN sheets 1:25000- 3531 ET St Gervais- 3630 OT Chamonix