8 Day Tour de Mont Blanc TMB
Arrival Day – Hotel Les Aiglons 4* Double en suite
Day 1 - Transfer to Les Houches. Trek to Les Contamines
We start in Les Houches with a cable car ride on the Bellevue lift. We then cross the spectacular suspension bridge at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, and we have several route choices to take us to Les Contamines. We usually cross the Col de Tricot, with a lunch stop at the Chalet de Miages at the foot of the mighty Dome de Miages, but if the weather is bad we can take a lower level route. We stay in a lovely 3* hotel in Les Contamines.
Accommodation: Hotel Les chemenaz 4* dinner included , Bag Transfer
Walking: approx 6 hrs 16km
Altitude gain / loss: +837m / -1520m
Day 2 - Trek from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
Today we trek up the old Roman road to the chapel at Notre Dame de la Gorge. From here it’s uphill, past the Chalet de Barme (if we’re doing well for time, it’s a perfect coffee stop!) and up to the Col de Bonhomme (2328m) . We then we have a gentle climb to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme (2478m), from where we have a great view towards the Vanoise National Park. Next we have a 2 hour walk down to Les Chapieux, and stay in a lovely chambre d’hôte.
Accommodation : Guest house,Chambre de soleil, en suite, dinner included, Bag transfer
Walking: Approx 7 - 8 hrs 18km
Altitude gain / loss: + 1348m / -960m
Day 3 - Trek over the Col de la Seigne to Courmayeur
Firstly we take a bus to avoid walking the tarmac section up to the Ville des Glaciers. From here we cross the river and head to the Refuge des Mottets, from where we start the climb up to the Col de la Seigne (2516m). From here the scenery changes again – you’ve reached Italy! We have fantastic views down into the Val Veny and over to the Val Ferret, and you start to see the Italian side of Mont Blanc and the other Chamonix giants. A descent past the Elisabetta hut takes us to La Visaille, where we take a transfer down to the traditional Italian town of Courmayeur, where we stay in a family-run, central hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel crest et duc, 4* , ensuite, dinner included, bag transfer
Walking: Approx 5-6 hours 18km
Altitude gain / loss: +867m / -1015m
Day 4 - Trek from Courmayeur to the Rifugio Bonatti or onto Val Ferret
We start the steep walk up to the Bertone hut and the Mont de la Saxe balcony route with stunning views across to the Grand Jorasse. We overnight at the delightful Rifugio Bonatti,(or at Lavachey) from where you can watch the beautiful sunset behind Mont Blanc.
Accommodation: Mountain refuge, 4 sharing room, shared bathroom, dinner include, no bags
Walking: Approx 7 hrs 12 – 16 km
Altitude gain / loss: +1584m / -940m
Day 5 - Trek from the Bonatti hut to La Fouly (taxi onto Champex)
Today we trek over the Grand Col Ferret (one of the highest cols on the trip at 2537m). 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. If we’re doing well for time we might stop for a coffee at La Peule. Head to La Fouly, which is an alpine village with traditional Swiss “chocolate box” chalets, where a taxi or bus is waiting to transfer us to Champex where we stay in a lovely hotel by the lake for the night..
Accommodation: Hotel Mont Lac, Double rooms en suite,dinner included, bag transfer
Walking- approx 6-7 hrs 16 – 20 km
Altitude gain / loss: +1128m / -1580m
Day 6 - Hike from Champex to Col de la Forclaz or Trient
We take the normal route via Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz - taking in stunning views down the Valais in Switzerland, staying in Trient we continue down to the valley floor.
Accommodation: Hotel L’Ourse, dinner included. Double rooms , shared bathrooms, bag transfer
Walking: approx 6 hrs 16 km
Altitude gain / loss: +1484m / -1760m
Day 7 - Forclaz or Trient to Argentière
Today we head over the Col de Balme and back into France at the head of the Chamonix valley. On a clear day the views are best all week! From here we have more options: either via the Aiguillette de Posettes down to Tré-le-Champ, or straight down to Le Tour, followed by the Petit Balcon Nord to reach Argentière.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Dahu 2*, dinner included, bag transfer
Walking: Approx 7 hrs 15 km
Altitude gain / loss: +1200m / -1500m
Day 8 - Trek from Argentière via the Lac Chersys to Chamonix
We make the short walk back to Tré-le-Champ and hike up to the Lac Blanc via the beautiful Lacs des Chéserys, with simply the best views of Mont Blanc. This is one of the best walks in the Chamonix valley, and we use a series of ladders and chains to skirt the cliffs – this is nothing to worry about and is not difficult! From the Lac Chersy we descend via the Flégère cable car to Les Praz and either walk along the river or take the bus or train to Chamonix.
Accommodation: Hotel Les Aiglon 4*, dinner included, bag transfer
Walking: Approx 6-7 hrs 12 km
Altitude gain / loss: +1000m / -650m