Tour du Mont Blanc in mountain huts
Day 1 Les Houches - Les Contamines-Montjoie
We leave this morning after breakfast for our first day of hiking. We take the bus or the train to the Bellevue cable car in Les Houches village, at the entrance of Chamonix. From the top of the cable car, we enjoy a beautiful panoramically view of the Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz chain and the Aravis. And that’s when it gets to the heart of the matter! Our trek starts in a 1800m-high balcony and leads us to the bottom of the Bionnassay glacier before heading down to the colourful village of Les Contamines-Monjoie. If general conditions allow it, we cross through the Tricot Pass (2120m). Arrive to the Gite and stop for the night for a well-deserved rest.
Ascent: around 665m /Descent : around 1300m/ Max. Alt : 2120m/ Accomodation : Lodge
Day 2 Contamines- Montjoie - Glaciers valley
We leave our lodge for a leisurely wander by the river to Notre Dame de la Gorge, famous place of Baroque romanticism. A long and steep ascent leads us to the Bonhomme pass (2329m). This pass has been used for ages by shepherds and their herds, armies and soldiers, pilgrims, hawkers and hikers of the Tour du Mont Blanc. If we look down, we can observe the Beaufortin's region. It is possible to climb up to the Fours pass (2665m), then dropping gently down to the mountain pastures to find ourselves among cows of Tarine and Abondance breeds. These cows' milk pleases us with the multiple cheese variety we can produce from it: especially the Beaufort and the Abondance, which we will surely taste during the week.
Ascent: around 1350-1550m /Descent : around 800m/ Max. Alt : 2665m/ Accomodation : Refuge
Day 3 Glaciers valley - Monte Bianco refuge
Today, we cross our first border between France and Italy by the Seigne pass (2516m).
Frequented since antiquity, it is recognisable by a large cairn and is located on the watershed of the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. The view is breath taking: a bunch of snowy peaks appears in front of the Italian side of the Mont Blanc. We will pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny where you will see the Aoste valleys. We stop for a nice and hot shower in the Monte Bianco refuge at the bottom of the Brenva glacier, under the impressive Aiguille "Noire de Peutery".
Ascent: around 1000m /Descent : around 1150m/ Max. Alt : 2537m/ Accomodation : Refuge
Day 4 Monte Bianco refuge - Courmayeur - Bonatti refuge
This morning, we head down to the charming town of Courmayeur to savour the renowned and delicious Italian gelato before continuing our hike up to the Italian Ferret valley in the shadow of the impressive Grandes Jorasses peak. After La Vachey, we reach the 2025 meter-high Walter Bonatti refuge (without a doubt the greatest Italian mountain climber in the history) to spend our last night in Italy. No bags that night, vehicles are not allowed near the refuge in order to appreciate pure nature. You cannot remain unmoved by the story of our great guides after this walk in the Ferret valley…
Ascent: around 870m /Descent : around 450m/ Max. Alt : 2025m/ Accomodation : Refuge
Day 5 Bonatti refuge - Grand Ferret pass - Champex
Lace those hiking boots back up! Today, we continue our ascent towards the top of the Italian Ferret valley to reach the Grand Ferret pass bordering Italy and Switzerland. We walk admiring the scenic Pré-de-Bar glacier, while the Dolent Mount keeps an eye on us: it is the summit of which is shared by France, Switzerland and Italy. The Grand Ferret pass is a path used since Antiquity to join the Aoste valley and the Valais Canton. Descending, we will meet the mountain climbers of the Peule to enjoy the taste of regional products. There’s no better ways to regain strength! Transfer with local buses from the Ferret village, crossing Osières, to the quaint village of Champex, bordering a beautiful mountain lake. Rest in the mountain Gite and put up your weary feet!
Ascent: around 850m /Descent : around 1150m/ Max. Alt : 2537m/ Accomodation : Lodge
Day 6 Champex - Trient - Argentière
We leave Champex taking the Bovine Way, through the high meadows where the beautiful Herens cows that inhabitants of the Valais are so proud of spend their summer months. This balcony path with a panoramic view is surrounding the Rhône valley, the Coude du Rhône on the Swiss side and the Great Combins massif in the Southeast. We go down through a beautiful forest leading to the Forclaz pass. Then, following the Bisses path (Valais word representing a water channel carved in stone or wood), we reach Trient village. From that point, a private vehicle drives us to Argentières through the Montets pass where you can finally kick those feet up and relax in our sleeping nest.
Ascent: around 850m /Descent : around 850m/ Max. Alt : 1987m/ Accomodation : Lodge
Day 7 Argentière - Lac Blanc - Chamonix
Before wrapping up this unforgettable trek, we will discover the Aiguilles Rouges massif and reserve, facing the Mont Blanc. Climb to the Cheserys lakes and to the Lac Blanc, from where we can enjoy a breath taking view whilst enjoying our picnic. En route we often see ibex, chamois, and marmots. This is a great chance to get up close to some of the alpine wildlife.
We head down by a balcony-like trail, crossing La Flagère and Le Brévent in Chamonix where we will spend our last night. Meals in town as you please. Treat yourself, you deserve it!
Ascent : Around 1150m | Descent : around 1400m | Max. Alt : 2355m
Dates & prices
Departures for French-speaking groups:
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Trip code: RTMB
- Technical organisation of the trekking
- Supervision by the mountain leader
- Luggage transportation
- Accommodation as described in the program (in lodges and refuges)
- Half board and picnics
- Transportation as described in the program
- Transfers to and from Chamonix, our meeting point
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Drinks and personal expenses in the mountain lodges
- Meals for the first and the last night in Chamonix
- Repatriation insurance : 2% of your trip's price, includes mountain search and rescue fees, disease or injury assistance during your trip.
- Cancellation insurance : 3% of the price of your trip, includes all accidents or diseases, dismissal, transfer, and any events occurring before your departure and preventing you from achieving the trip.
- Multi-risk insurance : 4% of the price of your trip, includes the same features as the cancellation insurance, as well as search and rescue fees, hospitalisation, disease assistance, and medical fees refund during your trip.
- Art. 22 : We must be aware of the physical and technical abilities of our clients according to the itinerary intended, and make sure that they are well equipped. Respecting rules of decency, politeness and discretion, the mountain accompanist has the right to exclude from the activity a participant who would threaten his own safety or the one of the group.
- Art. 23 : He must teach the people he is accompanying how to behave safely and develop their self-control and initiative spirit.
- Art. 24 : The mountain accompanist must make sure clients comply to his instructions. He also must inform them of the transfer and the responsibilities engendered by the non-respect of those instructions.
- Art. 26 : The decision of cancelling an activity or modifying the itinerary may be taken by mutual agreement between the accompanist and the clients. However, for safety reasons, the mountain accompanist is the last resort decision-maker.
Lunch and diner :
- Lunch picnics are made of mixed salads, fine meat, farm cheese, crusty bread, fresh seasonal fruits and other local sweet pleasures. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after: don’t worry if he is leaving you for a short amount of time during the evening, he is certainly making you great food to give you strength the next day!
- In the evening, diners are taken in the different accommodations
- Please take provisions according to your own tastes before leaving: cereal, energy bars (chocolate bars can melt), dry fruits... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions for aperitifs!
- In refuges, people will sleep in 8 to 10 persons dormitories and will be given some blankets (please bring your own sleeping bag). You can use the refuges’ slippers if you want to, no need to bring shoes for refuges.
- Bring some earplugs to avoid being bothered by noises.
- Most refuges are equipped with showers, but not all of them : sometimes there is no tap water in the refuges, only water dripping from the glaciers.
- Some electrical plugs are available in the refuges, but plan to bring a battery replacement for cameras and turn your phone off during the day.
Budget & exchange
- Trekking shoes with Vibram sole, that cover the ankle well. You must have already wore them for several trekking so that they are well suited to your feet. Don’t ever leave for a trekking with new shoes or be prepared to face sore blisters.
- Telescopic poles
- A liner sleeping bag·
- Small toilet bag with a quick-drying towel
- Solar cream (face and lips)
- Headlamp with replacement battery and bubbles
- 1.5 litter flask or Camel-back
- Clasp knife
- Toilet paper and lighter
- Two or three plastic bags (100L) to protect your backpack and your belongings if it starts raining
- A Tupperware for lunch salads, with knife, fork and spoon
- Hat (or cap)
- Great quality sunglasses (index 3 category)
- 1 pair of polar or warm wool gloves
- Breathable technic underclothing
- Technic breathable under-jumper (carline, light polar fur...) with long sleeves
- 2 technic breathable under-jumper with short sleeves
- Polar coat
- One anorak or coat/ down jacket
- 1 windproof and waterproof Goretex-type coat
- 1 pair of technic breathable tights
- 1 pair of confortable trekking pants
- 1 pair of short or ¾ pants
- 1 pair of windproof Goretex-type pants
- Two pair of socks, one thin and one thick (avoid coton that engenders blisters)
- 1 night outfit
Your guide's advise :
- Warm clothes (polar, pants, bonnets and gloves)
- Rain clothes
- One flask
- Lunch picnics
As for the transferred baggages :
It is forbidden to bring :
- Computers, tablets, hardware
- Valuable objects
- Personal medicine
- Painkillers (paracetamol preferred)
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light soporific
- Ear plugs
- C vitamin
- Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland.
- Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavours which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.