Tour du Mont Blanc Comfort
Day 1 Chamonix - la Flégère - Lac Blanc - Argentière
Short transfer to Les Praz village (by bus or train) and heading up to La Flégére cable car, enjoying a breathtaking view of the valley and the Mer de Glace. From there, we leave to reach a balcony-like path that slowly goes up and leads us to the Lac Blanc (2352m) and its extraordinary view on the massif : the Drus, the Vert, the Aiguille du midi and the Mont Blanc obviously. Heading down through the Chéserys lakes (1891m) to Argentière (1250m), where we will spend the night. Diner and night in hotel.
Ascent: around 475m / Descent : around 1150m / Walk : 4 to 5 hours / Max. Alt : 2350m / Transport : Bus / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 2 Argentière - the Forclaz pass - Bovine - Champex
In the morning, private short transfer to cross the border and arrive in Switzerland through the Châtelard and the Trient village until the Forclaz pass (1527m). From there, we start our trekking through a pine forest in Mélèzes to join the bovin pastures (1978m) from where we enjoy a view of the valley and the Coude du Rhônes that we can see below and on the north foothills of the Mont Blanc. On the east side, the impressive Combins massif follows us all day and during the descent to Champex, charming village bording a small mountain lake where we will spend the night.
Ascent: 500m / Descent : 650m / Walk : 5 hours / Max. Alt : 1980m / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 3 Champex - Issert - Ferret - La Fouly
Departure from the hostel along the Champex lake, before starting a small descent towards Issert through the beautiful forest of Mélèzes. Arrival and visit of the small typical village and its « raccards » (old wheat storehouses built on stilts to avoid rodents). From there, we take a bus to la Fouly from where we walk along the Dranse to join Ferret, last village visited in Italy. Night and diner in hotel.
Ascent: 300m / Descent : 450m / Walk : 3 hours / Max. Alt : 1750m / Transport : Bus / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 4 La Fouly - Grand Ferret pass - Arnuva - Courmayeur
In the morning, we go up along the Dranse to leave from the forest zone in Ferret and start to hike on the Grand Ferret pass crossing La Peule pasture. We reach the pass (2490m) from where we can cross the border to reach Italy. From there, we enjoy a tremendous view of the Triolet glacier and the Great Jorasses on south-east. Descent to the Arnuva hamlet (1769m), from where we take a bus leading us to Courmayeur in the Italian Aoste valley.
Ascent: around 900m / Descent : around 750m / Walk : 6 to 7 hours / Max. Alt : 2490m / Transport : Private bus / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 5 Courmayeur - Seigne pass - Les Chapieux
In the morning, transfer by bus to Visailles (1659m) at the bottom of Miage glacier from where we start our trekking and go up to the Lée Blanche valley, where sheeps graze during summer. We reach the Seigne pass (2516m) and cross the border separating us from France. The south face of Mont Blanc is now behind us. We head down to the Mottets. Transfer to the Champieux where we spend the night.
Ascent: around 900m / Descent 490m / Walking time : 6 hours / Max. Alt : 2516m / Transport : Private bus / Accomodation : Comfortable hostel
Day 6 Les Chapieux - Bonhomme pass - Les Contamines
Our last day of trekking leads us to the Raja cottage which represents the beginning of the slopes to reach the La croix du Bonhomme refuge (2639m). The refuge is a crossing point located right before the Bonhomme pass (2329m), opening on a valley that will lead us to the Balme cottage and the Nant-Borrant refuge. Going back to Notre Dame de la Gorge et its small chapel before reaching the Contamines. Private transfer by bus to Chamonix. Night in hotel (meals as you please).
Ascent: 1100m / Descent : 1400m / Walk : 7 to 8 hours / Max. Alt : 2635m / Transport : Private bus / Accomodation : Hotel
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with a mountain guide
- Luggages transfer
- Accomodation in refuges, hostels and lodges
- Half-board and picnics
- Transfers as descibed in the program
- Transfers to the meeting and the separation points
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- All the drinks and personal expenses in refuges
- Insurance and assistance
- Application fees
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multy-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics : mixed salads, meat, cheese and fruits. They are made by the accompanist at night for the day after. Don’t be suprised if he leaves you for one or two hours, he is just preparing great meals for the day after…
- At night, diners are taken in refuges.
- Bring your own snacks according to your tastes before departure : cereal, chocolate bars, dry fruits, and feel free to bring some of our region’s specialties for aperitifs.
- Drinks are not included in the trip’s price : bring some money (swiss francs and euros) for coffees, fruit juices, beers and cokes during breaks. Refuges are usually not equiped with bank card machines.
- One hat or cap
- Bonnet or scarf
- Tee-shirt (carline-type, quickly drying material)
- Warm shirt ou thin polar shirt
- Warm coat (polar-type)
- Windproof coat (K-way of Gore-tex type)
- A drain cape with sleeves (without any button, in polyamide)
- Thin pants
- Windproof pants (K-way or Goretex type)
- Socks (100% wool : warm, absorb and evacuate humidity, avoid foot warming/ synthetic fibres : good resistance, absorb and evacuate humidity but foot warming if 100% synthetic / cotton : absorb humidity but don’t evacuate it)
- Trekking shoes : they are the mountain climbers' best friends ! They must be : solid, waterproof, and hold the feet and anckles. Chose shoes with greeping tread surface, quite rigid, Vibram-type
- Long gaiters
- Warm gloves
- Replacement underclothing
- Thin pants or replacement short
- Replacement socks
- Light sandals or sneakers for nights in refuges
- Toilet bag (earplus recommended)
- One small headlamp (with replacement battery)
- One pair of collapsible walking poles (recommended)
- 1L bottle
- Individual plastic tupperware for lunch salads
- Solar cream (face and lips)
- Toilet paper + lighter
- Camera, binoculars (not compulsory)
- Warning : mountain is unpredictible. We have tried to think of all the different weather situation possible. This equipment list will help you adapt to the mountain’s whims.
- One travel bag for your replacement clothes, transfered by the assistance vehicle (max 10kg, 60x40cm), warning : one person one bag !
- One 40L backpack with a large chest strap. Bring a trash bag to isolate your replacement clothes from humidity.