Tour du Mont Blanc in mountain huts on your own
Day 1 LES HOUCHES (1008 M)- COL DE TRICOT (2120 M) - LES CONTAMINES MONTJOIE (1170 M)
We meet in Les Houches at 8:30 am at the foot of the Bellevue cable car: from the top you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz mountain range and the Aravis. The hike begins on a 1800m-high balcony and leads you to the foot of the Bionnassay glacier, before descending to Les Contamines-Montjoie. Passage through the Tricot Pass at 2120m, if the weather conditions allow it!
Day 2 CONTAMINES MONTJOIE (1170 M) - COL DU BONHOMME (2329 M) - VALLÉE DES GLACIERS
You carry on our walk to Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge, high place of baroque romanticism. A long climb takes you to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m). This pass has been crowned for ages by shepherds and their flocks, armies and soldiers, pilgrims, peddlers and hikers of the Tour du Mont Blanc. The view opens up to the Beaufortain at your feet. Ascent to Col des Fours (2665m) then descent into the pastures through bovine pastures of Tarines and Abondances breed cows.
Day 3 VALLEE DES GLACIERS - COL DE LA SEIGNE (2516 M) - COURMAYEUR (1230 M) - LE LAVACHEY (1580 M)
Today you will cross your first border between France and Italy, through the Seigne pass (2516m): attended since ancient times, it is marked by a large cairn and is located on the watershed of the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic. The show is stunning: a palette of snow-capped peaks stands out on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. You join Courmayeur, then Lavachey to spend the night.
Day 4 LE LAVACHEY (1580 M) - GRAND COL FERRET (2490 M) - CHAMPEX (1466 M)
Today, continue your climb of the Italian Val Ferret to reach the Grand Col Ferret, which borders Italy and Switzerland. You walk whilst admiring the Pré de Bar glacier and Mont Dolent: border summit between the three countries. Descent to the village of Ferret and bus transfer via Orsières to the charming village of Champex, on the edge of a pretty mountain lake.
Day 5 CHAMPEX (1466 M) - TRIENT (1300 M)
You leave Champex to start the climb leading you to the mountain pastures of Bovine. From there, your view embraces the Rhone valley on the Swiss side andthe Grands Combins massif to the South-East. You will descend through a beautiful forest to the authentic village of Trient.
Day 6 TRIENT (1300 M) - COL DE BALME (2191 M) - ARGENTIERE (1244 M) - CHAMONIX (1035 M
After lacing your walking boots back up, you will come back to the French border through the Col de Balme (2191m) before joining the Col des Posettes. A balcony crossing will lead you to Tré-Le-Champ. Descent on foot or by bus to Montroc or Argentière to then regain Chamonix.
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
- 595 euros
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.
- Accommodation in shelters
- Luggage transfers
- Breakfast from Day 2 to Day 6
- Dinners from Day 1 to Day 5
- The road book (detailed itinerary with map and booking forms) for a group of 2 to 4 people.
- A personalized welcome on Day 1 at Les Houches by a member of our team
- Shuttle transfers from and to Chamonix
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Dinner on Day 6
- Travel with public transport and ski lift fees (details in the travel tab)
- Personal expenses
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 45 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 20 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation between 44 and 15 days before the agreed beginning of the trip: You will be charged 50 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 14 days before the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 100 % of the travel's price, in addition with every non-refundable expenses for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- 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.