The very best of tour du Mont Banc
French call it « The White lady ». For Italians it’s « Il Bianco ». And for all those wanting to tame it, it’s simply « The One and Only ».
Day 1 Arrival day
From the Geneva airport, you’ll be transferred at 2pm to your 3-star hotel in the heart of Chamonix. This historic town has been a host twice for the Winter Olympic Games. Take some time to wander in the streets and taste some famous “Savoie” wine.
In the evening, you will meet with the group and your guide for a brief explanation of your trip and his recommendations on equipment. Diner in town as you please. It is your first opportunity to try out some alpine specialties in typical restaurants surrounding your hotel.
Accomodation : Alpina hotel / Le Prieuré hotel / or equivalent downtown Chamonix
Day 2 Chamonix - la Flégère - Lac Blanc - Argentière
Starting our day by a short transfer to Les Praz village and a cable car ride to La Flegere (1813m), where you will have a breath taking view of the valley and the Mer de Glace. Our hike starts on a balcony path climbing gently up and leading us to the Lac Blanc (2352m) and its spectacular view of the massif: the Drus, the Vert, the Aiguille du midi and the Mont Blanc, obviously. We will enjoy a nice picnic facing this incredible vista before heading down through one of the most beautiful trails in France bordering the Cheserys lakes. We spend the night in a peaceful wooded setting hotel in Argentière.
Ascent: around 475m / Descent : around 1150m / Walk : 5 to 6 hours / Max. Alt : 2350m / Transport : Bus / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 3 Argentière - the Forclaz pass - Bovine - Champex
We set off this morning after breakfast for a short private transfer to cross the Swiss border. We begin walking through a pine and larch forest to join the pastures of Bovine from where we enjoy our lunch with a view of a deep, green forest browsing the hills of the surrounding mountains.
The impressive Combins massif stays in our sight all day long and leads us to Champex, charming lakeside village where we will spend the night.
Ascent: 500m / Descent : 650m / Walk : 5/6 hours / Max. Alt : 1980m / Accomodation : Hotel
Day 4 Champex - Issert - Ferret - La Fouly - Courmayeur
A short private shuttle ride takes us to La Fouly. We start our hike from the charming hamlet of Ferret. After a steep climb, we reach Col Ferret with a jaw-dropping view on the Val Ferret and the Glacier nearby. Italy opens us its doors. Descent to Arnouva where we take a bus to our welcoming hotel in Courmayeur. Enjoy an optional dinner with the group to taste some of the Italian Alpine specialities offered in Courmayeur’s many atmospheric restaurants.
Elevation gain: 700 m / Negative : 500 m / 6/7 hours of walking. / Transport: private bus / Accommodation: Hotel
Day 5 Courmayeur
Today is a scheduled rest day to relax our weary feet. In the morning, we’ll take the Skyway Monte Bianco where you can reach the Punta Helbronner (3466m). You’ll find yourself facing the Mont Blanc and the highest peaks in Europe in just 10 minutes: take in the unforgettable view. We’ll have lunch in Courmayeur and spend the afternoon as we please. For the adventurous ones, you could have fun on a rafting descent. For the stiff ones, you could have an easy-going afternoon at the Thermes of Pre-Saint-Didier. Night and diner in Courmayeur.
Free afternoon in town. Transport: private bus / gondola. Accommodation: Hotel
Day 6 Courmayeur - Seigne pass - Les Chapieux
Climb aboard the bus, have a seat, and enjoy the ride to Visailles (1659m) at the bottom of Miage glacier from where we stretch our legs climbing up to the Lée Blanche valley, where sheep graze during summer. We reach the Seigne pass (2516m) and cross the border to get back into France. The south face of the Mont Blanc is now behind us. We head down to Les Chapieux where we spend the night in a typical alpine lodge.
Ascent: around 900m / Descent 490m / Walking time : 6-8 hours / Max. Alt : 2516m / Transport : Private bus / Accomodation : Comfortable hostel
Day 7 Les Chapieux - Bonhomme pass - Les Contamines
Our last day of trekking begins with a steep ascent to the Col Du Bonhomme. We then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme (2 639m) and stop for lunch. This belvedere trail offers a fantastic vantage point from which to admire the Mont Blanc Range. A sharp descent through a pine forest fringed gorge takes you to an ancient Roman Road leading to the small chapel of Notre Dame de la Gorge, in the town of Contamines. Private bus transfer to Chamonix where we’ll check-in to our hotel and have a farewell dinner at your own charge.
Ascent: 1100m / Descent : 1400m / Walk : 7 to 8 hours / Max. Alt : 2635m / Transport : Private bus / Accomodation : Hotel downtown Chamonix
Day 8 Transfer Chamonix – Geneva airport
Sadly, our fabulous week comes to an end… You can spend your final morning exploring the wonderful shops, museums, and local food specialties found in Chamonix.
We’ll take you back to Geneva airport for your return flight around 9am.
Dates & prices
Departures for French-speaking groups:
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Trip code: RTMBC
- A 30% deposit of the trip’s price will be needed during registration. The total amount of the price must be paid at least 30 days before departure.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Supervision by a mountain guide
- Luggage transportation
- Accommodation in double rooms in 3 *** hotel or equivalent (except on day 6, which will be in a typical hostel for an unusual night)
- Transfers planned in the program (Geneva to Chamonix departure from Geneva at 2 pm day 1 and Chamonix to Geneva at 9 am on day 8)
- Full board every day, except for the first and the last night in Chamonix.
- Cabin pass for Skyway, day 5 in Courmayeur
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc..
- Registration fees (18€ per person)
- Drinks and personal expenses during the stay
- Meals on the first and last evening in Chamonix
- The flight to Geneva from your hometown (which our air service can however organise for you)
- Extra activities on day 5 in Courmayeur (Thermes, rafting...)
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 multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- 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 or in restaurants
- Don’t forget to take your own snacks according to your tastes before departure: cereal, energy bars (be careful, chocolate bars can melt!), dried fruits... And feel free to bring some specialties from your regions 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 equipped with bank card machines.
Budget & exchange
- One hat or cap
- Bonnet and scarf
- Tee-shirt (carline-type, quick drying material)
- Warm shirt or thin polar shirt
- Warm coat (polar-type)
- Windproof coat (K-way or Goretex type)
- A drain cape with sleeves (without any button, in polyamide)
- Thin pair of pants
- Windproof pants (K-way or Goretex type)
- Short Socks (100% wool: heats, absorbs and evacuates humidity, avoid foot warming/synthetic fibres: good resistance, absorbs and evacuates humidity but foot warming if 100% synthetic / cotton: absorbs humidity but doesn’t evacuate it)
- Trekking shoes: they are the mountain climbers' best friends! They must be: solid, waterproof, and hold the feet and anckles. Choose shoes with griping tread surface, quite rigid, Vibram-type
- Long gaiters
- Warm gloves
- Replacement underclothing
- Replacement shorts
- Replacement socks
- Light sandals or sneakers for evenings in refuges
- Toilet bag (earplugs recommended)
- Fast drying towel
- One small headlamp (with battery replacement)
- One pair of collapsible walking poles (recommended)
- 1L bottle or a thermos
- Individual plastic Tupperware for lunch picnics
- Sunscreen (face and lips)
- Toilet paper (biodegradable if possible)
- Camera, binoculars (not compulsory)
- One travel bag for your replacement clothes, transferred 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.
- 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.