Tour du Mont Blanc 5 Day Highlights
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Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights

Experience the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc trails on one of our highlights trip. Starting in Italy, you make your way over to Switzerland and finally end up in France over 4 days trekking. The trip has been designed so that you only need to take 2 days off work in order to experience this world famous trek.

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    Duration

    4 Nights

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    July - September

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    Price

    €690

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ITALY, SWITZERLAND & FRANCE / 4 NIGHTS / 2 DAYS OFF WORK

This 5 day / 4 night version of the Tour du Mont Blanc trek is an incredible opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the valleys that surround western Europe’s highest mountain. The trek offers an unusual variety of spectacular scenery and varied walks and you are sure to come away from this trek refreshed and invigorated, if a little creaky at the joints.

The route crosses three borders (France, Italy and Switzerland) in 5 days, traversing beneath huge glaciers, and meandering through beautiful alpine meadows and picture-book villages. That's right, this is a truly memorable journey and one of worlds classic long-distance hiking routes. This trip is great for those short on time who want as much trekking 'bang for their buck' as they can manage.

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Tour du Mont Blanc Trek Full Trip

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 Free Guide: Tour du Mont Blanc Trek: Highlights

Free Guide: Tour du Mont Blanc Trek: Highlights

Everything you need to know about trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc in our free guide including video content and our 'readiness test'.

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

The Tour du Mont Blanc Trek is well suited to fit hillwalkers, capable of trekking for multiple days carrying a midsized rucksack. We follow footpaths each day and the terrain is very hilly so expect big climbs and descents each day. We stay in a mixture of mountain refuges and local hotels during the trek, which all provide basic but comfortable lodging and good food. This helps keep our packs light carrying only snacks, clothing and essentials.

You must be 16 or over to take part on this trip as long as you are accompanied by an adult. If you have a group with children younger than 16 we can put together a bespoke private trip for you. Please get in touch to learn how. Not sure whether you're ready? No problem. Take our Tour du Mont Blanc Trek 'Readiness' test or drop us a note and we'll talk it through with you: Take our Tour du Mont Blanc Trek 'Readiness' test

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    4 Nights

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    July - September

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    Guide Ratio

    1:15

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    €690

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

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A snapshot of what to expect when you tackle this awesome trek.

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The Tour du Mont Blanc Trek

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Olly & Charlie document their trip as they tackle the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

For the full downloadable Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek kit list please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

There are no plans on the arrival day other than getting to Chamonix and checking in to the accommodation we've provided. You will meet with your guide and Adventure Base representative in the morning over breakfast where you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

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What's not Included?

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This trip is running on the following dates

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE ACCOMMODATION

We know the importance of having comfortable accommodation on this trip. After long days trekking it's vital to have a comfortable bed and good food to enjoy. We've handpicked hotels and other mountain accommodation along the way that we're sure you're going to love. (A single room supplement is available where possible)

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IN THE VALLEYS

We stay in a mixture of mountain refuges, hotels, and auberges during the trek, which all provide basic but comfortable lodging and good food.

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    Duration

    3 nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin shared / Dormitories

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    Food

    Half Board

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Rifugio Bonatti

We have 1 night in a mountain hut which is beautifully off the grid for some much needed switch off time. The Rifugio Bonatti, which is one of the nicest mountain huts in the Alps, serves great Italian food, along with a beautiful view of the sun setting behind Mont Blanc.

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    1 night

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Dormitory

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    Food

    Half Board

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountains and the weather sometimes have other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required. This is a proposed itinerary and where you stay is subject to change based on how far in advance you book your trip. There is limited availability on this trek so we highly recommend booking in advance.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival in Chamonix

    There are no plans on the arrival day other than getting to Chamonix, France and checking in to the accommodation we've provided. If you do arrive early and need more equipment, Chamonix has a huge number of outdoor shops with a large choice of kit, so it’s a great place to top up your supplies. Overnight in a centrally located hotel.

  • Day 2:
    Courmayeur to Rifugio Bonatti

    You will meet your guide in the morning over breakfast where they will provide a briefing as well as check kit. Once we're all set, we head through to Courmayeur in Italy where we will walk through the old Italian town. The trek starts with a steep push up to the Bertone hut for a late morning Italian coffee. Here, if the weather is good, we can take the variant to incorporate an extra peak: it takes a bit longer but it really is a stunning day – not many people, breathtaking scenery, and avoids the crowds down bellow in the Val Ferret. We spend the night at the Rifugio Bonatti or Rifugio Elena, from where you can watch the beautiful sunset behind Mont Blanc.

    19km / 1500m up / 750m down / 7 hours trekking

  • Day 3:
    Rifugio Bonatti / Elena to La Fouly

    Today we take on the Grand Col Ferret which provides beautiful views of the Grand Combin over in Switzerland and back towards some of the bigger peaks of the Mont Blanc range including the Grandes Jorasses. Once over the border and into Switzerland, we make our way down barren slopes to Ferret, and we continue to La Fouly, an alpine village with a few nice spots to stop for a late lunch and some refreshments. From here we take a short bus transfer to Champex-le-Lac, where we overnight in a cosy auberge.

    17km / 1130m up / 1450m down / 6 - 7 hours trekking

  • Day 4:
    Champex to Trient

    We have two options to cross over to Trient today. One is the Fenêtre d’Arpette route, which is steeper and more challenging and can only be done in fair weather, and the second is the Bovine to the Col de la Forclaz which is less steep and cuts around the mountain with amazing views out over the Valais. Both routes offer spectacular scenery. Either way we will end up in Trient, a cute village of no more than a handful of houses, and a lovely family run Auberge to stay for the night.

    14km / 1200m up / 1650m down / 7 hours trekking

  • Day 5:
    Trient - Chamonix

    And here we are already... our final day! We will leave Trient early and hike over the Col de Balme back into France. It's again a fairly steep climb that will be mostly in the shade early on, and it leads us back to the sunny side and we are greeted by the panoramic views of Mont Blanc. From here we descend to Le Tour and then on to Montroc, from where we take the train back to Chamonix to end the trip at around 13:00. From here you can either transfer to Geneva for an evening flight, or continue your visit by staying on in Chamonix. Let us know and we can help with planning.

    15km / 1100m up / 1300m down / 7 hours trekking

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

What Insurance Do I Need?

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments Read more

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.

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What type of boots do I need for the trek?

You will need comfortable, durable trekking boots. Trail running shoes are also suitable but you may be a little cold Read more

You will need comfortable, durable trekking boots. Trail running shoes are also suitable but you may be a little cold on some mornings. Gore-tex will help ensure your feet stay dry and warm.

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What kind of fitness level do I need?

You need to be able to hike for 6-8 hours at a moderate pace. Mountaineering is all about having good Read more

You need to be able to hike for 6-8 hours at a moderate pace. Mountaineering is all about having good cardiovascular endurance to be able to continue being active for long periods. As well as this you will need to have a good head for heights and good overall body balance.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a fully qualified British UIMLA International Mountain Leader with Swiss and French equivalence and he is also a fully-qualified Swiss Brevet Fédéral Ski Instructor and an ISIA card holder and an accomplished outdoor educator and a qualified Outdoor Education and Geography teacher. He has been based in the Alps for a long time and has extensive knowledge on a whole variety of treks and adventures. Ben brings a whole bunch of experience to our guiding team, having worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance trek with our community.

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Emily

Mountain Leader

Emily is a British UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as one of our lead trekking guides. She has a strong teaching background with Geography being her speciality which combined with her passion for adventures in the outdoors makes her a highly enjoyable person to spend time with on our trips. She fills our trips with positive energy alongside her vast experience and super skillset of navigating the alpine trails she knows so well. She's one of our most experienced guides and is based full time in the Chamonix valley and also a fluent French speaker. She is a passionate runner and has taken on some mega challenging races such as the Marathon du Mont Blanc and the CCC ultra marathon du Mont Blanc. We're sure you'll have a great time on one of Emily's trips.

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Alistair

Mountain Leader

As well as being a fully qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide, Alistair is also a qualified Wilderness Medical First Responder (WEMSI), and spent 15 years working as a ski instructor. His passion for the outdoors has made him realise we all have a personal responsibility to lessen our impact on the planet. He eats a plant-based diet, has not owned a car for over 7 years and has gone from a career of travelling the world incessantly to staying in one place and connecting with nature that can be accessed from his home in the Alps. Alistair brings a well of life experience to our trips and is a joy to share the trails with. He believes it is his duty to share his passion for the mountains and a simple life and to encourage people to reconnect with nature and all that this brings in the way of health benefits both mentally and physically - working as a hiking guide provides a perfect outlet for this.

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Becki

Mountain Leader

Becki is a British fully qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader/Guide and works as one of our lead trekking guides. She is highly experienced and super fun to trek with. Alongside here UIMLA leadership she is also a BASI ski instructor and an experienced international mountain leader having led groups on expeditions China, Bolivia, Morocco, Ecuador, Costa Rica and more. She has a passion for trail running and has also undertaken some incredibly challenging races. She's extremely modest about her achievements so you will have to bug her on one of our trips for all the stories. Her energy is infectious and alongside her attention to detail and well thought out guiding approach she always finds ways of bringing everyone together to create memorable experiences.

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