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We waited 770 million years for an adventure like this one—ever since the Mont Blanc massif was created! Bine, our seasoned National Geographic guide, has put this exclusive trip together just to get away from the usual TMB crowds and have you experience fully the Mont Blanc views, and the region’s history, geology, and culture. One day we’ll be touching the 240-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, and the next we’ll be learning about the history of Alpine mountaineering. With a luxury 5-star residence as our base, we’ll be tasting some amazing local food and relaxing in a spa. Don’t miss this unique tour—you’ll return with awesome photos, memories for life, and a new appreciation for the Alps.

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  • Alpine luxury experience

    Charming Chamonix and a 5-star luxury residence with wellness facilities will be your home for the week

  • Alternative Tour du Mont Blanc

    Explore the Mont Blanc massif on crowdless day hikes across France, Italy, and Switzerland

  • A vacation for your taste buds

    Try Italian gelato, popular Swiss fondue, and see what makes Alpenglow cocktails so loved

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Itinerary

A hiking tour of Mont Blanc unlike any other? This is it. The carefully prepared, all-inclusive 8-day trip is quite different from all other TMBs, bringing together crowdless trails and luxury lifestyle. Based in a 5-star Chamonix residence, we’ll be going out to French, Italian, and Swiss trails every single day with the food, transport, accommodation, and a fantastic guide all taken care of.

  • Day 1 of our special hiking tour is reserved for arriving and settling in. Make sure to reach Chamonix by 6 pm, because that’s when you’re meeting your guide and the group at the Residence. Once we’ve all gathered, we’ll have a welcome dinner at 7 pm. Then a good night’s sleep and—the adventure begins!

    Meals: Dinner at Le Monchu
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

     

    Chamonix town in France
  • We’ll kick off the trip by stepping through history, hiking the geological trail of old Émosson, with panoramic views and traces of dinosaurs dating back 240 million years ago. Departing from the VerticAlp funicular, we’ll go to Lake Émosson and walk along it for about 1.5 km (1 mile). Then we’ll go towards Gorge de la Veudale, where spectacular views await, followed by the famous dinosaur footprints site. The return is via Vieux Émosson Lake to return to the same path, so we can finish the hike at the top of the Émosson Dam. We’ll learn a bit about glaciers, their melting and the environmental context, and then return to Chamonix.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch package or Barrage d’Émosson restaurant
    Distance: 12,4 km / 7.7 miles
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Elevation gain: 833 m / 2,733 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

     

    Emosson Dam in Switzerland
  • Day 3 is for a beautiful, 10.5-kilometer (6.5 miles) loop hike near Cordon in Haute-Savoie. We’ll get to appreciate the whole massif from afar and move into the pre-Alps area. Let your guide tell you a bit about the valley, the times of settlement, and how it grew popular. We’re going to avoid the crowds by going on this moderately challenging route, with otherworldly views. Then we’ll retreat back to Chamonix for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch package or Le Refuge, Cordon
    Distance: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
    Hiking: 5 hours
    Elevation gain: 819 m / 2,687 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

    Mountain of Savoie in French Alps
  • Today we’ll be going to Lake Pormenaz. We’ll take the Route de la Côte until the first bend, and continue walking towards Gorges de la Diosaz, crossing the Souay torrent. We’ll go up, leaving the paths of the Tête de la Fontaine and the Bajulaz on the right, then follow a long, steep slope to a pyramid-marker to reach the Chalets des Alpages de Pormenaz. We’ll cross over towards the Chalets de Chavanne-Neuve and the peak Pointe Noire de Pormenaz—where we’ll find some geological curiosities— and then go to the Lac de Pormenaz.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch package
    Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Elevation: +1,061 m / +3,481 ft | -839 m / -2,753 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

     

    Passy Mountains in Haute Savoie
  • The trail today will take us to the Bonatti Circuit and Val Veny. Look forward to an Aperol Spritz with a view of Grand Jorasses at the Bonatti hut! The hut was named after a legendary Italian mountaineer who helped set it up. We’ll have a leisurely afternoon in Courmayeur’s downtown—don’t miss out on the local Focaccia and gelato! After a banger panorama of the whole Chamonix, it’s time to return to your accommodation in Chamonix.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch at Refuge Bonatti
    Distance: 7.2 km / 4.5 miles
    Hiking: 4 hours
    Elevation gain: 545 m / 1,788 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

    Aosta Valley in Courmayeur, Italy
  • Starting from Col de la Fenêtre, today we’ll be touring around Les Contamines-Montjoie—the only Nature Reserve in the whole of Mont Blanc! Apart from enjoying some quintessential Alpine scenery, we’ll also visit the charming village of Les Contamines-Montjoie, with its historic appearance, its Baroque churches, and traditional architecture. More than 70% of old farmhouses have been renovated to honor the typical Savoyard style. Return to Chamonix.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch at Refuge de Pres
    Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Elevation gain: 423 m / 1,388 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

  • The last hiking day takes us to the massive Bossons Glacier, Needles of Chamonix, Vallée Blanche, Les Drus, going towards the seracs of the Argentière Glacier and ending in Montroc. We’ll constantly be moving in nature reserves—their historical significance of being gaming reserves—and learning about their protection. We’ll return back with a Planpraz telecabine and then a train from Montroc to Chamonix. You’ll get to enjoy your last evening in this charming town.

    Meals: Breakfast at Heliopic Hotel & Spa and lunch at Refuge du Lac Blanc
    Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
    Hiking: 4-5 hours
    Elevation gain: 520 m / 1,706 ft
    Accommodation: 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade

    Lac Blanc in Chamonix
  • It’s time to say goodbye to Mont Blanc and the Chamonix area. If you’d like to stay longer, your guide will be happy to give you recommendations!

     

    Vedute of the French town of Chamonix.
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Meet your guide

Bine Žalohar
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Born in the Slovenian mountains, Bine Žalohar has traveled the world skiing and hiking. He is a passionate extreme sports enthusiast; freestyle skier, surfer, mountain biker, climber, and underwater fisherman. Having obtained a sports degree, Bine continued training and went on to become a licensed skiing and mountain guide. His passion lies in sharing the wonders of the beloved Alps as well as destinations in Japan, Croatia, France, Austria, and many more with fellow adventure junkies.

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  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day hiking tour of hidden gems of Mont Blanc
      • Accommodation (7 nights in 5-star residence Le Cristal de Jade)
      • Meals as listed in the itinerary
        • Breakfasts at the luxurious Heliopic Hotel & Spa for a gourmet experience
        • Picnic lunches or lunches at huts
      • Private transportation during the tour
      • Geneva Airport transfers (to and from Chamonix)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to France
      • Meals not listed in the itinerary
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • While hiking the hidden gems of Mont Blanc doesn’t require any special skills, you still need to be fit enough for hiking 10 km (6 miles) per day on average for 6 days in a row, while carrying a daypack filled with things you’ll need throughout the day. You can expect the elevation gain to be between 500 and 800 m (1,640-2,625 ft). Your guide can always make the day hikes easier or harder depending on the group.

    If you’d like to take on one of Europe’s most iconic routes, check out our guided Tour du Mont Blanc trek or Haute Route trek. More of a winter type? Go off piste skiing in Mont Blanc or if you’re up for a real challenge, check out ski touring in Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc or alpine climbing the Mont Blanc massif.

  • Here’s a list of personal items you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 20-30L bag)
      • Backpack rain cover
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, SPF lip balm, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper or wet wipes, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • First aid kit
      • Multi-tool or Swiss army knife

    Here’s a list of clothing we suggest you bring:

      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Hiking socks
      • Week’s worth hiking clothing
        • Hiking pants or shorts
        • Hiking shirt or baselayer
        • Down or synthetic jacket
        • Rain jacket / windbreaker
        • Extra dry shirt
        • Poncho
      • Leisure clothing if you’d like
      • Spare clothes for layering

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

    • For this hiking tour in Mont Blanc, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. The maximum group size is 6.
    • The minimum number of people needed for this tour to operate is 3. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
    • If you’re joining a group tour, you’ll be placed in a 5-star residence Le Cristal de Jade. If you’re going on a private tour, it’s also possible to rent a chalet.

    Hiking in Mont Blanc can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. There will be two shuttles (included in the price) on the first and on the last day of the tour that will take you to Chamonix.

    On Day 1, shuttles will depart at 11 am and 4 pm towards Chamonix. On Day 8, shuttles taking you to the Geneva Airport will depart at 7 am and noon.

    Once you get to Chamonix, you will meet your guide and your team at the 5-star Résidence Le Cristal de Jade at 6 pm on Day 1.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in France and Italy, please refer to France Diplomacy’s advice for travelers and foreign nationals, Italy’s COVID-19 travel regulations, and COVID-19 information by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • For set dates, a 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking.The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Secure your spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure in case the dates don’t suit you by the end of the year.
    • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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