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Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc

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  • Starting in Les Contamines and ending in Chamonix, you’ll spend 8 days on a Tour du Mont Blanc trek. This carefully curated itinerary provides an immersive escapade along the iconic Alpine route, granting experiences of all the highlights, while being slightly shorter. With extensive trip notes, luggage transfers, and detailed maps, you'll have everything you need to navigate the trek with ease. You’ll stay in comfortable accommodations and savor delicious meals along the way, most of which are included in the price.

    • Your adventure begins in the charming village of Les Contamines, a traditional Alpine gem. After arriving at Geneva Airport and a scenic transfer, settle into your comfortable 4-star hotel. If time allows, take a leisurely walk to soak in the picturesque surroundings.

      Accommodation: 4* hotel
      Meals: Dinner
      Hiking: Optional

      Les Contamines alpine villages with mountains in the distance.
    • Prepare for a remarkable journey ahead of you as you embark on a short transfer to Notre Dame de la Gorge. From there, ascend over the Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, treated to stunning panoramic vistas along the way. Traverse the picturesque Chapieux valley, surrounded by the magnificent Aiguille des Glaciers.

      There is a possibility of staying in a hotel in Bourg St Maurice instead of Les Chapieux, only if no accommodation is available there. In that case, please note that the shuttle from Les Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice is not included, with a total cost of approximately $10 (paid on site). For clients hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc outside the high season (before ~June 25th and after ~August 27th), a private round transfer will have to be organized for an additional fee of $185.

      Accommodation: Mountain lodge/hotel La Nova*
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 6 to 7 hours walking, +1,200m (3,937 ft), -900m (2,953 ft)
      Distance: 15,25 km / 9,5 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available 

      Alpine landscapes near Col du Bonhomme with peaks and an Alpine lake.
    • Start the day by reaching Ville des Glacier, a short 45-minute walk or free public shuttle ride away. Embark on a captivating hike as you cross the border to the Italian side, venturing over the Col de la Seigne. The trail reveals breathtaking vistas along the way, descending into the Val Ferret. Conclude the day with a convenient bus ride from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 hours of walking, +700m (2,297 ft), -1,000m (3,281 ft)
      Distance: 15,4 km / 9,6 miles

      An Italian Alpine town of Courmayeur with a medieval church.
    • Today’s journey takes you across the magnificent Grand Col Ferret, leading to the charming village of La Fouly in Switzerland. Marvel at the exceptional views of the Combins massif and the Italian side of Mont Blanc. Enjoy a comfortable transfer by Postal Bus to Champex, a Swiss village nestled around a beautiful lake.

      Accommodation: Hotel*
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 5 to 6 hours of walking, +850m (2,789 ft), -1,000m (3,281 ft)
      Distance: 15 km / 9,3 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available 

      A Swiss Alpine lake and village of Champex.
    • Reach new heights as you ascend to the highest point of the hike, the stunning Fenêtre d’Arpette at 2,750m (9,022 ft). Revel in the breathtaking views as you descend alongside the Trient glacier.

      Accommodation: Mountain lodge*
      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Hiking: 7 to 9 hours of walking, +1,050m (3,445 ft), -1,615m (5,299 ft)
      Distance: 13,8 km / 8,6 miles

      *Please note that an ensuite room may not be available  

      Trient glacier seen on the self-guided TMB.
    • Today you will cross the Col de la Balme, entering back into France with fantastic views of the Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte. Descend into the picturesque village of Argentière, surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain vistas.

      Accommodation: 2* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 to 7 hours of walking, +1,000m (3,281 ft), -820m (2,690 ft)
      Distance: 15,5 km / 9,6 miles

      Argentiere, a trendy Alpine village along the Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.
    • Prepare for a day of breathtaking beauty as you traverse the magnificent Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges and climb to Lac Blanc. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery, including Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de Glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and the majestic Mont Blanc itself. Descend to Chamonix, either by Le Praz or by cableway at La Flégère (transfers not included), or choose to take a bus from Argentière to Chamonix (transfers not included) if you prefer to skip the day of hiking.

      Accommodation: 3* hotel
      Meals: Breakfast
      Hiking: 6 hours of walking, +900m (2,953 ft), -1,100m (3,609 ft)
      Distance: 21 km / 13 miles

      Chamonix valley with typical Alpine architecture and green areas surrounded by mighty snow-capped peaks.
    • Depart at your leisure after enjoying a satisfying breakfast, reflecting on the incredible memories of your Tour du Mont Blanc adventure.

      Meals: Breakfast

      A red train moving past sublime Alpine landscapes near Mont Blanc.
    • For those seeking to further explore the Chamonix Valley beyond the completion of the Tour du Mont Blanc, an enticing extension package is offered. This extension includes two additional nights at a 3-star hotel, complete with daily breakfast. Moreover, you will receive vouchers granting access to captivating attractions, such as the renowned Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Montenvers-Mer de Glace excursion, the Tramway du Mont-Blanc experience, and the extraordinary Skyway adventure. Furthermore, you will enjoy access to the rejuvenating SPA at QC Termes of Chamonix, as well as the cable cars spanning Brevent-Flégère/Grands Montets and Balme-Le Tour-Vallorcine, along with the Les Bossons chairlift. This way, you can turn your hiking trip into a bona fide holiday!

      A woman experiencing a “Step into the void” attraction in the mountains near Chamonix.
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • 6 or 10 days hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc (depending on your chosen itinerary)
        • Accommodation based on double occupancy for 7 or 11 nights (depending on the chosen itinerary) — single rooms available for an additional fee
        • Luggage transport (except on day 4 if choosing the 12-day version of the tour)
        • Transfer on Day 2/Day 3 (depending on the chosen itinerary)
        • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfasts and most dinners)
        • Transportation during the adventure
        • Maps and walking notes
        • Phone apps with GPX tracks

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to the starting point of the tour (Les Contamines or Le Houches, depending on the chosen itinerary)
        • Drinks, lunches, and other meals not mentioned in the itineraries
        • Bus transfers from Visaille to Courmayeur, from Courmayeur to Val Ferret, from Fouly to Champex, and from La Nova to Seloge (if choosing the 8-day itinerary)
        • Bus transfers from Visaille to Courmayeur and from Courmayeur to Val Ferret (if choosing the 12-day itinerary)
        • Luggage transport on Day 4 (if choosing the 12-day itinerary)
        • Travel and medical/emergency insurance — recommended

      There is a possibility of staying in a hotel in Bourg St Maurice instead of Les Chapieux, only if no accommodation is available there. In that case, please note that the shuttle from Les Chapieux to Bourg St Maurice on day 2/3 and back on day 3/4 (depending on the itinerary) is not included, with a total cost of approximately $10 (paid on site). For clients hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc outside the high season (before ~June 25th and after ~August 27th), a private round transfer will have to be organized for an additional fee of $185.

      In the itinerary, you will find optional extensions for your trip (to explore more of the Chamonix valley). These are not included in the price but can be added for an additional fee during booking. Additionally, you have the option to add an extra night before the tour (in Les Contamines or Le Houches) or after the tour (in Chamonix) for an additional fee.

    • Even though Tour du Mont Blanc is not technically difficult, it is generally recommended for those with at least an extensive experience of longer day hikes on mountain trails and great fitness. You can expect up to 3,000ft of daily ascent and descent and hiking 10 miles on average for 6 or 10 consecutive days, for up to 9 hours a day. Keep in mind that hiking can be made more difficult because of changing weather. Obviously, you will be able to take many breaks. Due to some more exposed sections, the tour is not recommended for those with severe fear of heights.

      If you’re looking for a TMB adventure suitable for advanced hikers, check out this high-level Tour du Mont Blanc adventure and this more rugged version of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

    • Here’s a list of the equipment and clothes you need to bring:

        • Good, comfortable, waterproofed mountain hiking shoes with good tread
        • Comfortable rucksack (40 to 50L)
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Raincoat or a Gore Tex jacket
        • Warm sweater or a fleece
        • 2 Pairs of hiking pants
        • 2 Pairs of hiking shorts
        • Cap and a sunhat
        • Pair of gloves
        • 5 Good pairs of hiking socks
        • Pair of outdoor shoes
        • Sheet or a sleeping bag liner
        • 2L water bottle
        • Swiss knife
        • Flashlight or a frontal lamp
        • Good sunglasses and sunscreen
        • Your toiletry bag and a mini first-aid kit
        • Other clothes and personal change
        • Towel
        • Travel bag or a small suitcase for the luggage transport
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. You’ll be able to discuss your packing list with the adventure company prior to your trip.

    • One of the best things about this Tour du Mont Blanc self-guided hiking trip is that luggage transport is organized during the entire trip. You’ll have access to your luggage in the evenings, except for the night spent at Elisabetta refuge (if you choose the 12-day itinerary). Keep in mind that your luggage (a travel bag or a small suitcase) may not exceed 15kg (33lbs).

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this adventure, the usual number of clients depends on the desires of the group who wishes to participate.
        • It takes a minimum of 2 people for these self-guided tours to operate.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Self-guided hiking along the Tour du 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 Les Contamines or Le Houches, most people fly into Geneva International Airport, which is around one hour away from both places. From there, most people take a shuttle service since it’s the most economical option. To get to Les Contamines, check out Mountain Drop Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles. Use the code 57HCHX to get a 5% discount!

    • 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, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Mont Blanc areas in France, Switzerland, and Italy please refer to France Diplomacy’s advice for travelers and foreign nationals, Switzerland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines, and Official Italian Tourism Website.

      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!

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