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Dario Trovatelli, 3 Peaks Adventures
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  • Want to give yourself a real challenge? Fastpacking Tour du Mont Blanc is the way to go. Over the course of 7 days, you’ll be doing big miles and gaining lots of elevation every day. With spectacular views of crystal-clear lakes, high cols, charming villages, and towering peaks, you’ll cross three European countries before you know it! There will be an expert guide by your side as well, who will make sure you soak up the local culture, try out delicious meals, and feel the vibrant Alpine community. Ready to trek one of the world’s most famous, renowned, and beautiful trails?

    • Your adventure starts at the Tourist Office in Les Houches, easily reached by bus from Chamonix center. Right from the start, the trail sets the pace: the climb to reach the Brévent cable car station is long, but a lunch break and 360-degree views await! Continue onto the Grand Balcon, passing through alpine meadows and serene forests—showcasing the diverse natural beauty of the region.

      Pass by the Aiguille Rouges nature reserve and the Chésery mountain lakes. After a long first day, reach the town of Montroc and feel the atmosphere of Mont Blanc. Depending on the conditions and weather, this stage may be shortened by using the Planpraz cable car instead of a long ascent.

      Accommodation: Gîte le Moulin
      Hiking: 8 hours, 27 km / 16.8 miles
      Elevation gain: +2,000 m / +6,560 ft

      Lake Chesery, Mont Blanc
    • After a hearty breakfast, leave Montroc and set out for the stunning Col de Balme, a high mountain pass marking the border between France and Switzerland. This stage offers a terrific opportunity to take incredible photos of the monumental Alps. After crossing into Switzerland, make your way back down to Trient, a charming Swiss village nestled in the Valais Alps, and gradually ascend towards Col de la Forclaz, a good spot for a lunch break.

      Leaving the pass, reach the open meadows of Alp Bovine, where cows and sheep graze in the summer months, and be treated to stunning views of the Rhone Valley stretched out below. You will then enter a serene forested area around Champex-d’en-Haut. Pass through the cool shade of the trees and soak in the tranquil vibes before arriving at the Col de Champex.

      Accommodation: Gîte Bon Abri
      Hiking: 7 hours, 25 km / 15.5 miles
      Elevation gain: +1,700 m / +5,580 ft

      Mountain pass Col de Balme with alpine flowers and great views of glaciated peaks.
    • Leave Champex-Lac behind and descend to the valley of the Dranse river—follow it meander through the Val Ferret. After a gradual climb to warm up the legs, reach La Fouly, a dreamy hamlet at the end of the valley. From here, the trail takes you on a long, but rewarding ascent over the Grand Col Ferret.

      This pass marks the border between Switzerland and Italy, and it’s the highest point of the Tour du Mont Blanc! Here is where hikers get to take in breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif dominating the skyline. A steep descent leads you to Rifugio Elena in the Italian Val Ferret, where you can rest your legs on the inviting terrace after a long day out.

      Accommodation: Rifugio Elena
      Hiking: 7 hours, 26 km / 16 miles
      Elevation gain: +1,600 m / + 5,250 ft

      Champex le Lac
    • Right at the start, a steep descent leads you to the bottom of the Italian Val Ferret, and then you climb back up to follow the contours of the Mont de la Saxe. The trail has little ups and downs in this section, and you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding beaks.

      The path then descends, leading you down into the charming town of Courmayeur, an Italian alpine resort known for its lovely streets, vibrant atmosphere, and delicious cuisine. It’s definitely worth strolling through this dreamy town and trying out Italian, Alpine dishes at one of its restaurants!

      Accommodation: Hotel Viale close to town square
      Hiking: 5 hours, 19 km / 11.8 miles
      Elevation gain: +500 m / +1,640 ft

      Courmayeur in Italy
    • Time to say goodbye to Bella Italia! A steep ascent leads you to the Chécrouit pass, and once you reach it, follow the Mont Favre ridgeline with more spectacular views of the Mont Blanc massif. On the way down to the Combal Lake, you’ll pass the last few trees, before the trail leads you on a long and gradual climb through Val Veny to the Col de la Seigne.

      This high mountain pass is the border between Italy and France, and it’s the second highest point along the entire Tour du Mont Blanc. Continue going down to the Refuge des Mottets, a welcoming mountain hut that concludes the day’s journey.

      Accommodation: Refuge des Mottets
      Hiking: 7 hours, 24 km / 14.9 miles
      Elevation gain: +1,800 m / +5,905 ft

    • Today starts with an easy downhill path to Les Chapieux. This stage stands out for its complete lack of forested areas, allowing trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the open alpine landscapes. As you leave Les Chapieux, the trail takes a challenging turn, with a steep climb leading to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme.

      Once you’ve taken in the views from up there, descend down into the picturesque La Balme pasture. Reach the Pont Romain, a relic of ancient Roman roads, and then the Notre Dame de la Gorge, a picturesque chapel nestled along the trail. Continue onto Les Contamines, a charming Alpine commune where you can grab a coffee or try one of the delicious French pastries—such as a mocha Eclair or a croissant.

      Accommodation: Hotel Gelinotte
      Hiking: 6 hours, 22 km / 13.7 miles
      Elevation gain: +900 m / +2,955 ft

    • Last day on the trail! Take it easy in the morning, walk through serene forests until you finally reach the Chalets de Truc. Here is where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Domes des Miages and Aiguille de Bionnassay.

      As the trail continues, a short but steep ascent towards the Col de Tricot brings you to the highest point of the day. Take in the views and start descending, crossing a suspension bridge that spans the Torrent de Bionnassay. The trail then takes you uphill to Bellevue, where you can catch your first glimpse of Chamonix, offering a sense of achievement. A final downhill brings you to Les Houches, where the finish arch awaits at the Tourism Office.

      Congrats! You’ve just finished the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc!

      Hiking: 5 hours, 18 km / 11.2 miles
      Elevation gain: +1,250 m / +4,100 ft

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • Tour du Mont Blanc (either the classic 10-day or the fastpacking 7-day option)
        • Accommodation during the tour (details in the itinerary)
        • Cable cars and transportation as indicated in the itinerary
        • All meals during the trip (starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on the last day)

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to and from Chamonix, France
        • Airport transfers — we recommend Mountain Drop-Offs
        • Accommodations prior to and after the tour
        • Sleeping bag liner
        • Personal drinks and snacks — bring you favorites, but they can be bought along the way in towns and at huts
        • Travel and health insurance
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • You’ve got two options when it comes to Tour du Mont Blanc hut-to-hut hiking—the classic Tour du Mont Blanc and the fastpacking version of it. Regardless of the version you choose, keep in mind that you’ll be carrying your backpack with all your belongings the whole way through. There will also be some exposed sections, so Tour du Mont Blanc is not recommended for those with severe fear of heights. The weather also plays a major role in how relaxing the hike can be, but there will always be a very experienced and professional guide by your side! Regarding your physical condition, both of the itineraries are challenging.

      For the classic Tour du Mont Blanc, great fitness and extensive experience of longer day hikes are mandatory. You will be…

        • Covering between 12 and 19 km (7.4-11.8 miles) per day
        • Hiking for 10 days in a row
        • Gaining up to 1,300 m (4,265 ft) of elevation in a single day.

      For those wanting to speed through the trek, the fastpacking Tour du Mont Blanc is the way to go. You will be…

        • Covering between 18 and 27 km (11.2-16.8 miles) per day
        • Hiking for 7 days in a row
        • Gaining up to 2,000 m (6,562 ft) of elevation in a single day.

      For more day-to-day details, check out the itinerary.

    • Fastpacking is distance trail running and ultralight backpacking rolled into one epic outdoor adventure. You will move fast (most opt for running or jogging) while covering long distances, carrying just the essentials needed for a multi-day adventure. One of the main values of fastpacking is that you’ll cover more ground and see more in a shorter time than you otherwise would be able to if you’re just backpacking.

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

        • Backpack large enough to carry all your personal belongings for the entire duration of the trek (45L) — possible to rent
        • Sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
        • Hiking poles — optional, possible to rent
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Rain gear — possible to rent
        • Clothing for the evenings
        • Warm hat and gloves
        • Space blanket
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, bandages, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)
          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 these Tour du Mont Blanc hut-to-hut hiking tours, the client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
        • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
        • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

      Tour du Mont Blanc hut-to-hut hiking tours 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.
    • To get to Chamonix, the starting point of your Tour du Mont Blanc hut-to-hut hiking tour, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. Once you arrive, there are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Looking to make it hassle-free? Check out Mountain Drop-Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles.

      You will meet your guide in the morning of Day 1 of the tour. Please keep in mind that you will have to overnight in Chamonix the day prior to the tour, as well as on the last day of the tour, as it’s a full hiking day. These are the starting points:

        • Classic Tour du Mont Blanc: Planpraz cable car station (accessible by foot from Chamonix center)
        • Fastpacking Tour du Mont Blanc: Tourist office in Les Houches (accessible by bus from Chamonix center)
    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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