Tour du Mont Blanc - Refuge in 3 days
Our Mont-Blanc tours are sold without supervision. This option is possible upon request (cf. "Supervision" ci dessous).
It is a spectacular trek, a rewarding journey around the highest massif of the Alps. France, Italy, Switzerland... Discover wonderful panoramas, meet women and men united by their culture, sharing a unique heritage! From Courmayeur to the Chamonix valley, from fenêtre d’Arpette to wild val Ferret, along the swiss, italian, and french sides, the tracks venture between alpine pastures , glaciers and summits , between passes and valleys. Territory of untouched nature, this massif is also the land of humans living on it. Hiking accross Mont blanc, it is also discovering among villages, and alpine pastures a true and a familiar warm mountain, full of living traditions.
Daily Average time of walk : 6/7h per day -Mountain refuge in dormitories for 4-9 persons.
OPTIONs AND PRICES 2021
2 ITINERARIES AVALABLE
SOUTHERN TOUR (Chamonix / Courmayeur) : 215 €
NORTHERN TOUR (Courmayeur / Chamonix) : 245 €
• Roadbook with all the practical information and advices.
• Maps 1/25 000 (2) + topo guide (2016)
• Booking of nights Half-board accommodation and picnic lunches( day 2 at 6)
.mountain refuge in dormitories for 4-9 persons
Option "Luggage transportation" 95 €/bag
Up to you decide !
Day 1"You will touch with your fingers the northern side of Bionassay and its hanging glaciers…" Departure from les Houches, ride on the cable car up to Bellevue (lift not included) or hike on foot until top of Bellevue (1801m) +2h for good hikers. Ascent to the Tricot pass (2120m) where the northern side of Bionassay watches you! Descent to the chalets de Miage (1559m), then another ascent to chalets du Truc (1720m) and last descent to Contamines at La Frasse (1200m). Overnight in Campsie Pontet close to the lake. Vertical gain +: 580m (1280m without ski lifts). Vertical drop: 1200m
Day 2"An historical route since you are in the tracks of Romans !" Departure from Contamines at Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge, ascent towards col du Bonhomme (2320m). You enter in the natural reserve of Contamines Montjoie by the old roman road. At col du Bonhomme, you will discover le Beaufortain and in the horizon le Grand Paradis. Then by le col des Fours at 2660m (or by les Chapieux), the track will guide you towards refuge des Mottets (1864m). Alpine pastures, glaciers, you enter in the hided universe of southern side of Mont-Blanc Vertical gain +: 1470 à 1600m depending on itinerary. Vertical drop: 920m
Day 3"Welcome to our italian cousins and the wild southern side of Mont-Blanc!" Ascent to col de la Seigne (2516m). Arrival in Italy, smooth descent in val Veny where you will admire the remains of the great glaciers that dipped this valley. You will arrive in Courmayeur by taking the bus to la Visaille (1730m). A little visit of Courmayeur, twin sister of Chamonix, filled with history is stongly recommended! Return by bus in Chamonix. Vertical gain +: 650m Vertical drop: 900m
Day 4"Val Ferret alpine pastures with grandes Jorasses southern side in background." Departure at Chamonix and bus ride until Courmayeur then another bus to Planpincieux in Val Ferret Walk up the val Ferret completely or by bus and enter in switzerland by Grand Col Ferret (2490m). Mont Dolent, at the crossroads of 3 boarders, overlooks you A long descent by alpine pastures still in action will bring you to La Fouly (1600m), typical little swiss village. A bus transfer via Orsières will drop you in the atmosphere of Valais close to Champex and its famous lake (1466m). Vertical gain +: 700m Vertical drop: 900m
Day 5"The dificult choice between 2 routes… the weather forecast and your calves will drive the decision!" From Champex, various itineraries are possible to walk up the col de la Forclaz at 1526m, the variant by fenêtre d'Arpette (2665m) is technically more difficult and alpine, or either by l'alpage de Bovine. Stunning view onto the glacier de Trient for the first one and breathtaking view onto la vallée du Rhône for the second one, one of the best part of the tour for both variants. Night at col de la Forclaz. Par Bovine: Vertical gain +: 730m Vertical drop: 730m Par fenêtre d'Arpette : Vertical gain +: +1200m / Vertical drop: 1140m
Day 6"At col de Balme, le massif du Mont-Blanc in 3D!" You will return to France by going up to le col de Balme (2191m). Wonderful views onto the Mont-Blanc range, offering really nice photo shots: le Chardonnet, la Verte, les Aiguilles de Chamonix and in the back the Majesty of Mont-Blanc. You will take the trail going up to l'Aiguillette des Posettes (2201m) where you will enjoy an stunning view onto chamonix. Descent to village du Tour (1462m) or col des Montets. The bravest ones will continue by taking the "balcon sud track" towards Chamonix or by bus/train. End of trek and pick up of your luggage in Chamonix. Vertical gain +: 1100m Vertical drop: 1300m
• Roadbook with all the practical information and advices • Maps 1/25 000 (2) + topo guide (2016) • Booking of nights Half-board accommodation and picnic lunches( day 2 at 6) . Mountain refuge in dormitories for 4-9 persons
Personal equipment• Bagpack 30 L for your daily walk. • Bring several plastic bags to separate your belongings in your bag and to keep them waterproof. • Your travel bag transported by our team (the one in the minibus) should not weight more than 10-15 kg. • Sleeping bag (temperature between 0 to +5°) and one sleep sheet. • Plastic or aluminium cutlery (plate, bowl, glass, fork, spoon) if option whithout meals. • A pocket knife. • Water bottle 1 liter. • Head or pocket lamp. • Sunglasses (protection 3 minimum). • Sun cream and lip balm. • Toilet kit and towel • Toilet papers and issues. • First aid kit (aspirin, compede and elastic tape, plasters, ear plugs, protection for feets). • Identity card or valid passport and for minors less than 18, please add permission to leave the territory. You can be controlled anytime by custom officers. • A camera and charger. • Waterproof pouch for your identity papers, emergency numbers, money. • Good mood and enthusiasm.
CLOTHING :• Head Protection for the sun : hat or cap. • Protection against the cold : gloves, 1 cap or bandana. • 1 mountain jacket breathable and waterproof like Goretex, hood recommended • 1 poncho / plastic bag for you and your bag. • 1 polar or warm pull over • Tee shirts (avoid cotton underwear). • 1 hiking trousers. • 1 short. • Sets of change and hiking socks • 1 high hiking shoes . • 1 pair of telescopic poles (strongly recommended). • 1 light shoes for evenings Pack lunches not included - You can order one at the hut or buy food along the way.
Our different tours do not include the supervision by a professional. If you do hesitate… Follow and be guided free from lots of constraints ! A professional will provide you by his ground experience and passion for his work with numerous advantages.The choice of itineraries and the decision making linked to security, the respect of timing for the day, its pedagogy, the cultural ans historical side acquired throughout the years, all the ground tips and human contacts that no roadbook will ever give you... Actually, independance is a great formula but can be also heavy to deal with if you do not have a real experience of mountains and hiking. The "economical" choice is to avoid and the "Kit TMB" is only for experienced hikers. If you do wonder wether you need a supervision by a professional, the answer is already given… We can then suggest you 2 options: You are alone or in couple : we will direct you, with no extra fees, to a partner company which sells accompanied tours, following your accomodation, lenght and budget desires... You are a group composed of friends or family: You prefer the superviosion by a mountain leader. You choose your formula "kit TMB" (under the stars, confort…) then we share between all of us the cost for this supervision at the real price. as follows: • Price for mountain leader: 210 € x 6 days = 1260 € • Mountain leader expenses: 40 € x 5 nights = 200 € • Total cost to be shared within the participants. • The mountain leader's costs for picnics and transfers are paid by you. No intermediary. No intermediary, no added margin. A real transparency.
MEETING DAY 1Départure Gondola Bellevue - Les Houches at 08 h 30 Our team will take your luggage (15 kg maxi – no suitcase) ,if "luggage transportation"
AccessBy Road: A40 sortie Les Houches. Free Parkings: Bellevue or Prarion Gondola. By plane: Closest airport: Genève Shuttles for Chamonix: • SAT: +33 (0)450 530 115 • Mountain Drop off: +33 (0)450 471 773 • Geneva Chamonix transfers: +33 970 448 699 • Alplinks.com: +33 (0)450 585 672 / +33 (0)6 80 92 64 08 • Cham express: +33 (0)480 965 008 By train: Les Houches SNCF train station (then 15 minutes walk to reach meeting point)