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Les Contamines Montjoie Valley

Mount Blanc Hiking Adventure

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Discover the enchanting surroundings and a breathtaking journey through the French and Italian Alps on this 10-day hiking trip from Geneva to Chamonix Mont Blanc, and admire the highest mountain in Europe and the beautiful landscape of the Alps. Visit the incredible, world-famous mountain resort of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and the Mont Blanc mountain range. Explore the towering peaks, majestic glaciers, and picturesque alpine towns. Tour du Mont Blanc is among the few major mountain ranges in the world, with an extensive network of huts that allow hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and backcountry experience. This hiking tour offers an unforgettable experience of trekking along their incredible trail through the Alps. Staying in these high mountain huts is a beautiful and intimate experience, with splendid peaks as a backdrop
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Highlights
  • Enjoy the great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range
  • Hike the Mount Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.
  • Admire the Bioniassay glacier and the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot
  • Visit Courmayeur, an Alpine resort at the foot of Mont Blanc
  • Explore a dense forest and flower field valley in Trient
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Geneva | Chamonix, France

Upon arrival in Geneva, Switzerland, take a private transfer by car to Chamonix. Check in at the hotel and attend an orientation about your upcoming adventure on the Tour du Mont Blanc. Enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight at the Hotel de l’Arve. 

Distance: 82.8 km
Travel Time: 1 Hou

Day 2: Chamonix | Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

Set off this morning after breakfast for your first day of hiking. Take the bus or train to the village of Les Houches, where we begin with a cable car ride to Bellevue. From here, on a clear day, you’ll enjoy great views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc Range before beginning your hike to Les Contamines. Hike past the Bioniassay glacier, the rolling slopes of Col du Tricot (if weather permits), and afterward descend into the Valley of Les Contamines-Montjoie. Then climb up along an old Roman ridge and past an original Roman bridge. Arrive at the Gîte in a valley that leads to the Col du Bonhomme and stop for the night for a well-deserved rest.

Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Ascent Meter: 646
Descent Meter: 633
Elevation: 1,164 m
 

Day 3: Les Contamines-Montjoie | Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France

Begin the steep ascent to the Col du Bonhomme, then hike to the Croix du Bonhomme and stop for lunch to enjoy the amazing view of the Vallée des Chapieux. Descend to Les Chapieux and continue along the river valley to your next refuge.

Distance: 18 km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Ascent Meter: 1316 m
Descent Meter: 929 m
Elevation: 1,554 m

Day 4: Bourg-Saint-Maurice | Courmayeur, Italy

Climb through open pastures and snowfields to Col de la Seigne (8,254’) and the border with Italy. Pass by picturesque glacier lakes while descending into beautiful Val Veny. A 45-minute descent will bring the group to La Visaille from this small hamlet and take a bus or taxi to the town of Courmayeur, Italy.

Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 4.5 hours
Ascent Meter: 1004 m
Descent Meter: 258 m
Elevation: 2,516 m

Day 5: Courmayeur, Italy

Spend the day at your leisure. If the weather is nice, taking the skyway ride up to Pointe Helbronner is highly recommended.

Day 6: Courmayeur | Val Ferret, Switzerland

Start the steep climb up to Rifugio Bertone (6,463’) with the best view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Hike along the Mont de la Saxe, taking the balcony path facing the ridge of the Grandes Jorasses. Stop for a picnic lunch and take in the unforgettable view. Descend to Rifugio Bonatti, overlooking the Italian Val Ferret for the night.

Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4.5 hours
Ascent Meter: 860 m
Descent Meter: 101 m
Elevation: 2,025 m

Day 7: Val Ferret | Orsieres, Switzerland

Start towards Arp Nouva, then begin the steep climb across the Grand Col Ferret (8,323’), and descend into the hamlet of Ferret (5,593’), Switzerland. Take a quick bus ride to the village of Praz de Fort (3,776’) passing through beautiful forests and some small villages, including charming Les Alarches. From here, enjoy the view of the deep, green forest crawling up the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Climb up to the mountain village of Champex, where you can finally kick those feet up and relax.

Distance: 20 km
Hiking Time: 6.5 hours
Ascent Meter: 895 m
Descent Meter: 1410 m
Elevation: 1,470 m

Day 8: Orsières | Trient, Switzerland

Take the Bovine Way, an old trail used to access the flower-filled summer cow pastures high above the valley. Continue along your circuit today, passing the Col de la Forclaz (5,010’) and then heading downhill to Trient (4,265’). Weather and group ability permitting, the option of taking the Fenêtre d’Arpette route, a “window” through the mountains offering spectacular views, but only after a very long, technical, and steep up and downhill hike.

Distance: 16 km
Hiking Time: 9 hours
Ascent Meter: 1069 m
Descent Meter: 1178 m
Elevation: 1,300 m

Day 9: Trient | Chamonix, France

Walk uphill through a large forest and open alpine slopes to the Col de Balme (7,221’). Trek the last downhill stretch to Montroc in the Chamonix Valley to wrap up this unforgettable trek. After returning by local bus to Chamonix, check in to your hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
Ascent Meter: 733 m
Descent Meter: 1257 m
Elevation: 2,195 m

Day 10: Geneva | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, a private transfer to Geneva Airport for your return flight home

Accommodations

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 9 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Porterage at all accommodation and all city taxes
  • Mercedes “E” car (2 pax) / Mercedes “V” minivan (4 pax) (or equivalent) with English-speaking driver and water available at all times at disposal for all transportations as per program
  • English Speaking Professional Alpine Guide
  • 8 x Dinner (3 courses) with water, soft drinks and wine in typical restaurants or hotel restaurants or mountain huts. Standard coffee or tea service included (cocktails included in welcome and farewell dinners)
  • 7 x Lunch in selected restaurants, mountain huts or picnic lunches
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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