Tour du Mont Blanc

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Day 0 - Travel to Chamonix and the team will meet at 6:30pm in our hotel for a briefing. Your guide will go over the preparations and answer last minute questions before dinner. Hotel night in Chamonix.
 

Day 1 - It is an early start to set off from Les Houches, enjoying the stunning views of the Chamonix valley as we utilise the Bellevue cable car to travel 900m to the starting point of our trek.  We cross under the Bionnassay Glacier and continue up to the Col de Tricot (2,120m), before a steep descent of approximately 700m.  From here, it is a short climb over our final Col of the day before entering forests that take us to the small town of Les Contamines.  Overnight at a local Les Contamines hotel.

Day 2 - This morning we take a shuttle from the hotel to the Notre Dame La Gorge and continue on our trek to the Col du Bonhomme.  We traverse across to another Col and often if lucky, we get to see local wildlife in this area.  Once at this high point, we have a gentle ascent to Les Chapieux at 1,300m.  Overnight in refuge or B&B style accommodation.

Day 3 - Today we start with another short mini bus transfer that will take us to the starting point of our climb to the Col de la Seigne (2,516m). From here, we can soak in the views of Italy and Mont Blanc.  We descend for just over 800 metres from the Col past the South Ridge of Mont Blanc to a low valley, where we take the bus to the Italian town of Courmayeur.  Overnight at a local Courmayeur hotel.

Day 4 - We leave Courmayeur and head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge through pine forests to the Bertone Refuge. It is then a journey along the ridge that offers some of the most spectacular views of the Mont Blanc range, before arriving at the Bonatti Refuge for the night.

Day 5 - The day starts with a gentle traverse to the Elena Refuge, where we can take a break to enjoy the views across to Mont Dolent and its glaciers.  We will be ready for our climb of the Grand Col Ferret (2,537m) where we cross the border into Switzerland.  We descend for 770 metres through the fields to the small township of Ferret, where we catch a bus to the village of Champex for the night.


Day 6 - We begin the day with an easy walk down to Champex-d'en-Bas to begin climbing along the Bovine Trail which traverses the mountainside to the Col de la Forclaz, and a descent to Trient.  From here, we will take a taxi to Argentière in the Chamonix valley for the night.

Day 7 - From Argentière, we head up through the Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc to soak in more of the magnificent views of the Mont Blanc massif.  We have a choice from here as to whether we take the cable car to La Flégère or the possibility to continue the traverse across Aiguilles Rouges, descending the Les Houches (1,200m) and returning by train back to Chamonix.

Day 8 - It is your final day to enjoy breakfast and exchange photos with your group, before departing for home.

Please Note: Itinerary may change if conditions are more suitable in another region or factors such as weather to lift service or road conditions precludes access into this region.

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