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the Tour du Mont-Blanc

From Grand Col Ferret, wiew on the italian Val Ferret valley

Hiking and trekking in the Alps, round Mont Blanc : the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous trekkings in the world. Whether you do it by the classic route or by its variants, clockwise or counterclockwise, walking or running (UTMB, but this is not our goal ...!), you will achieve a unforgettable tour in three countries : France, Italy and Switzerland.

The Tour passes in 8 valleys : Val Montjoie, Glaciers valley, Val Véni, italian Val Ferret, swiss Val Ferret, Grand Saint Bernard valleys, Trient valley, Chamonix valley. at the base of the peaks and glaciers of the whole Mont-Blanc group.

 

- ORGANIZATION you sleep each night in a mountain hut or in a lodge, where you can order your pic-nic for the next day. Thus, your backpack will only contain your clothes and spare garments, a poncho, a silk sheet, your camera, your toilet bag, a book, and your pic-nic. Consequently, there is no need to use a mule or a 4 wheel drive car to carry your luggage from hut to hut.

 

- GUIDING : a qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide, or a qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader, with 8 to 15 participants. Your Guide or Leader speaks fluently English.

 

- THREE DIFFERENT ROUTES 7 days or 9 days routes (for very good walkers), 12 days route (for good walkers).

 

- the 7 days route, for very good walkers, "The best of Tour du Mont Blanc", from Sunday to Saturday : meeting at 7h30 am at the Tourist Office in Les Contamines-Montjoie (1167 m), Bonhomme pass (2329 m), Croix du Bonhomme pass (2479 m), Croix du Bonhomme hut (2443 m) / Les Fours pass (2665 m), Ville des Glaciers (1789 m), Seigne pass (2516 m), Combal lake (1958 m), La Visaille (1659 m), bus transfer to Courmayeur (1230 m) / Bertone hut (1970 m), Bonatti hut (2025 m) / Grand Col Ferret pass (2537 m), optional ascent to Tête de Ferret (2713 m), La Fouly (1593 m), bus transfer to Champex (1486 m) / Fenêtre d'Arpette pass (2665 m), Trient (1297 m) / Balme pass (2191 m), La Boerne (1401 m) / Lac Blanc (2352 m), La Flegère (1877 m), cable car down to Praz de Chamonix train station. End of the programme at Praz de Chamonix train station around 4 pm. 

Total climbing : 7082 m / 23230 feet. Total going down : 5391 m / 17680 feet. Total hiking time : 40 hours ( climbing pace : + 350 to + 400 meters per hour ).

 

- the 9 days route, for very good walkers, "The whole of Tour du Mont Blanc", from Saturday to Sunday : meeting at 8h00 am at Les Houches (1010 m). Cable car up to Bellevue (1794 m), Bionnassay nepalese bridge (1720 m), Tricot pass (2120 m), Miage mountain pasture (1559 m), Truc chalet (1750 m), Les Contamines-Montjoie (1167 m), Nant Borrant lodge (1450 m) / Bonhomme pass (2329 m), Croix du Bonhomme pass (2479 m), Les Fours pass (2665 m), les Mottets (1868 m) / La Seigne pass (2516 m), Combal lake (1958 m), Arp Vieille supérieure (2303 m), Maison Vieille (1956 m) / Courmayeur (1230 m), Bertone hut (1970 m), Bonatti hut (2025 m) / Grand Col Ferret pass (2537 m), optional ascent to Tête de Ferret (2713 m), La Fouly (1593 m) / Praz de Fort (1151 m), Champex (1486 m) / Bovine (1987 m), Portalo (2040 m), la Forclaz pass (1526 m), Trient (1297 m), Balme pass (2191 m), la Boerne (1401 m) / Le Brévent ( 2525 m), Bellachat hut (2152 m) / Optional visit to Parc Merlet zoo, Les Houches (1010 m). End of the programme at Les Houches around 3 pm.

Total climbing : 8588 m / 28170 feet. Total going down : 9365 m / 30720 feet. Total hiking time : 55 hours ( climbing pace : + 350 to + 400 meters per hour ).

 

- the 12 days route, for good walkers, "The whole of Tour du Mont Blanc", from Wednesday to Sunday : meeting at 9h00 am at Les Houches (1010 m). Cable car up to Bellevue (1794 m), Bionnassay nepalese bridge (1720 m), Tricot pass (2120 m), optional ascent to Mont Vorassay (2299 m), Miage mountain pasture (1559 m) / Truc chalet (1750 m), Les Contamines-Montjoie (1167 m), Nant Borrant lodge (1450 m) / Bonhomme pass (2329 m), Croix du Bonhomme pass (2479 m), Les Fours pass (2665 m), les Mottets (1868 m) / La Seigne pass (2516 m), Elisabetta hut (2195 m) / Combal lake (1958 m), Arp Vieille supérieure (2303 m), Chécrouit pass (1956 m), Courmayeur (1230 m) / Bertone hut (1970 m), Bonatti hut (2025 m) / Grand Col Ferret pass (2537 m), optional ascent to Tête de Ferret (2713 m), La Fouly (1593 m) / Praz de Fort (1151 m), Champex (1486 m) / Bovine (1987 m), Portalo (2040 m), la Forclaz pass (1526 m), Trient (1297 m) / Balme pass (2191 m), la Boerne (1401 m) / Le Brévent ( 2525 m), Bellachat hut (2152 m) / Optional visit to Parc Merlet zoo, Les Houches (1010 m). End of the programme at Les Houches around 3 pm.

Total climbing : 8588 m / 28170 feet. Total going down : 9365 m / 30720 feet. Total hiking time : 65 hours ( climbing pace : + 300 meters per hour ).

 

- WHEN CAN WE HIKE THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC ?

We avoid hiking the Tour in June, as there is still some snow on the highest passes, with a risk of falls on old snow steep slopes.

We also avoid the last week of August, when nearly 3000 participants run the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc.

 

- DEPARTURE DATES, PRICES :

 

- 7 days route, the best of Tour du Mont Blanc : departures 2017 each Sunday from June 25th till August 20th, and each Sunday from September 3 till September 10th. Price : 672 €.

 

- 9 days route, the whole of Tour du Mont Blanc : departures 2017 each Saturday from June 24th till August 19th, and each Saturday from September 2 till September 9th. Price : 890 €.

 

- 12 days route, the whole of Tour du Mont Blanc : departures 2017 each Wednesday from June 28 to August 9, on 30th of August and 6th of September. Price : 1218 €.

 

- The price includes : guiding by a IFMGA Mountain Guide or a UIMLA International Mountain Leader, and all his expenses / half-board in mountain huts, lodges or hotels/ transfers by cable car or bus during the Tour 

The price does not include : pic-nics / drinks / hot showers (one or two times you may have to pay for the hot shower) / personal  expenses / optional visit to Parc Merlet (9 and 12 days routes) / optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE / additional transfers related to a modification of the programme / transfer from your residence to the meeting place of day 1, and transfer back to your residence on the last day of the programme

 

 

- GET MORE INFORMATIONS ON OUR TOUR DU MONT-BLANC PROGRAMMES :

 

            - 7 days route detailed chart

 

            - 9 days route detailed chart

 

            - 12 days route detailed chart

 

            - your personal equipment

      

            - NEXT DEPARTURES

 

 

In the Val Montjoie
From La Seigne pass, wiew on Mont-Blanc covered with snow, and on the two limestone pyramids
Adult dragonfly
In the descent of Les Fours pass, facing La Seigne pass
Aiguille des Glaciers peak
Mont-Blanc, and Aiguille Noire de Peuterey, on the right of the photo
Grandes Jorasses peaks on the left, Val Véni valley in the forefront, and italian Val Ferret in the background
Close to Bertone hut
Siesta near Bonatti hut
Grandes Jorasses peaks
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)
Italian Val Ferret valley
Going down to La Fouly, in the Swiss Val Ferret valley
Marmot (woodchuck)
Young ibex (Capra hircus)
Wiew on Chamonix valley, from Balme pass
Mont-Blanc and the Bossons glacier, wiew from Balme pass
Twilight on the Mont-Blanc group
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