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The Tour du Mont Blanc

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  • Trek the classic 10-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif—a “must-do” for every hiker
  • Explore an earthly paradise spanning three countries, three cultures, and three cuisines
  • Enjoy mountain hospitality, hearty alpine fare, and the expertise of dedicated MTS guides

Having led trips to the Alps for over four decades has given us more than our fair share of bias, but the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of our favorite itineraries. Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest and most iconic peak, and its idyllic views can inspire even the most jaded traveler. Travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland, you’ll wander up ancient trails through tall forests and grassy meadows, past enormous waterfalls and glaciers, and through charming hamlets in the shadow of some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc never ceases to charm with days full of clinking cowbells, colorful wildflowers, mountain wildlife and genuine alpine hospitality. It's no wonder that Forbes called our Tour du Mont Blanc "the world's most luxurious hiking trip!"

Day 1: Arrive in Geneva, Transfer to Chamonix

Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. You will be picked up promptly at 2:00 p.m. for a group transfer by private van to the mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. We suggest you arrive early enough (by 1:00 p.m.) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pickup. The transfer takes approximately 1½ hours, and once at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation. After meeting the guides and the rest of the group, we will have a delicious welcome dinner at the fine restaurant at your hotel.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 2: Warm-up Hike above Chamonix

In 1741, the first tourists to Chamonix were transported to Montenvers on the backs of mules in order to admire the glaciers. Today, most travellers take a bright red cog train up the steep slopes to reach the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the second-largest glacier in the Alps. We begin our hike from the hotel (3,300'), crossing the town of Chamonix and entering the forest. We'll ascend a steep trail passing the Blaitiere farm to reach the “Grand Balcon,” from where we have a fabulous view of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering above us. We'll traverse below these towering peaks toward the Montenvers railway sitting high above the Mer de Glace glacier. We may see alpinists on the glacier. Return to Chamonix by the cog railway. Dinner tonight is on your own. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 6 – 8 miles ~ 1,900' elevation ascent/2,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 3: Chamonix to Les Houches (France)

Again we hike from the hotel up to the start of the trail beneath the Aiguilles Rouges along the Petit Balcon to Merlet (4,921'), where we have magnificent views of the north face and glaciers of Mont Blanc. We traverse to Coupeau, then make an easy descent to the village of Les Houches (3,200'). (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,000' ascent/descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel du Bois

Day 4: Les Houches to Les Contamines (France)

Leaving Les Houches, we climb in the forest, passing beautiful mountain farmhouses, and continue through the woods to the small pass of Bellevue overlooking the Chamonix Valley; in the other directions we see the hanging glaciers of the Bionnassay and Mont Blanc. Then it’s down through the thickly wooded hillside and typical alpine hamlets to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/2,800' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Chemenaz

Day 5: Hike the Roman Road to Les Chapieux (France)

Today we make a long ascent on an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, before the last ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641') and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100') for lunch. In the afternoon, we hike downhill on a grassy trail to Les Chapieux (5,080'). Along the way we may see some recently reintroduced ibex and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 4,200' ascent/3,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Auberge de la Nova

Day 6: The Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur (Italy)

We transfer 15 minutes to the end of the “Vallée des Glaciers,” enjoying a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale, as the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We then make a descent into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where we spend the night in a hotel. Dinner tonight is in town. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,300' ascent/2,700' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Berthod

Day 7: Courmayeur to La Vachey (Italy)

Today’s beautiful walk is along the side of the mountain with fabulous views of Mont Blanc, which appears opposite us as we climb the trail. Hanging glaciers and glacial moraines are on the menu for the day! The trail takes us through larch and alder where it’s possible to see deer and chamois. Continue ascending to the Rifugio Bonnatti, with its unforgettable views. We descend the steep trail to the valley floor and continue to La Vachey (4,500'). (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 7 – 8 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Vachey

Day 8: La Vachey to Champex (Switzerland)

After a 10-minute transfer, we walk up a nice trail past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” with Mont Dolent above. This is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland, and descend to the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. Transfer by van to Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 9 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/3,100' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Day 9: Champez to Col de la Forclaz (Switzerland)

The classic route of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings us high over the Rhône Valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous view! An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'). (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 2,400' ascent/2,300' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel du Col de La Forclaz

Day 10: Col de la Forclaz to the Vallorcine Valley (France)

The trail climbs steeply through the forest on an old smuggler’s path to the border with France. Here there is a simply wonderful view of the Mont Blanc massif with the Chamonix valley stretched out in front of us. We will make our way down to the Vallorcine Valley east of Chamonix, and then to our hotel in Argentière. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,900' ascent/2,650' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel de la Couronne

Day 11: Back to Chamonix (France)

From Le Col De Montets (4,800') we will hike to Les Cheserys (7,130'), enjoying views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, and all the Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, we descend to Chamonix (3,300'). Tonight we’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner in town. (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 8 miles ~ 2,700' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 12: Return to Geneva - Fly Home!

Transfer to the Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30 a.m.* Please schedule your flight after 11:00 a.m. for inter-European destinations, after 12:00 p.m. for all transcontinental destinations. If you would like to depart earlier or later, the transfer is on your own.

*Due to Switzerland’s commercial transportation laws, we are only able to provide one group taxi service to the Geneva Airport on Day 12, included in the cost of your trip. This transfer will be at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Geneva Airport at 10:00 a.m. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • Breakfast

Sep 15 - 26, 2015

Jun 21, 2016 - Jul 02, 2016

Jul 19 - 30, 2016

Aug 16 - 27, 2016

Sep 13 - 24, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$4,895 (5-14 members)

2016 Prices
$4,895 (5-14 members)



 



 

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Auberge de la Nova — Les Chapieux, France


Hotel Berthod — Courmayeur

The ancient residence of the Berthod and De Morò families, Hotel Berthod is owned and run as a family establishment, and guests can expect a customized welcome. Just steps away from Courmayeur's main street, outfitted with indoor spa facilities and cozy, personalized rooms.

Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Today, Isabelle and Yves Biselx continue the family hotel tradition and look forward with pleasure to receiving you! The fifth generation with their three sons, Adrien, Térence et Timothée, seems well prepared to assure the future.

The Hotel du Glacier and the family Biselx a happy couple for over 100 years. Therefore, don't miss to visit us, we'll tell you a lovely story …

Hotel La Chemenaz — Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

La Chemenaz chalet hotel is located in the french alps, in the Haute-Savoie at Les Contamines-Montjoie village resort (Village 1,100m - highest skiing 2487m), very close to the Lay ski lifts, which lead to the whole of the Contamines-Hauteluce ski domain.

All the comfort, services, and the specific hotel location to spend one of the best stay at Les Contamines-Montjoie, in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif country, in wintertime or summertime as well...

Hotel La Vachey

Hotel Les Aiglons — Chamonix

Five minutes from the town centre, at the foot of the Midi summit, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone a full renovation.

Resolutely contemporary whilst breaking down the barriers of traditional mountain resort hotels, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone an audacious redesign and decoration, with warm and modern colours, natural materials, glass and light…

Hotel de la Couronne — Argentière

Hotel du Bois — Les Houches, France

A warm, welcoming atmosphere and individual service makes the Hotel & Chalet du Bois a place that feels like home. We welcome you with a smile and offer you quality service, where the little things matter. A peaceful retreat to get away from the noise and stress of big cities.

Hotel du Col de La Forclaz — Trient, Switzerland


  • Trek the classic 10-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif—a “must-do” for every hiker
  • Explore an earthly paradise spanning three countries, three cultures, and three cuisines
  • Enjoy mountain hospitality, hearty alpine fare, and the expertise of dedicated MTS guides

Having led trips to the Alps for over four decades has given us more than our fair share of bias, but the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of our favorite itineraries. Mont Blanc is Western Europe’s highest and most iconic peak, and its idyllic views can inspire even the most jaded traveler. Travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland, you’ll wander up ancient trails through tall forests and grassy meadows, past enormous waterfalls and glaciers, and through charming hamlets in the shadow of some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in the world. While undoubtedly one of our more rigorous treks, the Tour du Mont Blanc never ceases to charm with days full of clinking cowbells, colorful wildflowers, mountain wildlife and genuine alpine hospitality. It's no wonder that Forbes called our Tour du Mont Blanc "the world's most luxurious hiking trip!"

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Geneva, Transfer to Chamonix

Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. You will be picked up promptly at 2:00 p.m. for a group transfer by private van to the mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. We suggest you arrive early enough (by 1:00 p.m.) to allow time to get through customs and immigration before the scheduled pickup. The transfer takes approximately 1½ hours, and once at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation. After meeting the guides and the rest of the group, we will have a delicious welcome dinner at the fine restaurant at your hotel.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 2: Warm-up Hike above Chamonix

In 1741, the first tourists to Chamonix were transported to Montenvers on the backs of mules in order to admire the glaciers. Today, most travellers take a bright red cog train up the steep slopes to reach the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the second-largest glacier in the Alps. We begin our hike from the hotel (3,300'), crossing the town of Chamonix and entering the forest. We'll ascend a steep trail passing the Blaitiere farm to reach the “Grand Balcon,” from where we have a fabulous view of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering above us. We'll traverse below these towering peaks toward the Montenvers railway sitting high above the Mer de Glace glacier. We may see alpinists on the glacier. Return to Chamonix by the cog railway. Dinner tonight is on your own. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 6 – 8 miles ~ 1,900' elevation ascent/2,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 3: Chamonix to Les Houches (France)

Again we hike from the hotel up to the start of the trail beneath the Aiguilles Rouges along the Petit Balcon to Merlet (4,921'), where we have magnificent views of the north face and glaciers of Mont Blanc. We traverse to Coupeau, then make an easy descent to the village of Les Houches (3,200'). (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,000' ascent/descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel du Bois

Day 4: Les Houches to Les Contamines (France)

Leaving Les Houches, we climb in the forest, passing beautiful mountain farmhouses, and continue through the woods to the small pass of Bellevue overlooking the Chamonix Valley; in the other directions we see the hanging glaciers of the Bionnassay and Mont Blanc. Then it’s down through the thickly wooded hillside and typical alpine hamlets to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/2,800' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Chemenaz

Day 5: Hike the Roman Road to Les Chapieux (France)

Today we make a long ascent on an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, before the last ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641') and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100') for lunch. In the afternoon, we hike downhill on a grassy trail to Les Chapieux (5,080'). Along the way we may see some recently reintroduced ibex and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. (7 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 4,200' ascent/3,000' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Auberge de la Nova

Day 6: The Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur (Italy)

We transfer 15 minutes to the end of the “Vallée des Glaciers,” enjoying a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale, as the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We then make a descent into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where we spend the night in a hotel. Dinner tonight is in town. (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,300' ascent/2,700' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Berthod

Day 7: Courmayeur to La Vachey (Italy)

Today’s beautiful walk is along the side of the mountain with fabulous views of Mont Blanc, which appears opposite us as we climb the trail. Hanging glaciers and glacial moraines are on the menu for the day! The trail takes us through larch and alder where it’s possible to see deer and chamois. Continue ascending to the Rifugio Bonnatti, with its unforgettable views. We descend the steep trail to the valley floor and continue to La Vachey (4,500'). (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 7 – 8 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel La Vachey

Day 8: La Vachey to Champex (Switzerland)

After a 10-minute transfer, we walk up a nice trail past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” with Mont Dolent above. This is the meeting point of the borders with France, Italy, and Switzerland. Cross the Grand Col Ferret (8,300') to enter Switzerland, and descend to the scenic village of La Fouly (5,280'), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. Transfer by van to Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 9 miles ~ 2,500' ascent/3,100' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Day 9: Champez to Col de la Forclaz (Switzerland)

The classic route of the Tour du Mont Blanc takes the Bovine route. An hour and a half of easy walking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings us high over the Rhône Valley and the town of Martigny. You will not be disappointed with this fabulous view! An easy descent brings us to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'). (6 hours hiking ~ approx. 12 miles ~ 2,400' ascent/2,300' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel du Col de La Forclaz

Day 10: Col de la Forclaz to the Vallorcine Valley (France)

The trail climbs steeply through the forest on an old smuggler’s path to the border with France. Here there is a simply wonderful view of the Mont Blanc massif with the Chamonix valley stretched out in front of us. We will make our way down to the Vallorcine Valley east of Chamonix, and then to our hotel in Argentière. (5 – 6 hours hiking ~ approx. 10 miles ~ 2,900' ascent/2,650' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel de la Couronne

Day 11: Back to Chamonix (France)

From Le Col De Montets (4,800') we will hike to Les Cheserys (7,130'), enjoying views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, and all the Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, we descend to Chamonix (3,300'). Tonight we’ll enjoy a festive farewell dinner in town. (5 hours hiking ~ approx. 8 miles ~ 2,700' ascent/1,500' descent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Les Aiglons

Day 12: Return to Geneva - Fly Home!

Transfer to the Geneva airport. There will be one group departure for the airport at 8:30 a.m.* Please schedule your flight after 11:00 a.m. for inter-European destinations, after 12:00 p.m. for all transcontinental destinations. If you would like to depart earlier or later, the transfer is on your own.

*Due to Switzerland’s commercial transportation laws, we are only able to provide one group taxi service to the Geneva Airport on Day 12, included in the cost of your trip. This transfer will be at 8:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Geneva Airport at 10:00 a.m. Private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

  • Breakfast

Auberge de la Nova — Les Chapieux, France


Hotel Berthod — Courmayeur

The ancient residence of the Berthod and De Morò families, Hotel Berthod is owned and run as a family establishment, and guests can expect a customized welcome. Just steps away from Courmayeur's main street, outfitted with indoor spa facilities and cozy, personalized rooms.

Hotel Glacier and Sporting

Today, Isabelle and Yves Biselx continue the family hotel tradition and look forward with pleasure to receiving you! The fifth generation with their three sons, Adrien, Térence et Timothée, seems well prepared to assure the future.

The Hotel du Glacier and the family Biselx a happy couple for over 100 years. Therefore, don't miss to visit us, we'll tell you a lovely story …

Hotel La Chemenaz — Les Contamines-Montjoie, France

La Chemenaz chalet hotel is located in the french alps, in the Haute-Savoie at Les Contamines-Montjoie village resort (Village 1,100m - highest skiing 2487m), very close to the Lay ski lifts, which lead to the whole of the Contamines-Hauteluce ski domain.

All the comfort, services, and the specific hotel location to spend one of the best stay at Les Contamines-Montjoie, in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif country, in wintertime or summertime as well...

Hotel La Vachey

Hotel Les Aiglons — Chamonix

Five minutes from the town centre, at the foot of the Midi summit, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone a full renovation.

Resolutely contemporary whilst breaking down the barriers of traditional mountain resort hotels, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone an audacious redesign and decoration, with warm and modern colours, natural materials, glass and light…

Hotel de la Couronne — Argentière

Hotel du Bois — Les Houches, France

A warm, welcoming atmosphere and individual service makes the Hotel & Chalet du Bois a place that feels like home. We welcome you with a smile and offer you quality service, where the little things matter. A peaceful retreat to get away from the noise and stress of big cities.

Hotel du Col de La Forclaz — Trient, Switzerland


Dates and Pricing

Sep 15 - 26, 2015

Jun 21, 2016 - Jul 02, 2016

Jul 19 - 30, 2016

Aug 16 - 27, 2016

Sep 13 - 24, 2016

pricing

2015 Prices
$4,895 (5-14 members)

2016 Prices
$4,895 (5-14 members)



 



 

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