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Alps Chamonix & Courmayeur Hiking with Premier Lodging Tour

Classic Mont Blanc Trails & Elegant Mountain Hotels


The Alps' Mont Blanc massif straddles Switzerland, France, and Italy and has eleven major peaks. This trip whisks you up close to breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and other classic Alps scenery via cable car. Ramble along quintessential trails each day, taking in jagged pinnacles, serene lakes, and astonishing glaciers. Traverse the Grand Balcon Nord route and hike hut to hut (but sleep in luxe hotels) in France and climb Grand Col Ferret (weather permitting) in Italy. In the evenings, return to town to explore the local culture of both countries, savor regional dishes (and wine pairings!), and unwind in natural hot springs. Spend an evening in picturesque Annecy. Retire to the comfort of four- and five-star properties each night.

8 Days

From: $8,495

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Highlights


  • Marvel at Mont Blanc scenery on day hikes, returning to luxurious accommodations each evening
  • Take time to explore alpine towns, visit a 19th-century winery, and soak at a thermal springs
  • Use cable cars and a cogwheel train to access iconic trails, hiking past alpine lakes and stunning mountain vistas

Alps Chamonix & Courmayeur Hiking with Premier Lodging

Start: Geneva, Switzerland   End: Geneva, Switzerland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Geneva, Transfer to Chamonix

    Day 1

    Arrive at the Geneva airport, Switzerland, for a 2pm pick-up. Transfer by private van to the charming mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. Upon arrival at the 5-star Grand Hotel des Alps, you can rest or explore the town before meeting your guides and group for a trip orientation. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant in town.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Transportation: 1.5-hours private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Experience the Top of Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers Cog Train & Grand Balcon

    Day 2

    In Chamonix, take the famous cable car to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi (12,605'). Take time to visit the site and enjoy the breathtaking views of the summit of Mont Blanc! Return by lift to Plan de l'Aiguille (7,710'). This is where the day's hike begins. After a short descent to the refuge of the same name, take the famous Grand Balcon Nord route, which passes beneath the numerous Aiguilles de Chamonix. The route passes at the foot of the Blaitiere and Nantillons glaciers. A short climb takes you to Signal Forbes (7,215'), with its panoramic view of the Mer de Glace and the north face of the Grandes Jorasses. The famous red cogwheel train takes you from Montenvers back down to Chamonix.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Activity: 3.5 hours/4 miles of hiking with 985' elevation gain and 650' of loss

    Transportation: Cable-car and cog train ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • L'Index to Lac Blanc, Cheserys Countryside & Chamonix Thermal Baths

    Day 3

    From Les Praz, take a cable car up to L'Index (7,860'). Embark on an easy hike to the famous Lac Blanc (7,716'). Here, take in the view of the whole Mont-Blanc massif—the reflection of the peaks on the lake is an unforgettable sight! Return to La Flegere via the pastures and chalets of Les Cheserys. Take the cable car back down to Les Praz de Chamonix and transfer to Chamonix in the early afternoon. This gives you time to enjoy the Chamonix thermal baths, with indoor and outdoor hot water pools, massage facilities, relaxation rooms, an aperitif, and extraordinary views of Mont Blanc. This is the most relaxing way to end an exciting day of adventure! Dinner is on your own to explore the many options in town.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Activity: 4 hours/5 miles of hiking with 1,000' elevation gain and 2,790' of elevation loss

    Transportation: Cable-car ride and short transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike Le Brevent to Les Houches & Journey to Courmayeur

    Day 4

    Begin the day with a scenic transfer by cable car to the summit of Le Brevent (8,284'). Still facing Mont Blanc, enjoy a day of alternating ascents and descents on short slopes to the Aiguillette des Houches. You're surrounded by the mineral landscapes of the Aiguilles Rouges on one side, and the Mont Blanc massif on the other, with its famous glaciers and peaks: Glacier d'Argentière, Aiguille Verte, Mer de Glace, les Drus, Aiguille du Midi, and of course the Mont Blanc! Depending on the weather and the group's physical condition, you can either turn around and take the lift back to Chamonix or start the descent to Parc Merlet and Les Houches. Transfer to Chamonix, then cross the border into Italy and continue to Courmayeur where you'll spend the next three nights. Enjoy an Italian dinner tonight.

    Accommodation: Auberge de la Maison

    Activity: 4 hours/6-7.5 miles of hiking with 1,000' of elevation gain and 2,790' of elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer and cable-car ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Val Ferret, Pre-de-Bard Glacier & Grand Col Ferret

    Day 5

    This morning, transfer from Courmayeur to the end of Val Ferret. Follow a good path to the Elena Hut (6,770') at the foot of the Pre-de-Bard glacier. If you're in good shape and the weather permits, you can climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (8,323'), the border pass with Switzerland! Transfer back to the hotel and explore the capital of the Italian Alps.

    Accommodation: Auberge de la Maison

    Activity: 3-5 hours/3-6 miles of hiking with 1,150'-2,450' of elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Val Veny Valley & Wine Tasting

    Day 6

    This morning is devoted to discovering the Veny Valley. Hike to the Glacier de Miage Lake and Lac Combal (6,463'). A beautiful alluvial plain created by the glacier's natural barrier is home to some unique plant life! In the afternoon, leave your hiking boots behind to visit a winery and taste the famous Val d'Aosta wine.

    Accommodation: Auberge de la Maison

    Activity: 3-4 hours/4.5 miles of hiking with 350-600' of elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Val Ferret, Bonatti & Bertone Huts & Annecy Old Town

    Day 7

    Begin your last day on the trail with a transfer to Val Ferret for a beautiful hike through the alpine meadows. From the famous Bonatti Hut (6,644'), follow a magnificent balcony trail to the Bertone Hut (6,549'), facing the steep slopes of the Grandes Jorasses and the Mont Blanc massif. Descend through the Sapin valley to Courmayeur. In the early the afternoon, transfer to Annecy, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the French Alps famous for its old town and stunning natural lake. Lake Annecy is often referred to as the "Pearl of the French Alps.” Meet with your local guide for a 2-hour tour of the historic town center. Enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant in town.

    Accommodation: Le Pelican

    Activity: 3-5 hours/8.5 miles of hiking with 350-750' of elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Annecy to Geneva & Depart

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer with your guide to Geneva Airport for homeward flights. There will be one scheduled transfer on this day.

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been perfecting trips in the Alps for over 50 years, inviting guests to experience the region in the style that suits them best.
  • This trip is one of the few that has a base in both France and Italy, combining the stunning mountain towns of Chamonix, Courmayeur, and Annecy. Hike iconic Mont Blanc trails by day and relax in upscale accommodations at night.
  • We work with professional local guides, who are truly the best in the Alps. Get an authentic experience in towns and on the trail with an insider guide.

Dates & Prices


  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2025

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2025 Pricing

5 guests from $9,495 per person double occupancy

6 guests from $8,995 per person double occupancy

7 guests from $8,895 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $8,795 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Juliette Q.

Juliette Q.

Juliette has been a trekking guide since 2007 and lives close to Chamonix, where she leads MT Sobek’s Tour du Mont Blanc adventure and several other summer hiking trips. When she’s not guiding, Juliette works as a nurse, and you can also find her mountaineering and rock climbing during. Juliette has a legendary smile and possesses deep local knowledge, which pairs well with her hiking experience and strong leadership qualities. 

Yannick C.

Yannick C.

Yannick grew up in the French Alps where hiking, skiing and climbing are usual activities for most people. He began to travel at a young age with his parents. At 19, he thought that it was time to discover the world on his own. His first trip to India was a revelation. The next year he fall in love with Tibet. Student life gave him the time to travel a lot with his backpack in many remote places. Naturally, he became a mountain leader in 2004 and started to lead groups in many beautiful areas of Asia's mountains: Mount Kailas in Tibet, Everest and Kanchenjunga in Nepal, Snowman Trek in Bhutan, Great Zanskar trek in India, and in Central Asia.

Julien L.

Julien L.

Julien is a French Biologist and Agronomist. His projects led him to several countries to study European orchids, booted eagles or European wildcats. He has been guiding tours for more than a decade in the Northern Alps as well as in Norway. Julien enjoys outdoor life and has walked the Pyrenees Haute Route, and crossed New Zealand. During his free time, you might find him hiking, running or mountaineering.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. This trip is rated activity level 3. You will be hiking between 3 and 5 hours a day at elevations of up to 2,500 feet. Alpine trails are often rocky, and we recommend having prior experience hiking in the mountains. On this trip some of the hikes can be skipped for cable-car rides. Time is also built in for village visiting, wine tasting, and hot spring soaking.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3.5 hours/4 miles of hiking with 985' elevation gain and 650' of loss

Day 3

4 hours/5 miles of hiking with 1,000' elevation gain and 2,790' of elevation loss

Day 4

4 hours/6-7.5 miles of hiking with 1,000' of elevation gain and 2,790' of elevation loss

Day 5

3-5 hours/3-6 miles of hiking with 1,150'-2,450' of elevation gain and loss

Day 6

3-4 hours/4.5 miles of hiking with 350-600' of elevation gain and loss

Day 7

3-5 hours/8.5 miles of hiking with 350-750' of elevation gain and loss

Accommodations


Well-located premier properties with a high level of comfort, charm, and service, including relaxing onsite spas and spectacular mountain views.
Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix
Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

In the shadow of Mont Blanc in the heart of Chamonix, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is centrally located, just minutes from the lake, the lift to the Aiguille du Midi, and the old town. The traditional blue shuttered building, built in 1840 and beautifully renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

Auberge de la Maison
Auberge de la Maison
At the foot of Mont Blanc, Auberge de la Maison is a 5-star resort built on a tradition of hospitality. The aged wood paneling and alpine scenery just outside your window are complemented by ensuite baths with bathtubs, Sky TV, minibar, safe, and Wi-Fi. Take in mountain views as you relax in the outdoor pool or enter the spa for an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, and treatments. The restaurant focuses on fresh local ingredients.
Le Pelican
Le Pelican
On the banks of Lake Annecy and a stone's throw from old town, Le Pelican is a 4-star hotel with 94 inviting rooms. Stay in stylish modern design with flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, ensuite bath with shower, safe, and Wi-Fi. Dine on high end bistro fare showcasing regional produce—there is even a celebrated artisan bakery on the ground floor. Enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor pool.

Weather


The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at high passes. Expect highs in the high-60s and lows in the mid-50s during the summer months.

 
Jun
Aug
Sep
Chamonix 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Chamonix
64
53
69
58
63
53
Courmayeur 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Courmayeur
62
51
68
56
61
51
Geneva 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Geneva
74
53
78
56
70
50

FAQs


If I want to skip a day of hiking and rest, can I do so on this trip?
It is easy to take a rest day on any of the days we are not changing hotels. All of the hotels have spas and are well suited to a leisurely day on your own.
Who will meet me on arrival?
An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the arrivals hall of the Geneva International Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm - 2:00pm on Day 1.
What's the best way to train for this trip?
Hike and do other cardio exercises. The more time you spend hiking before this tour, the more comfortable you will be. Running and cycling are also great ways to train.
What is the best month to hike in the Alps?
The best months to hike in the Alps are typically from June to September, when the weather is relatively stable and most of the trails are open. This period offers the most favorable conditions for hiking.

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