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Alps Tour du Mont Blanc Hiking

The Classic Three Country Mountain Loop

 

Mont Blanc. Europe's highest and most iconic peak. Spectacular. Immense. Dazzling. And undisputedly on every serious hiker's must-do list. Hiking for 10-days through the heart of the Alps won't just get your pulse rate up, it will open your eyes to some of the most breathtaking vistas on Earth. Wander past giant glaciers and secret mountain lakes, ancient trails and grassy meadows. Experience three countries, cultures, and cuisines. Stay in hamlets that belong in a fairy tale. And discover why Forbes called our Tour du Mont Blanc "the world's most luxurious hiking trip."

  • Trek the classic 10-day circuit Tour du Mont Blanc massif - a must for every serious hiker

  • Encounter nature at its most spectacular as you pass glaciers, forests, meadows, and endless peaks

  • Taste the flavors and experience the cultures of France, Italy, and Switzerland

Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Duration:

12 Days

Activity Level:

4

Departures:

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Price: from $6,495

  • Arrive in Geneva, Transfer to Chamonix

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland, for a 2pm pick-up. Transfer by private van to the charming mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. Upon arrival at the hotel, you'll have time to rest a bit or explore the town before orientation - where you will meet the guides and other members of your group. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner at a fine restaurant in town.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Located 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 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike Above Chamonix

    Day 2

    Start the day by taking the cog railway up to Montenevers, high above the Mer de Glace glacier. From here (6230'), head up to Signal Forbes (7215') for a fabulous views of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering high above you. Next, traverse towards Blatière and join the famous Grand Balcon for a hike that descends to the quaint Chalet Caillet, where you can enjoy an aperitif and dinner in the magical setting. Walk off your meal with a short, leisurely hike down to your hotel in Chamonix.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Located 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 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/6-8 miles hiking with 1,100\' elevation gain & 3,600 \' elevation loss

    Transportation: Cog railway ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Chamonix to Les Houches (France)

    Day 3

    Your hike from the hotel leads to the start of the trail beneath the Aiguilles Rouges along the Petit Balcon to Merlet (4,921'), with its magnificent views of the north face and glaciers of Mont Blanc. After traversing to Coupeau, you will make an easy descent to our hotel near the charming village of Les Houches (3,200').

    Accommodation: Chalet Hotel des Campanules-Les Houches

    Chalet Hotel des Campanules-Les Houches

    Experience a warm welcome at Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, situated in the charming village of Les Houches. It's 48 comfortable, well-appointed rooms come with a forest or Mont Blanc view - and free Wi-Fi if you need to plug in. Feel completely at home in the heart of the Alps.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,000\' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Les Houches to Les Contamines (France)

    Day 4

    Leaving Les Houches, climb through the forest past beautiful mountain farmhouses and into the woods to the small pass of Bellevue, overlooking the Chamonix Valley. Marvel at the peaks and hanging glaciers of Aiguille de Bionnassay (13,294') and Mont Blanc (15,777'). Descend through the thickly wooded hillside through typical alpine hamlets to the historic town of Les Contamines (3,829'), a traditional mountain village with picturesque wooden chalets and a fine old church.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Chemenaz-Les Contamines

    Hotel La Chemenaz-Les Contamines

    Situated right at the start of the hiking trails, this classic family-owned chalet hotel offers luxurious accommodations in a magnificent setting facing the Mont Blanc Massif. A variety of rooms, suites and family accommodations feature "chalet chic" decor, with faux fur textiles and warm wood finishes.

    Activity: 7 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,500\' elevation gain & 2,800\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Roman Road to Bourg Saint Maurice (France)

    Day 5

    A long ascent on an old Roman road takes you to the Plan des Dames, before you make the last ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641') and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100') where lunch is served. In the afternoon, hike the grassy trail downhill to Les Chapieux (5,080') with sightings of ibex, marmots and beautiful wildflowers along the way. At the end of the day, take a short transfer to the village of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, where we'll stay the night. Enjoy dinner in town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Autantic-Bourg-Saint-Maurice

    Welcome to the picturesque Hotel Autantic, a 3-star establishment located in a peaceful part of the village. Its stone and wood exterior exudes a warm and inviting feel, and its period furnishings create a Savoyard ambience. Enjoy the comfort of well-appointed rooms as well as a swimming pool and sauna.

    Activity: 7 hours/12 miles hiking with 4,200\' elevation gain & 3,000\' elevation loss

    Transportation: 35-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur (Italy)

    Day 6

    After a 50-minute transfer to the end of the "Vallée des Glaciers," enjoy a relatively easy hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245'). Take in the breathtaking view of Mont Blanc, Himalayan in its immensity, rising in a near verticality from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. Afterward, descend into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. A transfer then takes you to Courmayeur (3,800'), situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier, where you will spend the night. Dinner tonight is in town.

    Accommodation: Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Built in 1882 by Jean Laurent Berthod, more than a century later the hotel remains family owned and operated. There is a familial atmosphere here, with cozy, personalized rooms and service designed to make guests feel right at home. Indoor spa facilities await hikers eager to relax after a vigorous day of activity.

    Activity: 6 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,300\' elevation gain & 2,700\' elevation loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Courmayeur to La Vachey (Italy)

    Day 7

    Today's beautiful mountainside walk offers fabulous views of Mont Blanc, hanging glaciers and glacial moraines. As you climb the trail through larch and alder it's not unusual to see the deer and chamois that make this area their home. A continued ascent to the Rifugio Bonnatti offers yet more unforgettable views on the way up. Your descent takes a steep trail to the valley floor and then continues to La Vachey (4,500'). ). At the end of our hike, we take a 15 minute transfer back to Courmayeur for another night at Hotel Berthod.

    Accommodation: Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Built in 1882 by Jean Laurent Berthod, more than a century later the hotel remains family owned and operated. There is a familial atmosphere here, with cozy, personalized rooms and service designed to make guests feel right at home. Indoor spa facilities await hikers eager to relax after a vigorous day of activity.

    Activity: 5 hours/7-8 miles hiking with 2,500\' elevation gain & 1,500\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike from La Vachey to Champex (Switzerland)

    Day 8

    After breakfast this morning, we'll transfer back towards La Vachey and today's trailhead. We'll start our hike past the spectacular "Glacier de Pre-de-Bar" with Mont Dolent above, the meeting point of the borders of 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 the lovely town of Champex (4,808'), a small lake resort that features typical Swiss-style chalets and charming gardens.

    Accommodation: Hotel Glacier and Sporting-Champex

    Hotel Glacier and Sporting-Champex

    Serving guests for over 100 years, the cozy Hotel du Glacier is a Swiss hotel tradition. Rooms are basic but spacious and comfortable, and many have views of the picturesque mountain lake. After a day of hiking, enjoy the sunny terrace or gardens.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/9 miles hiking with 2,500\' elevation gain & 3,100\' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow trail to Col de la Forclaz, transfer to Martigny (Switzerland)

    Day 9

    An hour and a half of moderate hiking followed by a rapid ascent in the forest brings you high over the Rhône Valley overlooking the town of Martigny. Fabulous views await! An easy descent takes you to the Col de Forclaz (3,900'), from where you'll take a short transfer to Martigny. Here you'll visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda - an impressive art exposition featuring a sculpture garden and museums. Dinner tonight is on your own in town.

    Accommodation: Martigny Boutique Hotel

    This modern, centrally located hotel is artfully decorated and boasts breathtaking mountain views. The hotel has a bright and airy restaurant with a wine bar. Guestrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and en suite bathrooms.

    Activity: 6 hours/12 miles hiking with 2,400\' elevation gain & 2,300\' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Climb to the Vallorcine Valley (France)

    Day 10

    After breakfast, take a short transfer to nearby Trient. Climb steeply on an old smuggler's path through the forest to the French border and an unforgettable view of the Mont Blanc massif and the Chamonix valley. Your descent takes you deep into the Vallorcine Valley East of Chamonix, and to your hotel in Argentière (4,100').

    Accommodation: Hotel de la Couronne-Argentiere

    Located just 5 minutes from the departure tracks for hikers, this classic turn-of-the-century hotel, one of the oldest in the valley, occupies a quaint Alpine-style building. It offers simple, lodge-style rooms, many with mountain views, a traditional approach to hospitality and a warm welcome.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,900\' elevation gain & 2,650\' elevation loss

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Back to Chamonix (France)

    Day 11

    From Le Col De Montets (4,800') the hike to Les Cheserys (7,130') offers gorgeous views of the Le Tour and Argentiere glaciers, as well as the entire Mont Blanc range. After rejoining the Grand Balcon Route and La Flégère, descend to Chamonix (3,300') and a festive farewell dinner in town.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

    Located 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 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

    Activity: 6.5 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,700\' elevation gain & 3,600\' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Geneva & Depart

    Day 12

    Enjoy your final breakfast with the group before transferring from Chamonix to Geneva airport.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Alps Tour du Mont Blanc Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

The Tour Du Mont Blanc is an MT Sobek classic adventure and a best-seller for over 40 years.

Reason #02

Professional MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, experienced and legendary for their indispensable knowledge and skillsets.

Reason #03

No one knows the Alps like MT Sobek, with four decades of experience leading trips here and a regular following of Alps-loving guests.

Meet your guides

David Sivriere

David Sivriere

Originally from a little village in the French Alps, David grew up in the mountains and then travelled across the five continents for ten years, as a student, traveler and hiker. His studies led him to specialize in local development, organic farming and ecotourism and eventually led him to settle in Costa Rica as tour leader. After a few years, he then moved back to the Alps to manage a mountain hut in the Mont-Blanc valley. He now resides in Chamonix as a crystal hunter, organic cook, and enthusiastic trekker. David possesses deep local knowledge, and is an excellent cook!

Marc Latil

Marc Latil

Marc begain his outdoor career as a cartographer, and eventually became a guide, leading trips around the world in the Alps, Asia, New Zealand, and the Americas. After realizing a deep passion for American landscapes, he settled in California with his family where he immersed himself in western culture and helped French trekkers discover the wonders of the West. Eventually he decided to return home to Chamonix, where he currently resides. Marc takes great pride as a tour leader in his home region and loves sharing the trails around Mont Blanc, the history of the world-famous mountain, and its numerous cultures and traditions.

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette has been working as a trekking guide since 2007, and resides close to Chamonix. She leads the Tour du Mont Blanc in addition to several other hiking adventures in the Alps. When she's not leading trips, she works as a nurse during the spring and fall. She is married to a UIAGM mountain guide, and you can also find her mountaineering and rock climbing during her time off. Juliette has a legendary smile, kind-hearted demeanor, possesses deep local knowledge, which all compliment a tremendous amount of hiking experience and strong leadership qualities.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on mountain trails covering 6-8 miles per day with maximum elevation gain of 4,200'. Exploration of scenic mountain towns.

Lodging

Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and stellar vistas of surrounding scenery.

Climate

The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at the high passes. Come prepared for everything.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall of the Geneva Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2pm on Day 1.

Are there bathroom facilities along the route?

Yes. There are several opportunities each day to use the facilities at local auberges along the route.

Do I really need to bring a warm hat and warm gloves on this trip?

Yes. You will be so happy that you did if it snows, and very unhappy if it snows and you don't.

Do you supply hiking poles that I can use or borrow?

No. We recommend that you bring your own hiking poles. They are very useful on this trip.

Is my luggage transferred for me on this trip?

Yes. Your luggage will be transferred each day by our driver. You will just bring them down to the hotel lobby each morning.

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.

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Additional costs

  • $1,200 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 9
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the scheduled group transfer time
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $1,200 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 9
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the scheduled group transfer time
  • Optional travel protection

Contact An Expert

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