Tour Du Mont Blanc

15 Days

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Trekking

One of the classic European alpine trekking tours...

The TMB is one of Europe's most popular long distance walks and circles the highest mountain in Western Europe and many of its satellite peaks covering a distance of approx 180km with 10km of ascent passing through Switzerland, Italy and France.

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  • Highlights
  • Stunning scenery
  • 3 countries
  • Classic tour route
  • Alps experience
  • Guided walk
It is considered one of the classic long distance walking trails and is walked in clockwise direction over 10 days. The Tour is a little less challenging than the Chamonix to Zermatt Walkers' Haute Route - the highest passes are a bit lower with less demanding ascents; however, the TMB is a step up in difficulty from that classic UK long distance walk, the West Highland Way, whereby although the stages are shorter in distance there is nevertheless much more climbing on this very challenging excursion.

Although demanding in parts, the trail is well within the capabilities of any fit mountain walker, involving generally moderate hiking through delightful alpine villages and picturesque valleys. The circuit circum-navigates the Mont Blanc massif via a series of high passes, each one of these opens up a new vista into the seven major valleys which drain the spectacular glaciers of the range.

Mont Blanc (4807m) is the highest mountain in the range and its huge mass totally dominates the view throughout the walk. However, we also see other famous alpine peaks including the Chamonix Needles, the Dru, the Grepon and the Grands Charmoz - steep pinnacles of rock which attracted many of the early British alpinists. Our trek includes a spectacular traverse of the ‘Grand Balcon’ - a delightful elevated terrace on the opposite side of the valley to the Mont Blanc Massif with classic panoramic views of the range including the much-photographed reflection in the waters of Lac Blanc.

On the final day we make our ascent of the Brevent (2312m), before descending back to the Chamonix Valley where we can celebrate our successful circum-navigation of this classic Alpine peak. This holiday is a must do on the wish list of all serious mountain walkers and ranks as one of the finest mountain walks in Western Europe.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Geneva and onward transfer to Chamonix.

Day 2

Follow Grand Balcon Sud providing excellent views of Mont Blanc. Return to Chamonix

Day 3

Over Col de Balme into Switzerland overnight at Col Forclaz

Day 4

Follow the Bovine route to Champex

Day 5

Follow Val Ferret to La Fouly

Day 6

Follow river La Drance and climb to the highest point of the tour at Grand Col Ferret and into Italy. Overnight at Courmayeur.

Day 7

Rest day

Day 8

Return by bus to Planpincieux and then climb steeply from the valley to Mont de la Saxe.

Day 9

Cross the Col de la Seigne back to France descending through la Ville des Glaciers to Les Chapieux

Day 10

Ascend to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, then contour across to the Col du Bonhomme.

Day 11

Rest day

Day 12

Over Col de Tricot to the Chamonix Valley and overnight at Les Houches.

Day 13

Final day's walk offering the best views of Mont Blanc today followed by a long ascent to the Brevent before descending to Chamonix.

Day 14

Free day in Chamonix

Day 15

Transfer to Geneva for onward flight home

Dates and Prices Info

Available in June, July, August and September - Minimum group size 6 people

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Experienced International Mountain Leader
  • 14 nights Dormitory accommodation or twin-share hotel - breakfast and dinner
  • Local buses to start and finish walks
  • Baggage drop and pick-up in Courmayeur
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers from Geneva to Chamonix
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches, daytime snacks and drinks
  • Baggage drop off except for nights 6,7 and 8 and return baggage to Chamonix
  • Travel insurance

Information

These trips are scheduled upon demand and there are currently no dates planned for 2011. For latest availability and prices please contact us.

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