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Guided Tour du Mont Blanc walking holiday in the Alps
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Tour du Mont Blanc Classic, full circuit, guided 2017

The classic Tour du Mont Blanc trek with 10 days guided walking, starting and finishing in Chamonix Mont Blanc.

On the full circuit version of the classic Tour du Mont Blanc trek, we'll walk around 160 km of alpine trails and climb over 9000 vertical meters (more than the height of Mount Everest) during 10 days of varied and interesting alpine walking. The views and the atmosphere will vary each day as we hike over mountain passes from valley to valley and move between 3 different alpine countries. This full circuit Tour du Mont Blanc trek should be on every serious mountain walkers' tick-list!

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 (Monday): Meeting in Chamonix
Meet with your guide and tour leader in our hotel for welcome, equipment check and a briefing on the Tour du Mont Blanc ahead. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Chamonix. Night in hotel.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Above Chamonix to Les Houches
Our trip starts with a cable car ride that takes us up to nearly 2000 meters. Here, above the tree line, we begin a stunning high level traverse above the Chamonix valley with exceptional views of Mont Blanc. We descend to the village Les Houches and our hotel for the night. (B+D)

Day 3 (Wednesday): From Les Houches to Les Contamines
We take a cable car to the top of the ski area in Les Houches. From here, we traverse below the towering Aiguille de Bionnasay and cross the snout of it's glacier on a suspension bridge, before arriving at the Col de Tricot. It's now steeply downhill to the Miage mountain pasture, where a charming mountain hut sells refreshments, before we continue on the last stretch to Les Contamines. (B+D)

Day 4 (Thursday): From Les Contamines to Vallée des Glaciers
From Les Contamines we climb steadily up an old roman way towards the top of the Contamines valley. A stunning and wild walk takes us over a succession of mountain passes before our descent to the Vallée des Glaciers (the Glaciers Valley) and the final short stretch to our charming mountain hut. (B+D)

Day 5 (Friday): From Vallée des Glaciers to Courmayeur
We leave the hut and ascend to the Seigne mountain pass, where we cross the border into Italy and get the first views of the dramatic Italian side of Mont Blanc. A gentle descend into the beautiful Val Veny,before another short climb takes us to Col Checrouit and, finally, the descend into Courmayeur. Your evening is free to explore the many bars and restaurants in Courmayeur. (B)

Day 6 (Saturday): Free day in Courmayeur
A well-deserved rest day after a very long hike the previous day. Use the day to rest, relax or explore the many sights and activities around Courmayeur. (B)

Day 7 (Sunday): From Courmayeur to Refuge Bonatti
From the town center of Courmayeur, we start our climb to the Bertone hut and the Mont de la Saxe ridge. We follow the ridge above the Ferret valley, enjoying breathtaking views of the towering peaks that form the Italian side of Mont Blanc. The night is spend in the splendid Bonatti hut. (B+D)

Day 8 (Monday): Refuge Bonatti to La Fouly
From the Bonatti hut, we continue up the Ferret valley. At Arnouva we start the ascend to Grand Col Ferret, passing the Elena mountain hut on the way. We now enter Switzerland and descend into the idyllic Swiss Ferret valley to the village of La Fouly. (B+D)

Day 9 (Tuesday): From La Fouly to Champex
A gentle day today, starting with a walk down the Ferret valley, along a gushing river and through charming old Swiss farming villages. A relatively short ascent takes us through wood land to the lake side village Champex. (B+D)

Day 10 (Wednesday): From Champex to Trient
Leaving Champex, we have a choice of two routes depending on how the group feels. We can cross the notorious Fenêtre d’Arpette - a tiny mountain pass cut into a rugged alpine ridge, or we can opt for the gentler Bovine route, which takes us by a old farm, which serves as a mountain hut and offers superb views of the Rhone valleys. Either way, we end the day at a bustling auberge in the small village of Trient. (B+D)

Day 11 (Thursday): From Trient to Argentiere
From Trient, we hike steadily up to the Balme pass, where we cross the border back into France and the Chamonix valley. We traverse the ridge line of the Aiguilette des Posettes, enjoying breathtaking views in all directions. We descend to the village Argentiere for the night. (B+D)

Day 12 (Friday): From Argentiere to Chamonix
We leave Argentiere for the last leg of our tour, ascending to the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. A stunning high level walk takes us to the beautiful lac Blanc and some of the finest views in the Alps. All too soon, we commence our final descend to Chamonix and the completion of our tour. (B)

Day 13 (Saturday): Departure day
Breakfast in the hotel and the official end to our Tour du Mont Blanc trek. (B)

Trip details

Grade:
Suitable for mountain walkers with good fitness and stamina and an adventurous spirit.

Duration:
13 days holiday with 10 days walking plus 1 rest day

Accommodation:
9 nights in hotels, 1 night in auberge and 2 nights in mountain huts.

Group size and guides:
From 4 to 10 clients with 1 certified English-speaking guide (UIMLA).

Dates & prices

26 June - 08 July 2017
17 - 29 July 2017
14 - 26 August 2017
04 - 16 September 2017

Price: £1995 p.p.

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Standard inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions:
- Expert tour planning and organisation by Alpine Treks
- 10 days guiding by English-speaking guide (UIMLA)
- 12 nights accommodation
- Meals (12x breakfast and 8x dinners)
- Luggage transfers

Exclusions:
- Travel to and from Chamonix
- Lunches, snacks, drinks and meals not mentioned above
- Cable cars and busses when used

Option and Extras

Accomodation upgrades:
Single supplement (hotels only): £300

Mont Blanc Ascent:
6 days course to climb Mont Blanc after your trek. Click here for more information.

Private Tour du Mont Blanc Classic trip:
This trip is available as a private trip with dates to suit you. Contact us for details.

Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc Classic trip:
This trip is available as a self-guided trip. Click here for details.

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What our customers say:

"Lexie and I had a wonderful experience on our trek. Not sure how you managed to bring us sunshine daily but it was much appreciated. Richard was the perfect guide. Thanks for a once in a lifetime experience!"
Gayle McKnight

"The daily organisation was excellent and Mark's knowledge of the geology, history and geography of the area made for an unforgettable experience. For a while we were on top of the world! We had a fantastic and memorable time and we will be using Alpine Treks again to explore other routes in the Alps."
Lindsay and Terry Crowther

"Enjoyed a fantastic hike around Mt Blanc. Our guide was a local so knew the area extremely well.The accommodation was varied, from hotels to refuges,and I found the night at the refuge an absolute highlight. The hiking can be challenging...a great experience and I'm keen to do another."
Carol

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