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Self-Guided tour of Mont Blanc Circuit – France/ Italy / Switzerland

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Les Contamines-Montjoie - Courmayeur - Champex - Vallorcine - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

10 days
Amazing Trek of Tour du Mont Blanc starting and ending in Chamonix. 10 days and 9 nights in hut accommodation. This circuit includes luggage transfer. The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the most renowned walking trail in the Alps that runs 180km (112 miles) around the Mont Blanc.
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The Tour du Mont Blanc is undoubtedly the most renowned walking trail in the Alps that runs 180km (112 miles) around the Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. This is the highest peak of Europe rising at 4807 m and a must do for all mountain hikers.
This famous and mythical Alpine trek takes place in surroundings of outstanding beauty close to the glaciers and offers a real adventure for trekking lovers in 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland.
You are likely to see marmots, ibex and other wild life and be delighted by the fairy-tale like hamlets.
This is a self-guided hike which means you are your own guide, with a precise road book and detailed map.
Your luggage is carried from stage to stage: you only have to carry a small day backpack. The accommodation in huts have been tested for many years and carefully chosen. You will sleep in “2 or 4 bed mini dormitory” in huts, with breakfasts and dinners included.
This route is a large circle around the Mont Blanc which starts by the Val Montjoie  and the Glacier Valley which are home to a strong pastoralism economy. The Col de la Seigne marks the entrance to Italy, in front of the breathtaking Brenva slope of Mont Blanc towering over the Val Veni and Courmayer. After ascending the Val Ferret in Italy, at the foot of the Grandes Jaurasses, you reach the peaceful Val Ferret in Switzerland. The trekking ends by the amazing landscapes of the Red Needles Balcony and Chamonix Valley

After confirming your reservation we will send you within 48 hours a confirmation email. You will find:

  • Our confirmation of the availability
  • Your VOUCHER (to print) to handover
  • Detailed information about your service
  • The confirmation of your payment.
  • Your credit card will be charged at confirmation of the availability of the service

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Les Contamines-Montjoie - Courmayeur - Champex - Vallorcine - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Day 1 : Meeting point at 9:30 sharp at the train station of Chamonix. You are ready to hike with a backpack including the things of the day, a water bottle and your trekking shoes. The taxi will be there to take your luggage and you start the walk to the Petit Balcon Sud. In front of the famous needles of the Mont Blanc that you can now identify, walk to the Houches to take the Bellevue cable-car. A hillside path leads you to the frontal tongue of Bionassay Glacier. Night in Bionassay, above the Contamines Montjoie valley.
Elevation gain : +630/-1160   
Length : 15 km/9.30 miles        
Walking time : 5h30

Day 2 : The hiking day starts gently but then climbs up through forests and clearings on the steep mountain sides above the Gruvaz Gorges. The V valley cut by the creek turns into the U glacier valley of the Pastures of Miage (1559m). A real paradise at the foot of the Domes de Miage. Another effort to reach the peaceful Plateau du Truc (1740) before starting the descent to the Contamines Montjoie and then walk up  the Val Montjoie passing the splendid baroque 17th century church of Notre Dame de la Gorge. Cross over the rumbling Bon Nant torrent by the antique passage, falsely called “Voie Romaine” and reach the “Pont Romain” and the Chalet (hut) where you spend the night in a 8 bed dormitory. You are in the Natural reserve of the Contamines Montjoie.
Elevation gain : +970m/ -830 m  
Length : 18km/11.18 miles        
Walking time : 6h15

Day 3: An alpine stage with the ascent of two passes throughout the day. The peaceful pastures of Balme lead to the Col du Bonhomme Pass (2329m), entrance into the Beaufortain. Your hard work is done since the next crossing rises gently up to the Croix du Bonhomme Pass (2479). The path dives into the pastures of the Glaciers Valley and finally reaches the village of Chapieux, end of the stage. You can also spend the night in Ville des Glaciers by crossing the pass, Col des Fours (2665 m) which is the highest point of the hike (+200, +1h) This will shorten the stage of the next day.
Elevation gain : +1020m/ -930 m  
Length : 12km/9 miles        
Walking time : 5h30

Day 4 : The Col de la Seigne (2516 m) is the entrance to Val d’Aoste in Italy. Here is the wildest side of the Mont Blanc. Go down to Val Veni until you come to the moraine of Miage glacier which closes the whole valley. A short side track leads you to Miage Lake, caught between the moraine and the glacier. As you walk through the bottom of the valley, you discover the Mont Blanc iconic ridges called “les Arêtes du Brouillard” (or Fog ridges), the Innominata or Peuterey.Night in the Hut Monte Bianco.
Elevation gain : +180/-990 m       
Length : 19km   
Walking time : 6h

Day 5 : After visiting Notre Dame de la Guérison chapel (Our Lady of recovery), you walk down to Courmayer (which can also be linked by bus) to enjoy a Cappuccino. If the weather is hot, the tough ascent through the scarce larches will be rewarded at the Pré de Saxe point (2000 m) by a breathtaking view over the Grandes Jorasses and the Giant Teeth. A short nap is ideal here before starting the descent to the Italian Val Ferret and Lavachey where you stay for the night.
Elevation gain : +880m/-880 m  
Length : 17km                            
Walking time : 5h45

Day 6 : Today the hike starts in the peaceful Italian Val Ferret up to the Glacier du Pré du Bar, that figures in a  number of geography books. It is high time to face the tough ascent leading to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m), the door to Switzerland. You are in front of the symbolic  Mont Dolent where the 3 Italian, French and Swiss borders converge. Night in La Fouly (1600 m).
Elevation gain : +920/-860            
Length : 17 km                  
Walking time : 6h

Day 7 : This long gentle stage is an immersion in the mild Swiss Valais. You walk down the Swiss Val Ferret through the charming villages of La Fouly, Praz de Fort, les Arlaches and Issert. The traditional architecture is well preserved and the way is dotted with houses, barns and wooden attics on stilts called “raccard”. Walk through the forest and this maintained landscape up to the climatic station of Champex (1473m). Walk along the lake,take a nap and then reach the Val d’Arpette to spend the night.
Elevation gain : +630/-700m            
Length : 19 km          
Walking time : 5h15

Day 8 : A slight descent before the ascent which starts gently and ends steeper towards the Alpages de Bovine (1987m). This is a balcony above the Rhone Valley offering wide open spaces and horizons over Martigny, the Valais and the Dents Blanches (White Teeth). The ascent ends in Collet Portalo (2049m) before the descent through a forest of larch trees.Enjoy the night at the Col de la Forclaz (1526m)
Elevation gain : +760/-860m            
Length : 13 km          
Walking time : 4h45

Day 9 : After walking alongside the Bisse de Trient (canal dug into the rock), you climb up the path leading to the Bergeries des Grands (Sheep fold) (2113 m) above the Glacier du Trient. Follow the footpath balcony to the Col de Balme (2191m) where you are back in France and the Chamonix Valley. Here is the Mont Blanc side which you discovered 9 days ago. Enjoy the splendid views on the Glacier du Tour and the Aiguille Verte (Green Needle). Night at the foot of the glacier in Tour.
Elevation gain : +900/-1050m            
Length : 17 km          
Walking time : 6h15

Day 10 : Climb up the ladders of the Argentière Aiguillette and reach the Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges (the Red Needles Balcony). Later on, appreciate an ultimate nap on the shores of one of the Lakes of Cheresy (2133 m). End your hiking trip in a magnificent environment, in front of the Green Needle and the Drus. The arrival is scheduled around 6:00 pm at the station of Chamonix where you can pick up your baggage.
Elevation gain : +830/-1160m            
Length : 15 km          
Walking time : 6h15

The walking time has been estimated at a 300 meters per hour in ascents, 500 meters per hour in descents and 4km/hour (2.50 mph) on flat terrain.
Walking times do not include the breaks for lunch, naps or photos.
Imponderables may occur as well as changes that may alter the day by day program particularly regarding accommodation availability but these will be of little consequence on the route. Just trust us; these changes always take into account your own interest, your safety and comfort.

Possible options: Contact us by sending a message to the following address info@objectiffrance.com

  • Accommodation the day before and after the trek
  • Transfer from the Airport or train station
  • A guided speaking your language for all the trek
  • Additional and personalized journey : activities, visits, …


If you need services, thank you for contacting us : info@objectiffrance.com

Good to know:

Level
Height gain average: 880 m             Maximum : 1080 m
Length average : 16 km                  Maximum : 19 km
Walking time average: 5h45            Maximum : 6h15

Walking Level
Level 3 which means 6 hours of walking per day with 600 to 800 m of elevation gain.
You are in a good physical shape and practice sports regularly (several hours per week
Some stages can be shortened taking the bus (extra cost) or the baggage taxi (around 30 € per lift)
Level of attention: A little attention and a few map reading notions are necessary. You only follow way-marked trails.

Self-guided trips do not have guides. The trip cost includes a Road Book with a detailed description of the route as well as a map of the region in question. Booking a self-guided trip implies that participants have an adequate knowledge of map-reading and orienteering. All participants must conduct themselves in a safe manner and follow the guidelines set in the Road Book. Any participant must be conscious of risks incurred related to active travel and prepared to unexpected situations (fatigue, animal presence, alteration of the terrain, weather appreciation). You have to get informed at the Tourism Office where the daily weather report is displayed or call a weather forecast phone. In France the Savoy department number is 08 99 71 02 74. The Company cannot be held responsible for accidents caused by the carelessness of the participants (any mistake or change of route) or for any schedule change (late departure, too long picnic…) Mobile telephone network does not work over the whole mountain area even if it reaches most of the villages (depending on your operator). In a great number of places your mobile will be useless. If you can reach any network, dial the 112 which is the emergency number.

Accomodation
Mountain Hut accommodation or Gîte d’étapes
Beds are equipped with blankets
Rooms are not available before 4:00 pm
The accommodation contact details are provided with your departure file
Dogs are not admitted

Meals
Dinners offer the opportunity to taste local specialties. They are served around 7:30 pm and most of the time depend on a unique daily menu (with no other choice).
Continental breakfasts which can sometimes be served as buffet are served around 7h30 to 8:00 am. If you wish to have it earlier you will have to ask if this is possible to the hut host the day before.

Picnics
The package includes half-board.
You are in charge of the picnics. Picnics can be purchased directly to the hut (around 11 €) but you will have to order them in the evening. Picnics do not vary a lot.
You can also buy your lunch in Chamonix, Les Contamines, Courmayer,La Fouly and Champex.

Transfers
The Bellevue cable car is included in the package.

Baggage transfer
Your luggage is taxi transferred from hut to hut.
Please, limit your luggage to one bag per person (preferably a back pack or a soft travel bag) that weighs no more than 9kg or you will be charged for EXTRA bags by the taxis!.
The taxis carrying your luggage have sometimes to walk a few hundred meters before reaching the accommodation. The Company can’t be held responsible for any damage on fragile items (computers for example).
A 8 to 9 kg luggage is enough:
The days are full so no need to bring a library;
Wet clothes can dry each night in the hut. No need to bring complete change clothes for every day;
Take a light pair of shoes for the evening;
Try to reduce the toilet things (samples, travel kits)
Once back home, make 3 piles: one with the things you really used, one with the things you barely used, and one with the things you did not use at all. For the next trek, avoid the last pile and ask whether you need the second !

Formalites
Valid Identity card or passport

Personal clothing
3 layers of clothes enable to face all the situations:
Breathable long sleeve under sweater (hollow fiber)
Warm fleece jacket
Waterproof and wind stopper jacket (Gore Tex type)
When the weather is fine, the under-sweater may be enough
When it rains, add the waterproof jacket
In severe colds or when you take a break the fleece jacket is necessary.
Bring clothes which can dry easily and quickly (don’t use cotton clothes but prefer wool, silk and synthetic fiber)
Remember to cover yourself before you are cold and to take your jacket off before you are too hot. Sweat is the hiker enemy because clothes are quickly wet and frozen when you stop walking for a while. Rarely would a hiker start the ascent with a fleece jacket.

Ideal list

  • 1 hat or cap
  • 1 scarf
  • Breathable short sleeve T-shirts (1 for 2 or 3 walking days)
  • 1 breathable long sleeve or shirt
  • 1 polar fleece jacket
  • 1 wind stopper and waterproof jacket with a hood (Gore Tex type)
  • Large hiking pant
  • 1 short
  • 1 weatherproof pack cover
  • Hiking socks
  • Trekking pole/s
  • Underwear
  • Bathing suit (option)
  • 1 comfortable pant for the evening
  • 1 light pair of shoes for the evening
  • In June and September: Gloves/mits, cap,top, pants, gloves, socks, balaclava


Personal gear
Rucksack/backpack 35/40 l
Weatherproof pack cover and a large plastic bag to protect the inside of the bag.
High quality Sunglasses
A Water bottle (1.5 l min)
Swiss army knife
Waterproof pocket for money, identity card and Insurance guarantee.
Toilet things (samples, travel kits..)
A quickly dried towel
Earplugs (optional)
Toilet paper + 1 lighter
Sunblock SPF 30+ and lip protection
Picnic plastic box, Knife, fork, spoon, glass
Torch or headlight
1 survival blanket
1 pair of trekking poles
1 sleeping bag liner (sleeping bags are useless)
Camera and binoculars (optional)
First kit Aid :
Your usual medecines
Pain relief drugs (paracetamol)
Sore throat pills, Tweezers
8 cm Adhesive layers (Elastoplast) Sticking plasters (assorted sizes) and toe blister bandages + sterile disinfectant wipes.

You are a group
Don’t hesitate to contact us in order to receive a free and personalized quote.
Preferential price

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Departure hour: each Wednesday from June 17th to September 9th

More than 5 people? : you can choose your departure day.


Day 1 at 9:30 am sharp in front of Chamonix train station.
If you arrive late: in case of last minute delay, leave a message to the taxi Besson (04 50 93 61 47 or 00 33 4 50 93 61 47).
The earlier you reserve the better. We have no pre-reserved rooms and some of them are already full several months in advance. Thanks to mention several choices of dates. (1 week before or after.)

Departure place: Chamonix train station


Other:
To participate to this service, you simply have to present your voucher to the service provider on site

With our confirmation email, you will receive a detail file of your journey.

Commitments Objective France
Our team is here to make your holiday a success and meet all your expectations. Every detail is important in the organization and undertaking of your stay. Objective France will accompany you in the process of organizing your trip in France.

Бюджет

Our price includes :

  • Accommodation and half board
  • Reservation fees
  • The complete documentation.
  • The road book and the maps
  • The cable-car ticket
  • Baggage transfer from stage to stage


Our price does not include:

  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other optional expenses
  • Lunches and drinks
  • The shower tokens
  • The buses
  • The trip to the departure point
  • The Insurance “Search and Rescue” and trip cancellation


Cancellation conditions:
More than 30 days before departure: 25% of tour price per person
Between 30 and 15 days before departure: 50% of tour price per person
Less than 15 days before departure: 100% of tour price per person


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