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Tour du Mont Blanc – Highlights (4-days)

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4 days
Availability : May - October
Geneva Airport
Mont Blanc Massif
Max People : 15
Tour Details

Hike a 4 day shortened version of this world famous trek. 2 days off work. The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous long-distance treks in the world. This 4-day version takes you through spectacular mountain terrain and a variety of villages in Italy, Switzerland and France, ensuring you have a different experience each day of the trek.

This trip is perfect for ambitious hikers who want to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc but are short on time.

Departure & Return Location

Geneva International Airport (GVA)
Meeting Point: Montreux-Jazz Festival Coffee Shop (Google Map)

Departure Time

11:30 AM
Please plan to arrive by plane at least 1.5 hours prior the departure time.

Price Includes

  • Full qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • 3 nights accommodation (shared bedrooms) with half-board
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
  • Travel expenses (airfare etc.)
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)

Additional Services

  • Luggage storage
  • Rental of walking poles
  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
What to Expect

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most impressive multi-day tours in the Alps. The route is characterised by the unique backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif with its huge rock towers and imposing glaciers.

  • Hike through France, Italy and Switzerland
  • Spectacular views on the highest mountains of Europe
  • Enjoy culinary specialties such as a real Swiss cheese fondue
  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
  • Meet other interesting and like-minded people
  • Cover more than 60km on foot in just 4 days
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Geneva, Transfer to Courmayeur (Italy), Hike to Rifugio W. Bonatti

You will be picked up either from Geneva International Airport (arrivals no later than 10:00AM, departure from the airport at 11:30AM) or from the train station in Chamonix (departure 01:00PM) and driven to Courmayeur on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc. From there you’ll ascend into the Val Ferret, heading towards Switzerland, enjoying inspiring views of Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants, and the Grandes Jorasses massif.

You’ll reach Rifugio W. Bonatti at the end of the valley in time for a hearty dinner.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Geneva Airport (GVA) > Courmayeur
Duration: 90 minutes

Planpincieux – Léché – Rifugio W. Bonatti
Distance: 6.60 km / Ascent: 579m / Descent: 134m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 2Hike Rifugio W. Bonatti to La Fouly, Transfer to Champex-Lac

In the morning you’ll continue the traverse further to the end of the Italian Val Ferret. At the end of the traverse you’ll reach the Chalet Val Ferret, a perfect spot to enjoy one of the last Italian coffees of the trip with the morning sun.

From Arpnuova (Chalet Val Ferret) you’ll climb up the steep but nice slopes to the Swiss border and the Grand Col Ferret. Duringyour ascent, you’ll have magnificent views over the entire south face of the Mont Blanc range. After the first big climb of the morning, you’ll pass by the Rifugio Elena, a welcoming stop for to refill your water reservoirs and for a snack, so that you’ll have enough energy to climb the second part up to the top. Once you reach the the mountain pass you’ll enter into Switzerland over the Grand Col Ferret (which will also be the highest point of the entire tour unless you’ll take the Fenêtre d’Arpette variant later on the tour).

From the Grand Col Ferret,there is the possibility to add a small extra loop and to climb the Tête de Ferret peak. The second part of the day you’ll be descending into the Swiss Val Ferret towards La Fouly. Half-way down there is the Alpage de la Peule, a really nice farm with great food, cold drinks and locally made cheese to try. You’ll end your day in the small mountain village La Fouly.

From La Fouly you’ll take a transfer to the so called “Little Canada” (Champex-Lac) where you’ll spend the night. A swim in the ice cold mountain lake cannot be missed!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: La Fouly > Champex-Lac
Duration: 25 minutes

Rif. W. Bonatti – Arpnuova – Rifugio Elena – Grand Col Ferret – La Peule – Ferret – La Fouly
Distance: 19.70 km / Ascent: 867m / Descent: 1310m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 3Hike Champex-Lac to Trient

From Champex-Lac a very nice and great hike is leading over to the small and picturesque village of Trient. The day starts easily through the lower part of the village and along open meadows. You’ll be able to admire typical Swiss chalets and to listen to some interesting stories about local life. The way up to the Bovine is steep and challenging butdefinitively worth it, especially when you keep the best cake on the entire TMB which you can get at Bovine in your mind.

After a nice stop at the Bovine mountain hut, you’ll take your way down to the Col de la Forclaz (an important mountain pass and part of the Tour de France 2016). From the Col de la Forclaz you’ll take a nice trail down to Trient where you’ll spend your last night in Switzerland.

Fenêtre d’Arpette variant:

If the group fitness and the weather conditions allow you might also tackle the tough and difficult trail over the Fenêtre d’Arpette to reach Trient. Instead of strolling along meadows you’ll accept the challenge and hike up the steep, remote and rugged Arpette valley. Shortly before you’ll reach the pass the trail gets very rocky and a little bit of scrambling brings you to this exceptional mountain pass.

From the top you’ll see the impressive Trient Glacier and with good weather conditions you’ll be able to see the Matterhorn in the far distance. After a rest you’ll tackle the still steep and difficult descent towards Trient. The trail is long and it winds along a huge glacier moraine towards Trient. At the end of the difficulties you’ll reach the Chalet du Glacier, a welcoming buvette where you’ll stop for a cold drink and a snack. The rest of the way into Trient is short and easy.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers needed on this stage!

Champex-Lac – Bovine – Col de la Forclaz – Trient
Distance: 16.90 km / Ascent: 764m / Descent: 1036m
Distance: 14.50 km / Ascent: 1194m / Descent: 1418m (Fenêtre d’Arpette variant)

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 4Hike Trient to Le Tour, Explore Chamonix, Transfer to Geneva Airport

Your last day of the Tour du Mont Blanc brings you over the Col de Balme back to France. You’ll start your day early in the morning and climb up to the Col de Balme. From up there you’ll have the most amazing views of the Mont Blanc.

From the Col de Balme, you’ll take the trail back down to Le Tour. If the group is fit there is the possibility to include the Col des Possettes and the Aiguillette des Possettes peak. Once you reach Le Tour you’ll take the public bus back to Chamonix.

You’ll have some time available to check out Chamonix and its cute town center before you’ll take the organized transfer back to Geneva (planned arrival in GVA 18:30h)

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Chamonix > Geneva Airport
Duration: 90 minutes

Trient – Hébagères – Charamillon – Le Tour
Distance: 16.40 km / Ascent: 1134m / Descent: 1157m

No accommodation included in the tour price.

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William

Solo Traveller

What an amazing time I had! Where even to start!! Jack our tour guide was incredible! He was very knowledgeable and helped everyone out a great guy all round. The accommodation was good, it is what you expect from this sort of holiday lots of sharing and the odd snorer! Food was amazing and really great value for money. Can’t wait to go on my next trip with Happy Tracks. Everything was smooth from start to finish!

15. September 2019

Sarah A.

Solo Traveller

Genuinely the most incredible experience. Grant, our guide, was superb. The views are magnificent. The trek is hard at times but the views are worth it and the great group get you through. I will never forget this trip!

22. August 2019

Roya

Solo Traveller

Have just come back from 4 days trip of tour du Mont Blanc. Very well organised. Our guide Sarah was very friendly, experienced and professional. Absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you

25. July 2019

Chris

Solo Traveller

Just finished our TMB yesterday and as much as my legs are hurting I really dont want to be back home, i loved every minute of the trip. The accommodation was brilliant food was excellent and the views were out of this world! Our guide sarah couldn’t of been better we all felt in safe hands and knew we could turn to her for any help needed, she was brilliant. The hike itself was perfect not too long or short, strenuous at times but worth every drop of sweat i would recommend this to anyone who likes being outdoors i loved it and thank you to everyone involved!

2. July 2019
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