Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc (Huts)
Walk the highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland
Since de Saussure first walked around the Mont Blanc Massif in 1767 the Tour du Mont Blanc has built on its reputation as one of the world’s classic treks. Our 7 night Highlights Tour du Mont Blanc trek explores the best of this classic trek over six days of unforgettable walking in the high alps. Staying in high mountain huts and using transfers as necessary you walk the high mountain trails between France, Italy and Switzerland as you circle Mont Blanc and marvel at the ever-changing panoramas.
Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc concentrates on the best sections of the trail. Starting from Les Houches in France your first morning of walking is dominated by the Dôme du Goûter and Aiguille de Bionnasay as you pass just beneath the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay on your way over the Col de Tricot. The trail then continues over the airy Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and Col de la Seigne where you pass into Italy.
The glaciers of the Mont Blanc Massif pour steeply into the Val Veni, rewarding your efforts with some of the best views of the TMB. After descending past Refugio Elisabetta you catch the local bus to Courmayeur, where you can sample the “dolce vita”. In the morning you catch the local bus to Arnuva in the heart of the beautiful Valley of Val Ferret. The climb over Grand Col Ferret delivers you into Switzerland and a short bus transfer brings you to Champex.
The next day’s walk to Trient via Alp Bovine gives sensational views of the Rhone Valley or you can choose the challenging variant via Fenetre d’ Arpette, a highlight of the Tour du Mont Blanc for many. The final day on the trail doesn’t disappoint. The Col de Balme delivers arguably the best view on the trail with whole range including the summit of Mont Blanc, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière all putting on a show. Your walk finishes in Montroc and your last night is in a Chamonix hotel.
The Highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc is ideal if you want to experience the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc in a week. Accommodation is in comfortable three star hotels on the first and last nights and in mountain hut dormitories for the five nights on the trail. This way you can stay high in the mountains each night and experience the best of the Mont Blanc Massif. Detailed information packs, a guidebook, IGN maps and emergency support are all included. Baggage transfer is available as an optional extra.
Day 1: Arrive Les Houches
Day 2: Walk to Les Contamines
Day 3: Walk to Refuge des Mottets (Vallée des glaciers) or Les Chapieux.
Day 4: Walk to Courmayeur
Day 5: Grand col Ferret (2537 m) - Ferret (1740 m) - Champex.
Day 6: Champex, Les Bovines (2050 m), (Optional: Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665 m)), Trient (1280 m).
Day 7: Col de La Balme (2191 m) - Montroc - Chamonix
Day 8: Onward Travel