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Trek the Tour du Mont Blanc in a Long Weekend

Hike a mini version of this world famous long-distance trek. 3 countries, 4 days, one epic adventure

Duration

3 nights

Annual Leave

2 days off work

Location

France

Starts & Ends

Geneva Airport, Geneva

Average Rating

63 Reviews

Difficulty

Challenging

You’ll need to be in good shape and capable of hiking between 15-20km each day with a pack on your back, with gains as much as 1000m.

Why it's Much Better

Trek through Italy, France and Switzerland in 4 just days with spectacular views across the Alps

Ascend the twin valleys of Val Ferret with its vantage point over Mont Blanc, Dent du Géants and the Grandes Jorasses massif

Descend into La Fouly village stopping off for a cool glass of chocolate milk made by those famous Swiss cows

Tackle the Fenetre d’Arpette, a challenging ascent not found on the traditonal trail

Traverse to the Aiguillette des Posettes at the head of the Chamonix Valley. The high point of the famous Mont Blanc Marathon

Stay in remote mountain refuges along the way. Eyes open for ibex, marmots and mountains goats

What's Included

Guides

Professional, experienced and friendly English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights staying in alpine mountain refuges

Meals

Breakfast and dinner will be served up with picnic lunches on the trail

Transfers

Transfers to and from the airport or Chamonix train station

Equipment

Pillows and blankets are provided at the refuges but otherwise you'll need to bring it with you

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival and hike from Courmayeur to Rifugio Walter Bonatti

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

6.5km

Elevation

590m up / 150m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain refuge

Meals

Lunch and dinner

On meeting your hosts you'll be driven to Courmayeur on the Italian side of 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 the Rifugio Walter Bonatti at the end of the valley in time for a hearty dinner.

Day 2

Rifugio Elena to Champex

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of trekking

Distance

19.8km

Elevation

845m up / 1293m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain refuge

Meals

All meals

Start the morning with an invigorating ascent up to Grand Col Ferret (2490m). Your reward is incredible views of Mont Dolent and the Swiss side of the valley. Descend to La Fouly village, stopping at a farm along the way for a cold chocolate milk made with fresh local milk. From La Fouly you’ll be driven to Champex village for the night.

Day 3

Champex to Trient

On your Feet

Approx. 6-9 hours of trekking

Distance

15.4km

Elevation

759m up / 898m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain refuge

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

There are two options for the day depending on weather and the average fitness level of the group. You’ll hike up and over the mountains either via Fenetre d’Arpette or via Bovine.

Fenetre d’Arpette is the more difficult of the two options, taking you to the highest point of the trek (2665m) via a non-traditional alpine route. It’s a challenging and increasingly steep ascent over boulders and scree, exposed in places but worth every step.

Bovine is a less difficult option featuring views of Switzerland’s Rhone Valley and a stop at a farm that makes the best homemade cakes in the area.

Both options end in Trient where you’ll spend the night at a comfortable refuge or guesthouse.

Day 4

Trient to Tré-le-Champ and departure

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of trekking

Distance

13.6km

Elevation

1200m up / 1044m down

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

In the morning you’ll ascend Col de Balme (2190m) to enjoy views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille du Midi. You’ll then traverse to another peak, Aiguilette Possettes, and descend through peaceful glades and forests to Tré-le-Champ.

From there you’ll be driven back to Chamonix for around 17:00.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

On the trek

Accommodation

Mountain refuge

Rooms

Mixed dorm

Meals

All meals

You’ll be staying at peaceful mountain refuges or guesthouses high in the mountains. Accommodation is in mixed (male + female) dormitory rooms (up to 20 persons in one room). There are usually bunk beds or single beds.

They all feature hot showers, running water, pillows and blankets, and a bar serving cold drinks. Most refuges also have outlets for charging your electronics, and even wifi.

Unfortunately upgrades are not available due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Geneva Airport

When

11:30

Your host will be there to meet all flights scheduled to arrive before 11:30. You are free to make your own way to Chamonix if you arrive the day before, otherwise, the transfer from Geneva Airport is included.

End

Where

Geneva Airport

When

18:30

At the end of your adventure a transfer will drop you back at the airport for 18:30. If departing that evening you can get any flight leaving after 20:30.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 35 – 50L backpack with waist belt

Clothes

  • Fleece or merino pullover or sweater
  • Primaloft or down jackets
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
  • Synthetic shirts and trousers (zip-off preferable) for hiking
  • Comfortable shirt and trousers for the refuges
  • 2+ pair wool or synthetic hiking socks
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for around the refuge

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner (very important!)

Other

  • Cap with brim to block the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Raincover
  • 2L water bottle(s)
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries
  • Swim suit
  • Earplugs (recommended)

What's available to hire?

  • Trekking poles (can be rented for 10.00 EUR per trip)

Meet Your Host

Raphael and team

Growing up in a small mountain village in Switzerland, Raphael has been guiding people safely around the Alps for years. His team’s passion for these mountains and intimate knowledge of the area means you’re in very safe hands. All lunches are made using only local, seasonal and fresh ingredients reducing waste to an absolute minimum, and are 100% plastic free. Every part of your adventure has been carefully crafted to protect the environment and ensure minimum impact.

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