This Mont Blanc tour self guided easterly trek starts in Courmayeur and takes in half of the classic route via La Fouly, Champex-Lac and Trient to Chamonix. This walking holiday in the alps is ideal for those wanting to experience the Tour du Mont Blanc in a shorter period of time. The 7 night itinerary includes 6 days of self guided trekking covering approximately 100k through the Italian, Swiss and French alps.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN COURMAYEUR
As we are based in Chamonix please ask if you wish to have a self guided trek briefing to go through any aspect of your trek before you start on your adventure.
If you require a briefing on your day of arrival please specify at the time of booking so we can make sure someone will be available.Accommodation
3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, B & B
Day 2 COURMAYEUR TO REFUGE BONATTI
We make our ascent to the Refuge Bertoni and enjoy amazing views of Mont Blanc and Courmayeur down below. We spend the rest of the day on a lofty traverse from high above the Val Ferret with stunning views of the Italian side of the Mont Blanc before reaching our accommodation at the beautiful Refuge Bonatti 2056m.Daily stats:
Distance: 17k | Height gain: +750m | Descent: -50mAccommodation
Dormitory (upgrade possible), evening meal and breakfastGuide notes:
A steep but steady climb up to the Refuge Bertoni, it’s worth it because the coffee is fabulous & the views just stunning, elevenses’ here is a must! Fabulous views of some of the most famous peaks in the European Alps including Mont Blanc & the Grand Jorasses. And for the refuge Bonatti... its just fabulous, if the night is clear go our side after diner & just 'be' in this impressive location.
Day 3 REFUGE BONATTI TO LA FOULY
An early start and a new country awaits, we continue through the Val Ferret to Arnuva before making our long ascent to the Grand Col Ferret 2537m via the Refugio Elena and the Italian/Swiss border. We then make a relatively easy and enjoyable descent via la Peule, Ferret to La Fouly and our hotel accommodation for the night.Daily stats:
20k | Height gain: +900m | Descent: -1400mAccommodation
3 Hotel, private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfastGuide notes:
Again this day looks tough but the hard bits are nicely spaced with less challenging terrain and once at the Col stare in wonder at the view looking back at your last 3 days of trekking towards the Col du Seigne and over the boarder into Switzerland. The descent is long but at an easy angle and the path is good. Plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshments at Arnurva, Refuge Elena and La Peule.
Day 4 LA FOULY TO CHAMPEX:
An easy day in comparison walking in the beautiful Swiss Val Ferret. We then pass through the Swiss villages of Praz de Fort and Issert before make our ascent to the charming village of Champex-Lac and our resting place for the evening.Daily stats:
Distance: 15k | Height gain: +420m | Descent: -570mAccommodation
3 private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfastGuide notes:
The easiest day on the trek with only 400m of ascent, which comes at the end of the day. Relax and take advantage with a later breakfast before wandering down the beautiful Swiss Val Ferret. Cafe at Issert but its not open on a Tuesday so plan ahead if you are trekking this leg on that day of the week!
Day 5 CHAMPEX TO TRIENT
An initial easy start to the day is to be had as we wind our way on easy paths to Plan de l'Au. We then climb up steadily to the Alpage Bovine 1987m and enjoy fabulous views over Martigny and the Swiss Valais. We spend the rest of the day making our descent to the Col du Forclaz 1526m with a final descent to Trient.Daily stats:
Distance: 18k | Height gain: +750m | Descent: -950mAccommodation
Accommodation: 3 Hotel, private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfastGuide notes:
The Bovine route is a fabulous day not too tricky over lovely terrain. Lunch stop at the high alpine farm at Bovine is a must, you can purchase local food or even eat your own picnic on the terrace as long as you buy a drink. Amazing views across to Lac Leman and down the Rhone valley.
Day 6 TRIENT TO ARGENTIERE:
Today we have two options as we can take the route directly to the Col du Balme from Trient or through alpine woodland to the Alpage of Tseppes, Catogne and on to the Col du Balme 2191m and the Swiss/French border. From the Col, we then make our descent to the hamlet of Le Tour and across pastureland to the village of Argentiere and our hotel accommodation for the evening.
Direct via the Col du Balme: Distance: 13k | Height gain: +900m | Descent: -900m
or Via Catogne & the Col du Balme: Distance: 15k | Height gain: +1000m | Descent: -1000mAccommodation
4* hotel in private en-suite rooms, B & BGuide notes:
Personally unless the weather is bag take the route via Catogne, the views are far superior as one up high you take a lofty traverse with excellent views over towards Emossom dam & the Aiguille Rouges nature reserve.
Day 7 ARGENTIERE TO CHAMONIX:
Our final day and a fitting end to the trek takes us back into the Aiguille Rouges to the stunning Lac des Cheserys & Lac Blanc 2352m. We then make a descent to Flegere and take the balcony path traversing high above the Chamonix valley to Planpraz at our starting point 11 days earlier completing the circuit. A final decent via the cable car back to Chamonix in time for a celebratory drink as you have just completed the TMB & tour du Mont Blanc one of the best multi day treks in the world. In the event of lift closures, we make our descent back to Chamonix via Flegere.Daily stats:
Distance: 14k | Height gain: +1200m | Descent: -500mAccommodation
3* hotel in private en-suite rooms, B & BGuide notes:
A fitting end to the trek back in the Aiguille nature reserve with pristine views of the Mont Blanc massif and all its peaks and glaciers. Visiting the iconic Lac Blanc is a must and stop for refreshments in the refuge. It gets busy with day walkers in August so make an early start if possible.
Day 8 DEPART CHAMONIX
Breakfast is included however on the departure day you are free to leave at any time you wish.Guide notes:
Once you have completed the trek I hope you will agree that the Tour du Mont Blanc is truly an exceptional trek & has a worthy place as of one of the worlds top 10 long distance walks.