Day 1 Arrive Martigny
The little town Martigny lies in an idyllic spot close to the Rhone River.
Day 2 Martigny- Argentière
Your first hiking day starts by climbing the Col de Balme (2191 m) Pass, where you get your first fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley. Descend into the grassy Sattel before walking over the summit of Aiguillette des Posettes, through rocky terrain with huge panoramic views of the surrounding glaciers. It’s a steep descent then along a mountain stream.
Day 3 Argentière – Chamonix
Today is the most spectacular leg of the tour. On well-secured ladders, you will climb steep rocks to the light-blue mountain lake, Lac Blanc. Then walk the great alpine path across the “Grand Balcon” along the mountain slope and through blueberry fields to Plan Praz, at 2,000m. Here you can take the cable car and glide down to the legendary mountaineering town of Chamonix.
Day 4: Chamonix – Les Houches
Ride the cable car to climb up 2000 m then climb the impressive boulders of the peak of Brévent. The panorama platform at the top is known as the “best lookout post on Mont Blanc”. The hiking trail passes the bizarre shaped mountain lake, Lac du Brévent and descends to the Bel-Lachat shelter. After a rest resume the steep climb, past the Alpen-Wildpark Merlet, through the forest and into the Arve River valley.
Day 5: Les Houches – Les Contamines
Experience the famous “Mont Blanc tram” and walk along its tracks for a while. The alpine path guides you to a suspension bridge crossing the glacial stream. Hike through mountain meadows to the Col de Tricot (2120 m) pass and climb down to the Miage huts. Continue climbing to reach a rest stop at Truc-Alpe before the final leg to Les Contamines in the Montjoie valley, which is famous for its delicious cheeses.
Day 6: Les Contamines – Les Chapieux - Bourg Saint-Maurice
Today’s path passes the southernmost point of Mont Blanc. Walk leisurely along the river to the Baroque pilgrimage church of Notre Dame de la Gorge, from where the long climb to the top of the passes starts on a rocky alpine path from Col du Bonhomme (2329 m) to pass of Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2450 m). The last descent across alpine pastures and mountain streams leads to Vallée des Glaciers (valley of glaciers).
Day 7: Bourg Saint Maurice – Courmayeur
From the Vallée des Glaciers, climb up to the Col de la Seigne Pass, where you cross the border from France to Italy. Hike through fields studded with flowers to the Rifugio Elisabetta, a traditional Italian mountain lodge. Bus to Courmayeur.
Day 8: Courmayeur – Val Ferret
Enjoy a very scenic mountain path along the mountain flank. Stop at the legendary Rifugio Bonatti mountain lodge located directly opposite the massive Mont-Blanc.
Day 9: Val Ferret – La Fouly
Today, you will hike over the 2500m high Col Ferret pass in Switzerland and reach beautiful Wallis.
Day 10: La Fouly – Champex
Follow the Dranse River past high mountain walls through the valley, forests and meadows and past small traditional mountain villages with their typical stone houses. Later the Murmeltierweg (groundhog route) takes you up to the mountain location of Champex.
Day 11 Champex – Martigny
Beautiful forest and meadow paths take you down to Alpe am Plan de l´Au, where a long ascent begins to the higher pastures. You climb up to the Bovine Lodge offering huge views of the Rhone valley and bizarre shaped rocky peaks. Descend to Trient, famous for its rose-pink church and impressive glaciers.
Tour ends after breakfast in Martigny.
You need to be physically fit to cope with the long legs of the hike. There are some exposed sites. Enduring surefootedness and a head for heights are a must!
Please note that pricing is per person in Euros
Season 1: 29 Jun-05 Jul, 31 Aug-15 Sep: Double/ Twin share €1405 per person, Single Room supplement €525
Season 2: 6 July - 30 August: Double/ Twin share €1479 per person, Single Room supplement €525
2019: Start daily from 9 June until 15 September.
Mont Blanc is enthroned majestically amidst the highest peaks of the Alps. To hike around this massif, you will be venturing onto one of the most classic long-distance trails in Europe. This journey leads through three countries and shows the most spectacular peaks of Europe at close range. Experience mighty glaciers that glitter in the sun and quiet mountain lakes lying dreamlike in meadows carpeted with flowers. Those who have completed the Tour Mont Blanc know why the Alps have such exquisite appeal – there is hardly any walking trail in the mountains that is more beautiful than this one.
A feature of this hike is the comfortable accommodation in 3* hotels and guest houses with luggage transfers in between.