Tour du Mont Blanc
The heart of the Alps.
- 12 Days / 11 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Martigny
The little town Martigny lies in an idyllic spot close to river Rhône. Go for a walk and visit the castle La Batiaz or endulge yourself in one of the many restaurants.
Martigny – Argentière
Early in the morning by bus or transfer to Trient. Your first hiking day starts by climbing the Col de Balme (2191 m) pass, where you can rest in a quaint mountain lodge. It offers fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley. You will then descend into the grassy Sattel, where you can see grazing livestock and leisurely mountain pastures. The impressive Kammweg (ridgeway) over the summit of Aiguillette des Posettes will now take you through a rocky terrain with a phenomenal panoramic view of the surrounding glaciers. You will cope with the descent on a steep trail, which later takes you along the mountain brook to your destination. A fantastic day amidst the highest, gigantic mountains!
Argentière – Chamonix
Day 3 is the most spectacular leg of the Mont Blanc tour: on well-secured ladders, you will climb steep rocks to reach the light-blue shining mountain lake called Lac Blanc. In the afternoon, the path across the “Grand Balcon”, a great alpine path, will take you along the mountain slope and through blueberry fields to Plan Praz, which has a café at an altitude of 2000 m! Here you can take the cable car and glide down to the legendary mountaineer location of Chamonix. A stroll through the magnificent pedestrian area with colourfully decorated houses is a treat for the eyes! These stretches can be made easier if you wish and you can leave out the adventurous climbing routes.
Chamonix – Les Houches
On day 4, you will ride the cable car to climb up 2000 m without any efforts. You are not very far from pass Col du Brévent (2368 m), from where you will climb the impressive boulders of the panorama peak of Brévent. From the panorama platform which is known as the “best lookout post on Mont Blanc”, you can study the glaciers and corn snow peaks of the ice giant very well. A beautiful hiking trail passes the bizarre shaped mountain lake Lac du Brévent and descends into the shelter called Bel-Lachat. You can take some rest here before resuming the steep climb, which will take you past the Alpen-Wildpark Merlet through the forest and into the valley. You will stay the night in one of the many small hamlets in the municipality of Les Houches situated in the valley of the river Arve, which gets its water from the glaciers.
Experience the famous “Mont Blanc tram” from close quarters and walk along its tracks for a stretch of the hike! From Bellevue, you can view the imposing end station of the daringly constructed rack railway next to the ice field. An interesting alpine path guides you to an adventurous suspension bridge that you need to cross to walk over a rustling glacial stream. You will then hike through mountain meadows to the Col de Tricot (2120 m) pass and climb down to the Miage huts. After a further climb, you will reach the cosy resting destination of Truc-Alpe. Grab a bite while listening to the bells of grazing cows. Your destination, Les Contamines, is situated in the Montjoie valley, which is famous for its delicious cheeses from the numerous surrounding alpine pastures. Don’t forget to visit one of the cheese dairies and taste the Savoy cheese with red wine and a fresh baguette.
This leg will make your heart beat faster: you will hike on the paths tread by Romans over gurgling ravines, see stone types of varied colours, get views of glacial lakes and climb two high pass crossings! The path passes the southernmost point of the Mont Blanc massif, where you can enjoy unending vistas of the southern part of the mountain massif of the French Alps. You will first walk leisurely along the river to the baroque pilgrimage church Notre Dame de la Gorge, from where you can start with the long climb to the top of the passes: on a rocky alpine path from Col du Bonhomme (2329 m) to pass Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2450 m). Replenish yourself at Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme, a traditional shelter of the French Alpine Club. The last descent across alpine pastures with mountain brooks flowing through them leads you to Vallée des Glaciers (valley of glaciers), where you can toast to your successful hiking week in the small hamlet of Les Chapieux!
A short journey takes you up to the Vallée des Glaciers, the valley of the glacier. From there you climb up to the Col de la Seigne pass, where you cross border from France to Italy and enjoy fantastic panoramic views. You then hike through fields studded with flowers to the Rifugio Elisabetta, a traditional Italian mountaneering lodge. A side trip to the turquiose glacier lake Lacs de Miage is enticing, before you take the bus to Courmayeur, the home of famous mountain guides and alpine mountaineers.
Courmayeur – Val Ferret
Passing by Rifugio Bertone, you walk on a very scenice mountain path along the mountain flank. The Rifugio Bonatti mountain lodge receives you to rest on the terrace, directly opposite the massive Mont-Blanc. The path takes you further over bridges and brooks to Arnouva, located at a height of 1800m in the valley head of the idyllic Val Ferrets
Val Ferret – La Fouly
Today, you will hike over the 2500m high Col Ferret pass in Switzerland and reach beautiful Wallis. Rest in one of the mountain lodges and enjoy fresh milk products and the ringing cow bells on your way further towards your destination of La Fouly.
La Fouly – Champex
The blue alpine river Dranse accompanies you on your hike past high mountain walls towards the valley through forests and meadows. Small traditional mountain villages with their typical stone houses and corn fields are a feast for the eyes on the relaxed hike through the valley. In the end, Murmeltierweg (groundhog route) takes you up to Champex, a mountain location famous for its extensive forests and crystal clear lake.
Champex – Martigny
Beautiful forest and meadow paths take you diwn to Alpe am Plan de l´Au, where a long ascent begins to the higher pastures. You climb up to the Bovine lodge with gigantic views of the Rhone valley and bizarre shaped rocky peaks, where you can rest among gentians and alpine roses. Now you climb down to Trient, famous for its rose-pink church and impressive glaciers on the surrounding mountain peaks. By bus down to Martigny.
You need to be physically fit to cope with the long legs of the hike. There are some exposed sites - enduring surefootedness and head for heights are a must! The first part of this tour is more difficult. Things get easier past Bourg Saint Maurice.
Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels
- 11 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Transfers as per program
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Arrival by train from Zurich via Visp to Martigny, duration approx. 2.5 to 3 hours. Direct trains from Geneve, duration approx. 1.5 hours.
- Parking: Limited amount of parking spaces close to the railway station in Martigny, approx. EUR 10 per day.
Things to note:
- Number of participants: min. 2 persons
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
- Rides in public transport, cable cars, approx. EUR 50 per person.
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!