Beautiful mountainside in the Alps
Tarn in the alps
Guideposts in Les Mottets

Tour Mont Blanc East

The most beautiful mountain valleys of Europe.

Aostatal, Val Ferret and Courmayeur. The places that you will pass in this leg of Tour Mont Blanc read like the best-of’s of the mountain world. There is no dearth of alpine beauties in this tour either: mighty glaciers glitter in the sun and quiet mountain lakes lie dreamily in meadows carpeted with flowers. Those who have completed 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.

Mountain Walking

Mountain Walking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

A true-blue mountain climber village nestling directly below the Trient glacier. Hardly sees sunlight in winters, but an idyllic spot amidst the mountains in summers and an important overnight stopover location for through-hikers.

Your first hiking day starts by climbing the legendary old pass trail to Col de la Forclaz, an important junction between Rhônetal and Chamonix. From the top of the pass, a beautiful forest trail guides you up and over the Collet Portalo peak to the mountaineer station Alp Bovine. Take rest on the alpine pasture before starting heading on a spectacular descent along high cliffs and across rustling mountain brooks. A typical farmhouse with homemade products awaits you in the valley. You can stop here to take a break. A gentle climb through small villages and woods takes you to the Lac de Champex lake that has crystal clear water. Not without reason is this place called the “Canada of Switzerland”: dark wooden houses and extensive, lone woodlands surround the frozen lake.

approx. 5 hours
15 km
900 m
700 m

Good forest roads will take you down to the valley of the Dranse river; you will now follow its course through the quaint mountain villages of Valais. A beautiful path soon takes you further up, above the ravine of the mountain brook, till you reach the upper end of Swiss Val Ferret at La Fouly. You will be amazed by the sanded cliffs and massive glacier flanks that you will see all around you. Rock climbers and high alpinism enthusiasts will find countless bivouac huts as base camps for their mountain adventures. A cable car ride to the panorama point is a tempting proposition in the afternoon or you can simply enjoy total relaxation in the dreamlike alpine surroundings.

approx. 4 hours
15 km
600 m
450 m

The first high pass and mountain pass to Italy awaits you here! After climbing the Alpe Peule, where you can stock up on supplies, you will hike on good roads till you reach Grand Col Ferret (2537 m). You can enjoy fascinating views of the Italian Val Ferret, which is flanked by greenery on one side and has rock edges and glaciated walls on the other. When you climb down, you will directly reach Refuge Elena, where you can sip an original espresso while enjoying an overwhelming view of the glacier from the terrace. A beautiful hiking trail along the stream will finally guide you to the valley. You will spend the night in a small chalet hotel directly at the valley head; a dreamlike, idyllic spot, where the nights are especially peaceful.

approx. 5 hours
14 km
1.000 m
800 m

Your first climb in the morning will bring you to a great alpine path, which offers a wonderful mountain view and leads to Refuge Bonatti. You must not miss the halt at this legendary alpine hut! At this point, you have to make a choice: you can take the shorter and more levelled route along the mountain flank or you can cross two more passes and hike on the alpine path across the summits. Both offer a great alpine experience! Both routes meet in the cosy Rifugio Bertone, where cappuccino and cakes await the hikers. You will reach the pretty Italian town of Courmayeur in the afternoon. It is famous for its great alpine history and its panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The beautiful pedestrian area, well-kept bars and cafés attract people to visit this place.

approx. 6 hours
18 km
1.100 m
1.600 m

Transfer to Visailles in the morning. On the sixth day, you will hike through the Veny valley, where you will discover impressive lateral moraines, bizarre limestone formations and hidden glacial lakes. Through the wide valley floor, you will hike to the alpine club hut called Rifugio Elisabetta. You can enjoy delicious Italian cottage specialities on its terrace. Via the Col de la Seigne (2516 m) pass, you will now reach the region of Hoch-Savoyen in France! Your destination is Vallée des Glaciers (valley of glaciers), formerly an alpine pasture, where you can grab a quick bite surrounded by numerous herds of cows. You will then climb down to the leisurely French Alps location called Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is located right next to river Isère. Here you can look back on your impressive 3-country hike and enjoy a glass of wine. In the afternoon, you will be transported from Ville des Glaciers to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

approx. 4,5 hours
15 km
850 m
750 m

Tour character

You need to be physically fit to cope with the partially long legs of the hike. Hiking experience in alpine regions is a must. Though there are almost no exposed sites, one needs to be surefooted for the treks across the high mountain passes!

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018
Aug 27, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018
daily
Season 2
Jul 9, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018
daily
Tour Mont Blanc East, CH-WLWMO-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
829,00
249,00
899,00
249,00

Category: 3*** hotels and country hotels (1x shower/toilet on the corridor)

Season 1
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 8, 2018
Aug 27, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018
Season 2
Jul 9, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018
Trient
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Bourg Saint-Maurice
Extra night sgl/bb
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
75,00
100,00
130,00
85,00
75,00
100,00
130,00
85,00
Price
Transfer
80,00

Services and infos

  • 6 overnights incl. breakfast
  • 1 x half board (Champex)
  • Lugagge transfer
  • Transfers as per program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Arrival at Trient by train and bus via Visp and Martigny.
  • Parking in Trient: Free car park near the hotel.
  • Departure from Bourg Saint-Maurice to Trient, duration approx. 8 hours (several changes).
  • Organised transfer from Bourg Saint-Maurice to Trient, EUR 80,- per Person (min. 4 persons). Booking required, advance payment.

Note

  • Rides in public transport, cable cars, payable locally on site.
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