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Tour Mont Blanc West

Alpine peaks of France and Switzerland.

Mont Blanc is not only the highest peak in France and even in the Alps, but also an object of desire for many hikers from all over the world. Experienced hiking enthusiasts should not miss this tour. A trekking route of 170 kilometres is dedicated to the circumnavigation of the "white mountain". This Eurohike tour is dedicated to the western side of the mighty massif.

Details of the 7-day tour Mont Blanc West

Spend the first night of the tour in Martigny, which is framed by fruit trees and vineyards. Take advantage of the great gastronomic variety of this little town. On the first stage, you will cover 1,200 metres in altitude uphill and as much as 1,100 downhill. In return, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the Alps.

With the white giant in the background, the sight of the Lac Blanc mountain lake will leave you speechless. This week's ultimate stop is La Bergerie de Plan Braz, where you can really let loose with a café at 2,000 metres. Pause at the small Lac du Brévent before the adventure really picks up speed again: on high-altitude trails over a suspension bridge, with views of glacial lakes and deep gorges, it is impossible to resist the wonder of Mont Blanc.

Highlights of the hiking tour with Eurohike

  • The imposing Mont Blanc massif is home not only to the 4,807-metre "white mountain", but to a total of 24 peaks - and eleven of them with a height of over 4,000 metres. Incidentally, the mountain was first climbed in 1768, and today many "mountain enthusiasts" enjoy the excellent hiking routes.
  • The delightful Chamonix is considered the birthplace of mountaineering and a starting point in search of thrills for athletes from all over the world. The history of mountain sports can be learned in the interesting museums, the sporting spirit will also carry you away while the beautiful architecture invites you to linger.
  • The view from the Brévent viewing platform can only be described as spectacular. Deep below you lies the mountain lake of the same name, and a restaurant invites you to take a break. With a bit of luck, you can watch wingsuit fliers gliding through the air.
  • Cheese tasting in Les Contamines: The small mountain village is mainly known for winter sports. In summer, the alpine meadows show their lush greenest side, where cows leisurely graze and produce milk for excellent cheese.

Useful information about trekking on Mont Blanc

When we talk about mountain trekking, this sums up our most challenging tours - this one is no exception and should not be underestimated. Although there is often a choice of routes with different levels of difficulty, experience in alpine locomotion is recommended in addition to very good fitness.

Trekking
Trekking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
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Itinerary

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.

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!

approx. 5 hours
15 km
1.200 m
1.100 m

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.

approx. 5.5 hours
14 km
1.300 m
600 m

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.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
500 m
1.500 m

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.

approx. 7 hours
18 km
1.350 m
1.150 m

The last leg of the tour 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!
From Les Chapieux it goes by short transfer to the overnight stay place Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

approx. 6.5 hours
17 km
1.300 m
900 m

Tour character

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!

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Martigny
  Season 1
09.09.2023 - 24.09.2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
01.07.2023 - 08.09.2023

Arrival daily
Tour Mont Blanc West, 7 days, CH-WSWMW-07X
Base price
1,029.00
1,099.00
Surcharge single room 369.00 369.00

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
Arrival daily
Season 2
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023
Arrival daily
Tour Mont Blanc West, 7 days, CH-WSWMW-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
1,029.00
369.00
1,099.00
369.00

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
Season 2
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023
Martigny
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
85.00
29.00
85.00
29.00
85.00
29.00
85.00
29.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Martigny
  Season 1
Sep 9, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

Arrival daily
Season 2
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 8, 2023

Arrival daily
Martigny
Double room p. P. 85.00 85.00
Surcharge single room 29.00 29.00
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Double room p. P. 85.00 85.00
Surcharge single room 29.00 29.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Leistungen

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person, max. 15 kg)
  • Transfers as per program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Transfer from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Martigny (min. 4 people), price per person EUR 100. Reservation required, advance payment.
Infos

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.
  • Genf airport.
  • Parking: Limited amount of parking spaces close to the railway station in Martigny, approx. EUR 10 per day.
  • Departure by bus and train from Bourg Saint-Maurice to Trient, duration approx. 8 hours (several changes).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Rides in public transport, cable cars, approx. EUR 30 per person.
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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Ratings

4.5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
4 stars
Julia W. AT | 22.09.2021
Einzigartige Wandertour
Diese Tour stand schon lange auf meiner Wanderliste. Und letzten Herbst war es endlich so weit! Dank der detaillierten Reiseunterlagen und dem ersten Infogespräch fühlte ich mich sehr wohl und sicher auf den Wanderetappen. Auch wenn es die Tour wirklich in sich hat, wurde man am schlussendlich immer mit einem traumhaften Panoramablick belohnt. Eine wirklich tolle Erfahrung in den französischen Alpen!
5 stars
Yann L. CH | 27.07.2019
Bewertung Tour Mont Blanc West
Eine wunderschöne Wanderreise in überwältigender Berglandschaft. Sehr ausführliche Reiseunterlagen und verlässlicher Gepäcktransfer. Wir kommen wieder!

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