This tour is for backpackers who aren't afraid to sleep in a tent ! You will discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Mont-Blanc region, getting as close to nature as possible and in complete safety thanks to our mountain guides. We propose nights in individual tents to be fully in line with the sanitary constraints linked to the pandemic.
Luggage transport is provided throughout the hike. You only need to carry the essentials in your backpack ensuring you enjoy your hike to the fullest. Transfers, luggage, assembly and disassembly of the tents and picnics are provided by a mountain guide (or private transporter) throughout your hike.
Day 1 : Chamonix - Les Houches
We start our trip by meeting in front of the Guide offices in the centre of Chamonix. We head towards the Carlaveyron nature reserve with the Bellachat refuge as the gateway to this veritable screen of green. Dotted with wetlands facing the Mont-Blanc, you will be surprised by the tranquility and beauty of the site. The Aiguillette des Houches will be the highlight of our day before heading down towards Le Bettey, where our minibus awaits us. Night in a campsite in Les Houches.
Elevation gain: 1200m - Elevation drop: 800m
Day 2 : Servoz - Lac de Pormenaz
This morning we head out to discover the mountain of Pormenaz by its south face. The path is pleasant and quickly we find ourselves on the Pormanaz plateau, with the Mont-Blanc massif on our right and the rock faces of the Fiz on our left. A perfect place to talk about the geology and formation of the Alps. We then cross the plateau to Lake Pormenaz where we will stop to have lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to the descent towards the chalets of Ayères and Plaine-Joux. We will sleep in cabins perched in the trees in Plaine-Joux.
Elevation gain: 1100m - Elevation drop: 800m
Day 3 : Mayère - Cordon
Today we will explore the Aravis. Its limestone rocks and vegetation typical of mountain pastures offer us picture postcard landscapes. Today we will cross several valleys that lead us from Mayère to Pierre Fendu and then onto the Col de Niard. We finally head down to spend the night in the beautiful village of Cordon.
Elevation gain: 1100m - Elevation drop: 900m
Day 4 : Les Contamines Montjoie - Les Houches
We start our day with a transfer to the village of Contamines Montjoie. We will discover a suspended mountain pasture with a sublime view of the domes de Miage. After a short descent and a comforting break in the refuge of the same name, we hike up towards the Col du Tricot. At the end of the afternoon we cross over the Himalayan footbridge before making our way back to the heights of les Houches, opposite the Aiguilles Rouge mountain range.
Elevation gain: 1100m - Elevation drop: 700m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
Dates in 2021 : From Monday July 12th to Thursday July 15th - From Monday August 9th to Thursday August 12th
Price for 2021 : 900€ per person - based on a minimum of 4 participants.
This price includes :
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- 3 nights in a campsite in individual tents
- Loan of Sleeping bag and Tent for the duration of the trip
- Dinner in a restaurant for the 3 nights
- Picnic lunches
Not included in the price :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory).
A private engagement is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.
Prices for 2021 : On demand
The price for a private group follows the same conditions as the collective group formula.
Please contact our Hiking department for a personalised quote either by telephone 0033 (0)4 50 53 92 78 or by email
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : meet at 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix.
Ability level : 4/5 - The Tour of the Mont-Blanc Region is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 6 to 8 hours of walking on average per day. Hiking on varied mountain terrain that may present technical difficulties (equipped, secure passages, short passages equipped with ladders) or vertiginous passages. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. A good physical condition and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails is required.
Guiding policy : minimum 4 and maximum 12 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Important: Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 3 nights in a campsite. Evening meals in a local restaurant.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department.
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.
We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
- A backpack with a capacity of at least 40 litres (better too big than too small). Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack. Your backpack should not weigh more than 9kg when you have everything inside.
- A pair of top-quality hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters : talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking.
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.
For the day :
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip :
- At least 2 changes of clothes - t-shirt, underwear & socks (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of long underwear (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- optional : short gators (start of the season)
For the day :
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 or 2 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
- Toiletries, hand towel, earplugs
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- A bit of soap for laundry