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The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix have developed a selection of trips with the logistics and comfort adapted to your needs allowing you to fully live the experience. Each trip guarantees you a hike rich in emotion:
- Classic Tour du Mont-Blanc: 6 days to discover all the unmissable sights
- Tour du Mont-Blanc comfort: the classic itinerary with nights in hotel rooms
- Family Tour du Mont-Blanc: 6 days specially adapted for the family
- Authentic Tour du Mont-Blanc: 6 days immersed in the local heritage
- Complete Tour du Mont-Blanc: 10 days to fully live the experience
- Half complete Tour du Mont-Blanc: 5 days to hike half the complete tour (complete the loop next time !)
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has elaborated the classic Tour de Mont-Blanc to 10-days allowing you to soak up even more of the unique atmosphere of the place. The perfect opportunity to make the most of this exceptional trip guided by our mountain professionals. Departing from the Chamonix ski lifts, you will follow the marked hiking trails through sumptuous landscapes of Beaufortain, Aosta Valley and the well known Italian and Swiss Val Ferret. You will not fail to discover grandiose panoramas, altitude lakes, mountain pastures, waterfalls ... Take your time and savor this unique experience benefiting from the knowledge and experience of our mountain guides. You will stay in small local hotels or mountain huts. This complete loop trek will bring you back to our starting point in the Chamonix Valley.
This complete Tour du Mont-Blanc is particularly difficult due to its length and the daily efforts required. This trip is reserved for people who practice a regular sporting activity and have previous experience in hiking.
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, and picnics are provided by a mountain guide or private transporter throughout your hike.
Day 1 : Chamonix Valley
Our trek starts from the top of Plan-Praz cable car (2 000m). A nice path leads us to the Brevent summit (2 525m) from where Mont-Blanc reveals itself in all its majesty. From this unforgettable viewpoint, the trail heads down towards Bellachat mountain hut and on to the Merlet animal park. A short transfer brings us down to the valley to Les Houches where we will spend our first night.
Elevation gain: 525m - Elevation loss: 1 025m
Day 2 : Val Montjoie
Today we start our hike from the top of the Bellevue cable car (1 800m) where we will enjoy a panoramic view on the Mont-Blanc mountain range, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz and the Aravis massifs. After crossing the suspended bridge over the Bionnassay torrent our descent leads us to Les Contamines in the Val Montjoie.
Elevation gain: 570m - Elevation loss : 1 200m
Day 3 : Beaufortain
From Notre Dame de la Gorge and its romantic baroque church we are heading to the Col du Bonhomme (2 329m). We leave the Val Montjoie behind us and head to Beaufortain towards the southernmost tip of the Mont-Blanc massif. The trail rolls down to the hidden valley of Les Chapieux.
Elevation gain: 1 270m - Elevation loss : 930m
Day 4 : Val Veny
At la Ville des Glaciers, a visit to the local cheese factory is a must ! At the Col de la Seigne (2516m) we reach the Italian border and the Val Veny. From there, we have many route choices to reach Elisabetta mountain hut located at the bottom of La Lée Blanche glacier. No access to your luggage.
Elevation gain: 720m - Elevation drop: 320m
Day 5 : Aosta Valley
The day begins with a descent towards Lac Combal. The uphill to Arp Vieille takes us onto a magnificent balcony trail facing mythical peaks such as the Noire de Peuterey, the Dent du Géant and the Grandes Jorasses… Descent to Courmayeur, a picturesque village of narrow streets and typical Valdotaine architecture. Night in Courmayeur.
Elevation gain: 460m - Elevation drop: 990m
Day 6 : Italian Val Ferret
From the hamlet of Villair Superior we follow the direction of Bertone mountain hut from where we head onto an impressive balcony trail. Here, the aerial view of the peaks of the Mont-Blanc massif is simply
exceptional. According to weather and group conditions the guide has a choice of many different ways down to the hamlet of Lavachey.
Elevation gain: 800m - Elevation drop: 500m
Day 7 : Swiss Val Ferret
After a transfer to Arnuva, the trail gives access to the Grand Col Ferret (2 490m), the Italian-Swiss border. Hikers can enjoy welcoming alpine meadows, and in the distance, snow-covered summits of the Dolent or l’A Neuve. Descent to the Swiss Val Ferret, to La Fouly where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 770m - Elevation drop: 850m
Day 8 : Trient Valley
After a transfer, we hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley. It will take us to the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards, allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys.
Elevation gain: 700m - Elevation drop: 670m
Day 9 : Trélechamps
A steady climb up takes us to the French/Swiss border from where the views on the north face of the Mont-Blanc range are breathtaking. This fabulous décor will escort us until the listed hamlet of Tré le Champ where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 910m - Elevation drop: 800m
Day 10 : Chamonix Valley
From Trélechamps we head up towards the Lacs de Chéserys, with the Mont-Blanc massif reflecting in their waters, a magical place to share our last lunch. The trek ends at the Praz village. Return to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Elevation gain: 810m - Elevation drop: 330m
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 Sunday June 27th to Tuesday July 6th - From Monday July 19th to Wednesday July 28th - From Monday August 16th to Wednesday August 25th - From Monday September 6th to Wednesday September 15th
Price for 2021 : 1280 € per person - based on a minimum of 7 participants.
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- Half-board accommodation (dinner, breakfast and night) in mountain huts and basic hotels (4-bed room & dormitory)
- picnic lunches,
- lift passes,
- transfers throughout the hike,
- luggage transportation throughout the trek (1 piece of luggage per person, maximum 15kg).
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 :
1 person : 4600€ per person | 7 people : 1530€ par person
2 people : 3190€ par person | 8 people : 1445€ par person
3 people : 2415€ par person | 9 people : 1380€ par person
4 people : 2030€ par person | 10 people : 1330€ par person
5 people : 1795€ par person | 11 people : 1290€ par person
6 people : 1640€ par person | 12 perople : 1250€ par person
These prices use the same conditions as the collective group formula.
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : meet at 8.30 am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix.
Ability level : 4/5 - Tour du Mont-Blanc Complete hiking trip is a strenuous trek due to the length of the trip. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
Guiding policy : minimum 7 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 : 9 nights half board in refuges or small hotels either in a mixed dormitory or quadruple rooms.
Attention : No luggage transfer on day 4 (no minibus access)
- 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 30 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.
- A compact and solid travel bag, maximum 15kg.
- 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 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
Select the package of your choice: