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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 Tour du Mont-Blanc is an unmissable itinerary, this legendary trip allows you to discover the alpine diversity of three countries and the rich heritage of these regions. Two nights in mountain huts completes perfectly our immersion in the mountain environment.
Our Family Tour du Mont-Blanc was developed to allow young and old alike to share the discoveries and emotions of a hiking trip, the perfect recipe for an unforgettable holiday. The choice of routes as well as the interventions of our mountain guides will satisfy everyone's curiosity, by promoting learning and enriching everyone’s knowledge of the mountain environment. Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a mountain guide without worrying about the logistics.
Luggage transport is provided throughout the hike (except day 3 and day 4 when we sleep in a mountain hut). 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 - Col de Balme
We start our trip in the village of Le Tour. The Col de Balme (2 191m) on the Franco-Swiss border is our first objective. Arriving at the Col we leave the Mont Blanc and the other mountains of the Chamonix valley behind us. We continue towards Trient. From here, with a little more effort we climb towards the col de la Forclaz (1527m), where we spend the night.
Elevation gain : 880m - elevation drop : 700m
Day 2 : Croix de Bovine - Champex
We hike towards the Giète pasture (1 884m). The Hérens (cows) welcome us with their cowbells whilst the farmer makes his cheese after the first milking of the day. Our trail climbs towards the Col de Portalo (2 049m). Overlooking the large Rhône valley, the view is superb. It's now time to make our way down towards the charming village of Champex-Lac (1 500m) where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 850m - elevation drop : 740m
Day 3 : Grand Col Ferret
After a 20 minute transfer we arrive at the Swiss Val Ferret , here we take the route towards the Grand Col Ferret (1 537m), the Italian-Swiss border and the magnificent south facing view of the Mont Blanc. We will also find the Mont Dolent, the emblematic summit between the 3 borders. The descent into the Italian Val Ferret takes place in front of the Pré de Bar and Miage glaciers. Our minibus takes us early in the afternoon to the Val Veny, one more hours hiking takes us to the pretty Elisabetta mountain hut where we spend the night, No luggage access.
Elevation gain : 1100m - elevation drop : 900m
Day 4 : Col de la Seigne Refuge de la croix du Bonhomme
We start our hike early in the morning for the longest stage of the week. The first difficulty of the day is the Col de la Seigne, the celebrated Italian-French border. During our descent we find the Beaufortain alpine pastures with their goat herds but especially their "Tarines" : superb fawn colored cows with velvet eyes. After lunch, we start our climb towards the Croix du Bonhomme mountain hut where we will spend the night, No luggage access.
Elevation gain : 900m - elevation drop : 700m
Day 5 : Refuge de la croix du bonhomme - Contamines Montjoie- Les Houches
We leave the hilltop mountain hut of Bonhomme to join the Col du Bonhomme where we take a break and make the most of this natural terrace and its magnificent view before comencing our descent towards la Balme, the famous Roman bridge and Notre Dame de la Gorge where our minibus awaits to take us to Les Houches and the hotel where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 100m - elevation drop : 1 300m
Day 6 : The balconies of Mont-Blanc - Parc de Merlet
After a short transfer to Bettey, we climb towards the Pierre Blanche and the Plan Benoï. The most beautiful view of the Mont Blanc massif from the Chamonix valley is slowly unveiled as we advance through our hike. Once we arrive at the Chalets de Chailloux, we begin our descent towards the Parc de Merlet which we will discover this afternoon. An unmissable event for young and old alike to discover the fauna of our mountains. We take the minibus back to the centre of Chamonix and the end of our hike.
Elevation gain : 700m - elevation drop : 400m
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 July 18th to Friday July 23rd - From Sunday August 8th to Friday August 13th
Price for 2021 : 870 € per person - based on a minimum of 7 participants.
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- 5 nights half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or mountain hut in either a mixed dormitory or a triple/quadruple room,
- 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 : 4460€ per person | 7 people : 1045€ par person
2 people : 2465€ par person | 8 people : 970€ par person
3 people : 1800€ par person | 9 people : 915€ par person
4 people : 1470€ par person | 10 people : 870€ par person
5 people : 1270€ par person | 11 people : 835€ par person
6 people : 1140€ par person | 12 people : 805€ 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 : 3/5 Tour du Mont-Blanc Family hiking trip is a moderate trek. 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. For active people who do not mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
Minimum age: 10 years old.
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 for families only. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian
- During the trip : 3 nights in hotels and 2 nights in mountain huts (in dormitories or triple/quadruple rooms).
- 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: