The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix offers a Mont Blanc sport tour ! Either the entire loop around the Mont Blanc, in 6 days, or about 155 km and 8 600 m cumulative height difference.
A collective challenge where everyone finds their worth! Supervision is provided by two mountain guides, offering you a level of security and user-friendliness, as well as flexibility in the organization of our days and adaptation to the level of all. This trip combines effort, discovery of the mountain environment and an introduction to the Trail.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and some of the lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
Day 1 : Chamonix - Les Contamines
From the church of Chamonix (1042 m), the emblematic place of the TMB departure, we go along the waters of the Arve to the village of Les Houches. We cross the Col de Voza (1653m) into Val Montjoie. Passing through multiple hamlets we reach the village of Contamines (1150m), the end of our first day.
Elevation gain : 1 300m - Elevation drop : 1 100m - Distance : 25 km
Day 2: Les Contamines - The Mottets
After a warm-up at the bottom of the valley, at Notre Dame de la Gorge we tackle a long climb on a Roman road that leads us to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m). We cross to the Col de la Croix de Bonhomme and ascend to the Col des Fours (2665m), into the wildest part of the TMB. The descent into the Vallée des Glaciers where we spend the night.
Elevation gain : 1 600m - Elevation drop : 1 000m - Distance : 21 km
Day 3: The Mottets - Courmayeur
Ascent of the border pass of Seigne (2516m). We discover the spectacular Italian slope of the Mont-Blanc massif. We descend into Val Veni. From Lac-Combal (2000m) our trail goes up to the alpine pastures of Arp Veille, a remarkable panoramic path. A long descent leads us to Courmayeur.
Elevation gain : 1 100m - Elevation drop : 1 700m - Distance : 23 km
Day 4: Courmayeur - Fouly
It's our longest day of the week. From Courmayeur we climb into a beautiful larch forest to reach the refuge of Bertone (1989m). This magnificent panoramic trail to the Bonatti refuge (2022m) is a feast for the senses. The Grand Col Ferret (2537m) is the culmination of our journey. We are now in Switzerland. A downhill run leads us to the village of Fouly (1600m), located in the Swiss Val Ferret.
Elevation gain : 2 100m - Elevation drop : 1 700m - Distance : 32 km
Day 5: La Fouly - Col de la Forclaz
We cross the Swiss Val Ferret dotted with small architecturally preserved hamlets to the village of Issert (1050m). A climb leads us to Champex le Lac (1450m). Continuing our climb we find the panoramic mountain pastures of Bovine (2000m). A long descent brings us to the Col de la Forclaz (1526m) and then to the village of Trient (1280m).
Elevation gain : 1 500m - Elevation drop : 1 800m - Distance : 32 km
Day 6: Forclaz Pass - Chamonix
We leave Switzerland by the mountain pastures of Catogne to join those of des Posettes (2000m). We are back in the Chamonix Valley. On the balcony facing the Mont Blanc Massif, we wrap up our week by finishing in front of the Chamonix church.
Elevation gain : 1 000m - Elevation drop : 1 300m - Distance : 20 km
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
This hiking tour is accessible only on private booking. No collective group.
Private guiding is the historic relationship between a guide and their clients. It allows you to be alone or in a group with your trekking guide where the guide organizes your outing to suit your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula with which you can realize your projects and you are guaranteed a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on availabilities in the accommodation).
Dates : Your choice, depending on availabilities in the accomodations.
Price : On request, depending on the number of people in the group.
Included in the package:
- The organization and supervision of a state qualified trekking guide
- Half-board accommodation in hotel or inn
- Picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Minivan assistance throughout the trek
- Luggage transportation throughout the trek (1 luggage per person, maximum 15kg).
Not included in the package :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory).
Meeting point : meet at 8.00 am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix.
Ability level : 5/5 - The Chamonix to Zermatt - Hut to Hut is a strenuous and demanding trek. More than 1000m (3350ft) vertical gain and about 7 to 9 hours of hiking daily. Some days may be long and demanding, involving altitude and high mountain passes (min.2800m). Hiking on mountain trails and terrain showing exposed and difficult sections. These trips generally require carrying a backpack with personal belongings throughout the trek. For expert hikers only. For very active, well-trained people with a solid experience in alpine trekking.
Guiding policy : Maximum 10 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: no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
Accomodation : 5 nights in basic hotel or inn in room.
- Before & after the trip : we have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers. If you want to receive information ask Anaïs.
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. 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 : you are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
- Trail running shoes with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too.
Backpack for carrying the equipment below
- Minimum size recommended 20 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Minimum water reserve 1l
- Headlamp in good working order with batteries or spare battery
- Mobile phone with option to use it in the three countries
- Adhesive elastic band for bandaging or strapping (mini 100 cm x 6 cm)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lipstick
- Advice in case of rain: even if you have a backpack, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (large trash bag), inside the backpack.
- Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane (gore-tex type or equivalent)
- Second additional warm layer : a warm second layer garment with long sleeves (cotton excluded)
- Warm and waterproof gloves
- Cap or bandana or Buff
- Long legged running pants or tights OR combination of tights and socks covering the entire leg
- Waterproof overpants
- 1 par of telescopic poles (optional)
A solid travel bag (suitcase, framed duffle bag), weighing 33 lbs (15 kg) at the most.
In your luggage
- 2 changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton
- 1 pair of long underwear (synthetic recommended)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- 1 pocket light or head-lamp
- Personal first aid kit **
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...)
- ID card or valid passport + small change/ bills for personal expenses
- A small amount of laundry detergent
- Optional : low gaiters ( early season trekking), camera, binoculars, umbrella, etc …
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…) Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit. Remember that packing light is essential.
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