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Category: TOUR DU MONT BLANC
Duration: 6 days
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Price from: 720 €

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The Tour du Mont-Blanc, also called the ‘TMB’, is a hiking tour at mid-altitude.              
It crosses three countries and offers three different views of the Mont-Blanc range:    
- The Italian side and its giant cliff faces          
- The Swiss side with its rolling valleys 
- The French side with its huge glaciers

Enjoy the authentic way to hike the Tour du Mont-Blanc. We carry all our belongings for the week and stay in dormitory, in mountain inns or huts. We use public transportation for transfers and get food supplies from villages or from the huts. Hike around Mont-Blanc clockwise, whereas most tours follow a counter clockwise direction.
 

For any further information, feel free to contact Anaïs +33 4 50 53 92 78 or anais@chamonix-guides.com
 

Itinerary

Day 1 : Chamonix - Col de Balme                                             
Our hiking adventure starts from the village of Le Tour. Once at Col de Balme, our first hiking goal, we will say goodbye to the king of the Alps, Mont Blanc, and the nearby needles, and discover the Swiss Alps and pastures. We follow the trail down to Alpages des Grands and lower down to the Trient glacier creek. Col de la Forclaz and our hotel are only 2 miles away.
Elevation gain: 880m - Elevation drop: 700m   

Day 2 : Croix de Bovine - Champex - La Fouly
As we hike up to the alpine pastures of La Giète, the Swiss Herens cow breed welcomes our arrival with a typical cowbell melody. While we leave behind us the busy cheese maker, the trail leads to Croix de Bovine. There the panorama rewards our efforts with an incredible view over the upper Rhone valley. The Bernese Oberland and the Penian Mountains border the Swiss Wallis region. It is time to hike down to the charming alpine village of Champex, from where we transfer to the hamlet of La Fouly by bus. After a few more minutes of hiking, we reach La Léchère mountain inn where we stop for the night.
Elevation gain: 850m - Elevation drop: 740m    
 
Day 3 : Grand Col Ferret - Refuge de Bertone                         
Today we are on our way to Grand Col Ferret, the border between Italy and Switzerland, and the pass with a view : the southern side of the Mont-Blanc range ! Mont Dolent, the peak with a face in Italy, in France and Switzerland, is just on our right. As we hike back down, the Glacier of Pré de Bar seems so close, and in the distance the Miage Glacier looks so imposing ! Once we’ve reached Arnuva we continue uphill again and hike to Bertone hut, our home for tonight.
Elevation gain: 1330m - Elevation drop: 760m
 
Day 4 : Courmayeur - Col de la Seigne
We hike downhill all the way to the alpine town of Courmayeur. After a quick visit of the coble-stoned and narrow streets of the town, we ride the public bus into Val Vény and to the start of our trail. First, we hike past Lac Combal and Elisabetta hut, and finally up to Col de la Seigne, the border between Italy and France. As we hike down into the green pastures of the Beaufort region, the grazing goats, and herds of light brown velvety-eyed Tarine cows liven up this remote and uninhabited landscape. We spend the night at the mountain inn of La Nova.
Elevation gain: 940m - Elevation drop: 1500m
 
Day 5 : Col du Bonhomme - les Contamines                              
We hike up to Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and to Col du Bonhomme. The trail runs across both passes and offers splendid natural terraces for us to enjoy our picnic under the indifferent eyes of ibexes. The descent down into Val Montjoie is gradual all the way to Notre Dame de la Gorge. We stop for the night at the campground of Le Pontet, just before the village of Les Contamines.
Elevation gain: 930m - Elevation drop: 1300m

Day 6 : Col du Tricot - Bellevue - les Houches                         
In the morning, we walk across the small alpine town of Les Contamines and soon head up to Le Truc and the alpine pastures of Miage. The views that surround us are stunning ! Then we will test our calves on the steep switchbacks up to Col du Tricot, one of the reasons why we trained for this trip … Our loop ends at the summit of Bellevue. Happy to see the Chamonix valley again, we ride the tram down to the valley bottom and meet civilisation again ! We transfer to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Elevation gain: 1300m - Elevation drop: 700m

The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
 

GROUP SESSION

DATES 2019
From Sunday to Friday.
- From June 30th to July 5th
- From July 21th to July 26th
- From August 11th to August 16th
- From September 1st to September 6th.
 
PRICE 2019
720€/person (minimum 6 people)
 
Included in the package:
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, and basic hotel (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Lift passes
- Minivan transfers during the trek
 
Not included:
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
 

Private guiding

You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip.

ADVANTAGES :
- Exclusive guide

A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.

- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.

- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.

For any further information, please contact Anaïs : Tel : +33 4 50 53 92 78 or Email : anais@chamonix-guides.com
 

Further information

RENDEZ-VOUS
At 8.00 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
 
ABILITY LEVEL
TMB Hut to Hut is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.

GUINDING POLICY                                                                                                                                              
By a state qualified trekking guide with a maximum of 12 people in the group.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
 
ACCOMMODATION
5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory).            
Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.

 
DOCUMENTATION
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.
 

Equipment

Hiking boots

- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots (several days and preferably hiking) 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)
 
Back-pack
- Minimum size recommended 40 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should fit AFTER packing all your personal belongings.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
 
Clothing
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut. It’ll be dry before you finish your first beer!)
 
Carrying weight
Taking enough time to pack is essential, as you are going to carry every item for several days in a row. Avoiding extra weight can easily be done by packing your clothes tightly, placing heavy items at the bottom of the pack, and avoiding empty spaces. As a result weight is better spread throughout your back and weight impression diminished. Your back pack should not exceed 19 pounds (9kg). 
 
DAILY NEEDS
- 1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)
- 1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants
- 1 pair of synthetic hiking socks
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)
- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum)
- 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »
- Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses, lip protection
- 1 warm hat and a pair of gloves
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
 
FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE
- 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 **
- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...) + synthetic « dry fast » towel
- 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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