The mythical loop of the Northern Alps, the Tour du Mont-Blanc, also called the 'TMB', is a hiking tour at mid-altitude which offers a unique panorama.
This trip allows you to appreciate the beauty of the Mont Blanc massif and its Valaisan, Valdotain and Savoyard heritage.
It crosses 3 countries, 7 alpine valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits, a perfect setting for a hike rich in emotions.
From Chamonix, this South part of the TMB will bring us to Courmayeur, the Italian side of the Mont-Blanc.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics.
Luggage transport is provided throughout the hike. You only need to carry your daily necessities leaving you to fully enjoy the day. Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team and private transporters throughout.
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 from the the top of the Bellevue cable car (1 800m), where we will have panoramic views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz and the Aravis massifs. We will cross the suspended bridge over the Bionnassay torrent. A short uphill leads us to Col du Tricot overlooking the alpine hamlet of Miage. Descent towards Les Contamines to reach the Val Montjoie. Night in a gite, triple/quadruple room.
Elevation gain: 570m - Elevation drop: 1200m
Day 3 : Beaufortain
Departure is from Notre Dame de la Gorge with its romantic baroque church. At the Col du Bonhomme (2 479m), we leave 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 (1 549m). Night in dormitory.
Elevation gain: 1270m - Elevation drop: 930m
Day 4 : Val Veny
At la Ville des Glaciers, a visit to the local cheese factory is a must where Beaufort cheese is the king ! At the Col de la Seigne (2 516m) we reach the Italian border and the Val Veny. From there, we have many route choices to rejoin the Elizbetta mountain hut (2 195m). Night at the mountain hut, no access to your luggage.
Elevation gain: 720m - Elevation drop: 320m
Day 5 : Aosta Valley
Our last 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. End of the trek. Transfer back to Chamonix.
Elevation gain: 460m - Elevation drop: 990m
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 Thursday July 1st - From Monday July 19th to Friday July 23rd - From Monday August 16th to Friday August 20th
Price for 2021 : 600 € 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 : 2575€ per person | 7 people : 725€ par person
2 people : 1495€ par person | 8 people : 685€ par person
3 people : 1135€ par person | 9 people : 655€ par person
4 people : 955€ par person | 10 people : 630€ par person
5 people : 850€ par person | 11 people : 615€ par person
6 people : 775€ par person | 12 perople : 600€ par person
These prices use the same conditions as the collective group formula.
Meeting point : meet at 8.30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
Ability level : 3/5 - Half-TMB South 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.
Guiding policy : By a state qualified trekking guide with a maximum of 12 people in the group. 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.
- During the trip : 4 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory or triple/quadruple room).
Please Note : no access to your luggage on Day 4 (no road access).
- Before & after the trip : we have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers. If you want to receive information just 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.
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
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