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Duration: 4 days
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Price from: 750 €

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Thanks to the unique experience of its trail division made up of mountain guides who are multi-finisher specialists in the biggest races, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix has developed trail programs to improve your skills and allow you to enjoy the exceptional playground of the Mont Blanc country.

- Tour of the Aiguilles Rouges, 1 day: A particularly varied route to test yourself
- Endurance training in Chamonix, 3 days: To get to know each other better and learn to last
- Tour du Mont Blanc, 4 days: The mythical itinerary of the Northern Alps in semi-autonomy

The mythical itinerary of the Northern Alps offers a unique adventure to trail runners in search of surpassing themselves. Over more than 150 km and 10,000 vertical metres, the Tour du Mont Blanc trail guarantees magnificent views of the peaks and glaciers of the Mont-Blanc Massif. It is also the opportunity to live a real immersion and to discover an exceptional natural and cultural heritage. This trip will allow you to follow in the footsteps of the famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc between France, Switzerland and Italy.

To give this intensive Tour du Mont Blanc the character of a real race, we have programmed it in semi-autonomy. You will carry all your belongings while benefiting from a daily lunch in a mountain hut. In order to guarantee you a high-quality trip, the size of the group is limited to 8 people. Your guide is there to help you learn about your capabilities, pushing your limits and progressing in trail running.
 

Itinerary

The day before departure
There is a preparation meeting the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office to review the equipment and give you all the tips to make the most of your trip.

Day 1 : Chamonix - Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme
We start this morning from the church in Chamonix, the first part of our journey is a warm up until we arrive in Les Houches : a few ascents and descents, but the terrain is fairly easy. The first major ascent takes us to Bellevue, where we change valley into the Val-Montjoie. The Col du Tricot is quickly climbed before dive into the lush valley of Miage, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we cross the village of Contamines Montjoie before climbing upto the Col du Bonhomme and its 1300m elevation gain. A little more effort and we reach the Croix du Bonhomme hut where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 2950m - Elevation loss: 1500m - Distance : 39km

Day 2 : Tête des Fours - Refuge Bertone
For once, we will start our day with a short climb and then a very long descent, (almost 900m elevation loss). From the Tête des Fours to the Ville des Glaciers. The next climb is gradual and takes us to the Col de la Seigne. We will then go to see the the limestone pyramids and the vestiges of the great war, which are still visable there. The descent takes us down to Lac Combal where we stop for lunch.
This afternoon we climb to the alpine pastures of Arp Vieille and then onto the Maison Vieille hut where we have a magnificent view of Courmayeur. An easy descent brings us to mid-afternoon and our last difficult passage of the day, the climb to the Bertone hut where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 2500m - Elevation loss: 3000m - Distance : 33km

Day 3 : Mont de la Saxe - Champex
After a night facing the Mont Blanc, we set off this morning to discover the entire south face of the massif. To do this we cross from the Bertone to the Bonatti hut via the Mont de la Saxe, a magnificent balcony with sublime views of the Grandes Jorasses and Mont Dolant. At Bonatti, we descend towards Arnouva, at the foot of the most difficult passage today : the Grand Col Ferret. The climb is steep and direct, taking us quickly to the Italian-Swiss border. We descend into the Valais valley to reach la Peule where we have lunch.
This afternoon, we run along the Dranse de Ferret finally reaching Praz de Fort and Issert. After a climb through the forest, we arrive in the charming village of Champex where we will spend the night.

Elevation gain: 2300m - Elevation loss: 2700m - Distance : 43km

Day 4 : Bovine - Chamonix
It's time to close the loop ! 3 climbs await us today. First, Bovine with its steep uncompromising path and its direct descent into the Col de la Forclaz and Trient. The Steppes follow, a magnificent climb through a Larch forest then a rolling, aerial crossing towards Catogne and its pretty mountain pasture chalets. The descent into Vallorcine is technical but rapid, once there we stop for lunch.
The afternoon is devoted to the climb to Tête au vent, then the crossing to Flégère. Our final descent of the trip is quick and easy taking back to the valley and along the Arve. The last sprint closes our loop, you are just a few minutes away from completing your Tour du Mont Blanc in 4 days ! Congratulations, a great feat to celebrate !
Elevation gain: 2500m - Elevation loss: 3000m - Distance : 42km

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

GROUP BOOKING

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 : Find all the dates available in the drop-down list below

Price 2023 : 750€ per person - based on a minimum of 5 participants
 
This price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or gîte in either a dormitory or double/twin room
- lunch in mountain huts

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly reccommended.

 

PRIVATE BOOKING

A private booking 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. 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 2023 :
1 person : 3055€ per person | 5 people : 985€ par person
2 people : 1760€ par person | 6 people : 900€ par person
3 people : 1330€ par person | 7 people : 835€ par person
4 people : 1115€ par person | 8 people : 750€ par person

This price includes :
- the organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide
- half-board accommodation in either a basic hotel or gîte in either a dormitory or double/twin room
- lunch in mountain huts

Not included in the price :
- drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- repatriation insurance (compulsory). Cancellation Insurance highly reccommended.

 

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).

Meeting point : meet at 8.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix, 190 place de l'Eglise, 744000 Chamonix Mont-Blanc. 

Ability level : 5/5. The Tour du Mont Blanc Trail in 4 days is of a sustained difficulty. 150km and 10000m of elevation in total. A minimum of 2500m (8202ft) and a maximum of 3000m (9842ft)  vertical gain, and between 30km to 40km per day or 6h - 8h of daily trail running. Running on comfortable and well-maintained trails. An intensive practice of running and trail experience are essential.

Guiding policy :  minimum 5 and maximum 8 people per state qualified guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees a better level of comfort and a 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.

Accomodation :
- During the trip : 2 nights half board in mountain huts in dormitories, 1 night half board in a double/twin room.
*For people signing up alone, we cannot guarantee that you will share your room with a person of the same gender.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix.

Documentation :
- 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 a preparation meeting the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office to review the equipment and give you all the tips to make the most of your trip.
 

Equipment

The content of your trail backpack is quite close to the mandatory equipment required on an Ultra Trail. Take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip, lightening the load is paramount to a successful trip ! Hand washing possible every night and  lunches will be in a refuge or inn. All equipment must be protected against the rain (zip loc type freezer bags).

Equipment

- A trail backpack
- A pair of trail shoes in good condition


Clothes
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 entire trip :
- 1 running shorts
- 2 under t-shirt (wear one, one spare)
- 1 pair of leggings
- 1 very light waterproof overtrousers
- 2 t-shirt
- 1 light warm layer
- 1 additional warm jacket (sufficiently compressible)
- 1 lightweight gore-tex jacket
- Lightweight beanie
- Cap
- Buff neckband
- Light gloves
- 2 pairs of socks (wear one, one spare)

Accessories
For the entire trip :
- 1 pair of sunglasses index 3 minimum
- Sun protection cream
- Toilet paper and a lighter (to make it disappear)
- A reduced pharmacy (Ibuprofen, double skin, elastoplast-type bands, etc.)
- Survival Blanket
- A toiletry bag reduced to its bare minimum (sample of toothpaste, toothbrush, small soap, dry shampoo, moisturizer, etc.)
- A small terry towel
- Handkerchief
- Hydroalcoholic gel to clean your hands
- Sleeping bag liner (cotton or silk)
- Earplugs for the dormitory

- 1 pair of poles
- Flasks or camel bag with a capacity of 1.5 litres
- Mini frontal light
- Energy food for the day
- Money for your personal expenses
- A little laundry soap
- Charger for watch and smartphone
- Nok-type anti-friction cream

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & Co & Concept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet
 

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CO2 emitted per person for the activity: 52 kg. In order to limit global warming to +2°C by 2100, the COP-21 agreement stipulates that each human should emit no more than 2t of CO2 per year. According to the French Ministry of Ecology, today European citizens emit an average of 11t per year, and American citizens emit an average of 21t annually.

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