Tour Du Mont Blanc In France

Tour Du Mont Blanc In France

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$500.00

Experience some of the most magnificent scenery in the Alps as you hike around Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and culturally rich hiking tours in the world, our Tour Du Mont Blanc is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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DURATION: 10 Days
DISCOUNT: 15%

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ADVENTURE DETAILS

START: Geneva, Switzerland
FINISH: Geneva, Switzerland
DIFFICULTY:
International Travel Airfare Required High Fitness Level Couples Family Friendly

Join this 170km circuit that observes the Mont Blanc massif from all sides through three countries.  Mont Blanc, set in the heart of the Alps, is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as you can find.  You will travel around Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland with panoramic and almost never-ending mountain views. You will visit a number of cities and villages including Geneva, Chamonix, Courmayeur and Champex just to name a few. Combined with a European guide, your Backwoods Adventures host will be with you every step of the way.

You will travel by mini bus, chair lifts, and the power of your own two legs. From the abundance of wilderness to the rich history and culture of three separate European nations, it’s easy to see why this has become a Backwoods Adventures favorite. You will spend evenings at inns and lodges along the route. You will have breakfast and dinner at local eateries. Lunches will either be in small villages that we pass through or you will picnic with the Alps as your scenery.

What's Included
  • 8 days/7 nights trekking through France, Italy, and Switzerland around Mont Blanc
  • 10-nights accommodations in hotels, B&B’s, and mountain huts along the way
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 Rest/Spa day in Courmayeur, Italy
  • Entrance to the Pre Saint Didier Thermal Spa in Courmayeur
  • Transfers to and from Geneva International Airport (2:00pm incoming transfer on Day 0, 7:30am outgoing transfer on Day 11)
  • Expert Local Mountain Guides and Backwoods Adventures Trip Host
  • Luggage transfer services
  • 3 group conference calls with BWA Trip Host to help prepare you for the trip
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from Geneva
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and extra snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Extras; laundry, massage, internet, etc.
  • Travel Insurance

ACTIVITIES:

Backpacking, Hiking, Cultural Touring, Cultural Homestay, Sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva, Switzerland
Travel from place of origin to Geneva, Switzerland. Group transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix (please contact us to confirm shuttle time before booking flights). Meet with local guides for a welcome dinner and orientation. (Meals: D)
Day 2 - Col d Voza to Les Contamines
We have a short transfer to the trail head before going up to the Col de Voza (5,500) where we’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Mont Blanc range. Continue hiking down below the tumbling Bionnassay Glacier, and then detour for a scenic lunch at the Chalets de Miage (5,115). After lunch, a short climb takes us up to Truc (5,942), then down through the thickly wooded hillside to the charming small town of Les Contamines (3,829). 9.5km/6.5 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3 - Col du Bonhomme to Les Chapieux
After a short drive, we hike up an old Roman road to the Plan des Dames, then make a long ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (7,641) and Croix du Bonhomme (8,100) for lunch. In the afternoon, we hike downhill on a grassy trail to the hamlet of Les Chapieux (5,500). Along the way we may see some chamois and lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. 14km/7 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 4 - Col de la Seigne Hike into Italy
We transfer to the end of the Vallee des Glaciers, then enjoy a hike over the Col de la Seigne (8,245) and down into Italy to Lac Combal and Visaille. Transfer to the beautiful town of Courmayeur for the night. 13km/6-7 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5 - Relax at the Pre Saint Didier Spa
Today is a day to rest and enjoy Italian culture. Courmayeur is spectacularly situated beneath the Grand Jorasses and Brenva Glacier. We will spend the afternoon soaking our muscles at the magnificent Pre Saint Didier Spa. The evening is yours to enjoy at you wish, and dinner is on your own accord in any one of the magnificent restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. (Meals: B, L)
Day 6 - Italian Val Ferret
Today is definitely one of the highlights of our journey around Mt Blanc! After a short transfer to Villair, we start on the beautiful trail up a larch forest leading to alpine grass and Bertone hut. Mont de la Saxe balcony trail looks over the Italian Val Ferret. Numerous great peaks of the Mont Blanc range rise straight up in front of our eyes. Tumbling glaciers and steep rocky faces are a marvel to the eyes! If the weather cooperates, you’ll have a magnificent view of the peaks on which many original legendary mountaineering adventures took place. The balcony trail of Mont de la Saxe takes us right to our chalet hotel in Arnuva (5 940’) 11.5km/6 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 7 - To Switzerland via Grand Col Ferrat
From the Italian Val Ferrer we hike up past the spectacular “Glacier de Pre-de-Bar” to reach Grand Col Ferrat (8,300′) and enter Switzerland just at the pass. A scenic descent leads to the traditional Swill village of la Fouly (5,280′), located beneath the Glacier de l’A Neuve. 8km/6 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 8 - The Upper Rhone Valley
We hike up to Bovine and experience a very Swiss “cow day”… Down below the pastures the upper Rhone valley reveals its surrounded ranges, with the wildstrubel and further in the distance the Oberland range. 9km/6 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 9 - To France over Col de Balme
We return to France over Col de Balme, a.k.a “Smugglers pass”. At the top the view is purely outstanding: the Chamonix Aiguilles rise high above the eponymous valley, while Mont Blanc, crowns up the view magnificently! 5km/2 hours hiking. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 10 - Return to Geneva
Travel back through Geneva, Switzerland and on to your next destination.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Meals

Backwoods Adventures knows that well-fed travelers are happy travelers. We aim to please your palate. Since we will be staying at huts or lodges on the entire trip we will have our breakfast and dinner at local restaurants or cafes. Lunches will either be in small towns or villages that we pass through or we will grab some light fare to take with us and enjoy our lunch picnic-style with the Alps to gaze at while we eat.

Accommodations

Our accommodations will vary based on our location. However, all hotels and lodges are among the highest rated in the country both for location and amenities. Most hotels will provide single rooms (double occupancy), however there is the possibility of dormitory arrangements in a couple of locations along the circuit, depending on availability.

Health

The Tour du Mont Blanc is commonly referred to as the most luxurious trek in the world, which sometimes gives people a false sense of security. While it is true that you do not have to camp in a tent and you get to have nice meals and enjoy delicious wine each evening, do not forget that this is a strenuous trek – each hiking day covers more than 10 miles. There will be long days with steep descents and ascents, so physical preparation is very important.

Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while on the Tour Du Mont Blanc are strenuous and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You will be required to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. Any medical conditions must be disclosed on your registration forms. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Passport/Visa Requirements

No Visa is required for travel while in Europe. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.

GEAR CHECKLIST

The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in the Alps against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!

As with many high altitude mountain trips, the weather can change very quickly. During the daytime temperatures range between 60-80+ degrees, with cool evenings. Most days will be clear and enjoyable, however, cool and misty conditions are possible. Mountain passes can also bring the occasional snow or rain shower!

Baggage
  • Day pack – 2,000-3,000 cu. in
  • Large duffle bag
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
Travel
  • Casual Clothing and lightweight, comfortable items for travel.
  • Valid passport.
  • Airline tickets
  • Electrical adapter plug
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow
Footwear
  • Hiking boots – waterproof, lightweight, broken-in, aggressive tread
  • Tennis shoes, a break from your boots
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks.
  • Warm socks
  • Sock liners
Clothing
  • Waterproof Breathable Jacket
  • Waterproof Breathable pants, should be able to slip on and off easily over boots
  • Midweight fleece pants or tights
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Hiking pants or shorts
  • Lightweight synthetic long underwear top
  • Lightweight synthetic long underwear bottom
  • T-shirts synthetic
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Ski hat
  • Gloves mid-weight windstopper
Toiletries
  • Toilet paper (and baggie to put used paper while on trail).
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towels for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Sun block and lip balm
Other
  • Sleeping Sheet
  • Water bottles and / or Hydration Resevoir (2-3).
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight.
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandanas
  • Money ($800-$1,000 in cash including some small US bills or Euros)
  • Hiking staff or trekking poles
  • Pack cover
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, tripod
  • Batteries – extra for headlamp and camera
  • Small binoculars
  • Notebook, journal, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks and comfort foods
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Watch with alarm
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags
  • Heavy duty trash bag

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