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MONT BLANC HOTEL TREK

Trek through three countries around Europe’s highest peak.

Le Tour du Mont Blanc is the greatest walk in the world. As the circuit passes through France, Switzerland and Italy you view Europe’s highest mountain from all sides. Each day is different, and provides walking along high alpine paths and views over jagged peaks and glaciers. Here’s your chance to walk this route based in small characterful hotels, with bags transported in between. We start in Argentière just north of Chamonix, and then work our way around the mountain in a clockwise direction.

We will have rest days in Courmayeur and Les Houches. This tough but rewarding trek will truly satisfy your desire for adventurous walking and offer magnificent views of some of the best mountain scenery the Alps has to offer.  It also allows for some creature comforts as well, a great combination! If you have longed to circle Mont Blanc in comfort, this is the holiday for you!



WALKING GRADES


Hard mountain walking in the Alps every day with long ascents and descents, and scrambling. A good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m. Expect long… and exhilarating days!




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    Mont Blanc Hotel Trek (Grade 8)
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    31 Aug 2017
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    31 Aug 2017 - 13 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Hotel de la Couronne, Argentière
    Fly from UK to Geneva. Meet your Leader and transfer to Argentiere.

    Day 1 - Hotel de la Couronne, Argentière
    Fly from UK to Geneva. Meet your Leader and transfer to Argentiere.

    Day 2 - Hotel de la Couronne, Argentière
    Plan Praz – Grand Balcon Sud – Col des Montets – Argentière. Starting from the centre of Chamonix we use the lift to Plan Praz to join the TMB – here a magnificent high panoramic path known as the Grand Balcon Sud undulates round below the savage pinnacles of the Aiguilles Rouges to arrive at Col des Montet. Fabulous views of Mont Blanc all the way! Ascent 550m / Descent 1000m; 14km (8.7 miles); 5 hours

    Day 2 - Hotel de la Couronne, Argentière
    Plan Praz – Grand Balcon Sud – Col de Montets – Argentière Starting from the centre of Chamonix we use the lift to Plan Praz to join the TMB – here a magnificent high panoramic path known as the Grand Balcon Sud which undulates round below the savage pinnacles of the Aiguilles Rouges to arrive at Col de Montet. Fabulous views of Mont Blanc all the way! Ascent 550m / Descent 1000m; 14km (8.7 miles); 5 hours

    Day 3 - Hotel de la Forclaz, Martigny
    Argentière - Col de Balme – Trient (Switzerland) – Col de Forclaz Resuming the TMB route from Argentière we climb up to the Col des Posettes (1997m) for yet more superb views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. We then traverse to the Col de Balme (2191m) before descending to Trient (1297m). We finish by a steep little climb up to our hotel at Col de Forclaz. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1100m / Descent 900m; 16km (10 miles); 7 hours

    Day 3 - Hotel de la Forclaz, Martigny
    Argentière - Col de Balme – Trient (Switzerland) – Col de Forclaz. Resuming the TMB route from Argentière we climb up to the Col des Posettes (1997m) for yet more superb views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. We then traverse to the Col de Balme (2191m) before descending to Trient (1297m). We finish by a steep little climb up to our hotel at Col de la Forclaz. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1100m / Descent 900m; 16km (10 miles); 7 hours

    Day 4 - Hotel Splendide, Champex Lac
    Trient - Bovine Route – Champex en Haut. The ‘Bovine Route’ from Trient to Champex (1444m) winds its way through meadows, forests and open country with views of the mountains of Verbier and the great Sion Valley. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 700m / Descent 750m; 15km (9m); 5 hours

    Day 4 - Pension en Plein Air, Champex Lac
    Trient - Bovine Route – Champex en haut The ‘Bovine Route’ from Trient to Champex (1444m) winds its way through meadows, forests and open country with views of the mountains of Verbier and the great Sion Valley. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 700m / Descent 750m; 15km (9m); 5 hours

    Day 5 - Hotel Edelweiss, La Fouly
    Champex - La Fouly From Champex, it is a gentle walk to La Fouly (1600m) along the valley floor of the Val Ferret following the river through forests and meadows to Praz de Fort from where we ascend with wonderful views of Mont Dolent. (Luggage transferred separately). 550m? / 440m?; 15km (9.3m); 5-6 hours

    Day 5 - Hotel Edelweiss, La Fouly
    Champex - La Fouly. From Champex, it is a gentle walk to La Fouly (1600m) along the valley floor of the Val Ferret following the river through forests and meadows to Praz de Fort from where we ascend with wonderful views of Mont Dolent. (Luggage transferred separately). 550m Ascent / 440m Descent; 15km (9.3m); 5-6 hours

    Day 6 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    La Fouly - Grand Col Ferret – Courmayeur (Italy). From La Fouly we cross into Italy via the impressive Grand Col Ferret (2537m). From here, the descent is slightly steeper but with outstanding views of Les Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc. We finish at Arnuva in Italian Val Ferret from where we take a public bus down to Courmayeur. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 970m / Descent 1,170m; 17km (10.5miles); 6-7 hours

    Day 6 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    La Fouly - Grand Col Ferret – Courmayeur (Italy) From La Fouly, we cross into Italy via the impressive Grand Col Ferret (2537m). From here, the descent is slightly steeper but with outstanding views of Les Grandes Jorasses and Mont Blanc. We finish at Arnuva in Italian Val Ferret from where we take a public bus down to Courmayeur. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 970m / Descwnt 1,170m; 17km (10.5miles); 6-7 hours

    Day 7 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    The Balcony of Val Ferret Returning by public bus to Val Ferret we ascend via a superb traversing balcony path to the finely situated Rifugio Bertone for a leisurely lunch before descending directly back to Courmayeur. A relatively easy day but one with unmatcheable views of the Italian side of the range. Ascent 600m/Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

    Day 7 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    The Balcony of Val Ferret. Returning by public bus to Val Ferret we ascend via a superb traversing balcony path to the finely situated Rifugio Bertone for a leisurely lunch before descending directly back to Courmayeur. A relatively easy day but one with unmatchable views of the Italian side of the range. Ascent 600m/Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

    Day 8 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    Rest Day or Optional Walk. The opportunity for a complete rest in our cosy base in Courmayeur or - for the more determined! - a chance to fill in a short but scenic variant of the TMB omitted in the main itinerary. Walkers can take the Dolonne lift to over 2000m and traverse round and down into Val Veny enjoying stunning vistas of the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc directly across the valley. Those in more relaxed mode can share the great views by ascending either of the two major lift systems starting in Courmeyeur. Optional walk: Ascent 400m / Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

    Day 8 - Hotel Bouton d’Or, Courmayeur
    Rest Day or Optional Walk The opportunity for a complete rest in our cosy base in Courmeyeur or - for the more determined! - a chance to fill in a short but scenic variant of the TMB omitted in the main itinerary. Walkers can take the Dolonne lift to over 2000m and traverse round and down into Val Veny enjoying stunning vistas of the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc directly across the valley. Those in more relaxed mode can share the great views by ascending either of the two major list systems starting in Courmeyeur. Optional walk: Ascent 400m / Descent 900m; 10 km (6.5 miles)

    Day 9 - Hotel Arolla, Bourg Saint Maurice
    Val Veny – Refugi Elisabetta – Casermetta – Col de la Seigne – Chapieux We start the day by taking a public bus to Val Veny where we join and follow the TMB trail once more up to the charming Elisabetta hut for refreshments before crossing the high and wild Col de la Seigne. Once over the pass a long but easy descent through Alpine meadows takes us down to the tiny hamlet of Chapieux where pre-booked taxis will whisk us down to a comfortable night in the pleasant town of Bourg Saint Maurice. (Luggage transferred separately) Ascent 900m / Descent 1300m; 19 km (13 miles) 7 hours

    Day 9 - Hotel Arolla, Bourg Saint Maurice
    Val Veny – Refugi Elisabetta – Casermetta – Col de la Seigne – Chapieux. We start the day by taking a public bus to Val Veny where we join and follow the TMB trail once more up to the charming Elisabetta hut for refreshments before crossing the high and wild Col de la Seigne. Once over the pass a long but easy descent through Alpine meadows takes us down to the tiny hamlet of Chapieux where pre-booked taxis will whisk us down to a comfortable night in the pleasant town of Bourg Saint Maurice. (Luggage transferred separately) Ascent 900m / Descent 1300m; 19 km (13 miles) 7 hours

    Day 10 - La Chemenaz, Les Contamines
    Les Chapieux - Col du Bonhomme - Les Contamines. Returning by road to Les Chapieux we start with a long steady ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (2479m) before crossing another col (2329m) in order to descend to Les Contamines (1167m). (Luggage transferred separately). 930m Ascent / 1,320m Descent; 17km (10.5miles); 7-8 hours

    Day 10 - La Chemenaz, Les Contamines
    Les Chapieux - Col du Bonhomme - Les Contamines Returning by road to Les Chapieux we start with a long steady ascent to the Col du Bonhomme (2479m) before crossing another col (2329m) in order to descend to Les Contamines (1167m). (Luggage transferred separately). 930m? / 1,320m?; 17km (10.5miles); 7-8 hours

    Day 11 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Les Contamines – Les Houches We ascend to the Chalets du Truc perched under the great west-face of the Mont Blanc range before descending to the Chalets de Miage at 1559m. Then a steep climb to the Col du Tricot (2120m) and on to the plateau above Les Houches which has outstanding views of the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguilles and the Mont Blanc massif. We have a choice between walking down to Les Houches or descending by cable car and then walking to our hotel. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1300m / Descent 650m or 1350 ;18km (11.2miles); 6-7 hours

    Day 11 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Les Contamines – Les Houches. We ascend to the Chalets du Truc perched under the great west-face of the Mont Blanc range before descending to the Chalets de Miage at 1559m. Then a steep climb to the Col du Tricot (2120m) and on to the plateau above Les Houches which has outstanding views of the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguilles and the Mont Blanc massif. We have a choice between walking down to Les Houches or descending by cable car and then walking to our hotel. (Luggage transferred separately). Ascent 1300m / Descent 650m or 1350 ;18km (11.2miles); 6-7 hours

    Day 12 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Rest Day- Les Houches. This provides the opportunity either to spend the day in Chamonix or to go up the Aiguille du Midi on the cable car before descending to the mid-station for a high level walk to Montenvers in order to catch the rack and pinion railway back to Chamonix. Optional walk: Ascent 250m / Descent 250m; 10km (6.2miles); 5 hours

    Day 12 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Rest Day- Les Houches This provides the opportunity either to spend the day in Chamonix or to go up the Aiguille du Midi on the cable car before descending to the mid-station for a high level walk to Montenvers in order to catch the rack and pinion railway back to Chamonix. Optional walk: Ascent 250m / Descent 250m; 10km (6.2miles); 5 hours

    Day 13 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Les Houches Walk directly from the hotel up Le Brevent (2525m) which gives great views across the Chamonix valley of the whole of the Mont Blanc range. A superb path leads us back down to the top of the Plan Praz lift where we close the circle! All that remains is to let the lift take the strain of the descent before celebrating with a drink in Chamonix and taking the train back home to Les Houches! Walking time approximately 5-6 hours; Ascent 1600m / Descent 600m; 12km (7.5miles)

    Day 13 - Chalet Hotel Les Campanules, Les Houches
    Les Houches. Walk directly from the hotel up Le Brevent (2525m) which gives great views across the Chamonix valley of the whole of the Mont Blanc range. A superb path leads us back down to the top of the Plan Praz lift where we close the circle! All that remains is to let the lift take the strain of the descent before celebrating with a drink in Chamonix and taking the train back home to Les Houches! Walking time approximately 5-6 hours; Ascent 1600m / Descent 600m; 12km (7.5miles)

    Day 14 -
    Depart for Geneva airport in time for a flight back to London Heathrow

    Day 14 -
    Depart for Geneva airport in time for a flight back to London Heathrow


  • Accommodation
    Chalet Hotel Les Campanules

    The Hotel les Campanules is a charming hotel in which to spend our final three nights. The garden and elegant public sitting areas give superb views across to Mont Blanc and Aiguille du Midi. 

    Rooms have private shower and WC facilities, TV Satellite, and free Wi-Fi. We shall enjoy good food and specialities of the region such as fondue, raclette and tartiflette. Or you can enjoy a drink at the bar and lounge that has a cosy fireplace and pool table.

     

    Hotel Bouton d'Or

    This friendly family run hotel is well known for its exceptional hospitality and atmosphere. Many feel it exceeds its three star rating. The cosy Alpine décor and mountain views makes for a perfect retreat on one of our rest days.

    Clean and comfortable rooms all have a private bathroom with bath or shower, a balcony or private garden, satellite TV, radio, fridge, telephone, hairdryer, and safe, as well as a complimentary Wi-Fi. Some rooms have mountain views.

    For the buffet breakfast there is a wide choice: home-made strudel, cakes, biscuits, croissants, jams, omelettes and quiches, or locally-made yoghurt, cheese or cold cuts. The berries for the fruit salads, and the vegetables served, come from the hotels own vegetable garden.

    There is a garden and terrace in where you can relax and enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere.

    Very popular and on the way to becoming a real Ramblers favourite!

     

  • What's Included

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Half board with breakfast taken in the hotels and dinners in the hotels or local restaurants.
    • Baggage transported from hotel to hotel for you!
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • The views across from the ridge of Mont de la Saxe of ‘Monte Bianco’ from the Italian side.
    • The view from Lac Blanc before descending to Le Tour.
    • The best of the mountain views and a clean comfortable bed and hot shower at the end of the day.
    • All the logistics taken care of for you. 

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr 30mins).
    • Travel: Heathrow–Geneva (c1hr 40mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways
    • Upgrades: Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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