The Tour du Mont Blanc ranks under the world's most classic mountain tours. Surrounded by glaciers, you will hike through three countries and discover diverse landscapes and their respective cultures.
This was previously meant for professional walkers only, but France écotours makes the tour of Mont Blanc accessible for any hiker in good shape.
The tour begins in France at the valley of Montjoie, and leads through beautiful glaciers and over the pass of the Seigne to Italy. Climb the valley of the Veni up to Courmayeur, the halfway point of the trip. Over the Italian and Swiss valley of Ferret, it continues on to the natural balcony of the Aiguilles Rouges into the valley of Chamonix. You will not have to worry about your luggage. It will be carried from one accommodation to the next. Enjoy the spectacular landscapes surrounding you!
Day 1: Chamonix – Les Houches – Bionnassay
Meeting point at 9.15 am at the train station of Chamonix. From there the hike begins in the direction of Petit Balcon Sud, located in front of Mont Blanc and its famous Aiguilles. In Les Houches you take the funicular from Bellevue, leaving behind the animated valley of Chamonix for the quieter valley of Bionnassay at the foot of the Aguille du Goûter. Overnight stay in Bionnassay at the end of the valley Contamines-Montjoie.
Duration: 5 h 30 – Distance: 14 km / 8.7 mi – Ascent: 500m – Descent: 1030m
Day 2: Bionnassay – Alpages de Miage – Valley of Montjoie – Alpine hut Nant Borrant
Crossing of the mountainside over the gorges of Gruvaz through dense forests and clearing. Walk continues over the river in the U-shaped glacier valley of the Alpages de Miage (1559 m), a small paradise at the foot of the Dômes de Miage. Another ascent to the Plateau du Truc (1740 m), before walking down to Les Contamines-Montjoie. Further descent to the baroque church Notre Dame de la Gorde in the valley of Montjoie. Over an antique Roman street you will finally reach the Chalet du Nant Borrant, in the protected area of Contamines Montjoie for the night. Your luggage will arrive there at approx. 7.30 pm.
Duration: 6 h 15 – Distance: 18 km / 11 mi – Ascent: 970m – Descent: 830m
Day 3: Col du Bonhomme & Col de la Croix du Bonhomme
Choice of two ascending passes: from the mountain pastures of Balme to the Col du Bonhomme (2329 m) by the Porte du Beaufortain, the most difficult segment of the trip. Onto the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479 m) after a short and easy ascent. The way finally leads to the valley of Glaciers and to the village of Chapieux to rest for the night.
Duration: 5 h 30 – Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi – Ascent: 1020m – Descent: 930m
Day 4: Valley of Aoste – Glacial lake of Miage – Alpine hut of Peuterrey
Trek from the Col de la Seigne (2516 m) pass to the valley of Aoste in Italy. There, Mont Blanc shows its wildest side. Over the valley of Veni to the moraine of the glacier of Miage, which obstructs the entire valley. Short descent to the glacial lac de Miage. The valley leads to the mythical hiking trails Brouillard, Innominata and Peuterey. In a alpine hut in front of the ridge of Peuterrey, you can relax after this eventful leg.
Duration: 6 h – Distance: 18 km / 11 mi – Ascent: 1080m – Descent: 990m
Day 5: Courmayeur – Italian valley of the Ferret – Lavachey
Visit to Courmayeur, folowed by an ascent to the Pré de la Saxe (2000 m), boasting a gorgeous view of the Dent du Géant and the Grandes Jorasses. After lunch, the hike continues along the Italian valley of the Val Ferret until Lavachey for an overnight stay.
Depending on the weather conditions, the guide may choose a different itinerary.
Duration: 5 h 45 – Distance: 17 km / 10.5 mi – Ascent: 800m – Descent: 800m
Day 6: Pré de Bar – Grand Col Ferret
Hike continues along Val Ferret to discover the glacier Pré de Bar. Continuation to the Grand Col Ferret (2537 m), the gate to the Swiss side of the valley and the highest point of this hike. Next, to the Creux de la Chaudière to view Mont Dolent, the tri-border of France, Italy and Switzerland. Overnight stay in Fouly (1600 m).
Duration: 6 h 15 – Distance: 18 km / 11 mi – Ascent: 990m – Descent: 1040m
Day 7: Valley of the Ferret – Champex – Valley of the Arpette
Slow-placed hike to enjoy the classical features of the Swiss Valais. The descent through the valley of the Ferret goes through lovely villages. The only obstacle of the day will be the ascent to the weather station Champex (1473 m) for a break by the lake. The leg ends at the entrance of the valley of the Arpette for an overnight stay.
Duration: 4 h 45 – Distance: 17 km / 10.5 mi – Ascent: 630m – Descent: 600m
Day 8: Mountain pastures of Bovine – Collet Portalo – Col de la Forclaz
Short descent through a forest, before climbing up to the mountain pastures of Bovine (1987 m). They form a balcony on the Rhône valley that offers a view of the valley, Martigny and the Dents Blanches. The ascent ends at the Collet Portalo (2049 m), before hiking down through a larch forest to the Col de la Forclaz (1526 m) where your accommodation is waiting for you.
Duration: 4 h 45 – Distance: 13 km / 8 mi – Ascent: 760m – Descent: 860m
Day 9: Bergeries des Grands – Col de Balme – Village of Tour
Hike along the Bisse de Trient (a channel dug in the rock) and ascent to the Bergeries des Grands (2113 m) above the glacier of Trient. On a balcony of rock, you will arrive at the Col de Balme (2191 m) and back to France via the valley of Chamonix. During the descent, you will have an amazing view of the Glacier du Tour and the Aiguille Verte. Overnight stay in the village of Tour, at the foot of the glacier.
Duration: 6 h 15 – Distance: 17 km / 10.5 mi – Ascent: 900m – Descent: 1050m
Day 10: Aiguilles Rouges – Chamonix
Hike above the steps of the Aiguillette d'Argentière to the natural balcony Aiguilles Rouges. The way leads to one of the lakes of Chésérys (2133 m) for a final lunch by the flooding Lac Blanc. The hike ends in the spectacular landscape next to the Aiguille Verte and the Aiguille du Dru. Arrival at Chamonix train statation at approx. 6 pm.
Duration: 6 h 15 – Distance: 15 km / 9.3 mi – Ascent: 830m – Descent: 1160m
Our hiking programm begins and ends at Chamonix train station.
Please organise your transportation to and from the destination by yourself. You may extend the trip if you wish.
For parties of 6 or more, we're happy to arrange for additional travel dates and/or guided tours in English.
With your enquiry form indicating the number of your party and your preferred travel dates.
Price surcharge for a double bedroom (if available, max. 4 persons per room): €210
It is not possible to have a single room on this trip!
9 nights, full board, organisation of the trip, french licenced guide, carrying of the luggage, drive with the cable way of Bellevue
Travel to/from Chamonix, drinks, personnal expenses, personnal hiking furnitures, bus or vehicle to abbreviate the stages, eventualy tokens for the shower, insurance in case of cancellation
Can be booked by individual travellers!
Guaranteed departure: 6 persons (max. 12 persons)
Last possibility of cancellation from the tour operator: 21 days before the beginning of the trip
Overnight stay in alpine huts and stopover gîtes.
Dormitories from 4 to 30 persons.
Double bedroom (if available, max. 4 persons per room): +210,- €/ person. If you are two persons, it may be the case that you will have to share the room with two other persons. This offer stands just for 8 nights out of 9.
Please bare in mind that during this trip you will not sleep in hotels but in mountain shelters and stopover gîtes.
You can not book a single bedroom for this trip.
The beds come with blankets, so you do not need to bring your own sleeping bag.
You hike in the Alpine landscapes with numerous ascents and descents. You have to be in a really good shape, be able to walk for several hours and in particular be free from giddiness.
We recommend you to take the time, before the trip, for a preparation workout. Your shoes have to be broken in minimum one week before the hike.
Not suitable for beginners!
French speaking licenced guide
For groups of 6 persons at least, we can arrange dates and content for the trip.
An organised guided tour in english can also be set
Average difference in altitude: 860 m, max. 1080 m
Average distance: 16 km / 10 mi, max. 18 km / 11 mi
Average duration of the hike: 5h 45, max 6h15
Some stages can be abbreviated, if you take the bus (Not included in the price) or if you use the vehicle that carries the luggage (approx. 30€ per transport, payable on the spot)
The hiking spirit:
Hiking entails listening to your body and everything that surrounds you, but it also means to take joy in and open yourself up to nature.
Hiking means participating and working with others, so as to walk and discover new things and experiences with each other. It is this companionship that brings a human dimension and spirit to the discovery of a country and ist culture.
In order to better understand and discover the Massif of Mont Blanc you must know and recognise its many special features. It is this that your guide will share with you on your travel with us.
You should be in a good shape or use the time before the hike to train yourself. You also have to be aware that, next to several hikes, the trip makes you drive sometimes for a long time on mettle roads and sleep in unimpressive accommodations.
Moreover, your shoes have to be broken in minimum one week before the departure.
The discovery of nature and culture does the attractiveness of this trip. You hike through three different lands: France, Italy and Switzerland!
We recommend you an eco-friendly journey with the train to the train station of Chamonix by Geneva.
You can find more information on our detailed info sheet, that we send you gladly on enquiry!