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Luxury Tour du Mont Blanc 2017
12 days holiday, 10 days UIMLA guided treks

hotels & lodges - full TMB circuit - high passes - daily bag transfers
Trekking towards the Chapieu valley on the TMB
Course overview

This is the complete classic Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) trek, to make the tour in the classic anti-clockwise direction. You complete the whole TMB, but with the comfort of small rooms in comfy hotels and lodges. You can travel light as you get your bag transported every night. This trip will appeal to those who want the trekking experience, but to take it a bit easier, and with a bit more comfort.
The treks are guaranteed to be led by an English speaking qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader. The trekking guides will ensure your safety and provide the highest levels of mountain leadership throughout your holiday, and are trained to teach you about the history, flora and fauna of each region.
On the way around, your leader will discuss any variations of the route that you could undertake each day, to make it easier or even more challenging with summits for you. That's one of the delights of the TMB, in that it has so many options and variations for you to trek along each day.
Our scheduled dates are guaranteed to run, once 4 people have booked, for your peace of mind. We cap numbers at 8 people in a group, so you have great access to your leader. This is a high standard, as other operators have up to 16 clients per leader. Extra dates can be run on demand for groups of four or more people for exactly the same price as our scheduled dates.
There is so much history and information about the local area that our leaders have to share with you, as well as showing you the amazing scenery. The guide is also there to help and lead you over any tricky ridges so you need no previous trekking experience to join and enjoy this trip.
During the week you pass through France, Italy and Switzerland, so can enjoy the different cultures, language, architecture, and the food of each country cooked and prepared for you during the trek.
This trek has daily vehicle support for baggage collection and drops, and tackles all the key highlights of the Tour du Mont Blanc; Col du Bonhomme, Col de Seigne, and highest of all Fenetre d'Arpette.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Col de la Seigne, the border of France and Italy on the TMB

Brief Course Itinerary
The itinerary below is designed to give you a flavour of exactly where you will trek to each day, but one of the great things about the Tour du Mont Blanc, is that there are many variations on certain sections, so you can select more challenging routes or even some summits. These options could even affect where you stay each night, but do mean that you can tailor the route a little on most days to suit how you are feeling, the weather and conditions. Your guide will have a massive local knowledge and experience, and will discuss the options with you en-route.
Sunday
Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by a course safety and itinerary briefing. These are really useful, as you discuss the exact current weather and conditions, and get tips on what to carry in your pack. You will meet your guide, and be able to ask them any queries, and are shown the route on a map, to talk through the plans for the week. There is time for kit checks and to pick up any last minute supplies. Briefings are over by 18:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany you for a drink to answer any last minute questions. The group usually goes out for dinner and drinks. Night in Chamonix on B&B basis.
Monday
Les Houches - Col du Tricot - Les Contamines

From Les Houches, you trek up the rocky track to the Col du Voza (1652m), or ascend using the Bellevue cable car. A short wooded descent brings you to the spectacular suspension bridge over the river with fantastic views of the Bionassay glacier. From there you take the steep zig-zag path up to the Col de Tricot (2119m), where there are great views of the snowy Domes du Miages and Aiguille du Bionassay. The route descends past the peaceful huts at Chalets de Miage (1560m) and Chalets du Truc, then down to Les Contamines village. Night in Les Contamines.
Tuesday
Les Contamines - Col du Bonhomme - Les Chapieux

After breakfast you trek along the river to pass the Baroque church of 'Notre Dame de la Gorge' with its famous carved wooden pillars, before following the Roman road over the ancient Roman bridge and steep sided river gorge. The route winds slowly upwards through woods and alpages with stunning mountain views up to the high Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2483m), the high point of today. There are plenty of options for drink and rest stops along the route. A steep descent brings you to the sleepy village of Les Chapieux (1553m). Night in Les Chapieux.
Wednesday
Les Chapieux - Col de la Seigne - Courmayeur

A short trek takes you to Ville des Glaciers where you can look round the Beaufortain cheese dairy and even buy some. Then a steady ascent takes you up past the mountain hut of Le Mottets, then up to the Col de la Seigne (2513m), and into Italy. This is the Val Veni, a beautiful region, with great views of the huge Brenva face of Mont Blanc. There is a short descent to the Elizabetta Soldini hut, which is famous for its cakes. After passing Lac Combal you take the bus to reach Courmayeur, and discover it's labyrinth of cobbled streets and shops. Night in Courmayeur / Palud.
Thursday
Courmayeur - Mont de la Saxe - Arnouva

After a short ascent along wooded trails past the Bertone hut you continue the track up the ridge then the summit of Mont de la Saxe (2346m). There are a few steeper sections on the ascent, but your guide is there to help, and the views of the Italian side of Mont Blanc and the Grand Jorasses are amazing. Once over the summit, you traverse round past the Bonatti hut - famous for its fantastic food and home made biscuits. For the photographers amongst you, this day is an absolute treat! An easy trek to finish in Anouva beside a river. Night in Arnouva.
Friday
Arnouva - Col du Grand Ferret - La Fouly

A short trek up to the Refugio Elena, then a steady climb up to reach the Grand Col Ferret (2530m), where you pass into Switzerland. You stop for a lunch break at the top to enjoy the view and take some well earned photos. There are great views of the summit of Mont Dolant which is the only peak in the Alps to have the border of three countries at its summit (France, Italy and Switzerland). Over the pass, the route winds through peaceful alpages and wooded glades to reach La Fouly which is a picture postcard village and 'chocolate box' chalets. Night in La Fouly.
Saturday
La Fouly - Sentier des Champignons - Champex

Today is a little easier as you trek along the beautiful Swiss Val Ferret, then the track winds up the ' Sentier des Champignons' or route of mushrooms where there are many carvings and wooden sculptures. Champex is beautiful, and is nestled alongside the lake that gives the village its name. The village cafes enable you to try local specialities, and there is a shop so you can stock up on supplies. This slightly easier day is a welcome break, and lets you get your energy back in time for the route choices of the next day, as you make your way towards Trient. Night in Champex.

Sunday
Champex - Fenetre d'Arpette - Trient

Today there are two choices of route depending on the weather and how the group is feeling. The first option is the steep and rocky challenge of the famous 'Fenetre d'Arpette' (2670m). This option involves nearly 1200m of ascent, but gains fantastic views of the towering seracs of the Trient Glacier. A poor weather or easier alternative is the peaceful Bovine trail through meadows above the treeline, overlooking Martigny and the Rhone valley with its vineyards covering the lower slopes. You descend to the peaceful Swiss village of Trient. Ni
ght in Trient.

Monday
Trient - Col du Balme - Argentiere

From the village of Trient (1296m) you gain a little height on a wooded trail to reach the Col du Balme (1526m), where you cross from Switzerland into France. At the col to your right are striking views of the Glacier de Tour and the surrounding peaks of the snowy Aiguille Verte and Mont Blanc. From here we can also see the long stretch of the Chamonix valley, the end of the trek. Descending the steep ridge of the Aiguillette des Posettes, there are a few short sections of steps before gaining the easy track through the beautiful hamlet of Tre le Champ. Night in Argentiere.

Tuesday
Argentiere - Col du Montets - La Flegere - Chamonix valley

From Argentiere, you trek up to the Col du Montets (1461m), then a take a steep track to the Lac Blanc via the Aiguillette d'Argentiere. There are a series of easy short ladders and some cables, but there are handrails and chains to help, and don't worry, your guide will help if you are unsure. You trek the Grand Balcon across to reach Lac Blanc (2352m), which is a shimmering glacial lake and provides stunning views across to the Mont Blanc massif. After time for a break and photos there is a track down through the woods to return to the valley. Night in Chamonix.

Wednesday
La Flegere - Brevent - Les Houches - Chamonix

A short
bus or train ride to start the trek up (or you can opt to catch the cable car up) to La Flégère (1900m). You trek across first to Planpraz (2000m) and can watch the paragliders take off, then up to the summit of Brevent (2525m). The views are amazing of glaciers, Mont Blanc and the long Chamonix valley. After time for photos and lunch you descend the rocky track to Les Houches and the Chamonix valley. You have now completed the full circuit of the Tour Mont Blanc! The group meets in the evening for celebratory drinks and dinner. Night in Chamonix.
Thursday
Breakfast from 08:00, then accommodation check out by 10:00. You are free to depart at any time, but airport transfers leave the resort approximately three hours before your flight takes off.

ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you
will attempt.
Elisabetta Soldini Refuge in the Italian Val Veni

Course Prices
Standard course
10 full days UIMLA guiding, 1:8 max ratio
12 days holiday in total, Sunday-Thursday
£1899
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Inclusions: 1) UIMLA english speaking guide for ten days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics, bag storage, support and briefings, 3) Pre course detailed kit list and information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shop, 5) 2 nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix, one at either end of the trek (inc. bedding, linen & towels), 6) 9 nights hotel / lodge on a full board basis whilst on the trek (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner each day), 7) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 8) Road / rail transport as per itinerary, 9) Services of a support vehicle for baggage transfers, 10) Icicle discounts privilege card for reductions in local shops and restaurants in Chamonix.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Personal laundry, kit hire, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in Chamonix, & any purchases in lodges / mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 3) Cable cars (as suggested by guide, if required, budget up to c.£20pp), 4) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & final evening celebratory meal & drinks, 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
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Course Dates
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  • [ 2 ] 30 Jul - 10 Aug 2017
  • [ 0 ] 2 - 13 Aug 2017
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The hotels were great, and gave my wife and I a relaxing night to prepare well for the next days trekking

Stefan D , Classic TMB trek

I'd like to complement your whole team on the organisation, pre-holiday correspondance, guiding on the trip, and logistics. A perfect holiday for us, and we'll recommend you to friends

Siobhan T , Classic TMB trek


Awesome views and great food in the huts - a memorable trek that has inspired me to try the summit of Mont Blanc next year. Thanks guys.

Mark B , Classic TMB trek

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The trips all start in Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
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