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Tour Du Mont Blanc

Geneva, Switzerland
4.9 (12 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • World Famous Trek
  • Wonderful Lodging
  • Stunning Mountain Views
  • Deep, Dramatic Valleys
  • Unique Wildlife
  • Delicious Regional Cuisine
  • Guides Choice Trip

Description

This trip is a must-do for all mountain hiking enthusiasts! Faithful to the myth, Mont Blanc is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and impressive mountains in the world. This hiking tour will lead you from France to Italy to Switzerland in order to experience the towering Mont Blanc massif from a variety of perspectives. Our route takes us over high passes, through deep valleys, and in and out of quaint European mountain villages. The views are breath-taking with innumerable alpine peaks and stunning glaciers surrounding the impressive Mont Blanc massif constantly in the background. This hike is quite demanding, however guests only carry a light daypack each day. In the evenings, you will enjoy French and Italian cooking, paired with a hearty serving of Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages we stay in!

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9 Days
$4200 PER PERSON
$460 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT  

$460 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

The single supplement on this trip provides for single rooms at our hotel stays in Les Houches, Les Contamines, Bourg St Maurice, Courmayeur, Champex, Argentières, and Chamonix. The other accommodations do not allow for single rooms. Also, there is only capacity in the hotels for two guests per trip to secure single rooms so availability is limited.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Guests
Trip Length: 9 Days
Distance: 57.3MI / 92.1KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip has long days of hiking with significant elevation changes (3,000+ ft is not unusual), but we’re carrying light day packs on good trails with very comfortable night-time accommodations. Expect an average of 6 or 7 hours, with a max of as much as 9 hours, of hiking in a day.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 10 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs
Terrain:

Moderately Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 4,200 ft
Heights Exposure:

Extreme Exposure

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 7-9 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on steep, variable and uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Hiking with occasional extreme heights exposure

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Alps hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking. June and September will feature more solitude than July and August.

BOOKING FLIGHTS

The closest and easiest airport to fly into for this trip is Geneva, Switzerland.

We will meet you at the first night’s hotel, Hotel Chalet Du Bois, in Les Houches (included, check-in available after 3pm), where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting at 6:00 PM. Airport transportation is not included in the tour, but easily planned from the Geneva Airport with multiple economical and convenient options.

Please arrive to our hotel and meeting place in Les Houches no later than 5pm, day 1 of itinerary; depart anytime, day 9 of itinerary. Check-out is at 11am from our last accommodation

An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour.

Flights to and from Geneva are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Geneva from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Newark, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of flights is 10-30 hours normally with one or two stops.

We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

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Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

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Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1

On this Alps hiking tour, we meet at our first accommodation of the trip, Hotel Chalet Du Bois, in the charming, traditional village of Les Houches. You may check into the hotel anytime after 3pm and get settled in to your room surrounded by a wonderful nature preserve and the village’s traditional architecture from the Savoie region. We’ll meet at 6pm in the main lobby for a trip orientation meeting and full introduction of our group. Then we’ll have dinner at our hotel and get a good night’s rest in preparation for the next day’s hike.

Buildings at the base of a mountain

DAY 2

  • Hiking Mileage: 7 mi (11 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2100 ft (640 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 4200 ft (1275 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

Departing from the quaint village of Les Houches, we will begin our adventurous trek through the Alps! After a small walk through the village, we’ll board a classic Alps cable car and ride it high into the mountains, making the first day’s hike a lovely warm-up. We’ll traverse through deep conifer forests high above the Bionnassay Valley and hike through stunning alpine hamlets with amazing views of Mont Blanc and across the foothills of the Alps. The Dôme du Gouter, Aiguille de Bionnassay, and an impressive glacier beneath the two peaks dominate our views. After reaching our high point we’ll descend through a series of switchbacks to Chalet de Miage. A riverside path leads us into Les Contamines, where we’ll get settled in a cozy, very comfortable hotel and enjoy some delicious French cuisine and wine if you choose.

Hikers looking at mountain

DAY 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 9 mi (14.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3937 ft (1200 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2952 ft (900 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

After a tasty French breakfast we will begin with a short shuttle to Notre Dame de la Gorge. We’ll climb over two high mountain passes (Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme) with beautiful views into the surrounding summits and deep valleys, and eventually make our way down into the Chapieux Valley. Today’s biggest highlights are the outstanding views of Aiguille des Glaciers, a sheer, ice-draped peak of the Mont Blanc massif. Tonight’s accommodations are in Bourg Saint Maurice at a charming inn situated in a classic mountain hamlet.

Hikers resting on stone mountain with huge snowy mountains in background

DAY 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 9.3 mi (15 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2297 ft (700 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3280 ft (1000 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours

This morning we shuttle briefly from Bourg Saint Maurice to ville des Glaciers, where we begin our hike into Italy. We’ll hike up and over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the border. On today’s trek, you can expect spectacular views and a fun descent into Val Ferret, a lush alpine valley with rustic homesteads, farms and rich history. We’ll take a bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur, where we get settled in our accommodations, which feature incredible panoramic views of the Grandes Jorasses.

Hikers looking at massive glacier

DAY 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2788 ft (850 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3280 ft (1000 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today starts with our first Italian breakfast and ends in Switzerland! We cross the breathtaking mountain pass Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint, beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. We’ll absorb exceptional views over the massif of Combins in the East and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. A short shuttle takes us to Champex, a picturesque Swiss village near a beautiful mountain lake.

Hiker on trail with mountain behind him

DAY 6

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 mi (16 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2434 ft (742 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2238 ft (682 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-9 hours

Today we start our hike right from our lodging around the lake and start to climb over Bovine Pass (2,040 m, 6,693 ft.), and we’ll savor the awe-inspiring views across the Rhône Valley into the famous Bernese Alps of Switzerland. Today’s lunch is near a quaint mountain hut, before we head down though lush alpine forests and landscapes to a more lodging at a mountain hut, where we’ll celebrate with dinner and Wine if you choose!

Mountain goat on rock with hiker in background

DAY 7

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 mi (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3280 ft (1000 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3444 ft (1050 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today takes us up over the Col de la Balme and back into France with fantastic views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte, and ends in the iconic French Alps village of Argentières. We’ll get settled in our rooms and then enjoy a walk around town to soak up views of the alpine country we just descended from. We’ll cap the day off with a return to French cuisine.

Hikers descending mountain trail

DAY 8

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 mi (9.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2950 ft (900 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1700 ft (518 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

Our final day of trekking! Today’s hike takes us up and over Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges (“Balcony over the Red Peaks”) before a climb to Lac Blanc. Lac Blanc is one of Chamonix’s most famous hikes, and features a high mountain panorama reflected on the turquoise waters of a beautiful alpine lake. This is also an excellent area to see Ibex and marmots. We’ll soak up all the beautiful surrounding scenery: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and last but not least, Mont Blanc! We’ll finish with a descent towards Chamonix and a short gondola ride to the hamlet of Le Praz. Tonight’s accommodations are in a wonderful 4-star hotel with a sauna and spa, where we’ll get settled in and relax after our hike. Tonight we’ll have a celebratory dinner out on the town in Chamonix.

DAY 9

Today marks the end of our journey. We’ll enjoy one last breakfast together, where we’ll say our very fond good-byes, and start dreaming of our next adventure!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation during the trekking portion of the tour starting on Day 2 and ending on Day 8
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour
  • Vehicle transport of luggage between inns (weight limit applies)
  • Use of a backpack, trekking poles and other gear
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the last day
  • Professional, certified Wildland trekking guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to Geneva, Switzerland
  • Airport transportation to Les Houches (Day 1) and from Chamonix (Day 9)
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in the Alps)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (optional and based on level of satisfaction: industry recommendation is 5-10% of total trip cost; Euro are preferred or USD is acceptable.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT

This Alps hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most lunches and  are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

GEAR WE PROVIDE

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency Communication Device(s)

WHAT GEAR TO BRING

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

WHERE DO WE MEET?

We will meet you at the first night’s hotel, Hotel Chalet Du Bois, in Les Houches (included, check-in available after 3pm), where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting at 6:00 PM. Airport transportation is not included in the tour, but easily planned from the Geneva Airport with multiple convenient options. Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, airport transportation, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

GUIDES

This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GUIDE WORKING PARAMETERS

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

TRIP INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on all Alps trips as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Alps requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

WEATHER IN THE ALPS

The location of the Alps and their tremendous elevation variations lead to significant and sometimes unpredictable temperatures and weather patterns, both in different ranges and in a particular range itself. Due to the Alps’ location in central Europe, they are influenced by moist air off the Atlantic, cold polar air from northern Europe, fluctuating air masses; and warm Mediterranean air flows northward.

Due to these extraordinary forces acting on the Alps’ weather, we recommend following our clothing list closely (in your trip packet when you register), as guests are best served by being prepared for a broad range of possible temperatures and weather conditions.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Alps are:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
<4k ft
Peaks
4-6.5k ft
hi
low
hi
low
May
67°
56°
60°
40°
June
75°
63°
66°
45°
July
81°
68°
71°
49°
August
79°
67°
70°
48°
September
74°
63°
63°
43°

Accommodations

Accommodations

HÔTEL DU BOIS

HÔTEL CHALET DU BOIS

HÔTEL DU BOIS
1 NIGHT

This beautiful lodge is almost as picturesque as its surroundings. It is just minutes from the famous Chamonix Valley. (heated pool, sauna)

HÔTEL LE CHRISTIANIA

HÔTEL LE CHRISTIANIA

HÔTEL LE CHRISTIANIA
1 NIGHT

This is a traditional family-run chalet in one of the most charming Alps villages with amazing home-cooked meals. (pool, sauna)

HOTEL L’AUTANTIC

HOTEL L’AUTANTIC

HOTEL L’AUTANTIC
1 NIGHT

Surrounded by major ski resorts and summer mountain destinations, this hotel is with stone facade and gardens. (heated pool)

HÔTEL BOUTON D’OR

HÔTEL BOUTON D’OR

HÔTEL BOUTON D’OR
1 NIGHT

At the foot of Mont Blanc, this family operated lodge is perfectly located for mountain views and relaxing on their amazing gardened terrace.

HÔTEL ALPINA IN CHAMPEX

1 NIGHT

This hotel is owned and managed by a wonderful French family who lives onsite high in the Alps. With Michelin star quality food, expansive views and lovely hosts, this stay is often a highlight for our groups.

HÔTEL LA FORCLAZ

HÔTEL LA FORCLAZ

HÔTEL LA FORCLAZ
1 NIGHT

Nestled below the Col de la Forclaz mountain pass, this relaxed and simple, family-operated hotel has private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. The highlight is the outstanding views from the outside seating at the café.

HÔTEL DE LA COURONNE

HÔTEL DE LA COURONNE

HÔTEL DE LA COURONNE
1 NIGHT

This hotel is situated at the base of Mont Blanc in an idyllic alpine village. It has spacious rooms and private bathrooms.

PARK HÔTEL SUISSE

PARK HÔTEL SUISSE

PARK HÔTEL SUISSE
1 NIGHT

Since 1930, this 4-star hotel has offered modern mountain style lodging with all the comforts of an upscale hotel, including a sauna and spa.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 4.9 (12 reviews)
Bob C
5.0

Mr

24 days ago

September, 2021 Our guide Matthieu was excellent. This was a very, very tough hike but we’ll worth it. Train, train, train. Gorgeous scenery, excellent food & hotels.

Daniel L
5.0

A Perfect Experience

25 days ago

It was my first tour with Wildland, and I had a perfect experience both from the stuff, the guides Matt and Christ, and the group participants. As eating a Vegan diet the team did every effort to fulfill my preference. Every thing was organize extraordinary, the hikes, the meals, the accommodations and the schedules!

Sue S
5.0

Ms.

26 days ago

This is an extremely challenging hike. The ascents & descents were thousands of steep feet long. Our guide was knowledgeable & very encouraging. The scenery was all worth it. The accommodations & meals were great. We loved the deep soaking tubs in some hotels. I would highly recommend but know it’s tough!

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