The Ultimate Tour Du Mont Blanc
France, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,555 (land only) - from $2,135 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. The guide will chat about the days ahead and check out your equipment. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Leaving Les Houches, we climb from the start as we wind our way up through the forest to the Col Du Vosa. and continue to the Col de Tricot. We descend to the Chalet de Miage and then have a shorter climb to the Col du Truc. Finally, we descend across meadows and through woods to the village of Contamines where we check into our hotel.
Day 3: From our hotel, we walk up the valley to Notre Dame de la Gorge and climb up to the Col de Bonhomme (2469m). Our UTM variant takes us across the Croix du Bonhomme and the Col des Fours (2655m) into the beautiful Vallee des Glaciers to stay at the Refuge des Mottets.
Day 4: The first of two Cols is the Col de la Seigne (2513m). as we leave France descend into Italy. Our UTM varient is to continue over the Col de Checrouit (1960m), there is a stunning panorama of the Aiguilles Noire de Peuterey. Descending into Val Veni, we take a short transfer to Cormayeur and stay tonight in a hotel in La Palud.
Day 5: A long day as we climb once again towards the Monte de la Saxe Ridge, with stunning views of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. We traverse the Tete de la Tronche to the Col du Sapin and finally the UTM varient across the Col Deux Sauts (2521m) to overnight in the Refugio Bonatti.
Day 6: We climb to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) for great views of the Grand Combin (4090m) and Mont Dolent (3823m). Entering Switzerland we descend to La Fouly.
Day 7: Following the classic TMB once again to Praz de Fort, we deviate for the UTM varient, a hard 1700m climb to the spectacularly situated Cabane D'Orny, a superb refuge often used on the Classic "Haute Route" trek.
Day 8: This is the hardest section of the tour, crossing three cols - the Col de la Breya, Fenetre d'Arpette (2655m) and Col du Forclaz. Spectacular views across the Trient Glacier as we descend to our hotel at the Col du Forclaz.
Day 9: We retrace our route to the Chalet des Glaciers and on to the Refuge les Grands where we traverse across to the Col du Balme for stunning views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. Back in France, we descend via the Aguillette des Possettes to our Chalet base in Argentiere.
Day 10: We walk to the Col des Montets and on towards the cliffs of Le Chesery and Lac Blanc, arguably the Chamonix Valley's best viewpoint. We descend by foot via an alternative route to our Chalet base in Argentiere.
Day 11: We transfer by bus to Le Praz and take the cable car to Flegerer, the UTM varient follows a superb trail crossing the Col du la Gliere, Col du Lac Cornu and the Col du Brevent to the Brevent summit. Descend to les Houches via Merlot to end the circuit. Transfer back to our chalet base in Argentiere for a celebratory final dinner.
Day 12: Services end after breakfast