The Ultimate Tour Du Mont Blanc
France, Trek & Walk, 12 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,815 (land only) - from $2,165 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Argentiere 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 the valley behind, we climb from the start, winding our way up through the forest to the Col Du Vosa and continuing 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 and our hotel. 22km with 1660 metres of ascent and 1500 metres of descent - 8 hours.
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 (2665m) into the beautiful Vallee des Glaciers, where we overnight at the Refuge des Mottets. 18km with 1600 metres of ascent and 950 metres of descent - 7 hours.
Day 4: The first of 2 cols today is the Col de la Seigne (2513m) as we leave France and descend into Italy. Our UTM variant continues over the Col de Checrouit (1960m) where we have a stunning panorama of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey. Descending via Val Veni to Cormayeur, we take a short transfer to La Palud and our hotel. 24km with 1230 metres of ascent and 1900 metres of descent - 8 hours.
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, on this UTM variant, cross the Col Deux Sauts (2521m) to overnight in the Refugio Bonatti. 17km with 1580 metres of ascent and 940 metres of descent - 7 hours.
Day 6: We climb to the Col du Grand Ferret (2530m) for great views of the Grand Combin (4090m) and Mont Dolent (3823m). Here, we cross the border into Switzerland and descend to La Fouly. 20km with 1120 metres of ascent and 1580 metres of descent - 7 hours.
Day 7: Now back on the classic Tour du Mont Blanc, we hike to Praz de Fort, where we deviate once again onto our UTM variant. this involves a tough 1700 metre climb to the spectacularly situated Cabane d'Orny, a superb refuge often used on the Classic Haute Route trek. 16km with 1700 metres of ascent and 500 metres of descent - 6 hours.
Day 8: This is the hardest section of the tour, following a spectacular balcony trail and crossing the Fenetre d'Arpette (2665m) before making a long descent to our hotel in Trient. 20km with 900 metres of ascent and 2470 metres of descent - 8 hours.
Day 9: Today, we climb through Tseppes to the Col du Balme, where we have stunning views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Valley. Now back in France, we descend via the Aguillette des Possettes to our chalet base in Argentiere. 19km with 1340 metres of ascent and 1400 metres of descent - 7 to 8 hours.
Day 10: Making a loop from our chalet, we walk to the Col des Montets and onwards via the cliffs of Le Chesery and Lac Blanc, arguably the Chamonix Valley's best viewpoint. After soaking up the views, we walk down via an alternative route to our chalet base in Argentiere. 10km with 1200 metres of ascent and 520 metres of descent - 4 hours.
Day 11: We transfer by bus to Le Praz and take the cable car to La Flegere. From here, we follow a superb trail, crossing the Col du la Gliere, the Col du Lac Cornu and the Col du Brevent to reach the Brevent summit. We descend to les Houches via Merlot, then transfer back to our chalet base in Argentiere for a celebratory final dinner. 17km with 870 metres of ascent and 1770 metres of descent - 6 hours.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.
GPS Trip Data
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