Family Tour du Mont Blanc Walking Week

Minitrek around Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps







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Holiday Overview


  • Stay in French chalets and Alpine mountain huts
  • Swiss chocolate, French cheese and Italian pasta
  • Fully supported with baggage transfers
  • A classic walking holiday in France for families

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world's classic walks, and mindful of the adventurous families out there who want to enjoy some of the world's best walks together we have created this itinerary especially for families with children who want to walk the Tour du Mont Blanc. Meeting in Chamonix, the Alpine mountaineering capital, we begin our journey through 3 countries, France, Italy and Switzerland to complete the best parts of the Mont Blanc circuit. After a day's introductory walk up to lovely Lac Blanc, we return to our very comfortable chalet-style accommodation for a second night. We spend the next 5 days trekking our mini-tour, starting the walk from the door of our chalet. Our route includes several famous pass crossings including the Col de Balme, Col du Forclaz and the Grand Col Ferret (2537m). Along the way we'll see alpine cows, mountain farms, some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe and spend a night at the Bonatti Hut (2056m), newly erected in memory of the Italian mountaineer and photographer Walter Bonatti. All other accommodation will be in simple but comfortable hotels and there's no need to carry heavy bags as our baggage will be transported from accommodation to the next. An excellent introduction to multi-day walking!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 10 yrs old

This is an excellent adventure at the heart of the European Alps for those families who love to walk. During the week, we will make a half circuit of the Mont Blanc massive following the classic Tour du Mont Blanc trail. The distance walked each day is between 9 and 16km with daily ascents of 500 - 600 metres and up to 1200 metres on two days, one when we climb to the Bonatti hut. You should make sure that everyone in the family is comfortable with these daily distances and ascents, especially the younger ones. This excellent introduction to multi-day walking is designed for families that are already used to full days out but now want to link up a journey. With comfortable hotel and chalet accommodation and luggage transfers provided, this itinerary enables the whole family to walk the best part of the famous Mont Blanc circuit.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Take the Flegere cable car and walk through the nature reserve to Lac Blanc (2385m). Return to chalet.
  • Ascend with cable car, walk over the Col de Balme (2191m), descend to Trient.
  • Walk along the Bovine Trail to the lakeside village of Champex (1470m) to overnight.
  • Follow the 'Mushroom Trail', continue along river to Le Fouly for overnight. Optional rest day.
  • Big day! Ascend to Col Ferret (2537m), descend along balcony trail to Bonatti Hut (2056m).
  • Walk along the Mont de la Saxe ridge and descend to Courmayeur. Transfer to Argentiere chalet.
  • Departure day.
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group chalet in Argentiere. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately an hour's drive away. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

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If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at group chalet in Argentiere just a few kilometres from Chamonix. On arrival, you can relax in the splendour of your surroundings and enjoy the stunning views of Mont Blanc from the sundeck! In the evening, we will have an informal chat about the week ahead where you will meet your guide for the week. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner at Yeti Lodge.

    • Accommodation Chalet

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  • Take the Flegere cable car and walk through the nature reserve to Lac Blanc (2385m). Return to chalet.

    Today’s walk is an excellent introduction to the Tour du Mont Blanc with spectacular views across to the main Mont Blanc range. We start our trip with a ride up in the Flégère cable car to gain some height and to the start of a ridge walk which will lead us upwards to Lac Blanc. Our walk is through the Aguilles Rouge Nature Reserve and here we often see ibex, chamois, and marmots. It really can be a great chance to get up close to some of the alpine wildlife. Lac Blanc, or white lake is one of the most stunning locations in the area. It was recently voted by one magazine as the most beautiful day walk in the world! At Lac Blanc itself there is an opportunity to visit the Refuge and indulge in some home-made cake and a coffee! We then drop down to the mid-station at La Flegere and continue down to Chamonix by cable car before returning to Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 240m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 3 - 4 hours walking

  • Ascend with cable car, walk over the Col de Balme (2191m), descend to Trient.

    After breakfast, our trek starts straight from the front door with a walk along the Petit Balcon Nord, to Le Tour at the top end of the valley. We head up and over the Col de Balme from where Charles Dickens once penned a letter describing the stunning beauty of the mountains – and where you can have one foot in France and the other in Switzerland! Alternatively we can take the cable car (payable locally) to the top of the mountain and walk from here. We have our picnic lunch here before leaving the Col to begin our descent to Trient, where we overnight.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 450m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 920m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Walk along the Bovine Trail to the lakeside village of Champex (1470m) to overnight.

    Today we walk along the beautiful Bovine trail through the high meadows where the famous Swiss fighting cows spend the summer months. We stop for lunch at the farm and might have a chance to chat with the cow-herder whilst enjoying views right along the Rhône Valley and of some of the major Swiss peaks. In the afternoon we walk down to the idyllic lakeside village of Champex where we spend the night at a village hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 6 - 8 hours walking

  • Follow the 'Mushroom Trail', continue along river to Le Fouly for overnight. Optional rest day.

    We enjoy waking up by the lake and the fresh mountain air before descending through pine forest and the ‘mushroom trail’ towards the meadows of Praz de Fort. Here our trail keeps to the valley floor and the river edge as we gently start to climb towards the Italian border and Mont Dolent, the summit of which is shared by France, Switzerland and Italy. We spend the night in Le Fouly. For any tired legs in the family, this day could also be used as a rest day spent relaxing on the lake in Champex and you would then transfer to our accommodation by bus, a journey of around 90 minutes. Please note that should you choose this option, the bus is not included in the trip price.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 500m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 430m

    • Time 5 hours walking

  • Big day! Ascend to Col Ferret (2537m), descend along balcony trail to Bonatti Hut (2056m).

    Today is our big day! We set off on a long climb to the Grand Col Ferret at 2537m. Along the way we stop at le Peule, a perfectly situated farm and refuge where we can refuel with coffee and homemade cake. Our climb to the Grand Col is well worth the effort. We have views of the snow-capped Grand Combin 4090m, and beyond the pass we enter Italy with views all the way to the border of France. We descend into Val Ferret to Arnuva for another refuel before our last push up to a beautiful balcony trail to reach the fantastic Bonatti Hut (2056m). The Refuge enjoys stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif and provides a true night in the mountains. This is a new mountain hut which pays homage to the world renowned Italian mountaineer Walter Bonatti. Showers are available and the food is excellent! Please note that there is no vehicle access to the hut and so our main luggage will go direct from Le Fouly to Argentiere. You should bring with you anything that you require for this overnight stay.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1230m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 770m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Walk along the Mont de la Saxe ridge and descend to Courmayeur. Transfer to Argentiere chalet.

    Our final day is less strenuous but yet another gem. It begins with a walk along a balcony trail maintaining our hard-won elevation. We now have several options to complete our journey all depending on how we feel. We may choose to walk over the Col du Sapin (2436m) and even the Tête de la Tronche (2584m) before making our way along the Mont de la Saxe Ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range. A little further on we find the Bertone Refuge which is ideally situated for refreshments and views of the ‘Italian’ side of Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco! From here we descend through pine forests to the old quarter of Courmayeur where we complete our journey. We have time to soak up the Italian sunshine and cuisine before meeting our transfer back to our chalet base in Argentiere.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 250m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 5 hours walking

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package ends after breakfast. For those with afternoon or late flights there are plenty of options for activities, swimming, or coffee and cake in Chamonix.

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Holiday Information

  • The guiding services of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Valley transport (not airport transfers)
  • All accomodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All cable car lifts which are part of the itinerary
  • The services of a baggage vehicle and driver

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers and cable cars which are not part of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and snacks and souvenirs etc

During this trip, the group will spend 3 nights in Yeti Lodge in Argentiere. The apartments in "Yeti Lodge" all enjoy bright and airy rooms with floor-to-ceiling picture windows with private south-facing sun-decks facing Mont Blanc, satellite TV/DVD and free WFI. The interiors are tastefully decorated with white and timber clad walls, luxury furnishings, deep sofas and traditional fireplaces. Yeti Lodge also offers secure car parking and is non-smoking. Accommodation is in twin, triple or family quad rooms. There will also be 3 nights in hotels at the Col du Forclaz, in Champex and in Le Fouly where accommodation will be in twin, triple or family rooms and 1 night in the Bonatti Refuge, a mountain hut where accommodation will be in mixed dormitories.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

The food on this trip is varied and plentiful. Continental breakfasts, packed lunches, afternoon tea and full 3-course evening meals are included. It is possible to buy wine, beer and soft drinks every evening including while staying in the mountain hut.

The group will rendezvous at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of Day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service.

We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code YETI. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are driving to Chamonix we will provide route details and directions to the group hotel/chalet in Argentiere. Parking is available for clients arriving by car.

The group will be accompanied by an English-speaking, qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) throughout the trip.

This is a fully inclusive package. We estimate that £100 per family member should be sufficient to cover reasonable personal expenses such as soft drinks, wine or beer. There are ATM's in Argentiere and Chamonix.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single trek bag (per family member) of maximum weight 15kg and a small daypack of around 30 - 40 litres. Your trek bag will be transferred between overnight stops and you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm. Please note that the luggage transfer should not be relied on as a 'people' taxi if you are unable to walk a particular day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This trip does not involve trekking at any really high altitudes (ie above 3000 metres) and we would not expect any problems arising from altitude while trekking. We do spend one night at just over 2000 metres but given that this is on day 6 and after crossing the Grand Col Ferret at 2537m you will be well acclimatised and this is also unlikely to present any altitude issues.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Windproof / waterproof jacket

    Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)

    T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Warm fleece gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Sheet sleeping bag (for the night in the mountain hut)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Daypack 25 - 40 litres (depending on how much of the kids’ stuff you are carrying)
  • Head torch / flashlight with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit - refer to trip notes for details
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small travel towel
  • We request that you keep the weight of your main baggage to less than 15kgs for the baggage transfers.

The following items are optional:

  • Training shoes / sneakers (for evening use)
  • Ear plugs (for the Bonatti mountain hut dormitories)
  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles
  • Wet wipes
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Travel clothes

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or activities trip getting some additional exercise. Even very fit youngsters will benefit from some kind of training and it can be great fun as you head toward your activity holiday. For this trip you require basic aerobic fitness and be comfortable with walking at an easy pace for 5 hours each day on a variety of terrain. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Generally, the temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from around 18 to 28°C. At night we can expect the temperature to drop to between 10 and 15°C. The weather is usually stable at this time of year, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet). Chamonix – Mont Blanc. Martin Collins. Around Mont Blanc. Helmut Eberlein. Mont Blanc Trails. (Editions Sentiers du Mont Blanc). Chamonix Valley. Terry Marsh.

IGN (Institut Geographique National) 1:50,000 scale.

The IGN also produce a 1:25,000 series but the 1:50,000 walking maps series provides a detailed topographic map with a useful contour interval of 20m. This is still a good scale for following the route on the ground without having to buy too many different sheets. To cover the Tour du Mont Blanc you will need two sheets as follows: A1 Mont Blanc. & A2 Beaufortain

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