Mont Blanc Highlights

Beautiful alpine walking on the best of the Mont Blanc Circuit

The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is in reality a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. To complete the whole circuit normally takes a fortnight, but for those with less time this one-week Exodus tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day. Throughout the holiday we are based in the delightful Chalet Chamonix with dramatic views of Mont Blanc and use private buses to travel out each day to re-join the next stage of our walk covering beautiful sections of the famous circuit. At the end of each day we return home for afternoon tea or for those who wish a dip in the chalet’s bubbling Jacuzzi.


Highlights

  •  Dramatic mountain scenery
  •  High alpine lake Lac Blanc
  •  Comfortable chalet with outdoor hot tub

 
Key information

  •  5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  •  Travel by minibus, local train and cable car
  •  Altitude maximum 2352m, average 1525m
  •  Group normally 4 to 14, plus UK leader
  •  7 nights in comfortable chalet, all rooms en suite

 

Itinerary Brief

Please contact your travel specialist for a detailed itinerary

Day 1 - Start Chalet Chamonix.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walking towards Switzerland via the trekking peak L'Aiguillette des Posettes and onto Col du Possettes and then descend back towards La Tour.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3 - Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natural Reserve and summiting the Aiguillette des Houches and the Aiguillette du Brevent.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4 - Starting from Les Houches we cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5 - Free day for optional walks, activities or sightseeing.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley to Courmayeur.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7 - Drive to Col de Montets; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8 - End Chalet Chamonix.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Is this trip for you?

This itinerary includes 5 days hill walking with transport to and from start/end points of walks. The maximum altitude is 2350m, with an average of 1525m. Some of the days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 900/950m (3000/3120ft) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for 2 to 4 hours and then the same down again. The paths are rocky and steep in sections but generally well maintained. Due to the quality of the trails, the general 'civilisation' of the area and the relative shortness of the trek, we rate it as an Activity level 3, Moderate. That said for those new to hill walking or not walking fit the trekking may feel quite tough.

Walking hours stated are given as approximates only and include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. However, in general days average about six to seven hours and up to nine miles in distance. The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone good health and is reasonably fit. The route throughout is non-technical, although there is a short section with a fixed sloping ladder and metal footsteps help traverse what would be a steeper section.

Spring and Autumn departures: Late spring and early autumn is a great time to visit Chamonix and walk in the mountains. The air is clear, the views are stunning and paths are quiet and tranquil. Chamonix itself is still open for business but the bustle of the high season is replaced by a more laid back vibe. Although the itinerary will be similar and we will continue to walk spectacular sections of the TMB, we will need to alter some of the days. This will be due to the cable car not running, (pre the 10th of June and post 17th September) or (especially in spring time) to snow on the paths or due to river crossings not being possible. Cafes on the mountain may well be closed for some departures too. We try to make sure that any alterations stay within the grading and overall theme of the trip but some days may be a little longer and a little harder. We will always make sure that all walks still show off the best this area has to offer.

The itinerary for all departures may also be altered or modified from time to time depending on the weather, the conditions of the route, the abilities and/or wishes of the group, or other local factors. The leader will discuss these changes with you if and when they occur.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip. All food is home cooked in the chalet using local ingredients.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast: Buffet style breakfast will usually consist of cereal, eggs, orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, tea or coffee.

Lunch: Picnic style lunches will normally include bread, fresh salad vegetables, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit.

Evening meal: Will normally consist of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat or fish with rice, potatoes or pasta and vegetables, followed by dessert or fruit and tea or coffee. The price of the evening meal does not include wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks.

Vegetarians and Gluten-free diets: We happily cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please inform us at the time of booking.

 

Please note: Prices shown are based on low season travel. Seasonal surcharges may apply.


What's not included

* Travel insurance
* Visas and vaccinations
* Single accommodation (not available)


Feature image courtesy of Exodus Travels



Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

7 nights from

$1,995*

Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Exodus tour leader throughout

Bonus


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