Tour du Mont Blanc avec la Cie des Guides
Activités été - Cie des Guides Chamonix
The Tour du Mont-Blanc is an ideal and unmissable itinerary, a mythical loop that will allow you to discover the Alpine diversity of three countries and the rich heritage of these regions.
DescriptionOur ‘family’ trips are designed to allow young and old alike to share new discoveries and fun. Our choice of routes, as well as the contributions of our mountain leaders, endeavour to respond to the curiosity of all, fostering learning, an understanding of the mountain environment and the sharing of knowledge.
Two nights in mountain hut will reinforce our immersion in the mountain environment!
Luggage transportation (except on day 1) and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
Day 1 : Les Houches – Chalet de Nant Borrant
Our TMB starts from the the top of the Bellevue cable car, where we will have panoramic views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range, the Aiguilles Rouges, the Fiz and the Aravis massifs. On our way we cross the suspended bridge over Bionnassay torrent. Our descent leads us to Champel hamlet before reaching Les Contamines village. Our path continues to the bottom of the valley at Notre Dame de la Gorge. After one last hike up on the roman path we are reaching Nant Borrant mountain hut where we will spend the night. No luggage access.
Elevation gain : 500m / Elevation drop : 800m
Day 2 : Val Montjoie – Mottets mountain hut
Threw the nature reserve of Contamines-Montjoie, we are starting our day by a beautiful and long hike up to the Col du Bonhomme (2479m). Little by little we are gaining altitude, the forest leave place to grass and then to rocks under the Bonhomme. Ibex are not far. After reaching the col des Fours (2665m) a nice descent lead us to the glacier valley and Mottets mountain hut where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain : 1300m / Elevation drop : 900m
Day 3 : La Vallée des Glaciers – le col de la Seigne – Courmayeur
We are in the Beaufortain alpine pastures, among the herds of sheep and cows. We start our day by a hike up to the Col de la Seigne (2 516m), the French-Italian border. The climb is pleasant, the pass opens up to a new horizon and a superb view on the south face of Mont-Blanc. Our descent gains the Lake Combal and later the Italian hamlet of the Visaille. Bus transfers to Courmayeur. Overnight in a hotel.
Elevation gain : 730m / Elevation drop : 1600m
Day 4 : Le Grand Col Ferret - Champex
The hike continues at Arnuva hamlet, after a transfer at the foot of Grand Col Ferret (2 537m), Italian-Swiss border. This is the steepest, shortest and most demanding climb. But once again, the panorama is sumptuous, we discover the impressive faces of Grandes Jorasses, those of the Triolet, and the emblematic tri-border summit called Mont Dolent. Our descent goes towards the village of La Fouly, passing by the Alpine chalet of La Peule (2 070m). From La Fouly, a transfer takes us to Champex village. Overnight in a hotel.
Elevation gain : 760m / Elevation drop : 940m
Day 5 : Bovine
Through the forest, we gain the Plan de l’Au, located near Champex lake (1 482m). Little by little, we climb through a forest overlooking the Rhone valley and Martigny town. Taking a panoramic trail, we discover the Bovine alpine pasture (1 987m). This pasture offers a beautiful show. We continue our TMB to the Col de la Forclaz. Overnight at the Col de la Forclaz inn.
Elevation gain : 600m / Elevation drop : 500m
Day 6 : Col de Balme – Chamonix
Our last day already... We begin our hike through the Alpine pastures of the Herbagères and a spruce forest to reach the Col de Balme (2 191m). We are crossing the border again before starting our descend to the alpine pastures of Balme upstream of Chamonix valley. Our loop is now complete, we finish this TMB in the village of Le Tour.
Elevation gain : 890m / Elevation drop : 900m