Mont Blanc

The Challenge

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a circular walking trail through France, Italy and Switzerland. The route encircles the Mont Blanc Massif and is considered one of the world's classic long-distance walking trails. The valleys of the Mont Blanc Massif are beautiful with vast pine forests, lush meadows, blue lakes, soaring rocky peaks and breath-taking glaciers. This magnificent alpine region is also home to a variety of wild flowers, birds and other wildlife. Mont Blanc, or "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Mont Blanc Massif, at an elevation of 4,810m. It is permanently covered in snow and ice, giving rise to its nicknames, La Dame Blanche 'the White Lady' in France, and Il Bianco 'the White One' in Italy. This 3-day trek will take you along part of this trail, trekking in 3 different countries anticlockwise from the East to North West, trekking in the Italian, Swiss and French Alps.

Itinerary

Day 1: London - Geneva - Courmayeur
Depart London for Geneva. On arrival we will meet the local team and transfer to our hotel in Courmayeur, Italy, for the night where we will enjoy a welcome dinner and a briefing on the trek to come. Meals: Dinner. Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Courmayeur - Val Ferret - Champex
After a morning transfer to Arnuva, we hike up to Grand Col Ferret at 2537m, the highest point of the trek on the border between Italy and Switzerland where spectacular views unfold across the valley. During the hike Glacier de Pré de Bar appears at the base of the snow-covered summit of Mount Dolent. Once at the pass, we descend to the Swiss Val Ferret passing scenes of traditional rural life such as open meadows and farmland all with a stunning mountain backdrop. From there we transfer to the charming village of Champex and stay overnight at our mountain chalet in Switzerland. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (12km, 895m ascent/1125m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 3: Champex - Trient Valley
Today we hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley. It will take us to the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys. We stay overnight at a refuge in Trient, Switzerland. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (14km, 750m ascent / 900m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 4: Trient - Tré le Champ
Our final day starts with a steady climb which takes us to the Swiss-French border from where the views on the north of the Mont Blanc range are breath-taking. This fabulous scenery will stay in sight until we arrive in the hamlet of Tré le Champ where our trek ends. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner and stay overnight in Tré le Champ, France. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (16km, 1070m ascent / 950m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 5: Tré le Champ - Geneva - London
Today we transfer to Geneva airport for the flight back to London. Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport
  • All acccommodation as per itinerary
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Trek permits
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal kit and clothing
Trip Dates

10 - 14 September 2020

Tour Price

Self-funded option
£1620
(inc £295 deposit)

Fundraising option
£295 plus fundraise £2650 for charity

Which payment option?
Sponsorship

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.
Self-Funded

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Moderate to Challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to Challenging

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