Mont Blanc – East

Martigny, France, Switzerland

Holiday overview

Destination

France, Switzerland


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Strenuous


Month

Jul - Sep


Price

£ 980.00 pp


Duration

6 nights


Mont Blanc is enthroned majestically amidst the highest peaks of the Alps. If you want to hike around this massif, you will be venturing onto one of the most beautiful long-distance trails in Europe. You will be greeted with high passes, dreamy hamlets and cosy mountain inns, where you can gear up for the challenges awaiting you. Tour Mont Blanc is one of the biggest classic trails for hikers from all corners of the world, all of whom come in search of the same thing: exquisite mountain panoramas, peace and unspoilt landscapes. This tour will surely enrich you and you will take something back.

We offer two hikes on Mont Blanc.  Both start in Martigny and finish in Bourg Saint Maurice: one on the eastern side and one on the western side of Mont Blanc.  The high (Haute) route is a different route starting in Chamonix and finishes in Zermatt.   The Tour Mont Blanc West is exposed on some days, sometimes we offer easier variants in the route description to avoid these difficult spots. Both hikes are high mountain tours as you hike up to 2500 metres so you need to be experienced in Alpine hiking.  You need to be physically fit to cope with the long stages of the daily hike.  Although there are almost no exposed sites – enduring surefootedness and head for heights are a must for the treks across the high mountain passes.

 

Price:

£980 per person per person based on 2 people sharing – August 20th – 4th September

£1040 per person 2nd July – 19th August

£320 Single room supplement

 

Included:

  • 6 overnight stays
  • breakfast each morning
  • 1 evening meal (Val Ferret)
  • luggage transfers
  • transfers as included in the programme
  • route notes
  • service hotline

Not included

Anything not mentioned above

 

Departures:

Daily from 2nd July to 4th September

Minimum no. of participants: 2 persons

 

Day 1: Arrival in Martigny
The little town Martigny lies in an idyllic spot close to river Rhône. Go for a walk and visit the castle La Batiaz or endulge yourself in one of the many restaurants.

 

Day 2: Trient – Champex

Early in the morning transfer to Trient. Your first hiking day starts by climbing the legendary old pass trail to Col de la Forclaz, an important junction between Rhônetal and Chamonix. From the top of the pass, a beautiful forest trail guides you up and over the Collet Portalo peak to the mountaineer station Alp Bovine. Take rest on the alpine pasture before starting heading on a spectacular descent along high cliffs and across rustling mountain brooks. A typical farmhouse with homemade products awaits you in the valley. You can stop here to take a break. A gentle climb through small villages and woods takes you to the Lac de Champex lake that has crystal clear water. Not without reason is this place called the “Canada of Switzerland”: dark wooden houses and extensive, lone woodlands surround the frozen lake. Details: approx. 15 km | 900 m 700 m, hiking time: approx. 5 h

 

Day 3: Champex – La Fouly
Good forest roads will take you down to the valley of the Dranse river; you will now follow its course through the quaint mountain villages of Valais. A beautiful path soon takes you further up, above the ravine of the mountain brook, till you reach the upper end of Swiss Val Ferret at La Fouly. You will be amazed by the sanded cliffs and massive glacier flanks that you will see all around you. Rock climbers and high alpinism
enthusiasts will find countless bivouac huts as base camps for their mountain adventures. A cable car ride to the panorama point is a tempting proposition in the afternoon or you can simply enjoy total relaxation in the dreamlike alpine surroundings.
Details: approx. 15 km | 600 m 450 m, hiking time: approx. 4 h

 

Day 4: La Fouly – Arnouva Val Ferret
The first high pass and mountain pass to Italy awaits you here! After climbing the Alpe Peule, where you can stock up on supplies, you will hike on good roads till you reach Grand Col Ferret (2537 m). You can enjoy fascinating views of the Italian Val Ferret, which is flanked by greenery on one side and has rock edges and glaciated walls on the other. When you climb down, you will directly reach Refuge Elena, where you can sip an original espresso while enjoying an overwhelming view of the glacier from the terrace. A beautiful hiking trail along the stream will finally guide you to the valley. You will spend the night in a small chalet hotel directly at the valley head; a dreamlike, idyllic spot, where the nights are especially peaceful.
Details: approx. 14 km | 1000 hm (elevation gain) 800 m, hiking time: approx. 5 h

 

Day 5: Arnouva Val Ferret – Courmayeur
Your first climb in the morning will bring you to a great alpine path, which offers a wonderful mountain view and leads to Refuge Bonatti. You must not miss the halt at this legendary alpine hut! At this point, you have to make a choice: you can take the shorter and more levelled route along the mountain flank or you can cross two more passes and hike on the alpine path across the summits. Both offer a great alpine experience! Both routes meet in the cosy Rifugio Bertone, where cappuccino and cakes await the hikers. You will reach the pretty Italian town of Courmayeur in the afternoon. It is famous for its great alpine history and its panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The beautiful pedestrian area, well-kept bars and cafés attract people to visit this place.
Details: approx. 16 – 19 km | 550 – 1100 hm (elevation gain) 1100 – 1600, hiking time: approx. 4 – 6 h

 

Day 6: Courmayeur – Ville des Glaciers – Bourg Saint-Maurice
Transfer to Visailles in the morning. On the sixth day, you will hike through the Veny valley, where you will discover impressive lateral  moraines, bizarre limestone formations and hidden glacial lakes. Through the wide valley floor, you will hike to the alpine club hut called Rifugio Elisabetta. You can enjoy delicious Italian cottage specialities on its terrace. Via the Col de la Seigne (2516 m) pass, you will now reach the region of Hoch-Savoyen in France! Your destination is Vallée des Glaciers (valley of glaciers), formerly an alpine pasture, where you can grab a quick bite surrounded by numerous herds of cows. You will then climb down to the leisurely French Alps location called Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is located right next to river Isère. Here you can look back on your impressive 3-country hike and enjoy a glass of wine. In the afternoon, you will be transported from Ville des Glaciers to Bourg-Saint-Maurice.
Details: approx. 15 km | 850 hm (elevation gain) 750, hiking time: approx. 4.5 h

 

Day 7: Departure or extra nights
We recommend a walk though the typically French Alps location, a ride on the funicular into the hiking region of Arcs and a visit to the Isère river before heading back home. Or would you rather spend a few more days and relax in the region of Hoch-Savoyen?

Accommodation:

3 star hotels and country hotels, all rooms with private bathrooms.

 

Highlights of Tour

  • The imposing Mont Blanc massif: At 4,807 metres, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the group of the same name and also in the Alps, but its “partners” are almost on a par with it. Eleven of the 24 peaks of the massif exceed 4,000 metres. In contrast, there are deeply sloping mountain valleys.
  • Enjoy the “Lac de Champex”: Dark green forests, picturesque wooden buildings and a lake at 1,467 metres above sea level that seems both inviting and mysterious. Every now and then you may encounter a fisherman, and in warm temperatures you can explore it yourself by boat or stand-up paddle board.
  • Beautiful mountain valleys: Whether the Val Ferret, the Vallée des Glaciers or the Veny Valley – you simply have to experience these places for yourself and then you may be able to decide where you like it best. We can’t by the way, they are all just beautiful….
  • Historical retrospection in Courmayeur: Located in the Italian Aosta Valley, it’s not just wonderful Italian delicacies that can be enjoyed and architectural sights explored here. In the Museo Duca degli Abruzzi you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of local alpinism.