• SELF-GUIDED
  • 7 DAYS
  • Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM £ 1,240 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 265 per person

OVERVIEW

Trek the western section of the Tour du Mont Blanc, hiking from Chamonix in France to the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur. From Chamonix, trek below the Bionnassay Glacier to the enchanting Refuge de Miage and onto the delightful town of Les Contamines in the Haute Savoie region.

Continue over the Col du Bonhomme to the small village of Les Chapieux before heading over the Italian border to witness the dramatic, jagged peaks of the southern Mont Blanc Massif before descending into Courmayeur. The last day of walking above the Val Ferret features astounding vistas of tumbling glaciers, snowy summits and forested valleys. In the evenings, stay in family-run hotels and chalets serving traditional dishes and, of course, large glasses of red wine!

Please note: additional transfer fees may apply if our regular accommodation providers have no availability for your preferred departure date. Should this occur, the cost will be communicated to you prior to confirming the booking. If you choose to cancel as a result, your deposit will of course be refunded in full.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hike the southern section of the Tour du Mont Blanc from Chamonix to Courmayeur
  • Explore the adventure capital of the Alps, Chamonix
  • Walk over the Col du Bonhomme and enjoy far-reaching views of Lac de Roseland
  • Trek the Val Ferret with majestic views of Mont Blanc and Grandes Jorasses
  • Stay in comfortable accommodation with private rooms and ensuites

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging
PRICE FROM
£ 1240 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 265 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation arranged for you
  • 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Itineraries can be flexible to account for weather conditions
  • Rest days can be added if you would like to explore the region further
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Stroll’s comprehensive track notes, maps, and GPX tracks
  • 6 nights accommodation in private rooms with ensuites
  • Daily luggage transfers – access to your main luggage every evening (not possible in mountain huts)
  • No need to carry a sleep sheet or towel (required for mountain huts)

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

During this tour, you will stay in 3* hotels or auberges (small simple hotels). All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and are very well equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are simple but very comfortable. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion, we may have to book alternative accommodation of equal standard in off-track towns. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

Dining
You will be provided with 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you, especially as ingredients and supplies can be hard to obtain in the mountains.

You will find in many of the smaller accommodations, dining is often at communal tables with set mealtimes. This enables small kitchen teams to ensure everyone is fed on time and nobody is left hungry after a long day of trekking! Lunches can be purchased locally which is a great part of the experience. The towns and villages you pass through are renowned for their speciality cheeses and meats (many of which continue to be produced by hand). If you’re lucky enough to encounter a local farmers’ market, the choice and range of local foods are staggering. Some of your accommodations can also make a picnic lunch for you. A staff favourite is the Beaufort Cheese from La Vallee des Glaciers which you can purchase fresh from the farm. Within your daily walk notes, there are detailed suggestions of where to buy lunch each day.

For evenings when dinner isn’t provided, there are plenty of dining options so you can choose whatever takes your fancy!

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

In early July it is possible the trail might remain closed due to heavy snowfall. Should this happen we would do our very best to reschedule the tour for a later date (on occasion it is possible the tour might even be cancelled, but this is rare). Up until late July, some of the higher passes may still have snow on them (with the possibility of them being closed). Should this happen you will be provided with comprehensive information about taking an alternative route and/or local transport. In the event of any major route closures, we will contact you prior to travel and discuss the alternative walk options with you.

Towards the end of the season (early September) some transport options will have stopped operating for the season. You should therefore be prepared to walk the full distance every day. There is always the option of using a local taxi if necessary. Within your travel notes, advice will be given for all transport options to shorten or skip the walking for that specific day.

THE WALKING

Moderate to Challenging – Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents and descents along sections of rough surface and steps. You may find some sections have narrow footpaths and for your guidance on some very short sections, safety cable lengths have been put in place for you to use as a handrail if needed. Having an active lifestyle and being an experienced walker makes the journey enjoyable. We would suggest an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week in addition to your usual weekly walks.

You will be walking around 20km a day with up to 1500m of ascent and descent. Trails are well-defined, well waymarked and cover a variety of terrains which include; forest tracks, high alpine pastures, rocky mountain paths and through mountain towns and villages. It is also possible you may have to cross some snowy patches on the ascent or descent of higher mountain cols, so good mountain footwear is required! On days 10 and 11 there are short sections of metal ladders, handrails and foot rungs bolted into the rock which is very straightforward to follow. However, if you suffer from vertigo, or have any further questions about these sections, we’d be happy to discuss the options to get around these walks.

Although the route is well waymarked for each of your walks, you will be provided with a guidebook, a summary of daily walks, maps (and GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device). Mountain weather can change quickly so it is essential that at least one of your trekking party is confident in using a map and compass to navigate (should visibility drop). You should always be able to locate your whereabouts on a map.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts in Chamonix. The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva Airport. There is also a train station in Chamonix if you wish to arrive by train from Paris for example.

Geneva Airport to Chamonix
Included in your package is a shared transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Upon receipt of your booking confirmation, please advise your flight details as soon as possible. We can then book this transfer for you. Please note the courtesy transfers are only available between 10.00am and 7.30pm (Saturday to Wednesday) or 9.00pm ( Thursday and Friday nights only) – outside these times you will be responsible for your own transfer, we will reimburse you the cost of our included transfer only.

Onward Travel From Courmayeur
This walk finishes in Courmayeur, Italy. We have not included any transfers from the end point. If you wish to return to Chamonix for onward connections back to Geneva Airport there is a regular daily bus service from Courmayeur to Chamonix (the journey time is around 45 minutes). Please let us know if you need assistance getting back to Geneva airport from Chamonix. If you are travelling further south into Italy, a bus service connects Courmayeur to the town of Aosta where you can change for train services through to Milan and Turin.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See our FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Jul 2024 - 5 Sep 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1240

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 265

    High-season surcharge may apply in August

sections

Overview

Trek the western section of the Tour du Mont Blanc, hiking from Chamonix in France to the Italian mountain town of Courmayeur. From Chamonix, trek below the Bionnassay Glacier to the enchanting Refuge de Miage and onto the delightful town of Les Contamines in the Haute Savoie region.

Continue over the Col du Bonhomme to the small village of Les Chapieux before heading over the Italian border to witness the dramatic, jagged peaks of the southern Mont Blanc Massif before descending into Courmayeur. The last day of walking above the Val Ferret features astounding vistas of tumbling glaciers, snowy summits and forested valleys. In the evenings, stay in family-run hotels and chalets serving traditional dishes and, of course, large glasses of red wine!

Please note: additional transfer fees may apply if our regular accommodation providers have no availability for your preferred departure date. Should this occur, the cost will be communicated to you prior to confirming the booking. If you choose to cancel as a result, your deposit will of course be refunded in full.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hike the southern section of the Tour du Mont Blanc from Chamonix to Courmayeur
  • Explore the adventure capital of the Alps, Chamonix
  • Walk over the Col du Bonhomme and enjoy far-reaching views of Lac de Roseland
  • Trek the Val Ferret with majestic views of Mont Blanc and Grandes Jorasses
  • Stay in comfortable accommodation with private rooms and ensuites
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation arranged for you
  • 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Itineraries can be flexible to account for weather conditions
  • Rest days can be added if you would like to explore the region further
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Stroll’s comprehensive track notes, maps, and GPX tracks
  • 6 nights accommodation in private rooms with ensuites
  • Daily luggage transfers – access to your main luggage every evening (not possible in mountain huts)
  • No need to carry a sleep sheet or towel (required for mountain huts)
Accommodation & Dining

During this tour, you will stay in 3* hotels or auberges (small simple hotels). All the accommodations are accustomed to welcoming trekkers and are very well equipped to make your stay comfortable regardless of the weather conditions. Typically, rooms are simple but very comfortable. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion, we may have to book alternative accommodation of equal standard in off-track towns. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

Dining
You will be provided with 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you, especially as ingredients and supplies can be hard to obtain in the mountains.

You will find in many of the smaller accommodations, dining is often at communal tables with set mealtimes. This enables small kitchen teams to ensure everyone is fed on time and nobody is left hungry after a long day of trekking! Lunches can be purchased locally which is a great part of the experience. The towns and villages you pass through are renowned for their speciality cheeses and meats (many of which continue to be produced by hand). If you’re lucky enough to encounter a local farmers’ market, the choice and range of local foods are staggering. Some of your accommodations can also make a picnic lunch for you. A staff favourite is the Beaufort Cheese from La Vallee des Glaciers which you can purchase fresh from the farm. Within your daily walk notes, there are detailed suggestions of where to buy lunch each day.

For evenings when dinner isn’t provided, there are plenty of dining options so you can choose whatever takes your fancy!

General Info

AVAILABILITY

In early July it is possible the trail might remain closed due to heavy snowfall. Should this happen we would do our very best to reschedule the tour for a later date (on occasion it is possible the tour might even be cancelled, but this is rare). Up until late July, some of the higher passes may still have snow on them (with the possibility of them being closed). Should this happen you will be provided with comprehensive information about taking an alternative route and/or local transport. In the event of any major route closures, we will contact you prior to travel and discuss the alternative walk options with you.

Towards the end of the season (early September) some transport options will have stopped operating for the season. You should therefore be prepared to walk the full distance every day. There is always the option of using a local taxi if necessary. Within your travel notes, advice will be given for all transport options to shorten or skip the walking for that specific day.

THE WALKING

Moderate to Challenging – Tracks and trails on this tour will have prolonged ascents and descents along sections of rough surface and steps. You may find some sections have narrow footpaths and for your guidance on some very short sections, safety cable lengths have been put in place for you to use as a handrail if needed. Having an active lifestyle and being an experienced walker makes the journey enjoyable. We would suggest an exercise regime of 3 to 4 times a week in addition to your usual weekly walks.

You will be walking around 20km a day with up to 1500m of ascent and descent. Trails are well-defined, well waymarked and cover a variety of terrains which include; forest tracks, high alpine pastures, rocky mountain paths and through mountain towns and villages. It is also possible you may have to cross some snowy patches on the ascent or descent of higher mountain cols, so good mountain footwear is required! On days 10 and 11 there are short sections of metal ladders, handrails and foot rungs bolted into the rock which is very straightforward to follow. However, if you suffer from vertigo, or have any further questions about these sections, we’d be happy to discuss the options to get around these walks.

Although the route is well waymarked for each of your walks, you will be provided with a guidebook, a summary of daily walks, maps (and GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device). Mountain weather can change quickly so it is essential that at least one of your trekking party is confident in using a map and compass to navigate (should visibility drop). You should always be able to locate your whereabouts on a map.

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

This walk starts in Chamonix. The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva Airport. There is also a train station in Chamonix if you wish to arrive by train from Paris for example.

Geneva Airport to Chamonix
Included in your package is a shared transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Upon receipt of your booking confirmation, please advise your flight details as soon as possible. We can then book this transfer for you. Please note the courtesy transfers are only available between 10.00am and 7.30pm (Saturday to Wednesday) or 9.00pm ( Thursday and Friday nights only) – outside these times you will be responsible for your own transfer, we will reimburse you the cost of our included transfer only.

Onward Travel From Courmayeur
This walk finishes in Courmayeur, Italy. We have not included any transfers from the end point. If you wish to return to Chamonix for onward connections back to Geneva Airport there is a regular daily bus service from Courmayeur to Chamonix (the journey time is around 45 minutes). Please let us know if you need assistance getting back to Geneva airport from Chamonix. If you are travelling further south into Italy, a bus service connects Courmayeur to the town of Aosta where you can change for train services through to Milan and Turin.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from or to other destinations.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas, as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See our FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

Map
Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Jul 2024 - 5 Sep 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1240
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 265
    DETAILS

    High-season surcharge may apply in August

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