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Mont Blanc Circuit Trek

Enjoy one of the most scenic long distance hikes in the World

The famous Mont Blanc Circuit, aka Tour Du Mont Blanc trek, takes you around the highest peak in Europe through stunning landscapes and forests, past glaciers and beautiful alpine lakes! It is a must do trail for trekking enthusiasts.

It's a 10 day hike and although not technically difficult, it does require a lot of walking so you will need to be reasonably fit and able to manage long days of hiking.

See Europe like never before on the Tour Du Mont Blanc!

Summary

DURATION

10 days

LOCATION

Europe

START & ENDS

Chamonix, Chamonix

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Experience one of the most scenic long distance walks in the world
  • Pass through Italian, Swiss and French villages and learn about their cultures
  • Guides wisely choose the least crowded trails
  • Get rewarded with outstanding nature, glaciers, crystal clear alpine lakes, meadows and forests

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in CHAMONIX and trek to les contamines

FOOD

TBC

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

TBC

ELEVATION

Les Houches (1,008m) to Les Contamines (1,164m)

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Our trek begins in Les Houches, a small village located near Chamonix.


We head up to Bellevue top station on the cable car and then towards Col de Tricot.


360 degree views surround us as we hike towards Chalets de Miage. After refreshments, we move on to Les Contamines for our first overnight stay. 

Day 2: Trek TO LES CHAPIEUX

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION GAIN

Les Contamines (1,164m) to Les Chapieux (TBC)

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We start from Les Contamines village and hike to Notre Dame de la Gorge church and climb up to Col du Bonhomme. 


We have lunch at Refuge Col de la Croix du Bonhomme before making our way to Les Chapieux to stay overnight. 

DAY 3: Trek To REFUGIO ELISABETTA SOLDINI

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Les Chapieux (TBC) to Refugio Elisabetta Solidini (TBC)

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Today we start our trail following the river on an easy path towards Le Ville des Glaciers for a snack.


We leave the river side and head up to Col de la Seigne on the French-Italian border which sits at 2,516m. Our highest point for the day!


From here we descend 400m to Refugio Elisabetta Soldini. There is a glacier cave near the hut which we can visit if you are up to it!

DAY 4: TREK TO LA PALUD

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Refugio Elisabetta Solidini to Courmayeur (1,224m) to La Palud (1,920m)

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One of the best hikes in the Alps is the hike from Refugio Elisabetta Soldini to Courmayeur. Known for it's amazing views!


In Col Checruit, we experience some Italian specialities for lunch! From here we can also watch the ambitious mountain climbers attempting the Mont Blanc.


After lunch and a break we can explore the village of Courmayeur before we walk, or take the bus, to La Palud where we spend the night. 

DAY 5: Trek to REFUGE ELENA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

La Palud (1,920m) to Refuge Elena (TBC)

Today we get to enjoy the impressive views over the Grandes Jorasses massif.


Our overnight stay will be at the Refuge Elena.

Day 6: TREK TO LA FOULY

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Refuge Elena (TBC) to La Fouly (1,600m)

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Today we have an epic hike from the Italian to the Swiss Val Ferret.


We ascend 500 meters to the Grand Col Ferret, the Italian-Swiss border and head down to the small village of La Fouly. We stay overnight in the village.

Day 7: TREK TO CHAMPEX

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

La Fouly (1,600m) to Champex (1,466m)

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Today we have a long walk through the valley that links the villages of La Fouly and Champex.


A quiet and beautiful trail, we also pass through charming villages along the way. 

Day 8: TREK TO Trient

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

TBC

ELEVATION

Champex (1,466m) to Trient (1,300m)

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We have a long but easy hike today heading towards Bovine.


From Bovine we head down to Trient after passing the Col de la Forclaz. 

Day 9: TREK TO TRE'-LE-CHAMP

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

TBC

ELEVATION

Trient (1,300m) to Tre'-le-Champ (TBC)

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We make our way from Trient to Col de Balme, the Swiss-French border which sits at 2,190m.


Impressive views await today as we cross over the Aiguilette de Possettes. 


From here we head along a beautiful trail to the charming mountain village of Tre'-le-Champ. 

Day 10: TREK TO CHAMONIX

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

TBC

ELEVATION

Tre'-le-Champ (TBC) to Chamonix (1,035m)

We get to experience the famous hike from Tre'-le-Champ, over the Balcon Sud, and past the Lac Blanc today.


From Flegere or Planpraz we can take a cable car or walk fown to Europe's outdoor capital, Chamonix. 

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Tour Du Mont Blanc Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: Treks are available from June to September. October to May we do not operate this trek.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 


What's Included

Included

  • Guest House and Mountain Hut Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Professional English-speaking guide and cook

Not Included

  • International airfare, visa fees and mountaineering insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (gear rentals, beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 3-4 x hiking shirt + 2-3 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 3 x hiking shorts and 2 x trekking pants
  • 1 x warm trousers / storm pants
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • Light, but warm gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Hiking boots 
  • 4-5 hiking socks 
  • Trainers for camp
  • Gaiters
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Four season sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in the towns where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Guest Houses & Refuges

You will be staying in guest houses or refuges.

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Mountain Hut Accommodation

As well as in mountain hut accommodation.   

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Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

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February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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