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Your walking holiday in France

Mont Blanc Highlights | Guided Group

Total Distance 34 miles (54km) | Average distance per day 8 miles (13km)

Not only will you get the chance to relish the stunning views of the Mont Blanc, you will also see the most beautiful wildlife in the form of mountain goats, marmots and many others; and of course, get to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with fresh air. The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. The full trek is a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Europe, the Mont Blanc. To complete the full Mont Blanc circuit takes a fortnight, but for those with less time this one-week walking tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day.

Throughout the holiday you are based in a beautiful traditional chalet with dramatic views of Mont Blanc and use private buses to travel out each day to re-join the next stage of your walk. At the end of each day you will return home for afternoon tea or for those who wish a dip in the chalet’s bubbling Jacuzzi.

What not to miss

  • Beautiful mountain views
  • High Alpine ‘Lac Blanc’
  • Stay in an iconic chalet with Jacuzzi

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners)
  • Transport and support vehicle
  • Accommodation in comfortable chalet
  • Airport transfers
Your walking holiday in France

Mont Blanc Highlights | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Chalet Chocolat & Chalet Chamonix

3-star

You will be allocated to either the Chalet Chocolat or Chalet Chamonix four weeks before your departure. Both chalets have a jacuzzi and stunning views of the Mont Blanc. All the bedrooms have private bathrooms, and some have a balcony. They both have large lounges and complementary WIFI. The chalet atmosphere and delicious home cooked meals will without a doubt make you feel cosy and comfortable after a long day walking.

Your walking holiday in France

Mont Blanc Highlights | Guided Group

7 nights / 8 days

Day 1

Arrival in Chalet Chamonix or Chalet Chocolat.

Your week begins at your chalet where you will have time to settle in and unpack before introductions. In the afternoon you will go for a tranquil stroll into Chamonix before a briefing from your tour leader and, of course, a delicious dinner.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

To La Tour | Distance 6 miles (9km) | Elevation +820m / -730m | Duration 6 hours.

The walking week begins with a walk up to the Col du Balme. This first walk offers you fantastic views to the Mont Blanc, and all the way over to Switzerland. You quickly arrive to the small village of Montroc (1380m) before hitting the more challenging trail uphill, following a zigzag path. Your effort will be well worth the while as you reach the Aiguillette des Possettes where you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views. The path continues down to the Col du Possettes and then on a steady path becoming ever more winding and finally down to La Tour. (1450m). 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

To l’Aiguillette di Brevent | Distance 7 miles (11km) | Elevation +900m / -930m | Duration 6 hours.

The day begins by crossing the wonderful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve to reach the Bel Lachat refuge (1370m) along the iconic TMB and GR5 trails. You will ultimately summit at the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m) where you will get one of the best views over the surrounding mountains and the Mont Blanc. You will then wander back down through alpine meadows to La Flatière (1370m).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

To Les Contamines | Distance 6 miles (11km) | Elevation +560m / -610m | Duration 7 hours.

After a short bus transfer, you will begin today’s walk at the village of Maison Neuve. From here you will begin the hike to the Col de Voza (1653m) from where you will enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. After a short break, we will cross the lines of the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the highest rack railway in France. You will then descend into the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier. You will then continue via the little village of Le Champel towards Les Contamines (1015m).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Free day.

Today is a free day for lazing around, sightseeing or walking some more. Your leader will be able to advise you on walking routes. Alternatively, you can wander (15min) to the town of Chamonix where you can sit at a café, wander round the shops or take a cable car up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

To Courmayeur | Distance 9 miles (15km) | Elevation +450m / -550m | Duration 7 hours.

After a short drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy, you will arrive at Arp Nouva (1770m) where you will ascend along to the Bonatti refuge (2000m). The view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path, you contour high above the valley before descending towards the valley floor. Time allowing you can head off to Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

To La Flégère | Distance 6 miles (9km) | Elevation +890m / -500m | Duration 7 hours.

The day starts with a drive to les Praz and then you take the cable car to La Flégère (1877m). From here it is a mostly steady, but at times a steep and rough path to the beautiful Lac Blanc. This is the highest point of the week (2352m) and a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. You then descend via a second path, making a circular route, and continue back to La Flégère, from where you take the cable car back down to the valley floor.

If the Flégère lift is closed (Spring and Autumn departures), or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to Lac Blanc then you will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flégère before descending past the charming Chalet Floria and onwards to Chamonix. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original.

 Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

End in Chamonix or Chocolat.

We say “au revoir” and “à bientôt”!

Meals included: breakfast

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Your walking holiday in France

Mont Blanc Highlights | Guided Group

Package Prices 2018 (Flights and Transfers Included) 

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
21 July – 28 July 7 £1199
28 July – 04 August 7 £1199
04 August – 11 August 7 £1179
11 August – 18 August 7 £1199
18 August – 25 August 7 £1199
25 August - 01 September  7 £1199
01 September - 08 September 7 £1199
08 September - 15 September 7 £1229
15 September –  22 September 7 £1129
22 September - 29 September 7 £1179
29 September – 06 October 7 £1129
06 October - 13 October 7 £1149

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2018

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
21 July – 28 July 7 £1049
28 July – 04 August 7 £1069
04 August – 11 August 7 £1049
11 August – 18 August 7 £1069
18 August – 25 August 7 £1069
25 August - 01 September  7 £1069
01 September - 08 September 7 £1099
08 September - 15 September 7 £1229
15 September –  22 September 7 £979
22 September - 29 September 7 £1029
29 September – 06 October 7 £979
06 October - 13 October 7 £999

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included) 

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
18 May - 25 May  7 £1199
25 May – 01 June 7 £1199
01 June – 08 June 7 £1199
08 June – 15 June 7 £1199
22 June – 29 June 7 £1219
29 June – 06 July 7 £1249
06 July – 13 July 7 £1249
13 July - 20 July 7 £1249
20 July - 27 July 7 £1249
27 July - 03 August 7 £1249
03 August –  10 August 7 £1249
10 August - 17 August 7 £1249
17 August – 24 August 7 £11249
24 August - 31 August 7 £1249
31 August - 07 September 7 £1249
07 September –  14 September 7 £1249
14 September - 21 September 7 £1199
21 September – 28 September 7 £1199
28 September -  05 October 7 £1199
05 October – 12 October 7 £1199

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
18 May - 25 May  7 £1029
25 May – 01 June 7 £1029
01 June – 08 June 7 £1029
08 June – 15 June 7 £1029
22 June – 29 June 7 £1049
29 June – 06 July 7 £1079
06 July – 13 July 7 £1079
13 July - 20 July 7 £1079
20 July - 27 July 7 £1079
27 July - 03 August 7 £1079
03 August –  10 August 7 £1079
10 August - 17 August 7 £1079
17 August – 24 August 7 £1079
24 August - 31 August 7 £1079
31 August - 07 September 7 £1079
07 September –  14 September 7 £1079
14 September - 21 September 7 £1029
21 September – 28 September 7 £1029
28 September -  05 October 7 £1029
05 October – 12 October 7 £1029


Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your walking holiday in France

Mont Blanc Highlights | Guided Group

Total Distance

34 miles (54km)

Average distance per day

8 miles (13km)

Suitability

Minimum age 16.

The maximum altitude is 2350m, with an average of 1525m. Some of the days are quite long, sometimes involving an ascent of 900/950m (3000/3120ft) followed by a similar descent. This will mean steadily walking uphill for 2 to 4 hours and then the same down again.

The paths are rocky and steep in sections but generally well maintained. Due to the quality of the trails, the general 'civilisation' of the area and the relative shortness of the trek, we rate it as an Activity level 3, Moderate. That said for those new to hill walking or not walking fit the trekking may feel quite tough.

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