Day 1 - Les Houches
You should aim to arrive in Geneva and transfer to our hotel in Les Houches. You may check into the hotel any time after 4pm and get settled in to your room surrounded by a wonderful nature preserve and the village’s traditional architecture from the Savoie region. Our guides will meet the team at 6pm in the main lobby for a trip orientation meeting and full introduction of our group. Then we’ll have dinner at our hotel and get
a good night’s rest in preparation for the next day’s hike.
Day 2 - Les Contamines
Departing from Les Houches, we will begin our adventurous trek through the Alps! After a small walk- through town, we’ll board a classic Alps cable car and ride it high into the mountains to start our hike. We’ll traverse through deep conifer forests high above the Bionnassay Valley and hike through stunning
alpine hamlets with amazing views of Mont Blanc and across the foothills of the Alps. The Dôme du Gouter, Aiguille de Bionnassay, and an impressive glacier beneath the two peaks dominate our views. After reaching our high point we’ll descend through a series of switchbacks to Chalet de Miage. A riverside path leads us into Les Contamines, where we’ll get settled in a cozy, very comfortable hotel and enjoy some delicious French cuisine and wine if you choose.
Day 3 - Bourg Saint Maurice
After a European breakfast buffet at our hotel, we will begin with a short shuttle to Notre Dame de la Gorge. Today we’ll climb over two high mountain passes (Col du Bonhomme and the Col de la Croix du
Bonhomme) with beautiful views into the surrounding summits and deep valleys, and eventually make our way down into the Chapieux Valley. Today’s biggest highlights are the outstanding views of Aiguille
des Glaciers, a sheer, ice-draped peak of the Mont Blanc massif. Tonight’s accommodation is in Bourg Saint Maurice at a charming inn situated in a classic mountain hamlet.
Day 4 - Courmayeur
This morning we shuttle briefly from Bourg Saint Maurice to ville des Glaciers, where we begin our hike into Italy. We’ll hike up and over the Col de la Seigne to the Italian side of the border. On today’s trek, you can expect spectacular views and a fun descent into Val Ferret, a lush alpine valley with rustic homesteads, farms and rich history. We’ll take a bus from La Cantine de la Visaille to Courmayeur, where we get settled in our accommodation, which feature incredible panoramic views of the Grandes
Day 5 - Champex
Today starts with a quality breakfast buffet in Italy and ends in Switzerland! We cross the breathtaking mountain pass Grand Col Ferret and arrive in the quaint, beautiful village of La Fouly in Switzerland. We’ll absorb exceptional views over the massif of Combines in the East and on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. A short shuttle takes us to Champex, a picturesque Swiss village near a beautiful mountain lake.
Day 6 - Mountain Hut
Today we start our hike right from our lodging around the lake and start to climb over Bovine Pass 2,040m/ 6,693 feet and we’ll savor the awe-inspiring views across the Rhône Valley into the famous Bernese Alps of Switzerland. Today’s lunch is near a quaint mountain hut and local farm, before we head
down though lush alpine forests and landscapes to our lodging at a mountain hut, where we’ll celebrate with dinner and Wine if you choose!
Day 7 - Argentières
Today takes us up over the Col de la Balme and back into France with fantastic views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille Verte and ends in the iconic French Alps village of Argentières. We’ll get settled in our rooms and then enjoy a walk around town to soak up views of the alpine country we just descended from.
We’ll cap the day off with a return to French cuisine.
Day 8 - Chamonix
Our final day of trekking! Today’s hike takes us up and over Balcon des Aiguilles Rouges (“Balcony over the Red Peaks”) before a climb to Lac Blanc. Lac Blanc is one of Chamonix’s most famous hikes and features a high mountain panorama reflected on the turquoise waters of a beautiful alpine lake. This is also an excellent area to see Ibex and marmots. We’ll soak up all the beautiful surrounding scenery: Aiguille Verte, Les Drus, La Mer de glace, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Aiguille du Goûter, and finally, Mont Blanc! We’ll finish with a descent towards Chamonix and a short gondola ride to the hamlet of Le Praz. Tonight’s accommodation is in a wonderful 4-star hotel with a sauna and spa, where we’ll get settled in and relax after our hike. Tonight, we’ll have a celebratory dinner out on the town in
Day 9 - Leave for Home!
Today marks the end of our journey. We’ll enjoy one last breakfast together, where we’ll say our very fond good-byes, and start dreaming of our next adventure!
A little bit more about the trek
This trek affords unsurpassed views of the different faces of the Mont Blanc Massif along routes that traverse the Balme mountain passage and the highest point on the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Grand Col Ferret at 2,537m/ 8,323 ft. Crossing the foothills of the Alps through France, Italy and Switzerland provides an opportunity to encounter the alpine cultures and cuisine unique to these areas and is a great way to soak up the warm hospitality for which this region is renowned.
Few long distance hikes offer the variety and grandeur of landscape as this spectacular and adventurous route.
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