TMB BEST OF: SELF GUIDED

TMB 'BEST OF' SELF GUIDED TREK

TREK OVERVIEW

Self Guided Trek: Tour du Mont Blanc - 'Best of'
Duration: 7 nights
Suitability & grading: Grade 3- Good level of stamina & fitness required for 10 days of trekking over alpine terrain
Accommodation: 5 x 3* Hotels, 1 x Auberge & 1 x Mountain Refuge
Meals: 2 x B&B in Chamonix & Courmayeur, 5 x half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the tour
Trek price: £1245 per person
Bag transfer: Price depending on group size
Solo trekker supplement: £500
Dates 2018: To suit you

7 NIGHT ITINERARY

 DAY 1

Arrival in Les Houches.

DAY 2

LES HOUCHES TO LES CONTAMINES:
The trek starts with a cable car ride to the Bellevue 1802m (option to walk up if preferred) with stunning views of the Mont Blanc range from high above the westerly end of the Chamonix valley. You then have a choice of routes to Les Contamines via Bionnassay & Chapel or the Col du Tricot & Chalets des Miage. 
Via Bionnassay
Distance: 15k
Height gain: +100m
Descent: -700m
Via Col du Tricot
Distance: 13k
Height gain: +800m
Descent: -1300m (using the cable car)

DAY 3

LES CONTAMINES TO REFUGE MOTTETS:
You make your ascent through three cols, Col du Bonhomme, Col de la Croix du Bonhomme & the Col des Fours 2665m. Descending steeply through the wild and remote landscape to Ville des Glaciers and your rest stop for the night at the atmospheric Refuge Mottets.
Distance: 20k
Height gain: +1500m
Descent: -900m

DAY 4

REFUGE MOTTETS TO COURMAYEUR:
If staying at the Refuge Mottets it gives us a great position below the Col du Seigne 2516m, although you climb steeply at times you soon find yourself over the col & across French/Italian border into Italy. You then make a descent into the stunning Val Veny with easy walking through the hanging valleys to Lac Combal. From here you have two options: Taking the route up & over the Vieille d'Arp and descending to Courmayeur or by taking the shuttle bus from the La Visaille reducing the distance height gain and descent.
Using the shuttle bus
Distance: 14k
Height gain: +700m
Descent: -700m
Full Route
Distance: 24k
Height gain: +1100m
Descent: -1700m

DAY 5

COURMAYEUR TO CHAMPEX-LAC:
You will start the day by taking a bus or taxi from Courmayeur to Arnurva and then make your way past the Refugio Elena and on to the Col du Ferret on the Italian/Swiss border and descend to Ferret & La Fouly. You will then take a bus to Champex Lac via Orsieres. All transport details are given in the self-guided pack.
Distance: 14k
Height gain: +800m
Descent: -800m

DAY 6

CHAMPEX-LAC TO TRIENT Via Bovine:
An initial easy start to the day is to be had as you wind your way on easy paths to Plan de l'Au. You then climb up steadily to the Alpage Bovine 1987m and enjoy fabulous views over Martigny and the Swiss Valais. From your lofty position you make your descent to the Col du Forclaz 1526m and on to the little village of Trient. Option to take the Fenetre d'Arpette variant.
Via Bovine
Distance: 18k
Height gain: +750m
Descent: -950m
Via Fenetre d'Arpette
Distance: 15k
Height gain: +1200m
Descent: -1350m

DAY 7

TRIENT TO ARGENTIERE:
Again today you have two options as you can take the route directly to the Col du Balme from Trient or by following the variant up through alpine woodland to the Alpage of Tseppes, Catogne and on to the Col du Balme 2191m and the Swiss/French border. From the col you then make our descent to the hamlet of Le Tour where you will take the bus back to Chamonix.
Direct via the Col du Balme
Distance: 13k
Height gain: +900m
Descent: -900m
Via Catogne & the Col du Blame
Distance: 15k
Height gain: +1000m
Descent: -1000m

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