TMB FULL CIRCUIT: SELF GUIDED

TMB FULL SELF GUIDED TREK

TREK OVERVIEW

Self Guided Trek: Tour du Mont Blanc - Full Circuit
Duration: 11 nights
Suitability & grading: Grade 3- Good level of stamina & fitness required for 10 days of trekking over alpine terrain
Accommodation: 7 x 3* Hotels, 2 x Auberge & 2 x Mountain Refuges
Meals: 3 x B&B in Chamonix & Courmayeur, 8 x half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the tour
Trek price: £1645 per person
Bag transfer: from £500
Solo trekker supplement: £650
Dates 2018: To suit you

11 NIGHT ITINERARY

 DAY 1

Arrival in Chamonix

DAY 2

CHAMONIX TO LES HOUCHES:
You commence the Tour du Mont Blanc from Chamonix taking the cable car to the Planpraz at 2000m (option to walk up if preferred), from here you take the TMB route to the Col du Brevent, Brevent 2525m and descend along the stunning ridge to Refuge Bel Lachat. From the refuge you make the long and tough descent via Parc Merlet to Les Houches and your hotel accommodation for the night.
Distance: 13k
Height gain: +700
Descent: -1500 (with cable car)

DAY 3

LES HOUCHES TO LES CONTAMINES:
The day 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

DAY 4

LES CONTAMINES TO REFUGE MOTTETS:
A great day ahead awaits and 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 5

REFUGE MOTTETS TO COURMAYEUR:
By staying at the Refuge Mottets it gives you a great position below the Col du Seigne 2516m, although you climb steeply at times we 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 descend La Visaille and take the shuttle bus to Courmayeur.
Distance: 14k
Height gain: +700m
Descent: -700m

DAY 6

COURMAYEUR TO REFUGIO BONATTI:
Fully refreshed you make your ascent to the Refuge Bertoni and enjoy amazing views of Mont Blanc and Courmayeur down below. You spend the rest of the day on a lofty traverse from high above the Val Ferret with stunning views of the Italian side of the Mont Blanc before reaching your accommodation at the beautiful Refuge Bonatti 2056m.
Distance: 17k
Height gain: +750m
Descent: -0m

DAY 7

REFUGIO BONATTI TO LA FOULY:
An early start and a new country awaits, you continue through the Val Ferret to Arnuva before making your ascent to the Grand Col Ferret 2537m via the Refugio Elena and the Italian/Swiss border. You then make a relatively easy and enjoyable descent via la Peule & Ferret to La Fouly and your hotel accommodation for the night.
Distance: 20k
Height gain: +900m
Descent: -1400m

DAY 8

LA FOULY TO CHAMPEX-LAC:
Day 8 brings an easy day in comparison walking in the beautiful Swiss Val Ferret. You pass through the villages of Praz de Fort and Issert before making your ascent to the charming village of Champex-Lac and your resting place for the evening.
Distance: 15k
Height gain: +420m
Descent: -570m

DAY 9

CHAMPEX-LAC TO TRIENT:
An initial easy start to the day is to be had as we 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. You spend the rest of the day making your descent to the Col du Forclaz 1526m with a final descent to Trient. Option to take the variant via Fenetre d'Arpette.
Via Bovine
Distance: 18k
Height gain: +750m
Descent: -950m
Via Fenetre d'Arpette
Distance: 15k
Height gain: +1200m
Descent: -1350m

DAY 10

TRIENT TO ARGENTIERE:
Today you have two options as you can take the route directly to the Col du Balme from Trient or 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 and across pastureland to the village of Argentiere and your hotel accommodation for the evening.
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

DAY 11

ARGENTIERE TO CHAMONIX: 
Our final day and a fitting end to the trek takes you back into the Aiguille Rouges to the stunning Lac des Cheserys & Lac Blanc 2352m. We then make a descent to Flegere and take the balcony path traversing high above the Chamonix valley to Planpraz at your starting point 11 days earlier completing the circuit. A final decent via the cable car back to Chamonix in time for a celebratory drink as you have just completed one of the best multi day treks in the world.
Distance: 14k
Height gain: +1200m
Descent: -500m

Departure on day 12

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