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Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek

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 Trip Starts
Les Bossons
 Trip Finishes
Les Bossons
15 Day Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek Itinerary (Exodus)
Countries Explored: France Italy Switzerland
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Affordable
Max. Group Size
14
Pace
Leisurely / Moderate
Trip Style
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code
TWB

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Exodus 15 Day Tour du Mont Blanc Camping Trek. Often cited in bucket lists of the world’s best hikes, the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc takes in three diverse countries – France, Switzerland and Italy – and offers some of the greatest mountain scenery in Europe. Experience has taught us that 15 days is the perfect duration to fully appreciate this memorable circuit around Mont Blanc – 10 days of trekking complemented by three rest days – with a wide choice of activities to try, including paragliding and taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3,842 metres...read more for spectacular, close-up views of Mont Blanc.

Led by an experienced International Mountain Leader (IML), you will climb over six mountain passes, cross beneath colossal glaciers, meander through beautiful alpine meadows, and discover charming, picture-postcard villages. We sleep in comfortable campsites throughout the trek, often with outstanding views that aren’t possible from a hotel room. Tents are modern and spacious – designed for 3 people but only allocated to 2 – and an unlimited number of single tents is available. For those seeking a little more comfort, mattresses and sleeping bags are also available to hire.

While getting back to nature is a rewarding, energising experience, we recognise that having a comfortable stay along the way can make a camping trek even more special. Delicious three-course meals are on the menu when in camp, and five restaurant meals are also included during the trek. Your baggage is transported between each location by our dedicated camp support leader and van, and tents are erected by our camp crew before you arrive at each campsite, leaving you free to enjoy the inspiring scenery found only on this classic trek.

Exodus run this same trek with hotels rather than camping – Tour du Mont Blanc Hotel Trek (trip code TWO). If time is limited, we also have an excellent one-week trip based near Chamonix, Mont Blanc Highlights (trip code TWN), which ticks off some of the best bits with easier, shorter days, or you might like to consider our Tour du Mont Blanc Week that is a little tougher (trip code TWP).

Aldo Kane Collection: A hand-selected range of adventures by our Brand Ambassador:

"Having climbed Mont Blanc several times, I know just how beautiful this landscape is. And this Exodus trip is the best way to see the Massif from all angles. Trekking through three different countries, Italy, France and Switzerland, this action-packed itinerary will see you pass by alpine meadows, glaciers and some of Europe's most panoramic mountain passes. If you're an avid hiker - this trip is a must."

Itinerary

Our start point is the campsite in Les Bossons, with wonderful views from the campsite of Mont Blanc and the dramatic crevassed Glacier des Bossons, especially at sunset. In the evening there is an introductory briefing by the trek crew. Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons (D).

From Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft) we have a short bus journey to Chamonix from where we walk to Les Praz and take the cable car to La Flégère (1,860m – 6,100ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon' and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to our south. Initially we contour and then climb to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2,352m – 7,715ft).

The trail descends and then contours high above the valley before dropping steeply to the hamlet of Les Frasserands (1,371m – 4,500ft), from where we take a scenic valley train back to our campsite. In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend. 8 hours walking. 500m – 1,640ft up, 980m – 3,220ft down Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons (B/L/D).

After a scenic train ride up the valley to Les Frasserands, we begin by climbing steeply to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2,201m – 7,200ft), descend a little and then ascend towards the Col de Balme (2,191m – 7,190ft) where we follow one of the paths across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we descend to the small hamlet of Trient (1,296m – 4,250ft), where we will enjoy some lovely views of the Trient Glacier. 7. 5 hours walking. 970m – 3,200ft up, 1,060m – 3,466ft down Campsite: camping near Trient (B/L/D).

We climb first to the Col de Forclaz (1,527m – 5,010ft) and then onwards to look directly down into the Rhône Valley and the small Swiss town of Martigny. We follow a historic path used to take the cows to summer grazing, the ‘Bovine route' (2,049m – 6,720ft) that takes us through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1,486m – 4,880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake. 7 hours walking. 920m – 3,017ft up, 720m – 3,261ft down Campsite: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac (B/L/D).

Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc massif, we walk south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m – 3,460ft) and other pretty alpine farming villages. If you are visiting early in the season (June/July), this is a great day to see flowers in bloom, including orchids. We continue up the valley to the remote village of La Fouly (1600m – 5250ft), which lies at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit marks the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy. 6 hours walking, 540m – 1,780ft up, 440m – 1,450ft down Campsite: Camping les Glaciers, La Fouly (B/L/D).

Following the same valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2,537m – 8,320ft), the highest pass of the tour. Now in Italy, the valley is also called ‘Val Ferret'. The mountain views from the Col are stunning, with Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. We walk down the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m – 5,800ft) where we take an optional bus to Planpincieux (1,600m – 5,250ft). For the first and last trip of the season, the bus may not be running and we may need to walk to camp. 7. 5 hours walking. 970m – 3,180ft up, 800m – 2,600ft down Campsite: Camping Grandes Jorasses, Val Ferret (B/L/D).

Today is free for you to rest after the first week's exertions and enjoy some sight-seeing. The nearby former spa towns of Courmayeur and Entrèves have picturesque older areas that are worth a visit, especially for the keen photographer. We also highly recommend the Skyway cable car from La Palud to Point Helbronner (3,461m – 11,350ft), which gives close-up views of all the big peaks. Tickets for the cable car can be purchased online or locally at La Palud. Campsite: Camping Grandes Jorasses, Val Ferret (B).

We start with a short bus ride to pick up the Tour du Mont Blanc route, and from the road (1,675m – 5,500ft) climb up to the Bonatti refuge (2,025m – 6,640ft). Today we follow a beautiful contouring path around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional, as are those of the towering peaks of the 'Grandes Jorasses' and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret.

In the afternoon, we have a long, steep descent to Courmayeur (1,230m – 4,030m) where there will be time to stop for a tasty Italian gelato before taking a short bus ride into the spectacular Val Veny (1,530m – 5,020ft). 8 hours walking. 500m – 1,640ft up, 900m – 4,400ft down Campsite: Camping Aiguille Noire, Val Veny (B/L/D).

Today's trail climbs gently along the Val Veny, beneath the moraine of the massive Glacier du Miage. Passing Lac Combal, the gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road across the 'Col de la Seigne' pass (2,516m – 8,250ft), marking our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through La Ville des Glaciers (1,789m – 5,870ft) and finally to Les Chapieux (1,553m – 5,090ft), a small hamlet that is only inhabited in the summer months. This is one of the longer walking days, but the experience of walking beneath a glacier and over the Col de la Seigne pass make the challenge well worth it. 8. 5 hours walking. 990m – 3,250ft up, 970m – 3,180ft down Campsite: camping in Chapieux (B/L/D).

We have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and turn north to climb once again. Today is a longer day; first we make a steep climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,478m – 8,130ft) and then contour around to the Col du Bonhomme (2,328m – 7,640ft). We then descend (again on a Roman road) to our campsite in Les Contamines (1,180m – 5,900ft). 8 hours walking. 930m – 3050ft up, 1375m – 4510ft Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines (B/L/D).

A chance to rest or enjoy some independent exploration. There are short and long optional walks in the area, many accessed by a chairlift or gondola, that have spectacular views of Mont Blanc. Mountain cafes make a nice place for a scenic lunch. Alternatively, you could take the Mont Blanc cog-driven tramway to the Eagle's Nest – the starting point for many aiming to conquer Mont Blanc itself. Otherwise, time can be spent visiting the half-day market in Les Contamines, or you can simply relax around town or in camp and recharge your batteries for the days ahead. Campsite: Camping le Pontet, Les Contamines (B/D).

Today will be another long but rewarding day as we return to the start point of our trek. We walk through Les Contamines, ascend to Chalets du Truc (1,720m – 5,614ft) and then descend to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m – 4,120ft). From here, we take the trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m – 6,950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay, where we will enjoy fabulous views of the Mont Blanc massif's northern side.

Eventually, we make another short ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1,652m – 5,418ft), where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley and descend to the village of Les Houches (dependent on the time of year, there is an optional cable car descent from Bellevue to Les Houches). A short bus ride takes us to our camp in Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft). 9 hours walking. 1,200m – 3,980ft up, 1,370m – 4,500ft down Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons (B/L/D).

We cross to the north side of the Chamonix Valley and climb through a pine forest. The high point of the day is Brévent (2,525m – 8,290ft), from where there are panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif and the Chamonix Valley. We walk down to Plan Praz (1,970m – 6,460ft), then descend by cable car to Chamonix and walk to our camp at Les Bossons (1,012m – 3,320ft). It is possible to take the cable car descent from the top (dependent on the time of year).

This extra journey will be payable locally should you choose not to walk. Our last day on the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit is long, with a tough climb of over 1,500m, but affords the best views on the whole trek of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks. On our return to Les Bossons, we will have successfully completed the Tour du Mont Blanc! 7. 5 hours walking. 1,480m – 4,850ft up, 520m – 1,690ft down Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons (B/L/D).

Today is a free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible walking routes or you may choose to visit the bustling alpine resort town of Chamonix, which has numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cable car excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m – 12,600ft), 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 Mer de Glace glacier, or if you are feeling adventurous you could enjoy a tandem paragliding flight. Campsite: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons (B/D).

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Trip Inclusions

  • Enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe
  • Cross beneath colossal glaciers and meander through beautiful alpine meadows
  • Walk in the shadow of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc (4,810m)
  • Get back to nature on one of Exodus' most sustainable trips
  • Rewarding experience of completing the Mont Blanc circuit in full
  • Part of the Aldo Kane collection

  • 14 nights supported camping in comfortable campsites (hot showers available on 12 nights)
  • 10 days hiking with vehicle support; 3 rest days
  • 8 days challenging and 2 days moderate walking
  • Camping support crew to carry baggage between campsites and erect tents
  • All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 13 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified.
  • Flights not specified are not included
  • Maximum altitude 2,537 metres, average 1,525 metres 
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