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Headwater – Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Trek

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Enjoy self-guided walking on the classic circuit through France, Switzerland
and Italy

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All about the Headwater – Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Trek.

For those confident of their walking ability we offer the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc as a self-guided itinerary.The majestic beauty of the surrounding scenery is best appreciated on foot as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in friendly hotels and auberges at night. Your main baggage is transported for you by van, and using comprehensive route notes you follow the well-marked trails across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The walking is challenging, but the views and the sense of achievement are well worth it!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 hotel/restaurant dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All baggage transport
* Route notes

  1. Day 1 Start Chamonix

    Start at your hotel in Chamonix. Enjoy dinner (not included) in one of the town’s many delightful restaurants.*2-Star Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Walk the balcony route to Argentiere; beautiful views of Lac Blanc

    From Chamonix, take the Le Brevent teleferique (cable car) to the mid station at Plan Praz and walk to the top of the La Flegere cable car (1877m/6158ft). The trail today is named the ‘Grand Balcon Sud’ and is on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc, affording excellent views of the whole massif lying to your south. Initially the route contours and then climbs to reach the high point of the day, Lac Blanc (2352m/7715ft). The trail descends past the photogenic lac de Cheserys and then downwards again to Argentiere (1240m/3720ft). In the afternoon there is a very short section of ladders/steep steps with handrails to descend.(Due to maintenance on the Flegere cable car, this walk has been amended from our previously advertised walk to Lac Blanc. This trek is 4km longer than the original and is equally beautiful).*2-Star Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Walk from Col du Balme to Col du Forclaz; views of Aiguille du Tour and its glacier

    A short walk to Montroc at the top of the Chamonix valley where the path begins the ascent to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m/7200ft), descends a little and then climbs towards the Col de Balme (2,191m/7190ft) where it crosses the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d’Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. You will then head to the small Swiss hamlet of Trient (1,296m/4250ft), with good views of the Trient Glacier. There is a sting in the tail today as you finish with a steep climb from Trient to our Auberge at the Col de la Forclaz (1527m/5010ft).*Auberge*

  4. Day 4 Bovine Route to Champex through meadows and alpine pastures

    Leaving the Col de la Forclaz, with views directly down into the Rhône Valley and the Swiss town of Martigny the route follows an historic path used to take the cows to high pasture, the ‘Bovine route’ (2049m/6720ft). The trail takes you through meadows and high alpine pastures before descending to the charming town of Champex (1486m/4880ft) set beside a picturesque alpine lake.*3-Star Hotel*

  5. Day 5 Walk to La Fouly; enjoy the wildflowers en route

    Now on the east side of the main Mont Blanc Massif the path turns south, descending through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Issert (1,055m/3460ft) and other small, pretty, alpine farming villages. This is a good day for flowers, including orchids. Continue up the valley to the remote village La Fouly (1600m/5250ft). This is at the foot of Mont Dolent, whose summit is at the meeting point of France, Switzerland and Italy.*Auberge*

  6. Day 6 Walk over Grand Col Ferret towards Bonatti; night in a refuge

    Still following the same valley and the river ‘La Drance’, the path climbs to the ‘Grand Col Ferret’ (2537m/8320ft), 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 the Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. The path descends into the valley to Arp Nouva (1,770m/5800ft) then climbs and traverses a little to the refuge Walter Bonatti. (2025m/6640ft). The rooms are 2 and 4 bed. This is a splendid place to spend a night and is a true mountain hut experience (there is no baggage delivery to the hut!). There is the option to change this hut night to a hotel night in Courmayeur. Please inform your sales consultant if you would like to have this option. In this case baggage will be delivered. Depending on hotel availability there should be no change in price but dinner will not be included.*Mountain Refuge*

  7. Day 7 Walk from Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. Spend the night in Courmayeur or La Palud

    If you spent the night in Courmayeur, after a short local bus ride you will re-join the path and climb to the Refuge Walter Bonatti. Walking from the Refuge (2025m/6640ft) the path follows a beautiful contouring route around Mont de la Saxe to Courmayeur. The views of the south Mont Blanc massif are exceptional as are those of the towering, cliffy peak of the ‘Grandes Jorasses’ and the glaciers which crowd the northern flank of the Val Ferret. In the afternoon there is a long and reasonably steep descent to Courmayeur (1,230m/4030m) a town that boasts superb ice creams!*3-Star Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Walk over Col de la Seigne heading back into France to Les Chapieux

    After a short local bus ride to La Vissaille (1660m/5450ft) in the Val Veny the TMB path climbs gently beneath the massive glacier de Miage and past Lac Combal before the gradient becomes steeper again as it follows the old Roman road and heads for today’s pass: the ‘Col de la Seigne’ (2,516m/8250ft), which marks our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through to la Ville des Glaciers (1,789m/5870ft) and finally after quite a long walking day to Les Chapieux (1,553m/5090ft), a small, remote hamlet inhabited only during the summer months.*Auberge*

  9. Day 9 Climb to reach Col de la Croix du Bonhomme and onwards to Col du Bonhomme and Les Contamines

    Having now reached the southwest corner of the circuit the route turns north to climb once again. First there is a steep sustained climb to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,478m/8130ft), before contouring around to the Col du Bonhomme (2,328m/7640ft). From here the path descends steeply through meadows and over a Roman bridge and finally to the village of Les Contamines (1180m/5900ft).*2-Star Hotel*

  10. Day 10 Col du Voza to Les Houches; challenging day of ascents and descents

    Today is a challenging day with plenty of ups and downs. From Les Contamines the path re-joins the TMB route ascending to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m/5120ft). From here the trail climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m/6950ft) before descending and passing very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay. There are good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif. The path then re-ascends to reach the Col de Voza (1,652m/5418ft) and ahead lies the Chamonix Valley and the final descent to the village of Les Houches (993m/3225ft).*2-Star Hotel*

  11. Day 11 Brevent to Chamonix; fantastic views of Mont Blanc

    Crossing to the north side of the Chamonix Valley the path climbs steeply through pine forest and then on open mountainsides to reach the high point of the day at Brevent (2,525m/8290ft). This is a long walking day but will probably afford the best views of the French side of Mont Blanc and its neighbouring peaks that will be seen on the whole trek. The path then descend to Plan Praz (1970m/6460ft) from where you can take an optional cable car to Chamonix (1,061m) for a well-deserved drink.*2-Star Hotel*

  12. Day 12 End Chamonix

    Check out of your Chamonix hotel after breakfast.

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