|Day|| Overnight|| KM|| M|| M|| Hrs|
|1 Arrive in Chamonix|
|2 Walk to Les Contamines|| Rif La Balme/Rif Nant Borrant|| 20.5/18|| 987/742|| 1094|| 7/6.5|
|3 Walk from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux|| Les Chapieux|| 15|| 900|| 900|| 7|
|4 Walk from Les Chapieux to Val Veny||Option 1: overnight in Val Veny|| 14||1250||1180||5|
|Option 2: bus to Courmayeur and overnight here|| 19|| 1500|| 1380||7|
|5 Val Veny to Courmayeur Courmayeur to Valachey or Rif. Bonatti|| Val Ferret 5.5/12|| 300/900||800/400||2.5|| 4.5|
|6 Val Ferret|| Lavachey/Rifugio Bonatti to Val Fouly|| La Fouly 14+4|| 870|| 920|| 5/6|
|7 Walk from La Fouly to Arpette|| Arpette|| 18|| 700|| 715|| 6|
|8 Champex Lac / Arpette – Champex-d’en Haut – Trient||Trient|| 15.7|| 700|| 1125|| 7|
|9 Trient – Col de La Balm – Le Tour Montroc le Planet / Argentiere|| Montroc / Argentiere|| 14.5|| 985|| 906|| 4|
|10 Walk from Argentiere to Chamonix|| Chamonix||19.5/17.5||1623/1443||971/789|| 7/8|
|11 Departure from Chamonix|
Day 1 – Arrive in Chamonix Chamonix on BB basis
The trek starts in Chamonix: on your first day you can spend your day wandering through the streets of this lively city, do a little shopping in the many shops of the city centre or maybe spoilyourself with a visit to the spa.
Day 2 – Walk from Chamonix to Les Contamines La Balme/Nant Borrant on HB basis
Today’s walk starts with a bus from Chamonix to Les Houches, followed by the Bellevue cable car, up to 1800m. From here,
instead of going up the “French normal route” of Mont Blanc (up to the Gouter hut at 3800m and to the summit at 4810m) you follow the edge of the mountain to Col de Voza and then start descending to the valley. Here you can see the typical mountain’s way to make the roof of the houses, with large flat stones. Later you go through several small villages on the valley floor with Mont Blanc peeking out again from the sky. The last part of the trail is along the Bon Nant river, to Les Contamines You then continue along an ancient Roman path and one of Europe’s most famous trails, across blooming meadows and striking woodland to the refuge, a typical mountain chalet with a breathtaking view. Walkers are accommodated in small dormitories for between six to nine people and a
hearty evening meal is served in the chalet’s cosy dining room.
Day 3 – Walk from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux Les Chapieux on HB basis
Today’s walk takes you through the Plan des Dames up to the Col du Bonhomme (2329m) then still a bit further up to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2479m). You’ll see a peculiar combination of stones marking the top of the pass from where you can admire the valleys stretching out for miles around you. From the pass you make a long descent through the open meadows of the Vallee des Chapieux, criss crossing small brooks and passing mountain huts. At the bottom of the descent you reach the tiny village of Les Chapieux. Your accommodation tonight is a simple mountain hotel.
Day 4 – Walk from Les Chapieux to Val Veny/Courmayeur Rif.Elisabetta/Courmayeur on HB basis
Today is the longest and most demanding day of the holiday but After two days spent walking in France, today you go over the Seigne (2516m) and enter into Italy through the Val Veny. The day starts off with a climb through a deep gorge surrounded by vast pastures with lunar-like scenery as backdrop. The Col de la Seigne and the Aiguille des Glaciers mountains loom large in the distance on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Once over the top of the pass you descend into the Val Veny Valley on the opposite side of Mont Blanc, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks. Depending on avaibility, today you may be booked at a nice Rifugio in La Lex Blanche or at Courmayeur: if you are booked here, you will walk 5,5 kilometres to reach a bus stop in La Visaille where you will take a bus to Courmayeur.
Day 5 – Walk from Val Veny/Courmayeur to Val Ferret Val Ferret on HB basis
Today’s walk is divided into 2 parts; if you have slept in Rifugio Elisabetta, in the morning you will walk 5,5 km to the bus stop and descend towards the famous city of Courmayeur by bus. rest before starting off again with a steep ascent followed by a level walk through meadows and conifer woods to Val Ferret, passing many small brooks, with the wonderful, aweinspiring silhouette of the Grand Jorasses standing out. If you feel tired, or if you prefer to stroll through the streets of the centre, you can stop in Courmayeur and then take a bus directly to Val Ferret.
Day 6 – Walk from Val Ferret to La Fouly La Fouly on HB basis
This morning’s walk will take you up a steep ascent and past ruined farmhouses. This marks the start of your journey intoSwitzerland. The first 4 or so kilometres are a gradual 150m ascent along a surfaced road. If you wish, you can avoid this section by taking the SAVDA bus that stops in front of the hotel. From Waypoint 4 a steep and rewarding climb takes you to Rifugio Elena then on to the border crossing with Switzerland, at receding Glacier and the perennial snow of Triolet and Pre de Barare imposing. The descent is through vast open meadows with very few traces of human settlement. You pass a couple of mountain huts then nearing the small hamlet of Ferret and on toLa Fouly, the trail passes through idyllic scenery of forests, creeks and picturesque wooden bridges. You spend the night in the village of La Fouly.
Day 7 – Walk from La Fouly to Champex-Lac Champex-Lac on HB basis
After the efforts of the last few days, today offers you an easier walk. This section is quite long, but the elevation gains and
losses are not so pronounced. Starting off from La Fouly, you follow the river encountering a succession of woods, interrupted
by cliff walls and small streams. You then walk through meadows to reach Les Arlaches, a beautiful hamlet with many traditional wood and stone houses. The last stretch is up a long winding climb, it’s not too steep and there are interesting wood
sculptures along the way to look at. At Orsieres the trail descends to Champex-Lac, a pretty mountain village situated on the lake. You continue past the lake and up the ski area of Arpette where you spend the night. From La Breya ski area you follow the trail to Relais d’Arpette.
Day 8 – Walk from Champex-Lac to Trient Trient on HB basis
From Arpette to Trient via Fenêtre d’Arpette A spectacular walk over the Fenêtre d’Arpette (2665m) from where you descendalong the Glacier du Trient. Trient (1300m) is a village on the In bad weather, there is an alternative route, From Arpette toTrient via Champex- d’en Haut, through cool forests and beautiful alpine meadows that take you to Col de la Forclaz, which is an important link between Switzerland and France. This walk enjoys breathtaking panoramas and reaches 2050m.
Day 9 – Walk from Trient to Argentière Le Tour on HB basis
Today you’ll get to have your last views of Mont Blanc and enjoy your final walk to Argentiere. You are above the ski resort of Le Tour from where you hike towards Lake Charamillon (2271 and back into France. An exhilarating rocky trail along the mountain crest allows you to enjoy astounding views of the glacier and the surrounding valleys. As you reach the border between Switzerland and France, you can see Mont Blanc shining white, especially on sunny and bright days. You descend among pastures for the last section of the walk until you arrive at Argentiere.
Day 10 – Walk from Argentiere to Chamonix Chamonix on BB basis
The walk today is quite long so start early! You begin walking through the pretty little village Les Frasserands, with the typical wooden houses of the French alps. After going through thebotanic path you start climbing uphill, into the Aiguilles RougesNatural Park. You can decide if you want to continue to climb up to Lac Blanc (it involves the climb of an iron ladder, so if you suffer from vertigo you better not do that) or start descending toLa Flegere. The route is very panoramic, in front of you the Mont Blanc massif, with the Aiguille Verte, the Drus, the Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Blanc, untill you arrive at Planpraz, where the cable car will take you down to Chamonix (last one is at 5 pm). If you are tired or in short of time you can alsotake the cable car at La Flegere.
There are 2 Options for today’s walking
Option 1 is slightly shorter. The 17,5 kilometre walk is expected to take around eight hours to 1443 metres and descend 789 metres.
Option 2 is longer. The 19,5 kilometre walk is expected to take around around nine hours to complete and you will ascend a total of 1500 metres and descend 1380 metres.
Day 11 – Arrivederci Chamonix!
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services or extra nights.