March – May, please choose your date for privat tours
From the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital
This seven day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. It traverses the crest of the Western Alps and passes through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Europe. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis glaciers of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Adding more peaks or changing tour route with other huts. Please contact us for more informations.
2 Skiers: 3’234.00€ per Skier
4 Skiers: 2’078.00€ per Skier
6 Skiers: 1’647.00€ per Skier
Included in the price: Organisation, 7 days IFMGA mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier on Day 2, 6 nights at huts with half board Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment
*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation, accident, travel insurance.
This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace. Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees. Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis? Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you? You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).
Haute Route Mont Blanc Extension
Why not benefit from your fitness and acclimatization and climb Mont Blanc with skis following your completion of the Haute Route? Take a look at our program!
discover some of Switzerlands most scenic but hidden spots
See how the farmers make cheese, learn about Switzerlands only Safran plantation and taste the regional wines and specialities
Trekking each day from one little Swiss mountain village to an other. During our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland we walk over passes that have been used already hundreds of years ago by the locals to bring and sell goods from one valley to an other. The animals like cows and sheep used this trails to get to their summer pastures.
We start the journey of our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland in the canton of Bern and end it in the canton of Wallis. Not only architecture but also dialects and culture change as we go from one mountain region to the next. Some of our hikes follow the Via Alpina trail. A trail network that crosses whole Switzerland.
The Transalp trekking tour Switzerland is an unforgettable experiences with fascinating contrasts. Immerse yourself in the unique natural landscapes. Leave everyday life behind you. Simply switch off, forget and let your soul dangle. This is best done on foot, beyond all habits and constraints, in mountain landscapes, most of which you only know from your dreams.
We’ll be able to eat local specialities, learn about the different culture, traditions and flora and don’t have to worry about carrying our luggage. It will be transported for us. We only walk with a small day pack.
Itinerary Transalp trekking tour Switzerland, Bernese Oberland / Wallis
Meet your certified hiking guide in Interlaken for a welcome dinner and orientation about the tour.
Day 1: Interlaken – Schynige Platte – Faulhorn – Bussalp
We start our trip with one of the most beautiful hikes in Switzerland. To get to Schynige Platte we can first relax and sit back in a traditional cogwheel train that takes us from Wilderswil 1420m higher up to Schynige Platte. Pure Nostalgie in front of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Our hike has exceptional views over deep blue lakes, the famous Eiger mountain range as well as many other famous mountains. We end our hike in a traditional cheese making place where we get a chance to taste local cheese.
16.9kn, + 825m, -789m, 6hrs
Day 2: Grindelwald – Kleine Scheidegg – Wengen – Mürren
Gentle ascent over undulating mats to little Sheidegg, close and mighty the rock and ice wall of the Eiger north face. Sunny high trail to Wengen, then descend into the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its vertical walls and spectacular waterfalls. A cogwheel train brings us up to the car free Mürren. A village exactly opposite of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – a quiet paradise.
12km, + 1200m, – 270m, 4,5hrs
Day 3: Mürren – Rotstockhütte – Sefinenfurgga – Kiental
The sun terrace of Mürren lies directly opposite the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Over alpine meadows, panoramic terraces such as the Bryndil, and sturdy huts such as the Rotstockhütte where we stop for a snack. The route continues to the Sefinenfurgge, the impressive passage into the Kiental.
16km, +1050m, -1200m, 6,5hrs
Day 4: Griesalp – Blüemlisalphütte / Hohtürli – Oeschinensee
Royal stage over the 2779m high Hohtürli. A challenging, steep ascent before we get to our Pass today. We will take a rewarding short detour to the Blüemlisalphütte where we stop for lunch and can visit the eternal glacier ice. Over moraine downhill to the deep blue, spectacular Oeschinensee, One of the most beautiful mountain lakes of the Alps, surrounded by steep rock faces.
17km, + 1450m, – 1450m, 7hrs
Day 5: Hiking or relaxing in Kandersteg
After 4 days of hiking you might just want to relax at the Spa at the Hotel or take a leisurely walk to town. The Kandersteg valley was formed by glaciers and lies in a beautiful alpine setting. It’s surrounded by majestic mountains. We can also go for a short walk or swim in the beautiful Oeschinensee.
Day 6: Kandersteg – Gasterntal – Lötschenpass – Lötschental
A fantastic stage from the idyllic Gasteretal up to the Lötschenpass. Scenic route with spectacular views of the Bietschhorn and the Mischabel group. Descent to Lauchernalp through glacier-cut terrain interspersed with small lakes.
11km, +1400m, -740m, 5.5hrs
Day 7: Lötschental – Ahnenhütte – Lötschental
Glacier experience at the far end of the primal Lötschental. This hike leads to Lake Anensee and the hut of the same name, from where you have a view of the entire valley. With magnificent views of the Lang Glacier, the hike follows the Lonza back to Fafleralp.
11km, +680m, -680m, 4hrs
Day 8: Mund – Belalp
In Mund we learn about the only location in Switzerland where the priceless spice saffron is still grown according to centuries-old traditions. The valuable crocus sativus is cultivated over approximately 18,000 square metres on a beautiful, sunny high plateau. Between 30 and 1000 flowers are harvested every day during the season between October and November. The costly spice is extracted from the flowers’ pistils. The Mund saffron guild produces between one and four kilograms of saffron every year, working painstakingly by hand. No wonder everyone is crazy about the ‘red gold’ coming from Mund. After the Safran tour we hike up to Belalp, one of our favourite spots only reachable by foot or cable car.
12km, + 1100m, 4hrs
Day 9: Belalp – Hanging bridge – Riederalp
We walk from one carefree village to an other carefree mountain village today.
We can enjoy impressive views over part of the biggest glacier in Switzerland from a suspension bridge during our hike today.
The 124 m long suspension bridge is one of the hiking highlights in the Aletsch region. At a height of 80 m, it leads you across the Massa Gorge directly in front of the glacier snout of the Great Aletsch Glacier.
With authentic, unspoiled nature all around you, switching off and letting go could not be easier. Surrounded by unique, UNESCO – protected nature, the rustic, car-free mountain village of Riederalp (up at 1925 m) offers visitors a warm welcome
12km, +646m, – 841m, 5hrs
Day 10: Brig, End of trip
We take a cable car down to the valley and a train into Brig for a snack and a stroll in the historical town. Brig has a great location as you can quickly access Zürich and Geneva Airport by the Swiss train system. Also Milano is very easy to reach from here thanks to the tunnel into Domodossola, ITA.
Interlaken can be reached easily by train from Zürich or Geneva Airport. You can find the train time table here. Brig, where we end our trip has very good train connections to all directions like Geneva airport, Zürich airport or also towards Milano.
Where do we stay
Depending on your budget we can stay in handpicked, beautiful small Hotels or in dorm style guest houses.
Costs of our Transalp trekking tour Switzerland
Costs depend on the style of accommodation. Please let us know in what kind of accommodation you would like to sleep and we can customise the costs for you.
Included in the costs:
Organisation, local UIMLA-hiking guide, all accommodations with half board, all cable cars and transfers during the trekking tour
Not included in the costs:
Picknicks and lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment, travel to Interlaken and back from Brig, extra activities not mentioned in the program
This is a demanding trekking tour where you should be able to hike for 6hrs each day on well maintained mountain trails. We climb about 1000m up each day and often descend the same distance. Each day we walk between 10 – 17 km. The trails can be rocky, lead over grassy meadows and there are sections with many steps. In June we might find some snow fields on the higher passes.
Tour around Dents Blanches, Mont Ruan and Dents du Midi between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva
07. – 13. September 2020
This magnificent 7 day tour hidden paradise hike for experienced hikers leads us out of the ordinary and into the wild, romantic mountains between Switzerland and France. This little paradise has not been discovered by many hikers yet. We’ll discover the haut Giffre mountains and the Val d’Illiez and stay in cozy mountain huts/guest houses. We walk over passes and trough mountain meadows and dip in some of the many crystal blue mountain lakes.
We sleep in typical mountain guest houses in beautiful spots surrounded by mountains and mountain lakes. Delicious dinners will be cooked for us and a hot shower each night awaits after the hike. Dips in mountain lakes, alpine flowers, great views and local fauna – there will be a lot to explore!
Come join us on this hidden paradise hike!
7 hiking days
6 nights at mountain huts
Hiking Itinerary “Hidden paradise hike”
Day 1: Martigny – Les Marecottes – Salanfe
We meet at Martigny train station in the morning. From there we take the Mont Blanc Express train to the lovely montain town of Les Marecottes. A cable car brings us up to the mountains where we can enjoy great views. Now we start our walk toward a beautiful alpage where we stop for lunch. From there we hike up towards our first pass of the tour, Col d’Emaney. The big mountain we see now is the Luisin and also de Dents du Midi come in sight. From here we can overlook Salanfe lake and can already see our Auberge for the night.
Night and dinner at Auberge de Salanfe at 1925m, double rooms or dorms, shower
+967m, -700m, 6hrs
Day 2: Salanfe – Barmaz
Our pass today is called Susanfe, squeezed in between Tour Salière and Dents du Midi. Our very charming guest house tonight is a beautifully located in the Alpages of Chambery at the Val d’Illiez.
Here, no power lines that distort the landscape, we self-produce our energy, a real return to nature! You will find yourself in the middle of pastures strewn with hundreds of flowers, crossed by the torrents surrounded by a green forest.
The majestic “Dents Blanches” (2756m) massif dominates this enchanting setting. And you can see in the distance the high alpine peaks of the “Dents du Midi” (3257m) as well as the eternal snows of the Ruans glacier.
Night and dinner at Cantine des Barmaz, double rooms available, shower
+750m, – 1200m, 6hrs
Day 3: Barmaz – Refuge de Bostan
We enjoy a nice breakfast this morning before getting ready for our walk into France today. We follow an old smugglers trail over Col du Cou. From here we walk down toward Samoëns area and to the Alpage de Bostan where our Refuge for the night stands.
Night at Refuge de Bostan 1763m, double rooms available, shower
+ 750m, – 250m, 4hrs
Day 4: Refuge de Bostan – La Vogealle
We hike up to the small mountain lake Lac des Verdets for a snack stop. Trough the Natural Reserve of Sixt /Passy we reach Pas de Taurau. Now it’s nor far for our next lake, Lac de Vogealle and a refreshing swim. The refuge for tonight is just a short walk away.
Night at Refuge la Vogealle 1902m, in dorms, shower
+700m, -400m, 4hrs
Day 5: La Vogealle – Sixt Fer à Cheval – Refuge des Fonts
Trough the Pas du Boret with splendide views our trail winds down to the Chiffre valley and the impressive natural amphitheatre Cirque du Cheval. Now onward to the small town of Sixt For à Cheval. We enjoy a nice lunch here. Shortly after lunch we start our climb up to Refuge des Fonts situated in a natural Amphitheatre.
Night at refuge des Fonts 1380m, in dorms, shower
+600m, – 988m, 6hrs
Day 6: Refuge des Fonts – Refuge Moede Anterne 2000m
A magnificent day walking up towards the Fiz mountain range and the high plateau of refuge Wills. From here it’s not far to the beautiful Anterne lake. A jewel of a mountain lake where we’ll stop for picknick and maybe a swim. Onward over Anterne pass from where we’ll have an incredible view over the Mont Blanc mountain range. Short walk down to our Refuge.
Night at Refuge Moede Anterne 2000m, in dorms, no showers
+900m, – 250m, 5hrs
Day 7: Refuge Anterne – Brévent – Chamonix
Our last breakfast in the mountains. We start our walk with a gentle downhill to cross the Diosaz river on a bride before our last uphill to one of the best viewpoints in the Chamonix Valley. Brévent top station marks the end of our hiking tour. We can enjoy a lunch on the terrasse and take a cable car all the way down in to Chamonix in the afternoon.
+710m, -180m, 3hrs
Maps for hidden paradise hike
1298.00€ with a group of minimum 6 hikers and more
1633.00€ with a group of minimum 4 hikers
Included in the costs:
Organisation, 7 guided hiking days with a UIMLA mountain leader, all huts/guesthouses with half board (double room based where possible if not dorms), hot showers, 7 lunch packs, guides expenses
Not included in the costs:
Personal insurance, travel to Les Marecottes and back from Finhaut, Brévent cable car, personal equipment, drinks
Level requirement for hidden paradise hike
This tour is for fit and experienced hikers that are used to walk around 6hrs per day during 7 days. We climb about 1000m per day.
Accommodation and Food
We stay in mountain guest houses and “Refuges” during our trekking. Some offer double rooms and other shared dorms. You’ll able to take a hot shower each night. Lunches will be picnics with local products on most days. Somedays we will be able to eat in mountain restaurants. Warm dinners will be cooked for us in the huts.
How to get to Martigny where the tour starts
Martigny, originally an important roman city with a castle and a roman amphitheatre that you still can visit today. It lies in the French speaking part of the Swiss Valais and can easily be reached by train from Geneva or Zürich airport. Please find the train schedule here.
Our tour ends in Chamonix, France. From there it’s a 1hr mini van shuttle to Geneva Airport or a 1hr train ride back to Martigny, Switzerland on the Mont Blanc Express train.
The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk in the Alps, and has some of the most stunning scenery.
The TMB is a 120km route that passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. The track offers cultural delights, picture book Alpine villages, the vibrant towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur, and mountain huts with majestic views. Almost each night we stay in a different location. Accommodation varies from small family run village hotels and hand picked mountain guest houses.
Arriving day: We pick you up at Geneva airport or you travel independent to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley. Check-in at the Hotel and get to know your hiking guide that tells you all about the tour. Dinner and night at the Hotel in Les Houches
Day 2: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m) Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for us after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. We pass the Refuge de Truc where we buy some fresh cheese and sausages and finish the day in Les Contamines. Night and dinner at Hotel in Les Contamines • ascent 639m, descent 1200m • distance 14km
Day 3: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m). We reach Col de Bonhomme (2329m) 0ver an old Roman bridge and trough alpine cow pastures. After a picknick lunch we traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux. Night and dinner at les Chapieux or village du Glacier • ascent 1270 m, descent 906m • distance 15 km
Getting into Italy
Day 4: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur. We follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. We enjoy views to the impressive Mont Blanc from it south side while stepping over the border line. From the Col we descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur. Night at Hotel Courmayeur, no organized dinner • ascent 734 m, descent 741m • distance 15 km
Day 5: Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day. Today you have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops, cafes and bars. We also suggest a trip up the new cable car to punta Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the Valle Blanche. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur, no organized dinner
Day 6: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. We head up to Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the guesthouse Chalet Ferret(2025m). A peaceful mountain guest house next to a mountain stream. Night and dinner at Chalet Ferret • ascent 1080m, descent 522m • distance 18km
Getting into Switzerland
Day 7: Chalet Ferret (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m). A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for a morning coffee followed by a climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) where we cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly. Night and dinner in a Hotel in La Fouly. • ascent 760m, descent 746m • distance 14km
Day 8: Champex Lac (1466m) to Trient (1279m). We take a bus up to Champex Lac and walk along the Bovine trail up to the Bovinette alpage where you can enjoy a delicious apple pie or a home made soup. Enjoy stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as you walk to Trient for the night. Night and dinner in a Guesthouse in Trient • ascent 750m, descent 705m • distance 14 km
Back to France
Day 9: Trient (1279m) to Argentière (1252m). The last Col of the tour… The hike over the Col de Balme brings you back into the Chamonix valley and down to Argentière. The view from the pass over Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains are just incredible. We stop for a delicious homemade Quiche at a mountain guest house before heading down to Argentiére.
Night at Hotel in Argentière, no organized dinner • ascent 1100m, descent 500m • distance 13km
Day 10: Argentière (1252m) to Chamonix (1000m). From the Col des Montets you walk through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Your last walk down of the tour to La Flégere (1875m) and than a cable car down back to Chamonix. Last night in a Hotel in Chamonix and farewell dinner • ascent 1100m, decent 500m • distance 12km
This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000meters. The route crosses from valley to valley via mountain passes, with long and some steep ascents and descents. This tour is ideal for regular walkers that are physically fit. The terrain on this trail is diverse with country lanes, forest trails, rocky mountain paths, and high mountain meadows. In early season you might have to walk over a few snow patches. We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodations to make the tour easier for you.
from 3915.00€ per hiker / single room supplement 410.00€
Included in the price: Organization, certified UIMLA-hiking guide for the whole tour, 10 nights in privat rooms with ensuite bathroom in typical village hotels and mountain guest houses, breakfasts, 7 dinners, cable cars, pick up and drop off at Geneva airport, transport to hiking starts
Not included in the price: lunches, 3 dinners,luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you, the cost is 35.00€ per day per luggage of 15kg), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks
We didn’t include lunches because often hikers have different kind of appetite and food wishes along the trail. There are a view mountain guesthouses where we can stop for delicious lunches and the guides are more than happy to organize a buffet style picknick during the hike. Once in Les Houches the guide will ask you what your food preferences are.
9 Reasons why you should hike the Tour du Mont Blanc
There is a never-ending battle over which city or region is truly the best “mountain town,” “trail city” or “outdoor heaven.” East versus West, mountain access versus desert singletrack, dense forest versus world-class crags, even the local craft-brew scene comes into the debate. Europe doesn’t have this problem—there’s a clear winner. Chamonix, France is nestled at around 3,000 feet at the base of the picturesque Mont Blanc Massif and is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as a town can possibly be. Chamonix’s crowning attraction for adventure-seekers, though, is its location along the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170 kilometer (105-mile) circuit that observes the massif from all sides through three countries. More of a shrine to the Alps than a simple walk in the mountains, the TMB is the definition of a Bucket List Hike.
So, why should you stick the TMB on top of your list? Here are a few good reasons.
1. The Difficulty
The trail acts as a rite of passage for those addicted to serene alpine environments, climbing to 2,500 meters five times and totaling somewhere around 30,000 feet of total elevation gain. Each section of trail is comprised of a major uphill slog, usually followed by an almost equally brutal descent. It’s certainly no walk in the park, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
2. The Scenery
This one is a no-brainer. With hardly any forest cover, the mountain views are panoramic and never-ending. From almost any point along the trail there are million-dollar views of the massif’s glaciers and of Mont Blanc itself. You’ll want to keep your camera handy!
3. The Food
The TMB gives hikers the option to forego the “just add water” meals and incessant food daydreams that usually characterize a lengthy backpacking trip. Villages with stores and bakeries can be found almost daily, and more than 50 trail refuges offer semi-reasonable prices for hot food. Don’t worry, the physical demands of the hike will erase any guilt you might have about culinary indulgences. When in Europe, right?
4. The Accessibility
Many people shy away from backcountry trips that take longer than 2-3 days, the standard time/distance threshold where the risk goes up and the ability to bail goes way down. One of the most appealing characteristics of the Tour du Mont Blanc is how accessible and well marked the trail is. The path winds around some of the most sought-after terrain in Europe, so people are always nearby and help is readily available if needed. There are plenty of points to get on or off the trail, giving hikers the flexibility to create their own itineraries.
5. The Prestige
The trail is famous for its beauty, but this fame extends far beyond some pretty pictures in a magazine. For over a decade now, Chamonix and the TMB have hosted thousands of trail runners each August for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), which has developed into one of the most prestigious and influential ultra races in the world. Hundreds of the fastest mountain athletes flock to Chamonix weeks before the event to train for what may be their biggest race of the year. The UTMB follows the TMB counterclockwise starting and ending in Chamonix, and the fastest runners finish in under 24 hours.
6. The People
One of the best aspects of any popular hiking destination is the people that you meet on the trail. The fact that the Tour du Mont Blanc is such a global attraction elevates this to a whole new level. On any thru-hike it would not be unusual to hear ten different languages being spoken and to see an incredible age range of people using the trail. The trail is also open to mountain bikes, so it’s common to see cyclists resting on the trail’s high-elevation cols before an exhilarating descent. Swapping trail stories is even more fun when your campfire pals are from all over the world.
7. The History
Most high mountain areas have a history of adventure, and the Mont Blanc Massif is no different. The first ascent of Mont Blanc was in the late 1700’s, not too long after the first circumnavigation of the massif itself roughly along the Tour du Mont Blanc’s path. Some of the trails that comprise today’s TMB route are even older than this, though, because they follow old trade and transportation routes used for many centuries between mountain villages—some dating as far back to the days of the Roman Empire.
8. The Culture
In international travel, getting from Point A to B efficiently can sometimes restrict cultural immersion. Hiking is the perfect way to reverse that. As the trail wanders through quaint and historic hamlets in France, Italy, and Switzerland, hikers are able to gain an intimate look into local life and culture at their own pace without the distractions of modern transportation.
9. The Distance
Hiking over mountainous terrain is tough, especially for the first few days. When a hiker is able to continue working through the soreness and discomfort on a longer trek, a new world of empowered enjoyment can be found. A thru-hike of the TMB takes 9-12 days for most hikers, giving anyone plenty of time to adapt to the terrain and to thrive in the mountains. This is the perfect distance for an international trip that calls for a full-scale adventure in a compact timeline.
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