This short trip is perfect for hikers that like to enjoy stunning views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain, sleep in two mountain huts and spot some ibex and wildflowers along the way. Your local guide makes sure that you will get to the huts just in time to enjoy a delicious mountain dish and that you don’t have to worry about anything but taking the nicest pictures of the famous Lac Blanc mountain lake.
Hiking – Itinerary
Arrival day 19.00: Information and meeting at the hotel. Night in Hotel
Day 1: Refuge Bellachat We hike from Chamonix up to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain. You might want to enjoy a drink on the terrace that overlooks the whole Mont Blanc valley and wait until the sunset puts the mountains in a pink coat. The family style dinners will soon be served in the cosy mountain hut.
4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refuge Bellachat
Day 2: Lac Blanc An early breakfast at the mountain hut with the fantastic views towards Mont Blanc. Our trail brings us up to Brevent summit for an even more breathtaking view. We reach Col du Cornu via the Col du Brévent and traverse to the Lac de Cornu (at 2276m), which is situated in of the most beautiful environments in the valley. After a picknick lunch we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m). The Lac Blanc mountain lake is the perfect location to take some stunning pictures of a perfect mountain scenery with the Mont Blanc in the back.
7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc
Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges We eat a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges mountain before leaving this beautiful spot. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentière or the Col du Montets. Those that want to hike a bit longer can join the guide on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way back to Chamonix. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the famous ski resort of Argentière.
Costs per Person
455€ with a minimum of 6 guests (340€ without the first night at Hotel)
525€ with a minimum of 3 guests (420€ without the first night at Hotel)
Included in the price: Organisation, UIMLA-guide, 2 nights at mountain refuges with half board, 1 night at Hotel in Chamonix with breakfast, 2 pack lunches, one lunch at Restaurant, hiking map copy Not included: personal insurance, drinks
The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk, and has some of the most stunning scenery.
The TMB is a 168km 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, auberges and mountain huts.
Arriving day: Independent travel to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley (hourly buses from Geneva airport) Dinner and night at the hotel in Les Houches
Day 1: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m) Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for you after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. You pass the Refuge de Truc and finish the day in Les Contamines.
Night in Hotel in Les Contamines • total ascent 400m • distance 14km
Day 2: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m). Over an old Roman bridge and trough a alpine cow pasture you make the beautiful ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). Than you traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux. Night at les Chapieux or village du Glacier • total ascent 1320 m • total distance 20 km
Day 3: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur. You follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where you cross the border into Italy. From the Col you descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur. Night in Courmayeur • total ascent 1000 m • distance 15 km
Getting into Italy
Day 4: 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 brand-new cable car to point Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the valley blanche. Night in Hotel in Courmayeur
Day 5: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. You head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge and the 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 at Chalet Ferret • ascent 860m • distance 12 km
Getting into Switzerland
Day 6: 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 you cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly. Night in a Hotel in La Fouly. • total ascent 900 m • distance 20km
Day 7: La Fouly (1610m) to Champex (1466m). An easier day as you follow a Swiss mountain valley before a short ascent to Champex, a picture book Alpine village. Night in a Pension in Champex. • total ascent 420m • distance 15km
Day 8: Champex (1466m) to Trient (1279m). You 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 in a Pension in Trient • total ascent 750m •16 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.
Night at Hotel in Argentière • total ascent 1100m • 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 • asscent 1100m • distance 8km
This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000M. 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.
2,505 CHF per person, double occupancy 355 CHF single supplement
Included in the price: Organisation, guide-book, 10 nights with breakfast in nice hotels and guest houses, 6 dinners, detailed route directions, detailed French IGN Topo maps, 1;25,000 scale, covering the route, complete listing of all hotels with contact information, bus schedules, and nearby emergency medical contacts, pre-trip information with gear list, Pre-trip telephone support with an experienced hiking guide to answer your questions
Not included in the price: lunches, transportations, luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks
Self guided hiking trips
Do you have the experience and skills to hike a route on your own, but may lack the time or expertise to plan a hiking itinerary in a foreign country? Our self-guided hiking tours are for those independently-minded hikers and walkers who would like the freedom, flexibility and adventure of hiking on their own. We are happy to arrange self-guided hiking trips for single travelers as well as families and groups of up to 12 or more.
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
Never-ending panoramas along the Tour du Mont Blanc. Matt Guenther 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
Backpacking 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.
The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!
Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
Vertical Descent: 2727m
Season: Usually January to April
Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-5 hours
This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers. Thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!
We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure, that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent. Would you like to choose steeper lines? Or include a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix.
Requirements to ski vallee blanche:
If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!
(* up to 6 skiers)
Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you, we provide you with an avalanche beacon and harness.
Not included in the price: Cablecar ride up to Aiguille du Midi
Bad weather option:
If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.
A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.
Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.
What to expect:
During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold. The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!
Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.
Arrival day: Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check
Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area. This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.
Day 2: Vallee Blanche We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.
Day 3: Courmayeur Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20 Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!
Day 4: Brévent – Flégere We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible form Chamonix town today.
Day 5: Toule Glacier The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.
2 skiers: 875€ per Skier 3 skiers: 660€ per Skier 4 skiers: 600€ per Skier
Included in the price: Organization, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide
Not included in the price: Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation
We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.
Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.
Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.
Haute Route Skitour from Chamonix to Zermatt…from the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital
This six day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis region of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.
Day 4: Cabane de Dix Refuge Prafleuri – Cabane de Dix Elevation gain: 800m Vertical loss: 450m
Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes Cabane de Dix – Cabane des Vignettes Elevation gain: 850m
Day 6: Zermatt Cabane des Vignettes – Zermatt Elevation gain: 900m Vertical loss: 2100m
1560.-€ (min. 4 persons, max 6) This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Add . Please contact us for more informations.
Included in the price: Organisation, mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier Day 2, half board in the huts Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment
*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance. *We also advise you to purchase personal ski 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).
(Please ask us for private dates, also for mixed groups)
3 days ski teaching and guiding in the Chamonix valley
4 nights at a cosy Chalet Hotel in the Chamonix valley with half board included
2 Ski tours
Valle Blanche descent, the greatest ski descend in the world
Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies
Learn off piste skiing and ski touring with us!
Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger and IFMGA Mountain guide Federico Arletti. This all-inclusive camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and Chamonix unmatched Off-piste runs.
“It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”
We will base out of Chamonix for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in big mountain skiing.
“It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn to ski off-piste.”
Day 1: Arrival day
We welcome you at the cosy Chalet Hotel in Chamonix and enjoy a first dinner together. Maybe you want to enjoy a bath in the hot tub with a nice glas of wine.
Day 2: Off piste skiing work shop
Off piste work shop in one of the many ski areas in the Chamonix valley. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your ski skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparedness that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon. An important skill you have to know!
Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, take a bath in the hot tub and relax by the fire place.
Day 3: Ski touring intro
Off piste work shop in the morning. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information. Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.
Day 4: Ski tour & Valle Blanche
We take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi and skin over to the Italian side towards Col d’Entrèves (+400m).
Later we enjoy skiing the famous Valle Blanche or Noire glacier run. It might be the run you have always dreamed of. Stunning views, huge glaciers and us skiing with trough that showing our new learned skills.
The course finishes at about 2-3pm in Chamonix.
The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.
Ella makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skier to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences.All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience. Tap in to the pro’s fitness traits off the slopes, with a stretching class and an inspirational talks about mental training. Than relax in the Sauna, dine and socialize in Chamonix. “I hope you can join me for this amazing opportunity!”
If you feel confident on black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp.
Chamonix, French alps. In winter, with 4 large skiing areas, Chamonix Valley welcomes snow sports enthusiasts from all over the world and from all walks of life who come to test their skills on and off the slopes of the Mont Blanc range. Here, even if it primarily for fun, skiing is as intense and exciting as the locality where it takes place!
Transfer included from Geneva
Transfers to and from Geneva airport with guaranteed flexibility to match your flight times allowing you to fly from your local airport at a time that suits you is included in the price. If you’re traveling by train from Switzerland, you can reach Chamonix via Martigny.
An elegant traditional chalet with great facilities, Chalet les Bois is located in one the most beautiful areas in the Chamonix Valley and within close proximity to the Flegere ski lift.
This extremely comfortable chalet boasts a unique 85m2 dining, lounge and entertainment area on the top floor, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc from panoramic windows and the south, east and west-facing sun terraces. Guests can relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine or enjoy the home cinema with Bose sound.
Eight tastefully furnished twin bedrooms can be found on the lower two levels of the chalet, along with eight Japanese style bathrooms, six of which are en-suite.
This chalet also features a large outdoor hot tub in the gardens perfectly situated to admire the breathtaking views.
Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
Three course gourmet evening meal – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
Excellent quality complimentary French and Italian wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), beer & soft drinks with all evening meals.
Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
Tea, coffee and other hot drinks available at all times
Private transport to ski lifts: Morning and afternoon pick ups.
Transport into town in the evenings in private minibuses (return transport is subject to availability and charged locally)
Selection of DVDs, Playstation / Wii games, board games, books
Internet access – WIFI and hard-wired with large iMac for guest use
Docking station for iPods and MP3 players
4 Skiers: 1338.00€ per skier 6 and more Skiers: 1198.00€ per skier Skiing only/min. 3 skiers: 600.00€ per skier (accommodation/half board, ski pass and airport transfer not included)
Included: Pro teaching and organization, 3-days Unlimited Skipass, Luxury Ski Chalet – Hotel with half board in a standard double room, 2 ski tours, Valle Blanche descent (if conditions are good), video-analysis, Airport Transfer, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, free Bus in Chamonix
Not included: Lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented in Chamonix). Would you like to sleep in a single room? The price added for that is 270.00€.
Patagoniatiptop guides a large variety of trips to the Alps and the Andes and teaches you skills to improve your outdoor abilities. As a small company, we are able to provide highly personalised services and set the highest quality standard for your trip.
All of our mountain guides are certified UIAGM-IFMGA and our mountain leaders are certified UIMLA. We encourage you to explore our site and to contact us with any questions or thoughts about our guiding and teaching services.