Tour du Mont Blanc all-inclusive - an epic trek in the Alps - with Elina Osborne

One of the most famous routes in the world. A journey around Europe's highest mountain - The Mont Blanc

Dates: July 2 - July 12, 2022

Early Bird Price: EUR 2950 (Valid until October 5, 2021)

Price: EUR 3100

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30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 60 days before the start of the expedition.

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Elina Osborne, aka Tip Tap will be your creative guide in this journey. 

 

Elina is a storyteller, an adventure film-maker and an avid hiker. She created an award-winning series that documented her thru-hiking journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Elina Osborne is joining Vagabond Trails to explore the best of the Alps in this all-inclusive trip.

This is an eleven-day and 100 miles/160 km journey with lots of ups and downs... To be specific, almost 32,000 feet/10.000 meters of elevation gain. The route takes us from Chamonix - France through Italy, Switzerland, and back to Chamonix.

Along the way, Elina will be sharing with you her tips and expertise on adventure filmmaking and thru-hiking. You will also have access to Elina´s online course in Adventure Filmmaking: Unscripted Stories with meaning. 

You must experience the TMB to understand why this is one of the World’s top ten 'must do' treks. The high alpine meadows, the glaciers, the streams, the snow-capped peaks, the lakes, the Mont Blanc itself, and, of course, the physical and the mental challenge make the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

The trails are demanding but it does not require any technical climbing. The daily hikes are planned so that you can arrive at the next destination and have time to relax, have a glass of wine or two, read a book and enjoy the beautiful alpine views. Make sure your physical condition is adequate to the itinerary described below. Please, get in touch with us if you have any questions.

For the entire tour, you will be led by an International Mountain Leader (UIMLA certified). This trip is all-inclusive, with a shared transfer to and from Geneva airport, all accommodations and meals. We have handpicked the hotels and mountain huts to offer you comfort, great views, amazing food and friendly service.

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Chamonix (in)

Transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Depending on your time of arrival you will have time to walk around the vibrant village of Chamonix, make last-minute gear shopping, or just relax at the pool and outdoor patio of our chosen hotel in Chamonix. In the evening we will have a group safety briefing, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2 | Chamonix – Chalet du Truc

Today is the official start of our epic journey. We leave Chamonix towards Les Houches by bus. Once in Les Houches, we take the cable car heading to Col du Voze, where we start the downhill through the woods passing charming chalets and rustic farms as we head towards the Tricot Pass and through the quaint Miage valley on one of the prettiest corners of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

 

L'Auberge du Truc is all about alpine pastures and is located on a plateau 1750 m/5741 ft above sea level on the Col du Tricot section. The panoramic view spans 360 degrees across the Domes de Miage and the Aravis mountain range.

  • The route: 11m / 17km  - High gain/loss +5020ft/1530m | -2625ft/800m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

 

Day 3 | Chalet du Truc – Refuge de la Balme

After a long descent, we arrive at Les Contamines. Easy riverside trails take us through Notre Dame de la Gorge.  After the church, we have a long and steep ascent leading to Refuge du Nant Borrant and later to Refuge La Balme which will be our hut for the night.

  • The route: 10m / 16km  - High gain/loss +2346ft/720m | -2411ft/734m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

 

Day 4 | Refuge de la Balme –Refuge des Mottets

The day starts with a steep ascent leading to Col du Bonhomme. Depending on weather conditions the pass might show snow patches. A little bit higher we reach the second col of the day the Croix de Bonhomme at 2440 meters of altitude, where we will enjoy amazing views of the valleys on both sides. A nice and serpentine trail takes us downhill to Les Chapieux, from here we will have a mix of a flat trail to a steady easy uphill towards Refuge Les Mottets at 1864 meters, which will be our hut for the night.

  • The route: 11m / 18km  - High gain/loss +4000ft/1220m | -3408ft/1039m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

Day 5 | Refuge des Mottets – Courmayeur

The day starts with a steep trail, but the views will be our boost to continue and finally cross the border into Italy at Col de la Seigne. Once on the col (or shoulder), you will admire the views of the French and the Italian valleys. On the Italian side, we will have a long descent into Val Veny. If we are lucky, the valley will be cover in yellow flowers with sparking glaciers descending off Mont Blanc. A long flat path will take us to the start of the steep trail towards the ridge on Mont Favre, and then on to the Col Checrouit and then a final steep descent to Courmayeur (taking the cable car down is optional). Tonight, we will enjoy the famous Italian pizza in one of our favorite pizzerias in town.

  • The route: 15m / 25km  - High gain/loss +4166ft/1270m | -6200ft/1900m approx.

  • Approximate time 6 - 8 hours

 

Day 6 | Courmayeur – Rifugio Walter Bonatti

We leave Courmayeur and start the day with a vertical climb towards Rifugio Bertone. After a coffee and admiring the views we follow an almost flat, beautiful, easy but high trail towards Rifugio Bonatti where we will spend the night. This area offers one of the most amazing landscapes of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

  • The route: 8.7m / 14km  - High gain/loss +3569ft/1088m | -1873ft/571m approx.

  • Approximate time 4 - 6 hours

Day 7 | Rifugio Walter Bonatti – La Fouly (Champex Lac)

We start the descent to Val Ferret and then a short climb to the majestic Refuge Elena. We gather some strength and start a steep ascent towards the highest pass of the route and the border between Italy and Switzerland the Grand Col Ferret at 2537m / 8323ft. We will contemplate the spectacular views of the Swiss and the Italian valleys from the col. A beautiful descent on a single trail of alpine meadows and grazing cows will take us down to Val Ferret. Here we take the bus towards Champex-Lac where we will spend the night.

  • The route: 11.2m / 18km  - High gain/loss +3087ft/941m | -3937ft/1200m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

Day 8 | Champex Lac  – Col de Forclaz or Trient

Leaving Champex Lac behind we head up through the forests on an easy-open path until Plan de l’Au where we start a steep ascent traversing around the mountain to la Giete. Once in the highest point we run downhill towards Col de la Forclaz and continue our descent to the last Swiss village and its iconic pink church in Trient.

  • The route: 10.5m / 17km  - High gain/loss +2559ft/780m | -3215ft/980m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

 

Day 9 | Trient - Trelechamp

We climb up to reach the French border at Col de Balme 2191m / 7188ft. From the col the entire Mont Blanc Massif stretches ahead; the Chamonix Valley, the summit of Mont Blanc, the Aiguilles, the Mer de Glace and the Argentière glaciers. The route then continues via the Col des Posettes and Aiguillette des Posettes, with wonderful views throughout, then a descend into the Chamonix Valley at Tré le Champ.

  • The route: 7m / 11km  - High gain/loss +3608ft/1100m | -3280ft/1000m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

Day 10 | Trelechamp - Chamonix

A  day that takes us to the outstanding views along this section of the 'Grand Balcon Sud. From Tré le Champ the trail climbs via Aiguillette de Argentière to the Grand Balcon Sud of the Aiguilles Rouges, taking in a few fixed ladders on the way. We reach the Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve and sightings of ibex and marmots are common.  We will pass Lac de Cheserys and the views of the Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges mountains are spectacular along the way. Once we reach La Flegere - Brevent we have a steep descent towards Chamonix (cable car optional).

We have come to the end of an epic journey. We will close our trip with a celebration dinner and drink.

  • The route: 10.5m / 17km  - High gain/loss +3608ft/1100m | -4593ft/1400m approx.

  • Approximate time 5 - 7 hours

Day 11 | Chamonix (out)

We enjoy a last breakfast together and then time to pack all the memories back home.

 

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The entire tour is done in English.

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, huts availability, National Parks regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions

How Challenging ?

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High effort. This is a challenging adventure where we can expect 5 - 6 hours of hiking per day, with up to 1200 meters of elevation gain. Previous trekking experience is recommended.
 

A note about fitness: This adventure involves physical activity for around 6 hours per day. To participate comfortably in the tour, you will require a certain level of fitness. To make a self-assessment of whether or not this is for you, you should consider yourself to be in good fitness, be accustomed to hiking, and be able to do it comfortably for at least 3 hours a day. Please consult a doctor if you feel that this might be a challenge before booking.

Price and Details

The tour includes:

  • Everything described in the tour

  • All of the scheduled activities

  • Transport from Geneva to Chamonix 

  • Transport from Chamonix to Geneva 

  • All accommodation during the tour (10 nights)

  • Huts or refuges in shared rooms/dorms only

  • 4* hotel in Chamonix and Courmayeur, only

  • Single room supplement (if available) for an extra price only in Chamonix and Courmayeur

  • All meals during the tour (10 breakfast, 9 packed lunch, 10 dinners)

  • All transport during the tour (except for those by feet!)

  • A certified International Mountain Leader

  • Elina´s tips and expertise on adventure filmmaking and thru-hiking.

  • Free access to Elina´s online course in Adventure Filmmaking: Unscripted Stories with meaning

  • Amazing trails & beautiful landscapes

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The tour excludes:

  • Transport to Geneva (e.g. flights)

  • Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for outdoor sports; such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.

  • Trail snack to eat on the go - dried fruit, nuts, or energy bars to last you throughout the entire trek (further info in the packing list)

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Expenses for extra activities, such as; massages, spas, sauna, hot tub

  • Any accommodations for extra days in Chamonix

Price: 3100 EUR

30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 60 days before the start of the expedition. Full Money-Back Return Policy During Covid-19 (Click for details)

​Participants: 

Min 5 - Max 14 

Start: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

End: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions