Self-guided Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights (Inn-to-inn combo hiking tour)
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Hike Rating: Moderate-strenuous, 5-8 hours/day, 2500'-3500' elevation gain/loss
On this independent variation of the Tour of Mont Blanc, we'll focus on our absolute favorite corners of the classic tour. We'll slow the pace a bit, spending extra time in the quiet side-valleys around Chamonix and Courmayeur, visiting world-class hotels and quaint inns, and hiking across enjoying unparalleled vistas.
You'll have 3 stops in 6 nights, mixing nice village hotels with one night in a remote mountain hut. Start with 3 nights in Chamonix, hiking the nearby stages of the TMB. Then travel to the distinctive village of Courmayeur, on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, for a hike through one of the most spectacular valleys in the Alps, the Italian Val Ferret, to the very comfortable Bonatti hut. Finally, hike to the Ferret pass and cross into Switzerland before returning by bus to Courmayeur for 2 final nights. Our deluxe tour stays in luxurious 4-star hotels in Chamonix and Courmayeur, while the standard tour chooses fine 3-star options in each village. Both stay one night at Bonatti hut, a comfortable hut with gorgeous views, hot showers and some private rooms.
Your typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn, which gives you the energy needed for a big day of hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Soon, you'll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours. With a couple of passes to cross, the hiking is often strenuous, but there will also be opportunities for easier days.
You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up, relax, and gaze upon Mont Blanc and the surrounding scenery. After that, enjoy a delicious dinner at your inn or on your own in town. A hearty meal provides a satisfying end to your day.
With beautiful villages and inns, and unforgettable trails among the highest mountains in the Alps, the Chamonix Mont Blanc Highlights tour is a gorgeous journey that does true justice to this amazing region.
Day 1 Arrive in Geneva, and we will arrange your transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France. Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, with perhaps time for a daytrip up the Aiguille du Midi cablecar. Relax at the pool or garden of your charming Chamonix hotel. (Chamonix)
Read Josh Roberts in USA Today recap his Mont Blanc trip with Alpinehikers in 2003.
Self-guided Mont Blanc Highlights, details:
Standard tour: 5 nights in 3-star village hotels, 1 night mountain inn with private room and shared bathroom, 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner (not included in Chamonix or Courmayeur), airport shuttle Geneva-Chamonix, private taxi Chamonix-Courmayeur, private taxi Courmayeur-Geneva.
All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), train schedules, sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. You'll also have a local contact to call if you have any questions or problems during your trip.
Not included are lunches, dinners in Chamonix , dinners in Courmayeur (standard tour), drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), or transportation other than the transfers mentioned above. The large single supplement is required because of fixed room rates in Chamonix and taxi costs.
If you'd like to lengthen or shorten this tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour of the Mont Blanc region from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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