The ‘Pays du Mont Blanc’ is famous for its great walks. On this trip of six days trekking you can enjoy the alpine experience and return to the comfort of your own hotel every evening.
The ‘Pays du Mont Blanc’ is famous for its great walks and outstanding views of the Mont Blanc massif. On this trip of six days trekking you can enjoy the alpine experience and return to the comfort of your own hotel every evening.
You will hike on good quality paths amidst breathtaking scenery. The day walks are varied, reaching summits such as the Aiguillettes des Houches 2285m and the Brevent at 2525m, and then in contrast there are the alpine meadows with their rich abundance of alpine plant life.
Being valley based you will also have the opportunity to explore Chamonix which is a vibrant mountain town. It has been at the heart of mountaineering and adventure sport since the first explorations of the Alps and the old and the new are seen in the mixture of architecture, history and culture.
Our suggested itinerary can easily be shortened, lengthened or otherwise adapted to suit your aspirations and interests. For example you might choose to walk more of the Tour du Mont Blanc or prefer to visit the quieter, wilder feeling areas.
For a visual impression of the Mountain Balance experience on this trek, take a look at the Tour du Mont Blanc photo gallery>
Number of days trekking: six days trekking at the moderate to challenging grade - your choice.
Dates: from the end of June to the end of September so please get in touch if you have specific dates in mind. To see the greatest variety of alpine flowers the end of June and July are the best times to walk in the Alps. Variations of this itinerary would make a superb autumn walking holiday; you could enjoy the autumn colours with fewer other visitors around and take advantage of reduced accommodation costs.
Group size: up to a maximum of eight, for groups larger than eight a second International Mountain Leader can be engaged.
Trip Grade: you can choose the grade of your Chamonix Treks Tour - moderate to challenging. Click here for information on our trip gradings.
Start point: Chamonix Valley, France
Price: I offer independent guided trekking. The price for my services as an International Mountain Leader per person for six days trekking (and help organising your trip) is 315€ per person plus expenses, based on a group of four people.
Accommodation choices: I realise that the choice of your accommodation is important for your enjoyment of your holiday so this is flexible: you choose your accommodation and the level of comfort you would like to suit your budget. Because you pay the provider directly for the accommodation there is complete clarity regarding these costs. I am happy to give information, an honest opinion and assistance to make bookings so that your accommodation is right for you.
There are different standards of accommodation available from small family run hotels, chalets offering bed and breakfast and self catering apartments to four star hotels. The Chamonix Valley has three main centres: Chamonix itself, Argentiere and Les Houches.
Expect to pay something in the order 55€ per person for bed and breakfast in a three star family run hotel, based on two people sharing a twin room.
Further Options: this trek is easily shortened, lengthened or otherwise adapted to suit your aspirations and interests, for example you might choose to walk more of the Tour du Mont Blanc or prefer to visit the quieter, wilder feeling areas.
If you would like to have one night in a refuge we could plan a two day overnight trip as part of your week or even three days of valley based day hikes followed by three days on the Tour du Mont Blanc as a short backpacking trip.
There are other activities to enjoy in the Chamonix Valley for example visiting the Aiguille du Midi, parapenting, rock climbing and mountain biking. You could add time to the start or end of your holiday to take advantage of these.
Terms and Conditions: please read the Terms and Conditions on our Small Print page carefully before booking your trek.
Kit list: please read the full list of items you'll need to enjoy our trek on our Kit list page.
Our suggested itinerary can easily be shortened, lengthened or otherwise adapted to suit your aspirations and interests; just let us know.
Day 1. Aiguillette des Posettes
As a fine warm-up day we will walk from Montroc which is towards the head of the Chamonix Valley. Our route ascends through pleasant woodland and onto a broad open ridge with superb views of the Chamonix peaks and glaciers. This part of the route is shared by the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Walkers’ Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. We attain the summit of the Aiguillette des Posettes 2201m for views into Switzerland. The descent is to Vallorcine from where it is possible to catch the train or if energy and enthusiasm allow we can walk back to Montroc to complete our circuit.
Day 2. Aiguillette des Houches
Today we walk from Le Bettey above Les Houches up to the Aiguillette des Houches 2285m. From this fine summit we look down into the Carlaveyron Nature Reserve, out towards the Aravis and Fiz ranges and across to the summit of Mont Blanc itself.
Day 3. Lac Blanc
The walk to the Lac Blanc from the Col des Montets is also part of the Tour du Mont Blanc. We climb from the col past the high altitude lakes of Les Cheserys and on to the Lac Blanc itself at 2352m. The refuge at the Lac Blanc, which features in many postcards, sits among smooth slabs of rock worn by the ancient glaciers with magnificent views of the Mer de Glace and Chamonix Aiguilles. We are quite likely to encounter bouqetin today and this hike includes some short sections of ladder.
Day 4. Alpage de Loriaz
Our hike today will take us from Le Buet in Vallorcine whose name derives from ‘the Valley of the Bears’ and just into Switzerland via the Alpage de Loriaz 2020m. Vallorcine is a quiet, pretty valley and the alpage or high summer grazing of Loriaz has many flowers and butterflies. From Loriaz the path traverses to the Swiss border and to the impressive Emosson Dam. There is a steep descent from here and then back along the valley to Vallorcine.
Day 5. Dinosaur Tracks!
This hike starts at the Emosson Dam in Switzerland up to slabs above the Lac du Vieux Emosson where dinosaur tracks are visible. We descend to the lake and back to the Dam. The scenery today is dramatic and an interesting contrast to the granite and gneiss peaks of Chamonix and the Aiguilles Rouges.
Day 6. Brevent Summit from La Flegere
Our final day takes us to the finest viewpoint onto Mont Blanc along the Tour du Mont Blanc once more. Taking advantage of the telepherique at La Flegere for uplift we traverse and then climb to the Brevent at 2525m. A contrasting day again with a rocky, wild feel we descend under our earlier summit of the Aiguillette des Houches and into Les Houches itself.
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