During vigorous day hikes through the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, take in panoramic views of the majestic Mont Blanc. Plus, enjoy your stay in the French Alpine town of Chamonix, which exudes Old World charm and gracious hospitality.

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Mont Blanc Hiking

7 days from $3,745

During vigorous day hikes through the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, take in panoramic views of the majestic Mont Blanc. Plus, enjoy your stay in the French Alpine town of Chamonix, which exudes Old World charm and gracious hospitality.

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Overview

The iconic Mont Blanc has drawn hikers and mountain lovers to the Alps throughout history. This new hiking trip features exhilarating day hikes in France, Switzerland, and Italy from your base in the lovely resort town of Chamonix. Each day you’ll take vigorous treks through breathtaking scenery framed by serrated mountain peaks and glittering glaciers, stopping along the way to admire the majestic vistas of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. In the evenings, discover cozy Alpine hospitality and the lively nightlife and restaurants of Chamonix with fellow hikers. (Level 4/Hikes of 3 to 6 hours, maximum ascent/descent of 2,100 feet. See our Activity Level Description on the Tour Details tab for more information.)

Highlights Include

  • Alpine Trekking: During day hikes near Chamonix, enjoy the vistas of the French Aiguille du Midi-Montenvers and the lakes of the Aiguilles Rouges, utilizing the aerial tram and bright red cog railway. Traveling to Courmayeur, hike from the Veny Valley to the Bertone Refuge for views of Italy’s Aosta Valley, then descend into the beautiful Val Ferret. And from nearby Trient, hike a portion of Switzerland’s famous Tour du Mont Blanc route. 
  • Expedition Leaders: MT Sobek’s professional guides have been leading treks in the Alps for nearly 50 years, and are truly the best. Each is qualified by the prestigious Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix and they often descend from generations of mountaineers.
  • Lodgings: Enjoy the many Old World charms and gracious hospitality of the Grand Hôtel des Alpes for your five-night stay. Dating to 1840 and located in the center of Chamonix, your hotel exudes warmth and elegance and features upscale accommodations, delightful public rooms, and a luxurious spa and pool. 
  • Small Group Feature: With a small group of no more than 18 people, you'll quickly develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your Adventure Guide and fellow active travelers—resulting in an interesting and enjoyable trip that is also more flexible!

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Switzerland.

Day 2 — Arrive in Geneva / Chamonix, France

Arrive at the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. Meet your guide and transfer to the mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France.

Rest a bit or explore before meeting your guide and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and orientation this evening. (D)

Day 3 — Aiguille du Midi-Montenvers

We begin our first hike in the Alps directly from the hotel, crossing the town of Chamonix and entering the forest. Ascend a steep trail passing the Blaitiere farm to reach the Grand Balcon and take in the fabulous view of the Chamonix Aiguilles towering above us. Traverse below these towering peaks toward the Montenvers railway sitting high above the Mer de Glace glacier where we may spot alpinists making their ascent.

Return to Chamonix by the bright red cog railway. 5 hours hiking (B,L)

Day 4 — Lakes of the Aiguilles Rouges

North of Chamonix, the Aiguilles Rouges offers beautiful views of the Mont Blanc massif. The aerial tram allows us to quickly escape the valley floor for hikes to luminescent mountain lakes. According to the group's hiking abilities, two hiking options are available today: Lake Cornu, a five- hour hike with an ascent/descent of 1,500 feet; or White Lake, an easier three-hour hike that offers a reduced 600-foot ascent and a 1,500-foot descent. Hiking 3 to 5 hours (B,L)

Day 5 – Courmayeur to Bonatti Refuge

On the Italian side of Mont Blanc is the resort town of Courmayeur. Here the views of Mont Blanc are Himalayan in scale—the mountain rises in a breathtaking abruptness from the Veny Valley to the summit 10,000 feet above. We'll hike from here to the Bertone Refuge, with its views of the entire Aosta Valley of Italy.

We can continue to Bonatti Refuge, which faces the famous peaks and needles of the Grandes Jorasses. From here we descend into the Val Ferret, a beautiful valley connecting Italy and Switzerland, and meet a waiting vehicle that takes us back to Courmayeur for dinner on your own before returning to Chamonix. 6 hours hiking, 2,100' up, 1,500' down (B,L)

Day 6 —High Altitude Meadows of the Grands

After breakfast, we’ll transfer 30 minutes to Trient, in Switzerland. From Trient, we hike a portion of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route. Above treeline, a narrow path brings us to the high pastures of the Grands where the views are spectacular.

We will return to our hotel in Chamonix this afternoon with time to freshen up before our farewell dinner tonight. Hiking 6 hours, 2,100' up and down (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Departure

Bid goodbye to the Alps this morning. A group transfer is provided back to the Geneva airport for your homeward-bound flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)