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Walk the best of the Mont Blanc circuit and explore the mountain town of Chamonix.
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Seven nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners, all transport and listed activities and Exodus tour leader throughout.
Travel style: Small group journey
Selected Saturdays from 19 May - 06 Oct '18 & 18 May - 05 Oct '19
The circuit of Mont Blanc is one of the finest walking routes in the Alps. It is a series of paths linking the seven valleys that surround the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc. This one-week Exodus tour takes in the most outstanding sections with beautiful mountain highlights each day. Throughout the holiday you are based in the delightful Chalet Chamonix with dramatic views of Mont Blanc.
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Being able to walk the best parts of the Mont Blanc circuit through France, Switzerland and Italy.
Stay in a comfortable chalet in Chamonix with panoramic windows and a balcony overlooking Mont Blanc.
Discover the charming mountain town of Chamonix, the perfect place for skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
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Arrive in Chamonix and make your way to Chalet Chamonix.
Drive to the head of the Chamonix Valley; walk to Switzerland via Les Bonhommes and the Col de Balme; descend back into France passing Chalets de Balme.
From the Chalet drive to Le Buet (1330m). Climbing to (2000m), you are rewarded with a stunning balcony walk as you flank the Aiguilette des Possettes, passing the Col de Possettes. The views of the Mont Blanc range and its glaciers are exceptional. Climbing to Les Bonhommes in Switzerland (2140m) enjoy sweeping views of the Swiss Alps and the Emosson Dam. Then via France, crossing the source of the River Arve that flows through Chamonix, reach the Col de Balme (2191m) and step into Switzerland to admire the panorama across the Rhone Valley. Descend to meet the valley and meet your transport back to the Chalet.
Transfer above Les Houches; ascend to the Bel Lachat Refuge, before crossing the Carlaveyron Natural Reserve and summiting the Aiguillette des Houches and the Aiguillette du Brevent.
A spectacular walk from (1370m) up to the Bel Lachat refuge on the classic TMB and GR5 routes. Crossing the beautiful Carlaveyron Natural Reserve summit the Aiguillette des Houches (2285m) for one of the finest views in the Alps - looking directly across the Chamonix Valley to the Mont Blanc summit. Passing through alpine meadows descend by a different route to La Flatière (1370m).
Starting from Les Houches cross the Col de Voza and continue towards Les Contamines.
A short transfer takes you through picturesque hamlets and quaint Savoy farm houses to Maison Neuve your start point above the village of Les Houches. From here begin your climb to the Col de Voza (1653m) from where you enjoy sweeping views of the Chamonix Valley and Aravis mountains. Exploring the Bionnassay Valley, dominated by the spectacular Aiguille de Bionnassay and its glacier, continue via the little village of Champel towards Les Contamines commune (1015m).
Free day for optional walks or sightseeing. Your leader will be able to advise you of possible routes. Or you may choose to visit the bustling Alpine resort town of Chamonix , with its numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. There are several cable car excursions you can make from Chamonix, of which the most spectacular is the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), offering fantastic views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks. It should also be possible to take the mountain train up to Montenvers for close up views of the glacier, Mer de Glace. Another popular option is to take a trip to nearby Annecy, the 'Venice of the Alps'.
Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy; climb to Bonatti refuge and traverse high above the spectacular Ferret Valley towards Courmayeur.
Drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy for a chance to soak up some Italian atmosphere! From Lavachey (1640m) climb up to the Bonatti refuge. At just over (2000m), the view from here is one of the finest on the tour. Mont Blanc itself, the towering rocky peak of Grandes Jorasses and the glaciers that crowd the northern flank of Val Ferret are there to be admired. Following a dramatic traversing path you contour high above the valley passing by the Bertone refuge before descending into Courmayeur, the perfect spot for a well-deserved Italian ice-cream.
Drive to Col de Montets; walk via Lac Blanc to La Flegere then descend by cable car.
Drive to Col des Montets and then climb to the beautiful Lac Blanc, the highest point of the week (2352m), a spectacular setting with dramatic, panoramic vistas. If you are lucky you will be able to see Ibex. Descend and continue to La Flégère, from where you take a téléférique back down to the valley floor to join your transport. If the Flégère lift is closed, or there is low lying snow and it is not possible to walk to lac Blanc then you will instead walk to the beautiful Lacs des Cheserys and then onwards to Flégère before descending past the charming Chalet Floria (there will be time for a cup of tea) and onwards to Chamonix. This will make a total climb of 746m and descent of 1184m. This is a stunning and beautiful day that equals the original. This will only be happening on the spring and autumn departures.
Your trip ends this morning at Chalet Chamonix.
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